Maria Haskins was born and grew up in Sweden, but has been a resident of British Columbia, Canada since the early 1990s. Currently, she lives just outside Vancouver with her family – a husband, two kids, and a very large dog. She has had several books published in Sweden, and Odin’s Eye – a collection of science fiction short stories – is her English language debut.

In addition to being a writer and blogger, she is also a certified translator, translating between Swedish and English.

Time to chat with Maria!

What is your latest book?

My latest book is ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’. It’s a sort of poetry-anthology. It includes one book of poetry called Cuts, the first one I’ve ever written in English, and translations of my three previously published Swedish collections of poetry.

Cuts_Maria_HLast year I also self-published Odin’s Eye, a collection of science fiction short stories. The stories are set in an unspecified distant future when humanity has colonized parts of the solar system, and are also exploring outer space. My stories deal with things like artificial intelligence, cloning, human colonization of alien worlds, and how human life on Earth has been affected by conflict and environmental problems. And aliens: there are definitely some aliens, too! One of the themes running through the book is how human beings and society are affected by technological change. I’d say that the focus in my stories is on how technology affects human beings, the human experience, and the human condition, rather than on the specifics of the technology itself.

odins-eye-cover_20How did you choose the genre(s) you write in? Or did they choose you?

I feel like I’ve written poetry, fantasy and science fiction pretty much my whole life.

I’ve been a huge fan of science fiction ever since I was a child. Books like Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation-series set me on that path, just like Tolkien’s and Ursula K. Le Guin’s work made me fall in love with the fantasy genre. There’s just something about these kinds of stories set in other worlds (whether alternate fantasy worlds, or sci-fi future-worlds) that appeals to me very strongly. Part of it is that there’s a freedom in the storytelling, and in what you can do as a writer (and what you can expect as a reader) in those kinds of stories. I have written other kinds of fiction, and I do write poetry as well, but science fiction and fantasy are definitely my first loves when it comes to both reading and writing, and that’s my focus as a writer right now.

I’ve written poetry since I was a young teenager. It was a way to express myself and use my creativity, but it was also a way to process everything I was thinking and feeling. That’s the way it still is for me. It’s almost like a safety valve, and it was definitely a safety valve when I was a teen.

What really changed the way I thought about poetry, and how I wrote poetry, was when we read T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land in high school. I still have the printout of the poem we were given in class. Eliot’s language, and the way he mixes and blends the strange and the familiar, memories and literary references… that made a huge impression on me. It made me realize that you could do things with language that I hadn’t realized were even possible before that. You could sort of paint your feelings with words on paper. The Waste Land is still one my favourite poems. I come back to it all the time and still find it very inspiring. It is such a strange and beautiful poem, almost like a hallucination or fever-dream. Reading The Waste Land opened my eyes to the fact that things don’t have to “make sense” in poetry (or prose, really) for you to understand them. Interestingly, even when I had terrible writer’s block, I would still write poetry occasionally because it was so much more immediate and visceral, perhaps, than writing prose.

What are the greatest challenges in writing short stories?

Probably creating a sense of the place and the world your story is set in without a lot of exposition, and also giving the reader a feel for your characters without using pages and pages to do it. But that challenge is also what makes writing short stories a lot of fun! You have to really think about what NOT to say, just as much as you think about what you DO say: keeping some mystery rather than explaining things thoroughly. One of my favourite short stories is Ray Bradbury’s The One Who Waits, about a strange being that lives “like smoke in a well”. It’s brief, enigmatic, haunting, scary, and totally awesome. And Bradbury’s prose is just perfect in that story. That is sort of my gold standard for what a short story should be.

What’s the greatest challenge in writing poetry?

I’d say that it is getting at the emotional truth of what it is you want to say, and not lose sight of what, exactly, you’re trying to express. That’s what I aim for when I write, to focus on a feeling or mood and express it in words the way I feel it in my own mind. Often, that means NOT writing what comes to mind first, but digging deeper and not be afraid to be strange and weird. It usually also means paring it all down to the very core of what you’re feeling, even if that can be painful.

A poem in my latest collection ‘Cuts’ is called ‘Pain in Progress’ and it was written when I found out that a friend of mine had died from cancer. She was close to my own age and it hit me so hard: the finality of it, that death can come for someone you know and all of a sudden they’re just not part of the world anymore. I basically wrote that poem in a day, just in the pain of missing her, anger at death and cancer for taking her away. Everything was so raw and close. It was painful to write it, but there were so many feelings just screaming to get out of me. It was a way to talk to myself and others about that grief and pain.

Another challenge when I was getting my collection of poetry ready for self-publication was translating my old poetry, written in Swedish many years ago, into English. That was rather daunting, but also kind of exhilarating: to revisit those poems that I wrote many, many years ago and almost reinterpret them into English. Translating poetry is tough, that’s why there is that famous quote about “poetry is what gets lost in translation”, because it’s so hard to capture the exact meaning, rhythm, and nuances of one language when you translate a poem into another language. There is no way to do it without losing something of the original along the way, that’s just the nature of the beast, but at least in my own case I knew what I originally meant to say. It was gratifying to translate all that poetry, to read it again and experience it again, and actually capture it – to some extent at least! – on the page in English.

What else have you been working on?

After self-publishing Odin’s Eye, and my collection of poetry last year, I’ve been working a lot on short stories and flash fiction mainly fantasy and science fiction. I have two short stories coming out in the next Mind’s Eye anthology, and I also have a short story in an anthology from Inklings Press called ‘Alternate Earths’. It’s a science fiction / alternate history story, and different from the kind of writing I’ve done before: it’s my first time diving into alternate history. I am really excited to be part of those two anthologies!

Having our work out there to be judged by strangers is often daunting for writers. Do you have any tips on handling a negative review?

It’s hard. It’s tough to deal with somebody saying that they don’t like something you poured your heart and soul into. I’m not great at handling it to be honest, but I try. I try to at least not take things personally. One thing to keep in my mind is that not every reader will like your work, regardless of how good a writer you are. And sometimes you can learn from it as well: that’s the good and scary part about criticism, when it points out actual flaws in our work!

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?

I’ve written stories pretty much as long as I can remember. It’s always been a part of me, and it’s always been something I do.

Are you an early bird writer or night owl? And do you have any must haves like coffee, chocolates, wine, music or something else?

My life is pretty busy with kids, a dog, and a part-time job as a translator, so I try to grab whatever moments are available. If I could pick, it would be to work before noon, and maybe late nights after everyone else has gone to bed. I find that my creativity is probably best earlier in the day, but late nights are pretty good for editing and poetry. As for must-haves, I must have my cup of extra strong tea, and sometimes I like listening to instrumental music as well.

We all know the old saying; you can’t judge a book by its cover. This is true. However, how much importance do you place on your book cover design?

I think covers are important. They are not everything, but they can definitely help. When it came to Odin’s Eye, I was really lucky, or maybe it was serendipity or fate or whatever. Anyway, once I had decided on the title, I stumbled on an image of the Helix nebula online: it’s a nebula that looks like a giant eye in space. Sometimes it’s been called the “eye of god”. It was such a perfect image for the book, and I knew immediately that this had to be the cover. Luckily for me, the picture was in the public domain! I was so pleased with how that cover came out, and I still get a thrill every time I see it. I have thank Caligraphics for designing that cover!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you get around it?

I suffered from a very bad case of writer’s block for a few years. There were a lot of things behind that. One thing was that my two wonderful-crazy-nutty kids came along, shifting my priorities and changing my life: and I am so deeply grateful for them, but yes, having kids did affect my writing. I was used to just being able to write whenever I felt like it, and suddenly that wasn’t really possible anymore. I also wanted to switch from writing in Swedish (I was born and grew up in Sweden, and my first books were published in Swedish) but I was terrified of writing in English, and extremely worried that I’d just suck at it. There were several other factors at play too, things I can kind of see now, but wasn’t able to really see clearly at the time. Getting out of that hole was very hard. I actually started blogging as a way of getting back into writing: just to write something, anything, even if it wasn’t fiction. I also took a course in technical writing which was helpful: again, I was writing and learning about writing, but without doing the “dreaded” fiction-thing. It was a very slow process to get back to fiction writing – almost like overcoming a phobia! What I had enjoyed doing more than anything else suddenly became a source of anxiety, even fear, so I avoided it. I’m very happy to be back to fiction-writing and I know it might sound odd that you’d ever have trouble doing something that you love… but there it is. These days I try to live by Karen Blixen’s words: “Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.”

Where do you live now? If you had to move to another city/state/country, where might that be?

I live just outside Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, I think. If I had to move somewhere, I’d either want to move back to Sweden, where I’m originally from, or to Maui. I’ve been to Maui a couple of times, and that place is just magical. I do know I always want to live fairly close to the ocean. Not necessarily beach front, but somewhere where you can get to a beach without too much trouble. I think there’s just a fundamental, deep connection between humans and the ocean and I don’t want to be too far away from that.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Least favorite food?

I love food. I love eating it, reading about it, and cooking it. Well, OK, maybe I don’t like cooking every day, but I do usually enjoy it. It’s hard to pick just one dish… I love spicy food, Chinese food, I love pizza, sushi, I love steak, and I love all kinds of seafood. But if I had to pick just one thing as a comfort food, it would probably be fresh bread with butter, and maybe cheese: simple but so good you just can’t stop eating it. Least favourite food would include oysters. I’ve tried them cooked every which way, but I just don’t get the attraction.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

One of the best gifts I have ever received was my Kindle e-reader. My husband bought it for me even though I had told him I didn’t want one. These days, I can’t imagine my reading life without it. Another great gift was a ring my mom gave me after my grandmother passed away. It was my grandmother’s silver ring, adorned with this large crystal. It’s a piece of jewelry that I remember my grandma wearing many times, and whenever I wear it I feel like she’s a bit closer to me.

If you are a TV watcher, would you share the names of your favorite shows with us?

I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore, but Game of Thrones is definitely must-watch TV for me. I love George R.R. Martin’s books, and I’m not sure I’m all that crazy about the deviations from the books this most recent season, but it’s still a gripping and well-cast show. Past TV-shows I love include Firefly (I’m still not over that it was cancelled after just one season), Star Trek the Next Generation (Picard!), and Lost, a show I was absolutely obsessed with. Through my kids, I’ve been introduced to Adventure Time and I really love that show: it is completely and insanely warped and trippy, but brilliant.

If you could add a room onto your current home, what would you put in it?

A separate writing room for me. I don’t have a separate room for me to write in right now, though I do have a good writing space in the house. And I’d love to add a library: a library with my computer desk, and a ton of books on all the walls: that would be ideal.

What’s your favorite film of all times? Favorite book?

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is definitely my all-time favourite movie, though I have other loves as well. The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca rank very high on my list as well! My favorite book would be The Lord of the Rings. I never get tired of it, and by now I’ve read it so many times that I’ve lost count! Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle is a very close second, though.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 7.37.31 PMJonathan William Miller was born in Owenton, Kentucky, on July 7, 1968, and has lived most of his life in Central Kentucky. He is the youngest of three sons of a Baptist minister father and a schoolteacher mother. He attended public schools in Nicholasville and graduated from the University of Kentucky, majoring in journalism. After college, he worked at various newspapers as a reporter, sportswriter and website developer and producer in Texas, Arkansas and Kentucky. In the mid-1990s he began writing serious fiction.

Time to chat with Jonathan!

What is your latest book?

On Your Own, short stories and vignettes about people who feel alone and disconnected from the world.


What are the greatest challenges in writing short stories?

Making sure the reader knows where the story is going early on and making it interesting enough for them to want to go along for the ride.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

Let me answer this by saying I love when characters pop up out of God knows where and start talking. There are no living models for these people. They just appear and I’m really just a vessel for their performance. This is very rare for me. I have a couple of those characters in On Your Own that I’m still wondering where they came from and feel very fortunate that they dropped in for a visit.

Were you “born to write” or did you discover your passion for writing later in life?

I would probably be classified as a late bloomer. I didn’t write much when I was young because I didn’t read much. Reading was a chore, especially when the outdoors beckoned. I had older brothers and we played whatever sport was in season. The act of reading meant sacrificing play time and that was not going to happen. At night I was too tired from play to read. My mom challenged me when I was, I think, 10 or 11, to read Where the Red Fern Grows. She wanted to see if I could read a book from start to finish. After a few pages I was hooked. I loved the boy’s friendship with his dogs and the hunting scenes. The ending touched me in a way that embarrassed me but it made me acknowledge that the writer had done something significant enough to produce an emotional response. That was the first time I thought of writing as a noble act. I wrote a few stories for school assignments as a kid but didn’t start writing serious fiction until after college. You are a writer when you write for yourself and for no pay.

Having our work out there to be judged by strangers is often daunting for writers. Do you have any tips on handling a negative review?

I feel as though I have tough skin and thin skin. I want everyone to enjoy my work but I also know that that is impossible. I would strongly urge all writers to edit their work vigorously until they can’t improve it anymore. If you re-read it and it produces the emotion you are seeking, then that’s all you can ask of yourself. There will be an audience for your work. Those who do not like your style or your subject are simply walking out of your theatre. Hopefully their seat will be occupied by another who enjoys the show.

Are you an early bird writer or night owl?

I like to wake in the morning thinking about the story I’m working on. I picture the character at the beginning of the story, and I walk around with him or her and go through the conflicts and I look for details that might be missing from the manuscript. Then I will prop myself up and take the story off the nightstand and get to work on it. I’ve tried working at different times of the day and it just doesn’t seem to produce the same magic that the morning does.

What have you done to market your novel and what did you find the most effective? The least effective?

Rather than having a book signing at a book store, I decided to throw a book launch event and invited friends and work colleagues. We will have beer and wine, appetizers and live music. It’s not going to be expensive either. We got the hall for free, friends offered to help with the food. And I have lots of musician friends who offered to play the event at no charge. We’re asking each friend to bring a book-loving friend who I don’t know. I have heard about nightmare book signings where very few people show up and books go unsold. I wanted this to be a fun night, a night of celebration. There will be a sign-up sheet for my newsletter, T-shirts with the book’s cover on the front for sale, and, of course, my paperback with the option to have it signed.

How did you choose the genre you write in? Or did it choose you?

This is an interesting question that I would like to address a little bit differently. There seems to be a lot of tension with traditionally published writers vs. indies, and genre writers vs. literary fiction writers. I would like all writers to take a step back and not be so quick to be judgmental or get their feelings hurt. Whatever genre your natural talent pulls you to, that’s where you belong. If you wish to write in multiple genres, then your talent is guiding you to do that. Writers should not feel they are in competition with other writers. Your only threat is not performing up to your ability. There’s enough audience for all of us. Even if you don’t have a large audience, you still accomplished what you set out to do. So keep at it.

What else have you written?

I’ve written a novel, a screenplay and poetry. I’m not entirely comfortable in any of those forms. I feel the short story is my natural habitat. I wrote the novel just to see if I could do it, but I think critics would say it’s really just a long short story. I like the quirky challenge of the short story, whereas, the novel seems too big and bulky for my arms to get around.

Is it important for you to know the ending of a book before you write it? The title?

I’ve written stories both ways, where I knew the ending and when I didn’t. I prefer not knowing the ending. It seems to be more interesting to me if I let the characters and the situations sort themselves out during the process. Of course, during editing, the early version is almost wiped out completely. I’m more of a re-writer than a writer.

The title should come naturally out of the story. If it doesn’t, then you’re probably not thinking clearly.

Are you a fast typist? Does your typing speed (or lack of it) affect your writing?

I compose all of my fiction in longhand. I feel I can hear the characters’ voices better. Pencil on paper is a soothing sound. The tap, tap, tap of a computer keyboard I find to be a major distraction. And, plus, my fingers and hands get tired and my posture suffers. I can write longer (and better) with pencil and paper.

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Do you have any advice to a new author if they asked you whether to pursue the traditional route to publishing or to start out as an independent writer?

If it’s important for the writer to be published traditionally, by all means, pursue that route. But if the door is slammed in their face (as it was for me) I would urge that they self-publish. You have to do all of the leg work when you’re an indie, but the reward is so great. There are hurdles upon hurdles to jump to self-publish, but you gain confidence and wisdom after each hurdle is cleared.

How would you define your style of writing?

Simple and precise. At least that’s what I’m aiming for: simplicity and precision. I want the reader to feel as though they’re walking through the story and can see and feel everything that’s going on. I don’t want to attempt acrobatic feats with words or use flowery language or show off an education I don’t possess. I want the reader inside the story to feel like they’re seeing the action and not listening to a story being told to them. The perfect world would be for the reader to be so lost in the story that if they were to see my face on the back of the book they would say, “What is he doing here?”

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you get around it?

I don’t think I’ve ever suffered from writer’s block. That may be because I don’t write every day. I write when I can avoid it no longer. This may sound sacrilegious to professional writers who force themselves to write every day. This does not work for me. I write when I feel I must.

I do suffer from story block from time to time. There will be a character or a situation or dialogue or an ending that I’m not happy with and it will bother me until I work it out.

Where do you live now? If you had to move to another city/state/country, where might that be?

Lexington, Ky. Hawaii would be nice for a while. I think I would like to live in Europe for a while and bum around there some, but my wife would probably get sick of it before I would.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I’m a frustratingly good golfer. My wife says I’m good enough to spend too much time and money on it, but not good enough to actually make money at it.

What music soothes your soul?

Whenever I’m upset, disappointed, hurt I turn to Pink Floyd’s best years: Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. The Beatles and Led Zeppelin are also favorites. I feel as though John Lennon and I would have been very good friends.

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Watching movies from the 1930s-1950s. The old black and white movies where they film what cities looked like and the way people dressed in the old days really touches the historian in me.











DougCooper2As a child, Doug stood on a Florida beach and watched an Apollo spacecraft climb the sky on its mission to the moon. He thrilled at the sight of the pillar of flames pushing the rocket upward, and the excitement of that time inspired Doug to pursue a career in technology. He studied chemical engineering in college, and he works as a professor and entrepreneur when he is not writing. His passions include telling inventive tales, mentoring driven individuals, and everything sci-tech.

Your books are part of a series. What’s the story about?

The Crystal series currently includes the books Crystal Deception and Crystal Conquest, the short prequel Crystal Horizon, and I am now writing Crystal Rebellion, due out in 2016. These are stories about people, and I enjoy futuristic settings, so that’s where my characters live.

On the surface, the cast sounds a bit like a comic book—there’s Sid the spy, Juice the scientist, Cheryl the military officer, and Criss the amazing AI (artificial intelligence) crystal. But I’ve worked hard to make the story hold together with a reasonable suspension of disbelief, and readers seem to enjoy the books, so that’s a rewarding outcome.

A broad arc for the story is the threatening activities of the Kardish, a space-faring race with Earth in the crosshairs. The aliens possess overwhelming force, yet Criss and his human partners confront them. I’ve worked to make the stories exciting, suspenseful, action-packed, and fun escapism. I leave it to readers to decide if I’ve succeeded.


You write futuristic thrillers. Often, elements of science fiction books of the past are a part of today’s reality. Do you see any elements of your novels becoming a part of tomorrow’s reality?

While my stories have fantastical elements, I believe most of the technological achievements they describe will come true in one form or another. In the not-too-distant future, we will have artificial intelligence, fast space ships, biomechanical androids, life-like projected image displays, energy weapons, cloaking devices, amazing communication systems, and colonies on the moon and Mars.

I think we move to an unknowable future when we contemplate elements like gravity on spacecraft, faster-than-light travel, or first contact by an alien spaceship. But these are fundamental components of today’s science fiction, and readers seem comfortable accepting these possibilities.

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If you were to advertise your book series on a bumper sticker, what would it say?

Aliens, spies, AI, romance, battles in space!

Some authors, like me, always write scenes in order. But I know some people write scenes out of order. How about you?

I write my scenes in the order they will appear when published. The fun thing about this is that my books are written in a rotating point of view style and don’t always follow a straight timeline from chapter to chapter. So, I write a story that does not follow a strict timeline sequence, and that rotates among the viewpoints of the central characters, in page order.

And to really make it fun, I don’t allow myself to go back and change a previous scene to help me solve a challenge with the current one. To me, plot development is like solving a puzzle. I enjoy being at a particular point in an adventure, with characters deployed here and there, all with histories and in certain situations, and now I must move forward in a plausible and entertaining fashion.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of the editing. How about you?

I edit as I go. And as I write, I will look back and tweak pages here and there until I can read a whole scene without stopping. I can usually achieve this in five or so passes. And during this time, I edit for sentence structure, word selection, line breaks, showing not telling, replacing passive voice with active voice, continuity, and anything else that draws my attention at that time. Writing new lines for a story is equally slow. I can take a minute to write one sentence. And then five more messing with it.

But my key to success is persistence. I write every day for two or three hours. And slowly but surely, I write books. It took me a year each to write my two full length books—Deception and Conquest—in this manner. Both are 95K words. I expect a similar length and timeline for my work in progress, Crystal Rebellion.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

My characters surprise me pretty much every time I write, which is why I can’t plot ahead. The conversations are the wild card. I can describe a setting or have action take place and stay on track. But once the characters start talking, all bets are off.

In a verbal exchange, a character will reveal information I had planned on holding back, note something that becomes a flaw in my plot, or make a quip that takes the scene in an unexpected direction. I don’t fight it. I embrace it. Discovering what’s going on in a character’s mind is one of the thrills that keeps me writing.

Is it important for you to know the ending of a book before you write it? The title?

I write my books in order, and that begins with the title, which, to me, sets the tone for the project. With that said, picking a title isn’t a complicated process. I choose a word to combine with Crystal that evokes in me a sense of huge possibilities and unknown mysteries. With my mind ready for the adventure, the story begins.

I reached the 20K word mark on my current project, Crystal Rebellion (doesn’t the word Rebellion conjure all manner of mysterious possibilities?), before I began speculating about the ending. I have some ideas I am excited about, so I know I will like how it turns out. But I won’t really know what happens until I write it. I’m excited to find out, and that makes me look forward to writing.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

I was surprised—pleasantly so–the first time I received a review that discussed how the plot might have unfolded differently from the way I wrote it. Since then, I’ve received a number of reviews where the person has ideas about a character, a relationship, or a plot line that differs from how I wrote it.

It’s gratifying to know that a reader is invested enough in the story to think through details of how it might have evolved differently, and then to reduce those ideas to writing for the world to read. I feel rewarded knowing my stories have impacted readers at this emotional level.

We all know the old saying; you can’t judge a book by its cover. This is true. However, how much importance do you place on your book cover design?

A book cover drives impulse purchases, and so good ones are vital to the success of a commercial project. For web-based sales, how well a cover scales to a thumbnail size is equally important. For my three covers, I worked with talented designers at I sought a retro look—shadowy figures in futuristic settings—that reminded me of old science fiction. I’m not sure how they are doing as far as impulse sales goes, but I like them.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known five years ago?

I wish I’d known how much I enjoyed writing stories. I would have started earlier!

Where do you live now? If you had to move to another city/state/country, where might that be

I live in Connecticut with my lovely wife, where we enjoy the four distinct seasons, the rolling hills, the lakes and forests, and the history of the region. So far in my journey through life I’ve lived for at least a year (in order) in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Colorado, and Connecticut. My wife and I have discussed moving to the West Coast at some point. In fact, we are spending a week touring Oregon this summer to see if it might be a good fit for the future.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

That would be a toss-up between when my wife agreed to marry me, and the birth of my son a few years later.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

I’m a dreamer, so my answer would depend on the day you ask. Over the years I’ve dreamt of being able to play the piano and guitar; of being a world-class athlete; of having the temperament of a diplomat, the brilliance of philosopher, the courage of an astronaut, and the focus of a surgeon. At this writing, I would choose the skill of furniture making. It’s a wonderful art form, and as a bonus, it’s a hobby that yields a useable product. I’ve made a few items over the years, but I think I lack that calm and deliberate patience required to be good at it.


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