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A guy trying to make sense of the world. And make stuff up as he goes along.
A guy trying to make sense of the world. And make stuff up as he goes along.

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A witch and a voidguard find themselves in a deadly standoff. Will there be bloodshed? Or can they find a way to a truce?

Find out in A BLADE FOR MONSTERS Part 4!

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The Voidguard Alan Beringer stands alone against a Greater Demon. Will he prevail?

Witness the original vision of The Covenant Chronicles in A BLADE FOR MONSTERS Part 3!

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The City Eternal is no longer the City Faithful. Monsters haunt the necropolis, and in the darkness a greater threat awaits.

Come witness the original vision of the Covenant Chronicles in A BLADE FOR MONSTERS Part 2!

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A demon commits an atrocity in a church. Witches go hunting for ghouls. What's the connection between them?

Witness the original vision of the Covenant Chronicles in Part 1 of A BLADE FOR MONSTERS!

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When practicing martial arts, do not simply train for combat. Train for life.

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Singapore has little to lose and everything to gain from hosting the Trump-Kim summit.
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Writing Violence by Marc MacYoung is an excellent primer for writers interested in crafting realistic action scenes.

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I've seen a couple of posts recently on the subject of how to make conventions and online forums more accepting and welcoming to trannsexuals.

You can't.

The reason is that Gender Identity Disorder is a mental illness. It is one that I am very familiar with. I was in therapy for it for several years.

GID is part of a general class of body image disorders that include anorexia and surgical addiction. People (and please remember that I include myself when I speak of this) externalize their feelings. "If I were only different," they think, "then I would at last be happy!"

But it doesn't work because it leaves the basic mental distress which leads to the pain unresolved. An anorexic can never become thin enough, no matter how she starves herself. Her BMI is not the problem.

It's the same with GID. The rejection is internal. You will never be able to be tolerant enough, accepting enough, welcoming enough to overcome a transsexual's feelings of alienation. They have nothing to do with you.

The medical literature is very clear--surgical and hormonal modification of the patient's body is not an effective treatment for GID. What does work (and I know, because it worked for me) is cognitive therapy to resolve the conflict that has caused the feelings of being in the wrong body. Once the underlying issues are address, the feelings fade away.

Believe me, I am very sympathetic to other Gender Identity Disorder sufferers. It is suffering, make no mistake about that. It is my sympathy that makes me speak out against surgical modification. That doesn't work.

The rates of suicide, self-harm, serious comorbidity, and inability to function are virtually identical in patients prior to and after surgery. This is across the board, no matter what the social environment. A post operative transsexual is no less likely to commit suicide in San Fransisco than in Atoka.

Any other medical procedure that so demonstratively failed to help the patient would be banned. And, in fact, it is banned in many hospitals, including John Hopkins, which pioneered the procedure. Many medical associations have come out strongly against it. There is a growing list of clinics that specialize in reversing--so much as it is possible--the surgery for patients who experience regret as strong as the original urge to transition.

If you are a convention organizer or forum moderator, please keep this in mind when drawing up your code of conduct. Don't try to come up with something that will prevent a person who is mentally ill and refusing effective treatment from being offended. It's impossible.

The blind rage with which people attack and attempt to silence any discussion of the facts of the issue should tell you that much.
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