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The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread

Picture this: You have an extended family of 20 close relatives. You all live together in one giant house. You tend your gardens together, cook your meals together, do your laundry together. All chores are shared. All expenses are shared. You will grow up and grow old here. Your career will be in one of … Continue reading The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread

The importance of rough play to create moral men

Took my son to a fair with a bouncy house. Little boys jumped around inside. The outside was ringed with women clustered at the windows, shrieking at the boys if they even came close to physical contact. They dragged boys out, scolding and shouting. Not a father in sight. Boys are naturally energetic, aggressive, competitive. … Continue reading The importance of rough play to create moral men

Are Transactional Relationships Bad?

Author's update: This post has been so tremendously popular that it inspired me to pen an additional book. The first book, Exhausted Wives, Bewildered Husbands, explores the misery of marriages which have become so saturated with resentment that they feel like endless secretive transactions and exploitation. If you're feeling unfulfilled and don't even remember what … Continue reading Are Transactional Relationships Bad?

I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout

So very often, we writers get a special idea in our head. “This time,” we think to ourselves, “I want to really wow my readers with a new type of story, something I’ve never written before.” Maybe we watched a particularly good mystery show (Murder She Wrote, anyone?), or we’re getting a horror itch. My … Continue reading I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout

It’s Orphan Day! Or, Using the calendar in your setting

No matter what day it is, it’s always a normal day. Stories tend to take place mostly in environments where there’s nothing unusual going on… except for the horrible trauma. The exception to this is stories which take place on a specific, overwhelming holiday which saturates the entire story. We as authors rarely take into account … Continue reading It’s Orphan Day! Or, Using the calendar in your setting