🖋️ I finished writing my second novella, in time for NaNoWriMo.

I wrote my first novella, Strange Music, in July 2014, during NaNoWriMo's off-season event called Camp NaNoWriMo. That first draft was about 23,000 words and took 28 days to write. (The edited and completed version is now about 26,000 words.) A couple mid-October weekends ago, I finished writing my second novella, A Dirge for the…

To mend the rifts in friendship and social media.

A few months ago, I witnessed a rift in friendship. They were once good friends who were close, but then an incident arose. One hurt the other one. In response, the other one hurt the one back. And so, they fell out. I was not there to witness the falling out, but later I heard…

🖋️ To write a novel is to grow a tree.

Jess (@herself at Micro.blog) wrote a post on her writing process, which struck a chord with me. It's turned into a rumination of my own ongoing writing journey. She wrote: Over the summer I spent a week or so seeing if I could fit my novel into the seven-point story structure. I did this for…

Drawing a physical line against miasmic incursion.

Apropos of @cheri's recent post. Cyberspace (digital and online spaces, or the "noösphere" according to Dan Simmons and others) is uniquely and insidiously intrusive because it's aetheric -- or, to use a more appropriate adjective, miasmic. It is "in the atmosphere"; it occupies no physical space, but has the potential to occupy indefinite amounts of…

Diversity and infrastructure.

Thanks everyone for the kind words about my post on diversity. @jgmac1106 brings up a great point - it's all well and good to acknowledge M.B's challenges with diversity, but what can we do next, practically? An example, and an exegesis. +++ Example. The owner of Pinboard restructured his service to accommodate the needs of…

Diversity on Micro.blog, from a minority viewpoint.

There's been a bit of hand-wringing in the Micro.blog community about its apparent lack of demographic diversity. This thread was the latest that got me thinking. I'm the minority in just about all of the diversity categories the Micro.blog community has defined for itself, except that English is my first language. (There, I've outed myself.) From…

Of Mass Effect and eschatology.

The rest of the world was deep into Mass Effect 3 (and ranting about the apparently horrible ending) when I finally played and finished Mass Effect 2 sometime last October. Lately I've been playing through it again as a different class, making alternate choices, and picking up the expansions. A few thoughts (ah, more like…

Being the hero of my story.

Tigana is a story of a people reclaiming their inheritance. Guy Gavriel Kay has ensorcelled me with his mighty tale. But more on the book later. Apropos of Kay's novel and Doug Wilson's exegesis on Psalm 2 (disparate sources, but that's how my mind works)— In the last few years I've found myself drawn more…