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Space Janissaries

Back last spring, I was deep in research for Charming Lies and thinking about Interstellar Empires and space opera. Blah blah blah…what if OTTOMAN EMPIRE IN SPACE? The way I’m thinking is this: things get weird in human space with … Continue reading

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Stations of Life

Out of humanitarian and profit-motivated interests, governments in the 22nd century have built a trans-time rail system to connect and alter the past. There are the stations they have so far established. 1. Raj Station est. 1907 (0 years ago) Preventing: … Continue reading

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How to Profit off Time Travel?

Let’s say you’re the late-21st-century government of India, and you have access to time travel. It works like a train. You create a permanent wormhole back to a particular point in the past, then lay rails through it. Traffic can … Continue reading

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PERILOUS PAULINE: ROMANCING THE STONE AGE

You may not be aware of this, but the hilarious Tex Thompson has an even more hilarious alter-ego named Perilous Pauline, a rootin-tootin agony aunt who delivers folksy sarcasm to fictional characters. I (in the voice of Andrea, the main character … Continue reading

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How dinosaurs can fix your research

On Micah Joel’s website When I was in middle school, I stumbled across a website on the then-nascent internet called Hell Creek Faunal Facies. It was no less than a complete list of every living thing — dinosaur, mammal, plant, and … Continue reading

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Timeline for writing a novel

Here’s what I’m thinking. Spend too much time on writing a novel, and it becomes boring and dies. Spend too little, and it’s half-baked crap. Here’s what seems to be a good timeline for me. Month 0-3: Think about story. … Continue reading

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The Old History

This is a big one. Using future timeline, necrometrics, this handy graph, the BBC timelines of India,and China,a random number generator, and imagination, I put together a timeline for the world of Raj Station. Note that the establishment of stations (for a train … Continue reading

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Let your work rest

Here’s a stupid mistake I made with every damn novel I’ve written up to now. Here’s my old process: brainstorm>outline>first draft (with simultaneous alpha-readers)>second draft (with simultaneous beta-readers)>third draft (sent to agent)>Massive structural edits needed>cry. See what happened there? I like alpha-readers for … Continue reading

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If Linear B was the basis for the Roman Alphabet?

The Roman Syllabary, still often called the Traditional European Syllabary, is ultimately derived from Cretan glyphs, spread by the civilization of MiKeNa across the northern Mediterranean. The TiRiNi-ans simplified the syllabary for their own use, which the people of RoMa imported more or less … Continue reading

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Boredom and Xenophilia

About a month ago, I wrote something different from my usual flights of speculative fancy: a slice-of-life exercise describing my walk from the metro station in Sofia, Bulgaria. People really liked it. Or, rather, lots of people who know me commented … Continue reading

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