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Here’s a teaser from a short story I’m currently working on titled, “Rogue”
“The onshore breeze slipped around the water logged boles and through the exposed roots of the mangroves bringing with it the scents from the mudflats; rotting seaweed, brackish water and dead fish. Sweat caused his shirt to stick to his back just under his shoulder blades as he readjusted his rifle sling and peered into the dark latticework of the jungle ahead.
Somewhere within the primordial depths of these swamps and glades lurked the four hundred pound, silent killer of men that Jonathan had come to track down. He knew the beast would test all of his skills, all of his bushcraft and knowledge of jungle lore besides presenting him with the personal, physical trial these things always distilled down to every time he undertook them. Any mistakes meant death and he counted on his prey being the first to commit one in the days and maybe weeks to follow.
A gang of rhesus macaque hooted and scolded him from the safety of the tree tops, their antics serving to refocus his attention to the present task at hand.
He noted the direction in which the pug marks lead and, moving off to the side a few yards so as not to spoil the tracks, Jonathan slipped into the jungle after them.”
Here is the second tentative cover. I am leaning towards this one as it is a cleaner, more simplistic look.
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I am a firm believer in the acquisition of empirical knowledge over propositional knowledge.
Real life over book learning.
This is not to say that learning from books has no value rather that it should be part of the whole learning and life experience.
For me to tell you that you can “only live your life but you can read someone else’s” is actually disingenuous. Case in point, anyone who read Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” back when it came out in 2003, found out later that they had read a total lie.
To achieve what Kierkgaard referred to as Erfahrung, we need to get out and get face to face with the world around us, that, in order to understand the diverse and multi-faceted nature of the world, of humanity and of the human condition, we need to get out and meet it and talk to it, to recognize and immerse ourselves in the experiential nature of human epistemology. You simply can’t select a book by a “diverse” author and think you will comprehend their experience, their life.
You may acquire some insight by doing so, but to think you’ve found some sort of touchstone of diversity and, thereby an enlightened perspective is fantasy.
This is not to say I am discouraging people from reading as much as they can, on the contrary.
I think you should read as much as you can when you are not out exploring both near and far, meeting all the many people who may or may not look or think like you and having simple conversations.
I began working on a short story submission recently and, of course, the idea has snowballed.
“Listening” was originally supposed to be a science fiction short set on a space station orbiting Jupiter close to Europa.
So, naturally, I begin to wander around in the cavernous expanse of my own imagination…
Does this story have the chops to be something more?
Holy bovine! Do I know how to overcomplicate things or what? I have to resist the temptation to keep going and going. Maybe in the future I could revisit these wonderful ideas, but for now its really important to keep the original goal in mind and write what I intended.
Remember there is such a thing as a word count limit for a short story submission.
And a deadline.
Keep on writing and edit later.
Its okay to dream big but finishing what I originally intended to start is more important to me as a writer.
Write some more.
Finish what you start and achieve the small goals you set for yourself each day.
Everything else will work itself out in the end.
Back to Laxmi Station; Colonel Jannik De Aguila needs to safely dock the Martian cutter “Mobius”.