Flash Fiction: The Last Embrace

They made it home before the panic started. While Brick and his wife jumped out of the sedan and dashed into their apartment, people on the street were only just starting to point and wonder at the widening red-orange ring in the distance, and its vacuous black center. Brick rushed up the stairs and shouldered … Continue reading Flash Fiction: The Last Embrace

Ratatouille: How to Write Good Opponents/Villains

Ask me what my favorite Pixar movie is, I'd say The Incredibles. Twist my nipples really, really hard and I'll tell you it's Ratatouille. Hey, I like food movies. But Ratatouille really is a grand film, and one of the reasons is the way it sets up, and knocks down, its opponents. I thought of … Continue reading Ratatouille: How to Write Good Opponents/Villains

An Open Apology to Christian Music I Used to Hate

I have never liked “Good Good Father.” It’s main chorus is juvenile and repetitive, and the second stanza of “And I’m loved by you, it’s who I am…” is a grammatical eyesore. Loved is WHAT you are, not who. Your name is not Loved By You. Child-friendly lyrics, simplistic melodies, and overabundance of “Oh” and … Continue reading An Open Apology to Christian Music I Used to Hate

Why Hatred is More Complex and Troubling Than We Realize

Why do bad people do bad things? The easy answer is "They're bad people." Someone once posted a pie chart of the reasons for the American Civil War. The majority said, "Slavery." The other little slice? "Slavery." The person who posted it commented, "Just in case any of you [expletive deleted] still think the Civil … Continue reading Why Hatred is More Complex and Troubling Than We Realize