My New and Improved Bucket List for 2014

It was in 2012 that I first published a bucket list, and, after much deliberation, it does not honestly reflect the things that I want to do before I die. So, without further ado, here is the new and improved list (in no particular order whatsoever).

1. Have a jam session with my favorite band, New Hollow, or, at least, attend one of their concerts.

2. Look Paul Simon in the eye and shake his hand.

3. Write a book. Or several books.

4. Talk to an attractive stranger.

5. Release an album.

6. Fall in love.

7. Have my picture in the Rolling Stone.

8. Be worshiped the way J.K. Rowling is worshiped.

9. Work at a library (it will probably fit in here somewhere).

10. Visit every continent at least once, or travel the world.

11. Cross this off the list because everything else is done.


A Vision

My soul is a warm sunny place

The grass comes up to my shoulders

And in there someone loves me


I am walking backwards

There are glares from the sun

Scattered across my eyes


Trees stand in every direction

I don’t know what color their leaves are

It doesn’t really matter


I smile flashing braces

My eyes are pinched but clear

Drawing him in


And there is a look on his face

Eyes wide mouth agape

As he realizes he loves me for the first time


We’re both laughing but it can’t be heard

Instead there is a soft instrumental

Something that I wrote


It’s beautiful and quiet

Soothing and understanding

Charming and endless


And we are both running in slow motion

Running through the tall grass

Running through my soul

Wow. I’m Getting Old.

Guess how long I’ve been blogging on mikkiaaron. Take a shot. No risk.

It’s been two years. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a long time. In some ways, I’m still an internet novice. However, the past two years have been some of the most dramatic in my life so far, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to share them with my readers.

An even 270 are currently following mikkiaaron. Each one subscriber, whether you have been with me since 2012 or since yesterday, has helped me grow. Just the sheer number is astounding. All of the positive feedback I’ve received in the comments has brought me so far as a writer. Thank you.

It truly has been an adventure. Looking back at my earlier posts and coming forward, it’s easy to watch parts of my life story play out. Sometimes, during the process of writing things to be published on my blog, I have discovered truths about myself and the little world I live in. I’ve shared so much of myself on this platform and it’s been taken so gracefully. For this, I am truly grateful.

I know I haven’t been keeping up with the blog lately. The posts will return to normal as soon as I get used to having a daily routine again, which should be fairly soon.

Until then,

Ciao for now,



Song One


You’re somewhere far beyond the horizon I can see.

You’re somewhere in the long distance, are you waiting for me?


The next time that I close my eyes, I’ll love you until dawn.

And when you wake up from your dreams, do you miss me when I’m gone?


Every little lullaby keeps whispering your name,

And though I keep an open mind I still can’t win the game.


The thought that keeps me going on is your voice in my brain.

The fact that you are still not here is driving me insane.


So tell me, do you feel a thing just picturing my eyes?

Do you wonder what stars I see when you’re looking at the skies?


Do you take the time to know that I am on this Earth?

Could you even realize just what this life is worth?


Love can live across the maps although we’ve never met.

It can happen, and it will, it just hasn’t yet.

Happy National Science Fiction Day!

384443-divergent-movie-five-things-to-know-about-the-next-hunger-gamesAuthor’s note:  I neglected to post about Christmas or New Years, but I can make up for it. This holiday seems worthy of the task. Scifi is, without a doubt, a thing worth celebrating, and I hope that my small contribution here will shed light on its importance.

Science fiction is a real force in pop culture. Some of the most popular books, movies, and TV shows today take place in a futuristic landscape. The technology is usually ambitious, and the fashions are outrageous, but there is more to the genre than force fields and Effie Trinket. In each of these stories, the writer’s dreams for and beliefs about humanity shine through, and that’s what makes the scifi realm so riveting.

hunger-games-movie-wp_trio01Take, for example, one of the greatest literary explosions of the century so far: The Hunger Games. It’s true that the romance scene and the idea of teenagers brutalizing one another are enticing, and perhaps part of the success of the dynasty, but there are messages in between the lines. Collins is talking about more than mockingjay pins and love triangles. She is trying to have a conversation about the first-world mindset, and is doing a pretty good job of it, too. The citizens of the Capitol pay little attention to anything outside their utopian bubble. They prefer thinking about their hairstyles, manicures, and what’s for dinner, while the people in the districts starve and die providing for them. It illustrates an ugly picture of what may come, or what has already started to come.

Star-Trek1The same goes for what is perhaps the most iconic science fiction series, Star Trek, which offers a more sugary future. On its five-year mission, the crew of the Enterprise explores a landscape where people coexist. Gene Roddenberry has both men and women, of all races and creeds, working on board as equals. He promotes the end of intolerance with this simple concept. Famously, Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura share the first interracial kiss ever broadcasted, and TV shows of every genre have followed in suit. The show presents a rosier future, which may seem unlikely, but is certainly not impossible. It proffers the idea that everyone could get along if only they opened their arms in acceptance.

451-neary_wide-8e97cfe5174fb467ab94d52a9b9681588d0eaead-s6-c30However, given that we do not live in a perfect world, such happy interpretations of our fate are less common than the darker possibilities. Dystopia is now prevalent in YA literature and devoured by people of all ages, in books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. One of the greatest and most popular dystopian stories, Farenheit 451, was published way back in 1953. The public’s obsession with a vicious, frightening world may have roots in the issues on our planet today–including strong class divides, unmovable political leaders, and climate change–all of which bring the probability of a dystopia skyward. Gems such as Snowden’s revelation on the NSA make the burning of books and, as in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Harrison Bergeron, censorship of the individual person. The dystopian thought forces people to question not only the society they live in, but also their participation in it. Many literary works written in the twentieth century, and even more recently, call into question what people are allowing to happen to mankind. It is hard to determine whether pessimism, brutal honesty, or a combination of the two pulls dystopia into the forefront, but it is perhaps the most potent strain of science fiction.

Science fiction writers have been blowing whistles since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, and will continue to do so as long as there are whistles to blow. The genre has so much more to offer than entertainment and complex plots: it brings to light questions and answers that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, thereby affecting the thought processes of all it touches. The scifi realm may seem to be a galaxy far, far away, but it often hits us closer to home than we would like to admit.

Science fiction should not be underestimated, and it refuses to be overrated.

So long and thanks for all the fish,