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If you Ever Want to Know if Something

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 28, 2015, 9:02 AM
is a Bad Idea, check "The People's Cube."…

and this:…

Because someone, somewhere, might decide paying more for their internet is OK with them, now we ALL are going to pay more. For inferior service. Using a scheme twice declare illegal by the courts and a model whose regulations that helped create the largest TelCom monopoly in the world. One that had to be broken by the Courts because its stranglehold was so pervasive no one could compete with it. Yeah, Ma Bell for the Internet sounds like a good idea.

Oh, but this will keep corporations from raising rates and throttling speed on providers! Yeah...about that. If that's the case, why are they all onboard supporting this? ALL the Big Corporations campaigned for this--because it WASN'T good for them? Somehow, I don't think so.

Just once, I'd love it if someone would realize that maybe life is better when the government isn't trying to control your choices.

For the Memishly Inclined

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 10, 2015, 4:26 AM

Book Review: Taken (Alex Verus, Book 3)

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 6, 2015, 3:28 PM
This is a solid, but not spectacular third entry in the Alex Verus Urban Fantasy series. Alex is a diviner who lives in London, though more of this story takes place outside his home city.

The strong point of the book--and the series in general--is the characterization of Alex and Luna. Alex is a very good voice and interesting narrator. Luna is a believable non-romantic apprentice with a fascinating hook. The secondary characters in this book are also quite good. The villains, don't receive a lot of development. And I think the plot suffers for that. Hence my rating this a 4 star. The story isn't bad, it's just a tad thin.

If you've liked the series, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the series, start with Fated, which is, IMHO, a stronger book anyway. A lot of people say this series is for people who like Dresden. Yes and no. Yes, in that Alex's character has a lot of Dresden-like quirks (though nowhere near the snark), and he's a magical-investigator. No in that Alex is more studious, more serious, and as a diviner, doesn't do a lot of flash-bang. Harry outclasses most single mages he fights. Alex is outclassed in power by just about everything. But because he can see futures, he can chessmaster his way out of stuff.

Still, it's a good read in its own right. Especially for fans of Urban Fantasy.

A Solid Writing Week

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 1, 2015, 8:30 AM
Tarien's Scribbling

First time this year I wrote over 10,000 words in a week. And that was despite being too baked to write Friday after working in the real world 11 hours. So while it’s not the pace I like to keep yet, I’m good with it.

While I was working on the Hellenist Fantasy, I thought about doing something Stormlight-Archive(ish). One thing I have had to accept by limiting the number of PoV characters is that a lot of the story is told “from the top.” Now this probably isn’t *that* unusual for Epic Fantasy. But part of what makes The Black Company and Malazan Book of the Fallen superior to most, IMHO, is that battles are told just as much ‘from the fray.’ Codex Alera was also good at this. Now for one character, this isn’t a real problem, because like his inspiration, he leads from the front. But for the Dessians, whose Legates typically watch and only intercede when the battle is at the crucial moment, it’s a tad more complicated.

So to address that, and add some color and examine the soldier’s culture & trials of the time, I’m going to add a sprinkling of subchapters, similar to the Interludes of Stormlight, but contained in the main PoV of whoever they serve under. I might do this for the political bodies as well, in order to demonstrate how they operated–or failed to operate, as the case may be. I’d write those a little more in an “annals” style. As objectively as histories in the time got (which was rarely THAT objective).

I’ll wait until rewrite to decide if I follow through on that. But right now, at least, I like the idea.

Still posting rewrites of the previous Mimic's Mirror here. But a few more chapters, and we'll get to all-new material. And there's a couple big fights looming on the horizon. And one oh-so-traumatic experience for our telepath...

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A New Writing Instrument

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 19, 2015, 5:35 PM
Tarien's Scribbling

One of my Christmas Presents was an Aurora Ipsilon Fountain Pen. I’ve been using it the last couple of weeks. The ink of one of my old pens isn’t fantastic. Hopefully that will change, as I have some Skrip coming in. Not that my handwriting will ever be anything you want to see in more than measured doses.

Still, this new implement of creation has a steel nib, so it writes with feedback. But not uncomfortably so. The finish on the grip is distinct from that on the body, and it sits comfortably in my hand with a very nice balance when posted. And it’s produced a dozen pages the last couple days.…

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I'm a wizard, nah, I'm a spy, no no, I'm an evil genius! Yeah, that's it. :iconfoxevillaughplz: Alright, actually I'm a writer, which just means I've been restrained by society from fulfilling my desire for global domination through illegal means, and instead torment my characters.

Tarien Cole may only be the pen-name, but it's much more interesting than real life. ;)

I write, primarily in novel form, across the Speculative Fiction spectrum. Classic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Weird Western, & Space Opera.

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