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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by theclockworm

So I kind of dropped off the face of the internet these past few weeks. What with planning and executing a wedding (it was more marital than martial, despite my military wording), as well as piles of homework and a lot more activity in the fiction-writing arena, I suppose it’s to be expected. I’m going to make an effort, though – I like this forum and I don’t want it to die.

Part of what’s been holding me back is that I’ve come to a bit of a halt with many of the philosophical/cosmological speculations of the past period. It’s a mixture of two factors: one, I’m reading and absorbing, which sometimes means the active output stays quiet. I’ve been working my way through Heraclitus, Thales, Zenon, Plotinus, Anaximander, Empedocles, Parmenides, what’s around about Pythagoras; in addition, my Jewish studies continue as I work through the Talmud, the Zohar, and Philo. Our Friends from Frolix 8 is also kicking around in there – it’s never taken me so long to read a PKD book.

But the second component to my static output is that I got it. I figured a lot of things out in a fairly major way. It’s a gestalt that pulls from the various strains I’ve been involved in lately, but it crystallized into a whole image. There are parts missing – minor aspects, application, etc. But overall, it’s there.

For the time being, this means I have to keep a lot of details to myself.  In the future, when I’m done with my own exegetical efforts, I can pass it on silently into the world. For now, I won’t go in half-assed.

For anyone who’s been reading, who perhaps has similar strains of insight or interest, I can only urge you to consider the ways in which these things can integrate. Phil got it, too, but only for a second – and he was wrong about a lot of it. But it’s there, it can be found, and it solves all problems except the big one – how to live according to what truths we know. That is the part you can never learn from anything but doing.

Next: Back to SF!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by theclockworm

Six days “under review” at a certain short-story market which shall remain unnamed so as not to tip off the search-bots and spoil the whole thing. My head is about to explode.

If this story gets published here, it will really be something. First of all, it’s a notoriously difficult market to crack. Secondly, this is only my third submission, and only the second story I’ve submitted; beyond that, it’s also the first story I finished.

Beyond that, it also breaks a small handful of cardinal rules. It features an unnamed protagonist, and it’s written in first-person present tense. The latter lends credence to the former – I didn’t leave him nameless as a ‘trick,’ but rather because there was simply no good reason to name him. I tried it; it fell flat.

In other news, I’ve been reading G.K. Chesterton’s “The Defendant.” It’s funny, smart, and all-too applicable. I’m planning to do my own collection of defenses starting soon.

UPDATE: Aaaand waiting no longer. I got the “hope that you’ll send us another story soon” rejection. Which is actually pretty awesome, but it doesn’t really feel that way at the moment. Anyone have a suggestion where to go next?

Virgin Submission (Not as Sexy as it Sounds!)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by theclockworm

In less esoteric news, remember that story I told you I was submitting a week ago? Well, I did it last night. I was waiting for a final read-through from someone whose opinion I trust, but she’s simply too swamped at the moment, and the pressure was irking both of us. So I checked it for spelling, made sure my formatting was solid, slapped a cover letter on it, and sent it off through the ether. I should know within the next day or so. If it isn’t accepted, hopefully I’ll at least get some constructive criticism.

I think,  regardless of the response, it’ll be easier for me to keep going now that I’ve broken the ice.

Cross your fingers for me.