Long Weekend Book Adventure

It’s the long weekend. I’ve completed quite a few projects now so now I’m going to continue something that I should have done long ago, and that’s to finish cataloguing my library (focussing on my fiction collection).

With me, it’s going to be more exciting than a simple cataloguing session. It’s going to be an adventure!

So tune into the next couple of posts!

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I am trying to balance projects right now. I have some unrelated things that I have to get done. In addition to that I will be doing more research for the novel, Ryn’s turn. I sometimes feel like all I’m doing is research, but I want to give a sense of realism to the book. So the next thing that I am researching is dirigibles, airships, and other flying machines, along with military strategy (I’ve also ordered more Lego to do this)

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I’ll be splitting duties between personal projects, Ryn’s Turn, and Who Would Destroy the Gods?

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In May I’ll be focussing on getting a vague first draft completed of Ryn’s Turn. I’ll be working on other projects as well, but this will be my main focus. There will also be pictures as I depict contraptions and armies.

Next month I’ll be heading out to Calgary for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, I’ll be at table K10 and peddling many wares including Railroad Rising! So if you want to, stop by and say hello!

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Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion is now available on all platforms for eBook! Join me from the 21st to the 25th as we celebrate this along with other authours from Edge Publications!

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The Physics of Magic

One of the key things in any fantastical novel, be it fantasy or science fiction, is the “laws of the land” as it were.

How does the magic work?

How do the machines/gadgets work?

How does physics work?

These are all questions that a writer must ask themselves when creating these stories. These are questions that I was asking myself while working on the novel. Given that this novel is a sequel to Railroad Rising, I am working in my father’s world. A world that, since he didn’t do a lot of outlining, was in his head.

One of the things I really appreciated about Railroad Rising was the detailed description of the machines and gadgets. I want to continue this, but I do not have my father’s background in having been around engines and early modes of transportation. As a result, I’ve been doing research into early steam engines and machines throughout history.

The thing that has interested me the most was not just the machines, but the machines that almost made it, but for one reason or rather, failed. I want to explore this in the novel. What if with some of these machines, the problem was able to be solved with magic? The closer a machine came to working on it’s own, the less magic was needed to propel it? This ideal fascinates me and will be a backdrop to one of the plots in the novel. A marriage of physics and magic and the resulting world.