Words, badly used

A quote from the Jerusalem Post: “The warning comes after multiple mortar rounds, emanating from Syria, landed in Israeli territory near the border.” I lobbed the smell of roast chicken out the oven door.

Purported, Alleged… Fact

Richmond.com reported on the wind-up of a white supremacist robbery trial. The last of the defendants, who was an informant for the FBI, received a seven-year prison sentence. the headline was a bit odd: Last defendant in alleged white supremacist robbery conspiracy…

On Language, Lies, and Reality

The British voters supported the referendum proposal to leave the EU. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (which describes the exit process, as as 261 words can) requires that the constitutionally represented leadership call for the cancellation of the treaty. Oops. Britain does…

Ableist, Racist, Elitist, Classist

That’s what I was called a few days back when I commented on changing “your” to “you’re” in a tweet someone made regarding homophobia. Yeah, I didn’t need to do that. And yes, it did not substantively change the message…

On Putting My Babies to Sleep

I started writing pieces on in the Thippah’n universe since 2005. First a science fiction NaNoWriMo novel. Then a few really neat long scenes — expandable into shorts. Then another novel and another and another which needed shredding after I published the first online. I’ve been sitting…

Competency Test

I had this little nugget, in draft form, on my desktop for an NPR 3-minute fiction contest, but wasn’t happy with it at the time. But with the amazing presidential tragicomedy we’re currently having, sharing this with the public seems a…