A mildly melancholic, increasingly misanthropic, contrarian who cherishes life, liberty, and lattes. He turns coffee and sweet tea into books at JLPattison.com.
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As an author of indie books—and an occasional reader of indie books—I felt compelled to write this brutally honest, open letter to aspiring indie authors. After all, even painful truths should be sought with greater fervor than comfortable lies — and someone has to be the bearer of bad news.

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If there’s one thing that’s remained consistent about mass casualty events over the past few decades—besides a predictable plethora of new laws passed afterward that erodes American freedoms and civil liberties—it’s that these incidents always leave us with more questions than answers.

Equally troubling is the fact that anyone who…

Growing up in South Florida provided many experiences that left indelible impressions on me.

Like that one morning my house violently shook from the Midas Muffler shop explosion that occurred miles away in Davie, to visiting the aftermath of the explosion and ensuing fire from the Amtrak train that collided…

1). The Coffee Shop

You’re sipping coffee in a cafe when you notice a woman at another table get up to get a napkin, leaving her coffee unattended on the table. As she does, a man walks by her table, pours an unknown liquid from a vial into the woman’s coffee, and quickly exits…

“There is a time for stories, and there is a time for rational arguments, and the skill we need lies in knowing which to use, and when.” — Os Guinnesse

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I recently came across an article by Mark Tapson who wrote:

“The most compelling science fiction is that in which…

This article will not a be a long-winded diatribe, but instead, it will be a quick and to-the-point itemization pointing readers to the reasons why those — who are still able to think critically — are no longer buying into this contrived pandemic.

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When you passed unconstitutional edicts demanding that…

J.L. Pattison

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