Introducing the new novel by draft89 collective member Rick Talbot.
Breaking Young Divinities is a candid and spiritual coming-of-age tale about a boy who grows up in the housing projects of 1980s Toronto and comes to grips with young adulthood in the 1990s.
He lives a sheltered childhood until high school, where he meets Jen, a mysteriously troubled young woman. She introduces him to his first tastes of passion, adventure, and sex.
In one tragic night, his world is turned upside down by an event that sends him on a misguided quest to come to terms with the world, with the God that he feels has abandoned him, and with the limitations of being human.
Breaking Young Divinities is available now in ebook and paperback formats at the following booksellers:
ebook - $2.99 USD
Paperback - $7.99 USD
Warp Drive might actually happen. Physicist Harold White has made some refinements to the Alcubierre Warp Drive theory. The result is that instead of needing a mass/energy the size of Jupiter to power a warp drive, you need one much smaller, apparently the size of the satellites or rockets that NASA currently launches. So this takes the Alcubierre theory from impossible to one day theoratically possible. Now, apparently there will be experiments with LASERS!!!! Yay!!!!
One thing to keep in mind when you're writing fiction: do you care if the laws of physics in your story are realistic?
If you do, here's a great resouce: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay
This website answers questions like: does space feel cold? Can you hold your breath in space? Do you need a space suit?
I've been doing some research about the moons and rings around Uranus.
Wikipedia is always a good resource. An article appropriately titled Rings of Uranus, goes into a lot of detail. The rings of Uranus are shepherded by many small moons. When I think about the rings, the word "gossamer" comes to mind.
Here's a website that has a nice interactive graphic of the major moons of Uranus. The major moons all lie out beyond the rings.
Should I be spending my time writing, or blogging?
I have a limited amount of time to devote to writing. So how much of my time should I spend blogging, and being 'social' on the interwebs? Every bit of time I spend doing these things (no matter how fun they are) take away a certain amount of time that I could have spent writing.
For example, this weekend I was able to write around 3500 words of my new sci-fi novel. That represents around 4-5 hours of writing. And it's really 6-8 hours in total if I include time spent doing research, making coffee, or yelling at the screen (because all I've managed to write after more than an hour of starting at the cursor is a single word.)
So here's what I'm going to do. I find lots of cool stuff when I do research. So I'll use my website as a place to post links to that cool stuff, along with some personal commentary. That way my blogging doesn't take much time away from my writing. Everybody wins!
You know all that talk about how you should be wary of people who don't do social networking? It has already been written about:
Sci-fi author Corey Mariani wrote a story called Postings from an Amorous Tomorrow where everyone does social networking. In this story your net-worth (so to speak) is measured by how many likes (he calls them "hearts") you have. People with zero likes are considered dangerous, sociopathic. I won't spoil the story, but the consequences of having zero likes are... grave.
You can find this story in Lightspeed: Year One, a compilation from the first year of the online magazine Light Speed.
You may have read the following article. The one about how we should be suspicious of people who don't join Facebook.
The theory goes that if somebody doesn't put their life on the internet, well that person must have something to hide. Like they may be a mass murderer or something.
There's a couple of horrible flaws with this idea:
1. It's not normal to want to put your life on the web. Ten years ago people who did so were in the minority, and were still kind of geeky. Go back further and the internet was abnormal. People who used things like dating sites were considered suspicious, or losers. How times have changed... how the idea of normalcy gets altered so quickly. Normalcy is in many ways a fad.
2. It's not our job to do social networking. We do it because we enjoy it, or we have some kind of exhibitionist streak or need for approval. But it's not part of being a fuctioning human being.
3. There's plenty of murderers who have posted on the internet about their plans. Some were thwarted ahead of time.
Here's the article:
Well, this is just AMAZING.
Robots that can fly in formation, navigate buildings, cooperatively transport cargo, and play music. Suddenly the hovering chopper robots from Terminator don't seem so far fetched.
So, I've decided to self-publish. This opens some doors, and closes some others.
The biggest benefit I can see is the ability for me to connect directly with readers, without having agents or publishers as the gatekeepers. This does mean however that the burden of producing a quality story is fully on my shoulders - I won't have publishing house to support me.
There are a few drawbacks. First, I doubt that I'll ever receive a grant from the Canadian Government or any other government. That's not to say that I actually want to receive a grant. I'm just saying that I probably wouldn't qualify. Based on my research, the grants are limited to people who've been published by a traditional Canadian publishing house. In other words, writing grants are publishing industry subsidies, not writer subsidies.
I also doubt that I'll ever be nominated for one of the major writing awards. I'm not suggesting that I'm actually good enough to win anything. History will decide that. My feeling about the prizes, such as the Giller Prize, or Governor General's Literary Awards, is that they are designed as a marketing/promotional tool for the publishers, not as a way of finding new and great talents. The Governor General's Literary Awards specifically exclude anything self-published from being submitted. Again, it's an industry subsidy. Yay!
I've almost finished editing my new short sci-fi story, "Feaelk." I had hoped to have it online at Smashwords by now, but I've decided to spend more time editing it. This is part of my tendency in the past year to take editing a lost more seriously. I think editing is important. It will help to ensure that the story will be enjoyed by those who read it. The last thing I want to do is trip people up with grammatical and spelling errors! So stay tuned. I'll be getting this puppy published this month!
I've been thinking recently, about when to stop with the editing process and just publish my work.
I'm a writer who intends to self publish, which means the quality of the final text is going to be limited by how much time and money I put into editing. I want my stories to have the highest quality that I can afford to put into them. That means lots of self-editing and volunteer proof-readers. I'm also hoping to hire an experienced freeleance editor as well.
At the same time, there are a lot of commercially published stories which are not very well written. A crappy text can get published by a commercial publishing house. So why bother to do better? Because I believe that it is important to be the best writer that I can be, especially when I will have nobody to blame but myself for the quality of my work. Stay tuned to find out how it all turns out! :-)
The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming out on blu-ray on July 24th. I can't wait! This is exciting for me, both as a sci-fi fan, and as a technology enthusiast. I'm just excited and kind of awed at the thought of people spending months reviewing the original films, digitizing them and then re-editing them to match the original shot-for-shot. Talk about pain-staking work! But the results are worth it.
TrekCore has a review and lots of screen captures from the Bluray: http://tng.trekcore.com/bluray/s1review.html
This looks awesome. An iPad add-in called Wikiweb (http://www.wikiwebapp.com/) add graphs to Wikipedia browsing, so that you can see all of the connections between the articles that you're reading. Perfect for getting lost for a few hours. What I need to know is this: does this app work with Wookieepedia, i.e. starwars.wikia.com? That's all that matters when you think about it....