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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Long Haul


YES, I know I've been uncharacteristically quiet these past few months. I assure you, though, it's been with good reason . . .


I've been writing like mad!
(Big surprise, I know!)


So, now that I have that cleared up, I'd like to announce the publication of my third book, Nonessential: The Expansion Paradox. Yes, you heard me right! My thought-provoking sci-fi is now available to the public. This latest project of mine has been a long haul, and, for me, an artistic and literary achievement. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this release, and I hope you'll take the time to read the excerpt and watch the trailer before ordering.

From the back cover:

Times are changing . . .
And so is the world.
 
Times are changing—
Not always for the better—
And with that change comes need
And the desire for knowledge.
And with that knowledge
Arises the purpose of life and man
And the origin of want and waste.


Three Men. Two Agendas.
Only ONE Possible Future.
 

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In the meantime, keep writing, reading, and smiling.
It’s contagious.
 






Sunday, March 6, 2011

Finding the Passion


OF LATE, I’ve been doubting my writing, my career, and my life. Then I had the following conversation last week with a new friend of mine:

NEW FRIEND: So, you write and design books for yourself, as well as for others?

ME: Uh-huh.

NEW FRIEND: That’s cool.

ME: Well, I don’t know if anyone else would think it’s cool. . . .

NEW FRIEND: Are you passionate about it?

ME: Yes.

NEW FRIEND: Then what does it matter what anyone else thinks?


Enough said.


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In the meantime, keep writing, reading, and smiling.
It’s contagious.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seanachaí's News


ON THE LAST SUNDAY of each month, I compile "Seanachaí's News," a status report that assesses my work during the current month and also formulates my plans for the upcoming months. It will also give you a peek at my works in progress.


My Work During the Current Month

  1. "Chances Are" I'm back for good. Lucky you. LOL!
 


My Plans for the Upcoming Months

  1. My latest novel, Nonessential: The Expansion Paradox, is in the design stages now and will be published in a few short months. I'll keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime, you can read the first page here.


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As always, I love to hear from you.
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In the meantime, keep writing, reading, and smiling.
It’s contagious.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chances Are

CHANCES ARE if you enjoy reading poetry, you’ll believe you understand how to write it. Chances are if you try writing it, you’ll realize you have no idea what you’re doing.

Chances are if you respect yourself, as well as others, you’ll hide it in the desk drawer.

That’s the reason I stopped writing haiku last September. That’s the reason you’re not reading the poem I’ve been sweating over the past two days.

That’s the reason I will be sticking to prose.

All kidding aside, though, I’ve been busy during my three-month hiatus. I found a new computer that I call HAL-2010, a not-so-good replacement for my long-lost love, HAL. Unfortunately HAL-2010  also had serious issues although they had nothing to do with his hardware. After months of struggle, though, he was finally straightened out last week by Harrison B. (a nice computer man with a glow-in-the-dark plate in his head).

So what else have I been up to? Well, I finished my latest book. Yes, really. It’s entitled Nonessential: The Expansion Paradox, and you can read the first page here. It’s in the design stages now and will be available for purchase in the next couple of months.

All right, so you’re wanting to know what my poem was about. Tell you what, I’ll let you read the last three lines if you promise not to laugh. I’ve laughed enough for the both of us.

The last three lines of my awful poem:

Bang bang from the hall
shooting at the iron clock
nailed upon the wall.

See? I told you it was bad.

 

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In the meantime, keep writing, reading and smiling,
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hal Is Dead


Hal Is Dead


YES, IT'S TRUE. My computer took a train to Cincinnati or Happy Dale or wherever it is that computers go when they decide to part from their masters.

Although I can't begin to tell you how upset I am—Hal and I had a stimulating, four-year relationship—I do want to share a few things I learned this week while being "unplugged."

  1. The Internet is nothing more than a distraction. Granted, it has its pros AND cons like anything else, but I can't say I've missed it.
  2. The world will pass you by if you let it. Stop talking or driving or writing or playing with the computer or whatever it is that you're doing, so you can watch, LISTEN, and dream.
  3. Everything is not all about me. Other human beings are walking around out there. Enough said.
  4. Your environment will control you if you let it. Domineering people are best left under the rock where they live and insurmountable problems are best met head-on. In other words, don't let negativity get the best of you.
  5. Nice people really do exist. You may think it odd that I mention this, but for me this has been the most important lesson I've learned this week. After a scarring experience I had with a funeral-home employee about two weeks ago (yeah, really), I had given up on the human race and was ready to renounce my own humanity. What changed me? Two remarkable people. 
    • Person #1, who knows I am a starving artist, offered me the use of her computer to check my email and write my weekly blog posts until I can get my life in order. Yeah, really.
    • Person #2, a new acquaintance, drove out to my house twice (I live in the middle of nowhere), carted Hal all over the countryside in his attempt to fix him and price parts (we both eventually decided that Hal wasn't worth fixing), and sympathized with me on the phone and my doorstep at least five times about the whole situation. Not only that, but after the madness was over he insisted he did NOTHING. Yeah, really.

As you can see, I've had quite the emotional roller-coaster ride these past two weeks. Yet, despite the problems and the losses, I can't help but think I'm lucky that Hal did take that train.

I've gotten back my life, my hope, and my humanity.


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As always, I love to hear from you.
If you’re in the cyber-neighborhood, drop me a line.

In the meantime, keep writing, reading, and smiling.
It’s contagious.