Writing

Here you will find both my editorial and creative writing. I write to be understood, but more importantly I write so that I can understand.

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”
– Gustave Flaubert

“When I write, I don’t allow the fear of consequences to interfere with the writing process. I have in the past paid for my commitment to the truth and the way I live my life. I am prepared to pay more if I have to.”
– Taslima Nasreen

The Ethics and Efficacy of Libertarianism

The Ethics and Efficacy of Libertarianism

Hi, John – I wanted to respond to the link you put on my Facebook timeline about Libertarianism.

Turns out – a Facebook comment doesn’t give me enough space to do my thoughts justice.  So, here they are. If you’d like to talk about this, we should get coffee sometime.

Disclaimer: I’m not a Libertarian, so everything I say here is probably wrong. If so, you should let me know in the comments.
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The Force – A celebratory haiku

The Force – A celebratory haiku

sidewalk – folding chair

only Chewbacca is warm
The Force Awakens

Brett Noneman

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Chasing the Sun – Part 2: The Shortcut

Chasing the Sun – Part 2: The Shortcut

This is part 2 of a 3 part short story. If you haven’t read it, please start with Part 1: The Bet

 

Part 2: The Shortcut

The bet made, Gus jumped on his bike and pedaled away, not waiting for Billy to catch up. The sun was sinking faster than it had ever done, and Gus was not going to lose his new slingshot.
Gus had begged for that slingshot for nearly a year. And for the same year, his mom had insisted that he wasn’t old enough. Even as responsible as he was, she said, she was sure no good would come of it.
Then, just last week, on his eleventh birthday she had finally relented. As he opened his gift, she made him promise that he wouldn’t make her regret her decision by breaking the neighbors windows or shooting the cat.
And now Gus had gone and gotten himself into it by betting that very slingshot. If he lost it to Billy, she might very well shoot out the neighbors’ windows, though Gus guessed that would mean shooting out her own windows, so she would probably have some explaining of her own to do.
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Wish Fish – A limerick

Wish Fish – A limerick

There once was a man caught a fish
That would grant him his every last wish.
He wished for a fire
So that he could fry ‘er,
And boy was that wish fish delish!

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Cheese House – A limerick

Cheese House – A limerick

There once was a house made of cheese.
Its owner was not all that pleased
The walls made of Swiss
Would have gone less amiss
If only it weren’t for the Bries.

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Excerpt: The Forever War

Excerpt: The Forever War

The Forever War is a tremendous book, and definitely a worthy read. That being said, most of the language in this book is fairly direct and simple, which matches the tone of the book well. The main character is a very grounded person who tends to think and talk in simple, concrete terms.

The Forever War is a classic work of science fiction about a war that (due to the nature of relativity) is fought over the span of centuries, Earth time. The story follows the main character throughout his military career, and gives us a first hand look at what it’s like to be a cog in the war machine.

The Forever War Cover We were being ignored by the ship’s two doctors, who stood in bright light at operating tables, absorbed in blood rituals. I watched them for a long time. Squinting into the bright light, the blood on their green tunics could have been grease, the swathed bodies, odd soft machines that they were fixing. But the machines would cry out in their sleep, and the mechanics muttered reassurances while they plied their greasy tools.
– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War

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Chasing the Sun – Part 1: The Bet

Chasing the Sun – Part 1: The Bet

Below is a short story I wrote a little over a month ago based on the prompt “Two people make a bet about how long it’ll take to get home” (Prompt courtesy of Demarée)

I’ve broken it into parts for ease of reading.

Part 1: The Bet

As his stone sailed in a long, slow arc out over the open air, Gus watched it fall and imagined it was a flaming arrow fired from an English longbow hurtling toward the enemy. Every boulder below was a rock troll waiting to charge up the ramp and out of the pit into battle. He pictured cauldrons of boiling pitch rolled up to the edge of the pit in a desperate bid to defend the homeland from the trollish invasion.
“C’mon Gus, are you just going to sit there all day shooting rocks into the quarry, or are you going to show us what you’re made of?” jeered Jeremy from the top of the rock pile.
Gus got up and set down his slingshot. His brother Jeremy was two and a quarter years older than him and almost a foot taller, so there was no way Gus was going to take the “mountain” from him, but if he didn’t at least try, they’d start in about his shoes again, and he didn’t want to give them even one more reason to single him out.

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