We are building machines out of people. Erasing them. Cut off an arm. Cut off a leg. Cut them off at the knees. Out with the tongues. Cut out their eyes. Mechanical sunshine. In plastic boxes. Mechanical sunshine. Erasing them. We are building machines out of children. Erasing them. Compete. Produce. Memorize. Feel less. Do [...]

The Children

At first, it fell A gentle rain, A few drops at a time. It whipped, and split, and tore horizontal, slanting through the sky. Rain-soaked rooftops, clothing, people, all in inky black For weeks the rain bore down Sidewalks crumbled, split, and cracked. No sun. No moon. No stars. The storm burned away the veil [...]

The Thing About Star Wars

I always had my reasons for choosing Trek over Wars, in the never-ending game of which is better. In my mind, it wasn't even close. Picard. Crusher. Guinan. A never-ending Trek through the galaxy. New discoveries, and enemies, and challenges, and species at every turn. The Borg. Still one of the greatest villainous forces of [...]

On Losing A Friend

It's coming up on the anniversary of one of my best friends passing away from  ...probably the most cowardly way I can say it is depression. The other word feels too violent.  But more honest. I am suspicious of the idea that anyone takes their own life, except in cases of oncoming debilitating physical conditions. [...]

Mara’s Monster.

Mara's Monster. He teaches. And seems kind. To others. After everything I've done for you. It's your imagination. Who put those ideas in your head Come here. Listen to me. What are you talking about? Hollow. Disgust. Anger. He whispers, He isn't real. But I know better. It's not my monster. That's Mara's monster. He's [...]

Morrow and Krista.

"If you're depressed, or hurt, or something, we can deal with it. But nobody wants a girl who's just like a b--" "Like a what?" "Who's just like angry at everybody." -- "I'm saying if you are hurting, that's one thing." "You loved me when I had an eating disorder." "Of course." "But you can't [...]


"It started with some guy hacking into my best friend's phone after a bad break up. No, it wasn't their break up. She broke up with Adam. And this guy thought she should be dating him next." "But how did you learn?" "Anger and time." "Where is he now?" "He's not anywhere. Here's the first [...]

To. the. Ground.

"To. The. Ground." "A group of arsonists is said to be behind the fires at the Holloman complex and the Latimore storage facility. The police remain tight lipped about the motive and specific identities of the suspects.  This comes days after the shut down of the last facility left in Minneapolis." Character Explorations © Armstrong [...]

Entry #1: Connecting… From a Distance.

I need to write about the process of writing. It helps me keep writing. This can be tricky when you also need to protect your process, and protect your project until it's fully formed. If you tell people you're writing a novel, they start asking a lot of very well-meaning questions. (Unless, of course, you [...]