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State of the WIP: All the Sexual Content We Left Behind

As of 9:00 p.m. last night, I have completed principal writing on Vinestead Anthology book six, Brigham Plaza. It took about 11 months to finish the initial draft, rewrite several chapters, rewrite them again, and rewrite them once more until everything was just so. There is still a long way to go, but I won't be making any more changes to the story. And there were so many changes. Some banal...

Elaine’s About to Die

It's always awkward to join a new group. Worse, most adults experience this in a fitness setting: Camp Gladiator, Soul Cycle, Orange Theory, and the like. What do you say to people at six in the morning who just want to get in their workout and get out? Well, if you're awkward man-child Daniel Verastiqui, sometimes you say Elaine's about to die. And sometimes, you say it to the woman standing...

So Your Parent Watches Fox News

However it happens, however you find out, hearing the news that a parent is a loyal viewer of Fox News can be a shock to your system. Life as you know it will be forever changed, and it will fall to you, the level-headed son or well-adjusted daughter, to care for a parent who can no longer trust their own judgment.

In Pursuit of Dad Bod: Four Fitness Options Compared

It's not easy maintaining the perfect dad bod. You have to keep your arms and legs slim while eating enough carbs and sugar to let your stomach balloon out to a second trimester baby bump. You're already tired running around after your kid, and with the cost of diapers rising to inkjet cartridge levels, money is tighter than ever. So when it comes to fitness, it's important to choose the solution...

You Can Have My Threesome When You Pry It From My Cold Dead Hands

Soliciting feedback on a work in progress is a delicate dance. On the one hand, beta readers can point out huge holes in continuity that you can't see because you're too close to the project. On the other hand, they may claim your erotic dystopian cyber-thriller is too erotic. Then you have a decision to make: do you keep the chapter with the threesome as-is because it's the very crux of the...

Movie Review: Terminator Dark Fate

You and I are a lot alike. We’re both gluttons for punishment. We keep putting ourselves in situations where we know we’re going to get hurt. And you want to know why? It’s because deep down, under all that ego and fake smiles, we believe we deserve it. We’re unworthy of happiness. And that’s why, every few years, we get all excited and go watch another Terminator...

Cipher Dens

From Xronixle Cipher dens sprang up in the large office buildings, taking advantage of the networking infrastructure already built in. They usually operated in teams of five or six, spending all of their time locked together in a converted meeting room, jacked in and coding nonstop, their minds intertwined, processing at unthinkable speeds in a drug-induced haze. They lived their entire lives...

Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

With the exception of the opening scene, Doctor Sleep is not quite the scare fest I was expecting. As the author notes in his afterword, a different King wrote The Shining, and a different you is reading Doctor Sleep. Maybe that was why none of it seemed very terrifying. In fact, it read more like a thriller than anything else, a classic will the hero figure it out in time type of book. That...

State of the Network 2009

A collective groan filled Conference Room B in the Umbra Tower. Nearly 1,500 people had crammed into the 900-capacity room for a Q&A with leading tech players, and many of them stood in one of two snaking lines to the left and right of the main stage. They had come from all over the country to Umbra, California for the annual State of the Network conference, and after several days of...

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