SIX OF THE BEST… annoying conspiracies no one is talking about

It’s a conspiracy. You may not think it is, but it is. Maybe.

By the way, did you check out my new story, “Thoughts and Prayers”, over at The Arcanist? You should. It’s only 1000 words; shouldn’t take you long to read.

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“Thoughts and Prayers”

Out today in The Arcanist: my flash fiction story about the gamification of tragedy, “Thoughts and Prayers”.

I first wrote this in November 2015, after a mass shooting (I think), when I saw the outpouring of “support” on social media — especially from the government, who did absolutely nothing, and continues to do absolutely nothing… except send thoughts and prayers. At this point the phrase has become rote, and while I know there are people out there who are genuine, it’s really more of a “do it on social media so everyone knows how much you ‘care'” thing. I’m a cynic, yes, but there’s a reason for that.

The whole mess has only gotten worse since 2015, as the disasters somehow get worse and the platitudes somehow get emptier. And yet the first dozen publications I submitted this story to passed on it. One said “not speculative enough” (which, okay, the speculative element is slight), another called it “too message-y”, and another said I didn’t push the concept far enough. But I was telling the story the way I wanted to tell it, and The Arcanist was my lucky 13.

Here’s hoping you enjoy the story, and that if it comes true, you find a way not to participate. But if you’re forced to… well… my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

(And yes, I know there was an amazing episode of BoJack Horseman that covered this same topic. I highly recommend it.)

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SIX OF THE BEST… expensive things I refuse to spend money on

I don’t buy expensive stuff as often as I would like, because… well… it’s expensive.

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SIX OF THE BEST… movie sequels in 2017, revisited

Last year about this time I wrote a column about what I thought the six best movie sequels coming out in 2017 would be. Now it’s time to see if I was right or not.

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SIX OF THE BEST… types of columns I wrote in 2017

Instead of doing a boring “six of the best columns I wrote in 2017”, I decided to present my yearly best-of in a slightly different fashion.

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SIX OF THE WORST… episodes of The Orville

Even when The Orville isn’t great, it’s still pretty good. And since I ended 2017 with six of the best episodes of the show, it’s only fair that I start 2018 with six of the worst of them.

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SIX OF THE BEST… episodes of The Orville

When you write a weekly column that is a list of six things, a TV show with only 12 episodes fits neatly into the format… which is why I’m ending 2017 with a look at The Orville.

I’m also starting 2018 that way, but you’ll have to wait a week for that one.

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