Story Time: The 3:45 to Otherside, NC [HALLOWEEN 2019]

You know the medical condition when you have to get up every hour, on the hour, to take a leak? You know, and there is no explanation for it, and the only medical advice that anyone will give you is “stop drinking before bed.” When you have to get up each night and respond to urgent body demands, there is no such thing as a restful night’s sleep — it’s only a game of “I wonder how many times I can remember getting up and taking a piss?”

Last night’s record was five.

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I’m With You (ADHD Awareness Month)

October begins ADHD awareness month and I support the cause because of how much ignorance still exists surrounding the affliction. When it comes to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), I’ve seen every perspective and attitude pointed at the disorder, and they all aren’t pleasant. I, myself, was diagnosed about a year and a half ago and my life has completely changed now that I have a management protocol — even with a management protocol in place, I will struggle with it until the day I die. 

To kick off ADHD Awareness Month, I wanted to share a message with others who deal with ADHD, especially those who are dealing with it untreated: I’m with you, I understand.

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Frequently Asked Question: What Writing Reference Books Do you Keep Handy?

There is a strong part of me that hopes that one of you out there will see my blogs or read my books and get bitten by the writing bug. If not the writing bug, then something creative. The world needs creative people, we need satire and criticism, we need something abstract to help us understand the world around us and process the situation at hand.

As a writer, I love answering questions about writing — let’s be honest: I love talking about writing, it’s addicting, and I couldn’t care less if there is a cure. Among social media channels, there is a popular question that is asked of writers and I wanted to share my answers with you.

The question: What writing reference books do I keep handy? In no particular order…

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Nerdtheories: The Advanced Theory of the T-1000 & Practical Earth Applications

Picture it: 1992. Terminator 2: Judgement Day had bee in theaters and is on the fast track to becoming one of the biggest motion picture event of the millennium. Little A.P. Miller, a science fiction aficionado in his own right, takes to the James Cameron franchise like a meth addiction on a reality TV star.

I think we can all agree that one of the coolest visual devices used on the film “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” was the liquid metal protagonist, the T-1000. The shape-shifting killing machine was malleable, changing its shape and appearance at will, while also being able to distort its limbs into lethal shapes intended on stabbing or dismembering the target at hand. I know I was fascinated by the prospect.

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Hurricane Preparation for Writers

By the time you are reading this, I am likely in my house, where there is no power — it will likely be so hot and humid that I will forsake clothes for the entirety of my lifetime. Such a quality of existence will likely trigger baser and predatory instincts that have long been buried in my bloodline’s DNA for millennia. I will be less of the author and writer that you love, and more of the beast-man that I have evolved from. Let it been known, brave readers, that my bloodline did not evolve from apes. We evolved from the Sasquatch — the type of Sasquatch that gets hangry and doesn’t tolerate minor inconveniences such as the Air Conditioning being out or not being able to sleep two covers deep while the HVAC is set to 65 degrees. Truth be told: I am already politicking to be the tribal leader of my neighborhood. (Sucks to your assmar, neighbor guy!)

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