Merry Christmas!

I’m currently waist deep in the editing process for Rasere’s War and We Built This City. So many words make my head spin at times!

 

Of the 9 Beta Readers who signed up, I have only gotten feedback from one. Their input has been valuable and I’ve made a few changes to the story. Nothing major though, just a few consistency, redundancy, and grammatical edits were called for. Hoping to hear back from the other 8 readers soon.

 

Celebrity faces impersonated

I found these incredible Youtube videos on artificially generated faces posted by Tero Karras, a researcher at Nvidia.

Working from a photo database of 30,000 celebrity faces, the two algorithms learned about different details, like beards and jewelry, that make a face look real to the human eye, and then engaged in a rapid-fire back-and-forth process that produced amazingly realistic results. None of the good-looking folks you see are real, but you’d never know it.

This has implications for the modeling world and eventually the acting profession too. Once faces and bodies can be made to move and speak like a human being, actors will undoubtedly find less work.

 

 

 

Rasere’s War with the Beta Readers

I’ve reached the next step on my way to self-publishing. On the 27th I’ve sent my draft to my beta readers with instructions on what sort of feedback I am looking for. Using their feedback I will see what I can do with it, possibly rewriting, adding or deleting material. After that is completed I will work on formatting the ebook, adding front and back material and cover art. I anticipate completing this by new years.

1st Edit done

My first self-edit for Rasere;s War is done. I made a couple of passes with the Grammarly app and rewrote a few sections to make them flow better, I had to modify one character a little bit as I was not happy with how he came across. I could easily see how my writing slowly improved over the length of the novel. I still have a way to go as I am still finding my writing voice.

My next step will include finding a few beta readers to check for the feel and consistency of the story. I am also working on the ancillary pages such as a preface, glossary, dedications, acknowledgments, and cover art.

 

Uploaded Brains

A Fascinating video that touches a few things I have in my novels. In my second novel, I have a married couple that had their brains frozen and then they were revived nearly 500 years later into a virtual world.
A fascinating video that touches on a few of the themes in my novels.A fascinating video that touches on a few of the themes in my novels.

Rasere’s War – An Introduction

Rasere’s War is my first, full-length novel. I began writing it in the spring of 2016 and finished it in December 2016. This story is the first of a proposed trilogy of stories covering the years that the protagonist, GoSpeed Rasere, gets swept up by larger events and propels her to her new future….

 

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In the next 500 years, mankind undergoes an amazing transformation. A world wracked by wars, political strife, and natural disasters is brought to heel by a benevolent Artificial Intelligence which calls itself Gaiana. It’s behind the scenes manipulation aided by a persuasive soft sell of an ideology embracing rationality and self-control tames the negative impulses of man and eventually propels it into an age of prosperity never seen before. People lead calm, productive lives (those who actually have jobs). Crime is virtually nonexistent, religion has been rendered meaningless as obsolete as a “heaven on earth” is deemed to exist. The very few who do not conform are isolated into various points on the globe. South Asia, The Amazon, and Antarctica.

On a negative note, risky ventures are now entirely out of the hands of man and in the hands of robots and AI. Men are not regular visitors to space, they no longer dive the ocean depths, nor do they build anything by hand. This idleness, coupled with their repressed emotions began simmering beneath the surface. The only safe place to express themselves or emulate forbidden activities is to go into advanced Virtual Worlds or Simulations. Even there the rules governing actions and expressions are strict.

But not all worlds are so strict. A few operate behind walls of concealment and obfuscation. While they may seem tame to us, the 21st-century reader, to the 25th-century person, they were thrilling. One of those worlds was Simvie Loko. Simvie Loko was an Earth-sized globe featuring a welcoming environment with many tourist themed islands, sprawling grasslands, and snow-capped mountains. Due to its low profile on the network, a number of dissatisfied Users (as the visitors were known) would meet in privacy and discuss their dissatisfaction with their real lives. These talks would often culminate in real life activities that disrupted the peace.

This disruption soon caught the attention of Gaiana and his helpers. Once it was traced to subversive activity in a few virtual worlds, he decided to act…….

Editing, first pass

As it stands, to date I have written one short story (20k words) and two novels (71K and 91k words). I am currently doing an edit on the first draft of novel #1, Rasere’s War. I can see as I go from chapter to chapter that my writing slowly got a little bit better. Not near as good as my second novel, but improving nonetheless. I did have the luxury of having someone else give it a read through, but she mostly caught spelling errors and the like. As I go through it I see a lot of run-on sentences, repetition of words, and filler sentences that add nothing to the story.

 

My plan is to get Rasere’s War to beta readers to solicit their input and then proceed to a final draft for self-publication by early next year. (2018)

 

Welcome to my blog

Hello, current and future readers of my material!

 

I am starting this blog to separate my Second Life blog from my writing content. They are, of course, naturally linked, but since I am endeavoring to become a published author I have decided to adopt a pen name and blog under this persona. This site will become my point of contact to the outside world for all things related to my writing. If you want to keep up with my activities in Second Life then please follow my SL blog.

 

On this site, you’ll see excerpts from my past and current writing projects, links to relevant articles about writing, technology, virtual worlds, and any other topic related to my writing and writing in general. I’ll be migrating some of my previous content to here in the next few days.

 

Enjoy!