Peter Rodman


Peter Rodman lives in Sacramento, California. He is generally considered to have more bad habits than good points. This need not be a concern, as you are welcome to read his stuff without ever actually meeting him.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I would like to write as well as Margaret Atwood, but I can't. I admire her prose style, her skill at description and characterization, and her ability to tell a story.
Other authors I am always willing to pick up and read, or re-read, are: Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and James Tiptree Jr.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe Spot the dog was chasing Puff the cat, and Sally was upset. Then I think Dick and Jane tried to calm Sally down.
I was appalled. Even at six years old I knew that was garbage and that stories could be better. I wondered just how stupid people thought kids were. Over the years I've learned that most adults think kids are very stupid.
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Where to find Peter Rodman online


Avoiding a Mark on History
Price: Free! Words: 990. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Why is it so easy to identify criminals and jerks? What are their names? Check a history book. What did they do? Stop asking awkward questions.
Ad Deum qui lætíficat juventútem maem
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: American English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Coming of age
An American boy struggles with village life in Franco's Spain. He is baffled by his enemy.
Patriotism: The Most Odious Prejudice
Price: Free! Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Sociology
Sure I love my country. After all, I was born here. Or I emigrated here and became a citizen. Or I invaded your country because my country's needs are more important than any rights you think you have. Why wouldn't I love my country?
Taxation and Representation?
Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Legal
What if a simple change would allow the individual taxpayer to influence the US government at the highest level while blunting the influence of the wealthy, the political action committees, and multinational corporations? What if the system has been in place and working for decades?
Edward Snowden and The Emperor's Real Clothes
Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » True Crime » Computer Crime
Is it treason to betray a subversive organization? How much patriotism is needed to offset a conscience? Two pounds? Eleven miles?
A Minimal God Towards a Practical Theology
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: American English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Deism, Essay » Sociology
Suppose you need a god, but can't believe the things they're telling you? Is there a way to have a rational god who is not completely impossible?
Halfwit and All Man
Price: Free! Words: 59,340. Language: American English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Essay » Sociology
Seventy humor essays about life in general, originally published in The Suttertown News in the last century. excerpt: "Cats are deceptive animals, and while it may not be good for a cat to be shaved before it is named, it's probably a good idea to at least wet it down good to see what it looks like under all the hair. " from Shave Your Cat
Of Suicide
Price: Free! Words: 5,620. Language: American English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Free will & determinism, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Is a person's decision to kill himself always wrong? Is his thinking irrational? Who has the right to stop him? This is a continuation and expansion of David Hume's essay with the same name. A modern-language version of David Hume's essay follows. A link is provided to the original essay.
Time it was,
Price: Free! Words: 106,940. Language: American English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Two suicidal, but functional, people try to keep one another from killing themselves. Their friendship disrupts their personal lives, even while it preserves them. Their mental illnesses drive them apart, even while they bind them together. Contains vulgar language and scenes resembling sexual encounters.
Brain Zapping: Trans-crainial Direct Current Stimulation and Depression
Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain)
A depressed man's personal experiments with a home-built (for about $20) low-current brain stimulator. A circuit diagram is included. The experiments cover four months and were mostly positive.

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Smashwords book reviews by Peter Rodman

  • Smashwords Style Guide on March 01, 2015

    1) I have to compliment Mr. Coker for his hard work on a project he obviously loves. 2) I had a whiny complaint about using MS Word as a format instead of the more universal .rtf format, but given the detailed instructions he provides for a fairly commonplace program, I withdraw the complaint. No, the instructions don't need to be updated to the latest version of Word, because Microsoft's sole reason for updating the blasted program is to get more suckers to buy it again, and again, and again. 3) I use Ubuntu Linux. I write on LibreOffice. However, I had an old disk of Word 97 from when I abandoned Microsoft. Ubuntu comes with WINE, a Windows emulator. I loaded Word 97 on my box, WINE opened it, and it worked perfectly using Mark's instructions. Although I have published stuff on using their system, and also use Calibre to produce ebooks, Mark's system is quite handy for books with drawings and photos, and the free ISBN alone is worth using the system. 4) I especially appreciated his suggestions for avoiding Word's pitfalls, such as the table of contents and auto-formatting garbage. Even when I use the blasted program I turn all that crap off. Thanks, Mark!
  • The Attic Door on March 10, 2015

    Very good. A mystery with hints of possible horror, mixed in with sex. All smut should have as good a story. This is one of the main reasons I never help anyone move.