The Next Book

No cover. No blurb. No release date.

Only a title:

Desolation’s Wake

More details forthcoming.

Ant Eggs and Tadpoles (The Many Tastes of Thailand)

In last week’s post I promised photos highlighting oft-overlooked Thai dishes.

As you might’ve guessed from the title, this is that post.

Below are 16 photos. I sorted them roughly from most ordinary to most unusual.

These photos may make you queasy. I won’t hold it against you very much if you choose to close your browser window before reaching the bottom.

You’ve been warned.

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Photos from Thailand

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Northwest Thailand

Has it really been a over a week since I returned from Thailand?

It’s great when a country exceeds your expectations. Thailand certainly turned out to be a much different place than I’d expected.

I felt exceedingly safe throughout the trip. Bangkok was far cleaner and more modern than I’d anticipated. Chiang Mai was a nice quiet place to spend a few days.

Thailand has it’s quirks of course. But what country doesn’t?

Needless to say, I can see myself paying Thailand another visit.

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Ten Days

Tomorrow I’ll set off for ten days in Thailand.

It’s been a year since I last left Taiwan. Though a year may not sound like a long time, it’s surprisingly the longest unbroken stay I’ve had in one country since I first ventured to South Korea over five years ago.

This also happens to be my first trip to Thailand. How I’ve managed to live in Asia for five without making it to Thailand I can’t say, especially considering that Thailand is one of the continent’s most popular tourist destinations.

I guess I just like to do things a little differently than most. Perhaps that meant making Thailand wait.

I’m not bringing my laptop, but I won’t hesitate to write in a notebook if I hear a few sentences rattling around in my brain. It’s been a few months since I released anything, so I hope this trip will provide me an opportunity to pen one or two brief stories to tide you over until the next installment of The Northland Chronicles comes out this summer.

Being laptopless doesn’t mean I’ll be completely out of touch. I’ll still have my tablet (Is it even possible to travel in 2015 without Google Maps?), and I’ll be keeping an eye on my inbox. Don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

I know, I know: Ten days without Henry! It’ll be rough, but I trust you can keep things together until I get back.

Keep it real. I’ll be sure to share photos with you upon my return.

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The Greatest Innovation in Reading — Ever

Thousands of years have passed since mankind invented the written word. In that time many innovations have further improved upon this ancient art, to the benefit of both reader and writer alike. For example:

  • Well before the birth of Christ, the Phoenicians and Greeks pioneered alphabets that allowed the common man to learn how to read and write with ease.
  • In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, ushering in the age of mass communication.
  • The 19th century witnessed the introduction of the paperback, a development which lowered the price of books considerably.
  • In the early 1990s Al Gore invented the internet paved the way for speedy and unlimited access to online reading materials.
  • On a simmering July day in 1994, Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com, a service which now delivers affordable books all across the globe.

From scratchy letters carved in stone to books delivered to your doorstep overnight, reading has come a long way. Yet despite the indisputably brilliance of each and every one the above innovations, none can compare to that which I am about to show you.

For today, ladies and gentlemen, together we cross boldly into the final frontier of the written word: the shower.

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Now We’re In Business!

Business CardsWell, lookee here. After much delay, I finally have my own business card.

I toyed with a few different designs before going with the style above. One side of each card lists my contact information, while the other side features one of three book covers.

Moo, the service I used to print the cards, made it easy for me to print multiple designs in a single order. In fact, they allow up to 50 unique designs per order. That means I have 47 more books to write before I run up against the not-so-proverbial “Moo Wall.”

(Writing 47 more books should only take me a year or two, right? Maybe three years if I allow myself to indulge in a few hours rest on Easter and Christmas.)

Anyhow, in all seriousness, the cards look great! I chose the gloss finish option and I couldn’t be happier. Although I uploaded ready-to-print images I’d designed myself, Moo also has user-friendly tools to help you quickly create your own professional-looking cards.

Interested? If you order cards using this link, you’ll get a 10% discount and I’ll receive credit to apply to my next order — a next order that, having seen the quality of these cards, I’ll undoubtedly be placing soon.

The AHA! Moment

There is something magical about those wee hours before the sun rises. Maybe it’s an internal thing, a chemical state you can only experience when you should rightfully be fast asleep. Or could it be that a creativity-inducing substance permeates the heavy night air, only to evaporate at the first hint of dawn?

I, for one, am unwilling to discount any possibilities.

Two ideas collided in my brain well before sunrise this morning. But rather than exploding on impact and leaving a trail of fiery wreckage in their wake, the two ideas instead merged into one, perfectly coalescing into a greater whole.

Speaking concretely, let’s just say I realized that I have been working on two separate but related projects that should be packaged together. The stronger, more ambitious project will consume the one not quite capable of standing on its own, and both will turn out better for it.

The progress meters on the sidebar tell more of the story. That is, if you’ve been paying attention.

Now, if you’ll kindly allow me to leave you with an a-ha moment of your own …