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The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 13 : Keys To Ascension

Chapter 13 : Keys To Ascension

Rahu Lüli, the teenage monk from Kõrgus, is once again the central character of the weekly instalment of the Threshold Bookcast.

This time, we find the novice reminiscing as he explores unknown territory uphill, following a hunch that has occurred to him prior to the morning ritual. …

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 18, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 12 : No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed

Chapter 12 : No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed

The twelfth chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto A New World » features Aaren Mayr, the Treasurer of the Alliance of Sovereign Nations.

Flying back to Milagenia, the secessionist reflects on how his official functions have increased the frequency of his travellings. …

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 11, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 11 : The Preacher The Teacher

Chapter 11 : The Preacher The Teacher

This week's instalment of The Threshold Series revolves around Bernard Sturn and features Veshtar, the almost barren land also known as the radioactive planet.

As the chapter begins, the illustrious physicist is enjoying a cup of green tea in his office, reviewing the events of the day while he waits for his newly hired assistant, Frank Evans, to join him…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 10 : South Side Of The Sky

Chapter 10 : South Side Of The Sky

The tenth episode of the Threshold Bookcast focuses on Jake Harvey, the popular leader of the New Light Party.

At the start of the chapter, the rookie politician is enjoying a stargazing break on the observation deck of the space station his team and him are visiting.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 27, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 9 : Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Chapter 9 : Careful With That Axe, Eugene



Richard Ramsay, the Federal Chancellor of Ovel, is once again the central character of the weekly instalment of The Threshold Series.

At the beginning of the chapter, the veteran Conservative is temporarily escaping the pressures of his functions, hastening undercover towards a secret…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 21, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 8 : Nous Sommes Du Soleil

Chapter 8 : Nous Sommes Du Soleil

This week's episode of the Threshold Bookcast revolves around members of a religious community living in a high-perched monastery located in the highest mountain range on Ovel.

As the narrative begins, two of the cenobites, a novice and his experienced teacher, are climbing up towards a hillside cave that the teenager will be allowed to enter for the first…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 13, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 7 : Giants Under The Sun

Chapter 7 : Giants Under The Sun

The seventh chapter of The Threshold Series focuses on the Parker-Evanses, a young Neo Apollonian couple, on a weekend visit to Triton Aeolus from their hometown of Neo Delphi.

While Frank Evans is being interviewed, his wife, Celia Parker, enjoys a moment of tranquillity with her daughter Christina as they stroll down the trails of Pefki…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

In The Vortex (revisited - with poetry)



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« In The Vortex » is an energetic instrumental put together while toying with ideas leftover from « Informaëlstrom » and « Leftoverturned. »…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 6 : It Can Happen

Chapter 6 : It Can Happen

In this week's edition of the Threshold Bookcast, we follow Jake Harvey as he visits the illustrious Mistress Aeira for a private consultation.

At the beginning of the episode, the former businessman reminisces some of the events that have lead him to the political arena, and ponders what awaits him should his bid for the Chancellery of the Ovelian Federation turn out…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 30, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 5 : Space Oddity

Chapter 5 : Space Oddity

As the title suggests, the fifth chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto A New World » reveals more details of the recently discovered spatial anomaly, the baffling phenomenon that has all of Ovel talking.

In this instalment, we meet the other two key figures of the Coalition of Progressives, namely, Laura-Sylvia Bauer, head of the Greens, and Edward Rogers, chief of the…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 23, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 4 : Machine Messiah

Chapter 4 : Machine Messiah

The central character of the fourth instalment of the Threshold Bookcast is none other than the Chancellor of the Ovelian Federation himself, Richard Ramsay.

As we join him in a conference room of the First Cruiser of the Federal Fleet, we find the experienced politician in deep reflection, mulling over past, present, and future.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 16, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 3 : Togetherness





Chapter 3 : Togetherness



The third chapter of « 2206 : Window Onto A New World, » revolves around Aeira, a high profile soothsayer, often derided as a celebrity astrologer by her detractors.



As the narrative begins, the prophetess is enjoying post dinner conversations with three of her closest friends.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 11, 2012 at 2:31pm — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Chapter 2 : Going For The One

Chapter 2 : Going For The One

In « Going For The One, » we meet Jake Harvey, one of the key political players of the era, and members of his entourage.

At the beginning of the chapter, the former businessman is settling in his executive suite for a determining weekend in Triton Aeolus.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 2, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Threshold Bookcast : Introduction & Chapter I – Homeworld

The Bookcast

I was more than surprised this morning when I googled the terms “bookcast” and “bookcasting.” I had imagined that what I was expecting to see in the results would have been common practice in this day and age, and yet I actually saw very little of what I had in mind. Moreover, I couldn't find entries for the words in Wikipedia, nor in the Wiktionary. In fact, this is the best definition I stumbled upon :

« The goal of a bookcast…
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Added by Christopher Stewart on February 24, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Perseverance

« Perseverance » is the fourth of the series of segues composed to join the tracks of an album together into one continuous piece of music.

Each of the junctions highlights a specific quality or knowledge that turned out to be crucial to the completion of a project that demanded many years of sustained striving. As the title indicates, « Perseverance » evokes the capacity to keep going at those times when efforts seem insufficient,…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on February 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Essay : On the Meaning of Sin

 

I spent most of the second half of January writing an essay on the concept of sin, its meaning and its implications.…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Understanding

« Understanding » is the third segue in the series that I have written as a means of combining earlier compositions into a conceptual piece of nearly one hour in duration.

Each of the miniature musical junctions emphasizes a particular lesson that was learned over the course of a demanding quest, proving essential to the success of the endeavour. In the case of « Understanding, » the acquired knowledge concerns what I refer…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on January 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Angel on the Threshold

you so wanted to be yourself

life had told you, « you will be saved »

but now you stand on the wire

suspicious of the road you paved

you so wanted to be so rich

that all problems you'd be rid of

life responded, « work through them first,

true wealth comes from rising above »

you so wanted to rush forward

but you were still stuck at the dam

life instructed, « don't miss the mark

you'll…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on December 26, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Vigilance



« Vigilance » is the second of a series of short segues that I have composed in order to combine already existing pieces into one larger, continuous whole.

Each of the segues highlights a quality or an ability cultivated along a difficult journey, contributing to the successful completion of the challenge.

Again, I won’t reveal the title of the parts, nor of the completed collage, hoping to keep the surprise…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on November 21, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Essay : On Desire

In Buddhist culture, there exists the core notion of the three poisons, which are considered to be the cause of all sufferings.

In English, the poisons are generally translated as confusion, desire, and hatred, or variations of these terms.

In my experience, while confusion and hatred are generally grasped correctly, the poison of desire is often misunderstood.

In short, confusion refers to the mistaken notion that individuals exist in separation…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on August 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

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