The Loveshade Family End of the Year 2020

As we did last year, this is highlights from our various lives. (And yes, Virginia, some of us are actually real, flesh-and-blood people!)


Alden Loveshade: I had a story and some articles published, have a few books I wrote/co-wrote/edited/copy edited, and did more stuff you can learn about here.

Alien Loveshade aka BloodStar: (Currently far away from the COVID-19 planet).

Gamemaster Loveshade: (No Comment)

Lorien Loveshade: I got married! Herbie and I started dating years ago on an August 6. Then we had a long break and then we got married on August 6 this year! It was a virtual wedding but Herbie and my new kids Emma and Christopher and best friend Mindy were all here because we live together anyway! Teaching young elementary school students through distance learning is very different! Really it is hard for both me and the kids but we are doing our best!

Reverend Loveshade: I’m still living happily ever after with the clan at Rosenteeth Commune including my sother Ms. M.C., our daughters Puffletoes Twinkleton and Wunderkätzchen and our son Cobbraven. I’m still writing fake news and my lady is still teaching real news. Because all of us here have been in close contact with each other for a long time, we do at least get some sort of a social life. But I definitely miss big get-togethers!

We disbanded the Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild! That was effective at 5 minutes and 37 seconds after midnight UTC on Nude Years Day of 2020 (AD 1 January 2020 or 1 Chaos 3186 YOLD). The anti-establishment tends to become the establishment in 25 years, and it was formed in 1994, so time to go. But we formed the new, 2020, Erisian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild! You can smell the difference.

The infamous Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht, the book that was part of an FBI investigation, did not return this year as we had hoped. Somehow, 2020 didn’t have the vision it was supposed to have. But maybe in 2021!


Dr. Sinister Craven: The book that tells the truth of what really happened to a famous church is nearly finished. It may be out this year. And I am not really in prison with Rosey Tiger that’s just a rumor.

Miley Spears: Remember I was going into the Peace Corps? My training was supposed to start, then COVID-19 hit! I had already quit my job and everything. It  sucked! But I know it affected many, many people. So I’m still editing wikis until I can finally get in if it even works out. And I’m helping with a couple of books I can’t talk about yet. Maybe soon!

Mindy Yuko: Do you know what it’s like practicing in a professional orchestra when you’re supposed to be practicing social distancing? It doesn’t work! So I’m keeping my flute in practice and playing guitar for fun.

Loveshade X: Unlike the rest of you, I am not a flesh and blood person. I gave that s*** up years ago. Thing change when you’re over 200 f***ing years old.

Did the Early Church of the SubGenius arise this year like I propagandized prophecized it would? Of course it did! We infiltrated X-Day they couldn’t stop us! Now we’re pinning down who started this whole COVID-19 s**t, and believe me, it wasn’t the government of [REDACTED]! The Truth is Out There!

Graphics by Alden Loveshade

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Alden Loveshade End of the Year 2020

See also The Loveshade Family End of the Year 2020.

2020 is coming to a close–for many of us, it’s been a long year.

This year I published various pieces, including a story for an anthology called Exchange Students that led to me–and one of my characters–getting interviewed. I’m editing a book that’s nearly finished; copy edited some books; and am looking to get a book that’s out of print republished. My writing appeared on half of the 10-most-visited websites in America! (OK, I’m cheating there–those include Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter…).

As of this writing, the second draft of a GURPS roleplaying book about elves that I queried about doing in mid 2019 was accepted and is awaiting peer review in January 2021. Then I’ll write a final draft, and hopefully the book will be published some time in 2021. (These things take time.)

The day after the deadline for the above book’s first draft, my doctor sent me to the emergency room. I had open-heart surgery, had follow-ups with an in-person X-ray and a virtual visit with the surgeon, but am now back to normal (whatever that is).

Tragically, my writer and artist friend Michael Viviano aka Kilmore, who helped with the elves book, got COVID-19 and didn’t survive. It appears he tried following proper guidelines–but someone who didn’t know they had the virus did not.

I sent in my third suggested change to a definition in Merriam-Webster; while my first two suggested changes had been accepted, I’m waiting to hear on the third (“blue moon“).

On animal news, I had a curious kitten get its head stuck in a jar; fortunately, people at the veterinarian’s office got it out. My next-door neighbors still have four legs and say “moo;” but now some of them moved in. I saw a large raccoon procuring food for three smaller raccoons–from my cat food bin. And I found something oddly appropriate in the burn barrel where I set paper and cardboard trash on fire–a fire ant mound.

I’ve attended more conventions this year than ever–online, that is. And I went to my first online graduation, and my first online wedding. A two-year class action suit where my potential award was up to $600 finally concluded. The result: I got a check for $8.34. Woo hoo!

Happy Christmas, Merry Chanukah, Nice Kwanzaa, Cool Yule, Fine Winter/Summer Solstice, Terrific New Year!

Alden Loveshade

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

Graphics by Alden Loveshade.


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50 Years and Donald Trump

By vote totals alone, Donald Trump is considered the most supported conservative Republican president in American history. But he still lost the 2020 presidential election. So to prepare for the future, it’s time to ask, what is a conservative Republican?

A Republican is, of course, a member of the Republican Party. As for conservative, Merriam-Webster defines it as “one who adheres to traditional methods or views.” So let’s get traditional, and view the methods and background of the American presidency of 50 years ago….

(See the full article at one of the links below. Please make comments there.)

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Denver Ends Pit Bull Ban

After 30 years, Denver, Colorado, is overturning its ban on pit bull terrier dogs.

As a personist, I am much more concerned about stereotypes against people than against dogs. But as an animal caregiver, I care about four-legged critters as well.

Pit bulls have gotten a reputation as a vicious breed. While race in human beings is not biological but socially defined, in dog breeds, “race” is biological. For example, as far as I know the largest healthy adult chihuahua is smaller than the smallest healthy adult rottweiler.

So does the pit bull breed have a definite tendency to attack people? No. According to the online Encyclopædia Britannica:

“Although these dogs were originally bred and trained to display aggression against other dogs, aggression against human was not encouraged because, even while fighting, the dogs had to be handled by their trainers.”

The dogs had to be responsive enough that, even when engaged in a deadly battle with another dog, they would not attack any of the intervening humans. But viciousness was looked for, so problems were caused by “irresponsible breeders encouraging such traits in their animals and mistreating them in order to induce a vicious temperament.”

In my personal experience, I not only took care of hundreds of dogs, including pit bulls, as a journalist I covered dog bites.  The local police station’s log either listed “dog bite” or “pit bull bite.” Pit bull terriers were the only breed they pointed out in the headings of their police log in a type of “dog racial profiling.”

A dog of any breed that’s irresponsibly handled can be a problem. If well handled, they can be like the original Pete the Pup, the friendly pit bull dog loved by the kids on Our Gang comedies, aka The Little Rascals.

Image from Our Gang is in the public domain.

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Who Can Beat Donald Trump–a White Male

This blog post was submitted to a political commentary site in March 2020. That’s months before America’s political parties decided on their candidates. But as COVID-19 was then the big political story, the publisher wanted to wait to consider it until later. COVID-19 is, unfortunately, still headline news. So before the presidential election happens, here it is.

As I am a borderline fanatical personist, I hate to even think this, but I have to face reality.

How was Donald J. Trump, who arguably doesn’t even sound “presidential” unless he’s reading somebody else’s script, elected president? Why is it quite possible he could be re-elected?

I believe Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, and could be re-elected in 2020, for three primary reasons:

1) The percentage of minorities in America was (and is) increasing; many “whites” see that as a threat. For a historical example, during the time of American slavery, “black” males were seen as inherently subservient. When slavery ended, the stereotype quickly changed to them being violent and raping white women. That’s entirely illogical, but it’s how stereotypes work. Fear can change one’s perspective very quickly and radically.

2) Many people weren’t (and aren’t) getting their news primarily from reliable, accurate news services. Instead, much of their news came from highly biased news commentators and from completely unreliable sources including shared posts on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. When they were students in school, they received little training on how to check on the reliability of news sources. That’s because, when they were kids, it wasn’t all that necessary. Most of the information people read and saw had been gone over by an editor or chosen by a librarian concerned about presenting accurate information. But right now we’re living in what I and others call the Misinformation Age, when inaccurate sources are more abundant than accurate ones.

3) Barack Obama was president of the United States–and he was black. (Actually, he had mixed ancestry, but I’ll ignore that here as it was generally ignored). Any fear that the minorities posed a real threat of taking over America was verified in the minds of many white voters.

So you have non-Hispanic white people who are afraid of minorities taking over, and believe inaccurate things about them. And they’re afraid.

Well guess what? Women are socially considered a minority. I think many of the same people the above three points apply to are also afraid of the idea of a woman being president. Including some women.

Being a personist, I don’t like this at all. Even though I’m classified as a non-Hispanic white male, I have a minor from my university’s Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department. With my first three friends being girls, I rejected the concept of sexism at about age 6. When a little older, I studied American Indian dance on a reservation and performed at local events. As an adult, I ran a computer lab at a school that was about 80% Hispanic, and was once the only male to help set up an event for women’s rights. I am very strongly opposed to discrimination and prejudice, and have actively written and worked against them.

But I’m also a realist. For right now, the 2020 presidential election year, I think a candidate who has the best chance of beating Donald J. Trump in the presidential race is going to be this: a non-Hispanic (and probably non-Jewish) white male.

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Bad Moon Rising Author Preview

No, I’m not in this, but some authors I like are.

“….how about we have some fun meeting new authors, learning more about them with entertaining interviews, and finding some spooky reads? Bad Moon Rising is thirty-one days of horror, paranormal, supernatural, and thriller indie authors throughout the month of October. With adult, young adult, and children’s stories, there’s something for everyone.” — Teri Polen

Authors include

C.S. Boyack
John W. Howell
Cage Dunn
Carol B. Allen
Victoria Zigler
Jessica Bakkers
Paula Cappa
Jonathan Pongratz
Matt Doyle
Jean M. Roberts
Laya V. Smith
Sue Rovens
Mae Clair
Jina S. Bazzar
Audrey Driscoll
Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Wayne Turmel
Marcia Meara
Teagan Riordain Geneviene
John Hazen
Armand Rosamilia
Shari Sakurai
Brenda Marie Smith
Deby Fredericks
Allan Hudson
Steve Stred
Michael Patrick Hicks
D.G. Driver
Stevie Turner
Phillip T. Stephens
James J. Cudney

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Lorien Loveshade Marries Herbie 6 August 2020

Lorien Loveshade (Artariel) and Herbie (Enchantric) were sothers (significant others, girlfriend and boyfriend) from 6 August 2003 to 6 August 2005. They had a “trial separation” that led them in different directions–until 6 August 2018, when they became a couple again.

So after Herbie proposed marriage to Lorien on 16 June 2019 at The Gathering at the Grove, is it any wonder they set their wedding date for 6 August 2020?

What they of course could not predict was the current pandemic. So they are doing what some couple are doing this year, having a virtual wedding. They will be together, as will those immediate family members and friends who reside with them (Herbie’s offspring Emma and Christopher, and their roommate Mindy). Other family members will be gathered in their own homes, and others will do as they choose.

I was honored with helping write the wedding ceremony (I’ve written or helped write several now).

Congratulations to Herbie and Lorien, and to the family they’re bringing together!

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Gen Con July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020

Gen Con is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America by both attendance and number of events.” So says Wikipedia. This year, it’s happening online from July 30 – Aug. 2.

I’ll be there–will you?

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Queen Titania’s Court Interview

An interview of both me and one of my characters is now online! Fyrnux is a genderless student at the University of Vonyai. She tells Queen Titanis about Oystra, a female from another world, who came to the university as an exchange student. Students on Fyrnux’ world are divided not by gender, but by eye color. Fyrnux has yet to learn the problems having a female student on a genderless campus can cause.

The story is part of the fantasy/horror/science fiction collection Exchange Students edited by Sheila Hartney. Note that comments are disabled for this blog entry. That’s because I’d love your comments at Deby Frederick’s interview site at

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Queen Titania’s Court


Cover art by Laura Givens for “Exchange Students.”

Court of Titania, Queen of the Fairies.

All during the month of June, author Deby Fredericks will be welcoming fantasy authors and one of their characters to Queen Titania’s Court. Both the author and character will be answering questions.

I’m fortunate that I and my story “Orange Sun, Grey Sky” in the Shelia Hartney-edited anthology Exchange Students will be featured.

Check out Deby’s blog!

EDIT: You can read the interview at interview site

For Exchange Students, check


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