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    Taoism and other Eastern Philosophies, Fantasy, Coffee, Farmers' Markets, Food and Cooking, Anthropology, Mythology, Writing, EleCivil.

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  1. The article is a bit short, but it's an interesting point of view.
  2. Rivers of the dead

    I appreciate the comments and thank you for reading the story. Also, thank you, Colin for supporting me on Amazon. Peter, this is one of my two stories I think I'd recommend the highest, too, so I'm glad you agree! :) Here's a bonus comic for your consumption:
  3. Here we go again

    Cole, I love that you keep finding new directions to go! :)
  4. Novels by JF Smith

    It's definitely the ex-Mormon in me, but I saw "Novels by J Smith" and I thought, who the hell is reading the Book of Mormon on an LGBT writing website? Thankfully I figured it out a few seconds later. :P
  5. Article of interest to all writers

    I'm fine with this. I think it's a good choice, considering the circumstance. A compromise between the two positions which makes plenty of sense.
  6. Fearless is at IOMFATS

    I appreciate your support, Peter! And the compliments. Clint and his gang are always up for a new adventure.
  7. Rivers of the Dead

    Death is better left undisturbed, but some people don't know any better. After the death of his best friend, Ethan, Caleb Neild ventures into The Underworld to seek Ethan's soul and bring him back to the world of the living. He requests the help of the mythical Orpheus, bard turned psychopomp, to find The One Who Rules Beneath and must cross the dreaded six rivers of the afterlife.
  8. Have you heard about the LGBT film festival in Uganda? You know, the place where LGBT rights are at an all time low? if not, you should click this link to learn more. They're doing some really cool things!
  9. It's here, it's finally here! "Rivers of the Dead" looks amazing with its brand new cover and renovation to this new-fangled age of digital media. That's right, it's available as both a paperback and as an ebook, and here's four reasons why you should consider buying it: 1) It's a story about love, about sacrifice and overcoming grief—it'll pull on your heart over and over again as you journey with Caleb as he journeys to The Underworld to reclaim his friend's soul. 2) The mythological perspective is fresh, even if it returns us to the classic Greek myth of Orpheus. He may be ancient, but he's traded his lute for a guitar and a wickedly sarcastic attitude. You'll love him. 3) If you like my stories, you'll like this one, too. If you trust me to tell a good story, you'll definitely like this one. 4) If for no other reason, I'm taking the plunge in October and quitting my day job to become a full-time writer. Your support simply by purchasing this book will do more for me than you can possibly imagine. Whether you decide to pick up a copy or not, know that I appreciate you getting this far. I love being part of this community, and I appreciate all the support you've given me over the years. That being said, there's a link here I hope you'll check out: Ebook: Paperback:
  10. A New Pride Flag?

    Again, just to clarify, I was playing devil's advocate on the issue. I have heard the stereotyping, but I otherwise have no direct experience with the racism itself, I've only heard it secondhand from those who have. I fully admit that I could be dead wrong. :) I think I've swung fully into the leave the flag as it is club, anyway, but I still think there's points to be made.
  11. A New Pride Flag?

    I'm going to play devil's advocate for a moment, though I'm truly on the fence with this one. I can see a purpose for it, whether or not this is the right way to address the specific issue or not is something else entirely, but there is a tremendous amount of racism within the LGBT community. There are a lot of people who reject potential partners because they're "Asian" or "Black", and on no other basis, purely because of stereotypes associated with those communities (For example, it is commonly said that Asians are small. I know for a fact this is certainly not always the case ;-) ). I understand preferences, but to reject someone solely on the context of one's race seems a little absurd. Maybe, regardless of what happens with the flag, we can use this as a teaching moment to remind ourselves to be watchful of racism within our own communities? Again, not necessarily in support of the new flag, but I can see some reasons for it to exist. Even if I do think race shouldn't be an issue, it already IS an issue in our community.
  12. So, I only really learned this recently, but I think this is one of the coolest things ever. Tyler Glenn, the lead singer of the band Neon Trees, came out of the closet a few years ago, but only a short time ago he finally left his childhood faith, Mormonism. He then created a solo album dedicated to both leaving the church and his coming out process. The whole album is titled "Excommunication" and I highly recommend it, but here's a sample I think a lot of us could relate to.
  13. Gay Pride Month and government

    I don't know how anyone could have possibly expected anything different. Since the selection of Pence as VP, there was no way a Trump administration was going to be remotely supportive, regardless of that ridiculous point in his campaign where he claimed to be a "friend of the gay community". But the LGBTQIA+ community was probably going to get hit by any Republican who ran if they were elected, Trump's just probably the worst one that could've done so. Note, certainly not condoning anything here, but this definitely should've been expected once we knew who would be in the White House.