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The FutureScapes Writing Contest, 2016 Theme is Cities of Empowerment.

The FutureScapes Writing Contest, 2016 Theme is Cities of Empowerment. They specifically reference HG Wells, and Star Trek in their examples of works that have inspired our lives.

What does the idealized future, 30 years from now, look like to me?

As a Libertarian and Science Fiction fan, this could be fun.

Some ideas off the cuff.

Technology, voting and running for office from the home computer/tablet/social media.

Using Liberty as the primary focus. Less government, and more crowd sourced solutions.

Google Voice empowering the blind and deaf.

Schools built on competition (open enrollment, and specialized training programs). Are they funded by taxes, or other means? Product Tax (ei: lotteries, but ones where 90% of all funds go to the schools not the lottery admins; or, Schools that produce product for purchase).

Voters rewarded (through business contributions) for positive results, on mutually agreed upon metrics. Balanced Budgets, increased economic growth, lower crime rates.

Elderly, Physi…

Expectation leads to premeditated disappointment

"Expectation leads to premeditated disappointment". That's a phrase my dad enjoys using. 
I recently wrote (here) about reading The Shack, by Paul Young.
A fiction novel, it deals with real and tough emotional responses to God, and it was the most profound book I've read in years. I was subtly, but throughly effected.

I'm learning now to "let go, and let God" in an entirely new way. It's not about not caring, in fact, my caring increased. It's about relaxing into his arms. Trusting him in new ways. Gaining new perspectives.

I've always treated life as though it were a race from one destination to the next. "What do you want from me?" was my common question to God.

It turns out, he doesn't. He's not asking anything of me, not really. He has desires for me. Plans. He would like to work with me and through me to accomplish great things. But....

It's not as though there's a checklist that I'm getting further and further b…

If you were only as smart as a rock...

"Steve! I've been doing it ALL wrong." Daniel turned his attention to friend, "I've wasted so much time and energy."

Steve thought he was a great friend, for a pet rock. They met while Daniel was hiking a trail one day. Steve was just sitting there, on the side of the trail, just larger than a softball. His charcoal gray dotted by flecks of fools gold and purple quartz. Daniel always said that he knew instantly that they were meant to be good friends.

Steve was watching his friend intently, from his perch upon the desk.

"I've been beating myself up for decades." Daniel put his copy of The Shack by Wm. Paul Young down on the desk beside Steve, who eyed it with curiosity. "Every morning waking up at 5:00 am, getting to my Prayer Chair, going through three chapters of the Old Testament, one chapter of the New Testament, working through my prayer list, first for the Israel, then the nations, then the USA, then each family member, friend, and fin…

Practice: Re-write another author.

So, from what I can tell By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz (Author), is a decent story. But I'm having a heck of a time getting past the first 10 pages. He is confusing. I like some of the phrasing he uses to paint a picture of the idea, but he uses too much. So much, in fact, that the idea he's trying to paint may be lost.

I'm pretty sure he's trying to say it was a heck of a hot day here, but this is what he says:

"The expired day lay buried in the earth, in the asphalt. Unseen but felt, its ghost haunted the Arizona night: a hot spirit rising lazily from every inch of ground that Dylan crossed."
I'm like... what? I suppose it would be fine if these phrases were scattered about, amidst more plain writing. Instead, it feels as though this complicated word choice is in every paragraph.

So I am left to ask myself, how would I write that, but still use his idea?

"The expired day lay buried in the asphalt, the hot Arizona spirit rising to haunt Dylan a…

Observation: Expectations and Requirements

In The Shack (here) by Wm. Paul Young, Mack finds out that God has no expectations of him, no requirements. God fulfilled everything in Jesus.

I had to ask myself, how often do I follow into this pattern of "Expectation". When I had my first big surrender, in 2002, I asked God "What do you want from me?!" in a very frustrated tone.

I just now (2016) realized that He doesn't want anything from me, not really. He wants ME. Relationship with ME. He wants to experience life together, as a fluid motion. For God, it really is about the journey and not the destination.

It's not about what I accomplished for him. There's no tasks list, to-do list, nothing I must get done before leaving earth, or be counted a failure. There are opportunities that I could miss to jump in and participate, but that's what they are, opportunities.

I am free to put my list down, stop feeling like I'm "behind", and just live. One day, one prayer, one decision, at  time.

W…

DRAFT:: White Noise, Episode 1, The Tower - As of 04/03/16, In Progress

Episode 1 - The Tower
Stree Noise
Desc: Ash is sitting in a coffee shop when his train of thought is interrupted by commotion outside. He sees beyond the veil into the supernatural realm for a moment, and takes down a homeless man who attacks him.

Notes: Theron Ashland sat sipping on his large mocha java chip frappe', inside the Grounded Cafe', staring out of the window at nothing in particular. Images flashed before his mind, images of wars, actions taken to defend his homeland.
Out of the corner of his eye, through the window outsideThe Grounded CafĂ©, Ash saw two men dressed in black combat gear duck behind a car. Coolness rushed down his spine, and his muscles tensed. He reached for his side arm. He shook his head, and looked again, they were gone. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD that was the diagnosisthey’dassigned him. Ash relaxed and sank back into the leather bound chair; alone, in the corner of his favorite coffee shop. Always keep your back to the wall, be near the m…

Darrell's Reading List


Here are some books I've been reading lately:
  • Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). The story of a young Hacker girl, who went on a wild adventure into the supernatural realm beyond trying to save her mom, but saved her self too in the process.
  • Saint: A Paradise Novel (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). He's an assassin, or is he? He finds a secret to his past that unlocks supernatural abilities, at a cost.
  • For a full list of all my book suggestions, see my Amazon Store.

Other sites I follow: