Mean Man & Star Juice - Champions of Space, Time, and Universal Virtue
Now complete, this full-length novel incorporates a bizarre plot of global crime set within a fictitious society that has almost completely given over the use of math to computers. In the lazy climate that persists, a stoic Peace Department agent named James Lawyer must negotiate the madness alongside some new friends he never imagined could be so helpful.
The Kahverengi Diary
For the time being, excerpts and information about The Kahverengi Diary are shelved from this portfolio in order to gather material, complete ideas, and make a good go of it. I hope for writing to begin by the end of 2012, or that the basic concept will at least be rendered in mind. (This concept is vying for priority with a few others at the moment.)
Shelved Work: Around 2003 I completed my first novel with a working title of Waterfall, but removed it from my list of active works. Among other reasons, this first novel is over-written, and it talks of people and places whose fictional reality needs better research and a more careful sense of fidelity. I may return to it in the future for a total re-write, but at present I'm much more interested in new ideas.
The Illumination and Resolution of Abortion, A Lincolnian Approach
This apolitical proposal for addressing the hot-button topic of abortion started with an un-
conventional idea—that abortion itself is a symptom rather than the root malignancy—and evolved with respect to a similar position scripted by George McKenna, who finds the careful practice of Abraham Lincoln well fit to handle the controversy.
Civil Rights vrs. Social Responsibility
In most any case, these concepts are presented as complementary rather than adversarial. But the reality of American society is that right and responsibility often brush each other disagreeably, causing quarrels that scar and shape our understanding of those who have opposing viewpoints; it's an acute bur in the heel of democracy, and oft overlooked.
Semantic Dilemmas: Three Interesting Quips of Language Theory
Every now and again, some academic will point out that language doesn't work like math; it isn't absolute, but flexible. This academic sort will proceed to explain why such-and-such a point of grammar is, in fact, wrong. I'll only conclude that the way we use English in these odd instances is not wrong, per se, but certainly curious according to the rules of logic.
Word Games: An Original Series of Language-Based Challenges
Just for fun, I concocted a plan of monthly word games and ran an impromptu challenge among friends. That is to say all of these word games were tested by a live audience. The key to writing these linguistic tricks is giving them a staid level of difficulty. In other words, Google will only help you so much—they really turn on the information embedded within.
On Language: A Logical Response to Steven Carter
Many of my unconventional theories on language have been backed down from a right-and-wrong approach to take on something of a lexicographer's position. There are more noble pusuits than being right, and I seem to share these pursuits with Mr. Carter. Only, I feel he is destined not to achieve what he's set out to do.