The Changing Pool (short fiction)

The goblin measured Robert. “Accidental or intentional?”

“Beg your pardon?” asked Robert.

“Did you stumble across this place? Or did you come here on purpose?”

Robert said, “On purpose. People find this place by accident?”

“Fifty fifty,” replied the goblin. “Some say it’s fate. I say it’s dumb luck. No way to know for sure.”

The goblin entered the cave, and Robert followed. He lost sight of his guide in the dark, having to follow the goblin’s voice.

“If you’re here on purpose, then you know what you’re getting into.”


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War and Peace (commentary)

I don’t honestly know how I feel about American Sniper.

I’m not into war movies to begin with. I think we glorify war far too often, and even when it’s a “good” war (a dangerous idea in any context), I don’t usually find it very interesting. True, it is a part of human history. Maybe the biggest part. It is worth exploring, but it’s also easy to get swept up in this idea of glory of war and nobility of the soldier on the battlefield and other such nonsense.

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Mocking Tone (commentary)

I will mock you at some point.  Or something you view as sacred.  I will do so without shame, and I expect you to do the same to me.

We all have our sacred ideas.  Religious is an obvious category, but it is by no means the only one.  Politics is the other big one.  But it doesn’t stop there.  We all have notions that we hold close to our hearts, that define our worldview, and shape our central philosophies.  And we all should be challenged on these ideas now and then, no matter how strong our convictions.

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So here we arrive at another A. LEE MARTINEZ APPRECIATION DAY!!  Kind of sneaks up on you, right?  Doesn’t help that it’s so close to an already overcrowded holiday season, but that’s just the way it worked out.  Who are we to argue with the capricious whims of the universe?

As tradition dictates, A. LEE MARTINEZ APPRECIATION DAY!! is a day to spend watching monster and / or superhero movies, playing a tabletop game or two, and (most importantly) foisting my books on people.  It’s self-serving, sure, but just think about all the cool stuff I’ve done for you in the past and all I’ve ask for in return is that I somehow make a living telling people stories involving space squids and minotaur women.

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