Before You Get too Proud of Yourself

It has been a while since I made a political post and I hope it will be some time again before I write another, but I feel it is important to have my say before things happen that people will want to quickly forget about.  Shame on America, shame on all Republicans and shame on all Democrats for what you have done to this country.  Because of your greed, hatred, and apathy has brought to this country the plague that is the Donald Trump Presidency, including the oozing, pustular sores that are the Senate and Congress.

Shame on the Republican Party for letting their greed become the root for the tree of Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists.  A greed so all consuming that you forsook your obligation to protect America from all threats, external and internal.  Shame on all decent Republican Americans who allowed their better Angels to be suffocated in their sleep by the devils of their darker nature.  Shame on you for forgetting histories lessons from the World and the United States, which would have told you exactly what would happen when you put Trump into power.

Shame on the Democratic Party for choosing to support the greedy donors over the suffering people at home and abroad.  Shame on you for the same greed that allowed the Republicans to overlook every glaring fault of their candidate.  You are not blameless when it comes to Hillary Clinton, the only candidate on a par with Donald Trump for sleazy, corrupt leadership.  Shame on all Democrats for voting for either worthless candidate for fear that the other would get in.  The damage to this country is as much your fault as it is the Republicans.

Shame on all Americans who have carried a swelled sense of Pride from our victories in WWI and WWII.  Your pride allowed you to blind yourself to the horrible things our government has done in the name of American Interests (commonly known as corporate greed).  We have backed dictators, murderers, drug dealers, thieves, monarchs, and torturers in the name of profit and cheap oil.  We have turned a blind eye on the use of chemical weapons and torture for the sake of convenience.  The greed of our banking industry and financial markets have brought ruin upon this earth many times and still we drink the poisoned kool-aid.

Shame on Republicans and Democrats alike for turning away from the historic opportunity the 2016 election offered us.  An opportunity even more historic than the election of the first Black President.  The opportunity to soundly reject the miserable candidates selected for us by the greedy banks and corporate wealthy.  To choose, as Richard Pryor’s Brewster campaigned, None of the Above.  The chance to say no, we will not be forced to choose between the evils you have picked for us.  Imagine the shock on the Koch bothers faces if the election had come out with no winner.  That could have happened if you would have written in a candidate instead of choosing either Donald J. Trump or Hillary R. Clinton.  The foundations of Hell would have quaked at the sight.

Very soon we will have another historic chance.  We will be faced with the demise of the most disgusting President to have power over the fate of this country.  We can chose to let the Republican and Democratic parties slink away to hide in a corner until we forget the mess they made, giving them a chance to begin the dog and pony show all over again or, we can rise up as one nation and hold their collective noses in their own filth so they remember, never do it again.

One final thought for tonight, remember it daily.  We all bare the blame for this mess.  We were greedy for money, cheap garbage, and short term-hate satisfaction.  We have allowed the lobbyists, bank CEOs, WallStreet financiers, Corporate Leaders, haters, and Politicians to bring this Country to the brink of destruction and the World to the edge of Armageddon.

And shame on me for being so frustrated that I could not express this so well before.

Muwahahahah (from my Patreon page)

 

Time to twirl our evil mustache while laughing evilly!  As you can see, I have done some more facile shading and added the antennae back in.  Funny story, forgot to save after I exported the file to Jpeg with the previous antennae, so I had to do them again.  Not too much trouble, but you can see I added their shadow onto the face as well as highlighted them now.  There is a little more depth to the features too.  I am so beginning to think that I want to come up with a background but it has to be cool.  Also, thinking about setting up the print to have side by side versions, one as the alien and the other revealing that it is actually a robot disguised as an alien.  Maybe show a city element whole and then post war demolished.  What do you guys think?

Ants in My Pants (from my Patreon page)

 

Don’t think I have forgotten about the art enthusiasts of my blog and my Patreon page.  Here is an updated image of the termanicz painting.  As you can see, I decided to extend the body a bit to give more shape and add some limbs.  Also, a lot more coloring has been done including work on the right eye to start bringing out the complex eye effect and overall shape.  View the picture enlarged to see the difference between the basic paint job on the left and the more detailed work on the right.

Flash Fiction Contest Entry (from my Patreon page)

Re-posting from My Patreon Page:

 

“I usually mirror many of my Patreon and Blog posts; however, with my project for the August 2017 Flash Fiction contest at SFFworld, I have been only posting on my blog.  I feel I needed to include my Patreon page as well so here it is.

A couple of days ago I decided to take up the current Flash Fiction contest challenge at SFFworld.  I have participated in the contest on several occasions before, which is where the origins of most of the content for Mystics and Misfits comes from.  I have been absent a long time and decided I needed to brush up my writing with a challenge.  

If you go to SFFworld.com and look under the writing category you can find the contest thread for the rules.  The contest is open to anyone and is a great source of feedback for your writing.

At this point I now have 969 words of the 1,000 word limit written with only a little bit of closing dialogue to write on my entry.  The deadline is August 31st so I plan to ignore my story for a day or two and them reread it with fresh eyes for errors, plot holes, etc.  Hopefully, by next week I will surprise some old friends by posting an entry.” 

New $1/$3 Reward, Dragon Dreams: Paths of the Wise One Ch. 2 (from my Patreon Page)

I have uploaded today’s $1/$3 reward of Chapter 2 in Dragon Dreams: Paths of the Wise One at My Patreon Page.  Patrons can download either a rich text word document or a PDF file.  If you have a Kindle, I recommend the rich text version.  The write up for this chapter is:

“Here is the second installment of the Dragon Dreams Series.  Our protagonist has encountered the great blue dragon and been drawn into the dream world where it exists.  Now all thoughts of another life come only fleetingly in his dreams in this realm.  Luckily, he manages to find a companion on his journey to discover the truth of this reality, a Siamese cat.  Together they begin a search for a Wise One mentioned in a journal.  What will they find when they locate him?” 

It’s official

Today my blog officially doubled the number of views over the record setting number of 2016 with four and a have months left to go.  Your continued support gives me hope in my endeavors and hopefully sparks ideas for you as well.  Please, if you like what I share, add my posts to your facebook, twitter, or other type of social media.  I need as much exposure as I can get to help my Patreon page come to life, giving me some much needed financial support to continue creating content.

A Word in the Hand, contest entry update

Passed the 650 word mark this morning and I wanted to share the title with you, “A Word in the Hand Beats Two in the Bush”.  I actually came up with that title before I came up with the concept for the crossword content but once you read what I did, the title becomes even another layer of humor in the story.  Long time readers of this blog know that I tend to use every part of a story to tell the story, including the title.

Where I am in the tale is the point of the reveal; however, I still need about 350 more words to be close to the thousand wore requirement of the contest.  Yes, there is some give and take with the limit, but I like to be as close as I can be.  The hard part here is fluffing the story without bogging down the pacing.  I feel I was able to mesh the extended intro into my middle piece without messing up the reading pace but now I have to do so again.  I do leave some room for post reveal filler to bring the story to a close; however, again, I don’t want to drain to much from the reveal moment to fill the word requirement.  Well, not much further.