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    The Writer in Me…

    …he’s a cynical bastard. He often views story lines with an almost detective-like attention to detail that reveals even the tiniest of flaws. Continuity problem? He’ll see it. Deus ex machina? He’ll spot it. Factual error? Going to catch that too. Unrealistic physics? That’s his bag, baby. The worst part is that the writer in me often breaks my immersion, and isn’t usually on purpose. The writer in me simply analyzes everything, and feeds me the “bugs” they’ve introduced with a bit of salt to suck on. Mmm, tasty. (Not.)

    Thankfully however, having the Writer in me means that I’m not likely to make those kinds of mistakes in my writing. My first book (codename: OWOW) has certainly been written without loopholes of the sort, and I think that could be said for my other writing as well. Since I can easily see the holes, it seems I’m quite adept at filling them adequately – or skipping them completely. An important skill, in my opinion.

    Another important skill I’ve got which currently relates is my stubbornness. I’ve been a bit stubborn with my next read (The Dreaming Void) as I couldn’t initially get into it but wanted to keep reading about the universe Hamilton created for The Commonwealth Saga. After about a tenth of the book I was unconvinced it’d be for me, but I kept at it – and last night crossed close to a third of the way through, and decided I did like it after all. He really throws it all at you, but it becomes clearer the more you read. Pandora’s Star must’ve been that way too, but for some reason I couldn’t put it down. Maybe it just had a better hook (the first dream was a bit lacklustre).

    In other news, I haven’t been up to too much exciting as the heat has been getting to me. Temperatures of 35*C (95*F) or higher tend to make me a lethargic lump of useless garbage, so I’ve just been catching up on the usual; anime, television shows, movies, and gaming. I’m all caught up on anime and television, so it’s good that tomorrow the heat will break for a few days. I’d love to get some pages in.

    That writer in me might be a cynical bastard, but he needs a little attention too. πŸ˜›

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    This & That

    As of this weekend I’m completely done The Commonwealth Saga, having read my way enthusiastically through all 1900+ pages of Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained (print equivalent). It was a particularly wild ride, filled with a ton of different perspectives, factions, environments, motives, twists, and mentions of “enzyme-bonded concrete.” Only that last one was a bit of a negative, and to be honest it seemed to be toned down in the second book – of which I was quite appreciative. πŸ˜›

    A hardcore sci-fi space opera, The Commonwealth Saga was every bit worth the read. Like The Expanse andΒ Takeshi Kovacs series’ before it, I believe it has shown me new ground I hadn’t considered. It opened a door that I couldn’t close, even if I wanted to.

    It also may have led me towards my latest idea…

    Yep, I’ve got a new idea(!) – and it’s a doozy. Strong, clingy, and relentless (much like the idea for my first book), this seed of something larger has already led to a few thousand words of intriguing story, and will in all confidence lead to something more. This might even be book material, if all continues on as it has so far. I really hope it does.

    Speaking of book material, I’ve picked up The Dreaming Void as my next read; another title from Commonwealth Saga author Peter F. Hamilton, and the first part of a trilogy. I haven’t cracked it open yet, but I plan to. Maybe a bit more writing first…

    So, back to the pages of something I go. I’ll keep you updated. πŸ˜‰

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    …and all the evils spilled out

    I didn’t realize that in starting to read Pandora’s Star, I’d be opening a Pandora’s Box of sorts; all the evils of addiction taking a hold of my soul as I was pressed ever onward. The book is nearly a thousand pages long, and yet I read the whole thing over the past few days and sit here wanting more. The world Peter F. Hamilton has crafted is quite intricate, and the way his characters weave together is superbly done. If not for the excessive use of the phrase “enzyme-bonded concrete” to describe his scenes, I wouldn’t have had much to complain about

    As such, it can only be expected that I should continue on reading if possible – and thankfully, the sequel and conclusion Judas Unchained has just been acquired. Apparently it’s even longer than Pandora’s Star, so it looks like I’m only around forty-eight percent of the way through the story. Holy shit.

    In somewhat related, but hopefully totally not influenced by it news, I saw some weird shit the other night when I was watching the skies for the Perseids. Here’s my first-hand account, pasted from Twitter.

    So I’m out front, looking up at the sky just now. Perseids are at peak, so why not. Was out there for about forty minutes. Right as I’m about to come inside, I see something weird at the edge of my vision. It looks like atmospheric contact, but I only just catch it.

    So I ignore it, but keep watching thanks to the hint of more things to see (especially in the city where there’s light pollution like crazy). A minute later, I see a streak in the same spot. Short, but bright. I change up where I’m looking to focus on that spot.

    Not ten seconds after I start staring at this new spot, I see a light. It blinks, like a camera. Just once. I keep my eye on that part of the sky. The light comes back, this time a slow blink. Like a really long exposure camera flash. I can see now that the light moves.

    So I follow the trajectory, and watch as the light randomly blinks and long-flashes. No real pattern, but it moves across the sky. Then it stops, right beside what I believe to be Cassiopeia. It turns and curls back towards its origin.

    At this point, it moves behind the tree in my yard. I move to keep an eye on it and the blinking turns to a much less bright and in-between version. Slow, but not like the long exposures. Quicker than that. Then it disappears.

    What the fuckity fuck fuck.

    I live near an airport, and know what airplanes look like. Helicopters too. I’ve been watching the stars and the meteor showers for years. I know what these things and other celestial bodies move like. This was nothing I’ve ever seen before.

    I’m not willing to say it’s aliens, I’m not that excitable – but whatever it was it completely stumps me. Its motion indicated that it was propelling itself somehow, and not moving solely with inertia. It curved back on itself and both sped up and slowed down at times.

    I went outside expecting to see something I knew, and came away with questions I’ll likely never get answered. I’m not a fan of this feeling, and I hate the unknown. That’s my story, like it or not.

    So yeah, not sure what the hell that was but it sure got my mind going. While I’d love for it to be something awesome (in one way or another) like aliens, it was probably just something weird I’ve never heard of – like the gas in a meteor heating and causing it to flare. It’s interesting to think about though, and it definitely looked like something out of this world.

    Back to book reading and story writing for me though, lots to do. πŸ™‚

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    Book Lovers Day

    So according to Twitter, it’s apparently Book Lovers Day. I’ve never heard of that before, but then again I don’t pay much attention to all those holidays made up for every day of the year. I’ve got enough to remember without hundreds more mostly useless holidays crammed in there…

    But still, it’s Book Lovers Day – and as someone who loves books I was considering what I was going to do. Should I try and start one of the titles I’ve picked up on recommendation, or should I do something more personal? After a little internal debate I opted for the latter, and will be sitting down to read my own book (Codename: OWOW) as soon as I finish this post. Written by me or not, it’s given me goosebumps all the way up to my last read-through… and I want to see if it still has that power or not. πŸ˜›

    Seeing as how you can’t read my book yet, what will you be reading? Let me know!

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    Books by the Boatload

    While I have been busy elsewhere, I have also been chewing through books like a madman lately; trying to hit a lot of the classics and movie inspirations I’ve always meant to read. In the last three weeks or so I’ve read Limitless (Aka; The Dark Fields) by Alan Glynn, Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the inspiration for Blade Runner) by Philip K. Dick, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and Contact by Carl Sagan. It has been a pretty wild ride of greats, and all titles I hadn’t read before. If I was including re-reads this list might be twice as big. πŸ˜›

    That ride has ended rather abruptly at the moment though, as for the first time since I started those six titles I’ve not got another new one lined up. Today will be at least partially filled by looking for some more titles to chew through, so I won’t be too worried about running out again.

    In other news, I’ve come up with a few ideas and have begun poking at some new short stories; one of them even diverging from the usual sci-fi into horror. They’re early stages right now as I’ve been mainly focusing on the new book, but there should be something in the pipeline soon. The ideas are rather insistent, and who am I to refuse their birth?

    Back to it though, lots to do. Keep an eye out for more updates soon!