Category Archives: Blog Post

The Light Shaper’s Apprentice (Chapter One)

Chaper One The howling never drowned out my mother’s screams. It was as if the storm had taken on the purpose of shielding me from her cries. The single candle light cast shadows on the tent walls as they flapped violently in the wind. My father had left five days ago. To get help. He […]

Six String – Creating Emotion in Writing

The writer’s main goal is to elicit emotion in the reader. Why else would we turn the page and read until the end if not for being emotionally invested? Character traits can elicit emotion, so can certain acts like saving a child from a monstrous creature. Landscapes can be emotional. Anyone who has read Lord […]

The Call to Greatness

Eight years ago — I remember sitting at my kitchen table with the sun streaming in through the window — the TV was on with President Obama’s Inauguration address. His speech contained the most inspired words I had ever heard from any politician, or any public figure for that matter. I felt lifted up, suddenly […]

I’m a Refugee’s Child

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 […]

Follow the White Rabbit Into the Hole of the Surveillance State

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 […]