In the real world, people tend to be true to their nature. Good writing reflects that, and characters act in ways that are internally consistent and believable. You may or may not like the characters, but if the various players in the story each are true to their own worldview, education, upbringing, etc., they are believable. In much the same way, various actors on the world stage – politicians, bureaucratic organizations, lawyers, televangelists, etc. – all play sadly repetitious, if not completely predictable, parts. Continue reading Trump, guns, Parkland, Pavlov, and character(s)
What makes a good story? Why are some “classics” and others fun but ultimately “meh?”
It’s up. Doing Well. Over $23k and >350 backers at this point.
Interesting point is that by my quick count, John C. Wright is in the lead, Lawdog is in second, and I’m in third. not a straightforward “count names” because a number of posts mentioned more than one title in ranked order, or brief discussion of merits. Each has it strengths and weaknesses. In any case, I’m honored to be considered in the same group, even if in last place. In any case, contribute, chip in if you can, cast your vote, and bask in the glow in a good deed that will induce REEEEEE!
UPDATE: $32k, 478 backers.
UPDATE2: >$42k, 608 backers, a bit less than 48 hours to go.
A disabled veteran who works as an artist in the comic industry has been disemployed because he’s a Christian who had the audacity to actual speak of his beliefs. Vox posted about a Freestartr they’ll be having to raise money to (a) employ him to do (b) illustrate / color / something one of Castalia House’s books. I said I’d be happy to make mine available. Details on the first pass thoughts are here.
I saw an unexpected tick up in sales. Wondered why. Went looking.
Found this. A nomination for The Planetary Defense Awards as an honorable mention.
An unexpected event. I thank you, Jon Mollison, for your kind words, and for those who noted it and spent a few of your hard-earned dollars to support an underemployed writer.
Red and green static dances everywhere for a moment, then disappears.
Quiritis mutters to herself “What’s that all about?”
The Ship AI replies quietly, still with a heavy piratical accent. “That be the sounding lead, testin’ the waters.”
“Someone looks t’be slippin’ into the harbor, quiet-like, to take us at anchor. Crow’s nest can’t see a thing, fog’s thick, but thar be a splash t’ be heard.”
Quiritis ponders the words a moment. “You think we are under attack?”
The Ship AI is cautious. “Aye, perhaps, lass. But no shots fired yet, an’ we cann’a fire blindly in’t’ fog without knowin’ wha’ sail be thar.”
“What sort of attack?”
“Noises. Pokin’ ‘n prod’n wi’ lightnin’. Gettin’ their magic in’r compasses.”
“Lightning? EM attack, hacking?”
“Aye. Shit-magnet ‘peers t’be on full power, t’is.”
“But they can’t do that at this tech level! Jamming only.”
“Aye. That’s why the crow’s nest is keepin’ a sharp eye, so’s we knows th’ targets well. Then we be clearin’ the decks in a hurry.”
“Can’t you do something!?”
“Not movin’ duzin’ mean not doin’,” the Ship AI replies conspiratorially. Continue reading Not movin’ dozn’ mean not doin’
What sort of music would the monks work out to? Rap? Arianna Grande? No, I don’t think so. Something more like Sabaton.
From Brandywine Books.
From The Drawn Cutlass.
For those Ace of Spades HQ fans, a mention from the Book Horde.
Vox Day’s excerpt. I’m happy to see that someone finally commented on “Canticle 762”
Sales are weird. No news, no plug or promotional that I’m aware of, suddenly it jumps from #30,000 (number 60 or so in genre) to #11,000 (#19 in genre)… (dig, dig, dig) AHhhh… A mention at the Ace Of Spades book thread as a book plug. That’s why. Whew. THANKS, Horde!
Another review up at Men of the West. Very kind words. Be really funny if it got me nominated for a “inspirational/spiritual writing” award that I’d come in dead last for : – )
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Reviews are interesting. The CH review had a funny line: it said there was a lot of “logistics porn” typical of “post-apocalyptic” novels. Indeed, it said, that HosP was a post-apocalyptic novel, but one where the blasted and desolate landscape was not the physical one, but the spiritual one. I’d never thought of it that way, but… yeah. That’s a reader who gets it, and phrases it in a way that I’d never have thought of, but is very apt, almost poetic, in its eloquence. That’s one of the fun things about reviews – the can give insight and perspective on how others see what you said in ways that are helpful.