Cindy, the Enigmatic Doll from Away

Cindy, the Enigmatic Doll From Away

Cindy, the spiritual, all-knowing, introspective character in the “Alternate State of Affairs” series has elevated her storied status to breathless heights. She rules the roost—not in an absolute way but her mysterious ability to see the future has boosted her strategic importance in the plot. No decision is made without her input—not even the Mossad … Read more

Leaving on a Jet Plane

“Leaving on a Jet Plane”

So… “Leaving on a jet plane,” as John Denver so beautifully sang, Cindy, Avra, and I were headed to the beach when a bizarre incident occurred. By the way—this is true—not fiction. Cindy loves to be swaddled, maybe because it gives her comfort, like always being in my rucksack…remembering the flooded Pyrenees tunnel in “Alternate … Read more

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Podcast | Innovation

Innovation. It’s all around us. Be it this podcast, the novel “Reach for the Stars”, the run-and-shoot offense in football, the 3-pointer in basketball, driverless vehicles, automated refrigerators, writing, or exploration. In this episode of the Altered State of Affairs podcast we discuss innovation within the rules and breaking the rules with innovation. Innovation applies … Read more

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Podcast | Transference of Thought

Explore a world where the limits of the mind are challenged, and the vastness of thoughts knows no bounds. Join us as we discuss the art of being receptive and dreaming big. This is an Altered State of Affairs podcast episode all about the transference of thought. In this episode, we discuss: Welcoming the whispers … Read more

Dream Big and Reach for the Stars | Podcast

Podcast | Dream Big and Reach for the Stars

Open your mind to endless possibilities and be inspired by Cindy’s miraculous powers. The Altered State of Affairs series continues as the indomitable trio — Steven, Avra, and Cindy — return in a high-stakes adventure. As tensions simmer in a world on the brink of Russian conflict, an unexpected enemy threatens civilization. It’s a race … Read more

Cindy - telepathic eyeless doll from the novel Altered State of Affairs by Jerald Kasimov

Cindy

Cindy is an adorable baby doll that has been with my wife forever. Now, I’ve adopted her! Dressed in her original bathrobe and bunting, her age and being loved too hard have rendered her eyeless. Cindy has always been around… My wife would say, “Cindy is watching you…” Pretty spooky huh? Cindy found her way … Read more

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Podcast | Chapter 16 + You Never Know (spoiler alert!)

In this episode, the author of Altered State of Affairs reads chapter 16 (spoiler alert!) and talks about character development, personal experiences, visuals, ChatGPT, and how you never know what will happen next. If you haven’t read the novel yet, we recommend you hit pause, read the novel, and come back after, as this episode … Read more

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Podcast | Chapter 10 + Geneva-on-the-Lake

In this episode, the author of Altered State of Affairs reads chapter 10 (a flashback chapter) and talks about summers at Geneva-on-the-Lake with the aim of having the greatest summer ever. They didn’t know it at the time, but these friends would use these hours by the shores of Lake Erie at Geneva-on-the-Lake to set … Read more

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Podcast | Chapters 31-33 + Push Your Boundaries

In this episode, the author of Altered State of Affairs reads chapters 31-33 and discusses how to push your boundaries. List of topics in this episode: Stephen King, science fiction, setting the scene, the alternative, the primary world, physics, “art is in the eye of the beholder”, swim upstream, taking risks, pushing your boundaries, Amazon … Read more