Author Archive | martin edic

Are books software?

They are now. But I’d argue that they were the original software: they help you learn things and skills, they are communication tools and they are easily reproducible. And now they actually are software, as digital files. I’ve been thinking about this because I’m teaching, with two others, a launchpad class of twelve software startups, […]

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Perfection and Imperfection in Meditation

“The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful, the first question I ask, is why do I think it’s not beautiful? And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. If we can conquer that dislike, or begin to like what we did dislike, then the world is more […]

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Crows and triggers

I’ve been searching for an action point in my novel to move it towards a climax. A trigger of sorts. Today, while walking (actually more like slogging through the slush) it came to me as an image. I’m introducing a lot of crows to the scene. We have a flock here in the city that […]

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The art of ending, novels and paintings

I’m almost done with my novel but I’m stuck on how to end it. This appears to be a fairly common problem with writers in general but it is still frustrating. I’ve gone through my bookshelf looking at endings by authors I respect. A surprising number of them abruptly kill off a main character: Gatsby, […]

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Bus Excursion: Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and negative ions

This Sunday, with its record-breaking warmth for mid-November, seemed like a perfect day to take a trip I’d been thinking about for awhile. Grab a Portland bus, ride through the ghetto, cross into Irondequoit and get off at Sea Breeze to walk through the park and along the beach to my mother’s neighborhood. A lovely […]

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