Category Archives: My mind is a scary place

Hard SF is hard

I’m currently working on a story I’m not sure will ever see the light. The world in which its set… well, that one’s pretty much set. It is the plot that’s currently giving me a hard time, as I’m still struggling to find one that actually works. That means that the world in question runs the risk of finding itself consigned to the ‘half-forgotten worlds’ drawer (or folder), and I hate the idea of doing that. What can I say, building that one from scratch hasn’t been easy. From the get-go I set out to create a hard SF alien world that was as unlike out own as I could possibly make it. The problem? I seem to have succeeded a little better than I hoped, and I’m having a hard time creating characters that can a) function in that world, and b) come across as remotely relatable.

Still, even though writing hard SF has its challenges, I have to say that it is a lot of fun.

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An argh poll

Okay, when I first started this blog I was determined to keep things focused, then a friend dropped by, and pointed out to me that, if I restrict the stuff I’m willing to include too much, updates will be too infrequent, and that will make it impossible for the blog to gain any real traction, not to mention that having two separate blogs that share a common menu is likely to be more trouble than it’s worth, so what do you think?

Am I working or wasting my time? Sometimes it’s hard to tell

As you may have noticed, I just published three books. That’s the good news. The bad news is that that means that I’m out of works in progress, and back to square one, to that dreadful stage that can probably be described as ‘pre-production’. Fair enough, that’s part of the game, and I do have an idea stuck between my ears that I’m currently trying to develop. The problem is that I usually try to maintain a certain routine when it comes to my writing habits, and at this stage the line between working and wasting my time has an annoying tendency to get more than a little blurry, why? Well, because in order to work out a story I have to give my mind a kind of freedom, but if I give it that freedom it tends to wander. If I try to drag it back to what it should be doing -usually kicking and screaming- it just sits there and sulks. If I allow it to go wandering along it doesn’t sulk, but I still don’t get much done.

So here I am, allowing my mind to go where it pleases… and wondering whether I am working or merely wasting my time.

The case against having my own domain

As you may have noticed, I decided to stick with a cheap-sounding, free, URL for this site, rather than paying for a domain of my own. I do realize that that does not come across as all that professional, but in the end I figured that the pros outweighed the cons, why? Well, there are a couple of reasons.

First of all there is the fact that I am leaning towards having a couple of separate blogs for different purposes, and integrating them as best I can via their menus.  This one will focus on my books and maybe on some of my experiences as a writer struggling to get the word out about the fact that, even though my refusal to sign up for a facebook  account would seem to suggest otherwise, I do exist.

That means that there will be no posts about politics, pets or pet peeves here (and also that posts may be few and far between).

The second reason has to do with the fact that, if for whatever reason I fail to renew my domain, all links to my site/blog would  immediately become dead ends. By choosing the free option I’m hoping to add a measure of stability to the whole thing. I don’t know if this bet will pay off, and as usual I reserve the right to change my mind, but at least for the time being that’s where I stand.