Temporary Downtime

There will be some downtime over the next few days as the server (read: Raspberry Pi) on which this site runs is being moved to a new location. Should be down 48 hours at the most.

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Migrating to Hugo

New look? Yup! I’ve migrated to Hugo. Read on to learn how. I’d been meaning to migrate all of my sites to Hugo for a while. I’ve been a WordPress user for many, many years, but the growing bloat of WP combined with its numerous security issues–not to mention the endless treadmill of plugin updates–led me to consider alternatives. My hand was forced by a recent database corruption. Rather than spend a bunch of time trying to recover a corrupted database, I figured it would be best to take my current backups and migrate to Hugo once and for all.

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Spoiler-Filled Thoughts on Avengers: Endgame

It’s the biggest movie of the year, possibly ever?? I might as well say a few things. Be advised, THERE WILL BE LOTS OF SPOILERS IN HERE. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. Picking up right where Infinity War left off, Endgame is structured into three main parts: Letting Thanos’ eradication of half of all life in the universe really sink in, dwelling in the new status quo he created. 2.

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The End of an Era

No, the Totality series isn’t over yet! But I did reach an important milestone. Back in 1999, when I started writing the original incarnation of what would become Totality, I imagined I would finish it in a couple of years, planning for about 100 installments and publishing one per week. In reality, I ended up taking several breaks, and my motivation petered out right around installment #90. Though I had an outline written up for how the rest of the story would go, I never actually wrote the individual chapters.

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10 Space Sci-Fi Tropes to Avoid

Don’t let these happen to you! I’m being a little cheeky here, but considering that Totality is a space science fiction novel series, why not? I’ve consumed a lot of science fiction books, TV shows, and movies over the years, and there are certain things that just raise my hackles which I try to avoid in my own work. 1. Amnesia Have you ever been enjoying a perfectly good story, and suddenly a major character has amnesia due to some convenient plot device, and this seems to occur only to delay the story or go on some irrelevant diversion that ultimately won’t matter?

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The Curse of Plagiarism

The world of novels was recently rocked by a plagiarism scandal. Let’s dig in. If you haven’t seen the #CopyPasteCris hashtag going around lately, you can get a good summary of the whole scandal here. But in brief: bestselling author Cristiane Serruya has been accused of lifting passages from dozens of other books into her own books. Some have been heavily modified while remaining recognizable, while others are quoted basically verbatim.

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Under the Weather

I’ve felt a bit under the weather lately, so no blog post this week. However, you can catch me on the Authors’ Round Table podcast hosted by Moirae Pubs!

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What's a Protagonist Good For?

The central character of a story can make or break it. Sometimes breaking it is better. In lieu of telling the entire story again, I’ll sum up: William Pearson, the protagonist of _TOTALITY: The┬áMilitiaman_, was originally a straight-ahead, unambiguous hero. This was back when I cooked up the series in 1999, before leaving it on the shelf for many years until I felt it was time to revisit. Now? He’s a “potty mouthed Andy Griffith,” as one reader told me.

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Finding Emotional Truth and Resonance

This one is a little unusual for me, so buckle up! Totality is a sprawling science fiction and fantasy epic, with a lot of space opera elements. It is easy to lose sight of humanity in such an endeavor–the human elements can be subsumed under all the fanciful, fantastical aspects. But I’ve always wanted this series to be driven by genuine human emotions, to have people react in believable, faithful ways to the many amazing and unusual events that transpire.

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OK, But Seriously, Book Promotion

How do you actually promote a book effectively? Recently, I wrote a piece lamenting the soul-sucking sensation of self-promotion. I feel like that’s not terribly helpful, however, unless I can bring some actual, useful advice for the would-be self-promoter. First, let’s be clear about expectations: this advice will be for those trying to promote their own books when they don’t already have a large following. I am, for instance, much more successful at marketing myself in terms of my software development skills–I have to turn down recruiters all the time!

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