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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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What I’m trying to accomplish with this novel

I recently told an acquaintance what I’m trying to accomplish with this novel: This is what Heinlein’s Moon is a Harsh Mistress would be if it were five times longer (in a Neal Stephenson-esque discursive style), told from dozens of … Continue reading

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Back at it

I took six weeks off. A week ago I got back to the novel. Draft 4 target completion date: 15 November 2013.

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one week break

Lots of stuff needs to be done at work, and I’m a bit tired of writing, so I’m taking a one week break. Back at it soon!

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chapter 149: Darren continues salvaging nuclear material from crashed UN ships, then gets a weird emails

== 2064: lunar surface near lock #473, Aristillus, Lunar Nearside Darren scratched ineffectually at the side of his suit. His glove brushed against the fabric over his torso, which barely moved over the cooling undergarment, which only lightly touched his … Continue reading

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progress continues

I finished the Mike-and-Darcy thread. There’s some really nice symmetry there – the book starts with a chapter that showcases Mike and shows that Darcy isn’t his top priority, and it ends with the two of them holding hands, looking … Continue reading

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Leslie Fish

Leslie Fish just gave me permission to use some lyrics from one of her songs in the novel. Woooooot! In a hat-tip to my various metal-head e-friends, I’ve taken license to have the band in the novel perform it a … Continue reading

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behind the scenes

Brian left a comment: I am reminded that RAH and Virginia, for short story, used a roll of butcher paper and two days of time to work out the calculations for an orbit. For a line that read (IIRC) ‘And … Continue reading

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planning a novel: magic comes from hard work

In a thread about writing, Vox Day writes: http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/08/rules-of-writing-ii.html Some authors love to create myths about the magic of the process, but as Glenn Frey commented in the documentary about The Eagles, the secret of song-writing is in the elbow … Continue reading

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Mysteries and unresolved questions in novels

Mysteries and unresolved questions are a part of real life, and so it’s OK for them to exist in novels. As a matter of fact, I’m inclined to be a bit suspicious of any novel in which everything gets tidily … Continue reading

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