Tag: politics

Writing

Vampire Fiction

There’s a lot of hostility toward this particular genre, I’ve noticed in the publishing world. When I research potential publishers for short story submissions or my impending novel, a depression epic of sorts, I see it, over and over again. No vampires. No werewolves. No zombies. It’s kind of funny. I mean, I get it. …

politics

Can Power Systems Change?

We see it again and again in politics, in corporations, in churches and condo associations, in family units and even in charities. Where there is power, there accumulates those who would corrupt that power for their own means. Whether it’s a government or a source of wealth or a good old-fashioned cult following, even systems …

philosophy

Survival Of The Fittest

Obviously, evolution is a thing. Proven by science, observable in reality, it’s a theory with enough supportable evidence to be considered truth. Ignore any fundamentalist Christians who tell you otherwise. Their entire proof is in hearsay and a book that if they actually read it, they’d realize it makes no sense at all. (Seriously. Question …

philosophy

Society Based On Pleasure

I know it sounds weird in the era of Trump, but assuming he doesn’t blow us all back to the Stone Age, we may be heading toward a future where entertainment and pleasure are the primary factors. Think about it. Robots are replacing most menial jobs. AI will soon be a thing, and assuming it’s …

politics

Pure Order

I never really understood the concept of pure order. Utopias set up where everyone is perfectly in their place and happy don’t make sense to me. The whole authoritarian thing where everyone just does what they’re told. Classism, the whole caste system, anything where things are put into very specific boxes and held there as …

comics

Conspiracy Theories

Most conspiracy theories read like Mark Waid’s Hunter-Killer, which  although I loved Mark Waid, had so many plot holes and mistakes that it proved to me that even with a veteran at hand, an editor is a crucial part of telling a good fiction. And it’s not that I didn’t love the premise.  Shadow organizations, secret …

philosophy

Do Better

I know everyone thinks that comic books are for children, that they’re a lower form of art.  That if it doesn’t have eighty thousand words of prose or isn’t measured in pentameters or God forbid, doesn’t have a thumping back beat or a soft indie voice pretending they have as much heart as Elliott Smith, …

politics

Violence

I abhor violence, as most of us do, in real life.  The idea that someone would physically injure or even kill another human being over some dispute doesn’t make sense to me, unless you were actively responding to being attacked in real life (in the immediate moment, not the “responding” governments and other warhawks often …

politics

Fear And War

Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios postulated that war and fear went hand in hand much more readily than war and courage, in the second volume of their wonderful fable, Pretty Deadly. I find that hard to argue, because folks generally don’t need to instigate violence to prove their courage.  Instigators of violence are often people …