Satire of #secondscivilwarletters

African American troops in the first Civil War

July 4th this year saw a scrimmage on the internets hereabouts. Often flame wars have broken out between young fellers over keyboarding disagreements about sports, culture or politics. This week, however, saw an outright war take place on social media called the Second Civil War. This imaginary conflict sparked humorous exchanges pretending to pen letters home from the front lines of battles betwixt supporters and opponents of President Trump.

After Alex Jones warned of a so-called plan by the Democratic Party to commence real war on Independence day, the metaphorical struggle was begun by Amanda Blount‏@amandablount2 on July 2nd with a tweet:

My Dear John, The war isn’t going as planned. Our supply trucks are limited. I’m out of wine and sunscreen. The enemy burned all the books and there is no place to recharge my Kindle. The only music is an old CD of Justin Bieber. — All is lost. #secondcivilwarletters

A Twitter battle royal ensued. Much hyperbolic blood was spilt in the ongoing scouting expeditions into Starbucks and Walmarts across the country. I personally experienced many laugh-out-loud moments, reading these tweets. Most were political attacks against opponents. Democratic-leaning tweeters joked about Trump or his family members, cabinet members, or supports who were often called Redhats or Redcaps. Trump supporters launched barbs into Libtards and soft Birkenstock yoga practitioners on the left.

To my surprise, I found the tweets that most entertained me to be the ones that were gentle, usually did not mention opposition characters by name, and contained a solid bit of self-deprecation. Surprised because I am a strong partisan for one side. But, I have for two years felt that personal verbal attacks should be directed at Trump. I feel justified by surveys that show Trump supporters are strengthened in their resolve and loyalty in response to attacks against the president.

A keynote of many entries was acknowledgment of internal weaknesses of our sides that do not make us suitable for this battle. Leftists often mention their non-use of guns, bullets and a dependence on books and knowledge as weapons. Many tweets mentioned the dependence on available charge connections for Kindles and iPhones. Here was a tweet I sent:

Beloved, supplies low on this 3rd day of #SecondCivilWarLetters. Only stale, cold avocado toast remains. Kindle and Android down to single bars. Send solar chargers, stat. Awaiting Canadian care packages of Poutine. Must have more thoughts and prayers!

I’ve enjoyed the postings that address stereotypes. So I think it’s good that many tweets attacked perceived stereotypical beliefs of the opposition. For example:

Ruth Golmant@Rgolmant on July 4th:
My dearest Fanny,
We survived an ambush by red hats today by changing road signs from directions to Rand Paul’s home to RuPaul’s home. Many were confused and simply returned to their camp. Love, Ben
#SecondCivilWarLetter

Postings tried to convey how our side was confident of victory, while revealing weaknesses that threaten our ability to really compete. See:

Harrison Breault‏@HarrisonBreault on July 5th:
Dearest Mother, It is late in day 2 of the 2nd Civil War. I managed to gain entry to their HQ w/my Confederate Flag. When they asked for the password I uttered “Dont tread on me.” I was in. But they began the pledge of allegiance and I knelt. They knew. #secondcivilwarletters

While Alex Jones began an unexpected battle between left and right, the humor and sarcasm revealed points of agreement across the divide and perhaps may be positive in the long run. Alex Jones was correct, in a self-fulfilling way, in that this is a second civil war for the electronic era. And many a belly-laugh has been had, especially over the sarcastic, self-referential stereotypical exaggerations, I truly hope the worst damage would result in slightly bruised feelings (on either side). My best wishes are that those little grains of truth to be found in humor could result in some honest reflection and try to heal the huge rift in our beautiful land.

To read more stories, visit me on Medium, and follow along on this journey of political observation.

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StumbleUpon is Shutting Down

Nicholas C. Rossis

StumbleUpon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookI usually get some 300-400 views on my posts. There were some exceptions, though. A couple of times, I had a few thousand views out of nowhere. Or, at least, that’s what it looked like. After a brief examination, I realized the extra visitors had come courtesy of StumbleUpon.

Which is why I was sad to hear that, after 16 years, StumbleUpon shut down on June 30, 2018.

Before posts and tweets, before snaps and pins, StumbleUpon was providing endless internet entertainment with just the push of a button. In its 16 years, it served up nearly 60 billion stumbles to over 40 million Stumblers, and infinite hours of “woah, cool” moments.

Welcome Mix

However, there is a silver lining. The people behind StumbleUpon, have started up Mix! On Mix, people can build shareable collections of their favorite finds across the internet: articles, videos, podcasts, and more. As you curate…

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The Liebster Award

My Writer's Journey

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It has been more than two years since I was nominated for the Liebster Award. This time I thank Author Gibson for the nomination, check out his blog and his books here.

Once I have answered the questions, I will nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions myself. Should they feel like playing along, they will do the same to other 11 bloggers. The hope is to spread the word and dominate the ‘internet’ world 😉 (super villain laugh included).

Nominee’s Rules:

Thank me, as I nominated you, so you (kind of) own me! and supply a link to my blog for your readers to browse: https://leticiatoraci.wordpress.com/
Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge into your post.
Answer the eleven questions.
Nominate eleven bloggers and inform them of their nomination via social media methods.
List eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.

Once again, there…

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The Essential Facebook Metrics for Authors

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Ilan Nass.

The Essential Facebook Metrics for Authors

Facebook book marketing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo by http://offers.hubspot.com/science-of-facebook-marketing

Facebook Ads are useful to marketers because they offer the chance to track a wide range of metrics. However, determining how effective a campaign actually is requires understanding which metrics are worth tracking, and which you can ignore.

Authors who are just beginning to use Facebook Ads often don’t realize that the statistics and data Facebook highlights often don’t fully illustrate a campaign’s return on investment |(ROI). That’s why, when you’re just starting out, it can be helpful to partner with an experienced Facebook marketing agency. Doing so will help you develop a thorough understanding of how to succeed with Facebook ads.

But, if you’d like to get an idea of the process behind selecting and tracking important campaign metrics, keep reading.

Metrics to exclude

First of all, it’s a good idea…

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7 Tips to Ruling a City of Monsters

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Ruling over a city full of monsters isn’t easy.  It does help to be one yourself, but not everyone has that luxury.  There’s always a problem that has to be taken care of and at least half of your citizens are nocturnal and food for the other half.  Let’s not even get into the constant soliciting from adventurers who are out to make a name for themselves.  So, what is a dark warlord of evil to do?

  1. Make strict rules about what people can eat.  If you allow the monsters to feast on each other then you won’t have much of an army.  Sure, the strongest will be on your side, but how long before they start fighting each other.  Eventually, you’ll be left with a single, overweight monster that is eyeing you like a free rib-eye.  Just set up a farm and maintain enough livestock to…

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SMC Cartography – Making Maps

Nicholas C. Rossis

I was recently followed by Soraya Corcoran of SMC Cartography. Soraya has drawn some amazing fantasy maps, so I asked her for a guest post on her craft. She was happy to oblige, so feast your eyes on her brilliant art and read her tips on world-building. And if you wish to commission her, her rates are pretty reasonable!

SMC Cartography – Making Maps

Soraya fantasy maps | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookMy name is Soraya, a fan of all things fantasy… and MAPS!

Let me tell you about myself. I was born and raised in a small village in wild Montana, a quiet place where nothing exciting happened. Once I was of age, I set sail on the Pacific as one of the logistics specialists aboard a great military ship, where I most certainly did not talk like a pirate most of the time. Three years I spent on the seas, until I settled into the life of…

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Soul Swallowers Release Day!

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After a year of writing, rewriting, rewriting again, and editing until my eyeballs shriveled, Soul Swallowers is out and about on Kindle and in print. I’m doing a Happy Dance.

Soul Swallowers

When swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the foothills of the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold, a life of physical labor and the satisfaction of realizing a dream. They raise horses and whittle by the fire until the old man dies, and Raze…

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What You Need To Know About E-commerce Blogging

Nicholas C. Rossis

Chad Rubin | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookI have often posted in the past tips on blogging. However, when Skubana recently contacted me with his idea for a guest post, I was intrigued. E-commerce blogging? What’s that all about? It turns out they were simply talking about using your blog to promote your online business — in our case, book sales.

Skubana was founded by Chad Rubin. Chad is not just any guest blogger. He builds e-commerce businesses and is a top 250 Amazon Seller. Fresh out of college and Wall Street, he took his family vacuum business online and built his own direct-to-consumer e-commerce business called Crucial Vacuum. He grew it from 0 a $20 million dollar valuation in just 7 years. He co-founded Skubana with DJ Kunovac as an all-in-one inventory management solution that unifies omnichannel operations after the checkout.

What You Need To Know About E-commerce Blogging

For some time now, both e-commerce and blogging —…

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Liebster Award for blogging

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award

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Why my blog? Well, it means that someone was impressed enough with my blog to nominate it. Thank you J. I. Rogers!

There are specific steps involved in the nomination process… Once the recipient has eleven inspirational bloggers total, they draft up eleven questions to ask everyone. Then they answer the eleven questions they’d been posed by the person who nominated them in the first place. Once that’s complete, they pass along the fun and notify their nominees – sort of like a chain-letter without the invariable negativity. Personally, I think it’s a great way to express appreciation for bloggers and the content they create.

Here are the rules in point form:

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.

    J. I. Rogers is the person behind my nomination – Thank you so much. I hope you continue to enjoy my postings.

    You can find her here on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

    1) What do you feel is the best blog post you’ve written to date and why?

     Killing our Darlings: Writers on Death. This article was fun because I could address an issue important to authors and consult with other interesting authors.  
    https://gibsonauthor.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/killing-our-darlings-writers-on-death/

  • 2) If you had to choose one of your current projects to tell a group of strangers about, what would it be?

    I am working on a series guidebook for my fictional stories set in the world of the Protected Books. This is our world after a Collapse which leaves people living without advanced technology. I hope this guidebook will inspire other authors to write in my shared world. I have a private Facebook group for authors and readers interested in this world:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/protectedbooksworld/

    3) Who in your life (living or dead) provided you with the best inspiration?

    My spouse. C. Gibson has allowed me the space to create fiction and supports me and gives suggestions for my writing and editing. Sharing the love of a special person is the greatest inspiration in life.

    4) What book would you recommend that everyone read?

    The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle. This book shows so many facets of a cultured class society that is unstable and dangerous. The story has threat, thrills, danger, and manners. There is risk of death and terror, while being almost cozy in outcome. Sherlock Holmes is not a simple tool for law-and-order, but also makes his own judgments about which people are justified in their actions. This read makes for a well rounded mystery that is rooted in our social order and relations.

    5) What is your favorite movie?

    The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) directed by Renny Harlin and starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. This is a top form guilty pleasure action move. How can I not appreciate Geena Davis as a cold-hearted assassin who has to be the mama lion and protect her daughter.

    6) Hypothetical: You’re a well-paid guinea-pig being abandoned on a remote tropical island for an extended period (several years). You have ample food supplies, shelter (even indoor plumbing), electricity, and a decent computer… but the internet is nonexistent, and you will have no human contact. One of the scientists takes pity on you and will leave you an external drive with movies, TV/Netflix series, games, and books on it, but the catch is it can only be one genre. Which genre would you choose?

    This one is easy for me. I am a huge fan of Science Fiction. I have been reading Sci-Fi books since elementary school. I’m probably edging up to 10,000 books or shorts in my life. So Science Fiction would be my choice, hopefully mostly space opera, like Firefly type stories. This also should contribute to feeding, by accident, into my second love, science theory and tools. I have been known to read maths books or computer science books for pleasure.

    7) Cat, dog, or other?

    Dog, now. I had two cats in the past. We live with our dog, Cantinflas, who rules us.

    8) When you’re being creative, do you prefer quiet or some form of sound (music, audiobook…) in the background?

    I would say 60/40. I mostly write with with silence when I can. But sometimes my head is in a special writing state and I like instrumental or folksy music in the background. I like Regina Spektor and Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

    9) What can move you more, images or words?

    Like most people, for me, a picture is worth a thousand words. But, I am willing to read thousands of words. So, both inspire me.

    10) If you could be assured of accomplishing one thing with your life, what would be your magnum opus?

    My most successful review of a book was my Goodreads review of Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski. I would like to write a sequel/followup to Korzybski’s book. The main point I took from the book is that the words we use don’t represent the world accurately. I want to carry the reasoning forward and advance the argument.

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/177675557

    11) What is your favorite color?

    Green. It represent nature, plants, food, and magic of life.

  • Nominate 11 other bloggers. I tried to choose from the few blogs I read and arrived at the following.

     leticiatoraci.wordpress.com

    https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/

    http://cindytomamichel.com/ cindy tomamichel

    https://adtrosper.com/blog/

    http://dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com/

    https://stitchedsmilepublications.wordpress.com/ Veronica Smith

    http://www.bridgetostory.com/blog/ Ej Runyon

    https://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/

    https://dawnrigger.com/landing-page/blog/

    http://www.rjdavies.ca/blog.html

    https://sablearadia.wordpress.com/

  • Ask them 11 questions.

    1. What do you feel is the best blog post you’ve written to date and why?

    2. If you had to choose one of your current projects to tell a group of strangers about, what would it be?

    3. Name is an individual that has inspired you?

    4. Name a book, you world recommend others read — that you didn’t write?

    5. What is your favorite movie or TV show?

    6. Hypothetical: If you were abandoned on a deserted island, what genre of books would you ask to be left with you.

    7. Cat, dog, or other?

    8. How easy is it for you to get into creative mode. Do you need to do something special to arrive at that?

    9. Where do you get ideas?

    10. Which creative endeavor or project would you like to be most remembered for?

    11. Is there a city or place you never tire of?

  • Let them know you have nominated them

    Please carry on!

Cheers,

S. A. Gibson

Prehistoric Britain Rituals

Nicholas C. Rossis

Nicole Lewis | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by Nicole Lewis, a freelance writer and professional blogger. Nicole is interested in academic research and writing.

Rituals in Prehistoric Britain

People have always wondered how their ancestors lived. With each passing day, new archeological findings paint a picture of ancient practices cutting across Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Pre-Roman times.  Each of these was marked with significant developments in the everyday life of the early man ranging from the tools they used to the foods they ate, and from their clothing to housing. This fascination is reflected in both our education systems and in the interest archeologists pay to fossils and historical clues.

However, while most of what has been documented dates back to late Roman Age, historians have been digging deeper to unearth more information on ritualistic practices that took place in the preceding ages.

This post is a historical walkthrough…

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