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My novel is out!

 

It's been almost 5 years since I wrote my first novel in the summer of 2006, a science fiction story about aliens who are human. It has finally made it to the light of day! After a lot of consideration about the current massive changes in the publishing world, and my own penchant for all things technical, I decided to self-publish the novel, in eBook form first. If enough people request it, there will be a print run. There may even be an audio book! 

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News Blackout

In 2003 at the start of the war in Iraq, I did a news blackout for about a year. I'd gotten so addicted to reading and watching news, and addicted to the need to see what was happening, and I got so disheartened and frustrated that I needed detox.

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What am I going to do with my novels? Decisions made.

I have hemmed and hawed about this for years, now. I started writing my novels in the "Casitian Universe" series back in 2006, and I have now completed the trilogy. I spent a few months looking for agents and publishers, and decided, given my penchant for all things open, as well as the massive, amazing changes happening in the publishing business, that I would strike out on my own. I decided, at first at least, to self-publish all three novels in electronic form only.

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Taking the Red Pill

I imagine many of you have seen the movie "The Matrix." If you have, you know about the Red Pill.

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Are Our Politics Poisonous?

This article was written for Seminary of the Street, for their January 2011 newsletter.

The conversations and conflict in the wake of the shooting in Arizona provides a good object lesson about something Buddhists call “The Three Poisons.” These are concepts familiar to all of us – greed (or craving), hatred (or aversion) and delusion (or self-deception).

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Why I spent my Saturday evening setting up a Wikileaks mirror

I've been following the Wikileaks kerfluffle for quite a while now. Actually, since way before "cablegate". When I saw (on Twitter) that there was an effort to mass-mirror the wikileaks website (that link is on my mirror), I signed up.

So why, you might ask?

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My Take on "Don't Touch My Junk"

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The end of the world as we know it?

For some reason, I've been thinking a lot about our society (particularly in the U.S., but also as we affect the world) as it is now, and how it's pretty clear it's unsustainable, unhealthy for human beings, and creates and perpetuates systems of inequality and oppression. I figured this blog would be a good place to start a bit of thought and research about what the core problems are, and how we can perhaps manage to figure our way to new ways of living.

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Living in Community

 A couple of weeks ago, I moved. I had been living in an apartment in Oakland for about a year, and was getting ready to think about moving back into a community house setting - my definite preference for how to live. I wasn't sure at all where that was going to be. But ... it turned out that a house I'd known about, and had been thinking about a little (but I thought the timing wasn't right) had a room open still. So, I checked it out... and here I sit.

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Inner callings (or why I sold my TV)

In 2005, I felt a call to go to seminary. I wrapped up my non-profit technology work, sold or gave away most of what I owned, and moved across country to go to Pacific School of Religion. For reasons you can read about here, I left seminary, and went back to technology work.
I think I would say that was a calling to substantially change the structure of my life.
Now, here it is, 2010, and I'm feeling another calling, or maybe it's the same calling, but it is manifesting very differently. I feel a strong desire to simplify my life - to strip away distractions. I've made radical changes to allow better work/life balance (I now commute to work most days to an office, allowing me to dismantle my home office - something I've not done for a very long time - and I've never really been a typical commuter before.)  And I'm in the process of shedding again - selling or giving away a lot of what I own that I feel is unnecessary. 
Ruth gave me a quote from Hans Hoffman which fits perfectly: “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

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