Screams from the Candle – 420

On this 420, I wanted to lay out the Screaming Candle’s view on marijuana legalization.  If anyone is reading The Strange, it should be no shock at all that I believe that pot should be legal, taxed, and regulated.  The prohibition on pot has been used for decades as an excuse for the police to harass citizens, especially minorities and poor people.  The suspicion and the surveillance that accompanies this prohibition is demoralizing to the population and breeds mistrust between the citizens and the police, making the situation progressively worse.

Really, it is this opening of an adversarial relationship with the cops that is at the very heart of the problem with the current prohibition.  There are other arguments as well.  With the drug illegal, food purity and sanitary standards that we apply to everything else we put into and onto our bodies are completely out the window.  Your pot could be 20% dog poop or infested with e. coli and it would still be sellable.  Nothing else in this country is like that.  The money that goes to drugs goes to people who thoroughly suck and are terrorizing Mexico, making a proud democracy into a shithole.  Pot is not a gateway drug, BUT it is a drug that is sold alongside the truly dangerous drugs like coke and H at the criminal drug dealer.  AND that guy makes most of his money from the ganja.  Take away those sales and there wouldn’t be nearly as many outlets for the other stuff.  Want to keep pot away from kids?  Put it behind the store counter with the porn or in a special shop like a booze store.  The current system has a criminal being the only gatekeeper between kids and pot and that criminal knows that the school kids – all kids all the same age all talking and networking with one another – is a prime word of mouth marketing opportunity.  All of these arguments wrap up into one unassailable truth, the prohibition on pot is unjust and unjustified, especially if one thinks of it in terms of public safety.

The fact is that as I sit here right now, I want a fucking bong hit.  I’m an adult, a father, a home owner, a tax payer.  I don’t smoke pot because I don’t want to break the law or hand my money over to criminals.  Colorado and other states have already figured out how I could possibly have that bong hit without breaking the law and without handing my money over to criminals.  LETS FUCKING DO THAT!

Oh and last but not least, let’s think of the kids.  I look at my little candle, Captain Q, and I see a potential future pot smoker.  He’s a weird ass who loves humor, spazing out, and cookies – not too far a leap to think he’d enjoy a joint when he gets older.  Thing is, we live in the city.  He gets popped for doing that in high school it’s into the criminal justice system for him.  And he’s so lily white, he practically glows in the dark, but still, we live in DC – stuff happens here.  The thing is, I don’t think it’s as big a deal as getting caught with a beer.  I’d rather have him intoxicated than incarcerated.  He’d get over being stoned and being a stoner WAY before his criminal record was expunged.

So, if we want to “think of the children” let’s do the sensible thing and legalize, regulate and put an age limit on who can have pot.  It is the ONLY thing that makes any sense.

Screams From the Candle – Damnit! Life Happened.

Hi.  It’s now been a pretty rough stretch for The Strange and for me generally.  My wife has made a couple of trips to the hospital and is still not completely on the mend and Everybody had their birthday including and most importantly my now eight year old son.  Getting his birthday together, especially with Mrs. Candle in questionable and inconsistent shape has been a journey.  One that is, happily, approaching closure with a good time being had by all.  There is still the whole hospital thing, but hey… you always want to leave something for the sequel.

So anyway, I’m still working, haven’t died or given up.  The Strange has now been listed on Web Fiction Guide and while people aren’t exactly flocking to the story, the numbers are up off the mat.  To be clear though, the whole reason to publish The Strange is to get the story out of my hands.  I’m essentially throwing it out the airlock so that I don’t have to think about writing it anymore.  Ironically, in order to do that, I must both think about it and write on it some more and this has been my issue.

Episode 16, you see, is completely new.  Most of what has been put up so far has been a draft that simply required polish.  This next bit was something I came up with to hopefully improve the whole of the story.  It had been planned in my head but not written.  Given all that has happened I never got to sit down and get it written out.  Now it is, but it’s rougher than my normal fare.  It’s going well, but that doesn’t mean it’s done; you know what I mean?

And yes, I just used a semicolon in something other than computer code.

So sorry.  Life happened.  I believe that I will start publishing weekly.  I don’t want to be caught in this bind again and I don’t want to be left with no time to write anything else.  Oh yes, I have other projects in mind for after The Strange which will be slightly less puerile in nature and tone.  Thanks to anyone and everyone who has been reading.  I hope I’ve made the time worthwhile.

Stay Weird

Patrick Lewis


Screams from the Candle – Rehosting

Hi.  Patrick here.  I’ve decided to rehost the site because hosting on Patreon was limiting the kinds of things I could do.  Specifically, I don’t believe that indices of webfiction are unanimously groovy with that being your primary site.  So here I am.  This is going to take a second to fix and I think the first dozen or so posts will have incorrect dates on them, but in the long march of history it will, I’m sure, be overlooked.

So sit back and enjoy the show and let me know if the site looks ugly.

Stay weird.