Charles Bastille

The great conceit of any writer is that we assume other people want to read our stuff. There is heady blindness to truth in that regard, I’m sure, but I’m going to proceed as if.

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I recently read an article from someone complaining about pinned stories, and it made a…

2024 Presidential Election (!)

There was a time when holding the office of Vice President in America was an automatic path to frontrunner status for the next presidential election.

Then along came Donald Trump.

Image of Kamala Harris by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, through a creative commons license via Wiki Commons. Image of garbage can licensed from Shutterstock. Image Photoshopped by author.

His election tossed decorum out the window, as most of us know, but it also tossed out a lot of…

Writing on Medium

Original Image by Bettina Cirone, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons:: cropped for this story by author.

This story was inspired by a headline that found its way into my Medium Email feed. Twice. The headline was:

“Did You Know You Could Make 17K a Month Writing Short Weather Forecasts?”

Let’s try it now:

Tomorrow, it will rain.

Hmm. Didn’t work.

Medium is a nice platform for…

Texas Politics

Texas’ sharia law champion Governor Greg Abbott has teamed up with Williamson County, the small town of Taylor, and the Taylor School District to lure a massive Samsung chip-making plant to Taylor, Texas.

What’s fun about this is that Abbott, who has made luring tech companies to Texas a chest-thumping…

American Fiction

I don’t know about you, but I hate being asked to subscribe to newsletters. Especially by those annoying website pop-ups. But in order to encourage people to download and read this sneak peek into Restive Souls, guess what I did? I made it available exclusively to readers of my newsletter.

Original Photo by Luis Quintero via Pexels — photoshopped by the author

Breaking Satire

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several Republicans today demanded a live Facebook feed of President Biden’s scheduled colonoscopy.

Led by Ron “Golfball” DeSantis, who called the timing of the procedure “peculiar,” several Republicans pointed out that because Biden would be temporarily incapacitated, Kamala Harris would be temporarily handed presidential duties.

Is that Joe? It looks like him. And why the hell is that thing on fire? Yikes! Image by Roman Zaiets, licensed through Shutterstock.

“That’s just…

Political Humor

Some things are just too ridiculous to take seriously. No, I’m not talking about Michael Flynn’s silly statement. I’m talking about the heavy coverage of it by the political media.

So let’s turn off the outrage machine and help Flynn out a little by choosing which religion we should all…

The MagicLand Chronicles

She looked at me with a battered, peeling face that expressed such forlornness that the treachery of sadness was crushing my heart.

Original image by Chris Cornish via Shutterstock. Titling by the author

“I’m not from here,” she said. “I’m just some psycho’s invention.”

She was a mermaid. And when she looked up as she said this, I knew where the…

Poetry

Photo by Dimi Katsavaris on Unsplash

Homeless.

I knock on the store window
hoping nobody’s within
my feet in flames if they are
my mouth as my cudgel
I’ll roar like a beast hoping they’ll run

Restaurant.

Cold food nestled within
the putrid discards of more fashionable lives
the discovery of some old bread
I peel open like old…

Charles Bastille

Where is MagicLand? At your bookstore! https://charles-bastille.com/index.php/2021/10/25/where-to-buy-magicland-a-novel/ All stories © 2021 by Charles Bastille.

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