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Been a while, I know.

Brasilia sits here on my virtual & actual desktops… waiting for my attention. With my house collapsing on us (wish I was joking), it’s been a stressful 2014. Anyway:

Health

I had my 15 year appointment a few weeks ago with my surgeon. Before the visit, I told myself I was just fine and that part of my life was now over. Sure-as-shit, after 15 years, my surgeon told me ‘goodbye,’.

Needless to say, we celebrated with food & chocolate.

Games

As y’all know, I also make games. We are currently in a Kickstarter for our first board game and all the details can be found here.

Check it out!

Writing

I also wrote a short story to go along with the game mentioned above, you can find that for free on Smashwords here. Amazon is hopefully going to make it free as well soon, that link is here. (it will be free Wednesday-Sunday on the Kindle store this week)

Brasilia

As I mentioned, it will get my attention, I’m just not sure exactly when. It is written, I just need the time & energy to edit it a buncha times.

 

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Well, it’s just a budding theory about how “life” is formed (article link at the end), but if you’ve read Babylon – you might have picked up on my hints surrounding this topic. In fact, from this new theory, more people may finally coming around to my view of our universe:

“He is making me think that the distinction between living and nonliving matter is not sharp,” said Carl Franck, a biological physicist at Cornell University.

Well, yeah, Mr. Cornell… Get on board with me already!

Eden & Babylon (and beyond) are certainly my attempts to explain my thoughts on life & our world through the best medium I know how. (I’m not about to hit school for another 4-6 years to get a degree) Hey, Science – go look at my publication dates! I’ve felt, for a long time now, that the simple categorizations of alive/not-alive (and the associated mindsets which come along with that distinction) are inherently “off”. Wrong on some level.

Maybe that’s why I still need science in my life – to support what I’ve already been trying to articulate in my fiction. Would it blow your mind to discover that seemingly “not-alive” things exhibit “life” in the same ways we do, at a 2nd-law of thermodynamics level? Swirling liquid can self-replicate. Snowflakes and sand dunes follow and internal building order/structure not much unlike how life builds upon itself into a complex organism.

“Hippies” were sometimes referred to as “tree-huggers”. Well, I guess I’m a “dirt-hugger”? A mountain may cause the landscape on the other side to turn arid, supporting all the life and “not-life” qualities which abound in that environment. Yet, who thinks of the mountain as “alive”? … Nobody except me? You see, just because we cannot perceive intent, awareness, free will, self-defense & feeding patterns doesn’t mean that mountain isn’t important. Valuable. Serving a purpose. Aware. I argue that it most certainly IS, we’re just not keen enough or attuned enough to understand.

Yup, pretty outlandish, right?

Well, prove me wrong! Until we understand all the mysteries of the universe (or universes… or the “world” beyond our universe… or the realities beyond that), there is just no way to be certain about anything. Science tries its best with experimentation, observation & theorizing. Religion attempts to cater to the human condition by offering something science cannot – a “reason” or a “place” to call home for the soul (or whatever label you wish to attach to that part of yourself you cannot explain… hmmm… another blog post on that topic someday?) So, are my views more akin to “religious” views since they aren’t based on much beyond my “gut” feelings about the world around me? (not to belittle Religion, but this is clearly where many religions have originated, and I don’t view that as a negative whatsoever)

Years ago, perhaps I would agree with that postulation. Now? As science keeps corroborating my gut feeling? As I read more philosophy (classical and modern) which aligns with views? I dunno…

Centuries ago, some groups of people enslaved others because they thought little for those other groups’ humanity. Decades ago, we thought women inequal (and that sentiment continues in some cultures). We now give rights & protection to some mammals and other animals.

What’s next? Plant rights? Dirt emancipation?

What is the logical evolution of our awareness & tolerance for how we interact with our world? Where are the lines drawn? (At mammals because they are most like us? At all “living” things? What if a snowflake exhibits “life”? What is reasonable?)

And my last question: At what point do we just accept the big “what is”? And what will that mean for moralists, “leaders” and cultures as a whole?

… yes, this is what swirls around in my brain on a daily basis. You are welcome. 🙂

(the full article is here)

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Yup… it’s been a while. Let’s see if we can summarize:

Eden Series

I desperately need to get back on track with Brasilia. The core is there, I just need to run it thru a few more edits and get it to my review group. I’ll always be the first to say: don’t force your stories. And, if I was working on Brasilia the past few months, that would have been forcing it. It will come… at its own pace.

Antaran Legacy Series

I get emails from people asking me when Book 2 will be out. For Duty seems to be a fan-favorite. Gosh… I wish I could spend some time on the sequel. The entire story is in my head, I just gotta get it down on paper. I’m agonizing right alongside y’all. Sorry!

Other Junk

  • I’ve been busy managing a new small press: Fable Press. Assisting other authors along the publishing journey has always been something I enjoyed. Earlier this year, a few of us came together and decided to just “do it.” We have 9 books published thus far!
  • I’m also close-ish to releasing my first board game, alongside one of my hetero-life-partners. We branded our little endeavor “Geek Fever Games” and I’m quite excited to finally see a project realized.
  • And, then this happened. I coded the game last year as a reaction to my realization that the game I wanted to play simply didn’t exist. (I guess I’m a lunatic that way) So, Geek Fever will be working on that title as we move into 2014 and beyond.

Final Word

While my recent pursuits may seem, on the surface, to cut into my writing time – the simple truth is that the writing time just hasn’t been there. I haven’t been “in a place” to write, and since it’s not how we pay the bills – I take it as it comes. I do hope to get back on track with Brasilia soon, and hopefully I’ll have some updates for everyone.

In the meantime, stay classy, Internet!

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March 2013 Update

Brasilia? We don’t need no stinkin’ Brasilia!

Err… Okay, okay. Of course we need some Brasilia. Will have a cover very soon to share with y’all. First draft isn’t quite done yet, but it inches closer. Still on target for a 2013 release date, depending on some other people’s schedules. 🙂

Eden free tomorrow!

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), Eden will be free on the Kindle store for 5 days (thru Sunday).

Hey, anyone have any Canadian friends? Go tell them to download & review Eden on amazon.ca for me. Need some love from the northlands… Is Winter coming?

Graphic Novel?

Yes, yes… slow, slow. Just got a few more pages today. Through sheer force of will, I shall see that project to completion.

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Yup, that’s all I got for now. I have a few other big projects & such brewing/underway… but none of those are necessarily relevant to anything here just yet. As always – once I know, you know. More to come…

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All Things -cipation

In current participation, as well as in anticipation of Matt’s pending review of Eden in October, have a look at Matt’s Spotlight at Back of the Book Reviews:

http://backofthebookreviews.com/interviewsspotlight/matthewspotlight

Also, browse their awesome September Extravaganza and enter to win some good stuff! 😉

Cheers, LFJ

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September Update!

Have we sunk to monthly updates? Nah, not ready to concede that point yet.

Anyway, I was hoping to get Babylon’s 1st draft done by the end of the summer – likely not. I do have some time-off coming up, and my plan is to use it to write for a week. That’ll do it for draft 1 of Babylon for sure.

August / September have been crazy busy for me. I’ve also been struggling with the whole thought of blogging in general. I certainly want to continue doing it for non-status-related things, but I might change it up a little. Still thinking about stuff on that front.

In the meantime, work on the graphic novel continues. Here’s another rough sketch to pass along:

Artwork by Andres Cornejo, all rights reserved

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Discovering Wattpad

I joined Wattpad last year, when Eden was new. Basically, I was looking into any and every way to get the word out there. Unfortunately, I never went back to the site after creating my account.

It appears to be a very popular site for reading and writing content (free & otherwise). From what I can gather, it’s a great place to follow serialized writing endeavors and talk about fiction. Awesome!

Aside from listing sample chapters for my novels, I’m going to use it to perhaps make some of my other content available to y’all – published stories on defunct websites and perhaps other short stuff that was never good enough (it appears) for publication. I dunno – need to do some thinking.

So, check out my Wattpad profile here. If you are active on there, be sure to link, add, favorite, gush over my novel samples. 🙂

Fuck it, I just decided — head on over for a formerly published piece of flash fiction on a now dead website (Flashscribe.net). It was the first piece of fiction I ever published (even got paid), and I’m happy to give it a new home. It remains one of my novel ideas… someday. Linky.

Enjoy!

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