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Word of the day: Friktison

Clean Slate Protocol

No, I’m not wiping out my blog and starting again–sorry Jack.  No, I’m lifting the title from Iron Man 3’s Tony Stark, because it’s a nice through line to the announcement of the July 5th release of Tabula Rasa: A Short Story Anthology, edited by Natalie Rix and Lozzi Counsell and published by Monnath Books.

Now, this is of particular interest to me as my story “Butterfly Wings”, will be appearing for the first time in print in Tabula Rasa.  It’s been 20+ years since I last had short fiction published, and this is the first themed anthology I’ve appeared in.  To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.

So, take a first look at the book–and a brief glimpse of “Butterfly Wings” opening paragraphs to whet your whistle.  You can pre-order Tabula Rasa: A Short Story Anthology from Amazon for the Kindle now, and print copies will go on sale the day of release.

Tabula Rasa: A Short Story Anthology

Tabula Rasa: A Short Story Anthology, edited by Natalie Rix and Lozzi Counsell and published by Monnath Books.

 

Tabula Rasa - Butterfly Wings

Tabula Rasa – Butterfly Wings by S.D. Campbell

Go get this book–you’ll not be disappointed.

Cheers,

Sean

 

Word of the day: Friktison

Another Blast from the Past: Mobile Web Services

I’m continually amazed at how long ‘old’ internet posts and articles stick around.  While doing some digging into into a Java AJAX library for work, I ran across an article I had written for Java Developer’s Journal in 2003 titled “Mobile Webservices with kSOAP.”

Granted, this is a archived soft-copy of the print magazine article I’d written, so one might expect it to have a bit of longevity.  That said, it’s interesting to look back 14 years at the state-of-the-art Internet and mobile technologies and compare them to where we are today.

As for me, I now have a teenage daughter and my most recent print article isn’t about Java or web services, but Canadian Destroyers–“The ‘Rolls Royce Destroyers’: Canada’s First Made-to-Order Warships” is now available for download at Canadian Naval Review.  No need to hurry though–you might still be able to get it sometime in the next 14 years.

Cheers,

Sean

Word of the day: Friktison

Sean’s Word of the Day Redux: Friktison

fr·ik·t·i·son (friktison) /ˈfɹɪkʃən̩/ noun.

–noun
1. The rubbing of one fictional manuscript or literary work against another, esp. those of an author and their children: My mother just started writing short stories and dropped her submission in the mail with mine; it’s been causing friktison.
2. Conflict, as between fiction authors having dissimilar ideas, interests or genres: My brother and I have had some friktison between our short stories.

Cheers,

Sean

Tin Can Canucks

Tales of the Tin-Can Canucks

The Royal Canadian Navy celebrated it’s centenary in 2010.  In 2014 the RCN celebrated 100 years of Canadian Submarines. Coming up in 2020 it will be 100 years since the commissioning of Canada’s first Destroyers HMCS Patriot and HMCS Patrician.  It will be the centenary of Tin Cans (destroyers) and Tin Can Canucks (destroyer sailors) in the Canadian Navy.

Tin Can Canucks: HMCS St. Croix

HMCS St. Croix

While there have been some fabulous books on various classes of ships in Canadian service–written by Canadian authors I deeply admire like Ken Macpherson, Julie Ferguson, J. David Perkins and others–I have yet to see a book published that looks at the story of destroyers in Canadian service.  So, in advance of 2020 I decided I had to write one–and call it… (drum roll)…

Tin Can Canucks

While I work on the manuscript, I wanted to share some of the amazing stories I’ve unearthed in my research–stories of men and ships and circumstances that are very much uniquely Canadian (including shelling the American west coast, surviving a monster gale on the way to Bermuda, or breaking up a mutiny on a merchant ship amongst other).  So those I think are most interesting–or frankly if I think I need a blog post in a jiffy–I’ll post here over the next few months.

I hope to have Tin Can Canucks completed this summer, and from there we will see how she goes.  In the meantime, I hope my readership (minuscule as I assume it to be) will enjoy reading these tales as much as I enjoyed writing them.

If you read one or more of these tales, and are interested in getting a copy of the book once it’s published, please leave a comment to let me know–I’ll post how to get a copy once I have that sorted out 🙂

Cheers,

Sean

A Late May Haiku

Leaping
Buddha has a neko nature
Graceful and pure

Sean

Sean’s Word of the Day

c·p·u·i·cide /siːpiːˈyuːisaid/ noun, -cid·ed, -cid·ing.
–noun
1. the intentional destruction of one’s own computer equiptment: They beat the printer with a baseball bat; it was cpuicide.
2. the self-destruction of one’s computer: First the fan went, then the whole thing committed cpuicide.

Cheers,

Sean

More Poetry

Just for a lark, I entered the CBC Calgary Cowboy Poetry Contest with this haiku:

Dusty chaps
worn like the rough varmint
Sunburned rattler

Not one of my best granted, but when it’s got to be three lines, and you have to include three specific words, you don’t have much to work with. Still, I’m pleased. Not that I have a hope in hell of winning 😉

Cheers,

Sean

UPDATE: Well I wasn’t even picked as one of the top three, but there was another haiku (better than mine) see it (and vote for it) here.

Haiku of a Cold Morning

Wind
Like a blade; freezing
Mountain rivers

Cheers,

Sean
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Sean’s Publishing credits get another WAP

Just found a couple of old articles I wrote on WAP for Linux as published on Linux.com. I’d completely forgotten about these. I guess I should add them to my published credits 🙂

Cheers,

Sean
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Sean on an Academic Reading List?

You got it! While bumming around the web the other day I came across a link to my Zend.com Article Web Services with NuSOAP listed on a reading list for a Comp Sci course from the School of Engineering, the University of California, Santa Cruz:

Reading List – Hypermedia and the Web

Sean has hit the big time! Now if only Zend would publish my next article in a timely manner 🙂

Cheers,

Sean
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