Villiany Rediscovered

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you today?  I’m doing well, and getting back into the swing of writing again.  Still waiting on my edits for the two short stories I wrote, but that’s life ya know!  As for book three, Operation Breakout, I’m at 37,124 words and fixed an issue that was holding me up.  I’ve not yet started my writing today but I will once I put my son to bed.  Also, I was wrong about being at 38k yesterday.  I was at 36k, but I am still hoping for the 40k by the end of the year.  In addition to working on book three, I’ve outlined another series I want to write after I finish The Sleeping Legion Series.  More on that in the coming year!!  I think I will hold off on my New Carthage Series, I love that idea too much to attempt it before I’m ready and I’m passionate about wanting to do it justice.

 

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Anyway, I was re-reading the blog of a fellow science fiction author, even with two books publication it still feels weird saying that!  While reading, I found a great article about the nature of villainy in literature.  Joe Vasicek writes great science fiction, and maintains an excellent blog with enough traffic to make for lively debates.  Don’t believe me, check the number of older posts on his Hugo Award blog entries!  LOL!  His post about villains in literature, both practically and as a trope, was well written.  I highly recommend you read his blog and comment.  If you’d like, we can continue the discussion here as well.  While I like his work, one point he didn’t address was on the fleeting nature of villainy in modern times because villainy is often in the eye of the beholder.  Too often we view the world through relativistic lenses, even when it isn’t appropriate.  Yes, sometimes someone is so beyond the scope as to be universally evil (Hitler, Lucifer, the woman who cancelled Firefly), but that isn’t always the case.  Times change and so do social mores and values.  Yesterday’s heroes often become todays villains… an example of that can be seen in how some view our Founding Fathers.  The once heroes of our nation are only talked about in the context of their slave ownership or treatment of women by modern society.  I’m not a fan of this, revisionism never sits well with me and I tend to judge people within the context of their time, but you shouldn’t ignore this in a discussion on villainy.  What do others think?  If you have an opinion, sound off below or check out Joe’s post here!

 

Speaking on the topic of villains, a YouTuber vlogger I follow, Kristen Martin, recently made a video on the subject!  She breaks down how to write believable bad guys, which is on pointe for my fellow writers out there.  She even found a check list for writing better villains, written by Jerry Jenkins.  Check that out, then watch her video!

 

 

And since I also posted the ‘How To’ video, here’s another from Jenna Moreci whom I also follow on the YouTubes.  She’s a bit salty, but gives good advice.  Her novels ain’t bad either!  If you follow the links to her, you can jump straight into that rabbit hole and find her various links on her YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!   

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JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section.

GREAT ADVICE FOR AUTHORS

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Hello Space Cadets, how’s everyone doing today?  Things over in the Handley Trenches are going well, still too early to tell how our campaign is going with The Sleeping Legion Series.  Today I decided to write about some advice I received when I first started getting more serious about my writing.  The advice was good enough, I decided to share with everyone else.  Hopefully you’ll find it worthwhile as well.

 

When I first started writing again I struggled to overcome the limitations of my TBI and perfect my craft.  I decided to be meticulous and sought out the assistance of various experts and have found several podcasts on writing to be extremely helpful.  First there is J.D. Sawyers “NaNoWriMo Every Month” podcast; I’ve found it to be chalk full of helpful advice.  It will soon be rebranded as the “The Every Day Novelist Podcast” but I left it as it is now so you’ll find it easier on the internet.  Dan’s helpful, funny and responds to individual questions on his podcast and through your email.  He has on occasion messaged people directly to be better able to assist them in their literary journeys.  There was also the podcast put out by Terry Mixon and Paul E. Cooley discussing writing and nerd fandom in a hilarious way, though maybe the kids should use their earmuffs.  I’ve found a few YouTube videographers who put out helpful content: Vivien Reis, Jenna Moreci, and Kim Chance.  All of them are great in their own right, but Jenna does tend to cuss a wee bit.  It doesn’t bother this old grunt, but I definitely don’t listen around my kids.  Kim comes off very kindergarten teacher-esq, but she is so cutely cheerful that she helps to pep you up when you’re down.  She’ll definitely help you remember why you wanted to be a writer in the first place.  And Vivien, well, she is just fun in a down to earth sort of way.  She definitely makes you wanna have a cup of coffee with her, so long as hers is caffeine-free… I know, right?  Ugh, that’s almost sinful!!  Sigh, if her writing is good we can forgive her though.

 

Anyway, that’s it for me at the moment.  Now I’ve got to get back to writing a scene for my novel.  It involves a battle where the Hardit mount one heck of a defense of the Hardit Incubation Station.  I can tell you, writing a battle scene, even a short one, can be exhausting!  It’s almost as if we were in the trenches with them.  To all ten of my imaginary readers, I promise I’ll keep it bloody and brutal!

 

I hope this was helpful, and if you have any recommendations for us, leave a comment and a link below and join the conversation.

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 

brown_bess

JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are owned by JR Handley.

 

 

  1. NaNoWriMo Every Month Podcast 
  2. The Dead Robots Society Podcast
  3. Vivien Reis YouTube videos
  4. Jenna Moreci YouTube videos
  5. Kim Chance YouTube videos