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This weekend I am going to be packing what I can into my car and driving back to Seattle. I’ve had a fun time here in Colorado, but it’s time to head home to all my friends and family that I’ve missed so much. Not to mention the ever cloudy skies!

I’ve been busy and not a little bit stressed, and also still obsessed with Go, so I haven’t been writing much in the past couple months. But I aim to turn that around! I’ve got some ideas swirling in my head, and the long, quiet drive will be sure to help stir them up even more.

I’ve just been sleeping… waiting…. you haven’t seen the last of me! Look forward to more stories from yours truly in the near future! (near being May, when my story in Fireside comes out!)

2014 Campbellian Anthology

It is now available free for download! With 860,000 words by 111 authors, you’re not likely to read them all, but you’re sure to find something you like. And did I mention it’s free? And that it also contains two of my stories?

Judges for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer will be using this anthology to help them decide who to nominate. If you want to be able to nominate, go here and and purchase at least a “Supporting” membership. This will allow you to also nominate for the Hugo awards.

Get the anthology free here!

A little bragging

My story Three Seconds is on the Tangent Online recommended reading list for 2013!

Check it out, lots of other good reading on there as well.

Week 15 and VALIS(and The Divine Invasion)

This week I wrote about someone resurrected in a future society where death has been outlawed. I don’t like it and didn’t really know where I was going with it, so I’ve broken my streak of good stories. I finished something though!

I also read VALIS by Phillip K. Dick. It’s about a man who has a vision of a pink light beaming information into his head, and who starts to believe that he is talking to God, and is living in the past in Roman times, but that our world is overlaying that time. It’s very crazy and full of lots of bizarre stuff but it somehow manages to hold together. I enjoyed it a lot, and then enjoyed it even more when I found out that it was based on real experiences that PKD had (or thought he had). His visions led him to an obsession to find an explanation to what happened to him that lasted the rest of his life. During those eight years he wrote a journal of his thoughts that grew to over 8000 pages, sometimes he would write over 100 pages in one sitting, staying up all night writing. Published sections of it can be read in The Exegesis of Philip K.  Dick.

Anyway, the book was really good and had lots of philosophical insights and interesting thoughts. I’d recommend it to people interested in philosophy and theology as well as sci fi fans.

The ebook I got also came with the sequel, The Divine Invasion, so I read that as well. Contrary to VALIS, this came off to me as a bunch of insane rambling. The story makes hardly any sense and focuses lots of time on long theological diatribes that seem to have nothing to do with anything. I had a real hard time getting through it and wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re just really into PKD’s crazy beliefs.

A lot of my time this week got sucked up by my new obsession, which is learning to play Go. I’m going to focus more on splitting up my time this week between writing and obsessing on Go strategies, so hopefully I’ll have a better story next week.

Week 14 and Reflex

This week’s story was about someone trying to open a gate to a parallel universe. I had a prompt from a competition on a forum I frequent, I haven’t seen how I rate yet, so you’ll hear next week :)

I finished reading Reflex and it was really good, the writing seemed to improve a lot from Jumper, the writer seems to have evolved a lot. The story was also more intense.

In it, Davy, the teleporter, gets drugged and captured and has a device surgically implanted in him to prevent him from leaving a certain area. The people who’ve captured him want to use him to perform jobs for them.

He stretches his powers in interesting ways to get out of it. Recommended for anyone who liked the original, or even if you didn’t read the first one it works pretty well as a stand alone.