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Oct
20

I invented a new word. Shitidiot. Kind of has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? I swear I wasn’t inspired by Trump, okay, perhaps a little. But this word isn’t about him.

Think on it. There are two major categories of people you might not want to hang out with. Evil people and stupid people. Still each of these things on its own has some level of respectability. For instance, the wealthiest one percent. They are shit ass evil, but they aren’t idiots. The people who vote for them might be, but they are living large and are an inspiration to, so many would be evil scumbags.

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.Conversely, you have the idiot. This might be just a guy whose goals and choices are much simpler than yours. Anyone who watching more than four hours of sports a day while growing less fit themselves or the guy who thinks facts are not obstacles to slow you down while seeking the truth, falls in the idiot zone.

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The evil one percenters, might by their nature, be getting more evil accomplished on a wider scale, but then again, you almost have to give them some level of respect. When they go to war with a country to steal its resources, they have no delusions about it. They have come to grips with their desires and are willing to fulfill them regardless of the consequences. There is a certain honor in just admitting, “I’m going to strive to be self-centered and take whatever I want for me and mine. Call me evil, I don’t care. I will kill, confuse, and trick my way and no rules apply, unless I get caught. Even then, nine times out of ten I’ll figure a way to forge ahead.”

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“Would you like to grab my wife’s pussy Mr. President or perhaps walk into my teenaged daughter’s room while she changes?”

Idiots can be annoying as well, but sometimes dumb hijinks are fun too. Honest laughter over nothing important can be releasing. The simple life can take a load off your shoulders. Sometimes being with certain folk is like being in the woods with friends as a kid. Hey look, a frog.

It’s when the two combine which takes reality to a new level of annoying. Yes, I know the richest 1% weld an evil which overwhelms some random dumbasss holding a tiki torch in a Klan march, but how often do most of us ever met such devils made flesh?

Instead most of us are plagued by a lower level of a malign fool and depending on how well you managed to insulate yourself for the rest of the world, it could easily be on a daily basis. If you work at the wrong place, it could be hourly or every few minutes.

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I had a friend once who was an idiot. Just a dumb ass. The guy that would try to punch you and then fall in the mud. He’d come to visit and pour himself a half gallon of vodka and OJ before I would wake up and start heckling the people walking by in front of my place. Just a knucklehead. Then he tried to rape my girlfriend’s roommate. You just became a Shitidiot.

How could an evil person lower they standing to Shitidiot? Oh, it’s easy. If someone somehow believed the religion they used to control the masses was real, it would be a good start.  Add to that racism and homophobia. People who believe these things are both evil and dumb, welcome to the world of being a Shitidiot, loser patrol worshippers.

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From the annoying guy at work who’s taking about how the ‘fill in the blank’ group ruined the USA, between his celebrity worshiping fixation, to both of your boss, who hates, ‘fill in the blank,’ many of us have some serious Shitidiot issues to deal with each day.

So for the more enlightened, I give you this new term to help speed through conversations so one can get to the meat of the story. “Yeah when I was at the store this real Shitidiot was in front of me and…”

You can thank me later.

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Oct
14

Four Questions

 

  1. I heard you got divorced, how is that going?

 

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So, yeah, I’m divorced.

But here’s the thing, I went ahead and figured I should stay single for a while, because no woman wants to be the bounce back gal. So, I keep telling them, “No baby, you’re not the bounce back gal, trust me, you’re the bounce-back, bounce -back, bounce-back, bounce-back gal.

That’s okay though, because I think I found a nitch which works for me.

I’ve mostly been seeing divorced moms. We have a little fun, but they break it off and say, “Yeah, Alex Bone thanks for the orgasms and all, but yeah, I can’t risk having you became the father of my children, because well, you know, you’re you.”

I try to look sad, while inside my mind is yelling, “Sweettttttt!”

 

  1. So how do you feel about President Trump?

 

He’s pretty weird.

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  1. Some of my friends quit drinking, where do you stand?

 

So, I was in a store a few days ago and this woman came up to me and asked, “Are you waiting for Liquor?”

I answered, “I’m always waiting for liqueur.”

“I meant do you need to get into the cabinet?

“I think I’m too big to fit inside most cabinets, and why have I been bad.”

“No, I mean do you want to get into the liqueur cabinet.”

“Will I have to come out? Because I hate being teased.”

She called security.

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  1. If you could do one thing to make the United States better what would it be?

 

Think about domestic violence. No one likes it. Well maybe some people like it, but I don’t think we want to hang out with them.

But did you know that yelling at a significant other is considered domestic violence in Arizona? So every single people who’s been in a relationship is guilty of being domestically violent. But I’m thinking this brings up a new option.

If getting physical and shouting are both illegal, I have an idea which would eliminate real domestic violence. Men are stronger and bigger, but on average say only about one word for every five a woman says, and mostly the words men say are things like, “Hey, this is good beer,” or “Daryl’s crossbow is cool.”

What I’m proposing is that men are only allowed to talk during arguments and women can only get physical.

Wait, hear me out. Men would mostly be safe, just stand in a corner and cover your nuts and you should be able to weather the storm and it you can’t, you probably aren’t manly enough to have a girlfriend in the first place. Hit to gym Mr. Tubby.

And how bad would this really be for women? Men forget what they were mad about in about thirty minutes. Offer us a sandwich and we’ll start giving you a foot massage. Even if a guy was really upset, what’s he going to say. “I really just want to hang with my friends once a week and play fantasy football, or and my case Dungeons and Dragons.” Pretty soon the woman would get bored and make themself a sandwich.

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Oct
02

Reciprocity. Trade. Barter. Rare for one to hear someone talking the concept down. Quite the opposite, most people you meet give it lip service as something they seek to do at the very least. Perhaps, you might have a more lawful friend who reminds you some activities should be claimed on your taxes…blah, blah, yawn.

Reciprocity covers all human history and was our currency long before we had… ah, currency. It also, even today, bleeds into other powerful subjects, such as relationships, interaction with friends and family, and affects places like school and working environments.

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The IRS defines Bartering as the act of trading goods or services between two or more parties without the use of money. Bartering can benefit individuals, companies and countries that see a mutual benefit in exchanging goods and services rather than cash. It also enables those who are lacking hard currency to obtain goods and services.”

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And. of course. they want their cut.  “The only thing that is not legal (about Bartering) is failing to claim bartering on your taxes.

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The sad thing is most of us don’t Barter enough for even the most concerned citizen to worry about how to file on their bartering activities. However, if we look at things in a non-economic sense, much of our lives are an arrangement of social barters.

Actions such as parents giving their children taxi service, friends letting a buddy grab a beer, and helping a coworker with something, are overlooked as a series of complex barters. Things can have more subtle layers such as, the guy who cracks people up, the nice person of the opposite sex who always leaves you feeling a little better after a conversation, or the dude who brings extra food camping. Much of this unnoticed Reciprocity goes unpaid and nothing can ever be equal in this world, but even these small social dances alter our perception of ourselves and others.

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Other types of Reciprocity are more obvious. How many of us have helped a friend move, who has, in the past, helped us? If you mooch some food or beverages the last time you visited a buddy, most of you will think to bring a little extra something with you the next time you visit.

I suppose someone could build up their Reciprocity ‘karma’ intentionally, but it is usually an unacknowledged deal between people. Such things are almost never mentioned other than a few sentences of praise when someone throws down for you, or a grumble about someone nearing the end of their mooching rope.

Again, let us harken back to days of yore. Slow down and contemplate the majority of our existence as a species. The invention of money is a very recent event. Many have speculated organized religion appears in roughly the same time period as currency. The control of property along with the control of your mind.

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So much of life can involve running on a treadmill, not for yourself, but for others. We can feel trapped under an imaginary ceiling. “This is how much money you are allowed this month for the amount of time you’re willing to throw away.” Barter fights against such a concept. In theory, there is no limit to what you could achieve. Kind words and noble acts are paid off with acquiring things which you might have waited months for. Often you are doing a favor for someone in the process.

We spin the win win.

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So what is my point?

Reciprocity is a system of honor hundreds of times older than our current method of measuring goods. Sometimes newer can be better, but staying under the radar and living free is better still. We have enough which rips us away from our animal nature. Reciprocity brings us back to the soul of man and womankind. The ability to judge yourself what is right, just, and measure it as you see fit and not have it decided by nameless others one has never met.

Whether it happens online or with your oldest friend, we all save when things are shared instead of discarded, when trips are made together, and when events, projects, and activities are done with others.

Isn’t this what life is about? So spend some time helping someone you care for, flip off the tax man, and make the world a little bit of a better place.

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Sep
26

Genre:  Dark Fantasy

Publisher:  Chizine

Published: 2012

Reviewer Rating:  2 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies by James Marshall

Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies by James Marshall was published by Chizine, which has always been one of my favorite publishing houses, but if I had read this one of their novels first, I might not have ever enjoyed their others. Most of their novels run through the 4-5 Star range, but NVPFZ is by far the poorest novel, I have not only seen from them, but in 2017 as well.

First off, this mess takes place in a high school, so in addition to its other faults it is supposed to be young adult. This high school is a chaotic mess of supernatural hijinks, where kids die while others sit back and watch. They drink whiskey and talk about how much cooler they are than anything else on the planet.

The school is surreal, like an arty attempt at extremism, which just becomes annoying and leaves you feeling you are not reading a story with a plot or a purpose, but rather the three am ramblings of a guy who dropped out of the creative writing department in college to pursue a career in drug addiction.

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I am not trying to be overly harsh, but I have been reading so many powerful novels of late that this was like a smack in the shin with a hockey stick. Even the title is annoying, like someone fishing for tag words.

Good things, creative, a good idea of what life would be like if you entered a plane controlled by Chaos.

Still if this is a realm of Chaos, take me to the next one.

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Sep
24

Hello dear readers and explorers seeking the truth of the wild within our modern explosion of technological ease. Sorry for a little gap since my last post. I had a WP written, proofed, and ready to rip, but withheld it due to an overabundance of personal discourse and negativity.

Yeah, I chose to spare you all that.

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Instead, I’m looking to take us into a different direction. Those of you who have followed the WildernessPunk posts, will remember I was living off the land a year ago, sleeping in the wilds while making most of my cash, which allowed me to do so, through writing and web based gigs. Thus, the origin of the WildernessPunk ideal.

Camp ! Writing Spot

 

You might also be aware, I’ve been wrestling a bit with the legitimacy of continuing my posts, now that I have a roof over my head and live in the middle of a sprawling city. (Tucson’s population might not be huge, but it’s dimensions covers the same amount of land as New York City, including the borrows.)

Yet, after some time away from The Castle and in the middle of town, I’ve engaged in a new line of thinking. Is the goal of WildernessPunk to shine the light on one person, who with a little love and luck, is able to reach some blissful state for a few months or should it be a more universal concept or goal?

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Is the parent coming home from a job, they drive to, going to get much use out of stories taking place in the forest, while they’re making dinner for three children? Besides escapism and poking some neurons, its stays a less than practical application.

If you add suburbia to the cities, we are talking about the majority of this country’s population. (According to new numbers released from the U.S. Census Bureau, 80.7 percent of the U.S. population lived in urban areas as of the 2010 Census, a boost from the 79 percent counted in 2000.) Most other countries are similar and are, in many cases, more developed. In light of these facts, what if we looked at this WildernessPunk with a different perspective. Instead of proclaiming the glory of the wilds, in an Edward Abbey manner. “It’s great out here for the chosen few, aren’t you jealous of my million dollar view?”

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Since most of us live in industrialized areas, what if the concept of WildernessPunk could be the idea of people within the city looking out? Finding a way to protect what is left of our natural world, while also returning it into the city.

The Wilderness aspect could be our elevation of its importance in our life and our respect for it. The Punk could represent our tricky and creative methods used to preserve and restore nature, even when surrounding by of sea of big boxes and right angles. Also, perhaps using high tech methods of environmental protection, which are new inventions, but the type of imaginative things that will give us a chance to keep our species and all creatures living on this beautiful planet.

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So yeah, that’s it. On one hand simple and on the other it becomes the greatest and most important issue we will ever face. We don’t need to live like we have a safety cap on our lives to help. Let’s explore ways, we can stretch our muscles as well as our dollar, while helping both ourselves, our country, and the environment together. Buckle in. Let’s go!

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Bone Bush

 

Sep
13

Genre:  Horror

Publisher:  Samhain

Published: 2011

Reviewer Rating:  5 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz

The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz became an unexpected treat and really hit home for me because, as I read the book, my life went through many parallels with the main character, Ben, which can be a bit disturbing when reading a horror novel. That’s more than fine though, I like to be set on edge and this book does a fine job of making it happen.

Like most good horror novels, Janz sets up a good number of characters for us to like or hate. Hate might win out with most of them. There are several side plots and threads, but the primary focus is on the four people, two men and two women, who get dropped off at the Blackwood Castle located on a lonely island off the coast of California.

The goal changes from trying to compose music for a new horror movie, to keeping their sanity, and then before long, it is just to stay alive. All manner of spooks come to haunt them and as the danger slowly builds, so does the realization those with a checked past are having worse visions. It is though the island can manifest the evil one has committed into real forms. The worse your past, the more trouble you could be in.

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But through all of this, we also slowly learn some of the history of the real horror of the island itself and there is a true monster there worse than any of the horrors their past can inflict on them. A very real and brutal danger. It is a unique monster I don’t think I have ever seen used in a novel and you will not get any spoilers from me in regards to the monster Ben has to confront if he will get himself and the people he loves free of the cursed island.

Ben is a great character, but may be about to lose his three-year-old boy. These people have almost everything stacked against them on the island, evil visions, a very real creature of terror, and even friends as well as enemies betraying them and trying to hunt them down. Ben and his son have a small advantage, however. Almost similar to Danny in The Shining, Ben and his son can see what is happening to each other through their dreams. Ben learns of his son’s dangerous situation, but his son has been going out of his mind in fear for his father. Just when things are going from bad to horrible, most of the other characters in the novel show up on the island, including his son. Ben must somehow find a way to keep his son and Claire safe as chaos and evil erupt around them.

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Not much to say in regards to problems here. Best horror I have read in a while. Very original. Might have even jerked a few tears out of me. I believe this is the first 5 star review I have written in 2017 and this novel deserves it. With all the books I have waiting to be read, I almost never do this, but I might order Janz next book from Amazon.

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Sep
10

Most people have dreaded and feared the outbreak of a Zombie Apocalypse, but now, under the Trump Presidency, many people are looking forward to and in some cases actively trying to bring it about. Dr. William Lynn is quoted saying. “We’re pulling out all the stops trying to create a Patient Zero, which will get this thing going. Screw it, can’t make things worse.” Some scientists are calling it the Z-Nation upgrade.

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After discussing the matter with America’s leading experts, the drunkards on the Motherroad porch, and re-watching the first seven seasons of The Walking Dead, we have compiled this list of the seven top reasons the Zombie Apocalypse would improve America and be better than the correct presidency.

 

  1. People of opposing viewpoints and ideologies are encouraged to come together in order to survive.

 

Yeah, outside of an Apocalypse, I’m not seeing this about to happen any time soon. I wish it could, but then again, I’m some guy hoping for the dead to start walking, which is probably more likely right now.

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  1. I’ll feel a lot safer

 

With Trump poking at madmen with nukes, working up the Nazis, and pardoning criminal cops, I think I’ll take my chances with the zombies. At least when they gang up on you they behave logically and no one says there’s good people on both sides.

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  1. Role reversal

 

The rich might start out ahead in the Aftermath. They’ll have a nice ride, more gear, but one road block and they are on foot, like say I am now. Then it flips, the hard working in shape, soon to be deported, man becomes the fit, I can run a few miles and fight for five minutes guy. Trump’s elite will be begging for help, but all their cash will just be second rate toilet paper, if we still had toilets.

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  1. The cringe worthy avalanche of OCD rules and laws would cease.

 

This is one where the libbies share just as much blame as the wanna be fascists of the right. Liberals make hundreds of new rules, expectations, and laws, (God is dead, let a utopian plethora of laws replace him) then the right comes in and ruins your life if you can’t do the bingo-twister dance through their imaginary lawful bullshit.

So yeah, bye bye, you go to jail for things like raising your voice in your own home. Bye mandatory sentences required on someone’s head, for things the judge, his kids, and 85% of the senate has done.

 

  1. We’d only build walls to keep out the Undead

 

No more pork barreling, in this new world. Silly ideas and non-sense are about as useful as the clothes zombies have stunk up for a year. Idiots and lairs are not rewarded by anything other than being eaten a bite at a time. Common sense and hard work will be more valuable than streams of useless words and promises.

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Our crisis will be clear and we will want to work together to solve problems, not divide survivors. We have many crises which are clear now, but instead of focusing on them, our attentions are directed toward division and hating people ‘over there.’ I wonder what crisis it will take for humans to really join together. With people like Trump in power, it might not be far off.

 

  1. Instead of fat, out of shape, men appealing to the working class, they’ll be sacrificing themselves for the working class.

 

Much like how many of us learned, in the movie Zombieland, cardo is the way to go. We won’t have to worry about a bunch of suits trying to brainwash the masses, because the masses of zombies will have already eaten their ass, while the working-class folks ran away. Thanks guys 😊

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  1. Since everyone will be a gun nut, there’ll be one less thing to divide us.

 

Also along those lines, abortion clinics will be nonfunctional, there’s another current division among Americans…gone. Contraceptives also very soon gone. Porn, soon a thing of the past. But bad news right wing. Due to a lack of upper body strength, which is what you need when attacked by a zombie, women will tend to die off more easily than men. So fellas, if you don’t want to be abstinent for the rest of your life, you might have to consider joining the rainbow coalition. Don’t worry I’m sure some nice men will teach you how to wax your chest.

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Aug
31

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publisher:  Double Dragon Publishing

Published: 2017

Reviewer Rating:  4.5 Stars

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

 

 

This is the third and final book in Brian Burt’s Aquarius Rising series. I read the first two, which I enjoyed quite a lot, but I would have to say the climax of the trilogy is the best of the three. This is a hard book to classify, because it is so inventive, one is tempted to call it fantasy, but since many of the deadly issues that befall the heroes are both caused and cured by technology, I will have to stick with the Science Fiction tag.

Price of Eden by Brain Burt

In the future, most of the lands of the Earth have been scorched and humanity has branched off into several sub-species including the Aquarians an aquatic race and Talpidians who are a race of subterranean mole people.

Ocypode, the sea witch, Sapiens, and the other underwater dwellers are part of a group labeled The Heretics. All they wish is to keep their races alive and pursue peace, but with almost every side and every race fighting and killing each other, this could prove to be a difficult if not impossible task.

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Ocypode, the one hailed as storm slayer, must use his cunning and courage to pull out every trick and use any angle and resource he can think of if they are going to have any chance of saving not only his race, but others as well.

I like how the heroes tended to solve problems more often with brain than brawn. Even when fighting was required, their only chance of success was to convince the various groups to join the cause, so even then, it came down to a delicate dance of well thought out words and actions. I also like how everything was tied into the climax. All former characters appeared and played important roles in this end game.

I think Burt has a well plotted out and imaginative world and there is little to throw sticks at here. If I had to find fault, it might be that a few times the heroes solved issues with technics not discussed beforehand. Sort of along the lines of, “We can stop this from happening with our blah gismo.”

Overall this is an inventive novel, which has little in common with others in its genre. I recommend this book to all lovers of Science Fiction and Fantasy for that matter. Ocypode and his allies are very likable. You suffer with them while hoping they will make the impossible happen and survive. I will be very interested in seeing what Burt might take on next.

 

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Aug
26

What is the scariest thing you can imagine? Sure, we all get nightmares of monsters and things which don’t happen to people, unless you read my novels, but what about more reality based occurrences? What has happened to you, which you just flipping hated?

For me, it’s moving. Okay, maybe I’m a freak, but I’m sure many are similar to me, but since I started college, oh so many years ago, I’ve moved seventeen times. I have nightmares about being homeless. Even at my last place where I lived over twelve years, I still had homelessness dreams. Some people dream about being naked in school and not knowing where your classroom is taking the big exam you haven’t studied for, I have nightmares where my housing is yanked.

Yeah, give me a nightmare where I can punch some monster in the throat any time.

There is a point to my graphic musing. I sit here tonight at the edge of a fold out sleeper sofa and try to digest what is about to happen. Me, so recently of Flagstaff, but now living in the castle, will soon be moving into the center of the city and partaking in the race.

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Gone will be the walks through the desert and laps in the pool. This is my last night in desert paradise. Tomorrow the coin flips.

 

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Two weeks later…

Now here I sit in my mostly furnished and ready to rock little home. Nothing fancy, but after looking at over thirty rentals and over sixty miles of desert summer heat bike riding, I have a place to lay my head and store my dubious collection of possessions.

New Place

Funny part of the story is when, after waking up and feeling down on myself for having to ride my bike 12 miles for an appointment to see this place, the guy asked, “How far did you ride?”

“From the other side of the interstate—way past Silverbell and Grant.”

“Okay, some other groups were supposed to come and look at the place now, but I’m just going to give it to you, since you road your bike.”

That’s pretty WildernessPunk right there.

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I’m trying not to be overly ego-centric with this post. Anyone who has read a few WP knows I attempt to make a point past myself and more wide sweeping.

However… also anyone following WildernessPunk since it started, knows the thrust of the concept of WP centered around living without housing in at least partially in the wilds (Wilderness) but somehow making the money to do so from the internet and writing (Punk, in the Cyberpunk manner).

So this brings up two points.

  • One after first hitting the streets and forests in April of 2016, I have a real place again. So Yay!! One could say a chapter of my life is complete.

 

  • And two, I am or can I continue to be a WildernessPunk?

 

What would a WildernessPunk in the middle of a city look like? Good question. One thing to keep in mind is that it could be quite possible for me to have a lower carbon print than someone living deep in the forest. For if they have to drive twenty miles into town at least once a week, and I meet 100% of my needs by traveling via bike or on foot, I’ve already got a big head start.

Still there’s more to life than competing or comparing yourself to others.

WildernessPunk is also doing what’s right for yourself, your health, both mental and physical, and the environment, even if it seems odd or conflicts with some cultural norms. So perhaps, “Saving yourself and a bit of the world, even if you end up looking half nuts.”

So, for all you urban dwellers, or everyone I know, (Except Zah) here’s a list of ways to be a bit WildernessPunk in your city or town.

  • Obvious number one. Don’t drive or just do it as a last resort.

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  • Recycle everything, not just in the bin, I mean yourself. Reuse as much as possible, then recycle it. Don’t buy things which can’t be recycled. Hell, don’t buy things. Make them. Scrounge them.

 

  • Barter and trade. Everything you trade for is one less thing which needs to be built. Or perhaps one less thing for you or a friend need to be wasting money on.

 

  • I know this is touched on above, but find the things you need on the street, in dumpsters, in a friend’s back yard. One way a city often has the country beat, is the wealth of material items just overflowing everywhere. You don’t get a chance to pick through half broken chairs and boards to see if they can be used in the northern reaches of the Navajo Nation. Here huge a wealth of items are just waiting for you to keep them out of the landfills. (Note, don’t become a messy hoarder about it, but fixing an old lawn chair is better than buying one at ACE for twenty bucks. You’re helping yourself and the environment this way.)

 

  • More people often mean more collaboration. Fixing a meal for five people uses less resources and money than five people fixing five meals.

 

  • Do things to save on resources even if they seem weird. A friend of mine here has covered many of his windows with plywood this summer. People might think it’s extreme. But I think it is extremely awesome, because his place is cooler and he’s saving money and resources. I’m reusing my shower water for watering the bushes I have outside. Yeah, I’m a freak.

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  • Public transportation, liberties, free events, things for kids, the list can go on.

 

Could these and other things keep the fire of WildernessPunk alive or maybe I’d kidding myself about the whole thing. I guess we’ll just have to see.

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Aug
14

Destiny by William Emmett, came out in 2017 and it was nice to read a recently released novel. In this science fiction tale, super high tech meets a totalitarian medieval state along with various other cultures, which exist on this far-off world our hero finds himself stranded on.

Destiny by William Emmett

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher:  Xlibris

Published: 2017

Reviewer Rating:  3.5

Reviewer:  Michael D. Griffiths

Menem, is the sole survivor of an interstellar exploration program. When he, and much of his tech, are forced to land on this world full of more primitive humans, he throws Star Trek’s Prime Directive out the window, it lands in the fire, and instead he sets out using his technology to be a one-man force for justice, the betterment of the people, and human rights.

And Menem has a serious amount of tech. He can create sonic booms, knock out fifty guards, and escape into his orbiting craft at will.  He finds a young deformed girl who was subjected to slaver cruality. He rescues her and uses his machines to recraft her into the most beautiful woman on the planet. Together they set off to create a university of higher learning, but in the process, anger the evil emperor who has twenty times the troops of Menem’s local allies to entire these lands and destroy Menem and his allies.. The free people are forced to wager on whether good planning and high-tech aid will be enough to help them win against overwhelming numbers.

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Some kinks in this book’s armor would include, all the typos. I know I’m not one to talk when it comes to editing, but golly, this book had a lot. Hopefully they’ll all be fixed before it goes up sale. I found it a strange choice for Menem to do everything in his power to take over the ethics of this world he crashed on. I suppose it would be tempting, but kind of an odd concept to think one person with tech could be all but a god molding the planet and changing the flow for all the people rightfully living there. But hey, maybe given the chance, I would do it too.

I liked how his advanced technology was used in imaginative ways to affect outcomes which would aid his allies. Strong book and enjoyable. Emmett shows promise.

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