Ryan D. Harris

Ryan D. Harris

Ryan is a native of North Carolina. A single father and aspiring writer, he is working towards his Bachelors of Arts in English.

Ryan enjoys reading, exercise, and spending time with his son.
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  • The Millennial Man
    After winning a contest to be the world's first human time capsule, Cranston Hughes becomes the target of religious zealots. Will science or religion emerge victorious in Mankind's attempt at forever?
  • Dark Brain Matter
    An xenophobic space traveller fights his fear of the unknown and finds himself slipping into insanity.
  • Port of Heartbreak
    For anyone who has ever loved someone deeply, only to be left with a broken heart and wondering what could have been.
  • Love Lost, Love Found
    A poem I wrote about someone I love.
  • The Skirmish in Quadrant Three
    As the Universal Legion attempts to take hold on a Jovian moon, Ganymede, they encounter resistance. Sergeant Valk and his squad stare death in the face when the odds are against them.
  • Class Disposal
    A 22nd century janitor gives insight into societal norms after a brief encounter with someone of higher social standing.
  • Letters to Deimos
    A tale of two lovers, separated by the expanse of space between Mars and Deimos.
  • Back to School for My Son and Me
    As a single dad, I managed to handle the finances and transportation regarding my son going back to school. It also takes coordination between me and other people in my son's life for everything to run smoothly.
  • The 20 Best Science Fiction Films of the Last 50 Years
    Science fiction today involves a great deal of special effects and action. While those aspects are integrated in the movies of this list, my top 20 science fiction film selections also offer cultural influence, zeitgeist, and groundbreaking qualities.
  • Tips for Being an Enviornmental Services Technician
    I am an environmental services technician at a hospital, basically a janitor, and it is not a glorious job. However, I make it in my job field by sticking to these rules for myself.
  • My Loving Wrath
    A poem of mine which expresses the issue of domestic volience caused by alcohol.
  • Weekends with Pop
    A poem I wrote while I was thinking of my childhood.
  • Lately, Dear
    "Lately, Dear" is a poem of love, passion, and affection.
  • 10 Daily Activities to Burn Calories
    People don't always have time to work out when they want. If you find that you are not going to have time for a workout, just take these 10 activities into consideration during the day when you are at home or out and about.
  • How I Can Live Without Cable
    In our highly technological world, some people feel that cable is a must-have service which is difficult to give up. I don't feel that cable is necessary to have and I will explain why with the alternatives I use.
  • The 10 Best Science Fiction Novels of All-Time
    As a reader of science fiction, I feel that it is my duty to list what I think are the best novels out there. I tried to be unbiased and fair in my rankings on the list.
  • 5 Snakes to Avoid in North Carolina
    During the warmer months, snakes become more active and like to sunbathe, hunt for prey, and explore. North Carolina has five poisonous snakes that are dangerous and that people should be wary of.
  • My Favorite Concert: REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent
    Though many of the older rock and roll bands from the 70's and 80's are fading out, they can still rock hard. From my experience, I know that REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent can still put on a quality show.
  • What I Will Remember on Memorial Day
    Though many people see Memorial Day as a time to grill out, shoot fireworks, or take a beach trip, it is much more than that. Everyone needs to keep in mind our military personnel who have been killed serving our country while they celebrate.
  • Employers Need to Hire Veterans and Reservists
    With discipline and teamwork ingrained into our everyday lives, that doesn't change when our military days are over. In the air-tight job market, I believe civilian employers should look to veterans and reservists for efficient job performance.
  • The Top 10 Most Influential Science Fiction Writers
    I absolutely love reading science fiction and, having read so much, I've decided to list who I think are the top 10 writers in the history of science fiction.
  • Ryan’s Review of Tailgators Sports Grill of Locust, North Carolina
    Tailgators is a popular venue for the nocturnal folk in my local area. Even when the sun is up, Tailgators is frequented by many and has great food, karaoke, live music and everything in between.
  • Ten Nickelodeon Shows that Made the 90’s Epic
    When I think of classic Nickelodeon, the shows from the 90's pop into my head. I enjoy a good conversation with my peers about which show was better and which ones were less memorable but still worth watching even to this day.
  • 5 Famous Sports Figures from Charlotte, North Carolina
    I feel that it is my duty to inform people of the sports legends that are from my local area. These champions and all-stars represent our part of the country well and make us proud.
  • 10 Movies I Will Not Watch Alone in the Dark
    As a grown man, I've grown out of being scared of most movies. Now, this is not to say there aren't movies that still give me goosebumps. I've assembled a list, by rank order, of movies I will not watch by myself in the dark even to this day.
  • 6 Actors Who Played Iconic Masked Villians
    Mainstream actors aren't always the people who are remembered for their roles. I've listed six actors who played iconic villians in major films to give these actors their due.
  • Ideas Men Can Use for Valentine's Day
    Sometimes we men need an injection of creativity and inspiration for romance. I'm here to help those of you who need an idea or two for Valentine's Day.
  • 4 Helpful Tips for an Emergency Room Visit
    It's never a pleasant event when a person has to visit the ER, but it's a fact of life that many people go every day. In the unfortunate event you have to visit an ER, here are four tips I've layed out from my experience at the hospital I work at.
  • Bethel Elementary School Locked Down: Better Safe Than Sorry
    In light of the events that happened in Newtown, the principal at my son's school decided to lock down the school when a hunter was near school grounds.
  • Ryan's Review of the Forever War
    The Forever War is an epic science-fiction novel that has transcended two generations. Symbolic of the Vietnam War, the book shows the emotional and physical toll that a long war can have on the individual soldier as well as citizens back home.
  • The Snacker Strain
    Brian Harrison wakes up one day to find himself in the middle of a quarantine. His instincts and quick action help him to survive and discover the government conspiracy responsible for what lies ahead.
  • Why Fathers Should Be There
    I have noticed a growing trend among single mothers, the father of their children are not around at all. Here are some reasons why fathers need to step up and stick around.
  • Ryan's Wish List for the Miami Dolphins in 2012
    Every NFL fan has a secret wish list in their head about what they want for their team. This is my secret wish list for this year and I'm making it known.
  • Halloween Safety for Your Kids
    As everyone knows, Halloween is usually celebrated at night. Certain aspects of the holiday are always safety concerns, especially for kids.
  • Being a Marine Corps Reservist
    From my experience as a Marine, I've seen what it's like being in the reserves. After being in for almost four years, I'm fully aware of the pros and cons of being a reservist and I'd like to share my views.
  • My Friend, the Tarheels Fan
    When it comes to superfans in sports, I know one personally. In this case, the Tarheels of UNC-Chapel Hill is the team and a close friend of mine is THE ultimate fan I do believe.
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain in North Carolina: All You Need to Know
    In my opinion, Appalachian Ski Mountain is the best place for skiing in Boone and the surrounding areas. This is all the information you need to know about the park.
  • Mega Man 3 Review
    This is my second installment of Mega Man reviews in the original series. Mega Man 3 was released in 1990.
  • The Competitive Nip of October
    A haiku about the MLB in October.
  • FCS Nicknames: My Top 25 for FCS College Football
    Based on originality and creativity, I have created a top 25 list of the best names in FCS college football. Some of the nicknames and mascots are quite unique and a tad odd, but it gives a school identity, and I will shed some light on it.
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  • Four Great Reasons to Love Charlotte
    Charlotte is the city I was born in and have spent a great deal of time in during my life. I enjoy telling people about the city, especially those unfamiliar with the Queen City, as it's affectionately nicknamed.
  • Miami Dolphins: NFL Team Profile
    The Miami Dolphins are my all-time favorite team. This is a complete profile of the team as of August, 2012.
  • 10 First Date Ideas for a Skinny Wallet
    As a single father, sometimes my wallet is not as plump as I'd like like it to be. For all you men out there who can't afford a luxurious first date, here are a few ideas to impress her and stay within your budget.
  • My Top 10 Beers for Tailgating: Great Beer Is Important for Tailgating
    When college football fans talk about going tailgating, the next thing they talk about is what beer they are bringing. I have tried many kinds of beer and this is my top 10 list for beer in regards to tailgating.
  • Guor Marial at the 2012 Olympic Games
    Guor Marial came to 2012 Olympics wanting to compete. A citizen of South Sudan, his country gained it's independence in 2011 and with no National Olympic Committee, he chose to compete as an independent athlete.
  • College Football Tailgating Essentials: My Top 25
    When someone is planning to attend a college football contest, what does he think first? Other than having his or her team win, tailgating tops the list.
  • Single Dad's School Budget: First Timer
    With budgeting for a child’s school year already being difficult, I’d like to give a perspective on how to do it being a single parent.
  • Mega Man 2 Review
    The second game in the Mega Man series, Mega Man 2 was the first Mega Man game to offer eight robot masters. This is my review of Mega Man 2, enjoy.
  • The 2004 Summer Olympics
    The summer olympics of 2004 were special from a historical standpoint, hence the reason these games stand out in my mind.
  • 5 Major Tips for Living with Your Estranged Spouse
    Planning on divorce but have no option but to live together? Here is a pinch of advice and a few tips, learned from my live-in separation, on how to live with an estranged spouse you can't financially afford to leave.
  • 5 Tips for Single Dads on a Budget
    Single dads need help too at times. These are 5 helpful hints that I have used and have proven useful to me.

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