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Travel Blog: Glacier National Park

November 14, 2020

In October of 2020, my family and I traveled to Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. We had an incredible time.

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International Trade and the Growing Threat of Radical Nationalism

November 9, 2020

As of 2020, American politicians have spent 40 giving lip service to white, uneducated and low-skilled workers, promising they would bring back manufacturing jobs. The advent of Facebook and social media in general, plus the spreading of conspiracy theories about politicians no longer trusted, coupled with new leaders willing to lay blame for these grievances at the feet of immigrants and foreign workers, has produced millions of radicalized white Americans, flocking to the tenets of a radical form of Nationalism.

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Colombia and Iron Spires over the White City

October 26, 2020

When invited to write a guest article for a book reviewer, I chose to focus on a dynamic aspect of Iron Spires: the use of the Colombian region in the 19th century as the primary setting.

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Nation's Soul Part 1: Migraton to Rural America

October 4, 2020

I begin my exploaration of the modern day cluster fuck that is American politics by first looking at my own situation and the world immediately surrounding me.

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What is Steampunk?

August 18, 2020

Recently I was asked in an interview What is Steampunk? Perhaps the most reasonable question to ask a new author with a published Steampunk novel, particularly because it is a fringe genre, a genre within a genre within a genre, seemingly worshiped by a few select geeks.

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Born a Villain

August 10, 2020

WRITING PROMPT: Although I was born a villain, as I get older I find myself more and more on the side of the angels.

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Experiences with Police Brutality

July 12, 2020

Current events surrounding the Black Lives Matter have sent me down a rabbit hole, not because I have ever experienced any sort of discrimination in my life. I am a middle class white male living in the United States; I am a priveledged person in this world. Or as I perfer to frame it, I am lucky that the circumstances of my birth never put me at a disadvantage.

But when I was a teenager, I was a hoodlum and experienced brutality at the hands of the police. I quickly learned this is how the African-American community experiences the police in this country, regardless of whether they are crooks or not.

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