I’m a Refugee’s Child

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The time: Summer of 1951. The place: A small town a few kilometers from the border inside the Russian sector in East Germany. That border, the one my father, his parents and three siblings, fled across that night, would become one of the world’s most heavily fortified frontiers, defined by a continuous line of high […]

Writing For A Cause: Pets For Vets and TAILS OF THE APOCALYPSE

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“There are a number of unique aspects of this anthology, but the thing I’m most proud of is our partnership with Pets for Vets.” That’s how author-editor Chris Pourteau talks about his latest project, Tails of the Apocalypse. Described as The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey, the collection includes short stories written by 14 […]

The Emotional Impact of Landscapes in Writing

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Have you ever had dreams where the natural laws were suspended, where you were able to swim under water for  long periods of time, or float in the air without wings? I’ve had a lot of those dreams during childhood. In my early twenties, I discovered a German painter named Hans-Werner Sahm. His work could […]

Hugh Howey – The Birth of a Legend

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Can people become legends while they are still involved in the very process of becoming one? Yes. As a writer, it’s hard not to get inspired by someone who, by his very example, pushes others to become better at what they do. A writer’s writer, an author’s author, Hugh Howey embodies the ideal when it […]

Follow the White Rabbit Into the Hole of the Surveillance State

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Judging by what’s happening presently, how long do you think it will take until corporations have replaced our government? This is not a rhetorical question. What do you think? Thirty years? Twenty-five years? Large corporate entities are already deeply involved in major decision making on a high political level. Phone companies are handing over our […]

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