What is ‘Sleep’?

Dreaming of the day Where I'll be fully goddamned Rested for a change I'm still struggling to have a full night's sleep. Even on weekends, I can't seem to accomplish this. My eyes are heavy, my brains are mush. I'm going to have a cup of chamomile and attempt to have an early night. Will … Continue reading What is ‘Sleep’?

Newly Made Widow Faces Accusations of Sexual Assault and Treason, Her Imminent Death, The Probable Death of Her Children; Doesn’t Throw a Goddamned Fit

This is related to this week's haiku theme, but also to current events. I apologize for it being so on the nose. But the Kavanaugh thing got my dander up and after reading about Marie Antoinette's execution, my dander rose further. Haiku coming later. October 16, 1793, PARIS - The trial of the Widow Capet, … Continue reading Newly Made Widow Faces Accusations of Sexual Assault and Treason, Her Imminent Death, The Probable Death of Her Children; Doesn’t Throw a Goddamned Fit

How to Write History Books That Don’t Piss Me Off, Part the First

Did you know that I read more than just fantasy? Sometimes I read other kinds of books and they can irritate the shit out of me too! Like history books! So I say to authors of history and non-fiction as a whole: just because you're not writing fiction doesn't excuse you from basic literary competence. … Continue reading How to Write History Books That Don’t Piss Me Off, Part the First

Some Potential Inspiration for Fantasy Stories

It's my birthday and I can do whatever the hell I want. So today, I present to you all a short list of historical figures that would be great inspiration for fantasy characters. Peter the Fucking Great, the giant westernizing tsar whose only formal education was the 'School of Hard Knocks'. Who practiced dentistry on … Continue reading Some Potential Inspiration for Fantasy Stories

Empress Elizabeth of Russia Haiku

"Less executions, More totally sick parties." Enlightened policy. Today on Crossdresser Week, we return to Russia, where interesting shit happened all the time. But we're turning the clock back a couple centuries to focus on Elizabeth Petrovna, Empress of Russia and daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I. Elizabeth was born in 1709, one … Continue reading Empress Elizabeth of Russia Haiku