Monday, August 14, 2017

Charlottesville

I don't write this to change anyone's mind because, shit, we know that is not happening. I write it because I've felt sick to my stomach for days and Saturday's horrific white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville, a place I love like few others on Earth, coupled with Trump's horrifically pathetic response (he might as well have patted his KKK and neo-Nazi buddies on the back, he might as well have put on a white hood), has pushed me over the edge and I don't know what else to do but put this into words. I am too angry and too heartbroken to hold back any longer. 

When I think about my own family - I look white, but I am the son of Lebanese immigrants. Full-on Lebanese immigrants, as Arabic as they come. There are many like me, people you claim to be friends with, that you work with, that you claim to respect, that you live alongside. But when you stand up for Trump, or when you claim that both sides were in the wrong, you stand against me and my parents and all my relatives and anyone with skin that isn't lily white. When you talk to me, Trump supporters, when you look me in the eye, I can no longer help but wonder what's really going in there. 

(Oh, and to my relatives who voted for Trump - really, LOL, in the words of the immortal Heather Chandler from the movie Heathers, did you have a brain tumor for breakfast? What the ever living fuck is wrong with you?) 

So let's stop bullshitting. The President of the United States is, among many other really awful things, a white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer. That's why his response to the terrorist attack was so weak. He may be the president of the United States, but he is anathema to the only thing that matters about the United States. It's really that simple. And if you support him, well, boy howdy, have I got some bad news for you, that's what you are. Let's put a knife in the chest of the idea that the Confederate flag stands for anything but racism. When white supremacists carry the flag next to one bearing a swastika, it sounds pretty ridiculous and yet HERE WE ARE. 

So when this is all over, assuming we live through it, nothing will define you in my eyes and the eyes of a majority of Americans more than where you stood on Donald Trump. 

And history is not going to be kind to many of you. Nor should it be. 

It won't matter how many kids you had, what your job was, how much you volunteered or where you went to church, whether we're related, whether grew up together, whether we broke bread together, whether we got drunk together. 

Your support of Trump, a Nazi sympathizer, is disgusting and reprehensible and tells me everything I will ever need to know about you.  

There is no a la carte option with Trump. You don't get to believe in the (nonsensical) fantasy that he will make America  great again but simultaneously disavow the KKK and Nazism. 

In for a penny, you are in for the whole goddamn racist and Nazi pound. 

Here's the thing. Deep down, you know you will lose. Not today and maybe not for a while (again assuming we live through it). But someday. Someday. Someday you will be an absolute disgrace to your descendants, nothing but an embarrassed whisper at Thanksgiving.

Part of me hopes that every day a different Trump voter, somewhere in America, wakes up and thinks, "GOD WHAT THE FUCK HAVE I DONE?"

I've seen stories that the Democrats are asking for trouble by running solely on an anti-Trump platform. Why? Why is that? He is destroying us from the inside out. I would very happily support anyone who made destroying Trump's Presidency his or her sole platform. If my house was burning down, I wouldn't care about the candidate who promised to fix my cabinets.

I hope flying the flag of a pathetic and backwards "country" of traitors that got its ass kicked 150 years ago or buying into the idiotic and mind-blowingly stupid fantasy of a perfect white Christian America that has never even existed was worth it.

Lastly, go ahead and let me know if you're a Trump supporter - it will make my Christmas shopping easier.  

I'll just send you a white sheet.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE LIVING is here!

Very excited to share that my new book, THE LIVING, is now available on Kindle. It's a sequel to THE IMMUNE, but I wrote it to stand alone, so you can start with either book.


Here's the book description:

Thirteen years have passed since the Medusa plague wiped out nearly 99 percent of the world’s population and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction.

Climate change triggered by nuclear skirmishes in the last fevered days of civilization decimated agriculture and livestock, and the hardened survivors battle for what few resources remain.

Rachel Fisher is one of the lucky ones. In her small community in Nebraska, she and her family have access to food, clean water, weapons, and medical care.

And her 11-year-old son Will is the only child known to have survived infancy since the plague.

But everything changes when someone comes looking for him.



Monday, January 25, 2016

Part I of The Immune is the Kindle Daily Deal

For the second time, Amazon has selected UNRAVELING, the first installment of my IMMUNE series, as its Kindle Daily Deal for today only (January 25, 2016).

It's just Part I this time (as opposed to the Deal that included all four installments last spring).

If you haven't given it a shot, now would be a good time to check it out.

Most people seem to like it. Some don't. Your call. If you enjoy stories about the end of the world, you'll probably dig it.

If you read it, feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you thought of it.

If you like it, tell everyone.

If you don't TELL NO ONE IT'LL BE OUR SECRET.





Monday, May 18, 2015

The Immune Series is the Kindle Daily Deal!!

I should've posted this earlier, but there's still time.

Amazon has made all four parts of The Immune series the Science Fiction/Fantasy Kindle Daily Deal today. That means you can all four parts for 99 cents each. Even cheaper than the Omnibus, which is normally $4.99.

Click here to go to the Daily Deal page.