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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Photographing the Elusive Ground Squirrel
They don’t all live in trees, you know — Squirrels are, without question, one of my favorite photo subjects. The advantages are many: Squirrels are extraordinarily common in North America, they are often relatively accustomed to human presence and cuteness potential is very high. Ground squirrels, as it turns out, are a far trickier breed. Let’s start with the…
What is Realistic Fiction? Characteristics and Style
I was born to write speculative fiction, but spec editors don’t seem to share my readings of fate. After five years of trying to climb SFF mountain — short stories, novels, even nonfiction articles — I accepted my failures and moved on. Where do you go after you’ve spent half…
The Singles Ranked: Linkin Park
I once saw a music writer do a ranked list of Linkin Park albums — a typical article, one done many times for many artists. But I don’t know why you’d bother doing so for this particular act when: They only had seven studio albums, and You’re just going to…
The Dorkiest Mix Tape I’ve Ever Made
Who hasn’t made a custom CD of video game music from time to time? — There was a time in my life when I made custom CDs containing remixed video game music so I could listen to it in my car. That’s not specifically what this piece is about, but it’s a good opener. I’m guessing that most of you are unfamiliar with Overclocked Remix…
On the Increasingly Partisan Views of American Education
As battles over America’s school quietly rage on, perspectives are growing increasingly divided. — Gallup released an interesting poll last week concerning Americans’ confidence in education. It’s a fairly staid topic that tends to not produce really explosive results compared to many others, but the results were a little more fiery this time.
A Personal History in Nine Mobile Phones
Twenty years of life and technology changing in tandem — 1st It isn’t mine, but my mother’s, though I am allowed to carry it at times. There was some discussion in the house over whether it was worth the cost — this being back before my mother turned into a gadget hound like everyone else. I have this one with me…
After Four Years in China, I Really Haven’t Missed Political Ads
And I haven’t figured out how to explain it to my students, either. — The first time I lived in China, I made a willing decision to cut myself off from popular culture. It was a sensible decision. I missed the entire insufferable “There’s an app for that” advertising campaign, and that’s just fine by me. On my most recent trip — which proved…
Playing Dungeons & Dragons With Mormons
Games have a way of bringing people together across cultural lines. — It was junior year, a typical draggy afternoon when one of my geek friends made an abrupt appearance between classes. “You know the new kids? One of them just asked me if I play Dungeons & Dragons.” That was a bit odd. This was after the millennium, well past the…