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So. It’s been a while since this poor little blog has been updated. A short break turned into a year and a half.

Ooops. My bad.

It isn’t as though I’ve had nothing to blog about, I just let it slide. You know what they say about the conservation of momentum. If you don’t know, take physics 101.

Anyway, a lot has changed since my last foray into the blogoshere. I’m in my second year of grad school at my ol’ alma mater Wheaton studying the History of Christianity. Why, you ask? Because. Not the greatest answer, but I’m not really in the mood to elaborate at the moment. I have my reasons for sinking a significant amount of time, money, and aggravation into this endeavor and I’m sure that I’ll relay them at some point, but not now. On the book front, Mercator number two is written and sitting in editing limbo with a release date yet to be determined. I’d say it’s coming soon, however I’ve been saying that for more than a year now so I’ll just say it’s coming sometime and I think it’s better than the first. But don’t take my word for it. 🙂

Better get back to the Reformation…

In the mean time, a little something awesome from my childhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FD1K8OvVCs (Stupid thing doesn’t want to embed. It’s a Reading Rainbow remix which is pretty awesome.)

Whoa, that’s a mouthful.

So here’s the thing, I’ve been internet-shy all year. For some strange reason I’m wary of the faceless mob that lives on the other side of the connection. Part of the problem is that I just don’t know where to start…

Well I’ve found my starting point. As long as I’m not too late signing up. (At least this time it’s not due to procrastination. I just found out about this a couple of hours a go via ZOVA’s Molly.)

It sounds like a great way to not only build your following, and discover new writers, but even make some friends.

If it sounds interesting at all you should check out Rachel Harrie’s Blog Post on the Campaign and check out some of the other peeps taking part.

I’m not going to lie. Motivation is not coming easy in August. Dog days I guess.

I did manage to make a postcard that will be going out to Middle School Libraries. I intended to send it out to arrive on Labor Day, but that’s just not going to happen. It’s a bit harder to get stuff done when you don’t have a teacher or a boss as a motivator. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and hopefully it’s eye-catching enough to intrigue some librarians. I’m considering addressing them to “The Head Book Wrangler” just to be different. I’m sure they all get tons of junk mail and anything to attract attention to East to Adonia is good.

Here’s the postcard:

I’m not a train nerd, but this video of replacing tracks is pretty darn awesome. I’d love to see a resurgence of train use in the US. Perhaps in the post oil days we’ll rediscover how awesome rail travel can be. I know that while I went to school in Wheaton, one of my favorite things about living near Chicago was the light rail system. It might take a few extra minutes to get downtown, but you didn’t have to mess with traffic, and you could zone out and just enjoy the ride or get some work done.

And I’m sure everyone’s seen this video of a certain Pulp Fiction/Snakes on a Plane Star reading a bedtime story that parents can relate to by now. I’m sorry if the language offends, but I think once a word can be used in a children’s bedtime story without major backlash it has lost it’s bite. (NSFW or kids, seriously if you’re not old enough for Pulp Fiction don’t watch. I don’t want to get in trouble with your parents.)

Welcome to the future where we live in pods on the top of buildings. I think it’s a great idea, I’ve always wanted to live on a space station. But where would I keep my books?

And lastly, but not leastly, I ran across this insightful article on “How To Steal Like An Artist.”

The more I art, the more I realize that all art is in some way derivative. Like the Bible says, “There is nothing new underneath the sun.” It’s not nearly as depressing as you think. The way a great artist steals you might not even recognize what it was they stole. It may be an idea or just an element from the work of another artist, and it’s usually re-purposed and twisted into something shiny and new that has little resemblance to the original. Think of it more as recycling. If you know who the artist/author lists as their influences then you might be able to see the stolen bits. Art builds on what came before just like science, engineering, and everything else.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to go hack out a lung and get to writing.

My super good friend Molly send me this link. These pieces are beautiful. I love the simplicity of the chain and the preservation of the natural beauty of the rocks/minerals. I just think there is something wonderfully mysterious about unpolished or cut rocks, and the unadorned nature of the settings enhance the enchantment.