Freedom, But At What Cost?

In Chapter Three of Paul Thompson’s Dance of the Nutcracker, Fritz experiences the slow passage of time as he works on a building site with other prisoners. One day, General Bazra arrives, and the soldiers guarding the site take Anthony away to be a gladiator. Fritz is left with a feeling of dread and promises to tell Anthony’s family what happened to him.

Then, we take a little detour over to Amazon to see where you can find all three books in The Nutcracker Trilogy.

Episode Four

Episode Four

Time to PIVOT again. It’s been six months since I last made a big change to my blog. Last time, I let you know that would become, a personal blog and website hosted on WordPress.

WordPress is a great tool, but for someone like me who writes as a hobby, paying $50-$100 per year for a site like this isn’t very cost-effective. With that said, I’m going to be focusing my efforts on

My SubStack will contain all of the archives from, and I will continue to post similar articles there. You’ll be able to enjoy my writings, photos, audio, and video ramblings ad-free. That’s one of the really cool things about SubStack – there are no ads. It’s a place to read great writing from newbies like me to professional authors and journalists. I’m excited to announce a new project that I’m working on called The Artifact. This will be a collection of short stories. Most will be science fiction, and at least initially, they will all be written by me. Eventually, I hope to invite other talented authors to join me.

Sounds interesting, right?

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At the time of this message, The Artifact is but a mere placeholder. Subscribe to to receive a notification when the first story becomes available. I really hope to see you there!

I should mention that I’m going to be removing all other social media from my phone. My goal is to focus. I want to create something worth your time, which will be hard to do if I allow myself to be continually distracted by the myriad of social media available at my fingertips. I’m not closing any of my accounts – I just won’t be looking at them from my phone. I’ll check in from my desktop computer from time to time – probably to remind you about what I’m doing on Substack.

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‘Yellow’ by Scott Buckley – released under CC-BY 4.0. ⁠⁠

‘Drosselmeyer Main Theme’ by Paul Thompson. Copyright ⁠House of El Music⁠.

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Can you believe it’s May already?!

You may have seen a notification from me elsewhere explaining that I’ll soon be focusing (nearly) exclusively on my Substack content. I am truly grateful to everyone who has been following my journey here on WordPress over the past couple of years. I would be honored if you would head over to and subscribe to my newsletter. Initially, it will be the same content as you see here, but as I make the transition, I will allow my WordPress site to fade into the background as my Substack publications come online. If you’d like to know more about what this Substack stuff is all about, drop me a comment, and I’d be happy to tell you more.

The Nutcracker Trilogy

I will continue to shamelessly promote these books because I’m so excited about being a small part of Drosselmeyer’s journey. If you’re new here, let me encourage you to check out The Nutcracker Trilogy by Paul Thompson. All three books are available in print and as e-books. Books one and two are available as audiobooks, narrated by yours truly. Click the links below to explore.

Oh, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to enjoy these stories (just like it doesn’t have to be Christmas to enjoy Harry Potter).

Apple Books / Apple Audiobooks / Amazon / Audible

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