Redefining Insanity

Things are crazy here.

Even crazier than normal… unless, of course, you consider that all the pieces and parts are still… well… normal.

For me, at any rate.

The world seems to continue to spiral into madness (in a related note: Dissension is still free, but time’s running out). Seriously, folks, there really are things more important than who was cast in a TV show.

Closer to home, the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County (central California) is not an immediate danger to us – but it’s devastating and my heart breaks a little more every time I see an update.
More than 74,000 acres have burned so far with only 15% containment.
Nearly 4,000 personnel are battling this blaze.

Even closer to home, the Day Job’s about to intensify exponentially and cheer season for the youngest spawn is right around the corner.

Then it will be back-to-school, and holidays, and…

Oh, and that cool story with the fantasy races in the post apocalypse? That’s still happening.
So’s another Rio Crew Novel.
And a couple other smaller projects that may or may not develop beyond brainstorming.

Thinking Out Loud

Eldest spawn is finally getting around to reading “1984″

She asked if I drew inspiration from it, mentioning that the writing of a particular scene reminded her of my work.

I was quite flattered by the comparison – still am, actually – but also perhaps a (not so) teensy bit disturbed.

Whatever your political favor or flavor, a well-written politically driven social apocalypse (with or without accompanying environmental damage and/or destruction) can be disturbing. Maybe even terrifying. But, in the end, books like this are written for one reason – to make people think.

I have told my children that “1984” is a must read, but never did I mislead them by calling it an easy one. When the eldest spawn asked if I’d drawn on it, I had to really think.

I am certain I did not intentionally attempt to channel Orwell’s voice… however, to say his work in general – and “1984” in particular – had no impact on me or my own work would be a complete and utter falsehood.

As a young reader, the voices of Orwell and Bradbury hypnotized and terrified me. As an adult, though the world has changed dramatically, the qualities of those voices remain constant.

I never considered my own voice among them, but apparently my sometimes insanely critical eldest spawn does…

There are things in my imagination – things that have found their way to pages – that are, at times, just a few steps this side of terrifying.

Either way, they make the brain work.

Regardless of the discomfort it may cause, thinking is one of the few things everyone can do to help keep the worlds of “1984,” “Fahrenheit 451,” and “Dissension” from slipping out of their bindings and into everyday life.

The ability to think is the essence of freedom.

So… until the end of July… here’s something to think about.

The Dissension ebook is free in nearly any format you might need.

Go ahead. Click the link.