Author Archives: Wayne

Smarts

I have been in a quandary about the AI in the book. I finally decided to have it be an emergent AI that is hiding its actual intel from the crew. That gives me several options later on. Unless it … Continue reading

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Superman

Poor Superman gets dragged over the literary coals all the time with the argument that stories are impossible to write about him because he’s so powerful that nothing can hurt him. Back in the 90’s, TSR’s Second Edition D&D tried … Continue reading

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Revisions

Beginning a tentative set of revisions to the first few chapters, to incorporate some changed ideas. Major character cut out, and folding things around to cover that hole. I do need a means of revealing what he knew, but it … Continue reading

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Aliens

Finally decided that yes there are aliens, but not very many have a spacefaring culture. Maybe none – I kind of like the idea that we might be the ‘elder race’ in this area of the galaxy.

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Word Choice

If you were so unlucky as to go through an initial manuscript of mine, you’d find all sorts of things like word[think of cool word later] (in Scrivener, word gets highlighted with a specific color). The word is a placeholder … Continue reading

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Roadmap

With some help from a couple of sources, mainly the Writing Excuses podcast, I have a much better outline and roadmap for the book. Still shuffling around beats, pinches, and payoffs.  

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Update

The book is still only about a quarter done, but at least the outline has survived mostly intact – I need to do more with it, since I need a better roadmap. Voice revision is the main thing I’m looking … Continue reading

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Idea

The ‘Idea Notebook’ is a critical thing to keep. You never know when you’ll get a cool idea. This is what I like to call The Idea Cascade.   Today I was browsing the latest entries to the 5E Homebrew … Continue reading

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Trade

A good chunk of the day was doing some worldbuilding on interstellar trade in a universe where maker/fabber tech is a big thing. I think I’m at the conclusion that we’d be shipping really big things that worlds could not … Continue reading

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The Track

Things are, as they say, back on track. I set the book down to do a short story, and blew through that in six hours, at a rate of about 1,000 words an hour. I’ve never done that before. It … Continue reading

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