Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today, I had not received a call from Writers of the Future. I didn’t know The Mother Anthony had been selected as a Finalist, and that eventually Joni would tell me that Jerry Pournelle loved it. A … Continue reading

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To understand the purpose of this post and the notations in this diagram, please read the Introduction. While good Characters are all unique in some way, Characters can largely be divided into three groups: protagonists (Characters the reader is expected … Continue reading

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An example of overloading a term

Lunch was $5 a plate, so I filled my plate with a plate of spaghetti. After lunch, I strapped on my plate armor and went to the shipyard, where they were repairing the plates on the hull. In the warehouse, … Continue reading

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Story Elements: An Overview

To understand the purpose of this post and the notations in these diagrams, please read the Introduction. A Story involves 1 or more Characters who face 1 or more Challenges. Each Character has Motivations (minor Characters may have none); and … Continue reading

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A UML Model of Story Structure: An Introduction

This will be the first in an ongoing series of posts in which I use UML to model and explore the structure of a story. This series started with a simple question: What constitutes a science fiction story? There are … Continue reading

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The Lounge Makes Top 10

OK, I realize these things are ephemeral. I realize that in a very small niche, it doesn’t take many sales to rank on Amazon’s sales charts. (Trust me, it’s not very many sales; although I have to say, it’s more … Continue reading

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Gruff Riders

I’m very proud to announce that “Gruff Riders” will be part of the Writing for Charity anthology, helping to support Children’s Literature Association of Utah and the Future Light Orphanage in Cambodia. Thank you Juliana for organizing this event to … Continue reading

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Something that never happens to me in Ohare…

…happened to me in Ohare: my arrival and departure gates were in the same concourse. Same concourse? Heck, they were less than 10 gates apart! With delicious Auntie Anne’s pretzels in between! With good luck like this, I can only … Continue reading

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Universal? No. Translator? Yes.

Whoa… Software Translates Your Voice into Another Language: Researchers at Microsoft have made software that can learn the sound of your voice, and then use it to speak a language that you don’t. The system could be used to make … Continue reading

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Saturday Surprise III: John Carter

So after lunch and the book tour, we finally got together with the family for our original purpose: John Carter. As someone who fell asleep half-way through “The Phantom Menace” and less than a quarter through whatever that second prequel … Continue reading

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