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Protest

  Winter drifts in on a cold mist, but this rose bush made one final protest against the season. For The Daily Post – Protest  

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Your Horrific Holiday Soundtrack

The holiday season is upon us.  I failed utterly in my plan to watch a bunch of Christmas-themed horror movies, thanks to the miasma of despair that took hold of pretty much every artist in the U.S. after the election.  I am really sorry about that, blog readers, so to make it up you, let’s see what Youtube has to offer us to get everyone into the season. Did you know that a) Christopher Lee, vampire-wizard legend of genre film, was in a heavy metal band right up until his death?  He was in his 90’s and rocking out.  They put out two Christmas albums, and they’re fantastic.  Seriously, listen to how… Read More

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Other Worlds Austin 2016 Recap

Other Worlds Austin is a dedicated science fiction film festival based in Austin, TX.  A team of passionate scifi film makers, writers, and fans, they put together a curated collection of independent and classic science fiction movies, with a little horror thrown in.  This was my first year to attend, and I am definitely part of the cult now. I liked almost everything I saw this year, which is not a common experience at most festivals.  The curation was films was very well done.  They brought in some cool people, like Brian Narelle, who played Lt. Doolittle in Dark Star (1974) and has some of the weirdest stories about film making and fandom.  There… Read More

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Other Worlds Austin Film Festival Starts Tonight!

We’re about to make the drive up to Round Rock for a weekend of scifi and horror films at Flix Brewhouse, courtesy of the Other Worlds Austin film festival, home of the Mary Shelley award. Tonight we’re going to see the opening film, OMG, I’m a Robot!, and hopefully get into The Axe Murders of Villisca, written by Austin local Owen Egerton. The email announcements have been making big promises of a party tonight that features excessive amounts of chips and queso and chicken tenders.  Ah, Round Rock, whirling vortex of Central Texas culture.  

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Daily Prompt – Construct

For The Daily Post: Construct Today’s prompt gets a picture. I started writing another flash fiction, but things got out of hand and now I have the first bits of a zero draft for a cyberpunk mystery full of creepy cyborg children.  

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Flash Fiction – Echo

For the Daily Prompt – Echo The phone was face up and flashing strange colors and messy squiggle shapes that vibrated across the screen.  All she had done was try to send a text message.  A very important text message. Vanessa slammed her phone down onto the table and swore.  A brand new Nine, with all the updates.  A line of phones that had never expressed the Bug before. Nothing she’d read before buying had mentioned the Bug finally getting to her preferred phone brand. Deep breath.  Fine. She glanced down at the mess of notes scattered across the kitchen table.  It was 3am and she’d already been up for an hour… Read More

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Flash Fiction – Faded

The earthquake trembled through the bones of the prairie.  Jack pumps shivered, and to the east the wind towers swayed almost too far. The moon was pale and half-formed, silently drifting behind long streamers of silver cloud. A coyote leaped back from her dinner of jackrabbit, teeth bared at the ground, which had not stopped shaking.  She stood on a humped ridge of limestone that jutted out of the field.  Soft stones began to slide down the exposed side of the ridge, and cracks appeared in the layered rock.  She yelped as the small cliff began to collapse, and leapt away, landing hard on the flat ground and bruising a… Read More

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Culture and Technology: Why everything is so weird

Culture is the thing that lets you make a joke and expect other people to get it. It’s also rules about behavior that inform us of how to assess someone. Manners, if you will. And our ideas about good manners and behavior need to catch up with the times.  Culture takes a lot time to change, and we’re still adapting to innovations that happened in the 1980’s, possibly the 70’s. Cultures tend to have time to adapt to new technologies and gradually develop rules about their use before the next big innovation. That changed a few short decades ago with the arrival of the digital age. By normal historical patterns,… Read More

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Vigor

Vigor, or energetic life force, is a difficult meditation while surrounded by the efforts of trees and squirrels to go quiet and still for the season. There’s a red oak behind my apartment balcony that is gradually starting to earn its name. There will be a short few days soon where the whole tree will fight the sunset for brilliance and beauty, until the sunrise will beat them both with a hard, dusty wind whistling down from the north.  The leaves will be whipped away with more thoroughness and force than I use to sweep my kitchen, and then there will be only bare gray branches until the warm damp… Read More

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Vote

Go vote.  Go vote.  Go vote.  Go vote. Then keep listening to the news, and learn how to harass and harangue and make demands of your congresspeople, your senator, your state legislator, your mayor, your city council, and your judges. Write letters, sign official petitions, find local activist communities, go to protests, and drag all your friends to them. Read a wide variety of news sources.  Get off of Facebook and set yourself up a Feedly account so you can subscribe to all kinds of different blogs, newspapers, and organizations.  Seek out the voices of people who are different from you.  White, black, latino, liberal, conservative, anarchist, scientific, religious.  Listening… Read More

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