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The Chronicle

Tales of the Neo_Prodigy

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So It Begins Again

Neo's Law #1: Know Thyself.

A man by the name of Gandhi once said, "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

With this being a new year and having so many excellent new readers-- *waves* HI EVERYBODY-- I thought I'd do an introductory post. I may future date it later so that it appears at the top of the blog. I'll probably be updating this regularly as well.

I'm neo_prodigy but you can refer to me as Denny if you like. I launched this Livejournal 8 years ago. I'm in my 20s and will be forever. I'm a former journalist, a former college professor, and I currently work in an office as a small cog in the machine that is Corporate America. My true passion and purpose is storytelling. I'm a freelance digital artist, writer, and photographer. Over the years I've been an online columnist and I've published a few pieces over the years. My audio short, Stranger Than Fiction can be found on Sniplits and an assortment of short stories, interviews and articles can be found over at Drops of Crimson. You can also refer to my boy Kale Naylor for additional publishing references.

An 80s kids (HE-MAN!!!!), I am huge sci-fi fantasy geek and a hopeless comic book addict. Get me on a discussion of comic books and you won't get me to shut up which is saying a lot (no pun intended) because I'm very quiet and reserved in real life.

I was born and raised in the South and being a minority, I have no love for that region (save for Atlanta) or the rest of America. I come from a working class family and overcame more than my share of adversity to get to where I am today. Said adversity is something I may allude to or hint at from time to time but it's not something I like to open up about a lot as I'm still pretty raw in those regards. But I keep on keeping on. I thank God for my blessings and I do keep in mind that some folks have endured worse. I may be a survivor but  refuse to be anyone's victim.

My nanna is probably hands down my biggest inspiration and my best friend. She always taught me the true values of patience, love, compassion, seeing the potential in people and what true Christianity really is. Always encouraging, I never had to prove myself to her to win her love and always accepted me for me. When she advised or corrected me, it's because she genuinely wanted me to be the best I could possibly be. She believed in me when even I didn't. She just loved me for me and that's rare in this world. I shudder to think what I would've become if I didn't have her in my life.

In regards to belief systems, while I identify as a progressive Catholic, I believe there are multiple paths to God/Truth/Enlightenment be you Christian/Jew/atheist/agnostic/Hindu/Buddhist/Pagan/Muslim/Wiccan/Deist/etc. I've studied various faiths over the years and have found profound value and insight from each of them. In short, if your belief system makes you a better human being, then ROCK THAT SHIT!!!! I don't challenge other people's beliefs or question their intelligence or sanity so I expect the same respect in return.

Politically I identify as a liberal albeit a moderate one. I despise the GOP and I'm not the biggest fan of Democrats either. Not one to tow the party line, don't be surprised if you find me calling both parties on their BS. I believe in offering a pragmatic perspective and some good old fashion common sense.

Personality in real life: I'm very stoic and very quiet and live in my own head, a lot.

Let me put it to you this way, I was the overachieving golden boy who was on the never-ending quest to prove himself an island. When I was a teen, my parents used to lecture me on how I needed to loosen up and have fun. PARENTS DO NOT LECTURE TEENAGE BOYS ON LOOSENING UP AND HAVING FUN!!!!!

I'm also a good boy with bad boy tendencies. I'm immensely precocious and uptight, unless I'm comfortable around the folks I'm with and then I'm just a geek and a certifiable snarky smartass. Think Doctor Who's Ten/Cyclops/ Simon Tam/Clark Kent/Ianto Jones/a bit of Jack Harkness/Brian Kinney/and Bruce Wayne and throw in Zoe Washburne and you pretty much get me or a fraction of me.

I'm not a black man. I am man who is black. There is a difference for me. I'm proud of my African heritage (just as I am my Native American heritage) but my ethnicity does not encompass my entire identity. Being black is a part of who I am and it has contributed to my experiences (same holds true for whites) but it isn't all that I am.

The Chronicle is just that. It's the story of my life where a myriad of issues (but certainly not limited to the following) are discussed: my views, my life, my thoughts, politics, social issues, art, sex (I love it and make no apologies for it), relationships, work, education, sciences, philosophy, religion and the speculative genre.

This weblog is intended for a mature, intelligent and sophisticated audience.

The Chronicle has best been described as poignant, funny and just a little bit sad.

Adult discussions are had here. Adult language and the occasional adult content is featured. Think of it as FX or HBO. High caliber and artistic but viewer discretion is advised. This blog is brutally and unapologetically honest. It is not for the faint-of-heart, the overly sensitive, the deluded, the self-entitled or those who view life through coke-bottled and rose colored glasses. You may be an awesome person and this blog just may not be your cup of tea. That's cool too. In any event, proceed at your own risk. Don't say you weren't warned. I don't expect you to always agree with me, I'd be worried if you did. Good faith discussions and exchange of ideas are always welcome. However flaming, trolling, personal attacks and discussion derailment is not. Also you're entitled to disagree but don't think you're going to roll on this blog and dictate how it's run. I've had folks try that in the past, it didn't end well.......for them. This is my space and I run this bitch. If it's not your cup of tea, cool, keep scrolling and keep it moving.

Some of what I write may disturb you, some of it might incense you, but as long as I challenge you to think with an open mind and an open heart, then my job is done.

A lot of people have asked why I frequently make so many socially conscious posts, particularly in regards to racism, homophobia and other forms of institutional oppression. Longtime readers are aware that I didn't always discuss these issues but with so many factors--living in a conservative town, dealing with the religious right, and our first black president--these issues have been brought to the forefront. I always worried that by constantly harping on racism and homophobia, I would be viewed as a one-dimensional caricature, but the truth is bigotry is systemic in our society and these are issues that myself and countless others have to endure every day in a society that is supposed to be fair and just. I speak on them not to whine or play victim but to educate others and to strive to be a force of good in the world.

If I have one super power it's an indomitable spirit to strive to evolve and grow and be the best that I can possibly be in all things. Keyword being striving.

Friending policy: I always enjoy meeting new readers and making new friends. So if you enjoy my blog and think we might be a good fit, feel free to add me and I'll do the same.

Also, take most (if not everything) I say with the biggest grain of salt. I'm a grandmaster of facetiousness and sarcasm and most people don't know when I'm being serious or making with the satire. I don't take myself too seriously on here and I try to keep the blog fun and enjoyable for my readers.

All that said, welcome and thanks for reading.

Feel free to add me if you like and if you have a question, just ask.

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Forget Me Not

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Black Is The New Black


As someone else stated, the following quote adequately sums up the Trayvon Martin tragedy, “Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.”

It pains me to say this but stories like Trayvon’s are nothing new and I hear about them and have witnessed them my entire life growing up in the South. But when I first read about Trayvon’s murder, there was something about the story that hit me to the core. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why. When I learned about the verdict and recoiled in horror and disgust along with other people of color, that’s when it hit me. For all intents and purposes, when I was 17, I was Trayvon and I’m lucky because in many respects, I should also be dead.

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The Face of Gay

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I have a post in Kage Alan's excellent Face of Gay series.

Check it out and if you haven't already, check out the other entries as well.


Why Your Paula Deen Defense Is DOA


By now most of you have heard about the Paula Deen racist debacle, the lawsuit and the employees who stepped forward to speak out. And I'm sure more than a few of you have witnessed the outrage from countless psychotic rabid whites who are defending her racism and are upset that Food Network canceled her show.

Their "outrage" stems from the fact that white people don't think it's fair that one of their own should lose everything just because they were being "a little bigoted."

And by a little bigoted = Dropping the N-Word and creating a plantation house restaurant and creating a hostile work environment for black employees. But the goalpost is still shifting so this definition by whites is subject to change.

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Man of Steel: Review


In the song All I Really Want, Alanis Morissette has one of my favorite lyrics of all time:

And I am fascinated by the spiritual man. I am humbled by his humble nature.

So Tuesday I caught Man of Steel. Going in I knew I didn't know what to think about this film as I heard strong opinions on both sides.

The verdict?


June 6

River Song

Thoughts and prayers go to my good friend the Boston Pobble, who has a big day today.

I'm posting this pic of River Song because anyone who's known her for five seconds knows that she has the style, substance and fierce of this Doctor Who heroine.

Jessica Rabbit meets Indiana Jones indeed.

Kyle XY

Let's Go To The Movies


So let's discuss movies. Movies previously seen and movies under consideration by yours truly. For the unfamiliar, I should probably explain my criteria for consuming media to provide proper context.

And now for our featured presentations:


Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman, Get Righteously Schooled

I'm actually shocked at the response to Ms. Kaur's reply.

Puppet Angel

The Game Has Changed

So it appears the game has changed for fanfic writers.

Fellow authors, your thoughts?

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