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Probably not your positive ones either.

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I recently wrote a post, How Do You Tell Your Wife She’s Too Fat?

As you can imagine from the title, it got many comments, and I am sure some people saw the title alone and went into my story with an idea of who the hell does this writer think he is rather than general curiosity.

When I wrote that article, I knew I was dicing with a touchy topic. Weight, or more to the point, being overweight gets too many people, and it isn’t really about that weight that upsets people; it’s…


And you don’t find her attractive anymore?

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A Disclaimer

I debated writing this because I know weight is a sensitive topic, so instead, I decided to make it clear that I’m asking a genuine question. I should also add, this isn’t about my wife.

My Friend

A few nights ago, I was in the running with a friend of mine, and once we got into a good pace, we started chatting. Mostly we chat about work, the kids, what’s happening in the news, Marvel, the latest Playstation game, and so on. …


Being around us causes her pain

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You’re never the bad guy in your own story

Our lives, in so many ways, are nothing more than stories. We are characters, living through a series of events, going from one to the other, but rarely are we the villains.

This doesn’t mean we live with no regret. There’s plenty of it, but at the time, we justify what we do and why we do something.

When I was a young parent, I spent many days fuelled by drugs.

My life was better if I took drugs. I could afford it. I was still being a good parent

These were some of…


Maybe she’ll grow out of it.

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I remember when my granddaughter was born. I had the privilege, through a turn of events, to be there to witness her birth. I remember the moment my son placed his newborn daughter into my arms. It was the strangest feeling in the world, but maybe one of the best.

It wasn’t the same as having my own children. With them, there was a rush and a panic, and everything kind of blurred into one. I have snippets of those moments, random things that stick out in my mind. …


And what do they do?

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I’m not bragging when I say this, but I am very proud of the street team I have. It is a team of readers who have now become friends, and they’ve been my team for the last six years.

From what I have seen on social media, street teams come and go in the blink of an eye. …


Everyone wants to understand mental illness until it goes against something they believe in. Then, all bets are off.

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I get that statement is a sweeping comment, but in my recent experience, it has been this.

If you have any kind of social media, watch the news, are not a hermit, you will know, all over the world, vaccinations for Covid-19 are being rolled out and administered. This is a wonderful thing. How amazing are the scientists who can come up with such things and combat something unseen to help protect us. I marvel at science when that happens.

I Am Not an Anti-Vaxxer

My…


What my OCD is like and how it started

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OCD is different for everyone, and yet so many symptoms are the same, but this is what it’s like for me and maybe just seeing one inside view will help someone else to understand what the illness is or for a fellow sufferer to know they’re not alone, because believe me. It’s taken me years to feel brave enough to say I have OCD. I used to be so ashamed of it.

I’m going to use OCD a lot through this, so if you don’t know, OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. OCD is a debilitating mental illness that affects 2.2…


What it is and why it’s bad (sometimes)

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Deus ex machina means God out of the machine. You might not have heard of the concept, But I bet you know what it means when you see it.

Well, What a Coincidence

What is a Deus Ex Machina?

In its basic form, that’s a deus ex machina — something that comes along and just solves the problem in your story. Something that wasn’t there before. It’s as if by magic (God) that this thing came to fix whatever problem your character is facing.

Let’s say you have a character who is being chased. There’s no way out…


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Well, it really depends on what you want out of your publishing career. Let me go over some things and try and make it all a little clearer. I have been an indie author for coming up to ten years. I have seen the indie world come and grow and change. I have a lot of experience in it.

I will hold my hands up and say my only experience with traditional publishing is through a couple of friends who had their books traditionally published.

Indie publishing stands for independent publishing. A lot like self-publishing, but not quite. …


Has the world gone mad with it all?

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It seems that every day there is a new do or don’t rule. You can’t say such and such because it will offend someone else, you can’t do this, or someone will be upset about it. We live in a world where it appears we really can commit thought crime, ie, what I think about something, in someone else’s eyes would be deemed terrible and should have me strung up and brought to the stocks.

Cancel Culture

Take cancel culture. I’d heard this term tossed around but had no idea what it meant. This…

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