Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet


2016 Is Not Out to Get You


It’s all over social media.  It’s roaring through Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and every social network. We’ve ben so inundated with negative news and tragedy this year that folks have thrown up their hands and blamed it all on the year 2016.  After all, 2016 has been horrible to us all, right?  I won’t even get into the political and social upheavals.  This isn’t a political...

Blind Patriotism is Rampant


Patriotism is defined, by, as  “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.” That’s it; that’s all there is to the definition of patriotism.  There is no sub-clause in that definition stating that a patriot must support the troops in the exact same fashion as the vocal majority or minority.  There is no clause that demands a patriot must be...

Cancer is a Terrorist


Cancer is a Terrorist.  And terrorists are a cancer. On September 11, 2001 a group of determined terrorists shocked, horrified, and angered the nation by killing over 2,000 people on our own soil.  America found out that where we thought we were safest, we were vulnerable.  We learned that where we thought ourselves strong, we were weak.  It was a critical blow to our national...

I was on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas During the Winter Storm


February 6th, 2016 My wife and I arrive in Port Liberty, New Jersey after driving at little over 5 hours from our home in Pittsburgh, PA.  We’re going on a 7-day cruise! February 7th, 2016 Anyone who thinks sea travel is 100% safe is as delusional as those who think cars are always safe. #anthemoftheseas — Ron Sparks (@RonSparksAuthor) February 10, 2016 The winds were in excess...

Identifying With What You Dislike


Are we what we hate?  Are we more interesting for what we dislike than for what we like?  I fell into this question as a result of a recent social media conversation I witnessed. I’m a fortunate Facebook friend with one of my favorite contemporary authors, A. Lee Martinez.  Not only are his books loads of fun to read, he is insightful, witty, and free with his thoughts and opinions.  He...

Understanding a Dog’s Emotions


For almost two decades, my buddy Chaz has been angry / annoyed / perturbed at me because he intentionally misunderstood a statement I made.  What I said, twenty years ago, was as follows: We can’t even understand emotion in other humans; we certainly can’t fully understand emotions in our best friend – dogs. All we can do is make assumptions based on behavior and suspect they have human...

What is a Haiku Poem?


As a micropoet, I see a lot of confusion and misinformation in my Twitter feed about haiku, tanka, and cinquain.  This post is my small contribution to the effort to decrease confusion and increase literacy in these forms.  This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive review of these forms.  I could write a book of the dos and don’ts of haiku alone – some people have done just...

A Justification for Scifaiku


The Role of Science Fiction in Poetry A justification for scifaiku Recently, while trying to define and explain “scifaiku” to someone, I was told that he “did not like the sci-fi stuff [and] did not see its purpose in poetry.” Granted, science fiction poetry is not sweeping the world by storm, but neither is it non-existent.  There are thriving Internet message boards, online publications...

4 Ways Technology Can Beat Writer’s Block


There’s a lot of tips and tricks on how to bear writer’s block.  Ultimately, as we all know, the only way to beat writer’s block is to simply write.  Still, there’s something to be said for kickstarting your creative thought process.  Ideas come from the strangest places. Most of us nowadays write on our computers, but all of the suggestions foe beating writer’s block usually...

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Venus


Anyone can tell you Venus is the second closest planet to the sun. Or that it’s hotter than the devil’s underpants on the surface (over 850-degrees Fahrenheit). Or that it rotates backwards. Pish posh! I’m going to leave all of those vanilla facts about Venus to the myriad of sites that like the mediocrity of repeating what’s been said too often. This list is a list of facts about Venus that...

Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet

Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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