Monday, April 13, 2020

Fear-Mongering Media Got You Bummed Over Corona?

Question: Which is more important to you, eating healthy foods, drinking water throughout the day, and taking vitamins while staying active so that your body naturally protects you from getting sick or having enough face masks, antibacterial soap, and toilet paper stocked in your home?

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Although the logical answer should be the former, most people with the current pandemic are more inclined to lean toward the latter option. It's hard to place blame when the media is shock-factoring us into staying at home or wearing masks if we go out. Choose your mask and share which is the best for you in a comment:


The TP craze of 2020 is understandable too. People feared, due to media hype that, every store in the world would close, so they stocked up. Had this happened, the ones with the TP would have all the power. Unfortunately, or luckily depending on perspective, they were wrong. 


Then there were scumbags preying on frightened people, charging tons of money for toilet paper. (The image below was a joke from the original author). At least some of the criminals went to jail. Source here.

Antibacterial soap was another product consumers have been going bananas over at the moment thanks again to the media. 


Question: Which do you think is better for you, washing and rinsing your hands clean with hand soap and warm water or spreading what's on your hands with alcohol (antibacterial soap) while removing good bacteria in the process? 

The CDC and Rush University recommend the first option. Moreover, those hand sanitizers expire and weaken. Link. I've noticed that the product appeals to obsessive compulsive people, and so have advertisers. 


Alternately, I recommend ditching antibacterial soap, refusing it in public, and using the soap that's better for you and the environment. How about washing your face and neck when you get home? Those parts of your body are out in the open all day. 


By the way, have you ever read about the repercussions of overly using antibacterial soap? Here's a link  and meme:

Antibacterial soap is basically snake oil in my opinion, but you have the right to disagree. 


Yet, a doctor said you should use it. Should you trust someone just because they're a doctor? Some doctors get out of university with very low grades. Other doctors have motives and take bribes from companies. 

Are they even the right kind of doctors?

Then there's 


Your purchase of antibacterial soap is still understandable. Plus, you're in your safe place, right?

All we see in the news is the current death toll and warnings to stay inside with our masks, sanitizer, and TP. Who cares that the persons dying are mostly the elderly and the odds of someone forty-nine and below not recovering from the virus are low? Look for yourself: 

confirmed cases
all cases
80+ years old
70-79 years old
60-69 years old
50-59 years old
40-49 years old
30-39 years old
20-29 years old
10-19 years old
0-9 years old
no fatalities

Link here.
Don't be afraid. Relax and . . .


There's a lot in my life I've been wrong about especially math related problems


However, as someone who lost my parents, sister, and all grandparents, I know how others act when someone dies. People relish in death for the drama aspect. 

Drama sells. The media, politicians, and advertisers know. 


Still, there is no reason to judge each other. It is alarming when you search on Google for a restaurant and their app alerts you that you should stay inside to avoid the virus that's killed thousands of people. Social media is warning everyone to stay inside too ... (and see their ads). 


Aside from way too many senior citizens walking around when THEY should arguably be inside, life's peaceful in Japan where I live. Just inside until May, which is fine. 

Started noticing the world's acting like:

The fact is the media wants you to be afraid, stay inside, and see ads. They're not evil, everyone needs to earn a buck. 

I agree it is not safe in some places until there's a way to treat the virus, so staying in for the right reasons is okay. Being afraid because everyone tells you the sky is falling is another story.

The flaw of living in a bubble 
is that you deprive your body 
of learning to defend itself. 


If you venture outside without a bubble, be careful about what and who you touch. Wash your hands, face, and neck with soap and hot water when you get home. Oh, and ...

In public restrooms: Don't use hand dryers:


If you care about my random advice, I say: Take vitamins, such as Vitamin C and eat foods that fight against bad bacteria, such as pineapples, small slivers of raw garlic (this can hurt your stomach and cause bad breath, but you can use mouth wash after), ginger, and lemon. Drink green tea. Stay active even if it means walking thirty minutes a day. 

Now for a tough question. Have you asked yourself: How many people do I know who have died from the corona virus? 

As of April 6, 2020, here are the Wikipedia numbers:
Confirmed cases

Population on Earth:
7.7 billion. 

Number of typically deaths every day:
68 thousand approximately. 

Here's a handy population calculator:

You have my sympathy if you know someone who died from the corona virus. 

Before there was better aids to treat the Spanish flu, a lot of people died from the illness very fast. Look up the 1918 influenza pandemic. Even now people die from the flu that's still around, only the number is lower than it was 100 years ago due to treatments and medical breakthroughs. 


The cure for the flu wasn't staying inside, wearing face masks, stocking up on toilet paper and antibacterial soap. 

While you're home in fear or bored, ad companies are hoping you read more stories about the corona virus and see their ads so that you buy their products. 

These are fear-mongering trolls who prey on people's need for drama so they can make a profit.

Don't get me wrong, wearing a mask in a crowded space is a good idea so that you are safer, but buying huge bulks and wearing them all the time is over the top. 

When I see people in Japan running up stairways wearing masks over their airways, it's evident people easily forget about precious oxygen the brain needs and that blocking out any amount is a bad idea. 

Our mouths and nostrils are an exact size for a reason. Blocking your air holes off gives you less air. I'm not a doctor, but I know that my brain needs oxygen. So, if I'm walking fast, wearing a face mask is not a logical choice because I'll be breathing less air. 

Challenge: Put a face mask on, walk very fast and breathe. Wait sixty seconds. Take it off, walk just as fast and breathe. See for yourself which situation gives you more air.

So ends the opinion of a random person online.

Note: If you're curious about my thoughts on handshakes, I already posted about this topic in 2017 here and have been against them most of my life. I know you're thinking:


Remember to remember . . .

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Anthology Numbers

Greetings writers!


We've received a number of emails from excited writers asking, “When will the anthology come out?” 

The answer is: When we have accepted the number of stories we need (1,764), we’ll be able to publish the book.

Although we are seeking a lot of stories, we want high quality works. 

If you’d like to speed up the release date, help us reach our goal by spreading the word and getting your writer friends to submit a story.

We accept up to 4 stories from one writer. You are encouraged to send us stories to different categories, but you’ll need to use a different pen name per story. The same bio is fine. 

If we accepted your story, make sure that you replied to the acceptance email. 

Below are the number of stories we’ve added to the book so far by category:

Alternate Reality: 9
Apocalyptic: 21
Clown: 11
Craft of Writing: No unsolicited submissions accepted
Crime: 30
Culture: 23
Dystopia & Utopia: 12
Escape: 26
Fairy Tale: 23
Fantasy: 9
Fight: 17
Historical Fiction/Non-Fiction: 9
Horror: 28
Humor: 31
Impairment: 21
Indigenous: 8
Macabre & Morbid: 31
Monster: 13
Mystery: 6
Myth: 12
Noir: 12
Oddball: Filled
Outer Space: 10
Paranormal: 21
Parent: 35
Poetic Prose: 31
Romance: 36
Satire: 13
Science Fiction: 34
Siblings: 19
Sports: 7
Steampunk: 5
Sword & Sorcery: 11
Thriller & Suspense: 15
Tragedy: 37
Trapped: 28
Travel: 16
Vampire: 15
War: 13
Werewolves: 12
Western: 14
Zombie: 10

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Emperor's New Clothes

When I was a kid, I realized something about a story called
The Emperor's New Clothes.

The moral was enlightening; very simple too.

You shouldn't help mean assholes.

Yes, while everyone remembers the little kid who shouted, "He's naked!" no one ever considered everyone else remaining silent.

No one told the emperor he was naked because:

He was arrogant and might have killed them.

The kid was probably safe, because most people won't kill children, at least in stories written by Hans Christian Andersen.

I think about this when someone upsets me. If I tell the person something like, "You're an asshole," I'm actually suggesting they become a better person and am giving them advice to improve upon themselves.


Why would you give advice to someone you don't like? Sure, some people in this world better themselves even through hearing another person curse at them. What if you called someone who rejected you a bad name, the person thought about it, improved themselves, and then was better to the next person and got married? You helped someone you resented. 

This should bother any sane person. You shouldn't help people who wrong you. It's mentally draining. 

It's wonderful to help others.

Like the emperor, individuals exist who are arrogant and won't change their metaphoric clothes. Instead, they'll remain naked (ignorant) no matter what you say, or they'll not recognize anything you did and you'll be left angry, hurt, and resentful.

Sometimes it's best to say nothing like the crowd in the story. Leave a situation and surround yourself among positive people you can grow from. Forget the emperors of the world who demean and annoy you. Never help them, because it will drain you into exhaustion, hence the metaphor the emperor will have the person executed for helping him.

Mentor those who deserve your attention.

Don't help assholes.

You might make them a better person, but screw them. Better yourself and those you care about instead.

In case you read this for information about the 42 Stories Anthology, I am finishing my master's degree in education this year and will get back with you after December most likely.

We are however reading and replying to some submissions currently. Please have patience.

Remember to remember . . .

Friday, February 1, 2019

42 Stories Anthology Staff

No anthology team is complete without editors and professional eyes. Below is a list of some members of the 42 Stories Anthology team with their 42-word bio. This will give you a look into the lives of the people behind the book.

(image taken in Nagoya, Japan)


Amy has words at McSweeney’s, The New Southern Fugitives, Drabblez, FlashBackFiction, Parabola and other sites. She’s working on a short story collection. She lives in the South with her husband, two kids and two dogs that all inspire and distract her writing.

Cathy’s works appear in print and online, including self-published short story compilations, poetry collections, and children’s picture books. Wolves Don’t Knock, her first novel, was published mid-2018, and she is working on the sequel, Mister Wolfe. Cathy lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Crystal Durnan is a fiction writer and editor who lives in Florida with her husband and two kids. After years as a wildlife rehabber, she decided to pursue her passion for fiction. She loves birds, the beach, books, video games and tacos.

Heather Kohlmann specializes in copy editing fiction and non-fiction books and scripts/screenplays for independent authors. You can find her among the shelves of bookstores or watching the latest documentary. Heather lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and feline editorial assistant, Desi.



Editors Canada profile 

Jessica Holman currently reside in the strange land known as Colorado in the USA. When she's not spending time waiting patiently for her Hogwarts letter or checking the backs of cupboards for the entrance to Narnia, Jessica is reading, writing, or editing. Karen Milstein, Clowder Mater, absolutely loves Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, Romance, and Dungeons and Dragons. Fergus, the dragon from her book, Fergus and the Princess, is real. He sits above her computer to provide guidance and inspiration as she writes her stories.

After years of guiding students through the process of strengthening their oral and written communication skills, Kim has taken her “grammar that never shuts off,” packed up her collection of colored pens, and
moved out into the real world to help others.

Maggie MacConnell lives in Cincinnati with her cat, and spends her time reading anything she can get her hands on. After majoring in English and (annoyingly) correcting her friend’s grammar, she decided to put it to good use as a freelance editor.

Sage Borgmästars is optimistic and verbose by nature. She currently lives in Finland where actions matter more than words. She’s looking for outlets for the surplus. To this end she does collaborative editing, especially in children’s literature and social studies educational materials.

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Jennifer Worrell is a medicine- and forensics-obsessed author, heathen, and unabashed pie zealot intent on shaming all non-readers into submission. She lives in Chicago with her husband and cat, the latter of who edited this bio and would appreciate any freelance work.

Katherine Brown lives with her husband and step-daughter in Texas. A passion for books since she started reading led Katherine to dream of writing. Publishing her first two children’s books in 2017, Katherine hopes to inspire a love of reading in others.

Raven teaches by day, freelance edits by night, and fangirls daily. She always knew books were her passion, well after her grandmother’s challenge to read a book a day. Currently, she’s drowning in her TBR list, outlining novels, and expanding her business.

Terry Groves has been writing fiction for most of his life and has published both short stories and poetry. He works for the British Columbia government. He lives on a boat where he kayaks and writes for the love of the craft.



Promoters and Advisers

Robbie is a master of IT and loves books more than you. He loves books so much so that he would marry a book if it had a red wing, which is why he is happy to promote the 42 Stories Anthology.

Dawn Greenfield Ireland is an award-winning author of 8 novels, 15 screenplays & 4 nonfiction books). Background includes 34 yrs as a technical writer/editor. Her online critique group is accepting new members. Need help? Contact her.


Ever since Bam started writing he's wanted to help other authors. After majoring in creative writing and appearing in several anthologies and magazines and years editing and beta reading, he launched the 42 Stories Anthology with a goal of publishing 1,764 wordsmiths.


42 Stories Anthology Facebook 

Send us your 42-word story if you haven't already. Guidelines. If a piece was rejected, write a new one and send it to a different category. You have a 50/50 chance of getting one story accepted into a different category. 

Happy writing.