Friday, December 31, 2021

So Long, 2021!

As eager as I am to see the end of this year, I don’t need to see it, so I’ll be turning in early in order to reach 2022 all the sooner. That’s right, I’m working on my next Watchbearers book now, and while much of it is made up, some is actual history. And time travel is real.

Sure, it’s usually forwards and one moment at a time – i.e. the slow path – but even then the speed at which we travel varies. Sometimes those moments fly by and sometimes they crawl. And often we leap ahead. So those of us interested in getting to the future need to make sure we get plenty of sleep. That’s the power of naps.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and that your new year is a huge improvement over the old one. Cheers!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Catalytic Agents Released

A year after Slowpocalypse Book 6, Book 7 is here, and this was the most fun yet to write, so I think you’ll really enjoy it. We return to the Northwest FURC for this story, and you’ll recall they weren’t doing so well there. While Book 5 ended with Our Heroes staving off disaster, the community was left in a state of precarious balance between Tekihara’s administration and its opponents which couldn’t last. And it seemed obvious the appearance of Kat and Tony from the Florida FURC was going to upset things. Hence the title.

Before I wrote this, I imagined those two would set off an explosive chain reaction that would cause a huge mess. And while it was certainly a big bang, it was more of a compound reaction. Like in biology, when an enzyme catalyzes a series of coordinated reactions that synergize to create a specific outcome. Complicated, but beautiful in its intricacy. Clearly I had Help.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Working for Joy

I hope everyone enjoys the long Labor Day weekend – which will thankfully include a teaser-trailer for the Wheel of Time! – but first, let’s take a moment to reflect. We all have God-given talents, natural abilities He expects us to use. And we all can and should develop skills to expand what we can do. Then find satisfaction in employing those talents and skills to accomplish something.

Of course the laborer is worthy of his hire, but if making a living were the only reason we worked, that would be a miserable existence. And enjoying what we do is important, but is that enough? Most jobs, whatever the rewards, either directly or indirectly, help people. And being useful to others is what brings real fulfillment, meaning to what we do.

Not that we’re limited to helping people just through our jobs – doing chores, running errands, and in a myriad of small ways every day we get opportunities to be useful. And helping others is an expression of love.

Now, I won’t claim writing books is anywhere near as helpful as what most people do. There are those like nurses, cops, paramedics, and soldiers who work hard and even put their lives on the line all the time. Plumbers and carpenters, postal workers and truck drivers, servers and store-shelf stockers all do vital work that benefits others. And those are tough jobs.

So I feel privileged that, as difficult as it sometimes seems, what I do is relatively easy. And while I may not make much doing it, I get to bring a bit of joy into people’s lives. They need it.