I'm not the only one..

It seems that others have the same problems I do composing at the keyboard.

Fellow Baen Barfly Jasini took Sarah Hoyt's advice and picked up a used Alphasmart.

I don't know how writers can stand it..

Sometimes this writing thing is annoying as hell.

I head off to sleep last night after replaying the first two campaign scenes in Warzone 2100. I lie there for a bit, tossing and turning..

Then this story idea I had dreamt a while back started fleshing itself out and wouldn't let me get to sleep, so I wrote it all down in the notebook I keep by my bed.

I try again to sleep but cannot. It absolutely insists that I put it in the computer with the rest of my notes. Now!

NaNoWriMo draws near

Official NaNoWriMo 2006 Participant
Once again, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) beckons writers, amateur and professional alike. It runs every year through the month of November.

I signed up in anticipation of participating, but I don't yet know if I'm going to be able to go through with it, as November tends to be a busy month for me. It's really too bad it doesn't happen in September, when I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs most of the time.

Planetary Defense

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cover of Planetary DefenseAn Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-terrestrial Invasio

author: Travis S. Taylor
Bob Boan
R.C. Anding
T. Conley Powell
asin: 1581124473
binding: Paperback
list price: $34.95 USD
amazon price: $31.45 USD

An interesting foray into the what-ifs and why-fors of preparing for an extra-planetary attack of some sort or another.

This book not only delves into the hows and whys of a "classic" alien invasion (as seen in science fiction), but non-standard approaches that should be accounted for.

For example, the book also deals with: preparing for collisions with Near Earth Objects; preparations for civil defense, in the case of natural disaster; dealing with a resource depletion scenario of our own devising by reaching out to the stars.

I recommend this book to:
* Science fiction authors

Gedcom db for character family trees?

I'm thinking that it would be a good idea to build a GEDCOM-based db of the family trees of the colonists for my story.

Certainly, since it's going to be a closed genepool, it wouldn't be that large to start. However, we are looking at at least half a millenium's worth of offspring to follow.

Of course, I've got a ways to go before I'm ready to publish anything relating to this project.


Recently, I've been line editing on a volunteer basis for a new fiction magazine.

In essence, the job involves reading through new short-fiction authors' works and fixing glaring spelling and grammatical errors. Minor stuff gets replaced then and there (like when they put 'there' when they mean 'their'), but major stuff has to be noted and sent back to the author for their input.

The interesting thing about it is that it's giving me a real hankerin' to write up my old mud concept's backstory in novel (or serialized short story) format.

First post

This is my first blog post. Ever.

Hopefully, I will actually keep a journal here.

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