Empathy: The Remnant Pieces
Life is an experiment. The worst things are constants. Roderick Butler is a very intelligent young man — that’s what everyone says. Very sensible. Accomplished beyond his years. Awkward around others, but not hurtful. Experienced at coping with all of the damage. But the bad times are in the past now. He has a new life, in a new house with a complete family. It’s safer. More comfortable. More stable. All-around healthier.
Roderick Butler is a very intelligent young man — that’s what everyone says. Very sensible. Accomplished beyond his years. Awkward around others, but not hurtful.
Experienced at coping with all of the damage.
But the bad times are in the past now. He has a new life, in a new house with a complete family. It’s safer. More comfortable. More stable. All-around healthier.
And all anyone expects from Roderick is that he be normal.
Empathy: The Remnant Pieces is an epistolary novel following a brilliant but troubled youth, struggling to adapt after his single mother’s marriage to an older widower. New updates will be posted Mondays and Thursdays.
New to the series? Need a refresher on what’s already happened? Click here to visit the table of contents.
It’s been too long since my last good hike. That’s the only conclusion I can draw as I look back through my photos. Maybe the biggest shame is that I never really went back to Hangzhou after my first visit, even though I lived very close by.
For Want of Fruit
Encounter a monkey in an untamed mountain range and you’ll find it to be skittish and fearful. Find one in a place closer to human habitation, and it’ll be far more bold. Such is the case with the monkeys of Hefei. From behind the fences that separate them from the…
Is Flash Fiction Still Relevant?
A better question might be: Was flash fiction ever relevant? Sometimes, I think that when the term “flash fiction” was coined, the main winners were hack content writers who could churn out pieces about how to do something they’d never actually done. Do you think that those people who keep…
Indie Goes Global: The Biggest Dev Teams From 11 Countries
The industry is bigger than the U.S. and Japan, you know. — One of the biggest changes in video games over the past decade is the extent to which the industry has gone global. A sector that was once concentrated in a handful of high-income countries is now spread out over the entire planet. This is particularly visible in the indie section…
The Lost Spring
Past blossoms, future buds. — I’ve been fortunate enough to live in some places where the trees and bushes erupt into color starting in late February. It’s merely a scattering of buds at first, but soon they’re everywhere — red, pink, white, yellow, blue. Through March and April, the color is all-encompassing.
Middle Kingdom to Morning Calm: On the Move Again
Moving to a new country isn’t such a big deal — honest! — In theory, I’ve reached a point in my life where moving to another country is not a big deal. I’m sure that other people question how I could be so blase about it. To many Americans, East Asia might as well be Mars, a place full of strange people with…
Analysis: The Remnant Pieces — Part IV
Part II covers updates 30–38. You can download this part for free or you can read it online using the table of contents. PLEASE NOTE: I will not be releasing any more PDFs! If you want to continue reading, please subscribe to the free version or consider buying it —…
The Chinese Economy and the Struggles of the Youth
Government policy has not been kind to young people, and it’s likely to get worse. — Even though it no longer affects me personally, I do still keep one eye on the state of China and its economy. After all, I do still know people over there and retain a certain curiosity about what they’re going through. The latest news concerns China’s young people. The whole…