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How to write dystopia well

Did you actually think I had an answer to that? OK, well, I sorta do, but I think there are many ways to do it. 

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Works in progress, upcoming books, and guest bloggers

A few odds and ends today. Fridays are good days for odds and ends.

First, I wanted to let people know what I'm working on, and what to look out for in the next few months. I have two books that are completed in not-so-drafty form. I think I've mentioned them both before.

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Going Vertical

"Going vertical" is a phrase used often in non-fiction and memoir writing. Going vertical means that in a sense, you are going deeper (and sometimes also higher) in perspective and description at certain points in a book. In memoir, this might involve delving much more deeply into a specific happening, or zoom out to look at the very big picture.

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Whither paper?

I love books, I always have. Ever since I could read, I read all the time. I don't read nearly as much as I used to, because I write so much, but there was a time when I would read three or four nonfiction books a month, and five or six fiction books a month. Now, it's more like one fiction book a month and one non-fiction book every couple of months.

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Worldbuilding, Part 5: Travel

I love to write about travel, and when I think about each of the books I've written, travel of one sort or another is an important, or even central, theme. 

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Worldbuilding, Part 4: Gender, Sexuality and Families

This series is about the joy of worldbuilding. I didn't quite think I'd spread this out into so many posts, but I guess I have a lot of joy to talk about! 

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Worldbuilding, Part 3: Making up language

Klingon TextOne of the more interesting parts of making up new intelligent beings, or new societies, is to think about language. Many science fiction stories and novels skip over these details entirely, because, well, they are hard. I've made my share of mistakes, and I know that I'm not anywhere near to getting as good at dealing with langauge as some writers. I think I suffer from being basically monolingual (unless you count programming languages).

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Worldbuilding, Part 2 (or how I learned to love bad reviews)

If you've read any of  my books, you'll know that I'm one of those science fiction authors with a non-traditional perspective that comes through loud and clear. In some cases, the worlds I build (Castiti is a good example) are basically the kinds of worlds I'd love to live in. In the Casitian Universe series in particular, the core of the conflict has to do with the conflict between different ideas of how human beings should live. I try my best to have the complexity come out (like the Casitians get very annoying at some points...

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The Joy of Worldbuilding

I love making stuff up. I guess that's why I'm a science fiction writer. It really makes me really happy to think about new ways the world could be, or new worlds that are completely different than the one we live in. I have as yet to write a novel that has no human beings, but perhaps that will happen.

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New Blog: Observations and Reflections

I've been a blogger consistently almost 10 years now. That's a long time - longer than most bloggers have been around. I have had a lot of different blogs, too. In 2005, I actually had 3 blogs going: a regular blog, a technology blog, and a ministry blog. I retired the ministry blog when I left seminary, and retired the technology blog last year, and replaced it with an author blog, which I write in now and again. But I felt like I wanted a place to write a bit more deeply, to delve into the issues of the day in a balanced, reflective, and sometimes spiritual way.

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