Writing

Novel Update #9 – Actually about a short story

WD is still mostly on pause, I’m just poking at it when I have spare time. However, I did manage to write a 1,750-word short story in October — and in two days! It was a Halloween-inspired story about a fantasy solstice holiday, which I posted here. I didn’t want to clutter that post with commentary, but…… Continue reading Novel Update #9 – Actually about a short story

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

I have three things to say about “Dark Water” related to Doctor Who season 8 in general, and then a few thoughts more specific to the episode. Heavy spoilers. 1) I love the Doctor, and I love Peter Capaldi. I haven’t said that enough in this season. I love him. I love that he’s in control of…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

I didn’t dislike this episode as much as the ones I hated… But I didn’t like it as much as even “Mummy on the Orient Express,” a good episode just brought down by Clara Oswald’s existence. It was basically on par with last week’s “Flatline” for me — just meh. It didn’t hang together. It…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “Time Heist”

No-spoiler review this time! After the intensity (and divisiveness) of “Listen,” Doctor Who presents us with a solidly average, not-too-heavy adventure episode. I just have a few quick responses: The plotting was good. There’s a basic use of questions to get the viewer involved — Why is the Doctor robbing this bank? Who are these other characters? Who…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Time Heist”

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

In part 1, I talked about the basic options open to a group of conquerors looking to control a population: Force, charm, and the non-conquest conquest. In part 2, I’m elaborating on some specific areas to think about within those overall strategies: Intermarriage, religion, infrastructure, and education.INTERMARRIAGEIntermarriage is Assimilation 101. You really don’t have to do anything,…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

When you conquer a country or a planet, how do you control it? You’ll want to literally control the people to prevent violent outbreaks and get them to work for you, but if you’re thinking in the longterm, you probably also want to bring them on board with your presence, your authority, and your philosophy.…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

Writing

Flash Fiction: “Rawr!”

One of Nerd in the Brain’s summer challenges is “Write a short story about a dinosaur meeting an alien.” I happen to have a character who’s an alien dinosaur, so my first thought was “Gamma meeting himself!” and I wrote up a little story about it. Enjoy! Gamma had always loved dinosaurs. When he was little, he’d…… Continue reading Flash Fiction: “Rawr!”

History · Writing

The Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged for the Writing Process Blog Tour by CompGeekDavid of DBCII and Comparative Geeks! I appreciate it very much, and I really enjoy both those blogs, check them out! The rules for the tour are simple: Link to the previous blogger Answer the four writing-process-related questions Nominate/tag three more bloggers Here are my…… Continue reading The Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing

Novel Update #4: Scene Lists

What Dreams Update: My outline board looks the same, and I’m at 11,792 words. I’ve been doing some editing and scene replacements this month, so the word count hasn’t changed a lot. On Scene Lists and Editing: I’m almost done with the first section! The protagonists will have left planet number 1 by next month. I…… Continue reading Novel Update #4: Scene Lists