Character Interview, Elder Roggi Exavent

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I was told Elder Roggi Exavent is too busy to speak to the likes of me. He offered me a cup of tea and all the time I needed.

What is your greatest fear?

I’ve lived so long and seen so much that it’s hard to talk in terms of a greatest fear, but there is one matter, steps I’ve taken. I know I’ve done the right thing, but there’s a shadow over my prayers that haunts me when things are quiet.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

This has changed many times over the decades, but more and more I deplore the way I have coddled my grandson Nivpul when even his father has implored me push him more to break out of his shell, socially speaking.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

The rigid adherence to religious doctrine among my peers when scripture drives us to be so much more.

Which living person do you most admire?

You’ve caught me there. I admire how well my son Peaul has done since that fateful day the Loabaycle was lost with all hands aboard, including my sweetest Ssilsnia and all five of Peauls siblings. I lost so many years after the news, years spent alternatively smothering and ignoring my son’s very real needs. That being said, I also admire my grandson Nivpul. So much like me in my early years before Ssilsnia came along. Maybe too much given he has yet to meet his Ssilsnia.

Which living person do you most despise?

The current Duke of Argodr. His father and grandfather were dangerous to be sure, but the present Duke, his ego and his avarice, surpasses that of any Noble I have ever had to mispleasure of dealing with.

When and where were you happiest?

The day my dear departed Ssilsnia cornered me into courting her affection. We had so many happy years together before the tragedy.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To be honest. I am what the years have made me, there is little worth changing this late in life.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Marked characteristic? That has to be my refusal to limit myself to the rigid patterns practiced by most of the devoit aboard Motherload when asked to pray in public. As if I allow such rigidity to restrict me in private.

What do you most value in your friends?

Really, the fact that they are my friends. Once you’ve risen to my status as an Honoured Elder it is easy to surround yourself with status climbers or to spend too much time easing the status climb of your children.

What is your greatest regret?

Sigh. Even so many decades later I find myself torn by that question. Do I regret not clearing my calendar so I could be with my family when the Loabaycle was lost. Or regret letting Ssilsnia take the rest of the family ahead while Peaul stayed behind with me for the father to son talk.

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Character Interview, Lieutenant June Trynamour

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After much diplomacy I have succeeded in getting a few moments to ask the second most important character in my Worlds Together series a few questions. As with my interview with Nivpul Exavent, this took place shortly before the events in Synergy Of Hopes. Given the conditions under which we talked her short replies may be more than I could have hoped for.

What is your greatest fear?

Being rejected by the Samafm ambassadors Carlos and Uno Yondu.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

The way I let pride get in the way of common sense.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Inconsistent people throwing wrenches into well planned operations.

Which living person do you most admire?

The Samafm Ambassadors at large, Carlos and Uno Yondu. They see something in me nobody else can see.

Which living person do you most despise?

A certain Guard Fleet officer who wouldn’t let it go.

When and where were you happiest?

When I’m free to distract myself in the pursuit of certain private research projects.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would erase the memory of things I’ve been forced to do.

What is your most marked characteristic?

The way I can terrify with a look.

What do you most value in your friends?

The love that binds them whatever the stresses they face.

What is your greatest regret?

Not swallowing my pride when the opportunity arose to return home after my discharge from Guard Fleet.

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Character Interview, Ensign Nivpul Exavent

 

I caught up to the main character in my Worlds Together series shortly before the events in Synergy Of Hopes could take place and asked him the following questions. His answers were a little terse, but I’ll take what I can get.

 

What is your greatest fear?

Never finding a love like the one my Grandfather knew before the too soon loss of my Grandmother SSilsnia.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

The way I freeze when asked to speak up in public.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Duplicitous people.

Which living person do you most admire?

My Grandfather Roggi. No one has had to overcome more pain to fullfill his dreams.

Which living person do you most despise?

Duke Argodr. His ego is nothing but trouble to everyone who has to deal with his people.

When and where were you happiest?

Working with my Grandfather Roggi making the Konhor project a success.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d learn how to speak to a girl who catches my eye rather than pulling into myself.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My Exavent red hair.

What do you most value in your friends?

People who do what they said they would do.

What is your greatest regret?

Not forming any lasting relationships during my time as a Cadet in the League Star Academy.

Visit my Published Works page to find stories involving this character.

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Wither the Audiobook

Last week I posted a list of the podcasts I presently listen to on a weekly basis. One area of the modern reading experience referred to on a increasingly regular basis is the whole world of audiobooks.

As a writer I admit to having the thought of eventually releasing my works in audiobook format but production and distribution is a large subject best left for another day. This post is about my thoughts on the reading by audiobook experience.

To start, I have listened to a handful of audiobooks during extended road trips. This includes using regular CDs, MP3 CDs, and via the Audible app on my phone. Just enough for me to have a foundation from which to postulate.

Roadtrips are a good place to listen to an audiobook with one caveat. If you are not alone in the car you are signalling to everyone else that conversation is not welcome while the book is playing. During my day to day routine things get a lot trickier. Right now the majority of the time I have for listening is taken up by the podcast rotation mentioned on my last post. To make room for audiobooks I’d have to give some of them up.

A quick estimate based upon the three podcasts that push audiobooks the most suggest I could free up two hours a week by no longer listening to Functional Nerds, Writing Excuses, and Wordslinger. I’m sure they won’t mind losing my listener support to follow their ongoing advice.

Two hours a week equals eight to ten hours a month. About the length of your average audio version of a full length novel.

I further estimate I may be able to carve out another two hours each week by adjusting my daily priorities. This is where things get tricky since this cuts into time I presently use to do things like think about where my writing/editing endeavours are headed. Another danger, listening to audiobooks is far more passive than reading, making easier to listen on when I should be getting to other things.

I am now capable of listening to two audiobooks a month.

One good thing about listening via Audible is the ability to accelerate playback speed. If a little experimentation shows I can handle a book at 1.5 speed I can hear six hours of story per week. In the unlikely event that I can remain sane at 2.0 speed that becomes eight times, or almost a book a week.

Audiobooks tend to be for more expensive than either print or e. I could go the library route though this will almost certainly limit me to CD or MP3 CD at this time. No acceleration. It would also limit me to older books for the most part. Audible.com does have a monthly subscription option but that would only get me one average length novel each month. At this moment I can’t see how that would work for me.

All in all it looks to me like audiobooks just don’t fit into my reading experience at this time, except on road trips.

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Podcast Mania

I have a moderately long commute to and from my bread and butter job each day. About two years ago I decided to try maximising that and other driving times by exploring to growing world of podcasts. What once was a handful of listens has now become a stable to fill my entire week.

Over this time specific podcasts have come and gone. Some because the stopped making new ones, some because they didn’t speak to me, and some due to technical reasons around my present sound system. That is simply the nature of the beast.

I thought it might be interesting to post a list of my present listens, so in the order they appear in my podcast app here are the shows I presently listen to on a regular basis:

Beyond The Trope

Bleeding Ink

Book Promotion Podcast

Coactive Dreams

Helping Writers Become Authors

I Should Be Writing

Novel Marketing

Reading and Writing Podcast

Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing

Self Publishing Answers

Self Publishing Roundtable

Author Hangout

Book Editor Show

Creative Penn

Creative Writers Toolbelt

Functional Nerds

Joined Up Writing

Portfolio Life

Rocking Self Publishing

Sell More Books Show

Sword and Laser

Worried Writer

This Creative Life

Unemployable

Upgrade Your Story

Wordslinger

Write Now

Writing Excuses

Introvert Entrepreneur

Writership

In closing I should note that not all these podcasts are released on a regular basis but most do come out at weekly.

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3D Computing Part 2

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My last post, Into The Land Of 3D Computing, details my first foray into the world of 3D computing and 3D printing.

I have since rescaled my model and produced a demo sized model in a medium I can polish to perfection. 3dhubs came through again.

Now for the tricky part. Doing the actual polish and deciding if I need to add any markings. You will have to read the opening of Synergy Of Hopes to understand why that’s an important question. (Is that blatant enough?)

 

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Into The Land Of 3D Computing

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I have been musing over the question of how to generate professional grade images of the ship in my stories, Konhor, for some time. It is the one element missing from my cover to Synergy Of Hopes, my blog image, and even my Author Cards.

My Konhor Board on Pinterest shows many of the diagrams and images I’ve developed to date, but none of them are clean enough to use in the manner described. I simply don’t have the artistic or graphic skills to take them to the next level .

In response I have attempted two very different tactics to acquire such an image. Method one had me contract a designer on Upwork. This got me a wonderful ship design that didn’t work for me once I’d had a chance to think it over and cost me too much money to try it again any time soon. Method two had me consider the option of creating a 3D rendition of Konhor which I could either render from various angles or 3D print an actual model. The latter has the added benefit of being able to put it out on display at Cons and other public venues.

My first intro into the world of 3D printing came through the powerful but free program Blender. It’s taken me hours of watching online videos to get a grasp on the basics of this program. My second biggest foray into 3D came after being pointed to Tinkercad. Though this online program appears primitive it only took a few short videos to give me the skills to build a first prototype of Konhor.

One thing Tinkercad doesn’t have is the ability to add a light and capture renders of my ship in that platform. Thus I turned to the idea of seeing what it would take to have a 3D model printed. This meant finding a service able to handle the job at a reasonable cost. Enter 3dhubs, a site where I could find local 3D printer services and collect quotes. Four days later I had my prototype. A model so small I could make it into a tieclip or earing as the picture above attests. Seems I still have a bit to learn about this whole 3D thing.

My next interation will be 4 times larger, which in a 3D environment actually increases its volume by a magnitude of 64. This may cost me a wee bit more than prototype #1 but is still cheaper in time and cash than the other options I have at this time.

More to come.

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