Friday, August 13, 2021

Book Announcement: A Many-Turning Multiverse (Ifscapes, Vol. 3)

It's a pleasure to announce the publication of A Many-Turning Multiverse, Volume 3 in the Ifscapes series.  The book is now available on Amazon Kindle.  Here's an excerpt from the description:

"Following in the footsteps of Ifscapes: Empires and Androids, this free-standing multiversing volume of Ifscapes returns to the fluctuating, fervent, and fantastical realms of reimagined ancient Greek and Roman mythology and legend. Exploring the worlds of what if, what would have been, and what might be, these twelve short science fiction and fantasy stories put a spin on classic tales and characters, spanning past, present, and future in a full array of covert conspiracies, mass-scale invasions, serial satires, excursions to far-away forests and far-flung world-ships, and more." 

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Progress Update (Video Series)

It's been quite a while since my last post, and many people have asked about my personal progress.  With SCI, I find that it can be hard to describe small changes that continue to occur over time.  One of the reasons is that the changes that happen often have to reach a threshold where they become functional and noticeable.  I am continuing to have little improvements in sensation and muscle response, and am thankful for them, as well as for my friends and others who keep asking about progress.  God has been good to me.

Another reason for less visible progress is the normal wear and tear that come along with ongoing physical therapy and SCI.  For me, the repercussions of intense musculoskeletal damage aside from SCI are an issue.  Other people experience similar struggles after traumatic physical injuries.  Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers!  SCIs do not stop with an initial injury.  

Because two of the main purposes behind this blog are to encourage and educate others, I'm posting some new videos to illustrate my progression since 2013.  The first video shows May through July of 2014.  This is close to the very beginning of when I started getting back on my feet, and I could only move backward at first.  Please stay tuned for post-2014 videos in the coming days.  As you'll be able to see in the various clips from 2014 to 2021, I've used many different types of devices and bracing.  My hope is that adding these images to my YouTube channel helps viewers understand the world of SCI a little more.  And, as always, thank you to all who have offered your prayers and support!  More to come.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Virtual ConQuesT 52

Thank you to the ConQuesT 52 organizers and members for the opportunity to join the "Writing When Life Rolls Over You" panel this past weekend!  ConQuesT, "Kansas City's Original Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention," takes place every Memorial Day weekend.  The weekend's theme, "The Future Is Now (and Then) . . . ," was a great reminder of science fiction's ability to take us in many directions at the same time.  

Looking in many directions at once was a major aspect of the panel's discussion.  What do you do to keep writing and to stay focused in the face of adversity, daily obstacles, and time constraints?  Since dealing with a spinal cord injury involves a special degree of prayer, innovation, flexibility, and support, I felt right at home with the panel's topic.  Thanks to my fellow panelists Rosemary Williams and Lynette M. Burrows for sharing their tips and strategies!