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Quote of the Day – September 14, 2011

Kathryn Janeway

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“Time travel – from my first day in the job as a Starfleet Captain, I swore that I would never get myself caught in one of these god-forsaken paradoxes, the future is the past, the past is the future, it all gives me an headache….”

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Star Trek Voyager

Writing Update

After taking a week or so to step back from the rewrite (mostly goofing off, partially added work loads), I think I’m about ready to actually begin the rewrite.  I think I am definitely going to go with the initial ambush I mentioned before since it will give some scope as to how powerful the main villain is.  I’ve also have added limitations in mind for a few of the characters (one character will be unfamiliar with his powers, another character who happens to be a power duplicator can only “store” five powers, and one of them keeps being a problem).

I’ve also begun formulating a side project which would be a blog style piece of fiction, though I am a bit unthrilled by the leading concept.  Hopefully it will gel better.

And, as always, I have begun collecting ideas for November’s National Novel Writing Month.  Hopefully whichever one I pick will be able to last for the 50,000 words that NaNoWriMo set as the minimum.

Friday Finds – Books

This week, we focus on the literary world with some suggestions for summer reading.

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel – Michio Kaku – Have you ever watched a science fiction movie and wondered, “Is that really possible.”  This book tackles a lot of the sci-fi conventions from a scientific standpoint.  In spite of some really heady topics, Kaku manages to keep the high science manageable to readers who do not necessarily have a degree in quantum mechanics.

Marley & Me: Love and Life with the World’s Worst Dog – John Grogan – A touching story about Marley and the Grogans, as much about the growth of their family as it is about Marley’s misadventures.  Anyone who has ever had a beloved pet will undoubtedly relate to this book.

Field Guide to the Apocalypse: Movie Survival Skills for the End of the World   – Meghann Marco – Written in the same vein as the Worst Case Scenario books, Marco takes a look at what it would take to survive a number of different end of the world scenarios suggested by the movies.  Marco mixes speculation, information, and humor skillfully.

Hunt at the Well of Eternity – “Gabriel Hunt” – In a review on Goodreads, I described this book at the literary equivalent of a Pixie Stick.  This book, the first of the series, is not a masterpiece, but is a good, fun, fast read that is perfect for summer reading.

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