A Brief Update and Photos

Hello All,

A lot has been happening in my world, though not around here. I’m not going to get into it all now, but suffice it to say: seismic shifts have been occurring across my personal landscape. After about 12 years of living in Korea I have returned to Canada. I’m hoping one of the things this change will do is bring me back to my writing, but one thing it has definitely done is bring me back to photography, my first creative love.

So as sharing is the thing to do here are some of my favorites I’ve taken since returning. If you’d like to see the full gallery instead of this slideshow format you can find it here: http://jeffxilon.smugmug.com/August-October-2014/

And if you know an easy way to show a Smugmug gallery in a WordPress post then please, let me know.

I’m Going to Buy Some Matt Wallace Books for Some People

Ok. So one of my favorite authors is having a 24 hour $1 sale on his books to help out a mentor and friend of his. You can read all about it on Matt Wallace’s Blog. The sale is live on this page.

I’d like to help out, but I already own all of Mr. Wallace’s books that are available for direct purchase from him. SO, I’m offering to buy up to 50 people a Matt Wallace e-book. Hit me up on twitter, comment on this post or email me at jxilon [AT] hotmail [DOT] com. Payhip doesn’t seem to have a gift option so if you want a book you’ll need to give me your email address so I can send you the .ZIP file containing multiple formats of the book.

One book per person and if 50 people don’t take me up on the offer before the sale is over then I will donate the balance of the money I would have spent directly to the fund for helping out Bobby Lombardi. Also, please don’t ask for a book you already own a physical or digital copy of. I’d like to help out Matt Wallace with some new eyes on his material as well as help raise money for his friend. Honour system only on that point, obviously.

P.S. – I’m going out to dinner right after I post this, so it might take awhile to get back to any early takers.

ETA: Home now and no takers yet. I’ll be going to bed soonish, but I’ll fulfill any requests that come in overnight (up to the 50 person limit) when I wake up.

P.S. – I just feel like gifting some books of an author I want to see more people reading, I’m spending the $50 on the cause one way or the other so please feel free to get in on this.

Reading Plans For 2014

I got some good reading in last year, but, like most things last year, my reading fell short of what I’d hoped for. The biggest failure was not succeeding at the 2013 Women in Genre Reading Challenge from World’s Without End. My other big reading fail of 2013 was buying way too many ebooks, digital comics, and audiobooks. My ‘to be read’ pile would probably fill up a couple rooms in our apartment if it were physical instead of digital.

So, reading in 2014 is going to be about addressing the mistakes of reading in 2013. My two big goals are succeeding at my reading challenge this year (a Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color Challenge) and cutting a large swath through my TBR pile.

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Chemex, Day 2

The 2nd Batch

The 2nd Batch

So awhile back I read Chuck Wendig’s post about his new coffee snobbery. Reading it made me desperately want a Chemex. I’m not really a coffee drinker, but I’ve always wanted to be. I enjoy ritual with food and drink and have always wanted to have a nice, slow, enjoyable coffee making process. Unfortunately I could never really get over not liking most coffee. My wife picked up a Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine a couple years ago and I found I did like the milk and coffee drinks it made (the Latte Macchiato in particular) but never the straight up coffee.

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Flash Fiction: The Invisible Encyclopedia

Hey folks! It’s been awhile since I did one of these but over at Terribleminds awesome author Chuck Wendig has launched his first flash fiction challenge of the new year. In this case we were offered two lists of 20 items each. Roll a die or use a random number generator to pick a word off each list and voila – you have your flash fiction title. Oh, and you can add “The” as needed.

So I rolled and ended up with “The Invisible Encyclopedia”. Read, enjoy.

The Invisible Encyclopedia

You might call it, and some have of course, Monopsychism, Unus Mundus, the Collective Unconscious, or the World Soul, but we call it The Invisible Encyclopedia and it’s in danger. Someone out there has gone into business for themselves. We don’t know who they are; we call them The Editor. My name is Ha Sung Hwa and along with my friends Lila Molesky and Basel Rizk we’re hunting The Editor.

We’re trying to anyway, but it has NOT been going well.

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