Standing on Your Own Two Feet
For reasons beyond the control of both J. Z. Colby and the host Matt Schulz, the Colby Ghost Hunt on the Queen Mary on 8 December has been cancelled.
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice was just published, with a description, excerpt, and link to the PDF on the Youth Futures blog.
All of the art and other stuff about the Queen Mary have been moved to the new Queen Mary page, and the author has begun drafting the information for the ghost hunt he will be doing there later this year.
Although it really began slowly more than a decade ago, PERMAFROST THAW AND BOREAL BURN appears to have increased greatly this year, so the question mark was removed on the Future Timeline page. Also, ARCTIC SUMMERS ICE-FREE was moved to the 2018-2020 block as it looks like the arctic will tie or set a new record low this year, but not melt completely.
J.Z. Colby gives an honest but frightening analysis of the current situation in the Arctic, and how quickly it could bring our civilization to an end, in the Youth Futures blog.
An excellent analogy by Chris Martenson for our current climate-change siutation has been posted to the Youth Futures blog.
On the Future Timeline page, the Earth Overshoot Day has been added to all past years, as calculated by the Global Footprint Network. Also, due to on-going geopolitical friction, NUCLEAR WAR and POPULATION PEAK were moved into the current year, but left questionable at this point.
A flowchart of the general disruption and collapse process taking place on Earth has been added to the Future Timeline page. It is partly based on the insights of author Dmitry Orlov.
The author explores the possibility that the current pro-war rhetoric has a deep psychological funtion related to Climate Change on the Youth Futures blog.
On the Future Timeline page, a time-temperature graph has been added to help explain the current global climate situation.
The author explains the terminology of referring to events as different shades of swans on the Youth Futures blog.
14, 18, 22 February
The author made several minor changes on the Future Timeline page.
On the Future Timeline page, the "Doomsday Clock" of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was added to each year on the timeline for which the Clock was updated, with a summary of the concerns that caused the update, as written by the Bulletin.
With a change in leadership in the USA, and several such changes probable in Europe during the coming year, the threat of nuclear war has greatly lessened so, on the Future Timeline page, the NUCLEAR WAR item was moved from 2017 to the 2018-2020 block. The same changes of leadership mean the BROWN YEARS BEGIN item in 2017 ceases to be questionable.
A slightly-updated Media Kit is now available. Also, as of this date we are no longer using Facebook because it runs so poorly on a slow rural internet connection.
Part of a good essay by Kurt Cobb, on climate change in the justice system, was posted on the Youth Futures blog. Also, on the Future Timeline page, BROWN YEARS BEGIN was added to 2017 and (on 29 December) CORAL COLLAPSE was moved to 2016, but left questionable.
The long-promised new section on the Preparation page, "Step 8: Take civilization with you," has finally been completed!
On the Future Timeline page, most of the questionable items that were feared might come to pass in 2016 were moved to 2017. The POLITICAL POPULISM, RECORD TEMPERATURES, and ARCTIC/ANTARCTIC UNSTABLE items were added to 2016, and the question mark was removed from the ULTIMATE TIPPING POINT item (and "soil carbon loss" added to its description). Also, because of the current and deep-seated trend of political leaders blaming other countries for all their problems, the questionable NUCLEAR WAR item was moved up to 2017.
Cecelia Harper, an honorary Nebador citizen, passed away after battling cancer for about 15 years. She was a reader, critiquer, and proofreader of the entire NEBADOR series, and was deeply involved in the production of the dramatic audiobooks of NEBADOR Books One, Two, and Three. She described herself as "a Christian, a mother, a dancer, an actress, and a spunky coworker." She will be missed, and perhaps now knows more about Nebador than the rest of us.
In the Youth Futures blog, J. Z. Colby reflects on the ideas of being witnesses, and persevering during hard times for the purpose of training, prompted by several questions about the farewell letter at the end of NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia.
After news that 58% of the Earth has now experienced at least a 10% bio-diversity loss, the BIO-DIVERSITY COLLAPSE item was added to the 2021-2025 group in the Future Timeline.
All editions of NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia are now available!
NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia is now available in hardcover, with Medium Print paperback, Large Print paperback, and Global paperback editions coming very soon. It includes the new novella Escape from Sonmatia Two by J. Z. Colby, ten previously-published short stories by past winners of the NEBADOR Writing Contests (2010-2014), the narrative about King Zolko's people on Sonmatia Four, and three new short stories by the winners of the Last NEBADOR Writing Contest (2014-2016).
Based on a thoughtful analysis by Prof. Sujoy Ghose, the following changes were made to the Future Timeline:
ULTIMATE TIPPING POINT was tentatively added to the current year based on temperature, Arctic sea ice, and Carbon dioxide data.
RAIN FOREST COLLAPSE was moved from the 2021-2025 block to the 2017-2020 block (and reworded) based on evidence that they are close to, or at the point of, being net carbon sources.
MARTIAL LAW AND FASCISM was moved from the 2021-2025 block to the 2017-2020 block as a logical consequence of other events projected for that timeframe.
Tarrant Co. Youth Advocate Program, Arlington, Texas, won a set of 6 large print NEBADOR books, and a large print Standing on Your Own Two Feet.
After considering recent news from Canada, the item PERMAFROST THAW AND BOREAL BURN was moved to the current year on the Future Timeline.
Reminder to all aspiring young-adult writers: the Last NEBADOR Writing Contest is entering the home stretch, with final drafts due 30 June 2016. The winner(s) receive Great Silver Pieces and publication in NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia. I already have a first draft from both a girl and a boy.
The first draft of the novella Escape from Sonmatia Two, which will appear in NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia, was completed today, and the author has commissioned Sidney Oster to do the cover art.
12 and 18 December
The items on the Future Timeline were finalized for 2015.
Preparation Step 7 is about building your first "house."
22 and 27 September
Based on recent events in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, a MASS MIGRATIONS topic was added to the current year on the Future Timeline page. Also, an ARCITC item summarizes the sea-ice situation and gives the most recent, and very worrisome, Methane levels.
Preparation page, Steps 4, 5, and 6, are all about food. Enjoy!
Also, a well-written family bonding experience has been placed on the Reviews/Articles page. It's a good example of what several families have told me.
The introduction, Step 1, and Step 2 have been posted on the new Preparation page for those of you who have been asking for some hard, cold climate-change preparation advice. Step 3 is coming soon!
Both editions of NEBADOR Trilogy Three are now available! The Young Star-Seekers Editions (paperback, 7" x 10", 12-point type) are the least expensive ways to get the complete NEBADOR stories in print. Also today: a new Media Kit with Trilogy Three added.
The Paperback Global Edition of NEBADOR Book Nine: A Cry for Help is showing up at all the retailers who use the Ingram wholesale system.
All editions of Book Nine are now available, and the Media Kit has been updated accordingly.
After the recent death of Rachael Hedges, the NEBADOR cover artist, the author has determined that she signed and numbered very few unsold Fine Art Prints before her passing, so they will no longer be available.
NEBADOR Book Nine: A Cry for Help, the conclusion of the epic NEBADOR saga, is now available free (by order of the Muses) in PDF and Kindle, with EPUB coming soon. Although not free, the Hardcover Library edition is also available now, with Medium Print, Large Print (in 2 volumes), and Global Paperback (from any bookseller) coming soon.
Rachael Hedges, the cover artist of NEBADOR Books One - Eight, passed away on this day in her home town of Roseburg, Oregon. She left behind many deeply-moving works of art, and writings that attempt to express her understanding of the mystical qualities of the universe.
Her web site, Art on Line by Rachael, which shows many of her drawings and paintings, is preserved for the enjoyment and enlightenment of others.
J. Z. Colby, at her request, has taken on the task of assembling her wisdom and inspiration, both words and pictures, into book form to be shared with the world.
NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center: Outlook For June 22-28
R1-R2 (minor to moderate) radio blackouts are expected ...
S1-S2 (minor to moderate) solar radiation storms are expected from 22-24 June.
G1-G3 (minor to strong) geomagnetic storms are expected on 22-23 June as effects from 3 coronal mass ejections impact Earth.
JZC: The G3 is the one to watch in case it becomes G4 or G5. NOAA Space Weather Scales (PDF)
Update, 25 June: It got up to G4, but I haven't heard of any damage, and it didn't get to the more dangerous G5 level.
Pope Francis releases his encyclical Laudato Si ("Praise Be to You" or "Blessed Be"), one of the most important leadership events of recent centuries. Although it is a synthesis of existing knowledge, it will at least serve the purpose of helping to reveal who, in leadership positions, is willing to sacrifice the Earth and all life on it for short-term comfort and profit. The pope's most memorable statement, in the author's opinion, is: "If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us."
Cellini Fine Gifts in downtown Portland, Oregon, that used to carry autographed NEBADOR books and MP3 CD audiobooks, is going out of business. They ceased to do well at the same time as the entire economy, about 2008. The author can send an autographed book plate to anyone who would have ordered an autographed book from them. Also, the NEBADOR audiobooks, in addition to downloads from Audible.com and Apple iTunes, can still be received in MP3 CD format directly from the author.
After getting some art and collectibles in his attic prepared and listed for sale, a collectible item the author would never part with was added to the Author page: The Touch of an Autumn Fairy, from Disney's Fantasia.
A 4-page screenplay treatment is now available for free downloading as a PDF to go with the first NEBADOR screenplay.
The first NEBADOR screenplay is now available for free downloading as a PDF, or as a printed paperback at minimal cost. It covers the story from the first three books of the series:
NEBADOR Book One: The Test
NEBADOR Book Two: Journey
NEBADOR Book Three: Selection
I just completed the draft of the first NEBADOR screenplay! I'm going to take the rest of December to polish it, then it will be available for free downloading in January. Whew!
Happy Thanksgiving! Remember, it's not just about eating.
I found a new fallacy for the Fallacies page, and the NEBADOR screenplay is more than 2/3 done!
The author just returned from a visit to the Queen Mary where a ghostly influence first touched him 3 years ago and began some of the most important inspirations for Book Eight. On this visit, he was able to visit that same spirit in her home, and also get familiar with a another part of the ship that just might be the location of a story that has not yet been written. This trip also allowed him to add 2 new items to his Queen Mary collection, 1 book and 1 video.
The author has written a summary of the Ebola Virus Disease threat on the Youth Futures blog.
The author's workshop at the Northwest Fall Equinox Festival was great fun. We sampled wild foods, pretended to be cougars, and otherwise explored Personal Power tools. The audio is on the Reviews/Articles page.
Webster Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado has won a set of hardcover Books One, Two and Three (along with a few extra goodies because it's a school).
Today is the 100th anniversary of the passing of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon. A mere half-century earlier, they were one of the most numerous birds in North America, possibly the world. Their extinction was completely anthropogenic. Where have we heard that word before?
J. Z. Colby began writing the first NEBADOR screenplay, which is based on the first three books of the series. The Muses willing, it feels like it might be finished about the end of the year.
All of the EPUB editions of the NEBADOR series (except Book One, of course, available here for free) are now available from Kobo.com.
Notice has been posted on the Review Club page that it will close to new members on 31 August 2014, as that is the latest time they could get caught up with the series and be critiquers of Book Nine.
The first draft of NEBADOR Book Nine: A Cry for Help, the most important book the the NEBADOR series, and the longest, was completed today!
The free download codes of Books One - Three from Audible.com ends tomorrow, so we will not be giving out any more codes after today.
Are you afraid of ghosts? NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness is out! It is available now in Kindle, EPUB, and Medium Print paperback, and the Large Print will be coming along very soon. The Global Edition will be available from bookstores in 1-2 months. It is dedicated to a real ghost who seems to have helped me write it, and the people who work with her.
Also, a new version of the NEBADOR Media Kit reflected the occasion, although some editions and retailers of Book Eight are still in process.
The Hardcover Library Edition of NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness is now available! It was just an accident that it came out first this time. The paperbacks will be out in about a week, and the Global Edition available from bookstores in 1-2 months.
The winner of the 2013-14 NEBADOR Writing Contest is Kathleen Tully, 16, of Iowa, an honorary Nebador citizen, with her short story The Magic Needle, which will be published in print with all stand-alone editions of Book Eight: Witness, and with Kathleen's permission, also here on the web site (after the print editions are released).
The final read and polish of NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness was completed today! Tomorrow I play (and go see a play).
Only 12 days left before the deadline for this year's NEBADOR Writing Contest! The next (and last) NEBADOR writing contest has been added to the Contests! page, which will run for 2 years and the winner(s) will be published in NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia.
With the listing of the Book Three dramatic audiobook on Apple iTunes, the NEBADOR audiobook production is now complete. Many thanks to all the actors of Lumiere Players for their time and talents!
We have 25 codes good for FREE downloads of the Dramatic Audiobooks of NEBADOR Books One, Two, and Three from Audible.com. You have to have or open an account, but don't have to buy anything or use it any further. The first 25 people to write and ask for a code will get them! We'd appreciate reviews on Goodreads.com, LibraryThing.com, Facebook, or by email, of course. Good through 23 July 2014, and will only work with a high-speed internet connection.
The dramatic audiobook of NEBADOR Book Three: Selection is now available on Audible.com, and will soon also come to Amazon and Apple iTunes.
Ariane Lardo has completed the Book One preview page in French. She can be hired for English-French translations at www.odesk.com.
On the Fallacies page, the Conflict of Interest section has been greatly expanded, and the Anthropic Principle added.
The author has commissioned Ariane Lardo to translate the French preview page for Book One, and Veronique Cartier has agreed to translate the rest of the book on a royalty basis, Both translators are native-French speakers, live in France, and are experienced with literary material. They can be hired at www.odesk.com.
The dramatic audiobook of NEBADOR Book Two: Journey is now available on Audible.com, and will soon also come to Amazon and iTunes. Book Three: Selection should be ready in about a month.
It was recently discovered that the MP3 CDs and their slimline cases for Book Two are incorrectly printed "7 hrs 31 mins" instead of the correct length of 7 hrs 18 mins.
The painting displayed with the 6 November 2013 Youth Futures essay has been identified and credited. It was It's Turtles All The Way Down by Kenneth Rougeau.
California Virtual Academies just won a set of 4 Large Print NEBADOR books from the Give-Aways page!
The dramatic audiobook of NEBADOR Book Three: Selection is now available as an MP3 CD from Cellini Fine Gifts in Portland, Oregon. They will ship anywhere in the world. It contains the complete, unabridged story, all illustration in JPEG, and the short story Buna's Search. A new version of the Media Kit reflects this and other recent changes.
Today, the climax chapter of the most important book of the NEBADOR series was drafted: NEBADOR Book Nine: A Cry for Help, Chapter 84: The Snake. The Muses willing, it will be released in the summer of 2015. It begins:
In the early afternoon of that very unusual Thursday in Capital Park, a squad of unarmed soldiers arrived on foot to shoo the kids off the armored tank and free the men within. They were under orders of keep an eye on the perimeter of the park, but not clash with the people or the city police.
Pitter Patter Day Schools in Pennsylvania just won a set of 4 Large Print NEBADOR books from the Give-Aways page!
The dramatic audiobook of NEBADOR Book One: The Test is now available on Audible.com, and will soon also come to Amazon and iTunes. Book Two: Journay should be ready in about a month, and Book Three: Selection about a month after that.
Spelling it out For Your Man: Insider Secrets to Sex, Love and Attraction for Men and Women
by Julieanne O'Connor
Martin Sisters Publishing
Recently published, this is the first book to quote the NEBADOR series, specifically the most important line of the entire series:
"Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet, with a smile on your face, in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you."
The short story Buna's Search by Shadow Buffalo-walker, winner of the 2012-13 NEBADOR Writing Contest, is now in audio (7MB) narrated by Bethany Ford, the voice of Buna in the audiobooks. It will be included with the Dramatic Audiobook of NEBADOR Book Three: Selection in early 2014.
The Inspirations page now has a complete list of the Muses, old and young, and reveals which ones influence the author most.
The short and full-chapter samples of the Book Three dramatic audiobook are now on the Audiobooks page. The audiobook (MP3 CD) is expected to be available in early 2014.
The Japanese preview page for NEBADOR Book One: The Test is now ready. A translator for the entire book into Japanese has not yet been commissioned. The author offers 75 percent of royalties for complete book translations.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and especially Seattle Childrens Hospital who just won a set of 6 Large Print editions from the Give-Aways page.
A major new item about one of the serious limitations in human nature, Perceptual "Dead Zones," has been added at the bottom of the Fallacies page.
The new Gifted Youth page lists all the many kinds of giftedness, what gifted people (of any age) need, how the NEBADOR stories might help, and some of the author's experiences with those who fight against giftedness.
The author has hired Aiko Kimura, a freelance translator, for the Book One preview page in Japanese. She is a native speaker who now lives in Australia. She is available for hire at www.odesk.com.
The new Super Menu is now available (second item down on the menu), a complete site menu with pretty pictures, explanations, and links to all sub-pages. Also, the complete list of ways to get free NEBADOR books, that used to be at the bottom of the Give-Aways page, now is located on its own page called Free Books.
We are trying some new web page usage counters. They require a graphic to be loaded from another web site, which normally we don't like to do. Please let us know if they cause any trouble.
Another item from the author's private art collection can be seen on the Author page.
The new Quotes page displays the showcased quotes from each NEBADOR book, some other good quotes from the NEBADOR books that people have noticed, and other quotes that the author likes and that seem somehow relevant. Additional suggestions welcome!
The author has discovered another painting of a Queen Mary ghost, presumably Jackie Turin, which can be seen at the bottom of the Inspirations page.
The audio from the author's Personal Power workshop at the Northwest Fall Equinox Festival at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon, is now on the Reviews/Articles page.
The audiobook cast got together for the last time to party and do final make-up recording for the dramatic audiobook of NEBADOR Book Three: Selection. Pictures are on the Lumiere Players page.
Union Block Marketplace Antiques & Gifts, in Newberg, Oregon, which carried the complete line of NEBADOR books and audiobooks, has gone out of business.
Another Media Kit version to fix a couple of incorrect pictures, but no information changes.
All six editions of NEBADOR Book Seven: The Local Universe are now available!
A new version of the NEBADOR Media Kit is now available that includes Book Seven: The Local Universe.
Links to the Kindle ebooks that are available from Amazon Canada are now on the Where to Get It pages.
NEBADOR Book Seven: The Local Universe is out! Medium Print Paperback and Kindle are available now, with Hardcover, Large Print, Global Paperback, and EPUB coming in the next few weeks. It includes the short story Buna's Search by Shadow Buffalo-walker, winner of the 2012-13 NEBADOR Writing Contest.
Both print editions of NEBADOR Trilogy One have been revised to fix several typos that have been found, although it will be a month or 2 before the revised hardcover edition can be ordered from bookstores.
All editions of NEBADOR Book Three: Selection have been revised to fix several typos that have been found, although it will be a month or 2 before the revised global editions can be ordered from bookstores.
Shadow Buffalo-walker, 18, in Wyoming, is the winner of the 2012-13 NEBADOR Writing Contest with her story Buna's Search, which will be published along with NEBADOR Book Seven: The Local Universe in the very near future.
All editions of Standing on Your Own Two Feet have been revised to fix the 2 typos that have been found, although it will be a month or 2 before the revised global edition can be ordered from bookstores. It's still available FREE to (or for) any young adult directly from us!
Last Friday, the author did short reading from all six published NEBADOR books at the First Annual Celebration of Serendipity Playhouse in Vancouver, Washington. The audio is on the Reviews page.
Sorry about the web site problems. We're working to fix them, and should have them licked this afternoon. ... Okay, everything looks good now.
The Book Four preview page now has the complete text of Chapter 8: An Unexpected Ceremony.
The Give-Aways page begins today with free books (or sets of books) going to the first person (or organization) who claims them and fits the give-away description.
The Book Two preview page now has the complete text of Chapter 32: Trial by Teeth, the Book Three preview page now has the complete text of Chapter 5: Lights, and the Book Nine preview page now has many more views of the model of the setting, a top-secret military facility.
The Dramatic Audiobook of NEBADOR Book Two: Journey is now available from Cellini Fine Gifts in Portland, Oregon, with shipping available.
It will soon also be available from Lumiere Players, the theater company who helped produce it, and Union Block Marketplace in Newberg, Oregon, where most of the cast lives.
The NEBADOR Review Club now has places for a few young adults (20 or younger) with good qualities. They can win books, prizes, maybe even money for honest and well-written reviews or critiques!
The NEBADOR Media Kit has been updated to include the release of the Dramatic Audiobook of Book Two (coming this Saturday) and a few minor corrections.
The Book Five Preview page now has the complete text of Chapter 19: The Sonmatia Four Puzzle, with the illustrations. The Preview pages for Book Seven (coming 2013), Book Eight (coming 2014), and Book Nine (coming 2015) also have complete chapters.
The NEBADOR cover artist, Rachael Hedges, has just unveiled her newest masterpiece, The Passing of Sagittarius, a huge painting destined to inspire those who seek to understand the mysteries for centuries to come.
The Dramatic Audiobook of NEBADOR Book Two: Journey has been completely recordrd, edited, checked over twenty different ways, and will go out in the mail tomorrow to the manufacturer! It came to 7 hours and 31 minutes, and a sample is on the Audiobooks page, the first time we hear Melorania.
Today I completed the first draft of Part 1 of Book Nine, tentatively entitled A Cry for Help, which introduces a fascinating new character who has an essential role to play in saving her planet from destruction by its own people. It came to 44,250 words, so the book might be a long one. I recently started the preview page for Book Nine with a model picture and a sample chapter.
Rachael Hedges' original cover art for NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness can now be seen on the Book Eight preview page.
At noon today, the first draft of NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness was completed! Now I'm going on a long walk in the hills to contemplate Book Nine, which the Muses started pouring into me about a month ago.
The last make-up lines for the Book Two audiobook, and all the primary recording for the Book Three audiobook, were completed today!
The author has begun posting essays to the new THINKING 101 series that will share good ideas from philosophers, psychologists, and others all throughout history.
The authors shares a few thoughts on gun violence in the Youth Futures blog, and how it all might relate to an even more important subject.
The author has written a special essay for the Youth Futures blog that explores the possibility of actually CELEBRATING the end of the world on 21 December 2012.
CCNow, a current retailer of the NEBADOR Dramatic Audiobooks, will be ceasing operations on 31 December 2012. To provide a safety margin for orders in process, the links will be removed from the NEBADOR web site on 20 December 2012. The audiobooks will remain available from Cellini Fine Gifts in person, by phone, or by email (shipped anywhere).
The author talked to lots of wonderful people and signed books at Union Block Marketplace in Newberg, Oregon, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. This was the First Friday Art Walk in that town, and the signed, limited edition fine art prints were on display, which can be ordered directly from the artist. Kearsten Hill, one of the author's young-adult audiobook voice actors, and her partner Marco, helped out.
The NEBADOR Media Kit is now available in PDF. It will be updated periodically, and the date of the current version is listed with the link on the Home page.
Signed and numbered, limited edition archival fine art prints of the cover art for NEBADOR Book Three: Selection are now available from the artist Rachael Hedges.
Several new items have been added to the author's Queen Mary collection on the Author page.
Planet Earth, Earth Mother, Gaia, or whatever you would like to call Her, from whom all our food, comforts, and goodies come, wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. A good diagram showing Her relation to Helios (the sun) and Vulcan (the bones of the Earth) has been posted on the Youth Futures blog.
The author's free book Standing on Your Own Two Feet just passed 50,000 copies in the world! Most of those are ebooks, of course, and 37 are printed books stacked up in my living room ready to go to a book signing where they will be ... you guessed it ... free!
Irene Watson, author and publicist, passed away last week. She was one of the first people to arrange a professional review of NEBADOR Book One: The Test in 2010.
The audio from the discussion part of the author's workshop at this year's Northwest Fall Equinox Festival is now on the Reviews/Articles page and the Youth Futures blog.
The author is speaking on Sophia Temperilli's internet radio show The Ghost Host at 19:00 GMT. The conversation will last about an hour.
We will most likely talk about our shared history with the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California (where Sophia lives), Peter James the psychic who has touched both our lives, and the supernatural aspects of current and future NEBADOR books.
Sophia and her mom, artist Shirley Temperilli, recently reviewed NEBADOR Trilogy One.
The audio is now available on the Reviews/Articles page.
The RMS Queen Mary at Halloween 2011
Happy Halloween to all my readers, and to Jackie, Sarah, and Peter on the Queen Mary, the Muses Themselves, and whoever else has been helping the author with NEBADOR Book Eight: Witness!
photographer unknown, wish we could credit
The author has taken the bold step of placing the Pareto Optimality (as an economic ideal) on his list of fallacies.
Revision 1 of Standing on Your Own Two Feet, which corrects a couple of typos and makes some minor format improvements, is now available for the 3 ebook editions.
In celebration of the release of Trilogy Two, the first book of the NEBADOR series is now available as a free download in 3 different formats!
NEBADOR Trilogy Two is now out in the paperback Young Star-Seekers Edition, with the hardcover coming in about a week.
Union Block Marketplace Antiques and Gifts in Newberg, Oregon, now carries an assortment of NEBADOR books and Dramatic Audiobooks, and is located in the hometown of several of the talented audiobook voice actors.
The Deep Learning Notes for Book Six are at Amazon USA, and should be at Amazon UK soon. Please see the Where to Get It page for links.
The Large Print edition of Book Six is at Amazon USA and Amazon UK.
The EPUB ebook (Nook, iPad, Sony, etc.) of Book Six is at Lulu Press, but takes a while to get to Apple and Barnes & Noble.
Book Six for the Kindle ebook reader is at Amazon USA, and should be at the other Amazon sites soon.
NEBADOR Book Six: Star Station is now available! The Medium Print paperback is at Amazon USA, and will be at Amazon UK soon. The hardcover is available directly from the printer at a 25% discount. Ebooks, Large Print, and Deep Learning Notes will follow in a week or two. My regular reviewers will receive their books in 2 or 3 weeks. The wholesale distribution editions (paperback and hardcover) will be available from retailers in about October.
In recent Youth Futures essays, J. Z. Colby explains "usury" and encourages young people to avoid the "Blame Game."
The four winners of the 2011-12 Writing Contest have been published on the web site. The first place winner, Karen Buchanan with her story Neti's Temptation, will be published in the stand-alone editions of NEBADOR Book Six: Star Station.
After receiving the first two emails about Standing on Your Own Two Feet teams that have formed, the author started a Teams page to share their stories (now on the Two Feet Comments page).
NEBADOR Book Six: Star Station is done! Polishing, proofreading, illustrations, and many other steps, some fun and some tedious, have been completed. It will be available in medium print and large print in August, with the global paperback and hardcover editions coming to retailers about two months later. With this book, Trilogy Two is complete, and will be published in paperback and hardcover in September. Although the adventures continue, Book Six: Star Station completes the essential NEBADOR saga.
The Audiobook wrap party gathered most of the NEBADOR voice actors In Portland, Oregon. They had to be quiet for the first hour so we could record a few missing bits. Then the party really got going with good food and drink, dancing, and an art contest with plenty of chocolate prizes for those with "two left feet." The dramatic audiobook of NEBAOR Book Two: Journey is expected to be out by this fall.
"Lonesome George" recently passed away. A simple memorial for him has been placed on the Nebador Citizens page.
The 2012-13 Writing Contest has been posted on the Contests! page so that young writers can start sharpening their pencils (or keyboards). The winners of the 2011-12 Writing Contest will be announced on the Winners page upon the publication of NEBADOR Book Six: Star Station in August 2012.
Is driving and car ownership becoming "uncool"? The author explores the possibility in the Youth Futures blog.
Autographed copies of most editions are now available from Cellini Fine Gifts in Portland, Oregon. Books One through Four and Trilogy One are in stock, Book Five will be there in July, and Book Six and Trilogy Two will arrive this fall. They take phone orders and ship anywhere.
In the Youth Futures blog, the author examines a strange new trend: suddenly, everyone is talking about climate change and Peak Oil. But why?
Artist Casey Park, a recent fine arts graduate from Washington State University, is producing a series of illustrations from the NEBADOR stories, which can be seen on the Casey Park page. Also, several of his drawings will appear in NEBADOR Book Six: Star Station, coming out in August.
The signed, limited-edition prints of the cover art pieces from Books One and Two are now available, details on the Fine Art Prints page.
The audio file from yesterday's The Ghost Host internet radio show, with J. Z. Colby as the guest speaker, is on the Reviews/Articles page.
The editions that were, in the past, only available from Amazon USA are now also available from Amazon UK, Anazon France, and Amazon Deutschland. These include the Medium Print and Large Print editions of the stand-alone NEBADOR books, the Deep Learning Notes, the Young Star-Seeker's Edition of the trilogies, and the Pocketbook and Large Print editions of Standing on Your Own Two Feet.
The author is scheduled to speak on Sophia Temperilli's internet radio show The Ghost Host on JUNE 2nd at NOON (Pacific time), 3:00pm (Eastern time), 20:00 GMT. The conversation will last about an hour.
We will most likely talk about our shared history with the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California (where Sophia lives), Peter James the psychic who has touched both our lives, and the supernatural aspects of current and future NEBADOR books. We will probably explore the creative processes of writing, including inspiration and characterization.
The author has supplemented the free book Standing on Your Own Two Feet: Young Adults Surviving 2012 and Beyond with an essay about "black swans" (unpredictable events that tend to scare us) in the Youth Futures blog.
The author has placed the first item from his art collection on the Author page, and will add to the presentation over time.
The author has begun placing pictures of his favorite art works from the RMS Queen Mary on the Inspirations page. Some of these art works have been lost, or are in parts of the ship not open to the public.
Book Two is under revision to correct the typos that have been found since publication in 2010. Details on the Corrections page. The revised Hardcover/Library edition is available now from the printer, and will get to retailers in about 2 months. The revised Kindle will be available very soon, and the ePub will take a few weeks to get to Apple and Barnes & Noble. The Medium Print and Large Print at Amazon will be unavailable for a few days as the new editions are set up. The Paperback Global edition will get to retailers in 1-2 months. In all cases, the new version is labeled "Revision 2."
Sidney Oster is the winner of the 1st Quarter 2012 Art Contest with her watercolor painting Avian Lunch.
The NEBADOR cover artist, Rachael Hedges, is preparing to release the cover art pieces as a series of limited edition, hand-signed prints. The first, from Book One, will be realeased this summer. Pre-orders get low numbers and other special treatment by the artist.
Standing on Your Own Two Feet: Young Adults Surviving 2012 and Beyond is now available FREE to (or for) any young adult, or may be purchased if you prefer.
The Small Print editions of NEBADOR Books One, Two, and Three are now out-of-print. The author still has a few copies.
The first reader reviews of NEBADOR Book Five: Back to the Stars have been posted on the Comments page.
By popular request, the NEBADOR writing contests are being synchronized with the school year, so the current writing contest goes through 30 June 2012.
NEBADOR Book Five: Back to the Stars is now available as an ebook for the Kindle and the many ePub readers (iPad, Nook, Sony, etc.)
The Small Print editions of NEBADOR Books One, Two, and Three will go out-of-print sometime soon after the end of the year. Book Four and beyond were not published in a Small Print edition.
The winning short stories from the Early 2011 NEBADOR Writing Contest have been posted: Buna's New World by Karen Buchanan, and First Taste of Freedom by Katelynn Persons.
NEBADOR Book Five: Back to the Stars has been published! The Medium Print edition is available, and the Large Print, Global Peperback edition, Hardcover, and Deep Learning Notes will be out very soon. Kindle and ePub will follow in December.
The ePub ebooks are now available from Barnes and Noble for the Nook. Links are on the Where to Get It pages.
From now on, anyone who finds a typo, grammar error, or punctuation error in any of our books (not yet listed on the Corrections page), or on this web site, gets a free book!
The Dramatic Audiobook of Book One: The Test is no longer being produced in the jewel case, only the slimline case. Collectors may find some still available in the jewel case from Lumiere Players (the theater company who produced it) and at Cellini Fine Gifts.
We are back from traveling! Thanks for your patience.
mid-September to mid-October
We will be traveling, and will catch up with all emails and business as quickly as possible when we return.
The Youth Futures blog this week explores The Myth of Progress that we all learned almost before we could walk.
The quarterly art contest has been changed slightly to help with school schedules: the 3rd quarter ends 31 October instead of 30 September.
The dramatic audiobook of Book One (MP3 CD) is now available in a slimline case from CCNow, an authorized retailer, and the retail price includes world-wide shipping.
Books Three and Four are now available in the ePub format for the iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, etc.
The winners and participants of the 2nd Quarter Art Contest were recently featured in their local newspaper, details on the Reviews page.
The Youth Futures blog this week concludes the series of three blogs about being on your own, and the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to handle it well.
A new Youth Futures blog, Money Without Jobs, is now posted at Blogging Authors, and will remain exclusive there for several days. Please make comments on that site.
Book Two is now available in the ePub format for the iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, etc.
The Youth Futures blog this week begins a series of three blogs about young people being "home alone," or at least being the only ones home with their heads on straight.
The 2nd Quarter 2011 Art Contest entries have been posted, with a drawing of Tori's Bakery winning a great silver piece.
The talk and book signing at the Mensa Annual Gathering was fun, and the book seller reported that after people bought Book One and went away to read for awhile, they usually came back for Books Two, Three, and Four. The audio recording of the talk will be posted on the Mensa page sometime next week.
A new Youth Futures blog about Emotional Resilience is now posted at Blogging Authors, and will remain exclusive there for several days. Please make comments on that site.
The Youth Futures blog this week is all about drawing your own personal Web of Life. Also, the author has begun a discussion topic on the Dumbledore's Army group at GoodReads.com called "A real Dumbledore's Army?" His posts and interesting comments are also on the Dumbledore's page.
The Youth Futures blog adds some additional thoughts to last week's "Recap of Threats to Young Adults."
NEBADOR Book One is now available in the ePub format for the iPod touch, iPad, IPhone, and iTunes download. Links on the Where to Get It page.
TeensReadToo has given NEBADOR Book One a very nice review.
After conferring with many NEBADOR helpers and readers, J. Z. Colby has decided to quit using Twitter.com to announce news items. Everyone seems to prefer going directly to this web site, and it loads much quicker and more reliably over slow connections. Also, the author and Katelynn Persons have determined that MySpace.com is not useful to current or future NEBADOR readers. The Youth Futures blog this week contains a recap of threats to young adults that are present or developing in the world.
The Youth Futures blog explores the "angel" and the "reptile" inside each of us.
Katelynn Persons, the voice of Kibi in the dramatic audiobook and the author of the short story Kibi and the Search for Happiness, will be assisting J. Z. Colby at the Mensa Annual Gathering in Portland on 2 July.
A beautiful new picture from the Hubble Space Telescope, of two galaxies interacting, UGC 1810 and 1813, is at the bottom of the Home Page.
A magic word for the 21st century, EROEI, is explained in the Youth Futures blog.
The Youth Futures blog explores the notion that our energy situation (especially oil) may be a test arranged by deity. Can we pass? This entry is especially recommended for those planning to attend the author's talk at the Mensa AG on 2 July 2011 in Portland.
Are we painting ourselves into a corner? The Youth Futures blog explores the idea.
The author explores the source of the collective Shame many people are beginning to feel today in the Youth Futures blog.
The final NEBADOR book coming out this spring, Book Four: Flight Training (Deep Learning Notes), is now available at Amazon USA.
The Youth Futures blog looks at some of the reasons our "free" energy got so expensive.
The NEBADOR stories are now used by entire classes at Community High School, Fort Kent, Maine. The Youth Futures blog examines the idea of Free Energy. Do we have it, or don't we? The NEBADOR illustrator, Mireille Xioulan Powers, turned 16 today!
The Youth Futures blog examines an important equation, part of the calculations for a nuclear power plant near you: Risk = Probability x Severity.
American MENSA has confirmed that they want me to speak at their Annual Gathering this summer in Portland, Oregon:
The Future of Young-Adulthood -- Childhood's End?
An extended childhood was one of the perks of a century of wealth from cheap energy and the technology to use it. That era may well be winding down. If so, today's young adults -- roughly, those between the ages of 10 and 20 -- will be facing a tough transition just as their parents are struggling in other areas. The NEBADOR series of young-adult science fiction novels was inspired by Muses who obviously believes that young people need to begin sharpening their wits and honing their skills now, before the future forces them to do so.
The Youth Futures blog looks at the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, how it fits into history, and how it might affect young people.
NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training is now available for the Kindle reader at Amazon USA and Amazon UK, and in large print at Amazon USA.
The Medium Print edition (12-point type) of NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training, is now available at Amazon.com. The Youth Futures blog explores the pros and cons of doing things "just in time."
Mireille Xioulan Powers, the current NEBADOR Illustrator, has walked off with a great silver piece for her colored pencil drawing of Toli in the 1st Quarter 2011 Art Contest.
NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training is at Amazon.com in the Global Edition (10-point type), which will also be available from bookstores in a month or two.
The Youth Futures blog tackles the question of when emergency helpers can come, and when they can't.
The Youth Futures blog peeks at one aspect of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation in Japan.
NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training came out today, the hardcover, direct from the printer for 25% discount. Paperbacks and Kindle will be along in a few weeks.
The 1000th NEBADOR book was just ordered! This includes all books in all editions. The 1000th book was a medium print edition of Book One.
The final polish of "NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training" has been completed, and it now goes to the proofreader. The author tacked one of the most difficult questions yet on the Questions page: Is Nebador some kind of cult?
The winners of the 2010 NEBADOR Writing Contest have been selected, and the second place winner's story has been posted on the web site. The first place winner's story will be published with NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training next spring.
The first draft of NEBADOR Book Six: Star Station was completed at 11:43am (19:43Z) today. Whew! After one more read through, it will go to my young adult critiquers for (as my cover artist says) "slicing and dicing."
The Young Star-Seekers Edition of NEBADOR Trilogy One is now available on Amazon USA. It contains the complete texts of Books One, Two, and Three, all illustrations, and chapter-by-chapter Deep Learning Notes. It is probably the most important NEBADOR edition, and also the lowest-cost way of buying the entire first trilogy.
Free NEBADOR Books for Teachers has become serious with ads on Free-Stuff sites and word-of-mouth promotion. Also, the NEBADOR web site now has a mirror in case of server problems (see the Nebador Archives page).
The Early 2011 Writing Contest has been posted to the Contests! page. It's perfect for any young person who has ever chatted with friends about their teachers. First prize is two great silver pieces, worth US$60 and rising.
A small gold piece just went out the door to a lucky young lady in Australia for her prize code. Another will go out soon for skill and effort in the first NEBADOR writing contest, ending 31 December.
The DRAMATIC AUDIOBOOK of Book One is now available as a ZIP file download for those with a high-speed internet connection who don't need the CD. Also, the hardcover printer now sells the Global/Library editions at a 25% discount.
Congratulations to the winners of the give-away on GoodReads.com that just ended. The winners live in Ireland, Croatia, Philippines, Canada, Australia, UK, Israel, and Panama. The author wishes he could send the Dramatic Audiobook to everyone who entered the contest. Also, NEBADOR Book Three: Selection is now available in Large Print from Amazon USA, and for the Kindle in the USA and UK.
The release party for the first Dramatic Audiobook was great fun, and all the cast members loved receiving their discs. A supply was delevered to Cellini Fine Gifts in downtown Portland, the largest giftshop in the Pacific Northwest.
Considering the budget crises in most places, any library that cannot afford to purchase their own copy may now request a free copy from the author. The only requirement is a statement from a librarian, within a few months, about how useful the book was in the library's collection.
Any teacher may now request a free NEBADOR book, and will receive the Deep Learning Notes that go with it. This offer goes equally to community, home, religious, and school teachers.
The Deep Learning Notes for NEBADOR Book Three: Selection are now available. Large Print and Kindle are in preparation, and won't be long.
A give-away of 10 copies of the Dramatic Audiobook (Book One) begins todays, and goes through 15 November, on GoodReads.com. It is open to anyone in the world.
The Small Print edition of Book Three, for those with good eyes and/or a tight budget, is now available! The audiobook cast is charging through Book Two, and NEBADOR gained another honorary citizen.
The DRAMATIC AUDIOBOOK of NEBADOR Book One: The Test is now available! The author and Lumiere Players of Tualatin, Oregon, have been slaving over it for 8 months. It's an MP3 CD (unabridged, almost 7 hours), and includes music, sound effects, a full cast of voices, and JPEG illustrations. The downloadable version should be coming soon. With this release, ALL editions of Book One are now available. Also, the Paperback Global edition of Book Three is at Amazon, but will take a few weeks to get into the wholesale system for other bookstores.
The NEBADOR MySpace profile is open for visitors, and Katelynn will continue to improve it in the coming days and weeks. The author and Lumiere Players are putting the finishing touches on the Dramatic Audiobook of Book One, and hope to release it very soon.
NEBADOR Book Three: Selection is now available in Medium Print Paperback from Amazon USA! Small and Large Print are not far off.
Congratulations to the winners of the GoodReads.com book give-aways that ended today. The winners are from Bahrain, Brazil, Netherlands, Indonesia, Canada, and USA. The author wishes he could send a book to everyone who wanted one.
Katelynn Persons, the NEBADOR social networking coordinator, declares that the Facebook site is ready to receive visitors. It is, of course, just a subset of this web site. Also, the author has begun making "tweets" on Twitter to announce news items, new Youth Futures blog postings, and any other interesting events or insights. All the social networking links are below the Menu on every page.
The last give-away of Book One (except the dramatic audiobook) at GoodReads.com begins today, of 8 more medium print editions for the USA and Canada (since they didn't get many in the first give-aways).
The Global/Library hardcover edition of NEBADOR Book Three: Selection is now available directly from the printer. It will be available from other retailers in 6-8 weeks, and the other editions will appear on Amazon USA in coming weeks.
The first GoodReads.com give-aways, of 17 books, has been completed, and the books are going into the mail today. Congratulations to all the winners in the UK, Canada, the USA, Australia, Russia, India, and Indonesia. The author wishes he could send a book to everyone who wanted one. Five more give-aways begin today on GoodReads.com, of 22 more books, including 2 hardcovers. Some are the small print edition, so make sure your eyes are sharp if you enter those give-aways!
Because so many people wanted them, the author has moved up the ending date of the 3 book give-aways on GoodReads.com to the 15th of September, and will post more give-aways in the last half of the month. Several new Youth Futures blog entries await those who are not afraid to get ready for an uncertain future.
Three book give-aways of NEBADOR Book One begin today on GoodReads.com, and go through the end of the month. Ten medium print editions are available for the USA, UK, Canda, and Australia. Four paperback global edition are for all other countries. Finally, 3 large prints will go to winners in the USA.
The author has posted his Youth Futures blog, starting with an overview and some thoughts about jobs. He will add one or more topics each week, driven mainly by questions from readers.
The author and Katelynn Persons (Kibi in the audiobook), 15, will be carefully exploring MySpace, FaceBook, and other social networking possibilities, and how they might help young readers find NEBADOR. Also, the Book One medium print edition may be unavailable for about a week for revision.
The author is now taking applications for scholarships from young people who cannot afford to buy the NEBADOR books. See the Scholarships page. Also, Book One, large print, will be unavailable for about a week in mid-August for revision.
Book One, Small Print edition, will be unavailable for about a week in early August for revision. The author has begun to give feedback for writing contest entries.
The author has begun the process of correcting the 8 errors that have been found in Book One. The hardcover Global/Library edition has been corrected, and can be ordered from the printer now, but will take 6-8 weeks to get into the wholesale system. Also, the Ebook for the Kindle has been corrected, and will be unavailable for a few days until the new edition is fully set up. The corrected editions will have a "1" at the end of the item code, such as "NEBADOR1EK1."
The Book Two illustrations are on the web site, and the Deep Learning Notes for it should be at Amazon within a week. For those waiting for the audiobook of Book One, the answer is probably September.
Book Two: Journey is now available for the Kindle, and in Small Print paperback. The home page has been redesigned, and more changes might be coming.
The author has made arrangements with Tania Opland to use some of her excellent medieval and renaissance music for the musical performance scene in the audiobook of Book One.
Book Two: Journey is now out in Medium Print (the best one for most people, in the author's humble opinion) and Large Print. Yes, yes, Kindle is in the works.
A new web page, The Characters, has sketches by Rachael Hedges, a few pictures from others, notes about the main characters' personalities, and their backstories from Book One. Additional pictures and thoughts are welcome.
The Deep Learning Notes (with discussion questions and illustrations) for Book One are now available as a thin 5" x 8" paperback.
The hardcover edition of NEBADOR Book Two: Journey is available directly from the printer (currently with free shipping) while it is being set up in the wholesale system (which takes about 2 months).
Mireille Xioulan Powers has joined Amanda Herman in creating illustrations for the book interiors, and Rachael Hedges has completed the cover art piece for Book Three, which can be seen on its preview page.
The artwork for Book Two was received from the cover artist, Rachael Hedges, and posted to the internet site.
The author and Valley Entertainment (owner of Hearts of Space Records) finalized a licensing agreement for two pieces of beautiful music for the Dramatic Audiobook of Book One: Milky Way Rising by Kevin Braheny and Arcturian Sunbird by Steve McDonald.
The Hardcover Global/Library Edition of Book One appeared at retailers, and two Pacific Northwest gift shops are stocking the NEBADOR books: Northwest Gifts in Bellingham, WA, and Cellini Fine Gifts in Portland, OR.
The Paperback Global Edition of Book One began showing up with internet retailers through wholesaler Ingram, which means it is also becoming available to bookstores.
Recording of the Dramatic Audiobook of Book One began by Lumiere Players under the direction of Nancy Wellman. The author began the search for an appropriate theme song to go with it.
The first edition to be prepared (Paperback Medium Print) appeared on Amazon.
The final polish and proofread of Book One was completed, and the author began preparing it for publishing.
Lumiere Players of Tualatin, Oregon, agreed to produce the dramatic audiobooks for the NEBADOR series under the direction of Nancy Wellman.
The first "read" of Book Five was completed by the author's oldest helper, Ardith Libby, 88. The author reads draft manuscripts to her every week over tea.
The Library of Congress issued a control number (LCCN) for Book One. They will decide whether or not to add it to their collection when they receive a printed copy of the book.
The pastel drawing that will form the lower part of all Book One covers was completed and sent to the author by artist Rachael Hedges. It can be seen on the Book One preview page.
Nebador Archives' 100 ISBNs were received from the issuing agency. One International Standard Book Number is necessary for each edition or format of each book. Seven different formats are planned for Book One.
The web site was posted for the first time for testing and comments from critiquers and other helpers.
The author received the first completed artwork from the cover artist, Rachael Hedges, the star field that will form part of the cover of all the books of the series. He set to work adapting part of it for the web site banner.
One of the author's manuscript readers, Karen Pihlak, passed away. A memorial was created for her on the Helpers page.
The author met a large family of bookworms at a retreat, and commissioned them to become his Publishing Assistants, to check over the rewritten novels for any remaining issues. They joined a few of his original critiquers who had already done the same thing.
As the critiquing team made the transition from Books Three to Four, the author rewrote Book Three from 18 critiques and began to study the options for non-traditional publishing.
The writing of Book Five continued. The author was now into stories and themes he had only glimpsed in rough form in earlier years.
With 29 critiques spread out, the author dove into the rewrite of Book Two. "Trigonometry" gave him the most trouble, of course. His team of critiquers, slightly smaller now, began work on Book Three.
The writing of Book Five continued while the critiquers struggled with Book Two, especially the chapter called "Trigonometry." The author began sending queries or manuscripts to traditional publishers.
The rewrite of Book One, from the 31 critiques he received, was a huge task with manuscripts spread out all over the house. Late in the summer, at a retreat, the first chapter of Book Five was drafted.
As the critiquers finished Book One, the author finished writing Book Four.
After placing a couple of ads, the author quickly developed his team of young-adult critiquers. While they worked on Book One, he finished writing Book Three and began Book Four.
The author found his first few critiquers among friends, neighbors, and people he met at events.
Half of what today is Book Three (to the point Kibi sees the ship) was quickly set down while the author began to ask around for possible critiquers.
Book Two seemed to write itself. Most of the stories had been given to the author by the Muses years before.
After spending more than a year getting his forest home ready, the author began typing the NEBADOR stories into his faithful computer. Book One was quickly drafted.
The NEBADOR stories began coming to the author, but he was not in a position to write them down, as he had committed to moving and getting some further education at Portland State University.