Friday, September 5, 2014

And, there's a new book out!

Thank you to all my readers for your patience. It has been a long and arduous journey for this little piece to come out, but it finally has (it's short, I'll admit that much). So here's the link to the book:
I, Terrorist: The Top Secret confessions of a terrorist
Check it out today. If there are any sales, I'll be sure to let you know. Read below for the full blurb:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On Isolation and the New Order

Alternate title: We're apes, remain vigilant.

One can never say that history doesn't have a sense of humor. On the centennial of WWI we're seeing what seems to be a shift to the violent in the world...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

[A city series] Better people have lost bigger bets

Once again I'm doing a series of stories from other writers. This one is from the lips of a friend of mine. He's given me permission to recreate the story here, straight from his mouth. Enjoy it:

"Better people than I have lost bigger bets"— A writer said this one day when I called his life plan foolhardy. When I heard it, it struck me, in an awkward way, as truth. Truth is hard to find these days, and when I see something even remotely close to it, I perk up. That time was no different, though it was swiftly overtaken by a harsh melancholy in my chest. The writer stating his reasons was no defeatist. He was usually chirpy—some would say never serious enough, and perhaps that was his undoing—but as he restated this, following my disapproval of his plan, I knew he was too serious.

Update

Update: Here's a recent article that's basically spot on the tribalizing of political news, and how to (for those of us simply looking for the truth) find good news when there's so much propaganda out there. Read it, share it. Indeed, it's filled with great possible solutions, though I'm not sure that one can focus on only one news source and maintain ties to it (perhaps I'm wrong, and support must be consolidated somewhere). You can read my original article here.


Thanks for reading. As always, you can contact me at nlowhim@gmail.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss something. Look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

[OM] On Isolating Evil in today's world

Recent events around the world have brought up the question: What is evil? Is it the murder of a man by power drill? Is it a serial killer? Is it a bomb in a cafe? Is it the subjugation of a peoples for a vital mineral? I tend towards the "I know it when I see it" definition, though I know that's not always good enough.

My friends, allow me to present you a story on this very subject:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

[OM] Familial concerns (Writing Madness)

A splendid book on African literature is Writing Madness: Borderlines of the Body in African Literature by Veit-Wild. The book takes a look at writers in Africa and how being on the border of their given nations' governments (be it colonial or post) forced them to write in such a way as to convey this madness (I'm not doing it any justice here, but there is a great explanation in the book on how people who are in the fringes of any society are indeed mad—driven there, or considered, or otherwise).

Monday, July 28, 2014

On sports and the world burning

Times are rough, as I'm sure they are for most people out there. Will be posting some essays, as well as the short novel I promised in the next month or so. Nevertheless, I do hope that this fall to winter will bring a few more books (a new one as well as the end of the Gods Fail series). I will, as I said before, get up the shorts (sometimes fiction, sometimes not) that will tackle more current events as they come up. I'll rely on my readership to see if the fiction posts need to be labeled as such, but as it stands unless someone says otherwise, I'll leave it as it is.

Monday, July 21, 2014

[OM] And so it goes

Of course, it seems that the summer is truly heating up (providing ever more evidence that increased heat does indeed cause more violence) around the world. With Ukraine and the Middle East being especially contentious, I find myself more and more removed from the zeitgeist: most of it consisting of shrill cries on facebook, twitter and the more insidious views on the news. Honestly, I visited facebook for the first time in months, and it was clowns on the left, jokers to the right (especially when one considers the Israeli conflict)... I felt disgusted and shut it down.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[OM] The Franzenian/Franzenesque lean:

Also titled: How to write {deep} novels with the internet.

I recently wrote an article about the Twitter phenomena. I mentioned its use by virtual lynch mobs[1]. There are weekly examples about its use for such (or the use of the Internet) reasons. But that’s not the only thing it’s used for (the same goes for a pitchfork). I mentioned some good things one can do with their Twitter account. The same goes for the internet at large. Let me explain:

Until recently, I thought that for deep insight nothing beat books, definitely not anything on the internet. Yes, most (classic) books are on the internet, but let's focus on the tools/text that are specific to the internet (blogs, internet comments, twitter and so on). I was certain that these tools of the Internet were mainly a good conduit for interpersonal connections and  provided initial bases for deeper reads (leading to a book, be it nonfiction or fiction), nothing more. In my view, some blogs and articles may have been close to an exception, but they still weren’t as good as a book (and in many ways they mimic those 'paper methods'). And when it came to fiction, or rather, to seeing a narrative unfold, I believed that there was little on the internet that could beat books. But I believe that I was wrong in this respect.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ministry of Bombs Sale

From today until the 24th of June, Ministry of Bombs' kindle will be 75% off. Check it out today!

In the mountains of Yemen, rebellion brews and spits out terror into the world. In Pakistan, a nuclear scientist escapes. And an agent in America, Justice, sees this and understands that the world is in danger. He must find the scientist before the terrorists do. If he doesn't millions will die. Will he save the day? As he peers deeper into the world of terrorism and the war on terror, Justice finds that things are never as they seem to be. Not your average spy or thriller novel, this looks deep into the heart of terror. Dare to look inside!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

[OM] On the ISIS and reasons for current events in Iraq

The current (Jun2014) news from Iraq has many experts, including me, saying I told you so. For the rest of America it has evoked little more than an aroused yawn (though some seem to care about the veteran reactions to having fought for such an outcome). Nevertheless, the videos from ISIS have stoked my fellow Americans' resentment—the executions are ostensibly the worst—though most don't show the same revulsion to other executions on various peoples around the world (see: delivery style and marketing matter). And as the ISIS resembles the Mongols in their advances and actions, cries sound for a reaction to these insipid warriors.

Monday, June 2, 2014

[OM] Torture

 A few weeks ago torture returned into the spotlight when the Senate and the CIA had a small spat over the fact that the CIA had spied on Senate aides who were to look over torture reports. Some reports were, I'd say luckily, leaked. Nevertheless, though this infighting has died down, I want to take another look at torture. One would think that in this day and age there shouldn't be much of a discussion when it comes to torture, but unfortunately there is. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Twitter and social media

 Last year, Franzen made a splash with his comments on Twitter. There was a huge backlash. And most of these attacks, a lot on Twitter, seemed to be focused on mocking him personally. Some claimed that he didn't get it, or was too old. No one focused on either giving the man a lesson on using Twitter (if there was one to be had), or refuting the specific words he spoke against the medium (one that only 5% of the world uses). Though part of Franzen's rant, at times, seemed to take on the Internet as a whole, he did want to talk about better discussions in general. (note, I don't agree with most of what he said or his viewpoints; neither do I agree with the reaction dished out at him).

[OM] On Censorship

Recently there have been some scuffles with "censorship" and arguments about our first amendment. Even one of my favorite webcomics, xkcd, seems to have weighed in (incorrectly, I might add).