Uhh… New Story Out

Last night, Amazon said that it would take up to 72 hours for my short story to be up on their website. Here we are, less than 12 hours later, and it’s already up. Methinks they should review their timing claims.

Anyway…

The name of the story is Blackmoon WarMage.

It is the first story featuring my new character, Declevon Blackmoon. I plan on doing at least one more (if you couldn’t tell from the Book 1 designation on the Amazon page). Life is kind of hectic at the moment, so I don’t know exactly when I’ll start on the second one, but I will definitely get to it.

I truly hope you’ll give my story a try. If Declevon proves to be popular, I’ll keep on making stories for him.

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New Story Coming Out

Sometime within the next few days, my newest work of fiction will be coming out on Amazon. It is a short story set in an all new world from any of my previous stories. I’ll post an update once it has officially launched, and obviously provide a link for those who want to purchase it.

I hope you all will enjoy it and I want to thank all of you on WordPress who continue to support me.

This Morning

When my alarm went off this morning, I wanted to go right back to sleep. Not because I was tired (well…. not just because I was tired), but because the dream I was having was so interesting that I was curious as to what was going to happen next.

And, of course, about an hour later, I couldn’t remember a thing about it.

The Ghost

He was there, lurking in the background. Unseen by all around, he watched and waited. Life went on, never slowing down, never even noticing that he was gone.

Once, he was known. People knew who he was.

Now, he was no more. Now, he could only view the world as it turned without him.

He continued to watch and wait. Perhaps one day he could do more. Maybe one day he would be able to remind the world that he was once part of it.

And, on that day, he would make them regret forgetting him.

They would pay for moving on.

Looking Back: Traditions

I was reading through some old Calvin and Hobbes strips recently when I came across the one that inspired this image (which I found at actionthisday.deviantart.com)

Like most Calvin and Hobbes strips, it was funny, but this one had a point too.

In the first panel of the strip, Calvin says, “The more you think about things, the weirder they seem.” The picture above shows you his example of this. But, if you, yourself, stop to think about it, you’ll probably be able to come up with your own.

The first one that came to my mind (while singing at someone’s party) was putting candles on birthday cakes. How did that start? Why is that a thing?

Was someone sitting around a long time ago thinking: “I made them this cake for their birthday, but it’s not enough. It seems kind of boring. What can I do to make this cake more exciting? I know! I’ll light it on fire!”

So, the party comes and they pour some liquor on top and light it to make a cake flambe. Then, as the flames start burning out of control, the guest of honor screams, “I really wish you’d put the fire out.” Everyone runs into the street. The fire brigade shows up, but it’s too late. Once the flames burn out, the house is nothing but stone and ash.

That’s when the town asshole, from the back of the crowd, chimes in, “It looks like your birthday wish came true.”

Then the town chandler walks up and says, “I think, I think, that candles would be easier to put out.” He’ll look around for a moment before asking, “Could that house be any more burnt down?”

(Sorry. I actually wasn’t planning the Friends joke, but according to Google, chandler is the technical term for someone who makes and sells candles and I couldn’t help myself.)

Ok, that may be a little over the top, but that’s how I picture it in my head. There’s probably a logical reason behind the start of putting candles on birthday cakes. Or, at least, one that made sense at the time it all started.

Take saying “God bless you,” when someone sneezes, for example. At the time this practice was invented, it was thought that a person only sneezed when they were trying to eject a demon that had invaded their body. So, you would say, “God bless you,” to encourage them in their fight against Satan. It makes sense when you use that logic.

Fast forward to now.

We know that sneezing has nothing to do with demons, yet a lot of people still say this when someone sneezes. Or they at least say the shortened, “Bless you,” when someone does it.

But, why? The reasoning behind the tradition no longer makes sense. Still, we continue to do it anyway.

I suppose the argument could be made that we keep it going because it’s seen as being polite. Personally, the only thing hearing someone say, “Bless you,” does for me is remind me that I sneezed. That’s something I didn’t need to be reminded of. I’m not rude about it. I will take the time (usually) to thank someone who says it to me. To be honest, though, I’d rather you didn’t say anything at all.

But, that’s just me.

What about you? Are there any things or traditions that you can think of that just don’t make sense once you stop to think about them?

Ross Hate

Is there a character that is more hated by the writers of their show than Ross Geller of Friends? I don’t think there is. In 10 seasons, Ross was constantly abused by the writers. It all started in the pilot.

The first thing we learn about Ross is that he is divorced because his wife left him for another woman. That’s pretty bad. What makes it worse, however, is that everyone in his life, his friends and family included, try to make it seem like he should be ok with the fact that his wife announced that she was a lesbian and left him.

The best example of this is the episode where his ex-wife, Carol, marries her new lover, Susan. His own sister not only caters the event, but acts shocked and appalled that Ross says he’s not attending it. At one point she even tells him to get over it and help her prepare the food. Ross responded by saying that if Carol was marrying a man, none of them would be pushing him to go to the wedding. Instead of thinking about his response, his friends make a joke out of it with Joey saying that if Carol was marrying another guy, she’d be the worst lesbian ever.

But, if you think about it, Ross had a point. If Carol had left him for another man, nobody would have been taking her side. So, Carol gets a pass just because she’s a lesbian? She’s allowed to break his heart and devastate him because she left him for another woman instead of a man?

Look, I’m not saying she shouldn’t have left Ross. She should have. She did what she had to do to make herself happy. Staying with him out of guilt would only have made her miserable, which eventually would have made him miserable. I get that. I don’t blame her for leaving.

At the same time, however, she has to be held accountable for her actions. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the series I heard them say that Ross and Carol were together for 7 years. That’s 7 years where she lied to him. She led him on and made him think that she felt the same way that he did. Then, when he was madly in love with her, and happy to be spend the rest of their lives together, she drops this bomb on him and leaves.

She does this to him and everyone he cares about is telling him to be ok with it? How hurtful is that?

And that’s just the beginning. Let’s see some of the other things the writers made Ross go through:

  • They give him a monkey for no apparent reason.
  • They turn him into a jealous wreck that ends up pushing Rachel away until the series finale.
  • They make him get divorced two more times.
  • The longer the series went on, the more mentally unstable he became.
  • They had him admit that he had once been dumped during sex.
  • They make him so desperate for sex that he tries to bang his cousin.
  • They had him inadvertently make out with his sister.

There are more, but those are the ones that stick out to me. I mean, look at that list. Look at what they put him through. It’s brutal.

Poor Ross…