The Shepherd’s Garden

UPDATE: I named it. Subject to change if I can get a little more subtle.


Here’s the rough draft of the book I’m trying to write – it’s 6 and a half chapters so far, partway into chapter 7. It is the first draft, so I apologize for any terribleness you may encounter. I was originally writing it for NaNoWriMo, but that didn’t pan out. I didn’t want to abandon it, though, so I’ve kept it around and done some work. This story and all the stuff in it that doesn’t belong to someone else, belongs to me. Copyright and all that. Enjoy, more to come…

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The Art of Manliness.

Hey all, this is just a plug for one of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness.

“The Art of Manliness is authored by husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay. It features articles on helping men be better husbands, better fathers, and better men. In our search to uncover the lost art of manliness, we’ll look to the past to find examples of manliness in action. We’ll analyze the lives of great men who knew what it meant to “man up” and hopefully learn from them. And we’ll talk about the skills, manners, and principles that every man should know. Since beginning in January 2008, The Art of Manliness has already gained 53,000+ subscribers and continues to grow each week.”

They have everything from how to start a fire without matches, to all the baseball pitches every man should know, to how to shave properly. Lots of good stuff, and worth checking out whether you happen to be a man, a woman, or anything in between.

China and Tibet. And the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama was here in Madison recently, and though I didn’t get tickets in time to see him, he was there to open the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. He’s been an idol of mine, someone whose attitudes towards life and existence we could all benefit from.

It is my firm belief that any group of people who would exile someone like the Dalai Lama are a bunch of fucking tools. That means the government of China. Good luck to the people of China getting those assholes out of power.

Origin of the Universe?

Like anyone else, I want to know how we came to exist. We’ve discovered so much about our origins, but it is clear we still know so very little. I’m enchanted and convinced by the idea of the big bang being the origin of the universe, but not entirely satisfied. Some credit a deity of cosmic power to not only the creation of the universe but to the development of life on Earth, which, to us, is still the only known life-bearing planet in the universe. Many scientists are positive that in a universe so mind-bogglingly large as to escape understanding, at least one other planet is likely to be inhabited by what we call life. So one must look beyond that question and ask the next. How did the uncountable atoms in the universe, and joules of energy between them, come to exist? Why are the laws of the universe the way they are? Suppose opposites repelled rather than attracted, or there wasn’t any bond between positive and negative charges at all. Imagine a variation in the laws of the universe had occurred during the Big Bang that allowed only for the existence of energy, or reversed entropy and made chemical reactions create more energy than it took to cause the reaction.

Origin of Life Metaphor.

Picture a vast kitchen, filled with every ingredient you can imagine. Now picture if you threw these ingredients all over the room, coating every surface and mixing them all together. In some places they could conceivably come together and make the mixture for chocolate frosting. In others they could become bread or chicken noodle soup or any type of food. In the same way, all the ingredients for planets existed in the universe and came together in various areas, and on our Earth, we were lucky to have just the right ingredients come together to create life.

My NaNoWriMo Novel Synopsis.

“An aging flower child and multi-billionaire, who is a born-again and very zealous Christian, decides to invest his enormous wealth into creating a tropical paradise in a giant dome. It is meant to recreate the biblical garden of Eden, where it will be home to a select few people, who will live as Adam and Eve did: nude, free from sin and shame, and totally committed to a life of naturalism and peace. Things go well, but not for long…”

Stay tuned for the release of the book itself – when it’s done, hopefully by November 30th, I’ll put the whole thing up here, each chapter with its own page.

National Novel Writing Month!

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, takes place from November 1st to November 30th. The goal is to start fresh and write an entire 50k+ word novel in one month.

I’m doing it, and I hope you all will, too. There’s nothing like writing a story to keep your brain active and test your creative limits. I’ll be posting my progress here as well as on the official site, nanowrimo.org.

What will my book be about? Well, that’s something I’ll have to figure out before November 1st. Good luck to all participating!