I'm a self-publishing author of fiction and I love to research and write creative non-fiction.
Okuna- The NEW Internet Social Site
A few years ago I wrote a blog on a new, more ethical and safer social media site, Openbook. Since that time, there were some issues with the names the creators chose, they went to court a couple times even (kind of petty!) BUT, they are now Okuna! After the official launch, I accepted their invitation to be a beta tester and have found Okuna quite satisfying. No more triggering negativity that will forever randomly pop-up on Facebook newsfeed uncontrollably, as though I can't just click my MSN newsfeed or my local news site online. Enough with it all!
Mars in Retrograde 2020
The Martian Based on the novel that was self-published in 2011 by its author Andy Weir, 'The Martian' was adapted by Drew Goddard to screenplay. Released in 2015, the movie was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon as the first human ever to colonize Mars. Jumping ahead to the year 2035, Botanist and Astronaut Mark Watney is left behind after a mission to Mars abruptly ends. He survives alone on Mars for 549 Sols (which totals 564 Earth days) with only the left behind belongings of his crew and very little food supply. Some of those belongings is in the form of human waste, so Mark gets creative and fertilizes the first known Martian potato farm until NASA can figure out how to rescue him.
The Town of Scarfolk
Each flyer from Scarfolk Council to the town reads at the top before each announcement: 'Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress bey ond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. "Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay." For more information please reread.'
My Dream Home
I have imagined my dream home for years. I grew up in a world full of design plans (Architects and Engineers in my family) rolled up on our dining room table and imagined how someday maybe I would design my own home. There are two kinds of homes that have come to mind lately. Of course, both would be environmentally friendly! Have you read my blog on Global Warming? We now have available the best in cutting-edge technology to harness the powers of natural reusable energy sources when we design Earth friendly homes. Wired and wireless security (SimpliSafe is one wireless security system) features that run throughout homes are available, so all we have to do is tap our cellphones and...VOILA! instant access to locking and unlocking doors, shutting down lights, and we can even check to view real-time video inside our houses while we are away. These features windup paying for themselves over the long run. The proper building materials can ensure the home will last for generations of peaceful, green living!
In 1791, United States President George Washington, Continental Army Major Andrew Ellicott, and a self-educated, born free Black man, Benjamin Banneker, joined together to map the borders of the new city capital. The area surveyed bordered Virginia, Maryland, and sat on the Potomac River which was one of the busiest ports.
Lumina Sophie 'Surprise' Roptus
On Martinique, an island mapped out by Christopher Columbus but later settled by the French, a baby girl was born on November 9 in 1848, the year slavery on the tiny island was abolished. Born on the Riviere-Pilote to a recently freed slave, Marie-Sophie, this baby girl was born during a very lucky time. Most of the slaves on this island were registered by one name and a number. Not surprisingly, after slavery was abolished, nicknames were still very popular. It was a racist tradition carried on even after slavery ended. Her mother having been known as ‘Zulma’ registered her daughter under the name Marie-Philomene Sophie. Later both mother and daughter were given the surname of Roptus by the island’s authorities. Everyone called her Lumina Sophie (a deviation of Philomene) and her nickname was ‘Surprise’.
Detoxing From Alcohol
Alcohol abuse during times of emotional distress has been on the rise as of late. The statistics of Domestic Violence incidences has risen with the stay-at-home order due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Parents are at home. Their kids are at home. Tension in the home rises because a Pandemic is not something any of us ever expected. Everyone feels stressed, which has caused a great deal of alcohol use to rise. We are living as though we are caged and this can cause people to seek escape through mood altering substances. Alcohol is something we can now pick up curbside, get delivered, and even buy from our local Olive Garden with our take-out. Before the Pandemic, we couldn’t even bring a beer bottle outside our neighborhood watering-hole without pouring it in a cup first. And NO WAY could we pick-up a bottle of wine with our taco’s! The availability of alcohol, the economic stress society has been thrown into, and our daily lives altered; not being able to socialize or work like normal, can take a toll on the human psyche. Women make up about 34% of the membership to Alcoholics Anonymous and are more susceptible than men to develop alcohol related Heart Disease.
Hidden In Plain Sight
We have a problem in The United States of America in regards to the inequality between genders. Most importantly, we have a more than 400-year old problem of racial tension between blacks and whites. I won't sugar-coat it with the politically correct terminology, but I won't be offensive about this issue either.