Category Archives: Science

Dark Matters

I’d like to share the Visionary Fiction Alliance’s recent post about writing dark characters in the context of literature that is visionary, uplifting, and/or positive.  I’m honored to have a quote in the conclusion of the article, and am delighted many other VF authors are cited by the author, Eleni Papanou.

In light of the horrors in Paris recently, the article is not just pertinent to writers and their process, but provokes thought about how we can possibly approach such dark matters in our minds.  It’s a difficult subject, but the Alliance is a safe, supportive forum for trying to comprehend a violent world, and maintain a hope of evolving human consciousness.  No simple task.  I’ve seen a lot of argument online about viewing Paris with love and prayers vs. anger and action.  It’s an impossible predicament and each of us has to make personal choices.  But Eleni’s article might be a breath of air for some.

By coincidence, a couple other posts caught my eye recently that examine dark matters.  Another writerly article offers information about characters who have PTSD.  It’s a helpful breakdown of issues presented in the psychologists’ manual of diagnoses.

On an eerier note, here’s a review of a book chronicling the history of the treatment of corpses!  Not a Post Halloween Stress Document, the book is actually about the importance of remembrance to human beings.  Another timely thought provoker in the wake of Paris.

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FREE on KINDLE — THIS WEEK ONLY!

From Sun-Thurs, Oct 18-22, The Qaraq and the Maya Factor will be free on Kindle.  It’s the ebook version of Book Two of 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles, the 11 book literary fantasy series. From the book description: What if your déjà vu lasted ten minutes? Involved ten neighbors? Linked to a 1001 lifetimes with this group? This… Continue Reading

Launch of 1001, Book Two!

It’s 10/01, and time for the launch of The Qaraq and the Maya Factor, Book Two of 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles.  Today I launch the print version on Amazon, but I will be giving away free ebooks soon.  To find out when, subscribe to my newsletter, 1001/Qaraqbooks News. From the book description: What if your déjà vu lasted ten minutes?… Continue Reading

World Elephant Day 2015 tale

Elephants are the official karmic mascot of 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles.  In honor of World Elephant Day, re-visit this story of one of the noble critters from the series. And for a free book giveaway, join 1001/Qaraqbooks News, my free email subscription.  Join now and win a free signed copy of The Qaraq, Book One of 1001:… Continue Reading

When Ursula Dissed Kazuo: 8 Bits of Book Gossip

The novel is always changing.  Has always, will always.  But here’s 8 links to posts about current stuff going on that points to a radical departure from lit as we know it. 1) Kazuo Ishiguro’s new book, The Buried Giant, sparked a debate about the breakdown of genre literature, and the consequences of blurring or obliterating genre… Continue Reading

A Winter’s Tale of Denial

Not to complain, but a friend of mine just landed in Anchorage, Alaska, and wrote that it was warmer there than here in New York City.  The wind chill is minus 25!  My car temperature says One!  When I open the door to let them out, my cats look at me like I’m nuts!  Brrrnik!… Continue Reading

Time Travel is the New Space Travel

Well, Einstein messed everything up with the concept of spacetime, but it’s taken decades for the fictional consequences to take hold.  There’s been a paradigm shift in recent years, and not just in science fiction.  I believe we have moved from a fictional obsession with space travel to a new fascination with time travel. Granted,… Continue Reading

Best of 2014 Qaraqbooks posts

If you’re just now following Qaraq Books, or have been a loyal fan and want to look back at a ‘novel’ year, here’s what I consider the best posts of 2014 (just click on the post title). If you’d like notifications of 2015 posts, plus book news, free stories, and promotions, please subscribe to my… Continue Reading

7 Musings on Interstellar

As I watched Interstellar the other night I felt I was seeing a truly classic sci-fi film, an heir to 2001 A Space Odyssey.  Having slept it off, in my pre-dawn mind I have various thoughts assessing the movie. 1)  The movie has one of the best first acts I have ever felt in a sci-fi film.… Continue Reading

7 Cool Quotes About Earth’s Reincarnations

I want to share a fascinating NY Times article about an avalanche of new fossil findings on the planet.  I’m writing a section of 1001 where the characters recall their past lives feuding as prokaryotes, dwelling in urban algal colonies, and towering over the first puny amphibians — as old trees.  Paleontologist Michael Novacek raises… Continue Reading