Category Archives: writing

Missing Writing Cons? Here’s One For Free

Alex Simmons and I do a podcast for creatives, especially writers, called TELL THE DAMN STORY. Since COVID-19 took away summer writing conferences this year, we decided to create one for you. We invited pop culture author and journalist Caseen … Continue reading

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Horror Fiction: After The Party

By Christopher Ryan He ran a hand through thick gray hair as he peeked out the window at the holiday barbecue his sons were throwing. “They’re not kids anymore, ya know?” “Honey, they are in their mid-twenties,” his wife said … Continue reading

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Believe in Blackout Day

By Christopher Ryan This author is not the story. No kudos deserved. No praise sought. No attention warranted beyond an effort to support a cause. Blackout Day. How much support is there on this blog for this concept? Last week … Continue reading

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How to Tell The Damn Story Summer Series, Part 1: Inspiration

‪Today I would like to share a podcast I do. @How to TELL THE DAMN STORY Summer Series” launches today with @BlackjackAD (Alex Simmons), @caseengaines, @herhymeswithme (Toney Jackson), and I discussing inspiration, focusing on how we get it and use … Continue reading

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Neil Young, Ironically

Neil Young has been contributing to pop culture with great songs full of catchy hooks and deep meaning for sixty years. Sixty years! Respect, right? To continually contribute positively to society for six decades is a truly memorable feat that … Continue reading

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A Gift to America When We Need It Most

Here we are on the cusp of an Independence Day celebration during a surge of Coronavirus cases, widespread unemployment and economic horrors, ongoing wars (remember them?), advancing climate change catastrophe, and the Black Lives Matter movement fighting for actual substantive … Continue reading

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The Cutest Infestation – A Horror Story

By Christopher Ryan We really didn’t notice until we were quarantined, and by then it was too late. They had won. In Before Times, we were busy going to work, getting kids to school, commuting to college, the gym, the … Continue reading

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How Rob Reiner Saved My Life

Carl Reiner has died, and I offer my condolences. Not because I know the family or even ever met any of their talented tribe. I offer my sympathies because, without ever meeting him, Carl’s son Rob Reiner (he of directing … Continue reading

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Alex Simmons’ Blackjack: A Quiet Coup

By Christopher Ryan and Alex Simmons There are only two cars on the street. One is running. A driver sits behind the wheel and another man is standing outside. They are talking. All around them the streets are deserted. All … Continue reading

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For all the white people who were butt hurt because they didn’t know about Juneteenth

If you were one of the many white people in America who found yourself saying, if Juneteenth is such a big holiday why didn’t I know about it? Well, I have a few answers for you. And if you were … Continue reading

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