At heart, I am an explorer. This is why I write novels about exploring other planets. However, I would rather have a real adventure than an imaginary one and I would rather take a walk in the woods surrounded by real animals than mere drawings. I visit places and report my findings on my blog WayOutDan.com, along with photographs of what I see. Since life itself is an adventure, I will also post things I learn about life and love, interesting products and people I discover, musings on physics and philosophy, and observations on ethics and spirituality. I know I don’t have all the answers, but I like to make people really think and question their assumptions. I say what I hear no one else saying. I also express myself in drawings and poetry. Life itself is an adventure. Fun is important. We all have to work to pay the bills, but why pay the bills just so you can keep working? What is the point of being alive at all if not to set apart time for play? Play is a celebration of God’s creation and of creativity. Play is worship. I find the fun things and places and shine a spotlight on them to glorify the one who created it all. There is bad in the world, but everything has some good in it. I will not ignore the bad, but I will find the good inside. Adventure can be found anywhere at any time. You do not have to go far looking for it. You do not have to be lucky enough for it to happen to you. You simply have to recognize that you are already surrounded by adventure. It just takes a little practice.
For the video-inclined, I also have a YouTube channel WayOutDan where I post doodles of alien creatures and talks on philosophy.
Since before I was six years old a hobby of mine has been drawing and describing extraterrestrial animals, plants, and microbes. I explain their behaviors, organ systems, cellular structures, and ecological relationships. I now have enough ideas for more than thirty planets and plan on putting them into books. FloraAndFaunaOfTheUniverse.com is where I will post my ongoing work. For now, I am happy to link to the worthy exobiology projects of others.
Champion of The Cosmos (coming soon)
ChampionOfTheCosmos.com is a blog I post to with stories from the life of Nate. I cover Nate’s life from his childhood, through his rough adolescence, and well into old age. Nate has lived for centuries and seen many strange things. He’s seen worlds of fluorescent, wind-carved stone. He’s met beings made of swirling flame. He’s fought an organization of murderous, time-traveling criminals only to live long enough to become one of its founders. More than once he has lived through great ruptures in time as history changed all around him. More than once he has been told these things were all in his mind. Nate has lived many lives. He has been a human, an eagle, a tiger, a dinosaur, and more. Able to reincarnate in a new body when killed, Nate is an eternal pattern – a ripple through time and space, always searching for the next fascinating place and the next adventure. At heart he is an explorer, but when confronted by evil he cannot help to fight. Champion Of The Cosmos is an account of Nate’s life from his origin onward. It is a story of friendships lost and gained. It is a story of individuality versus conformity. It is a story of pride and humility. It is the story of how a typical young boy grew up to become a cosmic hero.
On rare occasion I have been known to rant about politics, but I make an effort to understand all sides and I encourage others to do so. I no longer update this blog on a regular basis, but I have left the archives up for you to enjoy.