Saturday Sample Chapter: Borough of the Exiled

Here’s the intro to one of my upcoming cell phone novels which drops 2/28!

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[Chapter 1 Part I]
Asteros was one lively, yet lonely planet in this vast macrocosm.

Many of the nations have achieved the zenith of wealth and prosperity although the allocation of such richness is inadequate at best.

Gated communities are within a short ride from slums and tent cities around.

One such city has faced suppression for years.

There are natives and refugees from not just this planet, but through other dimensions living in this place.

It’s been known throughout the land as the Borough of the Exiled.

[Chapter 2 Part II]

This city barely had domiciles of brick, mortar, or even stone.

The Borough of the Exiled was the only kind of haven around for those in and out of the community.

No asylums could be found lest these refugees and the destitute face the consequences regardless if they had control of their life situations.

Not only that, but…

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Since when did appreciating originality make me the bad guy?

Before I begin my little opinion piece, I set aside some time as I deal with this gigantic cold front all over the Midwest. At the time of this article, the high where I’m from is -18 Fahrenheit which is insane. This coldness is more on par with Siberia, Antarctica, and the top of Mt. Everest than the part of America where I’m from. If you’re dealing with this, then please stay warm and take care of yourselves.

Okay, now onto the subject at hand.


I’ve been wanting to make an article like this for a long time now. The thing is I appreciate whenever people create some truly unique things. Whether it’s music, film, art, literature, or other subjects, I really like it whenever people craft things that no one else has thought of before. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against adaptations on principle, building off other works while acknowledging inspiration, or even parodies/satires when done right.

What does grind my gears is whenever I hear people say things such as “Oh, everybody rips off things”.

In my opinions, I find that to be intellectually insulting and just lazy thinking.

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I do try to be as original as I can be with my various works such as my spoken word projects, poems, reviews, music, books, and other things I create. One of the biggest compliments you could give me is telling me that no one else sounds like me, writes like me, or that I’m an innovator in whatever I try. Yes, I’m certainly influenced by others, so I’m not going to lie to you, but I want to be unique in my creative endeavors. There’s one quote from Oscar Wilde that I like a bit too much: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” I truly believe that some people aren’t even trying and just follow the leader in music, film, books, etc which I find to be quite slothful.

So why does this make me the bad guy for wanting originality to still be a quality worth desiring?

Seriously, I’ve been made fun of for mentioning how I like more original content as others dismiss my tastes for whatever reason. Possibly it’s insecurity on their part, but I could be wrong.

Over the years, I’ve been realizing how many things have been stolen whether it’s movies, art, video games, or something as extreme as cultural appropriation. You have artwork from Benin and Senegal that’s in European museums without those country’s permission. There’s an obelisk in Ethiopia known as the Obelisk of Axum which was stolen by Italy and a certain leaning tower bears similarities to it. For those who’ve checked out some of my film and anime reviews, I’ve mentioned a few examples. Yes, one of them involves this nefarious lion named Claw from Kimba the White Lion as seen in the featured image who predates a certain other villain let alone other characters in some popular movie by 44 years (or 29 if you only count the anime), yet Tezuka Productions never got credited to this day for that series. If you got triggered by that picture, well…that says more about you than it does about me. Besides that, I get tired of people even resorting to scripture by saying “There’s nothing new under the sun”. I know it’s in Ecclesiastes, but did those same people miss “Thou shall not steal”? Sorry to mention theology in this post, but I needed to use that example to prove a point.

With all these rampant remakes, clones, and frauds going on, it’s really tough for me to cling on to a bunch of media. It’s no wonder I try to make my own stories, music, blogs, and other things. Does me appreciating the innovative make me pretentious? Do I see others as peons for only liking whatever the mainstream spoon-feeds them? I hope it’s not the case for the former, and I certainly don’t want to think that way about the latter.

The image of Claw is from The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion and is property of Tezuka Productions.

New Revezia Serial on Talehunt coming 2/1/19!

I have an upcoming serial in the Revezia universe coming this February!

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Hello, my dear readers. How have you been? Surviving the Winter so far? I know I’m trying to deal with that.

Anyways, I have a new Revezia story that’s going to be on Talehunt next week. This one is called Sika Uvira Chronicle. I will be posting 10 chapters a day on Talehunt starting on 2/1 and this will be a month-long serial on that platform. Expect more details to emerge in the next few days.

Don’t forget that my Talehunt handle is @tocsinchronicle.

If you want to be emerged into the Revezia series and the anachronistic world that is involved, then you can get your feet wet with this free sampler on NoiseTrade.

Hope you’re doing well. Stay tuned!

Welcome to Revezia…

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Looming Panic

Hey, I’m a poet. I’ve been negligent in this matter for a long time on this blog.


Nerves grab onto the controls
Getting a rise out of ascending phobias
The constant visions of what might or could happen become Stygian
The more plausible the outcomes are

Hobbies and other activities I otherwise enjoy
Become tantamount to pacification
Against dark realities around me
I couldn’t just lie to myself each time

The past becomes a habit
I desperately want to halt
Was it a desire to change time
Or was it me wanting every ounce of control possible?

This news story made me sick…

While the MSM keeps pounding in your head about R. Kelly this and R. Kelly that, one thing that hasn’t been discussed is the case of legalized child trafficking.

Let me repeat this: there were cases of child trafficking in America from 2007-2017 that were legalized where people got child brides and didn’t see a day in jail let alone court. This time period covers three different administrations of both parties and the fact that no one did anything is sick.

I’ve heard of horrific stories involving similar cases where people did get arrested and I’ve seen the documentary At the End of Slavery, but I didn’t realize how many people have been getting away with it. You have situations where tons of wealthy individuals get underage spouses from underdeveloped nations that got green cards, passports, and other forms of legal documentation. This grieves me so much how certain pedophiles fly under the radar while the MSM wants R. Kelly to be the face of that nasty form of sexual deviance as if he invented it.

For the record, he should be punished if he’s guilty. If people bash him, then people need to bash others like Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, Rob Lowe, Kevin Spacey, and many more I can name at the moment.

Back on topic though, let me get this straight. You have people in jail right now for doing things like having an ounce of weed, mail tampering, or stealing some pizza, yet there are people marrying minors and sexually abusing them and they don’t have charges pressed on them? What kind of sense does that make?

Where’s #MeToo? Where’s #TimesUp? Oh, wait. I just hear crickets. Makes me wonder if those same people who rally against celebrities of a certain complexion secretly support this kind of behavior. Freaking hypocrites.

I hope this comes to a stop and I wanted to raise awareness about this issue.

P. S. If you’re ready to lambaste those aforementioned POC celebrities, then all I have to say is #FirstThem. That is all.

Video courtesy of Advise Media Network.

Mr. Leo “Pray”

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog.

Some of you may know that I’ve been getting more into African music and even more recently into movies made in that continent. Even though I’ve never been to Africa, I come from a multi-ethnic family and I did a DNA test where one of my results from my maternal side came up as Cameroonian among other ethnic groups in Africa and Europe. I decided to check out the music from that country and stumbled across Mr. Leo. I first heard the song “Pray” and found it touching given that country’s situation currently with the conflicts involving the French-speaking Cameroonians and the English-speaking ones where there have been fatalities. It saddens me how there have been divisions like that in this post-colonial landscape. Luckily, there are people in that country who hate the bloodshed and see each other as brothers and sisters despite what languages they speak. It certainly hit my heart because these people could be distant relatives of mine in some way. I hope you check out this song.

Part of the song is in Banso which is one of the local languages in that country. I found translated parts of that song which make it more heartbreaking knowing what everything means.

Amen chorus part:
Let us kneel down (Amen)
Let us keep praying that (Amen)
The day will soon be clear
Let us kneel down (Amen)
Let us keep praying that (Amen)
The day will soon be clear

Banso part of the 2nd verse:
If you are ignoring your brother
Beware, you are making a mistake
If you are chasing your brother away
Beware, you are making a mistake

Translation credit to Chris Logan

Goodbye, 2018. Some thoughts about the year and my Top 5 most viewed posts.

Well, looks like this my last post of the year on Ospreyshire’s Realm.

2018 was a year of ups and downs for me. There were some good things such as completing my Katauta 52 series, being interviewed by The Antidote Radio, and also for releasing a couple of new songs for the Ospreyshire project which you can get on Bandcamp. Besides that, I felt like I haven’t done as much creatively with my spoken word stuff even when I expanded my repertoire with opinion pieces and news that I felt was important. Granted, I know not everyone cares about my content or the original intent of this blog, but I do what I can to keep going on.

Without further ado, here are the most views posts on Ospreyshire’s Realm.

5. Justin Yates’ New Music and Music Video
This was my most viewed cross-promotion piece with my musician friend Justin Yates releasing his newest EP.

4. Create-A-Story Tag
This was a fun piece. Even though I focus my fiction and writing elsewhere, it was still great to flex my fiction muscles by creating a story.

3. I guess versatility pays off?
I got the Versatile Blogger Award, and this was my most viewed award post of the year. I get surprised when people nominate me, but I certainly appreciate it.

2. Over 100 followers!
Another surprise happened when I actually had that many followers wanting to check out my stuff.

1. Fandom Hypocrisy
I could compare this to certain reviews I’ve done on Iridium Eye, but this was a bigger surprise. I was shocked that people actually liked my opinions on this matter when I critiqued numerous fandoms or rather the mindset that comes with being a hardcore fan of certain shows, books, movies, etc.

I hope 2019 goes well.