The Manufactured Holiday (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Single)

Today is February 14, a day that has no historical, astrological, or mythical significance and very little religious significance. This year it happened to be pleasantly and surprisingly warm for mid-February, but that’s about all I can think of to say about it.

Oh, I almost forgot! Sometime in the 19th century or thereabouts some companies convinced everyone to spend exorbitant amounts of money on chocolate and jewelry on this day every year, taking advantage of the not-particularly-significant-or-profitable lover’s holiday named after Saint Valentine.

It became a big source of income for the chocolate and greeting card and jewelry industries, and they managed to make it so prevalent as to be a societal standard. Not only that, but our culture has embraced it so thoroughly that it actively tries to make people who aren’t romantically involved feel guilty, indirectly, about not supporting these industries.

I’m a single man and I just had the best Valentine’s day of my life.  Continue reading ‘The Manufactured Holiday (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Single)’ »

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Because Reasons, I ended up writing this weird little crossover fic for Assassin’s Creed and… well, you’ll see. Full context after the story.AssassinLogo

Daylight. New York City. The middle of a crowded street.

Not the optimal situation to pull off a hit, strictly speaking, but this is the way we work. Hiding in the shadows of skyscrapers and in the midst of a mass of people… it has more impact that way, I suppose. A warning to the rest of the world that this is what happens to evil men. I’m not really sure of that, though. I was never too in tune with the philosophical side of the Order.

That’s not what I joined up for.  Continue reading ‘And Now for Something Completely Different…’ »