Today marks my one year anniversary of my blog and it also happens to be Halloween, I thought it would be apropos to introduce my vampires from Clear Ether. I like the caste system and heritage of the vampires developed by White Wolf but I also wanted something with more of a scientific bent to it, so I barrowed elements from all my favorite vampire genre and added a few of my own. My vampires call themselves the Nemesi. Allow me to introduce them…
There are only a few old languages that have words for vampire -- Hungarian is one of them, and for good reason. That was where the vampires had first arisen on Earth.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
This is the second installment on stuff about my novel, if you want to catch up the first entry is here. This week I’m going to talk a little bit about the setting. One of the major story arcs centers around the Quantum Gates. I had to make some decisions on how long it would take to get to that technology and then disperse it out into the galaxy. After some mental gymnastics I decided on setting the story in 2749. I had some discussions with a couple of established SF novelists and they warned me about the problem of setting the book so far into the future. The easiest way to deal with this is simply to avoid describing life on Earth in that time-frame, because trying to extrapolate living conditions and politics will invariably miss the mark, with me either going far off in the weeds or maybe only a little way off the road. But the story starts on Earth, so I decided to add a major catastrophe to slow down some aspects of technology and societal evolution.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I’ve decided to keep track of my new favorite author’s metaphors/similes. The man is Chuck Wendig and I’m going to call these Wendigisms. The man is a prodigy when it comes to metaphor and creative use of the English language, the Maestro of Metaphor. I’ll be mining his metaphorical gold nuggets and keeping a list of my favorites. I’ll be mainlining those gold veins like a heroin junkie. That’s right, I’m addicted. I’m sure Chuck, er, the Maestro, could have created a better metaphor there; I am merely the keeper of the archive. He is a writer of many forms, and he pontificates over at Terribleminds. What … are you still here? I’ll wait…
This is by no means a complete list, in fact it barely scratches the mildewed linoleum surface, but I intend to keep adding more. These are posted here with his permission. I welcome your suggestions.
Friday, October 21, 2011
I talk to people all the time who, when they find out I’m a writer, tell me how they would love to write but can never come up with any ORIGINAL IDEAStm There are no really ORIGINAL IDEAStm anymore, supposedly, that may also be a lie, but let’s take it on faith that this is true. What there are, are variations on a theme … a juxtapositioning of notions with a different perspective or twist. You CAN find these if you try. I know I did, but it was a meandering path. It was like a seed that mutated as it grew, like a mad Dr. Frankenstein kept adding parts to it. I’m going to share how my current work-in-progress came to be the story that it currently is. I say currently because I’m still revising it. It likely won’t have any substantial changes at this point though, as it’s pretty well fully formed.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Get that chin in, maggot! Oh, sorry, flashback. There is only one answer to a "Why" question when you're a freshman at the Academy, but I digress...
There’s been a lot of noise on the interwebs lately about how or why people should blog or even in some cases not bother to blog at all. Some of it I agree with and some of it I think is bordering on the ridiculous, but is that really anything new? Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
I am fast approaching my one year anniversary on this blog and looking back I had no idea what I was going to do with this site when I started. The entire purpose has always been just to have a space out here in the nether to share stuff that interested me, and the largest focus has been on writing, because that is what I’m doing with the bulk of my “spare” time. On the other hand, I always did intend this to be a place to connect with other people. I am extremely flattered that anyone is reading this stuff. I’ve found that I really like to see people stopping by and reading and leaving comments, it has its own addiction. I love being able to connect to my favorite authors in this new electric frontier, it’s easier than ever before, so in that vein I started this blog with the hopes of one day having my book published and have a place to connect with my readers. Maybe that’s conceited, it’s certainly not intended to be -- I like to think of it as hopeful.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I’ve been strangely busy in the evenings the last couple of weeks; either that or I’ve been playing too much on World of Warcraft of my new beta test group Star Wars the Old Republic! Can’t really talk about that but suffice to say it’s pretty damned awesome.
I’ve been meaning to put up my new blog award for several weeks, and just got another one, so I’m putting them both up together.
Many thanks to Megan Lollman! Her blog is Megan Rae Lollman: Words from an aspiring author from the Midwest. She awarded me the Liebster Blog Award, which is aimed to showcase bloggers with less than 200 followers. The rules: