A Fettered Mind is:

I am a writer, mostly of historical fiction but dabble in future fiction, satire, and essays. Brisbane, Australia, is my home, and I am currently completing a research MFA through the Queensland University of Technology.

Obsessed with history, Japan, Spain, time, cycling, beer, brewing, Aikido, the sentient mind, Human spaceflight, landscape…

Sleep is my last resort

Favourite authors include:  Kim Stanley Robinson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Haruki Murakami, Richard Flanagan, Carl Sagan, David Foster Wallace, and of course Takuan Sōhō.

I remember everything, even if it didn’t happen – Mark Twain

Fictional quotes:

Me considero bendecido de morar en estos tiempos de guerra, no en la paz, donde me estancaría en la clase campesina; languidez constante my nalgas y embotando mi mente—

—I am most blessed to abide in this time of war, not in peace, where I would stagnate in the peasant classes; constant languor softening my arse and dulling my mind. Military conflict is not so unpredictable. Just as the oceans, it has patterns to discern. Vanquished or victor, we perish or improve, our fortunes rise or recede. The observant soul rides the tides of war to secure themselves a better future.
– Franco, 1588

People object when coerced down a particular path, even if they know it is for the better. It is primeval; they feel trapped and cannot get passed this feeling. You have to make them want to go; make the lead so soft they forget it is there.
– Sonam Dorje – 15th Dalai Lama

Yes Wilkins is a good man, he will do what is right. It’s just that what I need of him is not yet right.
– Yanagita, to an aboriginal elder

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