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.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Free in Deed

In the 18th century, brave individuals fought and died to make America free. In the 19th century, brave Americans fought and died to free the slaves. And in the 20th century, free people around the world fought and died to thwart the twin tyrannies of fascism and communism. In the 21st century, there’s plenty of fighting and dying but precious little liberty.

True freedom isn’t being able to do ‘whatever we want’, which merely makes us slaves to our worst impulses. Instead it’s a choice. A choice to stand up and do what we believe is right when it might cost us. A choice to stand firm against the arguments to do what we believe is wrong when it’s a lot easier to just go along. And a choice to shut out the babble of voices trying to tell us what to think, how to feel, and what will supposedly make us happy – then think for ourselves, listen to our hearts, and find the freedom One Man suffered and died to give us.