Sunday, 26 February 2012

Alive again

 Sorry for the lack of update. I've had problems with the VPN I was using. The Chinese government tends to change their great firewall quite often and this causes problems for people like me who are trying to get around the good old censorship.

There's been a lot going on recently. I'm not long back from India and the school term has started again. The trip was good. I felt I found what I was looking for there: a community of people that were looking. It was nice to be able to go the tea shop and just chat with people about meditation and other things without having to feel out the ground first. Nice just to know that I'm not alone.

The place I ended up was called Tirruvanamali. It's not too far from Chennai and is famous for the Ramana Ashram. I ended up in Tirruvanamali not for the Ashram, but because that's where my mother was a novice nun quite some time ago. I just kind of stumbled upon the other part and ended up staying.

During my time Tirruvanamali I did one of the Goenka retreats. This was ten days of silence and meditation in the Vipassana tradition. I don't want to go into too many details about it,but I think it was a worth while experience for me. I guess I will see with time.

On the writing side I have started trying to get my second novel, Bardo, published. I've started by looking for a agent, but if this doesn't work I'll move on to looking for a publisher. It's not a easy task. When I was working on “Paradigms” I thought getting the book finished would be the hard part. This time I know better.

I've also started work on the third book, which I have been struggling to come up with a catchy title for. It's about colonization, but all of the nice titles I come up with seems to have been taken, or have other books with similar titles. I'll hopefully figure that out by the end. Besides I've only written up to chapter two so far.

In other writing the meditation I sent to the upper room was published a few days ago. It's nice to have there little successes now and again to perk you up.

Anyway, this is a quick summary of what's been going on. I should be able to keep things more up to date from now on.

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