I’m still alive.

It was touch and go for a while, though. No seriously, I was in the hospital awaiting a test that determined a variety of things, some of which were terminal. It was by far the longest 30 minute wait of my life. I’m glad to report that I should live, though it’ll be a rough few months.

Anyhow, some of you may have noticed that I’ve not been all that active on social media as of late. Beyond Twitter, I don’t plan to be on social media anymore. As I lay there thinking about everything (hospitals will make you do that), I realized that every minute online is a minute I could have spent with my family – a minute that I’ll never get back. Twitter is vital to earning a paycheck when it comes to writing. The rest of it isn’t.

I’ve always tried to speak from the heart. Yep, at times that’s gotten me into trouble, but I don’t regret who I am. I also don’t regret the choices I’ve made or the people I’ve met along the way. I have several friends out there (you know who you are) that are still, and will always be important to me. Even with thousands of miles between us. That said, I’m at a point in my life where I’m extremely grateful for the people I’m surrounded by and this whole ordeal has me 100% focused on faith and family. So this isn’t to slight anyone out there.

In closing, I’ll likely be on Twitter until I’m dead or until Twitter flips the switch. I enjoy speaking my mind in a handful of words and then getting on with my day. I’m not a hard guy to find online, and if any of my long distance friends are reading this, I won’t have a problem finding you, either. I carry each one of you with me wherever I go. The mind is a wonderful place.

-JD (my new jam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WxvJwL9Xg4)

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The Last Pulp Author

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^No, I don’t believe in reincarnation. However, I’m Burroughs’ biggest fan and have studied his writing formula.

People call me the last pulp fiction author, and it’s a title that I gladly accept. I can’t do the whole paranormal romance thing. That’s the newest trend, right? When it comes to writing, I don’t like rules. That’s the biggest reason that I enjoy the craft of writing. It’s my escape from a world filled with rules.

Pulp fiction is often thought of as strange because very little happens the way you’d expect it to. For me, that’s exciting. As a reader, the unexplained captives me whereas the cubicle infested world around us is boring.

The life of a 1920’s pulp fiction author wasn’t easy. The world didn’t have a television in every home and broadband internet to distract it. Entertainment, for the most part, fell to storytellers who needed to write fast and submit their stories to one of many pulp magazines. From there, they’d be paid just enough to eat and continue writing. World War 2 brought on a paper shortage and following the war, paperback books were introduced as the new mainstream for reading.

Yet here I am, writing pulp fiction. Perhaps I was born in the wrong decade…it’s not for me to say. I’m not a traditional novelist and grew tired of trying to become one. My talent is writing pulp fiction and this is my coming out party. If you’ve never read pulp fiction, i encourage you to do so. Heck, you can even start with a few of my short stories. -JD

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Go Vote!

 

The finals are here and what a ride it’s been. Hundreds of votes poured in and one by one, popular science fiction characters were eliminated. Here are your finalists.

BORN TO LEAD. Who do you want leading your group?

  • Captain Kirk (Star Trek) vs. The Doctor (Doctor Who)

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