“It was customary for girls in their 16th year to register their reproductive system with the government. The girls filled out a form, gave biometric data, DNA samples, and they had a simple examination. This made early detection appointments streamlined in the future. Also, the government could database who was in their child-bearing years and … More Chapter nine excerpt. Freaky thought.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, yes you are. Here is a perfect example: Buzzfeed found that two “news” sites – one very liberal and one very conservative – were actually owned by the same company. Both sides reported on the same stories, used the same sources, and the same level of outrage over … More Living in a Dystopia yet?
Once you’ve adopted an ideology, life becomes less about identifying real problems and more about eliminating anything that defies your ideology. Anything that defies the ideology is a problem, and the solution is your ideology. … More Ideology: A weapon of mass destruction
Ever get the feeling that the idea of “national healing” is just an idea in our heads? We expect “them” to heal. Never us. The winners don’t need to heal do they? Nah. That’s just for losers. Then we flip the script. The once-losers become the winners. And even though the now-winners remember what it … More National healing
We are in the midst of a heated argument – James and myself, the co-writers, are at odds. This is my perception of City-State’s ultimate villain, Supreme Judge Kaisin Harkin: To me, a female reader and writer, Harkin exudes power with remarkable good looks and exceptional charisma. As a co-writer, I have spent many hours … More But He’s MINE, and He’s HOT!
When I was in Kindergarten, I was (and still am) a huge baseball fan. I loved the Atlanta Braves. They were actually good in the early eighties. Then they sucked for like half a decade. Then they won 14 straight divisional titles. But I digress. We had a talent show. And I was dressed up … More #TBT Moment
We already live in City-State. City-State is basically Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New Wold” on meth. Think about it. People don’t need to ban books. We don’t read. We get spoon-fed reality TV and viral videos. No one needs to cover up the truth. We all basically ignore it anyway. When someone says something controversial, we … More City-State: 101
What criteria do you keep when deciding whether a villain deserves to die? Is it “just cuz?” You know, he’s the bad guy? Der! Or is there more to it? Kaisy and I were discussing this today. My criteria: Basically, if the villain is irredeemable, has done truly evil acts, and acts and thinks in … More To Kill a Villain
Well. This whole adventure began back in 2012. The novel was written as a stand alone book. Along the way, this blog was born and a multitude of short stories were begotten. Next thing we knew, we had a wonderful anthology of short stories all rooted in this fantastical dystopian universe. From feral humans, sophisticated … More The Novel
Chapter One: The S-Classer of the novel, StarChild, has been converted into a beautiful word cloud via worditout.com. As Jeremy endures the aircab driver’s crazy maneuvers through the skies of Layer Seven, he envisions his new career as a wonderful, thrilling life changing event. And yes, Jeremy’s life will change.