Author Archives: Nathan E. Lilly

2018 goals: first 3 months

The bitter cold and late snow has slowed me down in some of my goals, but it’s still early enough to make gains. Here’s the current status of my 2018 goals… By the end of 2018 I’d like to have: Painted 50 paintings: Expected: 12; Actual: 0. Ran a cumulative 1000 miles: Expected: 250; Actual: […]

Podcasts for an Aspiring Artist

I’ve been listening to a wide variety of podcasts since I began my art reeducation. Here are the best I’ve found so far, related to Art and the creative process. Your Creative Push Your Creative Push is the podcast that pushes YOU to finally pursue your creative passion, whatever that passion may be. If I […]

This is not hand soap

People think in symbols but the symbols in our mind are not the actual objects themselves. That is to say: when you think of an apple, that apple is not real. This is the treachery of symbols. The symbols in our mind don’t always match the reality of an object. We think we know how […]

The Joshua Tree

As preparation for launching Space Westerns magazine I began researching Western-genre fiction. I wanted to be familiar with the tropes, plots, themes, stock characters of a Western so I’d recognize them in a Space Western story. So I read John G. Cawelti’s The Six-gun Mystique, and David Mogen’s Wilderness Visions, and Jane Tompkins’ West of […]

Neanderthal Art?

Neaderthals lived in Europe and parts of the Middle East approximately between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago. We’re discovering that they are more like modern humans than we previously thought they could be. How to Think Like a Neanderthal gives a good overview of what we currently know. Neanderthals were social, cooperative, family-oriented, planned ahead, […]

The Naming

It didn’t start with Ursula LeGuin, who says in The Wizard of Earthsea that discovering someone’s true name gives you power over them. Since ancient times people would have a secret name, known only to those closest to them. This lives on in our middle names, and every child knows they’re truly in trouble when […]

2018 goals

It’s 2018. I’m alert and active again. Who knows how long it will last? Here’s a written account of what I promised myself I’d attempt to get done this year… By the end of 2018 I’d like to have: Painted 50 paintings Ran a cumulative 1000 miles Written 50 blog posts (49!) Posted 12 videos […]

Alive.

I’m currently entertaining existential and nihilistic thoughts. Chalk it up to too many years of thinking too hard. I have a great family, great friends, great career, great coworkers. I’m a happy and optimistic nihilist. Digging up the past; looking forward. Trying not to hold myself back.  I don’t even know if I want to […]

My father’s eulogy

My father—born August 30, 1948—passed away on January 12th, 2012 of complications due to lung cancer. This is the eulogy I wrote and read at his funeral. When your father dies, you sit down and think about what they say a father should be and what they say a father should do. There’s an unspoken […]

Science Fiction themed races that must be created

I ran at the Warrior Dash and Run For Your Lives and now I’m becoming obsessed with obstacle runs. Run For Your Lives really opened my eyes to their potential. After giving it some thought, here’s a list of geek themed athletic events that I don’t have the time to make happen but I would […]