Talking Cartoon Animals: Schtick or Just A Lazy Plot Device

After watching Ted for the second time tonight, I am now thoroughly convinced that Seth MacFarland has a nearly pathological obsession with talking animal characters in his programs.  At least one character in all his series is an animal;  Family Guy has Brian (and for a few episodes, Vinnie), American Dad has Klaus (yes, he…

Wasting away again in Blogaritaville

“Are we destined to be ruled by a bunch of old white men, who compared the world to football and are programmed to defend…” – Jimmy Buffett, Only Time Will Tell (from Banana Wind) This song came to mind with the series of recent tweets by President Donald Trump (a Mark Burnett prank) in which…

The World of Writers: Myths vs. Facts

The world of writing is one of the few which gets a ton of criticism from people who have no knowledge of the craft and trade.  Because of this, many myths exist about writers and this profession, and some of these “urban legends” have spawned a subculture of contempt for those who ply their hand…

Non offensive names for all American League franchises

Major League Baseball, in its ever-present drive to ensure no fans are ever upset by anything controversial, have taken to talking to the Cleveland Indians about not only changing their logo, but changing their name entirely.  The same approach is rumored to be in the works with the Atlanta Braves because of groups offended by…

Announcement to My Readers

This past week has been one of profound transition.  On March 24, 2017, I learned that the publisher of my novel Change Rising, Sarah Book Publishing, is ceasing printing of all work and going out of business.  While I appreciate what they have done for me as an author, I am not entirely surprised by this…