To Guest Bloggers


Thank you for all the emails and inquiries into guest posting on HarsH ReaLiTy. I am slowly making my way through the list and I will pick this back up after the holiday break. If anyone else is interested please refer to the below link.

http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/12/15/guest-post-for-harsh-reality/

-OM

Guest Post – Zoe Ambler


HI!
First off, I’d like to thank Jason for this opportunity. And thank you, reader, for, well, reading…
My name is Zoe Ambler, and I’m an author. I’ve been writing for a long time, but never published…until now. It took some prodding and nagging from family and friends to really give it a shot. My experience comes a lot from past role-play gaming and creative writing. I love creating characters and fleshing them out. I love being descriptive. I’ve been an avid reader all my life as well. Horror, mystery, thriller…fiction and non-fiction. I have a diverse library.
Over the last 13 years, I have written about 15 books in all. The first two are in the horror/vampire/paranormal genres, though with a good bit of actual world history as well.
First up is ‘The Road of Darkness’, book one of a two part arc. It will be released Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 in both ebook and print formats at most major retailers worldwide. The links will be provided below.

The Road of Darkness is the story of Addison. She’s a young Southern Belle in early 1700 Louisiana with a love for Voodoo. She’s a child of privilege, but never really let it go to her head. She was always a little odd.
Our little Southern Belle is attacked and turned. A vampire. However, unlike most, she embraces this new ‘life’. She finds delight in it. A darkness grows within her.
Like any young vampire left to fend for themselves, she stumbles in her new existence. She meets others here and there, and the world of the paranormal opens up to her.
Due in part to her thrill of blood-lust, she becomes fascinated with war. Soon she is moving from country to country, war to war. Mans evolution and technology in the art of warfare intrigues her.
Through her time and adventures, she has fleeting bits of both happiness and sorrow. The darkness within her will only allow her so much happiness.
Her link with all things Voodoo brings her into the servitude of the Baron Semedi, demi-god of the Underworld. A deal gone bad. It only serves to deepen that darkness. Can anyone help her before she does irrevocable damage to both an entire city of innocent people…and herself?

I don’t wish to elaborate more, spoiling anything for those wishing to read The Road of Darkness and its follow up book. I can say that this is not your average vampire story. It isn’t overflowing with romance. There are buckets of blood though! And swords! Who doesn’t love that?!
For those wishing to preview the book a bit, a few of the unedited chapters are available on Wattpad for viewing.
Vampires, demons, werewolves, angels, slayers and demi-gods. A fun time to be had!

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Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, GooglePlay, Scribd

Please stop by my site and say ‘howdy!’! I go Bump in the Night…

Happy Holidays to all!!!

Guest Post – Multi Award-winning Sir Princess Petra series


Multi award-winning children’s fantasy/adventure chapter book series, Sir Princess Petra, 7-11 years, has values of kindness, friendship, acceptance of others, and believing in yourself.

Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book one)

Sir Princess Petra - The Pen Pieyu Adventures

Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures

Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?

Book Awards for Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures

 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts)
 2012 Purple Dragonfly Award, 1st Runner Up
 2013 Readers’ Favorite Intl’ Book Awards, Honorable Mention
 2013 Sharp Writ Book Award, 1st place, Children’s Book
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Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book two)

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Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures

 

 Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this

silly knight nonsense of hers!
But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
Book Awards for Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventues
2013 Sharp Writ Book Award, 1st place, Children’s Book
Author’s website: http://www.dragonsbook.com
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Book one: Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures

 Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Sir-Princess-Petra-Diane-Robinson/dp/1613462646/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1346597126&sr=8-1

Book two: Sir Princes Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures

Both books available in ebook on all seller sites

Book 3, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, forthcoming.

Guest Post: Warning! Trigger Warning! No, Stop Warning People


A Bad Joke

The internet used to be a rough and tumble place filled with danger, memes, and shocking images.  AIM chatrooms and IRC chats were uncharted digital waters; it might be a fellow teenager or someone your grandpa’s ages trying to get in touch with the youth culture. 4Chan and Reddit could still be used as a pleasant shock to confirm to your parents snooping on your browser history that you were indeed being corrupted by contemptible basement dwelling peers.

Since then some have sought to brought order to that Wild West of devious trolling minds.  In the last decade we have embraced this odd new idea of “safe spots” in not just where our home page lies, but where we surf, the social media feeds we receive.

Just recently I was appropriately – or inappropriately – given a firm tongue lashing on Facebook for a status remarking my enjoyment of the humor behind a recent Bill Burr standup in which he mentioned a joke he had seen at a restaurant, “We like our beer like our violence; domestic.”  Considering the kind of humor I enjoy, I thought this was rather tame.  Note the original manager and waitress involved in this “joke” were fired from their jobs when a few very vocal people complained about it.  Take the cyber lynch mob – Twitter – at your own peril.  (On that subject, be careful. Even being a Muslim and poking fun at “Trigger Warnings” might not save you from the wrath of SJWs.)

I had just committed one those terrible internet sins of offending someone.  Well fuck me, I don’t know how I’ll cope. Now apparently, anything offensive – that could literally be anything these days  – needs a trigger warning less the innocent childlike minds of passive observers suffer a PTSD like reaction to the content. But I wouldn’t have given this subject as much thought had a big deal not been made. All good conversations and provoking thought processes start through humor – apparently at someone’s expense.

Invading The Campus

This wouldn’t be as big a deal if were just simply limited to social media.  However, it’s started to make its way into our universities – the places where we are supposed to branch out from our sheltered existences on the rural farm and realize how the real world works at a place at an institution of higher learning. Examine Oberlin University, which in a shocking turn of event’s and mass criticism threw the below wisdom out the window. 

“So what advice did Oberlin have for professors whose course material might contain potential “triggers”? In a section entitled “Understand triggers, avoid unnecessary triggers, and provide trigger warnings” (authors’ emphasis), the guide asked professors to “remove triggering material when it does not contribute directly to the course learning goals” and to “[i]ssue a trigger warning” when such material could not be eliminated altogether.”

Notice that the professors were asked to remove trigger material. Think of the implications. Are we not going to talk about murder, rape, and genocide in history classes because they could be triggering?   How far will/can we go?  I guess we should ignore the Armenian genocide and not talk about it because the topic could make students feel uncomfortable or adhering to certain Holocaust deniers in which the subject might make them feel uncomfortable.

Oberlin would go farther to indicate what else could could be considered “triggering.

“Amazingly, Oberlin also noted that “[a]nything could be a trigger—a smell, song, scene, phrase, place, person, and so on.”

That essentially means that almost every possible space on campus could be considered triggering.  The smell of fresh vegetables at the cafeteria could be triggering.   What happens when it’s applied to serious topics?

Harvard for example has many students actually request that professors avoid teaching about the law regarding topics like rape.  Yea, that’s right – Harvard.   

“Individual students often ask teachers not to include the law of rape on exams for fear that the material would cause them to perform less well. One teacher I know was recently asked by a student not to use the word “violate” in class—as in “Does this conduct violate the law?”—because the word was triggering. Some students have even suggested that rape law should not be taught because of its potential to cause distress.”

We could have an entire generation of lawyers who aren’t versed in certain fields of law because of just how triggering the topics are.   Apply that to other uncomfortable topics and the implications are troubling.  Since when did college – or any place of “higher” learning become a center for universities to treat students like children instead of adults?  Disgusting.  Colleges need to ignore students who call for things like this, Trigger warnings should always be implemented, and force students to investigate all uncomfortable subjects thoroughly.  It’s called learning in the real world.

The Uncomfortable Truth

Let’s get some actual perspective on the concept of trigger warnings.  The whole idea of “trigger warnings” was at first was to warn people who ACTUALLY had PTSD of content that could make them relapse.  An entire new generation of sniveling writers and media however has decided to use trigger warnings for virtually every last damn thing that could possibly be considered, “offensive.”  Surprisingly …shudder … Buzzfeed did a  thorough and thoughtful expose on the history and current use of the Trigger Warning.

It’s spread to academia into classrooms and Syllabi.  Suggestions have been made to give the Bible a trigger warning. What’s next? Huckleberry Finn? Halo? Shakespeare?  Will everything at some point have a trigger warning? Finally, some journalists have realized that the abuse of the concept is destroying its validity.

A recent article in The Guardian of all places detailed the overuse of phrase. That right there – the overuse – is the real tragedy here.  This “Crying Wolf” via Trigger Warnings is turning the idea into a technique so common that it LOSES its meaning. It is destroying the the actual impact that needed – rarely employed -Trigger Warnings should have.

Of course there is plenty of blame to go around, but fingers can be pointed at the SJW crowd and whatever-the-hell-kind-of-feminist-faction on places like Tumblr, Reddit, ect.  Feminist publications such as Ms. Magazine, the appropriately named Bitch Magazine, and Feministe, were among the first to utilize the Trigger Warning (TW).   Fun fact: Abusing and marginalizing the idea through the overuse of TWs makes you a bitch. 

What this entails is a damning embarrassment to people with actual PTSD, not people who have uncomfortable experiences being cat-called in public.  Besides the hypocritical ignorance of “multiculturalism” think of the horror!  This nonsense trivializes people who have actual PTSD.  What does real PTSD look like? Let’s take a look through the annals of history which most of our population have forgotten existed – and we keep wondering why history keeps repeating itself.  We shall start with shell-shock the ancestor and real first example of PTSD after combat.

Let’s look at another video on the subject and pay close attention to 2:11-2:25.  That reaction to just an officer’s red hat is real and actual PTSD.

Imagine knowing someone who reacts to nothing, except the word “bomb.” Or a friend who develops a facial muscle tick after having stabbed/bayoneted someone in the face.  A French soldier in World War 1 wrote about the brutal environment of the battle of Verdun and what he describes is what gives cause to real PTSD

“At Verdun the ones who have suffered the most are the wounded and, along with them, the stretcher-bearers who transport them. Some of the bearers carry them from the front lines all the way to our post (1.5 kilometers); other ones take them in order to carry them off to Fleury and, having arrived there, the wounded have almost another 2 kilometers to go by stretcher before they can be transported by car. Imagine such a trip under the shells which hardly ever stop, through a landscape full of shell holes, tree trunks, and wrecked wire, through deep mud and, in certain areas, through clay where the stretcher-bearers sink down all the way to their waists, being forced to call for help to get themselves out of difficulty…”

Or this part of a letter from a soldier in 1916:

    “Anyone who has not seen these fields of carnage will never be able to imagine it. When one arrives here the shells are raining down everywhere with each step one takes but in spite of this it is necessary for everyone to go forward. One has to go out of one’s way not to pass over a corpse lying at the bottom of the communication trench. Farther on, there are many wounded to tend, others who are carried back on stretchers to the rear. Some are screaming, others are pleading. One sees some who don’t have legs, others without any heads, who have been left for several weeks on the ground…”

Real PTSD isn’t something we should trivialize. Note I’ve just scraped the bottom of the barrel by bringing up examples from World War.  I didn’t even bring up soldiers coming back from Overseas back to the States from Afghanistan and Iraq in particular.

These souls with real PTSD actually go out of their way to overcome it.  They work with professionals and their fellow soldiers to cope and deal with the PTSD instead of hiding from it and demanding a trigger warning at every street corner and website they encounter.  Ignore the description of the video, but observe again what actual PTSD is.

Even if you have PTSD from something such as rape, demanding a trigger warning and avoiding conversation about the subject won’t heal you.  It will simply let the experience continue to dramatically effect your life.  All the excuses in the world – no matter how damn valid – won’t change the situation you are in.  Get up from your slumber, seek to overcome your problem, and enjoy the life you have!   Life is short. You never know how much time you have. Don’t waste it.

 

P:S:  Also gentlemen, we’ve switched this week’s top-secret patriarchy meeting to the underground volcano lair this week which is off the coast of Saudi Arabia.  

Bring cigars, fine scotch, and your male privilege cards.

Guest Post – The Real Reasons I Blog


1. To ward off dementia.

2. Stay in touch with my roots. No such thing as overworking with Koreans. Rest? Psh. That’s what the grave is for.

3. I don’t want to clean. Who in their right mind would choose mopping and dusting over THIS?

4. It’s my one rightful obsession. I don’t drink, smoke, go on shopping sprees, or get pedicures. You gotta give me sOmething.

5. It’s my only chance at keeping up with technology. I’m terrified to tweet, annoyed with Facebook, have yet to go near an iPod, hate texting.

6. The discussions are the bomb. My readers save me money on therapy. I didn’t have to go this year.

7. I’m repressed. Parents didn’t let me stay out at night. I get to party ’round the clock as the comments roll in.

8. I hand out advice on stuff: blogging, life, men and women. And all these people think I’m for real.

9. I can do whatever. I. want. on my blog and people like me for it. Go figure.

10. I haven’t had this much fun since…since…
*Slump* Pathetic. (Time for my next pick-me-up post)

Wayfarer on A Holistic Journey

Guest Post – Circle


Circle, Illustration, 1000 x 1000 mm

Circle, Illustration, 1000 x 1000 mm

Circle can be found in our surroundings. It is found in the design of flowers and its petals. A ball looks like a circle in a drawing and photo. Circle is the basic shape to draw baby faces. The moon and sun are also drawn in circle. Even the base of every pan is circle. Suddenly, circle dawns upon me that life is like swirling around the circle in thinking and dealing with our problems. We are back to square one.

Foetus in the womb is considered zero degrees and is innocent in this stage. Infant is still innocent in their lives. Many times, the child’s parents’ or guardians’ are the main influence on the psychological growth of a child. A safe haven environment is important for a child and love is also important. Good moral and ethical principles are necessary for the child’s attitude and mindset. Teachers and friends also may influence a teenager’s psychological growth. They either feed good or polluted influence upon a child when the child can’t find love and acceptance in the family.

That is the reason Jesus Christ came in the flesh (John 1) to save the lost humanity in our hearts and minds. That is when our 180 degrees changes in our life moves to 360 degrees. Back to square one. To return to the Creator, repent our sins and correct our ways to walk in His guidance. Back to the Bible. Most people receive Christ during the lowest point in their lives. When His Words don’t take roots in our hearts, we will not grow in our faith in Christ and become more like Christ.

My blog can be found at my author blog.