Last week I was tagged by Emma over at bluchickenninja to do the I Dare You book tag and here it is. You should go check out her blog, it’s really cool.
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
“Time Enough for Love” by Robert Heinlein. I got the paperback when it first came out and it is still on my shelf. Unless you count comix. I still have The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers from the late 60s.
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current read is “Halting State” by Charles Stross. Last read was “The Hot Gate” by John Ringo. Next read is “The Magicians” by Live Grossman.
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.
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.
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.
Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge’ have written a great deal about the ‘Singularity’, but few have paid much attention. It has been called “the rapture of the nerds”. While the Singularity makes for interesting reading and conjecture, I don’t see it as totally transforming the entire human species.
At this writing, there are naked humans walking jungle trails and smearing frog snot on arrowheads. Within a few thousand kilometers, there are laptop computers, cellphones, aircraft carriers, and rockets able to lob men into orbit.
I realized I have been writing quite a bit the past few years, but haven’t really published anything. Thanks for the kick in the ass, Dean!
The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) recognize the following story categories:
Novels 40,000 to 100,000 words
Omnibus more than 100,000 words
Novellas 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelettes 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short stories less than 7,500 words
In order to get the ball rolling, I dug through my folders and found more than a dozen tales that were either ready to go, or just needed another couple of edit passes. I’ll be posting links to them in the next few days.
It took a few minutes to cruise the website to realize it needs a complete makeover as well. I’m off to do that, now.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope the season is kind to you and yours.
Rachel Poli is a blogger I’ve been following for some time now. She’s a fine writer and I wanted to thank her for a recent post. In it, she challenged other writers to create a story using a first line she supplied. The line is… “The doorbell rang at one-o’clock in the morning.”
Here’s a list of some of the common tools that you’ll need to create your own ebook. I’ll be exploring each category in more detail, in a later post.
This is what is used to actually write the story. Some of the more popular choices are:
MicroSoft Word (Part of the MS Office suite of programs)
LibreOffice (Free and Open Source Software)
WordPad (An unadvertised part of Windows 10)
A quick tip: Do NOT use tabs! Use styles, instead.
At first glance, a text editor looks like a word processor, the difference is that it only handles the raw text. There are no fancy typefaces, headers, footers, notes, page numbers, etc. It is useful to strip all the extraneous code from a document prior to final formatting. The most common are Notepad for Windows and TexEdit for Macs.
This type of software is used for internal graphics as well as cover art.
Adobe PhotoShop (commercial industry standard)
GIMP (Free and Open Source Software)
A web browser is used for your email, research, backing up your Work in Progress (WiP), and eventual publication.
There are dozens of programs used for web browsing. The most popular are:
Internet Explorer (IE)
These four account for most of the browsers in use, worldwide.
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
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