What is the purpose of science fiction? In many respects, it is a commentary on our society, who we are, and where we could be going?
I discussed some of these things in my last post, but I feel this is worth discussing further. For the record, this isn’t something that’s happened since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
Yes, we are all tired of this awful election season. We have all seen some of the worst mud-slinging that’s come about in–possibly–generations. So, God in Heaven, why would I want to talk more about politics?
This year’s NaNoWriMo project features the first installment of Saga of the Elagabal: The Loyalty of Severus. That’s right, the first book has a title now. Chuck Wendig asked readers to share a thousand words of their project, so I thought now is a good opportunity to do just that.
In this scene, Varius, the heir of the ostracized House Severus, has both his mind and combat skills tested by the Imperial General Caracalla. This is Varius’ “put your hand in the box” moment (if you remember Dune, you’ll get it).
Anyway, enjoy this scene from draft one:
I finally posted that often-promised video. In this, I discuss what I hope to do with future videos, as well as a few of the inspiring forces for the next science fiction tale I intend to write.
When I was role playing at least once a week, there was a period where I ran a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic campaign. All my preparations from character attributes to secret clues were all listed in a single black notebook. Any time my friend Rick saw this notebook, he’d say something like, “Oh, no. You’re plotting and scheming again.”
I mention it because, yes, I have been plotting and scheming.
I wrote recently about how fast some of my friends can read. I’m jealous of them and their speed reading.
This post isn’t about that.
I’ve noticed that some books read at different rates than others. I’m going to highlight a few choice examples, just to illustrate this further. Continue reading
There is often a purpose behind an artist’s work, no matter what the medium might be. Paint, music, even the arrangement of words can all carry theme, meaning, and substance.
I asked myself a while back what I was after. The answer pleased me–and set a challenge.