Author: ecfield

The Hunt: Flash Fiction

Shivering in sodden furs, Koragh stared out of the cave as hurried clouds shed fetid streams.
“The gods must be angry.” His mate whispered from behind as their child suckled. “Can you hunt?”
“We must.” He growled as he hefted the spear, its precious stone tip glistening in the dampness.

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Behind the Creation Part 4

  • Software Tools

Other than the physical hardware of my desktop computer system, I have no financial investment. All of my software is Free and Open Source. The following is a list of what I used to create the Multiplarity trilogy.

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Behind the Creation Part 3

  • Spacecraft

The Multiplarity trilogy mentions several different spacecraft. It might be interesting to see the real-world examples that inspired these craft.

The first is, of course, the US Space Shuttle. While there are many good reasons why it never fully achieved its potential, the fundamental shape was the result of more than twenty-five years of airframe development. The Shuttle was such a good basic shape that the USSR copied it with their Buran Shuttle. A great deal has been written on both designs.

https://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/the_shuttle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_(spacecraft)

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Behind the Creation Part 2

  1. Worldbuilding

Behind the Creation Part 1 can be found here.

When I pause to consider it, Multiplarity not only has multiple plot lines with dozens of characters, but it required the detailed creation of four different fictional worlds. The first third of the book deals with a near future version of our world. The second part follows the founding of a lunar colony called Port Heinlein. The last part involves the reader with a rapidly maturing lunar colony and the colonization of two alien worlds. One is virtual and the other circles another sun.

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STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR

NOTE: I did not write this. It was shared via email and I decided it needed an entry in my blog. If the original author wishes to contact me, I’ll be happy to credit them.

Here are some updated statistics concerning Vietnam era service. I am surprised at the survivors update at the beginning of the stats.
In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet in a larger sense should give you a HUGE SENSE OF PRIDE.

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3D Printing

A Romanian modeler is trying to make a living from selling the pattern files for 3D printed truck models. It is a niche market, at this time. Check out this article, then consider…

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I know a couple of other people, including Ed Traxler, that are making money in niche markets in this manner. No one is getting rich just yet, but I think that companies that make plastic models will soon find themselves downsizing like mad.

We’re going to see 3D printers become common over the next ten years. Like the book publishing industry, the actual creative person will become more important than the manufacturing process. I think the only real value large companies will have is in the editing, advertising, and distribution channels. Large-scale injection molding plants will be shut down. Along with their demise, all their support jobs will go as well.

What do you think?

Gimme A Chance

A few years back, I woke up with a song in my head. Nothing would do, but I had to get up, sit down at the keyboard, and finish it. When I was done, I sent it to a good friend, with the following explanation. Just for the record, I am not a musician.

“I woke up this morning at 2am, with the chorus and about half these lyrics tearing through my mind. I started writing them down and less than an hour later, this was done. I knew from the start, how the tune was going to sound. Before it slipped away forever, I recorded it after taking Bren to work this morning. The MP3 file is attached.”

Here’s the recording.

Gimme A Chance

[spoken slow]

Sometimes, you jes gotta gimme a chance

[steady, driving beat]

Friends an’ family grin an’ laugh
At the awful sounds comin’ outta th’ bath
A basement mike an’ nobody’s home
Ah’m learnin’ time with a broke metronome
Whisper gimme a chance
Oh yeah gimme a chance

Interstate miles go whizzin’ on by
The radios off but ah’m feelin’ high
At th’ sound of th’ drumbeat on the wheel
And th’ musical notes that only ah feel
Jus’ gimme a chance
Oh yeah, gimme a chance

First by a campfire, then in a bar
Then to the passengers in my car
Finally ownin’ th’ tune between my ears
Enjoyin’ the sound ’cause it’s taken years
Singin’ gimme a chance
Oh yeah, gimme a chance

You see th’ music’s locked up deep inside
I cannot run an’ I cannot hide
It ain’t fortune or fame
But escapin’ th’ pain
Jus’ gimme a chance
Oh yeah, gimme a chance
Please, gimme a chance…

Gimme A Chance, copyright 2012, by E.C. Field aka Anthony Stevens

First Lines

I know we’ve all heard at one point or another, that opening lines or paragraphs are crucial to the success of a story. Awhile back, I was chatting with some creative friends and the topic of terrible opening lines came up. Off the top of my head, I invented the following sentence.

Shivering in sodden furs, Koragh peered out of the cave as hurried clouds shed fetid streams.

I was surprised when several people responded favorably to it. After some thought, I put it in the first line of a new story and let it grow. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised at the short story that came from what I thought was terrible. Here’s the first couple of paragraphs:

“Shivering in sodden furs, Koragh peered out of the cave as hurried clouds shed fetid streams.”
Officer Mark Droves tossed the paperback over the seat. “Damn! I can write better than this crap.”
Officer Todd Davis almost choked on his cheeseburger before replying. “Well, why don’t you? Hell, you been braggin’ about knowing how to write ever since I’ve known you. So far, all I’ve seen have been a couple of pretty good short stories, and several hundred arresting officer reports.”

Let us segue to about a year ago. I was in the middle of editing a series of urban fantasy novellas and short stories. The goal was to create a single, cohesive novel with a few recurring characters. That horrible opening line was incorporated into a new urban fantasy novel. Since then, Shifter Shadows has turned into a one hundred and twelve thousand word tale that starts in early prehistory and ends in the near future.

With that bit of background, here’s a list of opening lines from some of my tales.

  • Shivering in sodden furs, Koragh peered out of the cave as hurried clouds shed fetid streams. – Shifter Shadows (urban fantasy)
  • A blacktop ribbon disappeared into the distance between rows of waist-high corn while a distant rumble grew louder and coalesced into a lime-green sports car. – Multiplarity (science fiction)
  • He stared at the bleak landscape and muttered to himself. “Dust. Nothing but dust. I hate dust.” – Multiplarity (science fiction)
  • Damn! It felt great to be alive! – Shibari Sails (modern pirate adventure)
  • Only a slight breeze ruffled the warm waters of the lagoon as the galleon swung free, seaweed and barnacles crusting her anchor chain, broken mizzen still waiting to be repaired. – Tinkerzdamn (fantasy)
  • This Monday was different. The moment her mother hugged her and tried to leave, Inara clutched the young woman’s leg and begged her not to go. –Shadows and Shades (paranormal romance)

What do you think? Do they entice you to read the rest?