Writing

How The Militiaman Got Made

It took a long time to bring this book to fruition! In all fairness, the amount of time it took was probably excessive, as novels go. The basic idea originated in 1999, the summer before I was to start college. I started writing it almost immediately after, about one chapter a week. The process, back then, was pretty simple. I would write a chapter, then give it a couple quick editing passes, then consider it ready to go.

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The Particulars of Colonization

How do you colonize another planet, anyway? The fact that settling on planets other than Earth remains science fiction should tell you a thing or two about how difficult it is. Although we’ve been sending humans to space for over half a century, our only attempts at semi-permanent habitation beyond Earth’s surface have been in the form of space stations, most notably the International Space Station. The longest period anyone has spent in space is a year and a few months–a far cry from the lengths of time that would be required for settlement of another planet.

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Building Lexin: Part 2

Did you think I was done talking about Lexin? Nope! There’s more. **Some mild spoilers for *Totality: The Militiaman* follow.** Early into this first book, it should become obvious that a lot of noir tropes are involved. The original iteration of this story was actually much less noirish–it was more akin to a police procedural, tonally. But as I revisited the story and fleshed out Lexin, a darker and grimier world took shape, and the futility of William’s fight against the mining conglomerates that dominated his world (and paid his salary) got put into stark contrast.

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Building Lexin

This is the first in a series of posts elaborating on my novel series, Totality. Today, I will go into some of the details involved in creating the first fictional world introduced in that series: Lexin. It’s worth mentioning that the Totality series was conceived a long time ago. The first drafts were worked up starting in 1999. Many of the specific details of Lexin, as a planet and a culture, originated then.

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