Trump Card

November 10, 2016
Okay, I told myself when I started this blog a million years ago that I would never turn it into some political soap box. This is first and foremost a blog about writing: the craft as it relates to our culture and my own time on Earth.

But, seeing as how everyone this side of the Andromeda Galaxy has an opinion on the recent presidential election, I suppose it would be appropriate for me to add my ten cents to the kitty.

I have no intention of defending Donald Trump or condemning him. I voted for him, but it wasn't because of some attraction I had (I had long-been a Ted Cruz supporter). Between bouts of Clinton supporters sobbing and whining like an army of four-year-olds forced to eat brussels sprouts, I have found myself more and more baffled at why the hell anyone with a single working synapse would ever think that Hillary Clinton, a known and confirmed criminal with numerous ties to despots and financial monkey business, would make a decent president.

I thought Bernie Sanders was a poor choice for president, but I would not be confused as to why someone would vote for him. His promises were little more than rehashed socialist ideas scraped from the bottom on the saucepan of bad decisions, but he seemed sincere and, to my knowledge, did not have any sort of criminal record or intent. I wouldn't agree with the practice, but I can understand why a Bernie supporter would feel justified in mounting some post-election protest as Clinton supporters are currently doing. Clinton supporters have no justification for protesting anything. They were trying to elect a person who had committed crimes that would send any of them away to jail for the better part of a century.

I just don't get it.

Criticisms of Trump generally amounted to him being a meanie or saying vulgar things, as if the American people are a bunch of pearl-clutching, knitting-class dropouts who never heard the term 'pussy' outside the cat food aisle. Is this the basis for people not voting for him? Yes, I know he's been stuck with every '-ist' and '-ism' label known to man, but that kind of silly hyperbole has been used so much for so long about anyone not favored by the media that I find it hard to believe it has any effect. Apparently it does have an effect, if the countless protests and YouTube snot-fests are any indication.

Like it or not, folks, Trump won and Clinton lost. I hope he does well in his position and our country flourishes. But I will never understand ideological contrarianism. If Trump does well and America enters a new shiny-metal age, it won't mean anything to some people. There will always be people who hate whoever's not 'their guy'.

Anyway, that's my ten cents. I'll try to blog more frequently. Until next time, have a great week!

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Hello, My Name Is Mr. Tardiff, And I Am A Tamale

March 31, 2016
Okay, so I'm not really a tamale. But I sure would like one. And you are what you eat, as they say. So I guess I should say I will be a tamale in a few hours.

Life has thrown me a few curves as of late. I won't bore any of you with details, but let's just say the curves are not all bad (though that implies they aren't all good, either). One good curve: I have happily completed the renovation of my master bedroom and office, which has made my writing life a much more pleasant and feasible one.

A...
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Return of the Dead Guy (aka Revenge of the Wordsmith)

January 8, 2016
Hello, everyone. Well...all three of you, anyway.

I've had an extended break from blogging (most of which was unintended) and now I'm back to sully the text-waves with my diseased ramblings once more.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. And if you aren't the type to celebrate the annual festivities, then I hope you had a wonderful three months (but, seriously...get a life and start drinking and scarfing delicious food like the rest of us). My family has made it through a rough patch...
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UFOs and Bran Muffins (With Video Links!)...

September 24, 2015
Anyone who takes a nickle tour of my house will realize how utterly insane I am. I possess in excess of 1000 books and have read nearly every one (I haven't read Corrosion Resistance of Metals yet...so sue me). I used to have a habit of purchasing books every 30-60 days, usually a crate at a time. Borders, when there was a store called Borders, used to be kryptonite to my wallet, sucking the lettuce from that leather sandwich faster than Furious Pete downs a super burger:

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Come On Baby, Write My Fire...

September 16, 2015
Well, it's been an interesting couple of weeks. Let's see what I've learned.

1. Gout sucks. Actually it hurts. Bad. The comedianne Carol Burnett once remarked that giving birth was like taking your bottom lip and pulling it over your head. Well, gout in your foot is like taking your big toe and touching it to the little tow on the same foot...via round the Achilles tendon. Mercifully, the pain is only bad for a couple of days. Satan can go chew on someone else's metatarsals for a change.

2. My ...
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Down the Rabbit Hole We Go!

August 24, 2015
You know how it is: one minute your doing research for a short story, reading articles and watching YouTube videos about the sordid history of televangelism, and the next you're whisked away on Willy Wonka's nightmare barge of click-bait recommended videos.

I swear I've once looked up a recipe for fried rice and wound up learning more than I care to know about the Illuminati connection to Mormonism and the supposed mating habits of reptilian aliens from the Pleiades. But hey...I made some good...
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Captain Martini Olive and the Attack of the Radioactive Underpants

August 4, 2015
How's that for a headline? It's got nothing to do with the subject of this post, I am just feeling silly and stupid, which is to say normal. Actually, I've been away from the blog-o-sphere for almost a month and am itching to write something, regardless of how mundane or insane. Although some radioactive underpants would be nice.

Anyway, I've been hard at work on another short story, making it the best I can before letting it fly free of its cage, which is to say my mind. I want to complete a ...
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Wordsmithing Basics 4 (or was it 5?): Me, Myself and You

July 14, 2015
I'm broke and couldn't be happier about it.

When my lovely wife and I have money, most of it gets pumped into the renovation and upkeep of our demolished domicile...which is nice because we have to live with fewer boxes and we actually get to have those little luxuries in life like floors and doors (I wish I were joking). But when the money runs out every-so-often, I get to do things like write and blog. And take a shower. And eat.

So, I am happy I'm broke for the next couple of months. I can f...
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The Origin of the Specious (aka The Descent of Meh)

June 24, 2015
I've just completed my latest Prodigal Online Offer Program [TM]. I've completed many POOPs before, but never this disappointing.

A POOP is when I basically list two or more of my short-stories on a simultaneous basis at a deep discount (in this case, free) on Amazon Kindle, in the hopes of generating some name recognition and general good-will-towards-men. But God-dang-us, everyone! This POOP was the worst. I always hope...usually in vain...for some reviews. And I welcome all opinions, as lon...
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Warp-Speed Ramblings of a Warped Mind

June 11, 2015
I have just published my latest short story, The Banal Mister Baxter, on Amazon:
 
http://www.amazon.com/Banal-Mister-Baxter-M-Tardiff-ebook/dp/B00ZDWFH76/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434060053&sr=8-2&keywords=m+h+tardiff&pebp=1434060058718&perid=24E35A933ED2458387B2.


The story is currently only available for Kindle, but even if you don't have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle reader and read it on your desktop computer. And if you don't have a desktop computer, just how in the heck are you reading...
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