Tales From the WritingTrenches #2: Creating Believable Tension

One of my favorite shows from a few years back is one called Blindspot. It’s a somewhat ridiculous story with a premise that involves a woman with a body full of tattoos who was left unconscious in a body bag in the middle of Times Square. The police turn the woman over to the FBI who quickly discover that the … Read More

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The Depressing Part of Being a Writer

There are a lot of writers out there who haven’t been that successful. Yet, they keep on plugging away, convinced that one day it’s all going to work out for them. I’m kind of in that same boat, but unlike the others who never had their chance, my chance came several times…and sort of fizzled away. Let me explain: Years … Read More

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Revisiting the Rock Ballad Decades Later

The other night, I was watching a video of the singer Meatloaf and a rendition of “Paradise By the Dashboard Light”. This is a song he made famous with Ellen Foley, and in case you missed the 1970s and the next few decades after, it tells the story of a young couple who are on a date in the guy’s … Read More

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Star Trek Online: Quark’s Lucky Seven

Some of you may find this relevant, and most of you probably won’t. It involves computer games, and more to the point, an MMO.   Recently, I’ve been playing Star Trek Online, which I’ve been playing off and on ever since it was first released back in 2010. Sometimes, it can drag on; other times, it can be just like … Read More

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Duane Gundrum   Education Master’s degree, communication                                         graduated December 2008 University of the Pacific                                                                             Stockton, California Master’s degree, political science                                       graduated December 2001 Western Michigan University                                                                   Kalamazoo, Michigan Bachelor of Arts, political science                                           Graduated APRIL 1999 San Francisco State University                                                          San Francisco, California Associate degree of science, computer science                           Graduated MAY 1995 City College of San Francisco                                                            San … Read More

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The Avatar Returns to the World of Britannia (An Early Review of Shroud of the Avatar after its official release)

For the longest time, I was holding out on playing Shroud of the Avatar. Which is kind of strange, considering the fact that I’m exactly the type of player the game has been looking for. You see, I grew up as a programmer and gamer while playing every Ultima game ever made. If you follow the natural evolution of that … Read More

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The Problems of a Young People’s Movement

Recently, there’s been a lot of attention being paid to a group of high school students who were survivors of a horrific gun attack in Florida. While they’re not the first students to suffer from such a crappy situation, what made this tragedy even more significant was that the students didn’t remain the backdrop of the event but have now … Read More

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The Hidden Ramifications of the #metoo Movement and the “Funnel of Male Response”

Yesterday, Rob Porter, a top White House aid, resigned from his position due to allegations that he abused his former wives. So far, Chief of Staff John Kelly has mistakenly thrown his political clout into defending Porter, and conservatives are starting to feel the negative effects of having stood behind an abusive person for so long (and even after discovering … Read More

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