Author Archives: Travis J I Corcoran

The vast majority of competition in Aristillus was friendly – or, at the very least, civil

In the novel I have this bit: The vast majority of competition in Aristillus was friendly – or, at the very least, civil. It wasn’t like back home, where bribing government procurement offices and putting moles inside other firms competing … Continue reading

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Economics Two Point Oh

On twitter there was a thread where Accelerando and my novels collided: @oddblots @Nick_B_Steves @mr_archenemy In fact, it's got a hat tip to Accelerando: a couple of idiots talking about "economics two point oh" — Morlock Publishing (@MorlockP) May 12, … Continue reading

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stats 2014

draft start finish duration words/day size 1 1 Jan ’11 24 Aug ’11 235 720 169,000 2 1 Jan ’12 3 Aug ’12 215 976 210,000 3 04 Aug ’12 20 Dec ’12 139 1,975 275,000 4 17 Mar ’13 … Continue reading

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I’ve started draft 5

Almost exactly six months ago I finished draft 4. And then I put the novel on a shelf. On the one hand, boo! On the other hand, I’ve got an excuse: those six months were sort of busy. During that … Continue reading

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short stories, sales funnel, miscellaneous life updates

Aristillus The Aristillus books are off to a writing coach who will be reviewing them (or, rather, Act 1 of book 1) over the holidays. I hope to have actionable feedback to guide me in the fifth and final draft … Continue reading

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

Sarah Hoyt has a great blog and I always love reading it, but a recent post of hers included this video: I left my response as a comment there. It reads: Eh. We’ve had one or two good wars, a … Continue reading

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Write a Million Words

C.L. Stone: Write a million words. Your first million is practice. Hugh Howey‘s response: This is so difficult to appreciate and even harder to do. Writing a novel is such a brutal undertaking, something we dream about but put off … Continue reading

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Stats in a table (updated)

draft start finish duration words/day size 1 1 Jan ’11 24 Aug ’11 235 720 169,000 2 1 Jan ’12 3 Aug ’12 215 976 210,000 3 04 Aug ’12 20 Dec ’12 139 1,975 275,000 4 17 Mar ’13 … Continue reading

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draft 4: DONE

words paperback pages hardcover pages book 1: 164,916 659 549 book 2: 167,133 668 557 total: 332,049 1,328 1,106 (Pagecounts are calculated as 250 words/page for paperbacks and 350 words/page for hardcover.) Started on 17 March, finished on 30 Octover. … Continue reading

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Mental illness?

Bondwine Books Few writers would spend six years of unremitting and unrewarded toil to complete a 600,000-word trilogy before the first book is sold Yeah, but how many would spend three years of unremitting and unrewarded toil to complete a … Continue reading

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