SyFy Going Back To Focusing On Science Fiction

I got up this morning, and after dealing with a number of comments on my last post, I saw something pretty interesting. It seems SyFy has decided to reboot the network and focus on science fiction again like it did in the old days. Continue reading “SyFy Going Back To Focusing On Science Fiction”

Tense Times

One of my rules for this blog is to not get political. In my day job, I have ample opportunities to do that, and I’m sure I can find a venue for anything they don’t want but I feel the need to say.

However, politics directly impacts the times, and right now, times are tense.

For the last week or so, I’ve been pondering the way our nation is heading, and it scares the crap out of me.

We’ve had riots regularly since the inauguration, and there’s been plenty of violence directed at people who share opinions pretty similar to mine. Further, this violence was directed at people who are often far less public than I am about those views. Continue reading “Tense Times”

Why You Should Never Take It At Face Value

Yesterday, I watched this show on Netflix called “The Pyramid Code.”  I was looking to see if I could glean any story ideas from it since a type of pyramid appears in some of my current series (or, will, I should say).  However, I came across something else worth talking about.

For example, one of the “experts” shown on the program is Dr. Carmen Boulter from the University of Calgary.

Now, some of the stuff in the program sounds really cool, but I wanted to see what Dr. Boulter’s background was.  I could hardly believe the line of reasoning presented in the program was something being seriously believed by egyptologists, even a minority of them. Continue reading “Why You Should Never Take It At Face Value”

A New Thought On Magical Systems

Fantasy fiction is known for the presence of magic.  Magic is also a central part of many of our legends.  The magic of fairies and elves, the power of none other than Merlin, all deal with magic.

Arthur C. Clarke once famously said that any science sufficiently advanced would be indistinguishable from magic.  Even the movie Thor played with this notion.

I’ve long though that much of what has been considered “magic” may have actually been what we now call “science.”

So, as I’m working on the third Tommy Reilly book, I’m also working on the worldbuilding of a heroic fantasy series.  The first book is called The Last Champion and will deal with some themes I definitely want to explore and I think this series will be the perfect place for that.

However, as a fantasy series, there almost has to be some form of magic.  Brandon Sanderson has written about creating magical systems, and he’s talked about it, and he’d be a great place to go.  That is unless there’s something already built that would work. Continue reading “A New Thought On Magical Systems”

A Review of ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Yes, yes, I know.  Officially, this movie doesn’t come out until May 12, 2017, but I have connections.  Well, I had an internet connection and signed my wife and I up for an advanced showing of this movie.  It had been a while since she and I had gone to see a movie, so my son volunteered to watch our daughter and we had a date night.

Anyway, let’s talk about King Arthur: Legend of the Sword starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, and I’ll try to make this spoiler free. Continue reading “A Review of ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword””

Authors And Twitter

I’ve done a bit of trimming of my Twitter follow list.  Gone are a number of my fellow independent authors.

Now, it’s not that I don’t want to support my fellow writers or anything.  Far from it.  It’s that it’s kind of hard to support people who make that support so exasperating.

Many authors understand that Twitter is a useful vehicle for interacting with readers, so they use it.  I get that.

Here’s the problem, though.  Twitter is not just for pushing your books.

Every unfollow I’ve had in the last few days has been from authors whose only tweets have either been to push their own books or to retweet another author pushing their books.  That’s it.

Frankly, it’s exhausting.

Yes, people who follow you want to know when your new books are coming out.  They really do.  But do you think that’s all they want?

Now couple it with writers who follow other writers in hopes they’ll be followed in turn, and what happens?  You get authors marketing to other authors.  Where have we seen that before?  Oh, yeah.

Look, if you want to use Twitter, I highly recommend you at least use Twitter for something else.  Talk about other media in your genre, like video games, movies, or television. For that matter, talk about anything else.  Anything at all.

There’s one writer I follow who doesn’t talk much about his personal life or his interests, but what he does do is talk about his writing in a different way.  For example, he’ll tweet that he’s starting to write for the day, or that he stopped writing and looked outside and saw a bird or some such stuff.

The point is, he’s still connecting with readers without spamming the crap out of them.  I’ve continued to follow him because he’s doing something for my Twitter feed other than pushing his book.

 

So, really, do something.  Anything.  I don’t care what it is, just provide something other than your books for your readers.  Actually engage with people, for crying out loud.

Anything is better than watching Twitter and wishing people would shut up about their books.

Sabercat Is Now Out!

Today is a day of absolute joy since I not only get to enjoy donuts with my daughter at school today (don’t ask), but Sabercat is also out!

This is my fourth published novel-length work, and I am incredibly excited as it’s my first space opera, therefore my first undisputed science fiction work.  Yes, post-apocalyptic is technically science fiction, but it draws people from outside of science fiction regularly.  It’s also the subgenre literary people feel comfortable playing in for some reason.

Space opera, however, is undisputed science fiction territory, really.  Oh, there are a few who don’t like it because of the lack fo hard science in it, but that’s a preference more than an actual dispute of the genre.

And now, I’m also a space opera author!

The response from the beta readers has me pretty optimistic on this one, so please, go and buy it.  Then, please review it and tell people what you think.

For the record, the sequel to this one is finished and in the beta readers hands at the moment, so there shouldn’t be too long of a wait before the next book is out.  You know, in case you read it and decide you want more and all that.