The Platitudes of Positive Thought

Short Story Scribe

The social media pop-psychologists are out in full force. The self-righteous self-helpers offer unsolicited words with only one purpose — to give themselves a superior sense of self. Lacking even a single request, they offer their self-aggrandizing wisdom -

To those they have never met.

To those they do not know.

To those they do not, and never will, understand.

For many to whom these soulless and heartless messages of tough love are intended, it is only another assault on lives that have undergone repeated trauma. The platitudes are given without care or compassion, sympathy or empathy. They assail the damaged with as much ferocity as the biggest bully on the playground assaults the most innocent.What these self-anointed purveyors of pseudo-truth don’t want to get, is that for many, the issues aren’t an unwillingness, or inaction, to change. For those folks, the damage is done by repetitive onslaughts upon their…

View original post 260 more words

Addiction Salvation

Short Story Scribe

There was a time when female bodybuilders could not earn much, if any, money from the pursuit of their sport. They were ridiculed, even by those within the bodybuilding industry and were forced to extremes in an effort to support themselves.

Female bodybuilders were manipulated by an industry to make money for everyone but themselves.

They pushed, drugged and harmed their bodies to pursue their passion. Addiction became not only a way of life, but a way to live.

This story is dedicated to those who made it possible for those who have followed.

As with all Embrace The Wild Fantasies; adult content. Must be 18 years or older.

Click below for free sample –

View original post

What Is One True Sentence?

Short Story Scribe

 

 To get started, write one true sentence.

Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes:

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone…

View original post 178 more words

Please purchase your copy today

Short Story Scribe


BookCoverPreview war springs eternalWar Springs Eternal

-1- 

Thunder announces a release from the earth. Fire ignites the darkness. Illuminating the night sky, Hell’s flame explodes bright orange.  A yellow, oily rain falls upon the battlefield. It touches the soldiers. Skin boils and blisters. A few will die here. Many, will recover. The touched and untouched will carry scars; some on the outside — all on the inside. 

https://www.shortstoryscribe.com/product-page/war-springs-eternal

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” 

― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms 

The world eventually broke Hemingway to the point that he took his own life. Many have speculated about the reason(s)…

View original post 218 more words

School Shootings – The New Normal?

41ikrQg7JUL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_We can’t escape the headlines of mass murders occurring in our schools. The very place where children are sent to be educated. The very place where they should be safe and free from danger. 

Sadly, school shootings have become the new normal. These horrific crimes and events lead us to ask – 

Is a mass murderer born or created?
What makes a school shooter?
Is it availability of guns? 
Is it mental illness? 
Could it be something else?
Shouldn’t we look for a cause?

This novelette explores these questions.

 

Available in both paperback and e-book.

click here to purchase on Amazon  – or copy and past the link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWJGW26

November 21st – No Politics On Facebook Day!

vaca 2014 zuma panoramaI was thinking; maybe we should have a no political discussion day on Facebook.
It would be nice to log on, even if for just one day, and just read about how people are doing and what is going on in their lives without polluting timelines with political bullshit.

Let’s have just one day of virtual tranquility.

I nominate November 21st as no politics on Facebook day.

If you think this is a good idea, spread the word!

The Right To Not Vote!

I have voted in every general election and most primaries since I was 18 years old.

I served my country and was willing to give my life to protect your rights.

To try and make a difference, I fool-heartedly ran for Congress in 2006.

I am not voting this year(2016); I will probably never vote again. I recently changed my voter registration, not to Republican, which I was for the bulk of my voting life; not to Democrat, which I was for a couple of years; not even to independent — I changed it to simply no affiliation.

I used to be one of those people who believed everyone should vote.

I was so naive.

I have come to the realization that voting is a complete and utter waste of time, and that our votes really don’t matter.

The Republican presidential primary was a joke, and the Democrats had frozen out any one not named Hilary.

Elections aren’t about issues, they aren’t about ideals and they definitely aren’t about people — they are about hate and fear mongering.  These emotional techniques are used to disguise the fact that there is no difference between elected officials, because none of these officials matter.  The machinery of government is so large, and so out of control, that it has become a self-perpetuating Goliath which no one person can hope to guide, let alone effect any real change.

So, as of today, I am no longer going to vote. I am going to avoid all political news, talk and advertising.  I am going to exercise my right to not vote.

Oh, and before you tell me about the people who sacrificed, or were willing to scarified their lives for my right to vote — I was one of those people and I’m willing to bet most of you were not.  Unlike most loud mouth cowards, I didn’t sit on my ass while someone else went to defend my rights.

I can’t think of one talk show host, or supposed journalist, who ever had the guts to enlist and serve their county, not a single person running for president has ever worn the uniform of the United States, and I’m sure there are few in The House or Senate who were members of the Armed Forces.

You don’t like my decision? That’s fine.

If you don’t like my decision and didn’t have the courage to serve — well I’ll be civil, but  use your imagination.

Political Vitriol

There is so much vitriol in this upcoming presidential election that many are losing sight of what makes us great.

It isn’t the man or woman who wins a popularity contest to become president, it is, us — individuals who make a difference.

It is us, individuals, that change the world. It is not some random person sitting in an oval room in DC that creates greatness — it is the individual who stares back at us from a mirror that creates a better life.

It will not be the impact of a man or woman elected to the presidency that will impact our daily lives. Your life will not be made better or worse based upon the election of a millionaire or billionaire who has no real interest in you, or your daily struggles.

None of us knows exactly what the future will bring. However, we do know that some time after November 8th the election results will be tabulated and  finalized. We know that on Jan 20th, we will swear in a new president. On the 21st, we will wake up, go to work, or school, or take care of our children, and the world will be much the same as it had been the preceding days.

We also know with a reasonable amount of certainty, that four years later, life will not be as dystopic as one group feared, nor will it be as utopic as the other promised — the republic will be changed, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse, but it will survive, and each of us will go on with our daily lives and activities…

Let us not put our faith in an individual who panders by spewing rhetoric over reason. Let us not worry about the someone who will supposedly lead us; let us lead.

Let us not place trust in others, let us find our own enlightenment, happiness and joy by placing trust in ourselves.

Read One Day I Was

 

Pundits, Politicos and Voters

I wrote this as a comment over on my friend Yonki’s blog The Lulac Political Letter. It was in response to Dave calling Trump treasonous, and using the word intent in absolving Clinton.

**The below posting contains adult language and imagery, reader discretion is advised**

“There is such a thing as intent and Trump exhibited criminal and treasonous intent.” Dave Yonki.

Come on Dave, criminal and treasonous INTENT, are you fucking kidding me?

This hedging words crap is beneath all of us. Are we back to Bill claiming having his penis sucked to a dress splattering orgasm wasn’t sex?

SO, with INTENT, the same could be said of Trump. His INTENT could have been to make the point that the Russians can hack private email servers. His INTENT could have been to use an absurd statement to demonstrate the absurdity of using a private server for governmental affairs. Or, his INTENT could have been to again demonstrate he is just a loud mouth.

Hilary’s INTENT could have been to keep public information hidden. Her INTENT could have been to subvert right to know laws. Her INTENT could have been driven by paranoia. Or, her INTENT could of been as she claimed.

These arguments will never end.

Boisterous election rhetoric on both sides is the norm. Outrageous statements are made time and time again over the course of an election season. The day after the election, most candidates go back to being buddies, yet, the asinine populace continues to hate those for whom they were opposed.

The supporters of each, see their candidate with only rose colored glasses and the opponent through a fog of fear and hatred. Pundits, politicos and voters have not matured one bit in the last two hundred plus years — it truly is pathetic.

It is unbelievable that Trump some how managed to secure the nomination, and it is just sad that Obama (influencing Biden not to run), Hillary and the DNC prevented Democratic party members to have a voice and choice, in an open, fair, impartial primary.

These may in fact be the two most flawed candidates in our lifetimes. Does that mean either one may not do a better than, or worse than, expect job?

We don’t know exactly what the future will bring. However, we do know that on Jan 20th, we will swear in a new president. On the 21st, we will wake up, go to work, or school, or take care of our children, and the world will be much the same as it had been the preceding days.

We also know, that four years later, it will not be as dystopic as one group feared, nor will it be as utopic as the other promised — the republic will be changed, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse, but it will survive, and each of us will go on with our daily lives and activities…

Of course, we also know, that  as a new Messiah and a new Lucifer will be running for president, the same pathetic, bullshit will have started anew. 

 

one day i was new covver

odiw