• blog,  Creativity,  Essay,  News,  On Writing

    A Touch of Chaos – Writing from The Edge

    I want to connect with you personally. Social media has made us antisocial. We connect through screens and snippets but not personally. I’m moving away from this as much as possible in a search for real connection and true engagement. Sending an email to you that you can reply to privately is the first step, sending snail mail to Patrons who support me on Patreon is the next step. I write fiction, plays, essays and now personal letters to share my ideas and imaginings. I try every day to maintain the balance between order and chaos to maximize my creative energy to share with you. We all seek and desperately…

  • Essay,  Mindset

    If You Need to Cry, Cry When You Get to the Top

    A reader recently asked me, “How do you approach life so confidently?” I have been asked this more than once and decided this topic deserved to be answered in an essay. We all build our confidence in different ways. I don’t often share personal stories as I consider myself to be more of an observer and I am less interested in myself than in others, but this demanded a personal answer, so here is my story. Represent Yourself or Others Will Misrepresent You When I was a teen, I was a lot like I am now: outspoken, curious, passionate, and creative. I read as much as I could get my…

  • Essay,  On Writing

    A Literatura Moderna não é nada além de uma Salada de Palavras Anti-Intelectual

    This is a translation of my article, “Modern Literature is Nothing More than Anti-Intellectual Word Salad” translated to Portuguese by writer, José Geraldo Gouvea Esta semana dois autores de meu círculo estavam preocupados com a mesma questão: Por que a literatura moderna é tão ruim? Pelo que eu sei, esses dois autores não se conhecem. Eles estão em círculos políticos parecidos (direitistas, conservadores) mas em diferentes círculos criativos, o que fez a coincidência de seu interesse comum ainda mais fascinante. Uma questão semelhante tem também estado em minha mente: “Por que parece que não tem surgido nada de novo ou excitante publicado recentemente?” ou, mais no ponto, “Por que os…

  • blog,  Essay,  Mindset

    Roll With It

    Did you ever hear that if a drunk person falls down the stairs he or she will sustain far fewer injuries than a sober person?  The reason is that the drunk person is relaxed and therefore more flexible. The sober person, anticipating the fall, will brace him or herself for the fall. She will stiffen and tense up.  As a result, she will tear tight muscles, break bones, and be far more hurt by the fall than the drunk person. I’m not advocating drunkenness. Easy as that may sound as a solution, we all know the other drawbacks.  I am advocating for you to chill the fuck out.  Relax. Loosen…

  • blog,  Book Reviews,  Essay

    Book Review: Sallust: Impressive New Translation from Quintus Curtius

    Quintus Curtius is one of my favorite writers. Part of this has to do with who he is as a person. He is one of the last, true Rennaissance Men of modern day. A former marine officer, who then became a lawyer who is also a painter, writer and translator, Quintus Curtius shares his views on discipline, honor, art, politics, philosophy and society on his blog Fortress of the Mind. What is most compelling about Curtius is his ability to blend the intellectual with the everyday. When he offered to send me an advance copy of Sallust, I was thrilled. This translation of  “Conspiracy of Catiline” and “War of Jugurtha” is…

  • Attraction,  blog,  Essay,  Mindset

    Desire is Life

    Desire gives our lives meaning and purpose. Wanting something, or someone, gives our life the spark and push we need to work through the hard parts, wake up in the morning, get excited. Desire is the ignition for everything we care about. We may think having all our needs and desires met at the snap of our fingers would make us happy and fulfilled but the truth is it would make you bored and miserable. We would have to find something new to strive for. We would desire a new desire. Too often we think that achieving our goal is what gives us satisfaction. In fact we take the most…

  • blog,  Essay,  Pop Culture

    The Problem with Online Trolls

    If you reach any level of success and have an online presence you are going to have to deal with trolls. Congratulations! On one hand, this is great news! This means your message is getting heard. It also means that your message is clear enough that it has inspired opposition. If the greatest challenge for any writer is to get his or her voice heard through the cacophony online, then the day you start getting trolled because of your writing is the day you know you have broken through the noise. Well done! Are Trolls Dangerous? The problem with online trolls is not that they are dangerous in a physical…

  • blog,  Essay,  Women

    Your Feminine Voice

    There are many ways men and women are different. The voice is an obvious example. Men have deep low voices and women have higher, more airy voices. But our voices are actually different in several other, more subtle ways and once you are aware of them, you can learn to use your voice to tap into your femininity, reach his masculine needs and also gut check yourself on some of your worst habits. Women and men use their voices differently. Men basically have two voices: inside voice and outside voice. You could also add their ridiculous falsetto voice they use when roasting each other, but for the most part, they…

  • blog,  Essay,  Feminism,  Mindset,  Women

    Your Feminine Body

    This is quite possibly the most important essay on femininity I will ever write.  If you do the things I ask you to do in this post, it will begin to change your life, for the better, immediately. You probably won’t want to do these things. Not because they are hard or complicated, but because you will feel foolish. But I can assure you, the truly foolish will let your ego and pride get in the way of performing these exercises and following the direction of what I ask of you in this post.  The wise will participate. It’s your life. Are you an observer? No. Then read every word…

  • blog,  Essay,  Feminism,  Observations OMS,  Pop Culture

    The Divorce Machine

    Society wants you divorced. The very fabric of our social networks support and encourage divorce and many divorces are socially executed in the same way.  It’s not a pretty story, but it’s a common one.  75% of divorces are initiated by women. And in the majority of these divorces, even if the divorce is initiated for innocuous reasons, the divorce will quickly turn into a machine determined to vilify the husband while clearing the wife of any wrongdoing and making her the victim. This may not even be her intention at the beginning, but as soon as the divorce machine gets started, it’s hard if not impossible to stop the gears. Once…