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A Year of Audible, 2014

I love to read, but I never have the time and energy to read nearly as much as I would like. Last year I broke down and started using Audible. Here’s the result.

Machines Like Us

Computers will soon become more intelligent than us. Some of the best brains in Silicon Valley are now trying to work out what happens next.

39 Cents a Day

Perhaps I shouldn’t find this specific video so funny, but I do. It speaks to the hubris that we know what is better for somebody else. “Don’t even know what country you’re in.”

Finished Bellicose Draft

I started Bellicose in 2012, after two other projects were stalled. I slowly worked my way to completion in 2013. After committing to only 500 words per day, I completed the draft on 21 January. You can see my writing progress as I continue. My next step is to pick up the Luctation draft and work it through to completion.

Skyfall Plot Analysis

I saw Skyfall not long after it opened. Then I read some reviews. One reviewer commented that the villain did not show up until the mid-point in the story, “which was a gutsy move.” Having studied a fair-amount of story plotting, I think the reviewer got it wrong because he wasn’t paying attention to the …

Work in Progress: Bellicose

I’m finally in pre-production for Bellicose, the first of the Postal Marine Series. Last Fall, I published Scintilla, which was always meant to be the fourth of a series of five novels. I quickly plotted the second novel Luctation, a novel portraying Jonaldy, Scintilla’s villain as the hero. After grinding out 20,000 …

When Friends Take a Turn for the Worse

Have you ever known somebody who turned out to be somebody else? Come to rely on that person, that go-to person, only to find out he had feet of clay? Sometimes that friend was never your friend, they were just setting you up for their advantage. I’m going to talk about a friend who did not betray me, but he let me down …

A Little About the Core Series

It took me a while to regain my momentum, but Scintilla has gone through its revision. Scintilla is a Sci-Fi novel about three cultures in collision. On one hand, you have the mighty Core. You also have the backwater world of Kopio, with its aristocrats and peasants. Its fundamental question is about freedom.

After Action Review on Scintilla's First Draft

Just about every writer’s resources says to take time away from your writing project after the first draft. It’s like spending an intense amount of time with a loved one, then abstaining for a while to make sure you’re objective about the relationship. Or, whatever. How long is open to interpretation, but I …