If you're a Sci Fi fan and don't follow Howard Tayler and his web comic, Schlock Mercenary, you're missing out on good writing, good stories, and Schlock himself. Schlock Mercenary Website
Hemingway died in 1961. Nearly fifty years ago. His work is still required in most colleges and high schools. I hated his work when I first read The Old Man and the Sea. Don’t remember when I was forced to read it. Then I grew up and read more and realized how great he was. A … Continue reading Hemingway’s Rules
These are the hounds that hang out with us. Luna This is Luna. She's our Primary Dog. Responsibilities include eating, sleeping, and barking at the UPS guy. She was a rescue dog who'd been at the Humane Society ten months. We adopted her when she was just over a year old. Luna weighs in at … Continue reading Blog Dogs
It’s hard to get honest feedback. But it’s important. I fall in love with my characters. I know what drives them, what they fear, what they want, and even their favorite ice cream. How much do readers need to know? What’s critical to the story? What’s boring? If only we had a way for writers … Continue reading Writing and Critique Groups
https://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/1238067830165135361 Just found out that this has been made into a TV series. My first draft of Solar Prime had 160,000 words. That's over 500 pages. Bit long for a first novel. The version I turned over to the publisher has 102,000. Hope I made it look like I knew what I was doing!
How scientifically accurate does science fiction need to be? When I was looking for an agent, I noticed that many of the agencies would accept science fiction, but only a small subset were interested in "hard science fiction" - stuff that is as technically accurate as the author can make it at the time. The … Continue reading Pushing Tech
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman.com, @neilhimself) is one of my favorite authors. He wrote American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Anasazi Boys, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett). I heard an interview with him (maybe about him, and unverified, so consider this as such). In the interview he mentioned that he never shows his first draft to anyone … Continue reading Rules for Writing
One of the storylines in Solar Prime revolves around the dinosaur extinction event. The quest itself is called KT Crossing in the book. That is a reference to the geological boundary between the Cretaceous (K) and Tertiary (T) periods. Current theory is that a meteoroid hit Earth where the Chicxulub (CHEEK-shuh-loob) crater is today (Yucatan … Continue reading Dark matter, dinosaurs, and super-massive black holes
As an Air Force Test Pilot, I spent a lot of time in the Mojave Desert. Close to Barstow, there was a thing called Solar One. Solar One - Wikipedia photo A large tower with a circular array of mirrors that focused the reflected sunlight on a central point atop a tower. Originally the project … Continue reading Where did it start?
The working title of the upcoming book is Solar Prime. It's set in the near future and revolves around augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and gaming. Inspiration came from Ready Player One (Earnest Cline), Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card), and The Moon Maze Game (Larry Niven and Steven Barnes) Big thanks to Inklings Publishing (@Inklings7, inklingspublishing.com) … Continue reading Solar Prime