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Political Pies

Posted in Books, eBook, Politics, Rant, Stories with tags , , , , on February 11, 2015 by oneoveralpha

NewPieEverybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? My attempt to do something about it was to collect forty of my short stories with a political element into my Political Pies anthology. The stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, my goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

Here is an example of such a hopeful rose.

“Is That How it Works?”

“Next question.”

A middle-aged gentleman walked up to the microphone at the front of the auditorium. He cleared his throat, then said, “Senator, on the campaign trail you have often stated that the rich and powerful – both individual and corporate – should receive tax breaks because they are the job creators.”

“That’s correct.”

The man took a piece of paper out of his pocket and unfolded it. “Sir, I’ve been unemployed for twenty months now.” He held the piece of paper up so everyone could see it was a check. “This is the last of my life savings.” He tossed the check up onto the stage about ten feet from the candidate. “I give it to you so that you – as the nearest I’ll get to the rich and powerful – now have all of the money that matters to me. Now give me a goddamn job!”

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If you are at all curious, then check out the page for Political Pies on my website to find out where you can find it.

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Download Political Pies for free!

Posted in eBook, Humor, Politics, Rant, Scifi, Stories with tags , , , , on November 2, 2014 by oneoveralpha

What’s scarier than all the ghosts and goblins at your door? There’s an election next week.

To try to blunt the horror of the season, I’m offering my anthology of forty, short, political stories Political Pies for free! You’ll be able to download it to your Kindle now through Wednesday November 5. Download it early, and you can read it while waiting in line to vote on Tuesday.

If “free” isn’t enough to entice you, check out the cover and blurb:

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Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

So what are you waiting for? Download your copy now, you won’t get another chance until next year.

Ebook sale!

Posted in eBook, Humor, Politics, Science, Scifi, Spaceflight, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

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On December 25th and 26th, ten of my ebooks will be FREE to download to the Kindles that Santa brought you.  Together, they contain 144 short stories and 10 essays that can all be yours for the price of a click.  To learn more about each one, check out my Amazon Author Page.

Happy Holidays.

 

Check out my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!

Posted in eBook, Politics, Scifi, Spaceflight, Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

If you are buying a Kindle for someone this holiday season – or just buying one for yourself – wouldn’t it be a good idea to have some preloaded ebooks on it?  Instead of putting out more money to buy these ebooks, you can find some that are free to download.  For example, on Black Friday, you’ll be able to download these ebooks of mine:

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They are, A Man of Few Words, Political Pies, Brain for Rent and other stories, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet, and Lonely Phoenix.

On Cyber Monday, these ebooks of mine will be free:

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They are The Only Certainty, The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories, Rise, and Duty.

So check them out and add them to your gift, or just keep them for yourself. 😀

Political Pies sequester sale!

Posted in eBook, Humor, Politics, Rant, Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

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Last year, I decided to try to promote each of my books for a month, starting with my anthologies and moving on to my other stories.  So I’m working on promoting my third anthology – Political Pies – during the month of March, when everyone is sick of hearing about politics because of the sequester.  Joy.  Now part of my promotions are a weekend where people will be able to download the Kindle versions for free, and for Political Pies that will be on Saturday March 9th, and Sunday March 10th.  So why am I calling it a sequester sale?  Because.  😀  Did you really expect a serious answer?

Promoting Political Pies

Posted in Books, eBook, Politics, Writing with tags , , , , on March 7, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

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Late last year I decided I would spend the first three months of this year promoting my three anthologies, giving them a little boost.  I should have realized that politicians would have done something to make people sick of politics when I was promoting my third anthology, Political Pies.  But what are you going to do.

Here’s the book description:

Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

This link will take you to my website page for Political Pies.  To give you an example of what you will find inside, here is one of the stories. Enjoy.

“Is That How it Works?”

“Next question.”

A middle-aged gentleman walked up to the microphone at the front of the auditorium. He cleared his throat, then said, “Senator, on the campaign trail you have often stated that the rich and powerful – both individual and corporate – should receive tax breaks because they are the job creators.”

“That’s correct.”

The man took a piece of paper out of his pocket and unfolded it. “Sir, I’ve been unemployed for twenty months now.” He held the piece of paper up so everyone could see it was a check. “This is the last of my life savings.” He tossed the check up onto the stage about ten feet from the candidate. “I give it to you so that you – as the nearest I’ll get to the rich and powerful – now have all of the money that matters to me. Now give me a goddamn job!”

A Modest Proposal for curing Washington Gridlock

Posted in Humor, Politics, Rant with tags , on February 23, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

Decimation.

I’m using the Roman meaning of the word.  If you can’t be bothered to follow the link to Wikipedia, basically, if a group of Roman soldiers were found guilty of cowardice or mutiny, they would be divided into groups of ten and they would draw lots.  The loser was then beaten to death by the other nine.  I’m just wondering if We the People could impose such a punishment on Congress.  If the average of five national polls found Congress with a 5% or less approval rating, they would be decimated as a sign to the rest to get off their ass and do their fucking job.  Just a thought.

 

Blogger’s note.  In case you can’t tell, I’m not fully serious about this, it’s just my frustration thinking out loud. While I do believe that murderers should be executed, that’s the only crime I feel warrants such a punishment.  Also, to be fair it would have to be applied to all members of Congress, even if it is only one party that is more at fault.