Thursday, July 10, 2014

NaNoWriMo is coming. And I have ideas.

This November will mark my fourth venture into National Novel Writing Month. It's July now, so I should get my ducks in a row.

The past two years I took on projects that would require extensive writing beyond the month long challenge. This year, I'm going to focus on keeping the story under 60k, only 10k over the goal.

I also have to come up with a story idea, but I think I have that covered. The only trouble is deciding which idea to go with. I've got a series of previous ideas I've generated, but I'm uncertain if they can fit in the target word count. I also have a new idea. This new one will require a lot of work before it's ready, but I really like the concept. It's also more sci-fi, where my previous works were fantasy or supernatural. Most of my saved ideas right now are in the fantasy genre as well, so it might be nice to mix that up.

I'm sure I'll have more updates as we get closer, and plenty of progress checks throughout.

If I could recommend, if you've ever wanted to try your hand at writing a book, give NaNoWriMo a go. It's a good motivator to get you moving. You can also check out my previous post on suggestions for how to approach NaNoWriMo. It isn't for everyone, but you won't know unless you try.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Science and Politics of the Hobby Lobby Ruling

The ruling from the Supreme Court protecting the religious rights of Hobby Lobby (and other corporations) to withhold coverage for specific forms of contraceptive is, apparently, a big deal.

With all the different memes, quotes, and mini articles highlighting tiny parts of the case, I thought it might be a good idea to try and get a bigger picture. By looking at where the precedence was for the decision, and the details around the drugs in question, we can get a better idea of what happened, and what it means for the future.

Most of this information I sought out myself, using soundbites as a primer to point me in a specific direction. I found out a lot of interesting things regarding the politics around the case, as well as the science that goes into the birth control methods in question. I hope you can learn something from all the hard work I put in, and that you'll seek out answers on your own. Try to put less stock in the ideologic speeches of your favorite talking heads, and look at what the laws say, who benefited from this, and who didn't. Let's jump in.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, a Book Review

I'm a big fan of the Dragon Age video games, and really enjoy learning about the surrounding lore. To this end, I have now read all four books published, and found this to be the most disappointed. I was surprised by this because I really didn't like the writing style of David Gaider (the writer of the first three books, and lead writer for the games) and thought a new writer in Patrick Weekes would improve the series. I was wrong.

I gave the book two stars out of five on Goodreads, so it's not all bad. I will start with the redeemable qualities.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My E3 Thoughts (Part 2)

Here are the final things I wanted to mention in regards to E3. I just picked up the new UFC game, and hope to get through career mode to write something up about it as well, so stay tuned if you'd like to hear more.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

UK Bans Scientific Diversity

People are singing the praises of the UK government, who recently banned schools from teaching creationism in science class. More specifically, they cannot teach any concept that would suggest we didn't all come to be what we are through the process of evolution.

It's not that creationism cannot be brought up in UK schools. It can still be discussed in religious studies. But consider a framework in which a student is told by their school that religions believe in something that could not be possible in the mind of an intelligent individual. Essentially, "you can teach that this is a thought, as long as you tell everyone it's crazy." Creationism must take it's place among the myths of gods, while only the pure light of evolution can be taught as the origin of mankind.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My E3 Thoughts (Part 1)

I had intended to catch up on everything about E3 through word of mouth and gaming websites, but a broken down car kept me from making the trek to work, so I watched several hours of programming from the event. Some of it was amazing, some of it, not so much.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Respect, Words, Actions, Justification: What Parents Teach TheirChildren

My daughter just had a kindergarten graduation ceremony. In truth, I felt it was an unnecessary inconvenience that cost me $15 for a cap and gown she can never wear again. But, of course, I spent the money and took off from work to go, because it's important. I don't believe there would have been a negative impact if the ceremony had never occurred, but since it did, for me to not go may have been disappointing to her.