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Will’s Interview with Judith McKay on “The GAIAD”

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A special thanks to Judith McKay for a strong, intelligent interview on “The GAIAD” aired on KCMJ in Colorado Springs for her show, Voices and Views. Judith goes right to the heart of the book, something I avoid typically in my marketing thinking that it’s a “spoiler” for people. It’s not. It’s what the book is about, and a powerful statement on our relationship with our planet and each other. The Earth is alive. The Earth is a thinking being. It could also be a communicating one… Take a listen!   Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition … READ MORE…

There’s More Here — Official Trailer to The GAIAD

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Happy to announce the new film “trailer” to The GAIAD. “There’s more here. There’s more here than you know. And you are not alone …” Special thanks to Miguel Martinez for his portrayal of Garr-Eth of the Zhar-Nues. Filmed on location in the San Rafael Swell area of Southern Utah — a special, haunting place: Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.

“Writing Violence in Fiction”—Writing from the Peak, with Pikes Peak Writers

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Here’s an excerpt from a recent article I wrote published online by Pikes Peak Writers—a comprehensive resource for writers in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Writing Violence in Fiction” Write them. As realistic as possible. Make it gritty, make it stink, make it hurt. (It will dissuade the real thing.) I was fresh. It was during my second or third month of training as a cop on the street just west of Denver. I was on a traffic rotation focusing, supposedly, on that stereotypical kind of cop-thing, but it had been an exceptionally busy week. We’d rarely had the time to scratch a ticket. We ended up supplementing Patrol almost without let-up on a repeated, specific and particularly time-consuming call. For whatever reason, it was a week stacked, packed, jammed full of them. Suicides. A few a day. A planetary alignment, a phase of the moon, the weather, the upcoming holidays, who … READ MORE…

The Almagre Review — Out Now

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The Almagre Review is an independent literary journal based in Colorado Springs, Colorado featuring a well-curated, diverse set of authors contributing pieces centered on a positive, substantive theme. An excerpt of “The Gaiad” is featured in this quarter’s issue. The Review is available online as well as at local bookstores throughout the Pikes Peak Region:     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO … READ MORE…

A Review of “The GAIAD” by Nerd Girl Official (Cool Name, eh?)

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Nerd Girl Official, a sweet, active blog for books and readers, just reviewed “The GAIAD.” It’s a comprehensive, well-written representation of the book, and I’m very, very happy that they enjoyed it so much. Stuff like this does the world GOOD, letting folks know about new, independent lit through the time and effort of a few dedicated people. In my mind it’s how the Internet should work. Well done. Thanks for the review, guys!     Nerd Girl Official Review of “The GAIAD”     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a … READ MORE…

Get Outside and Look Up

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SOMETIMES PROFUNDITY is best expressed through the shortest, simplest statements. Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.

October 8, Local Author Meet and Greet—Colorado Springs, Colorado

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SPRINGS FOLK! Saturday, October 8, come out and support a diverse group of LOCAL authors at a swinging little event. We’ll be talking our books, our bios, our strange brains. Things chocolate and wine-looking (and wine-smelling, even wine tasting) will be served, FREE. Held at a cool little venue, The Cottonwood Center for the Arts, at 427 E COLORADO AVE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903. 11AM—2PM. I’ll be representing “The GAIAD,” of course: Book signing. Book selling. Book plugging. Crazy backstories, maybe a little inspiration. And I’ll be with good company. The event is held in conjunction with Indie Author Day, organized by the world’s largest brick-and-mortar book distributor, Ingram, among others. Check out the site of our local organizer, JMars Ink for further details. And definitely take a look at some of the featured authors below (Author bios care of JMars Ink):   Damon Alan is a full time author and stay at … READ MORE…

Perspective

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For geeks: Taken on a Nikon D610, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8, ISO 3200, 20 second exposure WHEN YOU LOOK into the Milky Way (near the southern horizon this time of year) you’re looking into a “haze” caused by your eyes’ misperception of literally billions of points of light, each a star potentially circled by worlds like our own. At the center of of that haze lies a supermassive black hole, at least 4 million times the mass of our sun, trillions of miles away. I took this photo last night in a pretty remote area west of Colorado Springs, CO, USA. I’m a fan of challenging our perspectives, personal and collective. These terms (millions, billions, trillions) are really just incomprehensible. They’re completely foreign to our daily lives. For me, pictures like this and the thought they invoke have the power to change perspective—from that standard, normal, tired, daily frontal-lobe insularity to a felt … READ MORE…

Rocky Mountain National Park Timelapse: 100 Years of National Parks

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Here’s a timelapse series I took yesterday at Rocky Mountain National Park to celebrate 100 years of service and conservation by the National Park Service. Admission to most parks in the U.S. is free this weekend. WELL DONE. And hey…If you like the video, share it! Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.    

The GAIAD Preview—Chapters 14 and 15

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The GAIAD is the story of one modern woman’s attempt to heal the fundamental rift between humanity and the Earth—a separation born of an event occurring both on a physical plain and in the minds of men millennia ago. In the following two chapters she contacts a man, an innovative thought-leader she believes will understand the consequences of the secret she’s discovered: a message from an unlikely source motivating us to look beyond our insular lives, both up and out. 14 Abdul-Jabbar Sulayman It began as a recognition of the undifferentiated emotion inside her, a kind of physical feeling not yet expressed. It was a heavy thing located near her heart, a concretion of lighter stuff, stuff that should be free. She let it overtake her—which was hard, scary. In an instant it overwhelmed her like an ocean wave. It became something else, something more. First it was pain, raw … READ MORE…

The Nature Conservancy Colorado

Which way do we go? The Nature Conservancy Colorado is trying to keep places like this (Aiken Canyon, near Colorado Springs) protected and available for future generations.

“Our natural resources are at the heart of our quality of life in Colorado—from the fresh water we drink and the clean air we breathe to our economic prosperity and world-renowned recreational opportunities. But Colorado’s environment continues to face many challenges. Our population is expected to nearly double by 2050. Increased needs for food, water and energy will further strain Colorado’s natural systems.” —Carlos Fernandez, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Colorado I BELIEVE IN CONSERVATION. It is the most simple, effective way to ensure a balance between human economic activity and the needs of the natural environment. I am a strong advocate of the idea that “we” (humans, humanity, corporations, government, Wal-Mart) have utilized (or exploited) enough of the natural world for our purposes. We should now be seeking balance. The most glaringly obvious way to accomplish this is to set land aside, to restrain ourselves, to stand up … READ MORE…

Writing Dreams

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I RECENTLY FINISHED Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore.” Murakami has been described by some critics as the greatest writer still living today. This book in particular has been labeled as one of his best. (For more, see my review on Goodreads.) Murakami writes his dreams. There are thousands of blogs, essays, reviews, pieces on the web talking about how incredible a writer, how revolutionary his stuff is. There’s a common sense of expressed amazement at how fantastic his writing can be. “Kafka on the Shore” includes scenes and imagery as varied and off-the-wall as WWII era UFO’s; a strange, enlightened old man who can talk with cats; a sociopathic, animal-mutilating Johnnie Walker; Colonel Sanders as a pimp; a mysterious stone disc with the power to somehow affect the world; a precocious, “well-equipped” 15 year old boy’s possibly incestuous sexual dalliances. All of this is very imaginative, sure. But I contend … READ MORE…

The GAIAD — Available Now at Poor Richard’s Books

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I’m pleased to announce that “The GAIAD” is now available for purchase at Poor Richard’s Downtown, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   Poor Richard’s is an iconic place in Colorado Springs and through their independent bookstore, the gift shop, the restaurant and cafe, they work hard to support local artists and businesses. If you’re in the Springs, definitely check them out, SUPPORT LOCAL, (and also be sure to look for a certain, conspicuously displayed book toward the front of the store):   Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by … READ MORE…

Books and Everything Q&A, Thursday, July 14th, 1PM EST

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I’m pleased to be joining Books and Everything (an exciting, active group of book and literature enthusiasts) for an online question and answer session this Thursday, July 14th at 1PM EST (11AM MST). Click the picture or the link below for the link to the Facebook Event: CLICK HERE!   Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.    

The Importance of Place

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Place This body of mine, in all its seeming dense and static corporeality; in all its seeming distinct and separate nature, is a mere interim expression of time and place. Like an animated ghost it moves through space, pervious to air and liquid, bacterium and virus, quark and neutrino. All but the most mundane and structured matter (itself a mere temporary arrangement) passes through me, interacts with me, affects me. I breathe the air, I drink the water, I am infected and then shot-through a trillion times over by the natives of its sub-atomic jungle. Except in mind and myopia, Place and “I” are near the same. Despite frequent admonitions to the contrary (Tennessee Williams: “I can write anywhere…”), a writer is an animated eating breathing thinking shitting expression of place. Beyond the obvious examples such as Joyce’s Dublin, Hemingway’s Paris, Lee’s Alabama, the “where” of a writer’s work is … READ MORE…

The GAIAD Gets a New Cover

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I am pretty damn PLEASED to announce the release of a NEW COVER for The GAIAD by designer Joseph Marsh. Joe’s based out of Colorado Springs and I felt pretty privileged to be able to work directly with such a talented local artist. He didn’t just formulate some quick design based on my description or some vague instructions I gave him, but took a copy of the book to Peru with him, reading it in what I can only imagine were some pretty inspiring places. The result was a wholly original image inspired by the deepest themes of the story. The new cover can be found representing both the Kindle and Print editions of the book:     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, … READ MORE…

On Receiving a Negative Review

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A little time lapse shot with the moon rising over a winter oak. 30 second interval. Outside of Castle Rock, Colorado. #nature #moon #picoftheday #video #timelapse #colorado #followforfollow #follow4follow #followme #instapic #instadaily #castlerock #photography #photooftheday A video posted by Will Burcher (@willburcher) on Feb 24, 2016 at 3:15pm PST A FEW WEEKS AGO, a first real negative review of The GAIAD. After I’d read the thing, it took a few moments to identify my reaction. A half-second after that, a mental double-take and a literal LOL. Though not at the review. The review itself was well-written, the author clearly in possession of an active and educated mind. I respected his opinion. Respect, however, can absolutely exist simultaneously with disagreement. This sounds elementary—indeed, it’s a tenet that should be taught (along with so many other important and overlooked things) more vigorously to kids at school and at home. How many seemingly … READ MORE…

“Perelandra” by C.S. Lewis—A Review

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4.5/5 stars “Perelandra” is the second book of the “Space Trilogy.” It is the best of the series. This series was my re-discovery of C.S. Lewis. Like many, I was exposed to “Narnia” as a kid. 20 years later I was admittedly biased toward the negative, thinking that his more “adult” works would be laden down with religious references or burdened by a rickety old Judeo-Christian moral scaffold. I was wrong. The references are certainly there; but his trilogy (and “Perelandra” in particular) is anything but “laden” or “burdened.” The questions posed within are primal, fundamental, universal. What would a human be like, unaffected, uncorrupted by the darkness of a modern soul or psyche? What would her nascent world be like? How would she view it? How would she view herself? The narrative orbits Lewis’ characterization of “Eve.” She is this book—at once naive and lordly, innocent and powerful, child-like and … READ MORE…

VIDEO: Florida’s Forgotten Coast

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This post is part 6 of 6 of the series Florida's Forgotten Coast

Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.    

The Florida Wildlife Corridor

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This post is part 5 of 6 of the series Florida's Forgotten Coast

  THIS SERIES BEGAN WITH A QUESTION. It was born from a thought I had while jogging an empty beach along the Gulf the first day I arrived on the Forgotten Coast. The uniqueness of the area had already struck me, obviously and immediately apparent from the beginning. The natural-ness, the ubiquity of the birds on the wing, the wildlife, the native plants—all these things seemed new, experienced in Florida only once before during a trip to the Everglades. My question was simple, but embodied others that came with it in a cascade. Is the Forgotten Coast unique? Is it “natural?” Has development been balanced with a respect for natural environments, for native habitats, for biologically active and unique areas, such as those presented by the biomes of this place? If it is presently—balanced—can this situation be sustained? Within a few days of looking into these questions I came upon a … READ MORE…