Sea of Dreams promo video

I have just put together the first video for The Subtle Alchemy series, specifically the first book, Sea of Dreams. It was done through a very cool new site,, that allows you to create videos online using existing footage and animation. The video is now available on YouTube from the Jade Rabbit Media channel. […]

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Sea of Dreams contest

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case 450 words. As you might have guessed from the various posts on the site, I am interested in the visual arts. In particular, I have been trying to visualize the world of Sea of Dreams. The book cover is one part of this visual […]

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The time traveller’s dilemma

[A story inspired by two photos: one of my father’s and one of mine] The problem with time travel, like with life, is that you don’t remember everything that happens to you. You come and go across time, but somehow you forget where or when you’ve been. Like finding a receipt for a shop you’ve […]

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Artistic legacy

Earlier this year, I was visiting my parents. While I was there, my dad gave me a collection of digitized images from slides he had taken between the late 50s and mid 70s. Going through them was a very odd experience. Apart from the familial history that I discovered, I had an odd sensation seeing […]

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Mark-making in the digital age

Viewing Rothko to Richter: Mark-making in Abstract Painting at the Princeton Museum of Art, I was struck by the concept of mark-making and what the making of mark signifies. The exhibit explored the ways in which certain abstract artists in the postwar period explored the form of painting. More specifically, the exhibit engaged with how […]

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Adaptation not annihilation

I have been visiting Jordan for the first time. A relative of mine, who has lived here for a year, said the country is the fourth poorest in terms of water in the world. He was saying how they get a monthly water delivery to the tanks on their roof. If you run out of […]

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The Mitchell Theorem

[This story is a riff on “The Clock That Went Backward” by Edward Page Mitchell] During my early teens, I was sent, for a week each summer, along with my step-mother’s son Henry, to stay with our Aunt Eva on Mount Desert Island. Every June, after the school year was over, my dad would drive […]

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Sea of Dreams fashion

One of the things that I tried to do with Sea of Dreams was to ground the world building in plausible reality, even the fashion. One aspect of this was the idea that clothes could be downloaded with different patterns so that one physical outfit could have different styles. This article from GigaOm points in […]

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