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April 5th, 2004

Mission statement

I hereby declare this journal a small space wherein I will continue to meander aimlessly.
In November 2002, I did the National Novel Writing Month competition, writing 50,000 words in less than thirty days. I finished the resulting science fiction novel, "Lonely Distance", in a matter of a few weeks. I wrote it as a first person narrative, chatty in the way my favorite letters or weblog posts can be. But I made my narrator a fellow who gains an obsession with a "space alien" with whom he can communicate only virtually. My goal was to explore the inner experience of obsession, though a wordy, self-absorbed narrator, and to watch obsession fade and something else, maybe something a little nobler, replace it. It's about the passage from one phase of living to another, from the fever to the stony cold to the cure.

blithering notes about being compassionate about the universe, after the infatuation with the stars has diedCollapse )

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