A few days ago, I entered a Flash Fiction competition. The objective of the competition: write a 400-word story with the following three words: wax, starfruit, kidney. Well, I won! “The Rising” is a sci-fi micro tale about an agrobiologist trying to save his daughter and human civilization from the machines.
My Race to 40! challenge will be over tomorrow when I turn 40. I can’t believe that I’ve already lived half a life! There is still so much left to do. The goals that I set myself as part of the Race to 40! challenge are just the beginning. I have big plans for the second half of the year and the next few years. The next big goal on my plate will be taking the entrepreneurial plunge and launching a startup. But first, a vacation with family 🙂
Only 9 days left to complete my Race to 40! challenge. Help! All in all, I’m struggling to accomplish the most important of the two (of the three) goals I set myself to achieve before my 40th birthday on June 26th. I need to get cracking and maximise every minute if I’m going to get done!
Hint: do not close your browser till you read all the way to the end of the post. There is a surprise at the end that you do not want to miss!
This week I reveal the second sketch produced for my 2030 ET project. The sketch portrays the central protagonist, Arthur Raind, standing in front of the liquid metal mirror in his training room. Arthur is suspicious that someone or something is living in his mirror so decides to give it a poke with his diamond-edged sword to find out! I don’t want to reveal much more as it may spoil your reading experience.
Today I have the pleasure of revealing to you a surprise with regards to my 2030 ET novella project. I’ve been keeping this surprise under wraps for two months. Apart from a very few (i.e. less than 10) close friends and family members, I’ve told no one about this. It’s been a struggle, not spilling the beans, as I am so excited about the surprise 🙂
Ladies and gents, without further delay, I would like to introduce you to the first sketch produced by a professional illustrator for 2030 ET.
An amazing storyteller. My friends remember me as an amazing storyteller.
I look back on the bleak years in between my childhood and now; the desolate decades where creativity was sweated out of my being as I endlessly spun the hamster wheel trying to get ahead. There was no time for reading let alone story telling. And what time there was, I indulged away in the excesses of youth.
What happened? How did I go from being an imaginative child to someone boring? When did I change to from a creator to a consumer? How did I end up a vampire feeding on the ideas of others?
Today’s post is intended to provide some of the background and motivation as to why my third, and most important goal, out of the three that I have set myself as part of my “Race to 40!” challenge, is to complete my novella by my 40th birthday on the 26th of June.
The following is a contribution I made to a crowdsourced story organized by M. M. Leonard and hosted on his blog: http://mmleonard.com/free-story-project-exploits-of-a-midnight-traveler/
My contribution is part 18, so if you like it, I encourage you to read all 17 of the preceding parts! I will post about my experience participating in a crowdsourced story separately; overall, it was exciting and fun but did cause some anxiety along the way!