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.
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The Hermit Empire of the Publishing Industry
Today, I’d like to talk about rejection. And I don’t mean in that ridiculous “failure is the best thing that ever happened to me” nonsense you get from the success blogger set, either. I’m talking numbers here — the nuts and bolts. I believe that the publishing industry in general…
Blunt Affect and the Consequences of Not Smiling Enough
I’m sorry you have a problem with my face. It’s not something I can fix — Not so long ago, I was rejected from a position because I wasn’t smiling in the picture I attached to my CV. I was otherwise massively overqualified. For an online job that required no experience, I had years of relevant experience to fall back on. I could also show them…
Death by Publishing
A few days ago, I was submitting one of my old manuscripts to some small press publishers — basically setting up the next round of rejections. As I looked through their rules and standards, I noticed something really strange at the bottom of the last section:
I Destroyed My Most Personal Story. Here’s Why
To thine own self be true. — Moments before writing this, I deleted all copies of the most personal story I’ve ever written. Currently, the last copy of that story lies in the hands of a publication that has rejected me 59 times out of 59. I fully anticipate that this will be the 60th rejection —…
Analysis: The Remnant Pieces — Part III
Part II covers updates 22–29. You can download this part for free or you can read it online using the table of contents. Let’s put this out there first: Carlie Anderson is not based on a real person. in realistic fiction, there’s a tendency to assume that characters have one-to-one…
Twitter Is on the Verge of Becoming a Haven for Scammers
I really didn’t want to write anything else about Twitter. I just plain don’t care. Frankly, I’ve seen more articles about Twitter in the last week than I saw on the Senkaku Islands dispute during two agonizing years of waiting for our two largest trading partners to go to war…
Eight More Significant Songs That Concluded an Album
Good songs finish last. — I received quite a response to a previous article on famous songs that came last on an album, including some discussion on the arrangement of albums and a lot of suggestions for other worthy songs. Spurred on by that, I researched more and turned up even more notable songs with…
Quit Whining and Just Delete Your Damn Twitter Account Already
Honestly, our press corps is pathetic. For years now, my one essential piece of internet-related advice was “Delete your Twitter account.” I was only half-joking. Twitter has clearly made many people’s lives worse, and it is a self-inflicted wound that each of those people has always had the power to…