On Colonial Fantasy

Head over to the kitchen and take a peek inside your spice cabinet. Look over the labels: pepper, salt, cloves, cinnamon, chocolate, chili flakes, nutmeg, saffron. Whereas today we can buy these products at any grocery store, several hundred years ago almost all of them were worth going to war for. The spices of the…

Star Wars: The Man-babies Awaken (and Other Spoilery Thoughts)

Just fyi, this post is going to give away all the spoilers (or at least all the spoilers I can think of right now) so be warned. Be very warned. Now that you’ve been warned, let’s go back a few days to the box office premiere of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Only Real Reason…

Here’s the deal: A Land of Promise

I should say first that this isn’t Expanse fan fiction. Rather, it’s a story idea that I’d had for a while in an original universe but only recently finished. It originally just centered on a retiree who colonizes his own planet, partially for fun but also just because he’s a bitter and rich old man…

An update of sorts

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these things, so I figured I’d do one now. Here we go. So first things first, I’m working on getting Jire beta-read in preparation for putting it up for sale on Amazon. If you haven’t checked that one out yet, it’s set in the same universe…

Some easter eggs

Just FYI, you should probably wait on this one until you’ve read Kaschar’s Quarter.       Writing is weird. So much time gets spent by an awful lot of internet writers I’ve encountered on ensuring that their stories are original, to the point that most of the writing subreddits I follow are filled up…

Here’s the deal: Waiting on the Rain

It was when I got halfway through writing this one that I started thinking it was basically just Stargazing in space. That almost put a damper on things during my twenty minute break to go get a spicy chicken sandwich at Carls Jr and think about what would happen next in this story. Thankfully, the…

Here’s the deal: First Instance

In trying to convince people I encounter on the internet to read this story for critiques, I always run into the same problem at the beginning: how to pitch it. Not necessarily what to say about the plot, because “space lawyers” seems simple enough. Rather, it’s how to fit it into a subgenre that doesn’t…

Jire and colonialism

Pre-script (is that a thing people do?): this blog post was mostly inspired by Indolence of the Filipino People┬áby Jose Rizal, the polymath’s polymath. It’s a long read but he makes many of the same points I did, and reading that again inspired Jire significantly. The rest of the inspiration came from all those classes…

The Bathala, or where a dream meets real life

I first had the ideas for this book in high school but those ideas didn’t know then what they’d become. That happened a few years later, when I was living in the Philippines. I remember one day seeing a map of the island of Panay, where right about in the middle of it was a…

Perception v. reality

I really do think that all writing is personal, if not autobiographical in a sense. Volume 3 is where it really started to get personal for me, or at least this is where the more personal sections I’d first written years ago ended up once I began plotting them all out. This becomes pretty apparent…