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Cringeworthy Tropes & Cock-Blocking Idea Killers

I have a confession to make…

While I’ve been a little neglectful of the sidebar in this respect (sorting it after this post!), I’ve recently been reading another set of Peter F. Hamilton books. In fact, I’m currently working through the contained series The Night’s Dawn, which strays outside the Commonwealth universe I’ve been reading about so far, and instead deals with a universe known commonly as the Confederation. Once again I was apprehensive going into something different as I didn’t know whether my interest would hold up, but once again Mr. Hamilton took to proving me wrong. Almost.

About halfway through the trilogy as a whole, I’ve come to a point where a certain trope has popped up, and it has honestly made me cringe and put the book down. Never before have I felt such revulsion at a choice in Hamilton’s work, and it has soured me a bit on this series as a whole. Of course, once I get over the disgust I’ll probably push through and finish it, and I can definitely say that my opinion could change afterwards (I don’t generally hold grudges), but the sheer inverse Deus ex Machina of the whole thing has given me a hell of a sour taste in the moment. It also makes me hope that I’ve not pulled that in any of my writing, as I’d feel fucking horrible for doing so. It’s something I can’t stop thinking about, which makes me think I’ll do well to avoid it in the future, but even so…

But I digress.

In other news, I’ve just recently had to go back through a story I’m writing and edit out something I’d tossed in due to a rather annoying idea-based cock-block by NASA. Since I’ve got to change it in ways that makes my explanation irrelevant, I might as well tell you that I was going to include a little something about Kepler in one of my stories, but their thorough decommissioning of the poor ol’ telescope has left me without a modicum of a chance for my desired plot point. Now, instead of slipping in something cool from real life, I’ve had to turn to a twisted version of something from the future to fill the gap. What a pain!

Back to the grind though, as there’s still lots of good bits in my head that would do well on a page. Maybe I’ll even be able to kick out a short story or two if I’ve got time, but I’m hoping to get some articles and blog posts out between now and the new year so keep an eye out either way. 😉