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Music Review: Transmissions by Starset

In the early hours of New Years Day 2013, a radio astronomer at the Allen Telescope Array in northern California discovered a mysterious signal emanating from a star within the Ophiuchus Constellation. Contained within the signal was a Message–of human origin–foretelling the details of man’s imminent demise. The Message was brought to The Starset Society,…… Continue reading Music Review: Transmissions by Starset

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Novel Update #10 – Relaunching after Three Months

Congratulations to all y’alll who participated in NaNoWriMo and its spinoffs in November! Nano and I don’t get along at all, but if you got anywhere near your goals, awesome! What Dreams is at 25,522 words. The outline board looks the same, but should warrant a new picture next month. Relaunching So, if you’ve been reading this…… Continue reading Novel Update #10 – Relaunching after Three Months

Sci-Fi · Writing

Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m writing again after several months of research paper stuff, and I keep getting distracted by minor characters. However, this is really a feature, not a bug! Don’t you want your readers to be interested in all your characters? Compelling incidental characters make the story’s world seem more realistic. They indicate…… Continue reading Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

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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: “Flatline”

“Flatline” was a pretty normal “freaky idea of the week” type of Doctor Who episode, but channeling Flatland. The monsters are two-dimensional. It’s a creative idea, but… meh. Maybe my undying love of Flatland is to blame, but it was kind of disappointing. Episodes (and horror-ish sci-fi movies) like this are always a let-down for me,…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

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Doctor Who Review: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Well, that was disappointing. No, not the episode… the fact that Clara was in it. I never really thought she was GONE, but I was hoping we’d get a week off. Nope. That said, “Mummy on the Orient Express” was still leagues ahead of “Kill the Moon,” and I actually did enjoy it. A pretty…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

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Doctor Who Review: “Kill the Moon”

Remember how I was increasingly disappointed in “Time Heist”? Remember how I didn’t really like “The Caretaker”? Remember how I don’t trust Steven Moffat to do anything right ever again, ESPECIALLY on Doctor Who? Yeah… I hated “Kill the Moon” with a fiery passion. All my positive opinions are contingent on a good finale, and…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Kill the Moon”

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Doctor Who Review: “The Caretaker”

I enjoyed “Time Heist,” but as the week wore on, I was less and less satisfied with it. “The Caretaker” just left me unimpressed from the start. (I did have extremely vivid dreams about being Twelve’s companion after watching it last night, though, for whatever that’s worth!) For starters, why did the Doctor appear just to tell Clara “no…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “The Caretaker”