At least it’s a fun topic for an internet that’s been anything but fun lately, eh? I’ve seen a couple of major threads going around in people’s posts this morning regarding the new Star Wars movie title unveiled today. One, that it brings back the member berries of The Last Starfighter, which I have to […]
Science Fiction author Sharon Lee made a tweet this morning which got me to thinking: The internet really is a Slough of Despond lately. Now it’s always been that way to some extent, to paraphrase the epic film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the internet is about bitching about movies. We’ve gone full tilt on that scale to […]
Happy Saturday everyone! over the last couple weeks I’ve been doing a casual study/read of Elizabeth Moon’s awesome space opera novel, Trading In Danger. This is the first book in the Vatta’s War series. Ms. Moon is a master in this genre, and this series is worth the study for writers and Space Opera fans […]
“Were you planning to wake sleeping beauty?” Ky asked. “Or were you waiting for a prince?” I would have expected that the big attack was coming from the mercenaries, but it didn’t. This chapter shows that there’s some down time between when the merc cruisers get in range and as the Glennys moseys off into space. […]
“There are two warships insystem, mercenaries.” Last chapter, the ansibles were blown, cutting off communication. Ky has decided to take precautionary action to undock from the station and run, in case someone is coming to shoot up the station and destroy it. That decision proves effective, as we learn there are warships in the system, […]
I don’t listen to much Christian music. I find, like most Christian-centric entertainment that often it is cheesy, shoddily produced, focused on shoehorning a Bible verse in rather than telling a compelling narrative or creating good characters we can relate to. I said most, before people start emailing me with links to different Christian music/books/comics/films. However, […]
Wrote an article over on Athletics Nation yesterday. I am not in the know enough to have conclusive evidence, but something doesn’t smell right. http://www.athleticsnation.com/2017/1/17/14303188/why-arent-we-talking-more-about-steroids
Trading In Danger Ch7 “—an emergency like this,” she heard. “Unprecedented, we simply have no idea what will happen now.” I’ve tried to find a good quote that exemplifies each chapter, and so far I’ve been able to do so very easily. Ms. Moon’s writing is clear, crisp and easy to follow, which is part […]
Chapter 6 opens with Vatta heading to the embassy at Sabine Prime. We learn that the situation between the planets in the situation is much more unstable than we thought. The embassy has Slotter Key residents who require passage to get off planet, as they’d been abandoned before. Ky agrees to take them aboard, which […]
As much as I of course want to nominate myself for such an award, with so few categories and as a “book blog”, I’m going to recuse my own work from this vote, which I may not do for other awards later so do stay tuned, friends and readers! Without further ado, here’s my Planetary Award […]
Team Covenant this week put up a pretty interesting video from a gaming business perspective. It’s a bit dry if you’re not interested in the topics, but they interviewed Fantasy Flight’s CEO Christian T. Petersen about the Asmodee merger last year, what it means, and Fantasy Flight’s direction going forward. I love Team Covenant’s videos, […]
Again I want to thank everyone for the laughs, the clicks, the support. This has been a lot of fun, and as there is a time for everything under heaven, there is a time to end this campaign. I’ve been debating what to do with the funds raised for the last couple of days, as […]
The above photo is of me, while I was pretty deathly ill with bronchitis. A friend, who I won’t attribute for his own safety, added the iconic ugly mustache that was popular in the 1930s to the picture, to let me know that I, in all that I do, am literally Hitler. I thank him […]
Something was going to have to give somewhere. Here we get into the meat of the story. I’ve been talking about transitioning from exposition to complication for the last couple chapters, and here we have it! The first thing Ky does here, is confront her crew about her plotting to not follow the letter of […]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uik5fgIaI – Advertisement for the Switch. Their press conference happened tonight, and Nintendo revealed their new console coming out in March. It acts as both a portable gaming device and a home console. The system parks into a cradle which then can connect to your TV for that kind of experience.
The outrcry of support from the public has truly been something special, as people understand my deep medical need for an Amazon Echo and a Trevor Plouffe jersey. Here’s the metrics of the campaign so far:
“A matter of trade and profit.” This marks the 4th chapter of exposition. We were introduced to Ky’s military life in Ch1 . Introduced to family life in ch2. Introduced to shipbound life in ch3, and then in an interesting turn of events, Ky goes through customs at the planet Beltina. Ky spends some time […]
Ten days later, when Glennys wallowed uneasily into endim translation, Ky watched the strain gauges and wondered how the ship had passed its last inspection. Chapter 3 starts a lot slower than the first two did. The first two we had heavy emotional moments and disorientation for the character. I hoped that we’d immediately take […]
https://www.gofundme.com/amazon-echo-trevor-plouffe-jersey Important important stuff. Please watch the whole video if you have a soul.
My friend Stephanie Osborn has a new book out today. Looks cool! here’s the info: Chromosphere Press Announces the Latest from Stephanie Osborn! 2 January 2017 — Huntsville, AL
“Disgrace doesn’t last forever.” In this chapter we meet a friendly face, Ky’s former flight instructor Gaspard. He lets her co-pilot despite her uncle’s wishes, establishing Ky as a competent pilot as well as someone who is pretty patient and follows orders well. We’re into regret in Ky’s head at this point, further drawing us […]
Rats, rats and flying rats. She was majorly doomed. Trading in Danger opens as we meet Cadet Kylara Vatta, thrust into a situation where she has been summoned to the Commandante’s office at her academy and a seemingly unfair call for her resignation being foist upon her, which we become instantly aware that it’s one […]
I’m going talk about something that should sound obvious, and will apply to almost every game you play. This is mostly advice to people who are novice to moderate at playing, as they’ll see the fastest curve of growth from heeding it. A very important aspect of upping your game is to make sure […]
You know those craigslist transactions in a sketchy neighborhood? You might be going to pick up a collection of Magic: The Gathering or a rare Star Trek ornament, but you don’t want to park your car and get kidnapped? Bring a friend to those is my advice, because this is about something completely different!