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Blog for updates and musings for author Michael R Collins. Also the home for his radio show Saint Zero's Headphone Bleed.

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Are you scared yet?

I know I promised some updates on current projects and whatnot, but right now I have something else in mind. I have something else in mind because I’m scared. This month alone should have us all very leery about what is to come. And something is coming. Our illustrious President was given a free pass … Continue reading Are you...

I know I promised some updates on current projects and whatnot, but right now I have something else in mind. I have something else in mind because I’m scared. This month alone should have us all very leery about what is to come. And something is coming.

Our illustrious President was given a free pass for meddling in elections and obstructing justice. Why? Because a senators were scared for their jobs. They are more concerned for their political careers than what we voted them to do, that is what it boils down to. They PROVED to us that they don’t give a shit about the offices that they hold, or their constituents . It’s about money and power. End of list. They have to go. The whole lot of them. But that’s not what I want to talk about, not really.

THERE ARE ARMED FUCKING HATE GROUPS THAT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO ENTER GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS UNIMPEDED.

THERE ARE HATE GROUP DEMONSTRATIONS THAT THE POLICE ESCORTED AND KEPT REPORTERS AWAY. IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL.

Are you scared yet?

These two events tell me that our law enforcement have been infiltrated by said hate groups. This isn’t new. There are more and more reports coming out confirming it. Hell, we should have seen this nearly a decade ago when police assault on people of color started escalating.

When our law enforcement will not enforce the laws, then we got trouble. Who will stop the violence and oppression? Not the cops. Not our government, given the current administration. Then who?

Us.

Are you scared yet?

If left unchecked, we will inevitably have to make a decision. Do we roll over and take it, or do we fight? And by fight, it won’t be by committee votes and strongly worded emails to our congressman. The worst will happen, we will have to crawl out of our comfortable little ignorances and actually fight. And make no mistake this will effect everybody. It will go beyond skin color, gender, and sexual orientation. It will be much simpler than that. It will come down to one thing: you are either for your oppressors or you are the enemy.

There is historical precedents of this. You know who I’m talking about and even I’m tired to hearing about the parallels, but they cannot be ignored. Nazis and fascism have always been here, but now they have gotten bold, and they are recruiting. For decades we’ve hidden behind this idea of the American Dream™ and assumed all that was good and just would work itself out. It didn’t. All it did was hide a growing tide and hate and discontent. The hypocrisy of the American Dream™ created generations of disenfranchised people who had to take their confusion and anger out on someone. And as always, that someone is anyone different from themselves.

And now we have Nazi’s marching in the street.

I don’t have a lot of answers and I wish I did. Right now the system still kinda works. and taking it back it one of our best bets. Vote out the idiots who are only in it for power and money. Vote against hate and subjugation. BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL. It starts close to home, never forget. We also need to show that tolerance, acceptance, and rejection of hate is the standard, not the exception. We need to confront this darkness before it gets even more out of hand. When you see something speak up, and not just from the comfort of Facebook; out on the street, at your job, or wherever. Never enable the intolerant. Educate where you can. This isn’t us against them, no matter how much others may see it as such. It’s us against ourselves. And since Day One of this country, it always has been. Now it might finally be coming to a head.

Are you scared yet?

I am.

-Your Frightened Uncle Mick


Oops, I knew I was forgetting something.

Wow, so my last post was a promise to come up with some Halloween content and I completely blew that by four months. Sorry about that. It’s been a busy winter so far and I’ve been preoccupied. There for awhile I was working a lot of extra hours, plus a few personal issues came up. … Continue reading Oops, I knew I was...

Wow, so my last post was a promise to come up with some Halloween content and I completely blew that by four months. Sorry about that. It’s been a busy winter so far and I’ve been preoccupied. There for awhile I was working a lot of extra hours, plus a few personal issues came up. Nothing major, but I guess I forgot I had a website.


My bad.

Anyway, gonna remedy that.  Next post I’ll talk about my WIP’s and maybe even post some excerpts going forward.  (That prospect scares the crap out of me for some reason, but to hell with comfort zones.)

Until then enjoy this.
https://youtu.be/qLrnkK2YEcE

Embarrassedly yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick


I swear, I will do some Halloween content this year. I try to make it my early thing, but it’s been a little busy with the new book, the podcast, work, and all that. Stay tuned for some spooky stuff soon. Busily yours, Your Weird Uncle Mick...

I swear, I will do some Halloween content this year. I try to make it my early thing, but it’s been a little busy with the new book, the podcast, work, and all that. Stay tuned for some spooky stuff soon.

Busily yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick

 


SOME SCARY STORIES Release day!!

Today is the day!! Some Scary Stories is now available in digital and paperback! I’m very excited to have this little book of short stories out in time for the spooky season. Get yours today!

Today is the day!!

Some Scary Stories is now available in digital and paperback! I’m very excited to have this little book of short stories out in time for the spooky season. Get yours today!


Bi and LGBTQ Representation in Some Scary Stories

Representation Matters!! Literally everyone wants some sort of representation of themselves in their media consumption. Even if it’s a little here and there, it helps. A lot of people take it for granted because they are represented ALL OVER THE DAMNED PLACE. To see ourselves (LGBTQ) represented, accurate and fair, shows that we are validated … Continue reading Bi and LGBTQ Representation in Some...

Representation Matters!!

Literally everyone wants some sort of representation of themselves in their media consumption. Even if it’s a little here and there, it helps. A lot of people take it for granted because they are represented ALL OVER THE DAMNED PLACE. To see ourselves (LGBTQ) represented, accurate and fair, shows that we are validated and we exist.

Right now representation is improving. Regardless the format, there are big strides to show something other than straight, white, and overall male-centric.  This is good. We need this and more of it. Another thing we need is normalization. With representation comes normalization, to an extent, because people just get used to it after awhile. Normalization is where you just get so used to something it’s no big deal and you’re not sure what the big fuss was about in the first place. (i.e. normal)

‘Some Scary Stories’ is about normalization more than anything. I’m not fighting for representation in each story. In fact, a couple of stories barely mention orientation. But it’s there and not a big deal. It’s presented and then the story moves on. And remember this is horror, so we’re not bring it up with romance either. Sure romance is a great way to get the point across that someone is queer, but let’s face it, we’re queer even if we’re not a-romancin’. Sometimes we’re scared shitless from ghosts and trying not to get eaten by monsters. In this collection, that was my goal; we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not worried about being here or queer because creepy stuff is going down.

My goal has always been more than acceptance. I’m bisexual and I don’t want you to give a shit about it. I’m fighting for apathy! My theory is: if it’s seen as something normal and mundane so no one is going to care and they’ll use their time and energy for real issues. A person fighting for acceptance by simply being who they are is a stupid fucking thing to have to fight for. Yet here we are. If someone thinks I’m straight, and they perceive it as ‘normal’, they’re probably not going to care. They learn I’m Bi, then a whole gamut of emotions and reactions could come my way.  I want the same reaction to my deceleration of my queerness to be the same as telling them I just bought a blue toothbrush: apathetic and annoyed I’m wasting their time with innocuous facts about myself.

What can I say, I dream big.

That’s how I approached the whole idea for this collection, and now you know. So come for the strong Bi representation (but mainly overall LGBTQ normalization), and stay for the creepy, scary stuff.

Some Scary Stories-ly yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick

 

 


Pre-Orders for Some Scary Stories

Pre-Orders are now available!! October 8th!! October 8th is the official digital release date for Some Scary Stories. Paperback will follow shortly after. You can pre-order for Kindle through Amazon or message me. For paperback, message me for pre-order info because Amazon don’t do that sorta thing. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YBJ4193/ Email me at michaelr4224 (@)...

Pre-Orders are now available!! October 8th!!

October 8th is the official digital release date for Some Scary Stories. Paperback will follow shortly after. You can pre-order for Kindle through Amazon or message me. For paperback, message me for pre-order info because Amazon don’t do that sorta thing.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YBJ4193/

Email me at michaelr4224 (@) yahoo.com


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