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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Greetings, Bearers!

As happy days are returning to our nation, and Christmas is coming soon (much to the dismay of the Mayan fans out there!), I wanted to put up a link to my review of Jonathan Fisk’s book Broken, a new book dealing with contemporary Christian issues which I took a little time to read and highly recommend.  Enjoy, while I go back to writing!

See you after Christmas!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers..

Although I hadn’t planned on it, I had to weigh in concerning this terrible tragedy which happened today regarding a Connecticut School and a young man who was responsible for the deaths of over twenty people.  This is a sick and twisted thing that has happened, and my prayers definitely go out to these families of children and teachers who may have lost loved ones in this awful incident.  It’s impossible for me to imagine what they may be going through.

But I also want to speak more directly with regard to the man (possibly men) responsible for this outrageous attack.  I know that, when things like this happen, our first responses are saturated with emotion, and that’s understandable.  But in the process, let’s be sure to keep level heads about this as well.

I know that the blame game is already being started.  People are throwing out “Blame the guns!” or “Blame the killer’s homelife!” or “Blame the Mayan calendar!” (I’m not joking; apparently this fellow put something up about the world ending in two weeks).  People will throw blame everywhere except where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of this man (and possibly the accomplice if reports are confirmed) who is responsible for what happened.

The accountability, the responsibility, and therefore the judgment, falls upon those who knowingly and willingly instigated this wretched and filthy act of violence against a school.  It falls on them for their actions, for their intentions, and for the devastation they left in their wake.  To even imply blame in any other way is to by default lessen the responsibility of the man/men responsible for this morning’s hideous actions.

Too many will use this as an opportunity for photo-ops, political stump speeches, social messages, or for spreading the blame around.  You, my readers, need to be above that; we need to be level-headed and cautious.  We need to act according to what is right, not according to how we may or may not feel.  And we need to act and think in accordance with the law justly applied.  Thinking in any other manner perverts justice.

That’s all I wanted to say on this.  May God have His hand upon you and yours, and I pray He has His hand upon those families in Connecticut today.

J. Dean

Join me HERE tonight!

Greetings, Bearers!

No, contrary to possible rumors,I wasn’t hung over from Thanksgiving all that time (I’m really not a drinker anyway).  Instead, I’ve been busting tail writing The Summoning of Bherta as well as a couple of other short stories that I might be releasing as a little 99 cent side piece for your enjoyment.  😀

I’ve also got some reading time put aside, and intend to get back into a good book.  Recently I’ve been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (The only book of Tolkien’s that I’ve ever read all the way through, incidentally), and also picked up a new copy of a novel recommended to me by a friend entitled The Rat King by B.W. Hankinson. This latter book intrigued me, as the friend who recommended it compared it to A Game of Thrones, and while I have mixed thoughts about what I’ve seen so far from the George R.R. Martin epic (I’ll be putting those thoughts up sometime soon), I do have to admit that the medieval mythos has become a bit more alluring to me in recent days (Blame it on my friendship with people who read a lot of Tolkien, and my recent discovery of the television series Camelot; again a show that has elements both attractive and dissuasive to me).   Perhaps it’s the weaponry. I’m rather fond of firearms, but there is something beautiful and elegant about a sword and other hand-to-hand weapons that a gun just doesn’t always convey.  In either case, I’m looking forward to a second trip into the history of Middle Earth, as well as this new and fascinating fantasy that Hankinson puts forth.

And, in addition, I’ve been getting ready for the Advent season and Christmas, one of my favorite times of year.  Granted, I’d probably like it a whole lot more if that dreaded white stuff didn’t slick up the roads and turn me into a paranoid freak who dreads getting behind the wheel every time a flake or two falls to the ground, but all of that aside I do like Christmas  (Ever had a Christmas in Hawaii?  It can be done without snow!)

So writing is going along well.  Editing for The Summoning of Kran has been a bit slower as a result, though, but in light of the fact that people seem to be enjoying Alternate Endings, that’s okay.  Looks like the third novel in the Vein series might not be released until next January.  Sorry about the later release, but I’m taking my time editing it, and I’d rather it be late and done right than rushed out to you and look slipshod and reckless in its presentation and content.  So if you’re anxious, bear with me; it WILL get done!

Also, as a result of my fervor for getting stories put out first and foremost, the Vein Omnibus has been put on hold for a little while.  Don’t worry, though: those of you who have been asking will get more information put up from the Omnibus soon.  The problem with the holiday season is that, in the process of buying and wrapping gifts (Yes, I wrap gifts… I heard that laughter over there in Chicago!), saying “hi” and “bye” to every single person at every single party, and fighting a losing battle with LED lights that have a shorter lifespan than a red shirt crewman from Star Trek, I’m forced to choose between writing, editing, and omnibus development.  And given the choice, the writing is the one I’m always going to put over the other two.  Again: I will get back to the other stuff soon.  But for now, I need to write before I can revise, and that’s a whole lot more important to me (and to you) for now.

In the meantime, if you’re new to this world, please don’t forget to check out my short story collection mentioned above, as well as Clade Josso and Old Veltmy first two novels in the Vein Epic.  And as always, let me know what you think!

Well, on to writing.  I’ll be posting again in the next week, so keep checking back here for more updates!

And remember: Never wear the red Starfleet uniform tunic.  EVER

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

EDIT: Almost forgot.  I mentioned Bowl Games in the title and didn’t even discuss this one!  I’m pleased that my Michigan Wolverines are facing off against South Carolina, even though this is going to be a very tough game to win.  How are you guys liking you teams’ bowl games?  Feel free to share!