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‘The Snake Eater’: The Third Excerpt from Jonah, a New Liberty Island Novel

Enjoy this and three more excursions into Jonah: A Novel of Men and the Sea, the debut novel of Howard Butcher

Howard Butcher’s underwater thriller brims with authenticity, energy, and thematic depth. Buy Jonah: A Novel of Men and the Sea today on Amazon. Check out the first excerpt, “The Tiger Shark’s Head.” and the second, “The Lidless Eye.”

From My Cold, Dead, Facts

Or Why I’m Joining the NRA

As a veteran who once held a security clearance (along with marksmen and expert ribbons in certain firearms), a tax-payer for over 40 years, and a guy who’s only seen the inside of a jail cell while doing research, I find Dandy David Hogg unqualified to lecture me on responsible gun-ownership…

PreTeena: April 23-29, 2018

Sunday Comics!

You won’t want to miss these hilarious cartoons depicting the ups and downs of adolescence. Now each week’s strips will debut on Sundays as the lead strip of Liberty Island’s Sunday Comics feature. If you draw a comic and would like to have your work featured on Sundays, please contact us: [email protected]

A Corn Snake I Encountered on a Morning Walk

The Weekend Wilderness Feature: Every Sunday Images of Nature

Submit your photographs of nature and the outdoor life to [email protected] to participate in this weekly feature exploring the natural world.

Don’t Play Those Funky Politics, Black Boy

Wherein Mr. West’s Brethren School Him on his Proper Place

When I was but a lad in Nebraska, one-hit wonders released their epic paean to the seductive joys of finding one’s groove and getting down wid it.

Since our only exposure to the song was courtesy of the blown-out speakers of the AM radio in my Dad’s ’54 Chevy truck, the most we nascent deplorables could make out was the bouncy beat and the repeated admonition “Play that funky music, white boy.”

Talk about words to live by.  It wasn’t until I was older (with access to better sound systems) that I began to appreciate the crazy joy in the music.  But speaking of crazy and music, we have Kanye West, a fellow with no shortage of confidence and very debatable musical ability.

Announcing 4 Seasonal Liberty Island Writing Contests for 2018

Writers now have more time to craft their submissions!

In years past Liberty Island has usually aspired to launch one writing contest every 3 or 4 months, often with a seasonal or holiday hook. We’ve decided to take it to the next level this year. Now we are announcing all four of our contests at once. Writers may now know far ahead of time what kinds of stories contests will seek and can have additional time for crafting their submissions.

Episode 2: The Play Date

The New Adventures of Justin T. Fairchild, Social Justice Warrior

February 2017: “I’m worried about Richie,” I said. “Why is that?” Emma asked. “Well, just look,” I said.

Richie’s first Christmas had been a contentious affair. We had told everyone when he was born that we were only going to have white unbleached wooden toys for him to play with. This announcement was met with a fair degree of completely unmerited scorn by everyone else in both of our families. The one grandparent who came closest to compliance was my mother, who gave Richie a set of wooden blocks with Cyrillic characters, and a onesie with Che Guevara’s face, which I appreciated but had not actually been brave enough to have him go out and wear in public.

New Fiction: In Jerusalem

It was late fall, and for this place it was the end of the world. Rockets fell daily, bombings happened hourly, and it was only a matter of time before a new pillar of fire and smoke was raised over the land. Military transports patrolled the ancient narrow streets, helping people leave and protecting the homes of those who were gone. It didn’t really matter; the bombs rendered both looted and intact homes into rubble. Still, it was a matter of duty for the soldiers and of civic order for their commanders.

I had not yet left. The skeleton staff of the U.S embassy would remain until the last minute. There was little to do. American citizens were long gone, files and papers had been shipped, and my inbox was empty save for occasional emergency orders. Each midday I wandered the streets of the city. I had grown to love it, walking the cobbled streets in the old quarters and lamenting their emptiness.  I bore witness as, one by one, the cafes and food stands disappeared, their owners and employees fled to more peaceful lands.

Did Star Wars Jump the Shark Or Was It Devoured by Parasites?

And what about Star Trek’s recent turns? The pop culture discussion continues…

I like both Star Wars and Star Trek. I’ve seen all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, and while watching the kids, even saw a number of Clone Wars cartoon episodes. I’ve seen most episodes of Star Trek, every series, though I’ve barely been able to watch Star Trek Discovery except the Mirror Universe episodes. I say this so that my criticism is not mistaken for “you just don’t like the franchises”.

And I think modern politics and shifts in storytelling are hurting both science fiction universes.

 

PreTeena: April 16-22, 2018

Sunday Comics!

You won’t want to miss these hilarious cartoons depicting the ups and downs of adolescence. Now each week’s strips will debut on Sundays as the lead strip of Liberty Island’s Sunday Comics feature. If you draw a comic and would like to have your work featured on Sundays, please contact us: [email protected]

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