Only the Lonely

Just past the table of contents page on what might be called the title page of the short story Leviathan by Saul Tanpepper we see this: “a short story about the end of the world.” There is something appealing to me about the contrast in the phrase. This short story was published in 2016 and was free through Instafreebies and the author’s newsletter. On the Amazon site, it costs USD 0.99. The tale produces its own kind of horror, particularly for those who are concerned about the steady deterioration of our planet as manifested in the steadily growing extinction of a number of species. In this case, what is extinct is (almost) all forms of animal life. As Father, or Hunter, said to Child (no name) “You don’t know the taste of flesh, he once told me. You don’t understand the sweetness of meat, why we hunted them all, down to the very last one.” (Kindle location 93-94).

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A Homeless Life

A Stain on the Street by Ric Rae is a short story I received free through Instafreebie and the author’s mailing list. It is a very short story and this will be a very short review.

Readers will not know the name of the narrator but we can call him “Captain.” That is what other street people call him when they give him money or food. Sometimes they laugh at him with sarcasm but he still appreciates the identification. It is important to have some gimmick to serve as ID on the street.

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The Light Dawns – The Weekly Knob

Admin note: There is this publication on Medium I really like, The Weekly Knob. This week there were 16 selections written in response to the prompt “Lightbulb.” Reblogged here, for more fun go to the Weekly Knob site. Although I subscribe to it (occasionally there have been “locked” stories) all the selections this week are free. These are “amateur” writers who create mostly because they are following their need to write but there are contributions by published professional writers as well.

There are two good points I want to point out for students in the English Department at Ma Chung University. 1) The stories are usually short. It will not hurt your brain to read these stories in your additional language: English. 2) They are free and they cover a wide area of subjects and writing styles.

OK, point two was really more than two points. I am not in the Math Department.

Enjoy the following story: The Light Dawns

Courtney Green’s new lamp had a leopard-print shade with a black ribbon tied in a bow around the middle and lacy black ruffles around its…

Source: The Light Dawns – The Weekly Knob

Possible Corruption?

The SAMPLE copy of Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer begins at location 61 or at 26% of the sample. The reader will find a map of areas around Kabul and Islamabad. This is followed by a section titled Dramatis Personae. This list of characters will take us to location 122 or 54% of the sample. What follows is a Foreword to the New Edition. This takes us to location 157, or 68% of the free sample. At the 71% mark, the reader sees PART I The Creation Myth. The entire publication is 128 pages with four parts followed by notes and an author biography.

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The Day After …


‘Tis the day after 15 April 2017, a pleasant holday for getting together with family and, for many, a reaffirmation of faith. The preceding day (the 15th) is not a holiday and has many locally generated unofficial names. Some of them are even not obscene. I’ll just stick with Tax Day (capitalization is my choice). The date is a deadline by which many US citizens and residents must report their earned income to the US Federal Government so that they can voluntarily pay a sum of money (Tax) determined by the Government. This is an over-simplification because there are many exceptions (loopholes) as to required filing dates. It remains a deadline and for those who can’t work to deadlines (writers?), the existence of yet another deadline can produce stress.

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A Picture is Worth … (AK)

Dark City by Catherine Lee is a free book I received through the author’s website. There was no monetary incentive given to write this review but I think it’s good to review a book the author has provided for free.

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The Way You Intend

Check out this blog. The 16 year old writer expresses his feelings on a variety of topics. Those writers wealthy beyond imagination will find his post on taxing the wealthy particularly interesting.

Does this guy have a future as a writer? You bet.



This is, quite possibly, one of the most important activity one must master. To translate is not to merely convert words or phrases from one language to the other. Translation is much broader than that; it is about perception.

The objective of translation is to attain understanding, and there is a difference between knowing and understanding. You may know what a person is doing, but you may not understand it.

“Where were you?”

“I was on the moon.”

If this reply to the question was given by an astronaut, then people would be congratulating him. If it was given by a person with any other occupation, it is likely to be consider sarcastic and annoying.

The context, the person, the tone, the expression, all these factor into the translation of a message.

We may perform certain actions with a positive intent, with the aim to be polite or…

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