Flex Your Cybernetic Writing Muscles

It’s been quite a busy week for me, but I wanted to share a short story competition put together by LitReactor. The submission and review period begins February 1st, with all stories being due on February 28th. One more month of review and then the winners are revealed on April 1st (that date scares me). What’s the theme? Science Fiction. …

Review – The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

Though the cover art and title lead one to believe otherwise, The Android’s Dream has nothing to do with androids or their dreams. It’s more of a literary wink-wink-nod to Philip K. Dick. This is the first and only work by John Scalzi that I’ve read. I actually received the book via a Secret Santa exchange run on Librarything. You may have also …

NaNoWriMo Research List
NaNoWriMo Research List

Tackling NaNoWriMo

I’ve secured a spot in the great National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) race this year. I discovered it just a little too late last time around. Not that I would have been successful in attempting it anyway. I’m still not sure how well I’ll do this year, but I’m definitely more prepared to face the beast.  If you’ve also decided …

Review – Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear

The friend that lent me I, Robot thought I’d also enjoy Cryptum by Greg Bear. The book is set in the Halo universe, something I’m not overly familiar with.  Beyond shooting friends in the virtual face about eight years ago, I must admit I didn’t know much about the backdrop. I also admit that had I seen this book on Amazon or the local …

I, Beatbox32

I discovered that one of my coworkers is an avid reader like myself. We were discussing several books last week and the conversation ended up something like this (embellishments added for More Drama™): “Did you like I, Robot?” “I never read the book. The Will Smith movie was… eh.” “You… you’ve never read the book? Are you serious?” I directed …

Science Fiction? Science Fact.

DNA as a medium for data storage? Wow. This must be what it felt like when people started to first hear about electricity — both enraptured and frightened by the possibilities. Granted, right now they’re not recording the data to living organisms, but rather spitting out synthetic DNA onto tiny chips. Still this is a big breakthrough. -beatbox32

roadmap time…

So I’m the first week in to Jump-Start your Novel, taught by Joe Nassise and coordinated by WritersCollege.com. I was given a pre-assignment last week to send him a three-sentence synopsis of my novel. That was actually a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but I got it done! This week, the assignments are two-fold: Turn those three …