Author: Arlen

Free story

I mentioned in a previous post that my story Graveyard printed in Metaphorosis magazine would eventually be available for free on their web site. Well, eventually is now! Sounds like the story will also be printed in the Metaphorosis end-of-year


I have a new story called Graveyard in the November, 2018 edition of Metaphorosis magazine! Despite the title, it is, at least for me, a fairly upbeat story. You can buy the magazine from Amazon (print or e-book) if you

The Monster

Frankenstein’s monster, posing with some guy in a mask:

A Dark and Stormy Night

Everyone has heard of Bulwer-Lytton’s opening to the book Paul Clifford (even if they don’t know where it came from): “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was

Transcendent update

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a short story coming out in an anthology called Transcendent, some time during this holiday season (which I think means November/December?). The book publishers have a blog, and I have a

A Net Neutrality Analogy

On several occasions, I’ve had to explain Net Neutrality to non-technical people, and while I can sometimes get people to understand the arguments, the abstract nature of the issues make it difficult. Fortunately, I love analogies—particularly when I can do

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Transcendent Anthology Cover

I have a short story coming out in an anthology called Transcendent, and they just released the cover art, which I think is pretty cool. The anthology was originally going to be called Dreams, Nightmares, Visions and Hallucinations, which I

Tower Bridge is Falling Down…

Okay, it’s not actually falling down, but since it is made of Lego, it is somewhat more fragile than the original. Anna got this set for me for my birthday, and I spent somewhere between eight and ten hours putting

Grandson of Man

Another silly costume for Karval Kon! Grandson of Man is my take on Son of Man, by Magritte, although possibly better known from The Thomas Crown Affair. We didn’t get a good shot of the costume at the con, so

Going gray

For the last several years, there has been a major trend in desktop and web applications — to remove all of the bright colors, switch to single-color icons, and provide a “clean” modern-looking app. I will not give any specific