• Fiction,  Writing

    AO3

    by I don’t keep it a secret that I write some fanfiction, and so far it’s all set in the Star Trek prime universe. Nearly all of it is in or surrounds The Original Series time frame. I have written several pieces that happen in an overlap with the TOS/TAS timeline, in certain ways filling a few gaps in, and a few things in the time after the five-year mission but before TMP starts. The story I am currently drafting takes place a couple of years before the James T. Kirk five-year mission and not on the Enterprise. I have plans for a couple of stories in the TWOK era…

  • Life,  Writing

    Editing Woes

    by So I still haven’t missed a day logging some writing activity since my last day at the casino when the first COVID shut down happened in March of 2020. In 2021, however, most of my writing time has been spent slowly editing a set of novels, the Troll World Quintet, formerly Quartet. I track editing not by time spent, but by net word count change. That means I have some days where I spend an hour editing and the net word count change is a single digit number. More frequently, it’s several hundred, either because I am removing significant portions of a scene and rewriting to make it better,…

  • Education,  Life,  Studying

    You Need Balance, Grasshopper

    by So the question is why I didn’t post for most of May and all of June. I suppose the answer can be made very simple: school. Reality is a bit more than that, of course. It wasn’t really a secret, and I posted about it a couple of times before running silent, that I was returning to university for an undergraduate degree. I talked about the plans in a lot of detail yesterday, so I’m not going to go into it again. But it might be worth discussing exactly what that means in terms of a time commitment. You can find it a number of places on the Queen’s…

  • Education,  Life

    Motivation

    by Spring Term has let me figure out that I do, in fact, have the work ethic to be an effective university student at my age. Something I didn’t really have when I was twenty. If you look back at my academic record during my first sojourn at university, you will discover that I was an erratic student with a general downward trend. Every year I attended, there were good marks and bad marks, basically dependent on how interested I was in the course overall, but with each successive year both sets were a little bit lower. This time, with less of my life ahead of me after my potential…

  • Life

    Smell That?

    by OK, so it’s been awhile. More about that another time. A slightly more current event today. To help keep the peace with Vulcan, I do some off the books work for the Andorian Imperial Guard. Our most recent operation cost me a couple of fractures in the elbow of my dominant arm. It’s going to be a few weeks healing. My guess, based on what I currently know about the location and nature of the fractures is probably on the order of about six weeks. But, I haven’t been to the fracture clinic yet so there’s still some significant imaging in my immediate future that will tell me a…

  • Writing

    #7DayFlashFictionChallenge – Day Seven

    by Tonight’s flash is a bit different. The image I chose gave me something to work towards rather than the starting point for the story, and by the time I got there, I used it as a passing image without any real description. Which is too bad. It’s a beautiful image. Thirty-five minutes and forty-six seconds to come up with this 882-word flash piece. To me, on the post-writing read through, it seems like it’s over very, very quickly without getting much of a chance to do more than startle the reader. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. Playing with the saucer cliché, I briefly thought about using…

  • Writing

    #7DayFlashFictionChallenge – Day Six

    by #7DayFlashFictionChallenge – Day Six Continuing to mess with expectations, today’s flash piece is an attempt to work with a Memoir format. If I planned to keep this up for longer, I’d probably through a whole bunch of genres at the mental wall to see what sticks. Last night’s story was Horror wasn’t, but I think this one stayed truer to what I wanted when I started typing. Memories need to be taken out and dusted off once in a while or they might get lost. Sometimes, they need to be examined for truths beyond the memories themselves. Thirty minutes and thirty-nine seconds by the stop watch to consolidate this…

  • Blood splatter around an old drain.
    Writing

    #7DayFlashFictionChallenge – Day Five

    by With everything else going on, and particularly school and the launch of Ancient Runes, I probably could have been forgiven if I’d skipped today on this, but I didn’t want to. A challenge is a challenge, even if I’ve set it for myself, and it’s not too late yet, or it wasn’t when I started. Yesterday, I mentioned I was going to muck with the alternating SF and Fantasy stories. My thought was to push myself a bit and toss in a couple of other genres. I decided to go with Horror for tonight, though left to my own devices I never read it or watch it. That probably…

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    Publishing,  Writing

    Launch Day for Ancient Runes

    by It’s launch day! Which means that Ancient Runes is no longer listed as pre-order anywhere. Instead, it’s immediate delivery for ebooks and Amazon-speed shipping if you’re after the paperback (which appears to be Prime eligible for those interested). I haven’t really done a launch before, being more focused on building up a bit of a title list over the last two years so that there’s some selection to go with my name. Product before presence, which seems to be the opposite of normal these days. At this moment, Ancient Runes is novel number 6 available, and there are a dozen shorter ebooks and three collections (one of poetry) to…

  • Mist rising out of the marsh around a boardwalk.
    Writing

    #7DayFlashFictionChallenge – Day Four

    by A little earlier today, but it’s my wedding anniversary, so the evening is spoken for. Today’s random image, attached to this post, brought me the following piece of flash fiction. By the stopwatch, it took 43 minutes and 59 seconds to write. According to Word, it’s 995 words long. Can’t get too much closer to the 1000-word mark, can I? I seem to be alternating between Science Fiction and Fantasy so far, which is unusual for me for the last couple of years. As I noted back before New Year’s (link), my reading in the last four or five years has been closer to an 80-20 split. A quick…