• Writing

    March Writing Results

    by Just over 20k words for March, keeping me in line with the year so far, but still low. And yet, I’m happy with the progress because a lot of my time was spent editing. I’m not drafting a whole lot, but I’m making progress in catching up on the polishing of stories I want to move forward on. March accomplishments: Work on the 3rd Draft of the Troll World Quintet continues. Shrine, the second book, made it to the end of the make it pretty draft. I’m working on Book 3, Forest, now, still at kind of a slow pace, but getting about a quarter of the way through…

  • Life

    Time for a Social Media Break

    by We’re all sick of the pandemic, the rotating restrictions, the changing rules, the government incompetence. Social media is an easy way to distract from that, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you remember that ever social media platform’s primary need is to keep you on it for as long as possible (because you’re the product and never forget that), you should remind yourself to take a look at your social media habits. I’ve caught myself doomscrolling and I’ve caught myself hatescrolling and I’ve caught myself trying to modify the ad algorithms on FB by searching for specific things to click on, hiding or reporting others, and…

  • Fiction,  Life

    In the Immortal Words of Admiral Ackbar

    by So there’s this little rant making the rounds on social media complaining about Pepé le Pew being cancelled. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times in the last two days on Facebook. What follows is direct copypasta. I’ve put it in quotes and changed the justification, but here it is in all its… well, not so much glory as word salad. “Listen up Buttercups! As someone who actually grew up watching PePe LePew (and all those “BAD” Saturday morning cartoons), I never saw Pepe as a rapist or promoting rapist culture. HELL I didn’t even know what a rapist was. I WAS A CHILD! Let me impart my…

  • Math notes on the blackboard.
    Education

    Project: The 50 Year-Old Freshman

    by I’ve mentioned here and there that I’m going back to school. School as in university. University as in the university of my youth, the one I walked away from with most of a degree complete but with the patience to deal with what I thought was annoying bullshit at the time but which I now recognize was just me not paying attention to reality and what I actually needed to do in order to be a good student. Part of the problem was that I’d never had to be a good student before I got to university. Things came easy enough that I could get away with just paying…

  • Life,  Pets

    Muffin the Bunny’s Departure

    by There’s nothing to remind us about mortality and the fragility of life that does so as well as the death of a family pet. My youngest daughter adopted two rescue rabbits last summer. She settled them in, built an environment out of her room that was not just bunny-friendly but specifically for bunnies, worked through the bonding process carefully and thoroughly, monitored diets and any tiny potential health item or hazard that was possible to monitor. One of them has a long-term GI issue that will probably always be part of his life. It doesn’t seem like it affects his behaviour most of the time, but sometimes he gets…

  • Writing

    Yup, Still Writing FanFic

    by There’s really only one reason, and that reason trumps all of the arguments against doing it, which mostly boil down to how you can’t make money playing in other people’s universes unless you’re specifically invited by the rights holder. Here’s the thing, though. I don’t write my fanfic because I’m trying to make money at it, I’m doing it because I want new stories in the Star Trek prime universe that I would have enjoyed reading or seeing on the screen. If anyone else happens to enjoy them, too, then that’s a good thing. So far, I’m at: Published = 2 novels and 7 short stories. And I’m using…

  • Selection of tools
    Writing

    Construction in Progress

    by Or maybe spring cleaning. Or both, really, but the cleaning part will likely go past spring. Some significant changes are happening around the site right now. I’m trying to completely reorganize so that it’s more intuitive to find things and folks who visit are seeing the things they care about as well as the things I’d like them to see. The big changes: I’m switching to a static-ish front page (you may already have noticed this, or maybe not; it’s not like I get a tonne of traffic – click here to see if you’re interested). This will ultimately have a sort of standard format that includes a few…

  • Writing

    February Writing Report

    by Just over 19k words for February which was a little higher than January, but still on the low side for the last year or so. Not horrible, and still mostly editing, but still a decent month overall. And I even finished a story. February accomplishments: Work on the 3rd Draft of the Troll World Quintet is a bit slower than I would like, but it’s progressing. I’m still in Book 2, about 60% done, and having added almost 5,000 words so far. It’s slower going than I’d like, but between the dictation clean up and the making it pretty part of things, it’s some fairly heavy rewriting. Two short…

  • Writing

    I Hate Flashbacks

    by I hate flashbacks in fiction. I’m not saying don’t ever use them. I’m not even saying I don’t ever use them. But where they exist, they should: Be really, really short. Be really, really interesting. Actually move the main plot forward. The problem is, nearly all flashbacks fail on one or more of these. More likely, they: Are very intrusive and tend to throw me out of the story. Serve to insert some “clever” bit of worldbuilding or backstory that would serve the actual story better by being included in more “current” events. Take up far more narrative space than what they’re adding warrants. Interrupt the flow of the…

  • Music

    No Country Music

    by I like to think that my music tastes are fairly eclectic. While something like ¾ of my current rotation consists of 80s rock across various types and genres, the remaining 25% runs the gamut from classical to certain flavours of techno. There’s a little jazz and (don’t tell anyone) a dash of opera, bits of rock and pop from the 60s through current (although less and less beginning in the 90s when I feel most music started to be so over-produced that you had a hard time hearing the individual instruments – that’s started to change in the last few years as the current version of the internet age…