Why Your Biochemistry is no Excuse for Sexual Harassment

One of the characters in my book Aeron, Erin, is full bottle on the biochemistry of power. He describes how brain biochemistry makes exerting power over others, sexual harassment and domestic violence for example, rewarding to the individual. However that in no way even begins to be an excuse. Continue reading “Why Your Biochemistry is no Excuse for Sexual Harassment”

Why They Don’t Read Your Author Blog

I came across a blog by Belinda Griffin recently titled 8 reasons why no-one is reading your author blog. Thanks Belinda, it’s pretty good and it reminded me of a humorous article I had written back in 2011 when not many people were reading my blog. Here it is again.

1 They don’t know it’s there Continue reading “Why They Don’t Read Your Author Blog”

Enigma Variations – Trumpet Score

democracy slips by, freedoms die, glaciers calve, the oceans’ oxygen falls and darkness beckons

Bathos is a literary term, coined by Alexander Pope in his 1727 essay "Peri Bathous", to describe amusingly failed attempts at sublimity. In particular, bathos is associated with anticlimax, an abrupt transition from a lofty style or grand topic to a common or vulgar one. Alexander Pope, 1927
No easier to understand than bathos, though that at least is simply pathos with a more explosive consonant. The one aims directly at emotions, drawing them on, straining them, bringing out your inner self. The other is the ultimate anticlimax, a stupidity that sets out to deliberately frustrate serious emotion. Continue reading “Enigma Variations – Trumpet Score”

Ice: A Mexican Woman with a Brain Tumour

A Mexican woman with brain cancer forcibly removed from hospital, deported to her death, is the subject of this poem

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement best successes:

From their inception through August 2013, BEST Units have collectively initiated more than 10,654 cases. These actions have resulted in more than:

  • 12,718 criminal arrests
  • 7,245 administrative arrests
  • 110,711 pounds of cocaine
  • 5,517 pounds of ecstasy
  • 1,764 pounds of heroin
  • 1,036,749 pounds of marijuana
  • 6,325 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 2,988,561 rounds of ammunition
  • 4,657 vehicles
  • $130.2 million in U.S. currency
  • 15,062 weapons

And one Mexican woman with brain cancer. Forcibly removed from hospital and deported to her death. She is the subject of this poem.

Continue reading “Ice: A Mexican Woman with a Brain Tumour”

Evil in Society

Evil in society is a common theme in any form of fiction. The time might be past, present or future, the characters human or not. In some evil triumphs, in others good and in yet more the reader is left not quite knowing which has gained the upper hand. Powerful as these tales may be, the fact remains that truth is often stranger than fiction. As in this tale. Continue reading “Evil in Society”

Aeron New Year Free PDF

As a New Year gift I am giving away 100 copies of my ebook Aeron. All you have to do is use the Contact form on this site and mention you would like the gift.

No strings. No viruses on my site.

I will then send you a link to a password protected page and you can download the PDF.

All I ask is that once you’ve read it you tell all your friends that the book is variable on an Amazon site in their country.