Leaving Your Mark in Unexpected Places


Not long ago, I posted an article about my journey as an aspiring writer and the struggle to find inspiration. Time and again I’ve wrung myself out, mentally and emotionally into these imaginary people living in my head, found myself stuck and had to refill my cup of creativity. When I encountered road blocks early on, I tried to plow through them instead of taking a detour. Now I know better.Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places, and as I’ve learned this, the itch to go o … [Read more...]

SpongeBob SquarePants is Serious Business: How Pop Culture Helped My Family through a Horrific Struggle (with a message from the real SpongeBob inside!)


 Pop culture often gets a bad rap, especially from those styling themselves as intellectuals and “real artists”.  Some argue that it dulls the senses, doesn’t encourage “higher thoughts” and deadens the cultural tastes.  A few critics would go further to say it poisons our minds. They are right in some ways. Popular culture wields a lot of power in defining the music, food, fashions and even the way we talk to others.There is no doubt that pop culture as a giant menu and we g … [Read more...]

Ebolaphobia: Bullying Families Into Keeping Healthy Kids Out of School


A few days ago, officials at Howard R. Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, took it upon themselves to play doctor and label two incoming students from an Ebola-free country as a potential Ebola risk to their entire student body. Stop and let the absurdity of that statement sink in. It all began when the Yocum Elementary nurse sent a letter to staff members informing them that two new students from Rwanda (a country in East Africa) would soon be arriving at the school. … [Read more...]

Using the Shepherd’s Crook: Pope Francis Schools Evangelicals, the Media, and the Entire Catholic Church in One Sermon

APTOPIX Italy Pope Epiphany

As a person going through a divorce, I took a deep, personal interest in the Synod on the Family. I was thrilled that my beloved church wanted to take a pastoral interest in the needs of its sheep.  I wanted to see good, sound and practical steps from the assembled church leaders on how to navigate the troubled waters of modern family life. Sadly, the whole thing almost got derailed by the so-called “mid-synod” report. Conservatives screamed bloody murder at some of the released remarks (I’ve ye … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Leigh Lane

Jane the hippie vampire

 (So, here is our next HWA writer. Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided between different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in horror. Her other novels include World-Mart, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut, and the dark al … [Read more...]

Horror Writer Goes in Seach of Michigan Dogman…Will Said Author Return Alive?

In search of Dogman

Sometimes, writers hit a wall. It happens to the best of us. I won’t call it “writer’s block”. This frightening tale is an urban legend used to scare young  and developing storytellers. Anyone with a work ethic can find a way to put words on a computer screen. Maybe what a person writes is bad, but it can always be rewritten. There's no such thing as not being able to write at all.However, at some point, a writer comes to a point where the Well of Imagination from The Mystical Realm of Creati … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Tom Calen

Tom Calen

(As everyone knows, I just became a fully active (and proud) member of the Horror Writer's Association. So, I thought it would be a cool way to celebrate Halloween by interviewing some writer's from the HWA about the genre. Tom Calen has some great insights below...) What made you want to write horror?By the fourth or fifth grade, I had made my way through Poe and was on to Shelley and Stoker. About a year after that, I “borrowed” my sister’s copy of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. I was blown away … [Read more...]

Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean: “Religion Will Be A Part of Character’s Death”.


As I watch TV and movies, I'm often frustrated at how they treat the subject of religion. Pop Culture either ignores it (wouldn't want to offend anyone) or degrades it as much as possible (just about every episode of Family Guy). Very few shows or movies take religion at face value and address it in all of it's glory and absurdity.This is why the Simpsons are still one of my all time favorite TV shows. As much as church groups protested the show back in the early 90's, the fact remains that t … [Read more...]

Revisiting Star Trek: VOYAGER


May 23, 1994 – a cheer erupted from a house packed with nerdy (and not-so-nerdy) high schoolers as the Riker-commanded three-nacelled Enterprise unapologetically demolished a Klingon bird of prey. Star Trek: The Next Generation was about to end. What was next? … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con: Interview with Neal Adams: “Comics can Entertain and Make People think on a Deeper Level”


(Salt Lake City Comic Con has been a mind blowing experience. I have so much to write about and I'll try to get to all of it in the next week. I'd planned to give a run down of the past two days in tonight's post. My plans got changed in a hurry.Why? Well, on Thursday, I walked the floor of the vendor hall before the crowds started to pour into the arena. As I toured the aisles, I stopped short when I saw a huge table with one of my all time heroes, comic legend Neal Adams, signing prints of … [Read more...]