Category Archives: Joseph Bruce Bustillos: Writing Projects

“What If” Is All About the F-Word

It’s been a while since I’ve bothered with a film review, especially something that isn’t Sci-Fi… I’m not fond of the title, that was changed for American audiences from “The F-Word” to the limp, meaningless, “What If.” That said, I loved the chemistry, the awkward energy and conversations between all of the characters. And this isn’t because I can identify

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Neglect Is A Subtle Form of Murder [short story]

“Dammit, don’t leave me sir!” The EMT pushed another dose of adrenaline into the unresponsive man. Jason instructed the other EMT to look for any clues about what they were dealing with, but without moving anything. A heavy musty smell filled the darkened bedroom like nothing had moved in the room for days if not longer. Jason prepared the prone

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This Ain’t Goodbye [short story]

Intro: This week’s short story assignment was to create a Twilight-Zone-esque tale. Enjoy. How long has it been? A little over a year since she went away. “Went away,” over a year and I still can’t wrap my head around losing her or use words that aren’t overly euphemistic to communicate her death. A little over a year and I

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Love is a Strength, Fear is the Weakness

At a time when many would divide us and try to use our fears to keep from discovering what we’re capable of, it’s time to speak out against the Fearmongers. If you give yourself a chance to get past the surface and the labels and the fear, we are capable of so much good. Even the haters have some light

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In Bad Faith 19: Jerry DeWitt’s Journey from the Known to the Unknown

I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Jerry DeWitt last Fall, that was at the end of his book tour promoting, Hope After Faith. I felt a tad guilty that I hadn’t read his book at this point but going to the presentation was a good introduction to this former Pentecostal preacher who had chosen to embrace his

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The Nogales Incident [Short Story]

Intro: This week’s assignment was to re-interpret/reimagine a classic fairy tale. Enjoy. After-Incident Report 7756 – Fort Huachuca – 31.8801 (lat) x -109.7543 (long) – Southwestern Continental Territory – Special Agents Collins, FA and Rigen LM reporting – transcript via automated systems Zx10010 – Interview with LIA (local indigenous administrator) Juarez, ZL. Contextual information: Juarez ZL, approximately 55-standard annum, approximately

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Sister Mary Holywater and Friends [short story]

Intro: The original version of the following short story was written in 1984. I did some re-writing and re-editing before sharing it this week with my short stories group. The theme, if you cannot guess, was Catholic schools. Enjoy. “Good morning, sister.” “Have you read today’s lesson?” “Yes, I have sister.” I had glanced at it five minutes before walking

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The Road Back

Students this week have been reflecting on Dr. Pausch’s Last Lecture and this was one of my responses to a student’s reflection: Thanks so much for sharing your reflections on the book and the video this week. Alas, if we live long enough to notice that (A) we’re getting older and, (B) we’re still here, then, hopefully, we learn things

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