Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction, inking from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. His works have appeared in publications such as "Nightmare Magazine", "Black Static", "Shock Totem", "Buzzy Magazine", and "Dark Discoveries Magazine". Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, he’s also been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. Outside the glamorous and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric’s a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles. Visit Eric at: www.ericjguignard.com, his blog: ericjguignard.blogspot.com, or Twitter: @ericjguignard.
Twenty-five tales of evil weeds to entertain, enthrall and change the way you look at the unwelcome invaders in your lawn. From feral tumbleweeds to ravenous seaweed, from alien life forms to migrating asteroid fields, in these pages you will find fairy tales and weird westerns, space romps and chilling horror stories. Scary or silly, wicked or wily, these plants are here to stay.
Everyone’s had THAT day—the one where a spell went south, a glitch ate some code in the doomsday device, and aliens are on the move eat your brains. Okay, maybe we haven't all had that day. In What Went Wrong?, fifteen authors give us stories of the best laid plans gone awry. From humorous to horrific and everything in between, this selection of tales is certain to make any day look better.
This research article discusses galls, the homes of insect larvae which are created by manipulating the host tree to build the homes for them. I will discuss identification and explanation of galls through their strange and beautiful arrangements, as well as understanding the life cycle of the gall-encased insects, and also the secondary uses of galls by humans.
This article discusses the appropriate roles of communications within the workplace as well as challenges that are caused by poor communications. Topics explored include: Understanding cultural differences, creating positive climate, understanding communication flow, and use as a strategic networking tool.
This research article discusses the appearance of snakes, in regards to their color variation and the patterns arranged on their scales. Snakes throughout the world are found in every color of the rainbow and range from bearing solid markings to intricate geometric patterns on their skin. Emphasis of this article is placed on understanding as well as appreciating the reasons for such diversity.
Abstract: This research article discusses the importance of Social Security reform and how the program impacts the United States. From a historic review to a future prediction, the Social Security program has benefited millions of people. However, it is now faltering and a comparison is made of various reform measures.
Word Count: 5,023 (research article only)
This research article discusses the different parts of plants in the chaparral biome that are used for medicinal purposes. Historic and modern uses are compared for roots, bark, leaves, flowers, stems, and other elements which offer a pharmacy of natural alternative cures.
Word Count: 1,582 (research article)
This research article explores the development of leadership characteristics for those individuals who work in public administration. The organizational culture and motivation are reviewed as well as expectations of leaders from different perspectives.
Abstract: This article discusses the diversity of different parts of trees in the conifer family that are edible. Historic and modern uses are compared for such elements as nuts, bark, roots, berries, needles, and sap.
Keywords: conifers; edible elements; biodiversity; ecology; nuts
Word Count: 1,437 (article only)
This literature review analyzes and compares several theories of leadership as they pertain to management within a midsize manufacturing company or similar institution. Trait Approach, Style Approach, Transactional-Transformational, and Leader-Member styles are each reviewed in terms of benefit and compatibility within the organization.
REVIEWED: Both Sides of My Mind
WRITTEN BY: David F. & Marci L. Norman
David and Marci Norman's compiled book, "Both Sides of My Mind," provides an engaging mixed-bag of fiction, essays, and articles. You won't find a consistent subject matter throughout this collection, but you will find an undercurrent of crisp prose and thoughtful journalism that ties everything together. From the Sci-Fi exploits of the gun-slingin' Handyman, "The Kid," to explaining the California State legal justification for hiring professional retail security, this book reads as half "Newsweek" and half "Weird Tales." Some of my personal favorite inclusions are the speculative fiction tale, "Transition," and the (seemingly) biographical life-lesson, "Be Careful What You Wish For - You Just Might Get It."
Four out of Five stars