Why It’s A Great Time To Be A Fan Of Sci-Fi

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If you’re a fan of science fiction in any of its many iterations, then you probably already know what I’m talking about. But to those of you who aren’t much into the futuristic speculative elements of science fiction, hear me out on this: there’s no better time than NOW to start your dive into all it has to offer. 

The Big Hitters Are Back

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Do you like Star Wars? Then get ready to be inundated by Star Wars memorabilia and merchandise. Not into Star Wars? That’s fine, because Star Trek is back and better than ever. Both Star Wars and Star Trek are rolling out movies, TV shows, books, games, and any other medium they can get their hands into like it’s perpetually Christmas. Not into either of those universes? That’s cool, because there’s a book series called Dune that has its biggest following ever, might as well check out what all the hubbub is about. Still not a fan? Try Blade Runner’s new sequel. Or the sequels to the Alien franchise. There’s so much to choose from!

New Sci-Fi Is Great And It’s Here To Stay

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Warhammer 40K. The Expanse. Mass Effect. Pacific Rim. Black Mirror. Rick and Morty. Let me say that again, RICK AND MORTY. Be they books, games, or movies, the new wave of science fiction that’s hitting this generation is fantastic. Granted, not all of it is worth checking out or keeping around, but enough of it is that you won’t be much disappointed. Heck, even some of the comic book adaptations should be considered science fiction: Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman vs. Superman. Do we have technology to could float entire continents? Do we have nano-tech that regrows people in seconds? Do we have helli-carriers the size of cities? Didn’t think so. Therefore, science fiction. I rest my case. 

We Live In Science Fiction

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While we may not have the cool technology from comic books yet, we are developing some pretty radical things at the moment. There are earbuds that translate language in real time, and they’re actually affordable! Facial recognition is so good it’s scary. We fly drones into combat, use self-driving cars, have augmented reality, and don’t even get me STARTED on artificial intelligence (just read the linked article and try not to have a panic attack). Every day we become more and more like science fiction. It’s… honestly a little frightening.

The moral of the story: there’s never been a better time than now to become a fan of science fiction. Ask your friends or family what they like and give a few of their suggestions a try. Chances are what you’re reading/watching will become reality sooner than any of us can expect.  

The First Draft Blues

Ahem. Cue harmonica music. 

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WAH WAH, wah wah. 

I wrote myself a novel,

I made myself a book. 

Four months and seventeen days,

is how long it took. 

I slaved in the mornings, 

I beat my brow at night.

When the manuscript was finished,

I thought it turned out alright. 

But then I read the first chapter,

I don’t know what to do. 

It’s the worst thing I’ve ever read,


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First drafts can really suck. When you finish the months long marathon you’ve been running, maintaining the same emotions and themes and thought process the whole time in order to write cohesively and concisely, you have this brief moment of accomplishment to enjoy. 

Emphasis on brief

Because the second you turn around and read the first chapter, you remember why it’s called a first draft. A rough draft. And let me tell you, they’re always rough. They get less rough as you complete more literary marathons, but each and every one requires a lot of editing. 

The draft I just finished? So much editing. All the editing. And what bums me out the most, what really hits me with the first draft blues, is that I take my time when penning everything down so that my first draft is already somewhat edited and reformed. I’ve already gone from timelines, notes, and rough drafts written by hand to finally typing it up. And it’s still a discombobulated mess. 


Every few pages…

Every couple of paragraphs…

I read something that makes me know the editing is worth it. I read a sentence that is gold. I get to a scene that is played out perfectly. I find a description of something that’s clever and makes me laugh. Which is good! There are parts of the story that I like, hidden in the tangled mess of words that came from me vomiting up my ideas onto paper. That’s good! That gives me encouragement to work and edit the darn thing, because I know it’s worth it. Because if I can get the whole to match the quality of the best individual parts, then I’ve got a pretty damn good book. 

And yet…

WAH WAH, wah wah.

I made it past the first chapter,

and on to chapter two.

It’s so much worse than the first one,



Risky Writing

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Professionally writing is a risky business. 

Professionally writing novels is a risky business. Creating a massive, 70,000 word literary journey is a serious undertaking. It requires a lot of sacrifice and no small amount of risk. You first sacrifice time and energy, basically all of both, for a undetermined period. Some authors take a few months to complete their first draft, some take many months, and some even stray into years. While writing you must keep your work close to you, for losing momentum can be deadly to your manuscript and you need the fictional world and characters fresh in your mind. While writing you must hold onto the same emotions that are captured within your book, day in and day out. While writing you must actually work in order to finish the draft, showing up everyday, even when you’re sick or tired or randy, and writing.  

And after all of that–let’s be kind and say you finished in just three months–you’ve only finished the FIRST DRAFT! And the first draft always sucks! You have another four months ahead of you before just the first chapter is presentable. Maybe about four to six more months from there before you have an acceptable draft. Not a good draft, mind you, not a successful draft as far as publishers are concerned, but an acceptable one. And keep in mind, that’s if you’re putting in at least two hours of writing/editing each and every day. No off days for you. 

All that sacrifice. All that work. Is it worth it? Well, that’s where the risk comes in. What if, after all of that, you produce something that the market is already saturated with? What if no one buys it? What if you end up sitting on it for years? What if the few people who have read it don’t like it? What if you experience rejection unlike anything you’ve ever felt before? What if, after all of that, you really produced something poor and unwanted?

That risk, you see, is what separates professional writers from amateur ones. Professional writers make the sacrifice and take the risk, amateur ones don’t. It’s essentially that simple. Are you willing to sacrifice all your free time, months or maybe even years of your life? Are you willing to risk all of that time and energy with the possibility that it could all be for nothing? 

If you say yes, then you might be a writer. And if you are, God help you. God help us all. 

You see, I have been making choices in my writing career that were avoiding risk, that were looking to make the smallest sacrifice possible, and then I was wondering why I felt unfulfilled and stagnant. I was making choices out of fear, afraid of risking too much for too little. Afraid of making large scale sacrifices for an abstraction of the future. 

But no longer. 

Professionally writing is a risky business. When you understand that, you can prepare yourself for the long haul and fill up your tool box with all you’ll need to succeed. 

So take those chances with your writing. Make those big sacrifices. You won’t make it professionally any other way. 

The Wrong Way to Write

Writing is not as easy as it seems.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Writing is pretty easy, you just sit down and put letters together to make words, which make sentences, which make paragraphs. What I meant to say is, writing quality fiction is not as easy as it seems.

I have good news and bad news to share with you. The good news: I finished writing the novel project I was working on. Cue celebration.

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Life As A Writer

The other day I went to a local restaurant where the people know me as a regular. As I paid for my meal the cashier asked me, “Hey, so what do you do for a living anyway?” And instead of proudly proclaiming, “I, sir, am I writer! A wordsmith, a stringer of sentences, a paragon of paragraphs!” I sort of blanked. I chuckled to myself and eventually told the person, “I am actually a writer.” As if I couldn’t believe it myself.

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Interview with Author Randal Greene

A short while ago I met a fellow budding author named Randal Eldon Greene who was just starting off his journey into the big bad world of publishing.

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He was kind enough to offer some support and encouragement on my writing earlier this year, and now that his writing is being published I wanted to help support him in return. His first book, titled Descriptions of Heaven, has finally been released and is available through his site here, or on the mighty Amazon here.

Spoiler Alert: It’s a good book

One of the ways I wanted to help Randal was by pimping out his story to my followers and helping readers get to know him a little better. Randal graciously agreed to answer some questions for a short interview.

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