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Story Matters --- with Nick and Heather

Story Matters --- with Nick and Heather

Life is just the story we tell ourselves.
We are the dystopia
There is something wrong with the world today. I know you feel it, deep in your bones, and I feel it too. But maybe it’s just me. I mean, how can you really ever know how good life could be? Or should be? Every civilization has had to deal with its share of problems. We no longer need to worry about saber-toothed tigers, or an Ebola outbreak, or a tribe of cannibals riding over the next hill to eat our children. But while technology has managed to solve the majority of our prehistoric worries, the 2000s has given us a slew of new ones. But the dystopia of today is difficult to define. It’s like the way Neo felt in the Matrix, before meeting Morpheus. Neo also felt like there was something wrong with the world, he just couldn’t explain what it was. This episode is also available as a blog post:
April 10, 2021
It’s time to end race.
Let me make this perfectly clear: there is no such thing as forced diversity, only diversity that happens to bother you. If you’re saying to yourself, “why’d they have to put a black guy in this?” but you’ve never asked, “why’d they have to put a white guy in this?” guess what? You probably wear a MAGA hat! This episode is also available as a blog post:
April 3, 2021
Stardust Review
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors writing today. In this podcast, I discuss and review his modern take on the fairytale story, "Stardust." 
April 2, 2021
Objectifying Women in Art and Literature: A Deeper Look
Is every heroine in a skimpy outfit inherently sexist? Is objectification directly proportional to the amount of skin on display? Or is it all about the pose? Do male heroes like He-Man exist solely as a projection fantasy? Or can women enjoy looking at scantily-clad men in the same way, and do they also harbor their own projection fantasies? Finally, can a female character like Thelana, written by a man (me), have her own agency? In this podcast, I tackle all of these subjects and more, taking a deep dive into the sexist/objectification character debate. So please sit back, take a listen, and please excuse all the “ums” and “sos.”
April 1, 2021
How Amazon Hurts Authors
This episode is also available as a blog post: I used to have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. I considered them a necessary evil. Sure, they have monopolized both the music and the literary industry, making it almost impossible for local music and book stores to survive, but on the other hand, they provide an outlet for independent creators who otherwise would not have a platform to share their content. But lately, I have found the cons of Amazon greatly outweighing the pros, and here’s why.
April 1, 2021