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Monday, November 2nd, 2015
4:16 pm
Note to Self: The First-Tier/Second-Tier Consciousness Break
Reminder to write more fully about how the awareness break between Green and Yellow (in Spiral Dynamics terms) isn't just about the gulf between mind tools and soul tools, but how it functionally works in the world.

Namely, the first-tier "auto-immune disease" where each new stage tries to replace all previous ones with itself rather than recognizing them as necessary. The process mirrors the trend-->backlash-->integration progression (or fusion-->differentiation-->integration) in that the "trend" element reflects a more refined "fusion" as the integration of a previous dichotomy, but the excitement of the "trend" comes from feeling the resolution of that problem. That resolution feels like "the answer," but that delusion is really still about replacing a previous fusion with a new, more refined one and not accepting that that's what's going on.

Once the spiral-nature of development is realized (particularly at Turquoise where holons are realized, and we see that the spiral is ongoing), we can no longer fool ourselves with this delusion, and new resolutions are quickly or instantly recognized as new fusions requiring new differentiations (trends requiring new backlashes and integrations).

To a large extent, this allows us to escape from the trend/backlash dynamic altogether, so we stop privileging one or the other and just get on with the ongoing task of seeking new realms of refinement, truth, and discovery. Both trend and backlash (and the accompanying polarizations) are viewed as delusions, magnifying the real principles of fusion and differentiation that lie at the cores of them.

This is why "Yellow is 5 times more efficient at task completion than Green," as Ken Wilber and Don Beck put it in Spiral Dynamics terms--the biases no longer convince, and the hills and valleys of the process begin to resemble speedbumps rather than rollercoaster tracks.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
3:25 am
Kickstarter Project for The Wrath of Brotherhood is now live!
That's right, I'm seeking supporters to help me print The Wrath of Brotherhood in hardcover with full color maps and dust jacket! You can find the project here.

I'll be posting this on Facebook and Twitter at an hour when people will actually see it.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
1:06 pm
My Girlfriend's Cancer Treatment
Just trying to maximize who see's this. My girlfriend Elsy, who lives in Bogota, Colombia, has metastatic cancer of the uterus and lungs, and healthcare can be rather slow-moving down there. I started a fund to help her out. Here is the link. Remember, you don't have to give $100 to help. I'd be super happy with 30k Facebook shares from people who each gave $1.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
5:27 pm
Apex Magazine
Hey all, my first ever paid article is appearing in this month's issue of Apex Magazine. It's about research and story writing. Check out Statistics vs. Story.
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
5:49 pm
Reason #2681 to leave Minnesota
2681: I will no longer have to hear about War For The Oaks every time there is some kind of convention going on.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
11:38 am
International Talk Like A Pirate Day
Hey all, just giving everyone a one-day warning that my book, The Wrath of Brotherhood (eBook only) is going on sale for $1.99 for International Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow (the 19th). Keep a weather eye open fer the deal to take effect, an' tell yer crew!

The deal already hit Amazon.

Current Mood: Piratey
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
3:59 pm
A Kind Voice on Books: Ep 37
I swear, one day I'll post something that isn't a new episode of this show I'm participating in.

This time: Censorship and Book Series.
Monday, May 19th, 2014
12:48 pm
Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana seems about to pass through MN legislation. Looks like cannabis puts the THC in HEALTHCARE.

Current Mood: pessimistic
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
4:22 pm
A Kind Voice: Chat about literature
I am doing another internet radio broadcast tonight at 6:00pm Central Time with Eden Blackwell. This time it will be LIVE and we can take callers. We will be running through a few topics in literature, including the role (or absence) of mother characters in fiction, and new or misunderstood genres. Tune in at 6:00pm, or catch the show after the fact.
Friday, May 9th, 2014
4:51 pm
Idiot Compassion
Mostly just making a note of the location of this because I'm gratified to see a copy finally online, but I recommend everyone read it anyway. Great Ken Wilber excerpt from One Taste.
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
1:58 pm
A Kind Voice on Books: Interview with Ozgur K. Sahin
For those who didn't know, I recorded an interview for A Kind Voice (for their books program). I talk about my book and what went into writing it, convention experiences, narcissism, and other social and literary topics. You can even hear me read a short excerpt from my book (don't worry, there aren't any big spoilers!).
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
7:37 pm
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
1:44 pm
I can't believe I have to say things like this sometimes...
I just participated in one of those online debates (this one is amongst authors) where the whole damned thing goes off in a stupid direction because people love to hear themselves talk.

But hey, if I make a good point, this kind of exposure is good for my writing, so why not? Anyway, this is an issue I've brought up in different circles and on different topics, so I thought I'd repost it here. I will certainly include something like this in an bit of social commentary I have planned for the future. Enjoy.

[Topic is "Are Writing Classes a Waste of Time?"]

Without going into the "are writing classes a good or bad idea" much (I think they are useful for some and not for others, but I don't find them to be useful for myself), I would like to point out that most of this debate seems centered around one issue:

People who define "waste of time" as "something I am unable to learn anything valuable from," versus people who define "waste of time" as "something that is a less efficient or useful expenditure of my time and resources than something ELSE I would otherwise be doing with them."

Personally I find it to be sort of a straw-man argument when people use "you can always learn something from any experience" to prove that something is not a waste of time. I don't know that anyone really disagrees that something can be learned from anything. Certainly if those people really DO exist, rather than just being normal people who use simplified rhetoric to make a point like we all do, they aren't generally worth wasting words on. However, we seek out the experiences that we think we will learn the MOST from, and in the direction that we think will carry us where we want to go.

To that end, writing classes will be worthwhile for some, not worthwhile for others, even though EVERYONE can learn something from them because they are, in fact, experiences.

Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, March 16th, 2014
3:45 pm
MiniCon Save
Minicon livejournal community posted about a couple of extra panels. Thankfully I'm on here sometimes, or I'd have missed out! One of them is a panel on Pirate Movies. Clearly I should do everything I can to get on that one!

Current Mood: relieved
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
4:42 pm
Preparation for Panel Discussions
Just a note to myself and other potential panelists (or organizers) at conventions: This is a really good reference.

I will be on 5 panels at MarsCon this weekend (see FB fansite for details, though will post on my website soon too), and I only found out today, so I have some thinking to do!

Current Mood: nervous
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
2:28 pm
2nd Edition, addendum
Barnes & Noble (Nook Press) now carries 2nd edition, and I updated all sellers with a revised 2nd edition because this time the formatter made a mistake. Don't worry, if you got 2nd edition, you should be able to update it for free.

iBookstore basically requires that I use a particular piece of software (iTunes Producer?) that can only be run on an Apple OS, even though the ePub file I'm uploading is ready to go and is exactly the same as it would be elsewhere. That's Apple for you. Simplest way is to borrow time on a friend's Mac for a little bit. The workarounds are way more ridiculous.

Current Mood: determined
Friday, January 3rd, 2014
1:35 am
Second Edition of The Wrath of Brotherhood now available!
This is out on Amazon and Kobo now. Please make sure to get the correct edition (these links are correct).

Still working on iBookstore and Barnes & Noble.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, December 20th, 2013
4:27 pm
On Emotional Avoidance and Disconnect
For later writing purposes:

Speaking of a man who doesn't explore his emotions or really connect with them very much: any question about his emotions is like an essay test he didn't study for--he will often have to make up an answer on the spot and hope you buy it, but he really doesn't know.

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
4:10 pm
Reincarnation Analogies and Metaphors
I'm working on a few of these (my Doom: Deathmatch analogy went over pretty well years ago). Here's a quick one:

Meaning is accessed through life but not literally contained by it. Just like the meaning of a book is accessed through the book, but not literally contained by it.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
10:46 am
Novel update
My book, The Wrath of Brotherhood, first novel in the Brethren of the Spanish Main series, is now available on Amazon and Scribd. It will soon be available from most other eBook retailers.

Check it out! And if you like it, please give a good review! And remember, obvious friend and family reviews get discarded by Amazon. Definitely need some reviews.

Current Mood: accomplished
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