I’m a father, a husband, a writer, a teacher, a reader, and more.

I was born on a mountaintop in Tenn…oh, wait, that wasn’t me! I was actually born and raised in a very small town in Illinois called Carthage, moved to the massively big city of Dallas, Texas when I was a teenager, and now reside in the medium-sized city of Rogers…

My battle with Facebook’s awful algorithms and how they can do better

On December 20, 2021, I received a notification from Facebook that I had “violated their community standards.” This had happened to me a few times before, but I always appealed and always got the “We reviewed one of the posts that led to this restriction again, and it did follow…

A short story about professional wrestling and what comes after

The roar of the crowd always got Tommy Buckley’s blood pumping, but he’d never before heard a crowd quite like this. This was Wrestlepalooza, baby, an event he’d dreamed of being involved in all his life, and not only was he involved, he was in the effing main event! He…

A tale of growing up with a textbook narcissist for a mother and an abusive alcoholic for a father.

My mother was a narcissist. Everything was always about her, and I mean everything. It just took me 22 years to see it, because my father was an abusive, violent alcoholic. I was too busy hating him to see her constant manipulations and gaslighting.

Illustration of parents yelling at a child

My father was awful, to be…

How my hobby grew into something that entertains hundreds of people worldwide daily

I collect Mego 8" action figures, and have for many years. I’d always wanted to set up silly scenes with the figures and post them onthe internet, but for some reason I never did — until September 27th, 2020 came around, that is. On that day, I began a project…

I’m a freelance writer and novelist and have published three dark fantasy novels and a collection of short stories. My day job is that of a substitute teacher, which unsurprisingly pays much better. Like most novelists, I’m not getting rich anytime soon, but I’ll never have the wildly successful career…

Joe DeRouen

Joe is a freelance writer and novelist.

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