America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 17, 2017

Where, a mere five years ago, a thriving city of a quarter million (and more including its environs) stood on the Euphrates River in northeastern Syria, this is what’s there now.

raqqa.

Somehow, the world allowed ISIS to take over this city and turn it into a charnel house of terror and death. Everyone stood by and watched it happen, the United States, Europe, Russia, and the rest of the Middle East. And while ISIS destroyed the moral fabric and culture of the city, its physical destruction was the price of its liberation. As is always the case in war, an entrenched fanatical occupying force would rather see a city destroyed than concede defeat.

As of this morning, as news services around the world report the final defeat of ISIS in its self-declared capital, the White House is oddly silent. In part that’s because this…

View original post 658 more words

Advertisements

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 14, 2017

Ever since we were children, we’ve been taught that the American system of government is the most progressive, democratic, and overall best system ever invented. Of course, we believed that with all our hearts back then. When I was in school, America was the shining light of the western world. We were the good guys guarding the world against totalitarianism. We’d thrown off the moral stain of slavery, and we were reaching for the stars. What child wouldn’t buy into that?

As early as the 1960 presidential election we saw that there might be a flaw in that ointment. Had the founding fathers, for all their wisdom and good intentions missed something? What the hell was this absurd construct known as the Electoral College, anyway? Shouldn’t an alleged democracy elect its president by popular vote? In 1960, Kennedy won 303 electoral votes, 33 more than…

View original post 764 more words

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 13, 2017

Whether we observe it in our children, friends, peers, or relatives, I can’t think of a more annoying and disagreeable trait than spite and its toxic cousin, vindictiveness. They generally result in nothing positive and are never productive either in terms of relationships or productivity. The one exception may be when the individual displaying those behaviors is so wealthy and powerful, he or she can’t be ignored. When it’s the president of the United States who behaves that way, the result is at best mind-numbing and at worst, catastrophic, though we haven’t yet seen the consequences reach such disastrous heights.

For nearly two years I have tried to convince myself and those who read this blog that while Donald Trump panders to the worst elements of human nature, he may not be inherently evil himself. But the virulent nature of his spiteful hatred for Barrack…

View original post 616 more words

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 9, 2017

Many of the people who read this blog knew me first as a science fiction writer (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=alan+zendell). Spending a lot of time with my mind in other universes may be the reason I can tolerate continued scrutiny of the alternate reality that is Donald Trump’s America. But having a peculiar mindset like mine also leads to flights of fancy which are actually last ditch attempts to explain the inexplicable, not that that makes the end product any less terrifying.

All good fiction is based on reality, right up to the moment it spins off the tracks into fantasy. My latest story arc, (pure fiction, I hope,) begins with the infamous golden shower dossier written by former British MI-6 operative Christopher Steele (http://www.newsweek.com/trump-russia-golden-shower-dossier-679973). Trump has strenuously denied it as totally made up fake news, though Robert Mueller has included the dossier in…

View original post 743 more words

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 8, 2017

Back in the 1960s, Donald Trump and I were among millions of young American men who did everything possible to avoid being drafted and sent to Vietnam. At least according to interviews published decades later, Trump was violently opposed to the war, as was I. Those were probably the last two times the Donald and I ever agreed on anything as I followed his flashy career and ever more repugnant behavior over the years.

Trump spent the Vietnam War learning to make money in his father’s business, sacrificing absolutely nothing in return for his “bone spur” deferment, but freely complaining publicly about our leaders involving us in a war we should never have been involved in. Many of us believed that as well, but most of us found a way to do our duty when asked. I lived my own private horror show from 1968-1971…

View original post 671 more words

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, October 7, 2017

Megan: I’m here today with Ronnie Stomper, the star of the longest running and from a sponsors’ point of view, the most lucrative reality show ever produced. Mr. Stomper has offered this exclusive look into what has made him successful.

Stomper: Please, call me Ronnie, Megan. I don’t usually grant interviews like this one, but I wanted everyone to see how magnanimous I can be even with someone who has been as harsh a critic as you’ve been.

Megan: Thank you, Ronnie, that’s really very generous of you. I’m here because the millions of Americans who watch your show, blog about it, and fill chat rooms talking about it would love to have some insight into how you make it work.

Stomper: It’s about a full team effort, Megan. Everyone rowing in the same direction. Total commitment.

Megan: Every show strives for that kind of…

View original post 677 more words

alkaplan

20151205_101845 (2)Jacob stumbled to the pool and plunged his head into the water. Somewhere in the back of his mind a voice told him to take sips, but he ignored it, gulping in the tepid liquid. Then his stomach twisted and he heaved.

Exhaustion and dehydration left him trembling in the blazing heat. Once his stomach settled he drank again, this time, small mouthfuls. He closed his eyes to ease the throbbing in his head. If only he could remember how he got here. Two days of wandering this endless, barren landscape and he still had no clue.

A deep rumbling set his heart racing. An earthquake was the last thing he needed. He looked across the deep ravines that riddled the canyon. It went on forever. One of the giant plateaus swayed back and forth and a rock at the top swung around. Two beady black eyes stared at him.

View original post 95 more words

Cindy and I both have stories in the Indies Unlimited 2016 Editors’ Choice Anthology. Check it out.

Cindy Young-Turner

I’m excited to be part of the Indies Unlimited 2016 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology!

Indies Unlimited 2016 Editors' Choice Flash Fiction Anthology (Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Anthology) by [Brooks, K. S., Hise, Stephen]

My flash fiction piece titled “Solo” won one of the weekly flash fiction contests last year and was chosen to be included in the anthology. Please take a look, there are lots of fun short pieces to read. It’s free today and afterward only $.99 for Kindle!

Get your copy on Amazon

View original post

alkaplan

Only two short days before

STAR TOUCHED releases.

October 1, 2017

Have you ordered your copy yet?

Hope you can stop by at the Facebook Book Launch Party.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The fun starts at 7:00 PM EST and runs until 8:00.

Trivia, prizes, and maybe a short reading.

See you there.

Facebook startouched banner

View original post

alkaplan

A few weeks ago, only two weeks before STAR TOUCHED’s release, my computer had an epic fail. I spent three short days without a reliable computer while I struggled to get the new one set up and running. It felt like a month. Both a blessing and a curse, technology has made our world smaller and brought us together while also highlighting our faults. Our society has become very reliant on it.

So, what would happen if we didn’t have any modern technology? No phones; no computers; no electricity or refrigeration; limited or no communication with the rest of the world. Ask the people whose homes were flattened by the recent hurricanes what it’s like. They are living that nightmare right now.

The post cataclysmic world in STAR TOUCHED deals with those same issues. What would you do if all your technology stopped working? Good thing I would still have…

View original post 229 more words

Our books

Star Touched
Wednesday's Child
The Portal
Thief of Hope
Critical Focus by Alan Zendell

Archive

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 102 other followers