I started at a new job this week and I am dead on my feet, trying to get everything done that I need to get done before heading off to VP. So here, have a science fiction short film. Wanderers has everything I really love about science fiction all rolled into one beautiful short film. Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo. What summarizes your love for science...

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2015 Goals: September Check-In

I can’t remember if I mentioned this at the time but I quit my job in April for various reason none of which I’m going to go into here. This month I was offered a job mostly out of the blue and I accepted it. I start next Thursday so I’ve been scrambling to get a lot of things completed before I go back to work. Which means that there’s actually been some progress on more or less everything on this list! Attend a writer’s workshop I have gathered intelligence, met and talked to other students as well as alumni (online and off), made up a packing list, gathered more intelligence, remade my packing list, started printing out some of the documents I may or may not need, decided on the knitting I want to take with me. I think I might be ready to go. Minus the packing and actually going. I also discovered that going to Viable Paradise makes me finally eligible to join Codex writer’s forum which, from everything my friend Brent tells me, is going...

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I’m a fan of tattoos. Have been as long as I can remember. I’ve always found it fascinating how the things we use to decorate our skins tell the stories of us. The most interesting thing about tattoos is that they’ve remained essentially similar throughout human history. Whether it was tribesmen in the alps, sailors on the high seas or modern peoples everywhere, creating a tattoo is essentially the same. Using a sharp implement to break the skin to drive ink underneath the epidermis. Modern tattoo machines are more precise and allow for more control to the artist than the traditional Ta Moko type tools, let alone the singular needles used in old sailor and prison tattoos. But the process is essentially the same. I’m in the middle of editing a space opera novel, The Avatar Legacy, in which one of the two main characters has tattoos and uses them as a way to deal with the fact that she’s killed people. This has got me thinking about the future of tattoos. There’s this scene in the Starship Troopers...

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