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How Did I Get Here?

I started a novel a few weeks ago. I was convinced everything was fine until I read the thing sequentially. That’s when I realized I had a problem. The problem wasn’t that the writing was poor. Sometimes that is the problem and when it is the best thing to do is chuck it. The problem, … Continue reading

Things That Kill Your Career

I haven’t had a real job in nearly ten years. There are a number of factors that have conributed to my unemployment. The economy when I entered the workforce in 2008 was one of the worst economies since the Great Depression. Gaps in employment history are nearly impossible to sell to employers regardless of the … Continue reading

The Stakes

I want to share with my readers a post that I frankly can’t put on my business’s site.  If you’ve been keeping up with what I’ve been doing the last couple weeks you know that we launched a crowdfunding campaign.  What you don’t know is that there has only been one person really working on … Continue reading

This is Flyball

I never considered my business a “startup” before. The term startup is something that’s generally associated with Silicon Valley and the tech industry. We’re not a tech company. What we do is tell and sell stories. Whoever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are, you have a story to tell. There is something interesting … Continue reading

We Need Your Help

About ten months ago my newly founded production company was looking for its first production. We thought for sure that the project we chose would have something to do with our main focus: Living History. The TV series I wrote was the reason that we had all come together, but the time didn’t seem right … Continue reading

Let’s Ban the Box

I don’t write a lot about politics anymore.  It’s not that I’ve lost my passion for politics or policy.  I have a lot more responsibilities nowadays like finishing school and running the day-to-day operations of my business that I just don’t have time to do things like watch the news and nerd out on policy … Continue reading

Improve Your Mindset

I’ve always wondered why people recommend writing when you don’t feel like it. That’s like saying: “be happy” when you’re sad. Sure, you could sit down and list all the reasons that you should be happy, but that usually isn’t going to change the fact that you’re sad. Sadness is in many cases illogical. We … Continue reading


For a little over five years now I’ve dedicated myself to furthering one idea that I’ve always believed was under appreciated in our society. That idea is that: even the most ordinary lives have extraordinary moments. Within every human life lies a story of interest the only issue is how to tell that story to … Continue reading

Home Improvement

There was Tatanka – a kind, soft-spoken Native American man – and then there was Rehab guy. I called him Rehab guy because he looked like he had just gotten out of rehab. In fact, I’m not entirely convinced that I wasn’t his first assignment upon getting out. His hair always seemed to be bolting … Continue reading

Closing Time

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day I got out of jail. I barely got any sleep the night before. I just sat in my bunk and imagined what I was going to do with my freedom. While everyone else was sleeping during the night I packed all my stuff out, cleaned out my … Continue reading

Smoke Screens

Smoke billowed from the smokestacks that faced traffic on the side of the jail adjacent to the street. There was a forest behind the parking lot, which seemed like a bad idea for a plethora of reasons not the least of which was the relatively easy cover it would make for an escaping prisoner. I … Continue reading

Fighting With Boredom

Boredom. It’s more than a feeling; it’s a state of mind. Once you get it in your head that you’re bored you’re done for. The worst part of jail is that it’s boring. Boredom was the reason that I was there. Some people think that Depression is something comes out of nowhere and others believe … Continue reading

The Restaurant Charade

There was a gap of about a year between when I was arrested and when I went to court.  It’s amazing how long lawyers can drag out the plea bargaining phase of a trial even if – as was the case with me – the evidence of the defendant’s guilt is overwhelming.  During that time … Continue reading

Trip Aces

There aren’t a lot of things to do in jail. The one thing that everyone got excited to do was watch cops. We didn’t watch it because we loved watching cops put away bad guys. Heck, as far as society was concerned we were the bad guys. Nearly all of us disagreed with the premise … Continue reading

The Clique Mentality

When you first set foot in jail it’s kind of like a hotel experience if the hotel staff were allowed to berate you. You arrive and check in with the officers doing intake and they give you a bunch of shit, basically testing your compliance, and then you wait for the old guy who will … Continue reading

The Bad Stuff

I’ve never apologized for anything I’ve ever written because I say what I mean and I mean what I say. This essay and the following series of essays that I’ll be publishing will be as close as I hope to ever come to apologizing. The subject that I am writing about is taboo in our … Continue reading

Reality Bites

In a blog post for my company’s website I wrote about how Kanyeing is destroying American culture.  Kanyeing – for those of you unfamiliar with the term – is the act of putting someone else down so that you feel better about yourself.  This is a real thing.  People actually feel better about themselves for … Continue reading

A Crisis of Being

I was terrible at school growing up both socially and academically. That kind of mix is extremely rare. Usually a student fails at one because he excels at the other. I didn’t want anything to do with school. For the longest time in my life I was simply a contrarian. I would take the opposite … Continue reading

Animal Farm

I’ve always enjoyed stereotypes. I know it’s not the politically correct thing to say, but they tend to be rather funny so long as you’re not in front of the person that is the butt of the joke. I talked with a Southerner over the last couple days and that was quite the eye-opening experience … Continue reading

Small Talk

I’m reading a book right now about how to get better at small talk. I forget the title of the book. I must not be very good at reading closely or maybe I missed something in the instructions. I never do read the instructions they just screw up my thought process. Anyways, as I read … Continue reading

Value Systems

I’ve come to believe that every person has a priority system that governs how they act and interact with the world around them. Sometimes it’s easier to think of these as value systems. What I mean by value systems is not what we morally or ethically condone, but the traits that we prize in ourselves … Continue reading

Gossip Girl

Gossip can be a worthwhile endeavor so long as no one involved is invested in any positive outcomes. I do not normally partake in gossip as I find it to be, more often than not, a rather trivial ordeal. Gossip is a subject that we broach when we have nothing substantive to do with our … Continue reading

Who do you Love?

It’s not an easy thing to talk about. It is probably the most difficult thing to talk about in fact. Writers, artists as well as men and women across all spectrums of people have grappled with how to handle this topic. It is because this is central to our very identity as people that this … Continue reading

Around Midnight

“Sometimes around midnight They’d come knocking at my door I said sometimes around midnight, Hell hounds found what they’re looking for” Sometimes around midnight I feel my heart drop down to the floor. The pitter-patter of emotions beat down my heart. My brain tells my heart to hold fast, that we’ll get through this as … Continue reading


I can smell the smoke from the bonfire through the small crease in my window made by my air conditioner. I keep it on year round. It helps the air circulation in my room. The smell permeates my room around six o’clock and I can smell the food that they’re cooking around seven. It smells … Continue reading

2016 NFL Preview

2016 NFL Preview

AFC AFC East New England Patriots The bad news: During the offseason, the Patriots inexplicably traded their best defensive lineman and former first round pick Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals. That puts a lot of pressure on a lot of young players to make plays. New England still has Jamie Collins at MLB, probably … Continue reading

Case and Point

Pastor Mark Burns – a key surrogate for the Trump campaign – acknowledged (well, kinda) that he “overstated several details” of his biography “as a young man.” This is the guy who tweeted the picture of Hillary Clinton in blackface and then claimed ignorance – as if anyone inside or out of the black community … Continue reading

Who Plans a Trip to Mexico in the Middle of Summer?

^                                                                                                                                                                    ^ |                                                                                                                                                                      | |                                                                                                                                                                      | |                                                                     This Guy!                                                                                |   Donald Trump recently asked attendees at one of his town hall events what he should do about immigration. “You have somebody who is terrific, who has been here … a long time. A long court proceeding, long everything, okay? In other words, … Continue reading