Category: Away With Words

Bob

The last time I ever saw Bob alive, he took me aside toward the end of one of his shifts. Business had slowed, we were cleaning up. I was rearranging some product in the front of the store. “Hey,” he said, rolling up his apron and throwing on his hat. His voice was a bit ...

Mental Illness

Mental Illness is not something to be trifled with. It’s often silent, it afflicts more of us than we all think, and it comes in all shapes and sizes. Mental illness is the elephant in the room which nobody wants to talk about and it’s one goddamned big elephant, too. I’m no expert in psychology ...

Winner’s Syndrome: A Side-Effect Of Success.

We all have friends or family who have just done so well for themselves that they, well…rub it in our faces. You might recognize the signs in some of the people you know and interact with on a daily basis. For example, “Uncle Fred” may have landed an entry-level job with a company and within ...

Vermont Comic Con

I was recently visiting with a few of my writing friends in Vermont. Most of us went to grad school together, and so we still get together for mini-vacations and write, among other things. Last year, we did the same thing. I drove to Vermont, and I was able to check out the famed Mac ...

Macaroni

When asked if they would like to have a bowl of macaroni and cheese, most Americans will undoubtedly suffer no confusion as to what is being proposed to them. “Do I want a bowl of macaroni and cheese? You mean that curved, cylindrical, wheat-based pasta smothered in delicious, melted cheese? Sure!” However, the history of ...

Cosplay Confessions: Master Le Cosplay

Cosplay Confessions is yet another monthly feature I’ve added to my blog, though I’ve recently gotten a bunch of submissions so I may do it twice monthly if this persists. Every month (and maybe twice a month), I plan on featuring a different cosplayer and my interview with them, along with photos featuring their cosplays. ...