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While I Was Away

I’m back home after a week and a half work trip in Seoul, Korea, which was a little more eventful than I would have preferred…
| Sep 4, 2012 | No comments |

Seoul’s a very friendly city.

I’m back home after a week and a half work trip in Seoul, Korea, which was a little more eventful than I would have preferred, riding out a typhoon, flying home just ahead of another, and cracking a rib along the way. At least we didn’t have an earthquake this time. My internet access was limited, and I used what little I had to stay in touch with my family, so that’s why I was missing in action last week.

On the plus side, the work went well, and I even managed to squeeze in a little touristing and take a bunch of pictures, which you can find here.

Not light reading…and not for kids.

And, with 12 hours or so crossing the pond each way, I was able to polish off Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, which turned out to be more theological than I expected, if less uplifting, and I’ll talk more about that next week. Combined with L. Frank Baum’s original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (which you can read for free at Project Gutenberg in an hour or two), the MGM movie, and the Broadway play, we end up with sort of a “four gospels of Oz,” each of which tell the story of the land and characters “somewhere over the rainbow” in a distinctly different way. Perhaps I can make something enlightening of this idea. I’m still working on it.

Anyhow, it’s good to be home. There’s no place like it.


Fred was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of his formative years in California, where his parents pastored a couple of small churches. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, and spent 24 years in the Air Force as a bomber navigator, flight-test navigator, and military educator. He retired from the Air Force in 2007, and now works as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, providing computer simulation support for Army training.Fred has been married for 25 years to the girl who should have been his high school sweetheart, and has three kids, three dogs, and a mortgage. When he's not writing or reading, he enjoys running, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing, and playing around with computers.Writing has always been a big part of his life, but he kept it mostly private until a few years ago, when it occurred to him that if he was ever going to get published, he needed to get serious about it. Since then, he's written more than twenty short stories that have been published in a variety of print and online magazines, and a novel, The Muse, that debuted in November 2009 from Splashdown Books, which was a finalist for the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for book of the year in the speculative genre. Speculative fiction is his first love, but he writes the occasional bit of non-fiction or poetry, just to keep things interesting.

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Tamra Wilson
Tamra Wilson

If you thought Wicked was weird, try reading anything past the Wizard in L. Frank Baum’s originals!

Rebecca LuElla Miller

Oooohh, Fred, now that you’ve read Wicked, you really need to jump into the discussion about monsters from yesterday’s post.

I so wish you could have participated in the last CSFF blog tour, too. Lots of controversy about the portrayal of angels.



I’ve seen the musical but not read the book. Oh, do make a series of it, please?