Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Been meaning to write

So I have been meaning to speak about ISIS and that specific issue. Once again it has come to the fore, especially with regards to the refugee crisis. I will certainly deal with it in due time, but I should point out that my issue with not writing about it is that all these matters are intertwined.  Intertwined and ever changing.  Therefore at any given time one really cannot even say that things are so. No. Rather we try our best to paint a picture with official statements—biased summaries usually—to give us an idea of what is going on; to say nothing of trying to bring the past and cause & effect into the picture

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Oh, it's been a while

So I'm still stuck in the morass of getting the next book out. But even that doesn't excuse the time between posts. So I will definitely try to get as many stories out as possible (note, the best way is still via the email newsletter, which you can sign up for to the right). I have, outside of the novel, felt most of my muse has been of the short story variant. This is a partial result of what I've been finding interesting to read (Borges). One short, the one on Sasquan World-con, was well received over at file770. Many thanks to Mr. Glyer who called the story "an oasis". Much too kind, that.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The yarn and the old folk

All this editing is taking its toll. Sometimes, after work but before I can lay my head to rest, my mind wanders some. Hard thing, to have a deadline and to know the clock is ticking, but to have the muse—that delightfully mischievous even sexual ghost, just as she was sculpted so perfectly as that avatar in Rodin's sculpture—play games when there is no time for it, well, one grows weary, but one must abide.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Story out. Thanks to Omni-reboot!

Hi all. As I chip away at my edits like Snow White's companions, I'm also working on several projects at once. So trust and believe that the novel is being refined, but enjoy this short story while you're waiting. Called  RAW (short for Robo-Anthro-War), it's a short about a man and his companion at the end of the world. Enjoy it and share it!

Edit: thanks to all who enjoyed the story! Just so you know, it's two parts, and here is the second one

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oh the editing. Also a survey you can fill out!

 I've been trying my hand at longer and longer blog posts, but this one will be shorter. Much shorter. Basically, I'm going to ask you to fill out a short 5 question survey. It's to aid me in my editing (and thus pruning) of my upcoming novel, Labyrinth of Souls. Available for pre-order now. This is a story about robots with super-intelligent AI. Here is the link to the survey. Many thanks!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When Gods Fail II is free!

Ah, it seems as if summer is finally winding down with the scorching rays of the Inland NW's sun now almost calm. With that, I'll start a end of Summer sale.  I've talked to a few of you readers who thought enjoyed the first book in my When Gods Fail series was good but too short. Not enough of a teaser to read on. I want you to rest assured that I have rectified that and have now made the book free. There are three total books in the series and that leaves enough of a teaser to at least bring in some more of you to the last book. The links where you can buy it are below.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sasquan, worldcon and the science fiction convention

My oh my has it ever been a long time since I’ve posted. I apologize for this delay, let’s for a second forget this transgression of a blog commandment (thou shalt often blog at regular intervals) and allow me to explain:

You see, I’ve just barely exacted with my life and I have my wit (and accompanying smarts attitude) to thank and blame on the matter. Let me tell you what happened.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Heart beats, redux

 Hard to pin down the many muses that push creativity, that drive that which causes me to write. Now, I keep a notepad as well as a million sheets of paper at hand to write down whatever it is I have in the form of an idea for future use. Much like Stephen King, I am of the mind that I'll jot it down, but if it doesn't lead to much—the note isn't valid, it doesn't speak of that great of an idea etc—I can disregard it, though having copious notes helps mitigate this.  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's here.... New novel, pre order now!

 So I'll make this short and sweet with much much more to come in the next few days. First and foremost is the fact that my latest book, the Labyrinth of Souls (see picture above) is now available for preorder, with the book coming out on the 31st of October! Of course you can share this with whomever you like! I'm pretty excited about this book and will be adding more information about it in the upcoming days. Also, I'm more than willing to hear any feedback from you, dear readers.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Chess vs Shogi

During our last day in Tokyo, that beautiful clean maiden of a city, I forced my better half to come with me and find a place to play shogi. I had been disappointed because no one seemed to be playing the game out on the streets. Come to figure, there were clubs, and so after looking it up we went searching. We went to a neighborhood that smelled like the usual clean Tokyo with remnants of noodle dinners, and were quickly lost, as the exact address was hidden in Japanese characters we could not discern. I walked up and down the narrow street, surprised that there wasn’t a huge sign somewhere. Dropping into a restaurant, I asked a woman sweeping up about shogi. My horrendous accent must have thrown her off, for she stared at me. Luckily, I remembered a movement, a jerk with two fingers, to indicate movement of the pieces, of the game. Ah, her eyes lit up and she dropped her broom and walked out into the street, indicating that we should follow her.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free Speech

I wrote about free speech earlier, where I decried the crime of being offended (while still trying to look at the entire situation) should not have pushed people to silence others. In fact, I disagreed with many people who said that trying to silence someone was not the same as a free speech violation, and that, duly, we should all watch what we say. Even xkcd [1] chimed in to say you cannot offend. Right. Again, this is in line with the core of the Constitution (I'm speaking specifically of America now) while being completely against the spirit of that amendment. Yes, you're violating someone's free speech, and the very thing this nation relies upon is in danger when we try to silence people and not engage them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Chess vs Go

It’s funny how, when I was younger, I used to see pictures of chess on some article and would brim with some pride at having skills in a game that was universally considered a symbol of strategy. I was, hyper-provincially speaking, decent at chess, and most people I met face to face (again, meaning weekend players, not the rated kind) I could dispatch without too much concern. Not that I didn’t know where I stood. The internet was just budding then, and online testing revealed at best a 1700 rating, though I was sure it would be much lower against those who knew what they're doing. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Algo and his notoriety

Everyone here on this blog knows about Algo and his incredible infinite story. In addition there's the story of him tattooing his own skin to create a story too great for any of us to contemplate. Oh, the trials and tribulations of those artists greater than I! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Greece, Grexit, #ThisisaCoup

As anyone who reads this blog will know, I am trying to find better ways to read the news (and perhaps always improving upon this process). So when it comes to something that's big news and seems to be a story about simple economics (and so one would hope there would be much to agree upon in terms of economic policy). Yet what I see presented is, again, something like a horrid but necessary situation.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Torture, Another look

So, dear reader, I want to revisit the whole torture debate. I originally wrote about it here. Now, being prescient can stroke one's ego, and I wrote about torture before the Senate and the CIA had their little spat. Not a hard thing to predict, not when our policy and our view on the other (and our fellow Americans) is that they deserve what they get, the law, the morals, the constitution be damned. This is nothing more than anti-Americanism at its finest. Par for course and as usual I would never remain silent on such topics. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Torture, quick notes/rant

I will have another note on the torture debate and the possibly different than an efficacy debate to be had on the matter. But first, something else. I’ve just read a short interview by James Mitchell. “Fuck you, pay me.” Isn’t this basically what James Mitchell is saying? That he’s protected says something, doesn’t it? He knows this, and that shows from what he says. And make no bones that this sort of thinking prevails in all parts of our government and that to make progress—I’m assuming this is our endpoint here—we have to take down these parasites of the power structure. And how do we do this? We march forward and remove them with facts.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The madwoman on the subway car

There are somethings about memory and what one (or one’s mind) chooses to remember that truly confuses me. For example, I have the most serious recollection of a conversation, and though I remember the words and some of the features of the woman dealing out those words, I have no idea why I remembered it.