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RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Why I Write What I Write

Updated: Feb 26

This is why I write about childhood bullying. "OMGawwwwwd, it happened so long ago. Get over it!" Yup, it did. And it's all the same crap, just in bigger sized panties.


This is why I study history (and continue to study it as it gets updated from past censorship, and try to remember shit that is newly censored to suit contemporary powers).


This is why my fantastical fiction is an intertwining of history and the things I've experienced. Because it's all the same crap riding the hamster wheel.


This is why I describe in overt detail things like sex crimes, narcissistic abuse, workplace coercion, and domestic violence. This is why I tell the tales of petty political backstabbery in an obscure little facet of the world's dance community or among a bunch of nerds playing medieval knights & ladies.


This is why I just gave you 20,000 words of mindset, setup, background, and the impact made when someone drops the bomb of "I could just take it anyway. I could just rape you."


This is why I will give you 13,000 more about the fallout from those five minutes of psychological warfare committed in one little apartment bedroom overlooking the backwoods shores of Lake Superior.


It all begins on the playground.


It all starts at home.




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