Word Count (What I’m Writing); Updated every 2-3 Days (mostly)
- Project Independence Word Count: 6,000 words (+1,200 words)–1st Draft Finished (7/6/18)
- Project Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel Page Count: 12
Goal = 5000 words by July 7.
Actual = 6,000 Words finished on July 6. I wrote 1,200 words Friday night while I waited to go home. I didn’t have a great couple of days, so I just wrote. I only had 178 words for the 5,000 word goal, but when I got there, I wasn’t finished, so I just kept writing until the story was done. I’ve given it to my alpha readers and then will do another draft whenever I get the feedback back from them. I’ll probably work on a revision/revisions for the month of July before delving back into a new project in August. Watch this space for future developments.
Currently Reading (What I’m Reading); Updated Weekly (mostly)
- For Fun:
Transhuman edited by Mark L. Van Name and T. F. K. Weisskopf
Just started this anthology – it was given to me at a LibertyCon some years ago, but I’ve just now gotten around to reading it. I may not finish it/read all the stories, but so far, I’ve read the first story and liked it.
Traveller RPG: I started this a while ago as a book that I was reading just before bedtime, but I didn’t really make much headway. I restarted it and I’ve just finished the introductory character generation section and I’m now moving on to the skills section and will be soon moving into the “lore” section. This is a revamp (rules 2.0) of an old school British RPG from the 1980s. Updated for modern times, this fairly short book still gives a great set of rules, game system, and lore that I hope will serve as inspiration for new sci-fi works in my own writing life.
- For School:
Ancient Rhetorics, Digital Networks: A book that combines New Media (digital rhetorics) and combines them with ideas and theories of the Ancient Rhetorics.
- For Research/Personal Development:
Great Aircraft of WWII by Alfred Price and Mike Spick (for Project Skye)
Great Aircraft of WWII is a book that I’ve had in my collection for sometime–I’ve glanced at it periodically, but never read it cover-to-cover. Now, with Project Skye, I intend to do just that.
Finished Oathbringer Last Week
So, I finished Oathbringer last week. I wasn’t intending to finishing it, but I can’t say that my week was the greatest due to the amount of schoolwork that I had this week and the fact that I didn’t do as well on my presentations that I would have liked. So, as normal, I retreated into my books, specifically Oathbringer and finished off approximately 250-300 pages this week. The book clocks in at over 1,200 pages (!) and I had been reading 2-3 chapters per day, until the last couple of weeks. For those who don’t know, Oathbringer is book 3 in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives series.
Each book in the series, so far, has a focus on one or two major characters while other characters are present, but are in the background. In each of the two previous, we find out about the background of our “focus” character throughout the course of the novel. Book 1, The Way of Kings was Kaladin Stormblessed’s story, while Book 2, Words of Radiance was Shallan’s story. Even though Jasnah Kholin is on the cover, it is actually her father, Dalinar, who is the “focus” of this novel. We get to see his history and his motivations as to how he became “Blackthorne,” a figure to be feared and why he moved away from that persona. Sanderson masterfully weaves the reasons into the story and by the end of the book, we see Dalinar journey on an arc that leaves Dalinar (and the readers) with an understanding of why Dalinar deliberately learned to restrain his battle lust.
Moving the Story Forward
What I like most about this Fantasy series is that it actually moves the story forward. If there’s one thing Sanderson is good at, it is actually progressing the story. For instance, the “Big Bad,” Odium, has been teased for two books, but this book, not only do we get to see him, we also get to interact with him and see what makes him the “big bad” in this story. In other words, he gets Darth Vader it up. Other contemporary fantasy writers (I won’t name names) tend to stay mired in the potential of the threat, rather than actually getting to the threat itself. I really liked this book. While it isn’t my favorite novel in the series–that honor still goes to Book 1, The Way of Kings–I still thought that it was a great novel that really engages the reader while moving the story forward.
Overall Grade: B+
A very good addition to the series. Maybe not the best one so far, but it definitely slacked my thirst for new content in that universe. Now that I’ve finished it, however, I’m consigned to wait another 2 to 2 ½ years for Brandon Sanderson to release another.
- Read Faerie Knight in the anthology Fae, Rhonda Parrish, Ed. or the Kindle Edition
- Read Ship of Shadows in the anthology Visions IV: Space Between Stars, Carrol Fix, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
- Read WarLight in the anthology Visions VI: Galaxies, Carrol Fix, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
- Read Dragonhawk in the magazine Tales of the Talisman, Vol. 8, Iss. 3, David Lee Summers, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
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