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    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #33, 2016/02/17: Stand-alone Novels

      2 years ago


      Stand-alone novels can be a good thing.  I'll discuss two novels in a short nature, and I want I feel is significant about it.

      The first novel I'm going to discuss is Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.  In this novel, the Lunar citizens revolt over the Terran overlords, and establish their own independent nation.  One of the biggest characters is Professor Bernardo de la Paz, who calls himself, politically, "a rational anarchist."  This line by the Professor created a spark of interest, because of the oxymoronic nature of his views.  Of course, the Professor does lead a significant role in this novel, being a leader who takes his position seriously, in order to preserve the moon for future habitation of its denizens.  Another aspect of this novel is the computer Mike, officially a HOLMES IV computer.  Mike's a bit of a trickster and jokster, but proves to be vital to Lunar resistance, providing information and a "leadership" position.  This of course helps secure Luna's freedom, though Mike does not survive (in terms of his human like features) the war between Luna and Earth.

      Another novel to discuss is Daybreak, 2250 AD.  Set three hundred years in the future after its original publishing date, it depicts humanity enduring an Earth that has gone through an atomic war, and focuses on Fors, a mutant human.  Though I haven't read it years, the biggest image of this novel I still remember Fors encountering a row of rusting tanks, their turrets pointed toward the sky.  The sense of conventional verse atomic was striking, even with knowledge of what has happened since this novel was written.  The sense of being powerless over weapons beyond imagination was very powerful- even today, there is the potential for the use of atomic and radioactive material to hurt people.

      For next month, I'll be talking about a particular entity from the Hyperion Cantos series, the Shrike.

    • Entry #94, 2017/02/01: I Still Remember this Day.

      2 years ago


      Have you seen this?

      Or maybe this?

      So (hopefully) you remember that today is the second anniversary of Monty Oum's passing.  Despite some of the.... conflict over some of Monty's work (most notably in S9 and S10 of RvB)... today is the best day to celebrate the fuits of his life.  HE..... LIVES.... ON.... by those who watch RWBY and RvB- even the parts that weren't worked on by him.  I know some of my friends here- @v_Thunderwolf_v, @DistractedGamer and @Edain are waiting for RWBY Volume Four to wrap up in order to watch the whole Volume at once, and I hope they find that it still contains a lot of Monty's vision and work (Don't worry, no spoilers, guys!).

      So what's your favorite memory of Monty's work?  Mine is of the Tex vs the Reds fight in RvB S8.

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #32, 2016/01/16: Series Themes

      2 years ago


      So, for this month, I’m going to discuss some themes in a few book series I read what I find important. I will be referencing some aspects of my previous Writers and Influences post as part of this entry, because of the relevance to this post. I’m going to focus, briefly, on two items.

      The first aspect I’m referencing comes from David Weber and Naomi Novik- responsibility. Weber’s basic philosophy for responsibility is this: The good guys take responsibility, and the bad guys don’t. For Novik, it is being responsible for one’s country and close comrades over the needs of those who think they know better, or are in positions of power. Now for these two writers, I really like their portrayal of responsibility, because of how they portray responsibility as a means of plot advancement. While the sense of responsibility is varied, it is a goal for both writers to have their characters recognize whats going on around them, and that they should bear in mind that dangerous things and that they can even prevent these things from happening, even at the cost of their livelihoods. As much as it often does cost the protagonists their livelihoods, they are able to return to those livelihoods in some capacity, often being marked in some way for it, both personally and professionally.

      For my second point, which is in a number of book series I’ve read, is relationships. A notable set of examples would be The Blending by Sharon Green, and The Gandalara Cycle, by Randall Garrett and Vicki Heydron. In The Bleding, the six protagonists- Rion, Naran, Lorand, Tamrissa, Jovvi and Vallant- have a close relationship, collectively as a group, and as three pairs. Its in part because of their relationships the group is able to pull off their victory over their opponents. In the Gandalara Cycle, Rikadorn and Tarani, the protagonists, have a rough start to their relationship, but it grows and changes to an improved one, becoming intimate. In this area, the relationships are often close, and often beset with challenges- both from within the relationship, and from beyond it. However, these challenges lead to stronger characters able to handle the increasing strength of challenges before them. These relationships also tend to be intimate in a number of ways, which is both a source of strength and contention. But, for the trouble of the relationship, the characters are often better.

      For next month’s topic, I’m going to think about it, but I might be inclined to discuss a few stand-alone books I’ve read.

    • Entry #93, 2017/01/01: New Years and stuff

      2 years ago


      Well, 2016 has wrapped- yet another year of drama.  I'm not really goign to review the previous year like I did the start of 2016, but I'm going to put down some goals (I feel that "resolutions" isn't the right word I'm looking for) for this year.

      1. Work on getting to bed more regularly. There are times where I'm not getting to bed in a more timely fashion, or not getting enough sleep- need to fix that.

      2. Work on getting caught up on Rt/AH content.  I'm way behind on the RT podcast on somewhat on the AH Minecraft series, but I'm already working on getting caught up on the podcast.

      3. More writing!  I did do some bits and pieces of writing last year, in terms of my own projects, but not as much as I should have- work and other distractions got in the way a lot.

      4. Continue to work on being a RT community member, especially with the GGG.  The GGG is the biggest part of my RT (and wider social media) internet personnel network.  I recently bought GTA V so I hope to be on some of those LPs the group hosts.  But also being with the RT community is a big thing, which I hope to work further on.

      Those are the things I want to get done this year.  I'm also waiting on the deliver for my recent purchase of my Eve2Eve sale items the RT store had- you'll see what I got soon enough.

    • Entry #92, 2016/12/27: Let's Celerbate the Life of Carrie Fisher

      2 years ago


      If you haven't heard- I just heard it through one of my local TV news programs- Carrie Fisher has died.  She had a cardiac arrest back on the 23rd, and it is most unfortunate that she has passed- she was a woman of much strength and many talents.

      Of course, I best know Fisher as Princess/General Leia Organa from Star Wars.  Its very fitting that I went and saw Rogue One yesterday.  @Ember wrote a very moving journal on her RT profile, and I got to say, you gotta follow her strong lead.  Be strong.  There are times where I feel weak, and its sometimes movie stars that help me out.

      May be the Force be with Carrie Fisher... and with us all!

    • Entry #91, 2016/12/25: Merry Christmas!

      2 years ago


      I hope everyone will be having a Merry Christmas, or Hanukkah, or what ever might be your holiday today.  Its time for friends and family, so that's where you should be if at all possible.  If your job requires to work (ie, nurses, firefighters, police officers, truck drivers), please be safe and get back to your loved ones to have some time with them.

      In other news, some fellow friends at the Good Guy Gamers group had the final video in our Christmas Adventure series on Youtube released just today.  The project was lead by @DistractedGamer, who put a lot of effort into it.  The involved members had to fight off the mechanizations of evil during the Christmas season, and help Santa out- you can watch the whole series by starting with the Day 1 video HERE!  I contributed some writing and building (or helping build) some of the structures to the series.  Parts of my Let's Play area even got used.

      So I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

    • OsageOrange's Writing Thoughts #31, 2016/12/15: Writing a Book Series

      2 years ago


      So, you want to write a book series.  What needs to be done?  Quite simply, there's a lot to be done with a book series, so, let's get get to it.  Bear in mind, I haven't thought of everything and haven’t published a series yet, I'm referencing a number of thing I feel would be important to writing one.

      1. Have a plan and overall story-line!  This the biggest thing you need to have- by having a planned out story-line for your series to follow, you can divide the plot-line into more sizeable chunks (novels) in which to get your story from point A (Novel One) to point B (Novel X).  You'll have to consider how each novel takes place to make sure it fits into the series frame, so you'll have a compelling story arc.  You should the series planned out enough to be able write out the novels and have them make sense, but not every little detail has to be planned for or decided on when making the series arc.

      2. Character List.  Your characters are the main part of your story- they drive it forward.  Having a list of who you want to appear in your series- their basic biography, their desires/goals, their place in society, their allegiances, etc- you'll be able to play around with them and see how they effect your story.  While some characters may be static, or change only a little, most characters will change a lot.

      3. World/Geography.  This is yet another big deal- where does the story take place, in what sort of world/universe?  Is it within a small geographic place, like a rural town that covers just over a square mile at best?  Or what about over a whole galaxy, tens of thousands of light years across?  As Monty Oum said: "If you figure out the world, geography determines your culture and culture determines your people."  Very potent, this quote- take it to heart, and you'll have a lot of things figured out. By knowing the world, you can aid yourself in how your write your series out and make things eaier for yourself in the end.

      4. Society and culture. This ties into the above entry, but you can determine your cultures of your writings. Is it something like ancient Egypt or ancient Rome, the Chinese empire of the 11###sup/sup### century of the European feudalism of the same time period? Is it something like our modern times, or the fictionalized future? Your society and culture, derived in major part due to the world its based in, is going to help drive your story, so its important that you have some research done to help make a more realistic culture.

      5. Time period. This also ties into the society and culture entry, as your time period within your novel. Is is close or far away from a big point in history? Is a big societal change occurring, or is there a war? There doesn’t have to be any equivalent time period from Earth history in your novel- it could be as simple as "A technological advanced, space-faring race that’s leaving it star system because it’s sun is about to explode." Figure out where you want your story to be, in terms of its level of advancement, and it can go from there.

      6. Events/timeline. The above entries of course tie into this one- what events happen to advance the story? What is it that make the story happen in the first place? It can be a big battle, but I find that it a small thing that leads to bigger things, and therefore, a story of irrevocable change. Having an idea of the timeline and events- tying into the series plan- will help you figure out what you your stories and their events, in order to create a better story.

      These of course can be applied to a stand-alone novel as well. For next month’s topic, I’ll discuss a few things in several book series I’ve read or am reading.

    • Entry #90, 2015/12/10: I've seen the amazing....

      2 years ago


      ....somebody has put @Ryan in Prison Architect!  I kid you not- see it here!  And I can say I wasn't expecting it.  I was just looking at one of my prison shops to see how it was doing- I randomly selected a prisoner running one of the shop check-stands and I saw the nickname being "The Mad King."  I knew there was only one person in the gaming related world called that that name, and I checked the rest of the prisoner's name- and it was indeed a prisoner with the name Ryan Haywood.

      To whoever put Ryan's in the game, I'll say you had some serious guts to do so.  You're awesome, whoever you are.

    • Entry #89, 2016/11/22: A ring of truth

      2 years ago


      You'd better check out what @gi_goku said in in this journal.

      It especially applies to being nice to the retail workers of the places you shop.

    • Entry #88, 2016/11/18: GGG Livestream!

      2 years ago


      So the 2016 Good Guy Gamers 24 Extralife Livestream is upon us!  Hope everyone who can come to watch us to please do so!  If you're partaking in one of the gaming events during the stream, I'll see you there at some point!

      You can find the group's Twitich profile here!

      Some more info via @McDom can be found here!

      As for me, I'll be joining in the first 7 Days to Die segment and usual Minecraft LP portion (for the group's normal Saturday Minecraft LPs) of the stream.

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