It’s not secret I’ve been thinking a lot about space opera recently. It’s my favorite thing to both read and write and I’ll be coming out with my first book in the genre in short order! In the meantime though, I’ve put together my list of my top five favorite all time space opera series. Any of these would be a great place to get started if you’re interested in the genre.
I know there’s some that a lot of people would think should be on the list: Honor Harrington, Ringworld, Lensman to name a few. While I understand the appeal of all of those, the characters of the ones below are so near and dear to my heart that I don’t even think those excellent and well regarded series compare. There is some overlap between “books that inspired me to write” list last week and this, because I love Space Opera so much. Continue reading
Hello there, NaNoWriMo enthusiast! Whether you’re writing, thinking of writing, or just interested in how these books are made, you’ve made it to Part III of my Anatomy of a Novel blog series. This step is going to be the first part where I’m actually going to be doing the work along with anyone else at this point, as I’d had plans for parts I and II for awhile now.
This part is about defining your characters. Continue reading
I don’t do a lot of guest posting on here, but from time to time I do have interest in promoting work that’s interesting to me. S.D. Grimm is the author of the forthcoming YA fantasy novel, Scarlet Moon, from Gilead Publishing. I’ve gotten to know her in the past through the writing community and in particular author Nadine Brandes, who also has a new YA fantasy, A Time To Rise, out now. Ms. Grimm early on gave me the privilege of reading a few of her chapters back in the day when she was submitting her novel, and I was very impressed with her work, and happy to see that it’s coming to market!
You can find out more about her here:
Facebook, Twitter, Website, Pintrest
And once more, Scarlet Moon on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Scarlet-Moon-Children-Blood-Book/dp/1683700503/
Scarlet Moon is coming out tomorrow, October 21st, marking her debut novel. So I figured it’d be interesting to sit down and ask her a few questions about the book and herself! Enjoy. Continue reading
Welcome to the second part of our NaNoWriMo series: The Anatomy of A Novel!
Last time, on this blog, I mentioned that the next step would be to create some characters to play around in our idea and make a story go.
But we’re not ready to do that yet. Before we can get to a character and who he or she is, we need to figure out a little about the world they live in. Culture, technology, religion, politics, sports teams (especially sports teams. If you are an LA Kings fan, you may stop reading this blog now.), can dictate a lot about who we are and how we make our decisions. That informs our characters. Continue reading
I’m going to take a brief detour from my NaNoWriMo prep, as today I started thinking about when I became interested in writing, and what pushed me to it. Honorable mention has to go to the television show, Babylon 5, as reading those scripts opened my eyes to in depth story telling at a young age, as I became interested in the magic behind creating something for the screen. Without further ado, here’s the books: Continue reading
After my last post, I received a question asking: how much prep can you really do for NaNoWriMo? And that’s a really good question. I’m aware that there’s different types of writers out there, some people just write and go, letting the flow take them where it needs to. This really isn’t for a writer more in that camp.
I, like most people, have limited time. So I have to plan my writing. I may get 30 minutes here, an hour there, and I need to make sure that is maximized if I’m going to hit goals. NaNoWriMo isn’t the hardest goal to hit, as it breaks down to about 1,667 words per day, which I do pretty regularly, but if you miss a few days or get stuck, it can be overwhelming to catch up.
I plan a bit ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about what I’m writing, I just have to execute what I already intended on doing.
Which brings me to part one of my Anatomy Of A Novel series: Where Do Ideas Come From? Continue reading
I wrote a book over the last year or so (did a few drafts of it), and in the editorial process my editor, Jennifer Brozek, did actually take out all of my left-out oxford comma instances and put in commas, which she cannot do on my blog! Muahaha.
Yes, I laugh in sinister manners over oxford commas. Leave me alone.
Where was I? Oh yes! A book. I’m going to be coming out with a book through world’s finest (is that trademarked?) publisher Evil Girlfriend Media in short order. What I get asked by most people when they hear this is “How do you write a book?” Snarky as I am, I’m tempted to say “install MS Word, then start typing” but I actually have a very organized process, which might or might not work for you, so I’m going to share that as I begin writing another book for NaNoWriMo this year. This preparation will take place over the next few days and hopefully will lead to something nice that I can start writing on November 1 — and I hope you’ll find it useful for yours too!
On the finished book front — look for further announcements: coming soon.
I’ve mentioned on various social media in the last couple months that I’ve been rewatching Star Trek: Enterprise, which was rebranded as simply “Enterprise” from the onset to try to appeal to a younger, hipper, I have no idea what they thought they were doing with either that or the theme song, now that I think about it. Continue reading
Space Opera has been a sub-genre that’s excited me since I discovered the subgenre of Science Fiction at about 12 years of age, when I first discovered Babylon 5 on television. Truth be told, I knew of it much earlier through Star Wars, but I didn’t recognize that as space opera until much later. All I knew at the time was that I loved the sense of wonder and exploration of alien cultures mixing with our own, watching as vast interstellar wars captured my imagination.
What is Space Opera and what differentiates it from other science fiction? Continue reading
The Rich Hill Sweepstakes is officially over! I’m going to include the last couple weeks in general in this, as this all started with the Chapman trade from the Yankees to the Cubs. But who did the best? Who did the worst? Here we go, starting with the losers this year: