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David Drazul

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After surviving dotcom burnout and a chemical engineering career that fizzled, I became a stay-at-home dad. When I'm not hounding the kids to finish their homework, chopping wood, or renovating some part of the house, I'm free to let my imagination take me away. The transcripts of these journeys become stories, at least the coherent ones.

I generally only accept friend requests when I've had some sort of interaction with a person. This can be exchanging comments on a book review or chatting in some forum. I'm not looking to just add friends for the sake of adding friends, hence why I only have 18 friends here on GR.
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David Drazul Ha! I love this question. As a kid, I spent a lot of time camping out at the beach at Smith Point County Park. While my friends and I were obsessing o…moreHa! I love this question. As a kid, I spent a lot of time camping out at the beach at Smith Point County Park. While my friends and I were obsessing over the hermit crabs that inhabited a small cove that faced Moriches Bay, we'd occasionally spot horseshoe crabs crawling along the bottom. They were strangely sleek and mysterious; they didn't look anything like the other crabs.

Once I got older, I learned that horseshoe crabs have been around for over 450 million years and are closer in relation to spiders and scorpions than crabs. In fact, they may be related to the amazing trilobites, one of history's most prolific species but which ultimately perished in the Permian extinction 250 mya.

The more I read about them, the more I learned how alien these guys are to almost everything around. They fascinate me. They've survived four extinctions and continue to put up with the indignities of being dinner, bait, and involuntary blood donors.

After my family moved away from New York, I didn't see one again until I was an adult with kids of my own. My wife and I like to rent houses near Cape Cod Bay. Its shallow waters are perfect for little kids: small waves and lots of beach to play on at low tide. It's also good for horseshoe crabs.

Seeing them after all those years stirred something within me. As I related what I'd learned to my kids, I felt connected with these stoic creatures. I watched over them until the tide came in, making sure the gulls kept their distance and passersby didn't abuse them. When the tide finally came in and loosened the sand around them, I watched as they dug themselves out and silently crawled back to the depths of the sea.

Whether they're my spirit animal or my paternal instincts were imprinted upon the object of a wonderful childhood memory, I don't know. Either way, when I spotted that picture I knew it had to be my avatar.(less)
David Drazul I'm currently working on "Gateway to Empire", the sequel to "Armistice Day". Unfortunately it's been slow going as I haven't had as much time to write…moreI'm currently working on "Gateway to Empire", the sequel to "Armistice Day". Unfortunately it's been slow going as I haven't had as much time to write as I would like. I really want to finish it this year (2014) but I have a lot of projects and jobs to complete first.(less)
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Armistice Day

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Collection Notice

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Mid-2022 Sitrep

Gateway... is up to 49,000 words. I was making some pretty decent progress (for me) then the weather warmed up and I had to get to work on outdoor projects: powerwash and re-stain the deck, chainsaw those 20" diameter ash logs, split and stack wood, spring maintenance on roof and gutters, etc.

The essay didn't place in the contest, and "Staking Sunflowers" was rejected by its seventh market. Haven Read more of this blog post »
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The Doors of Eden
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Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson
"It took me almost a week to get through the first 60 pages, and then a day to finish the remaining 200+, which accurately reflects my changing level of interest in this quirky piece of speculative fiction.

It opens with disaffected near-future-not-mi" Read more of this review »
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The Runaway by Nick Petrie
"I'm not the audience for this book. You like this author? Awesome. Move along. Nothing to see here.

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Ashley added a status update: New book pages: Functionality? Who needs it? We've got ads in between reviews now!

David is 7% done with The Doors of Eden: Trilobites... in... space!
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I remember when this first came out. The glow from the original Star Wars trilogy had faded, but the franchise still had its rabid fans. As much as I loved the films, I didn't cross over into super-fan territory. I was content with story as
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Travels with Trilobites by Andy Secher
" Nataliya wrote: "That’s awesome that you have a fossil collection, David! What else do you have in it?"

Two trilobites (of course) and a very small fer
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“You can only look forward to a South Dakota winter if, as with childbirth, remodeling a house, or writing a novel, you're able to forget how bad it was the last time.”
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David Thanks carol.!


carol. "We'll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea"
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