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The End of Reading

Books seem endless, don’t they? And books are endless, I guess. There are always new books being written, authors self publishing, new ideas coming up.

The non-romantic truth though is that the majority of books are crap. Achieving the mastery of writing is no easy task, and a fantastic book is harder to find than an authentic Gutenberg Bible. So, good books are quite limited, and very celebrated.

Unfortunately for myself, I can now say that I’ve read to the end of my favorite genre… science fiction and fantasy.

The end came as the result of a systematic ravaging of the genre. I’ve gone through many, many lists, and read the books listed title by title. NPR’s 100 Best Fantasy and Science Fiction books. Hugo Award winners and runners up. Nebula Award winners. Random lists on Amazon and GoodReads. Random recommendations.

Around the end of last year, I reached the last few “Popular” titles that I’ve left to the end of my genre journey, and for the most part, they have been consistently crap.

How the hell do you go back to reading “normal” books when you’ve spent a decade with astronauts, elves, and alien races?

I don’t know.

And I’m really sad.



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On May



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What do you do when you’re a person who hates sound?

I hate sound. I’ve hated sound since I was a kid, but the horrible part is that as I grow older, I’m becoming more and more sensitive to sound. And I’m not even 30 yet!

I’m always on edge, and the smallest sounds feel like someone is consistently scraping a million nails against a chalkboard plastered over every surface of my body.

What do you do when you’re a person who hates a fact of life? I think this is how people become serial killers.



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On April



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The Making of AndFarAway’s Red Converse

As a part of the world-wide #MadeByYou Converse campaign, I was invited to customize a pair of white Chucks.

Glaring white… I can’t keep them white, of course.
Making of AndFarAway Converse

I started out with a sketch on Illustrator. It’s so hard to “think” without using software. A paper and a pen are great, but I’m so used to CTRL+Z.
Making of AndFarAway Converse

I sketched the illustration with a pencil and a Sharpie.
Making of AndFarAway Converse

Afterwards came the colors, and tools I haven’t used in years and years.
Making of AndFarAway Converse

I started filling in…
Making of AndFarAway Converse

Starting to look good!
Making of AndFarAway Converse

And starting to get messy…
Making of AndFarAway Converse



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