Bhff-ter (Horror)

He was in the freezer, so what? He wouldn’t freeze. Everything was obeying the plan. Bhff-ter wouldn’t lie. It had said that Tommy could not be frozen to death. And like clockwork, Tommy was in the freezer shivering but far from shuddering out his last breath.

Bhff-ter emerged from the fog, gripping Tommy’s throat, its hands scalding his throat. Tommy struggled by thrashing his limbs. Bhff-ter didn’t so much as blink. Tommy noticed just then that the thing didn’t have eyelids. It was such a small detail he probably wouldn’t have noticed it if it weren’t for death closing in like white hot headlights.

He took a small icicle forming on the ceiling, and as the beast brought him back to Earth he stabbed it into its left eye. The screams shredded his eardrums, and everything turned black as a woman in a red suit approached. She was nondescript except for the two brilliant antlers on her head.

“You should’ve died from natural causes,” the lady said. She didn’t care to illuminate the consequences.

Tommy was almost glad she didn’t.

Blogging and its “Seven Holy Topics”

Smartblogger wrote an interesting article on, you guessed it, blogging. One of the bullets points they covered was the “seven major topics” that generate the most traffic. These are: social media, finance, self-improvement, parenting, gadgets, news, and business. These topics take up the crux of attention given to blogs, and the article goes on to say that writing in a niche that’s reasonably matured is your best bet. A common thread linking social media to parenting to news is that these topics will be eternal in their popularity.

It’s important to pick a niche that is broad enough and allows for maximum creativity and interest from you. The “holy seven” is a map that is easy enough to navigate. You simply have to think about the constellation of interests that form your personality and juxtapose them alongside the major topics that people are most interested in. Doing this will give you a holistic sense of what will and what won’t work in the long-term. Once this process has matured, you’ll be able to write about something that resonates with a particular group of people but that has staying power. You’ll be building a loyal following that is interested in the same topic as you, which will only fuel your own interests, giving a larger knowledge base and generating even more interest in your blog.

In other words, you’ll be building an audience, and as a prospective successful blogger, that’s invaluable. You simply won’t be able to reach everyone with your writing style and interests, so it makes sense to winnow those possibilities to something that is interesting to you but appeals to a particular group of people. Something with “staying power.”

So, you’ve built an audience. What now? Once you’ve truly settled on a subject and are generating a loyal audience, the rest will fall into place. If your audience is giving you permission to offer them updates via email on information that is relevant to them and their lives, your job just got several thousand percent easier. You won’t be fighting to get people noticed in what you have to say. It will happen naturally. They’ll want to hear your advice.

To boil it down:

  • Pick from one of the seven major topics available
  • Find your niche. Stick with it.
  • Let your audience build (this step requires no effort on your part)
  • Send them regular email updates

If you’re doing the above steps correctly, (and combining these steps with healthy and robust SEO practices, which deserve multiple separate posts), followers and search engine traffic should come to you. A firm principle to keep in mind is to see your potential adherents as having the same aspirations as you. They are combing the internet trying to find information relevant to their very individual experiences, and are most likely looking for something very specific. That is where you come in, to provide them with highly specific information that will keep them loyal and interested while generating streams of new traffic. Blogging is very much an exercise in self-exploration. You start to realize that you aren’t so different from other people, and that they require the same things as you do. You write for yourself. You write for them. Soon you’ll start to see the untainted fruits of your labor.

 

 

Chess Games with Kim Jong-un

The horse was in its special place
Waiting for an eye’s kind glint
To move authentically
Or to please a great leader

But neither strategy was to hold water
The horse would drown if it claimed victory
And a discernible nod of the head
Would be seen as cowardly
Fake
Indicative of poor character

So the player on the other side decided to do something radical
To masquerade a heart’s demise
While moving with great courage

The Blindfold is Passed On

He strolled across marble porticoes
Lingered on sweeping terraces
Below rested
Everything a man or woman could wish for
Great halls quivering with sumptuous meats
And the bounty from a grey urban space

They had won the drawing of straws
These lucky people who at the moment
Had other plans

Swords created deadly X’s
Bows strained to make music
Heads butted together

A lord was spared
He could work in the kitchens
Pay off his debt
There was resentment there, though
A lordly petulance

Luck

A loss of confidence

The man existed in his hovel
Eyeing the various portals of distraction
They would be short-lived
Every last one

The rectangle offering a glimpse into
The outside world seemed off-putting
His pile of food on the table was worse than the rectangle
A pair of dice in the corner shifted the blame
Onto the broken radio
But hope seemed like a false enterprise
So paying attention didn’t make sense
Things would remain broken

His spine tickled itself in pain
Wood underneath bone just didn’t give way
Though the green rabbits started to surface
Poking playful ears out from under various worthless things
They looked playful
A little confused
That was okay

This pleasure was incredibly fleeting, and had to be respected