Do men/women/trees need more “rights?”

Does men’s rights really exist? Do we need more “Civil Rights?”

I’ve been reading up on stuff on the net and been seeing a whole lot about men’s rights, women’s rights, even tree’s rights. I feel like everyone wants some kind of rights no matter what type of rights they are. People want same sex marriage, marriage to their dog or tree, or even a pillow! People want to do some real crazy things and have websites and random postings all over the internet about their rights. But do they really have a point? DO people really need more “rights?” I mean you can do whatever you want you can go marry your pillow with a women painted on it, but of course there are consequences. Like well your wife/husband can’t talk back to you. But what rights are people fighting for? Let me show you a few:

False Allegations in a case of a Divorce:

Apparently on the men’s rights website (not very pretty at that) they want more rights to fight false allegations made by their wife. Anyone from the men’s rights campaign please do tell, why is that a right for you to be protected from a false allegation? In court if it is false can’t you fight it? Justice may not be at its highest point these days, but the court of law lets you fight any allegation true or false.

Right to Exist:

This is from The Rights of Nature. That trees, ocean, and mountains have the right to live! Incredible isn’t it? 122,000 + people have decided that trees and other inanimate or non speaking animals have the right to exist and be essentially human beings. Would you like to make a legal battle against that tree in your backyard if it threatens to fall on your house or its roots pierce your plumbing? How would we know the wishes of the trees? Call me crazy, but this isn’t even near credible.

Same Sex Marriage:

One of the most controversial topics on the internet right now is same sex marriage. Should the LGBT community get their “Civil Rights?” You can ask most I am a Bible believing Christian and I say based on my Biblical beliefs that same sex marriage is wrong. Now do I hate anyone in the LGBT community? No! A common misconception is people think I hate them because I’m a Christian. No, I don’t agree with what you do, but as the great I mean great Dr. Martin Luther King Junior said, “I do not judge people on their color, but on the content of their character.” Now that goes for anyone. I only judge you on the content of your character.

The Verdict:

I only looked at 3 cases one per community, but so far all of the arguments for more “rights” have been unconvincing. If anyone represents any of these communities and would like to disprove any of my arguments I welcome you to. WE do have the right of free speech still.

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What’s on your shelf? Guest blog post by Daniel Haight

So What’s On YOUR bookshelf? A Sci-Fi Author’s Top Ten Sci-Fi Books

I write. So as you can imagine, I take reading seriously. There’s nothing more engaging than finding a new story, having it suck you in and holding your attention until the bitter end. I love coming out the other side feeling like a different person, having the real world feel ‘not quite right’ because I was so connected with the story I was reading.

A few years ago, I built my own bookcase. I designed and built it myself: big, red shelves on white ladders that are bolted to the wall and reinforced with steel cables. I didn’t want to build it myself but the only store-bought alternatives were pressed-steel industrial shelves or ridiculously expensive. Hanging them on the wall was a sense of accomplishment and it’s one of the first things you see when you walk in my house. Now that I’ve built a wall-sized temple to books – it’s made me think about what I want to have sitting there. After 30 years, I cleaned out some titles I knew I wasn’t going to get around to but there are a few I never get tired of reading. I kept them and wanted to share that list with you. Here, below, are a science fiction author’s top ten list of science fiction books:

What’s On My Sci-Fi Shelf

* The Sprawl Trilogy – William Gibson – When people talk about Gibson, they usually credit him with being the inventor of ‘cyberspace’ and what would eventually become The Matrix. They aren’t kidding – Gibson’s presicent, gritty near-future didn’t exactly happen as predicted but is still completely fun to read anyway. Many modern day ideas – including Google Glass – were first discussed in these novels back in the Eighties.

* Orbital Decay – Allen Steele – When I was 13, I read this in a day. I’d never had a book suck me in so completely before. Steele’s depiction of blue collar guys in space was a quantum leap forward in how I looked at the future. Interestingly enough, he predicted something that affects us now – the Patriot Act and FISA – although he did not predict how ambivalent people seem to be toward it. Steele’s rich universe stayed with me ever since I first discovered it – I re-read this about once a year.

* The Diamond Age – by Neal Stephenson – Great ideas, thrilling action and hysterical scenes … that encompasses ‘Diamond Age’ in a nutshell. Diamond Age predicted things like 3D printers – I’m looking forward to owning my own skull gun.

* Globalhead – Bruce Sterling – A delightful collection of short stories that, among other things, introduced me to steampunk. Beyond that, Sterling has this ability to take common ideas and turn them completely on their ear – look for some oddly-frightening realities described in ‘The Moral Bullet’ and ‘We See Things Differently.’

* Jurassic Park – Michael Chricton – Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael Chricton but if you’ve read one of his books, you’ve more or less read them all. Whenever he discusses social issues like racism or sexism, Chricton falls completely flat. He was always in his best element when talking future ideas and there was no better example of this than Jurassic Park. He made velociraptors a household name and when it came to the big screen, Jurassic Park kickstarted the world of CG animation. Brilliant on all levels.

* Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card – I’m sure on some unconscious level, I thought a lot about Ender Wiggen when I wrote about Jim Westfield. Now that Ender’s Game is coming to theatres this year I’m sure we’ll hear more about it’s legacy so I won’t bore you by rehashing it now. Card’s depiction of the loneliness and isolation of all gifted children spoke to me when I first read it in junior high and I always strive to achieve the same level of emotional authenticity when I write for other kids.

* Expanded Universe – Robert Heinlein – You may think prepping is a new concept but not after reading “The Last Days of the United States” and “How to Be a Survivor” – short stories in this collection. As far back as the 40s, Heinlein was aware of the world we had stumbled into with the atomic age and was going to make darned sure we knew about it, too. I’m firmly convinced the movie ‘Red Dawn’ was based on the short “Free Men.” I dare you to read it and disagree.

* Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy – Timothy Zahn – All hail to Timothy Zahn, the true rebooter of the Star Wars universe. Not only did he manage to stay true to the original material, he expanded the universe in so many wonderful ways that it’s a crime his books weren’t used for the script of Star Wars VII. For the record: I’m not seeing SWVII in protest because of this. I’m that much of a fan – both of Star Wars and of Timothy Zahn.

* Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman – Gaiman’s a recent discovery for me and I say that to my shame. This story is a cross between the “Hitchhikers” series and an episode of the Twilight Zone – a world that exists just beyond the bounds of reality. Sound familiar? J

* The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury – A collection of short stories that is so compelling, so engaging that it made my Top Ten list go to eleven, just like Spinal Tap. Bradbury has this ability with his writing to get almost completely under your skin and he shows this off with two short stories (“Last Night of the World” and “Zero Hour”) that always give me the willies.

I will close this by saying ‘my list isn’t your list.’ You might be screaming to yourself right now: “What about Philip K. Dick? What about Isaac Asmiov? What about Doug Adams?” All I can tell you is: I’m sorry – they don’t resonate with me. It might be a surprise to some sci-fi fans that I don’t love every science fiction novel. Even some by famous authors. Science fiction used to get a pass for bad storytelling or boring characters because it was ‘Science Fiction.’ Not so, anymore. Science fiction is mainstream, baby and if you aren’t capturing my attention then I have to let you go. Life’s too short to read chunky, clunky dialogue or paragraphs of stuffy prose. Some sci-fi series are written to be whimsical or satirical and I can’t connect with that. I need my sci-fi to be authentic and take me to another place – maybe that’s not fair but that’s what I need.

What about you? What’s on your shelf?

Picture Daniel’s novel, Flotilla, is a crossover apocalyptic science-fiction novel that throws a young man, literally and figuratively, into the ocean and makes him both a survivor and a hero who rescues his family from disaster.                              Jim Westfield is a troubled teen who is forced into rehab by his mother and step-father and then sent to live with his father, Rick, on a floating community that raises fish commercially using a process called ‘mariculture.’ Although Jim learns to act like a responsible adult, he occasionally self-destructs and puts himself at the mercy of some chaotic, unbalanced people.  When disaster strikes onshore, Jim is forced to make deadly choices and become the hero he needs to be in order to save himself and his sister.  Readers are finding Flotilla to be a stirring coming-of-age tale that brings together fathers and sons, conquering loss through courage and inner strength.  You can learn more about Flotilla, and read the first five chapters for free, by visiting www.flotillaonline.com.  Flotilla is also available now on Amazon.

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The sad thing called Age Discrimination

Everyone plus the government engages in age discrimination one way or another.

Have you ever applied for a job, but was turned down because of your age? Have you ever even thought about the newest form of discrimination? I think not. Have you ever thought about some of the rights anyone under 18 are denied due to their age? If not let me refresh your memory.

1) Cannot sign a legally bonding contract.

2) Cannot hold a job depending on age and state.

3) Is required to go to school. (much as I dislike school on how it is set up it does make literate people)

4) Denied the right to vote.

5) Can’t pay taxes on income earned ( actually happy about that one).

And most likely more that I haven’t encountered. Do you as an American citizen agree with the way we are treated (specifically teens)? Many disagree with me saying, “Kids are kids and should ‘enjoy their childhood’.” Well how do I fully enjoy my childhood if I don’t have full privileges of an American citizen not a second class one?

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Help me choose a cover!

So I am in the middle of writing my 2nd book Eat My Tail and have some cover designs that I want to know your opinion of. If you head over to the link at imgur you can vote on which cover looks the best. There are no guarantees that this cover will be my final cover for the book, but the winner will definitely advance to the “second round” of “judging.” It be great to let me know which cover is the best in the comments!

http://imgur.com/gallery/vHU4D

 

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Why I joined Camp NaNoWrimo

Camp NaNo participant, Operation Hammer, Ezekiel Carsella

Ever feel like you needed some help from fellow authors? Camp NaNoWrimo.

As a fledgling indie author (currently) I obviously haven’t made it to the New York Times bestseller list yet. Or have I sold a thousand copies yet. My debut novel is just going through a rigorous editing process now. (more on it later.) So now working on my next novel I decided for this one I was going to get some help. Where did I turn. To Camp NaNoWrimo. Camp NaNoWrimo is where authors go to a virtual “camp” where you have 6 to a cabin with a messaging board so you can talk about your novels, etc etc. The point of Camp NaNo is to let authors post the word count of their novels and ask for help or help other authors. So far I like the concept. The Camp runs two months a year free to the camper unless you want to make a donation. So if you are a fellow author and want to sign up for camp I fully endorse it as a tool to make better authors and novels.

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The things we learn in school

Whenever someone asks a teacher, “Can we work with a partner?” The hate filled response is, “NO! You have to learn for yourself. When you grow up no one will be there to help you when you work!” Since anyone 18 or younger is a second class citizen we just do our work as we are told like the good people we are. My question is, “Do we really work individually in the REAL world that we get lectured on so often?” Please show me some examples teachers that we work individually! Here are a few examples of teamwork

1) Writing – Of course I am going to bring up this one. Do you think James Patterson, James London, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were a one man show? Heck no! They had a team of editors, formatters, and plot doctors who made their books amazing. A good author always has an excellent editor.

2) Marketing – Have you ever heard of a one man marketing team? I haven’t. Companies, corporations, and authors all need a good marketing team not one person. Without a team most companies wouldn’t make awesome Super Bowl commercials.

3) Graphic Design – Beautiful websites, nice book covers, and mind blowing artwork all come in play in the age of computers. I know a few graphic designers like freelancers who go solo but a graphic design team of professionals can collaborate to make something cool awesome.

Shall I go on? Teachers are meant to teach us to do good in the school. Or are they?

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Behind the Books

Animals? Yes Sir/Ma’am I write about animals. Let me tell you why.

This is on my FAQ for sure, “Why would you put animals in your book. Isn’t that harder to write and for the readers like more difficult to understand?” I guess you have never read some New York Times bestselling series like Warriors, Seekers, or Leviathan? Haven’t you lived a boring enough life to not wonder what your dog, cat, or parrot might really be thinking? Are you sure they want to be petted or do they want to live their lives in the wild? Look at their undomesticated free counterparts. They seem pretty content with their lives until humans enter the equation. How do you think they feel when we lock them up in zoos? Do you really think they want you to gawk at them and take pictures of them? Well even in the minority people have begun to slowly unravel our lower intelligence mammal furry friends into what they really would want. Authors like: me, Erin Hunter, and Scott Westerfield have done our best to give you awesome books with page turning plots, eye popping facts, and a different view on the pet on your lap. I mean don’t you get enough drama at your job or school? Don’t you see enough of humans in your life? Unless you are a shepherd, animal hoarder, vet, or a zookeeper the answer is, yes. Science Fiction books based on animals are so much more engaging then normal fare because you have never seen anything like it. That is exactly why you are reading this post right now. So come to a science fiction world with talking animals near you. 😉

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A freebie on Kindle and some other News

Hello good people who are reading this site!

I have a lot of new and exciting news to report.

1) The book will be available for free starting tomorrow and ending Sunday on Kindle.

2) The book is enrolled in KDP Select so we were sadly forced to stop selling it on Smashwords for the next 90 days.

3) The book will soon be going through a plot rewrite so if you did buy the book you will be able to get the much better version for free.

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Welcome to the New Site!!

After flirting with the boring designs of webs.com and dealing with website editing issues I have decided to move the website over to WordPress.com for a better looking website and quicker, easier website editing! So thanks for being patient and I hope your eyes like the new site!