Write what you know, it is said.
Well, I know what I'm curious about. So, I tend to start from there. Getting to explore fascinating questions is one of the core aspects of what I value so much in being a writer. About a year ago I wrote a blog entry about something else I'm passionate about, theology. I recently brought together my love for Sci-fi and theology.
If there's one thing that's for sure, it's that the world is an ever-changing place. We are constantly confronted with new questions that challenge our assumptions about the world, introduce us to new ethical conundrums, and in general make us take a good long look at your worldview (well, those of us willing to actually live purposeful lives and not content to just go through the motions).
So I got to thinking about how the discovery of an intelligent species might affect my religious views as well as the faith of millions of people. Like I said, I wrote a short blog post about such a possibility in the past. But I didn't want to just leave that idea there. So I wrote a short story.
I've only just recently finished this story, which I've titled, "Our is a One Way Journey." I'm currently submitting it to science fiction magazines, which can be a slow process with no guarantee of publication. But I do feel that this is the best short story I've written to date. And a friend who has read a good bit of my writing (and, more importantly, not always liked it) definitely feels its among my best work. I was also honored to have an author who has published with my favorite Sci-fi magazine take a look at this story. His feedback was instrumental in my revision process.
At any rate, because I am always eager to share what I'm working on with interested readers, I am currently giving exclusive access to the current draft of the story to subscribers to my mailing list. This includes anyone who signs up this week. So, if you're curious and would like to read "Ours is a One Way Journey," I'd be honored to have you sign up for my mailing list and share with you the private link to the story.