Not on *MY* Blog!

Hugh Todd

Not much to report these days. Still waiting on the proofread of my first novel. Still writing the second one; it’s a bit of a slog at the moment, but I think I’ve figured out why. Another step on the road to figuring out how my process works: complete outlines. I had finished a pretty general outline with the idea that I would get past the beginning (which I had planned out carefully) and wing the middle. It turns out that winging doesn’t work very well for me. After banging my head against a brick wall for a number of weeks, I went back and figured out the plot, chapter by chapter. I’m not saying I won’t change things as I go along, but my hope is that I will be able to continue writing much more quickly than I have. We will see!

I’ve covered most of the general types of subjects I had planned on writing about so far, so I thought I would mention some subjects I don’t plan on covering .

Religion and politics are a good start. My beliefs aren’t particularly radical, but they are my own. At this point in my life, I’ve given them a fair amount of thought and while I try to remain open to other viewpoints, I’m guessing there isn’t a whole lot of information or arguments that are going to sway my beliefs drastically. Alternately, I’m not such a good persuasive writer that I believe that my arguments are going to turn around some wrong-headed person and get them in the right (read my) direction. So, I won’t be bringing up religion or politics and I encourage others who (someday) post on my blog to do the same.

Please feel free to discuss, agree or disagree with anything I write here, either personally or publicly, but hopefully the subjects I discuss will not be so vital to one’s person that feelings will be hurt or people offended. Let’s play nice!

Also, I won’t be writing reviews of things I don’t love. I read a lot of books, watch a fair number of movies and watch some TV. I (of course) have an opinion about everything that I experience, but the last thing I want to do is affect someone’s livelihood. I may not like a book, but hopefully there are plenty of other people that do and I wish success on all authors, actors, directors, etc. I’m not saying that my opinion will have much of an effect on anyone’s career, but just in case, I will pass on critical reviews. That being said, I would appreciate anyone’s criticism of my own work, either blog, story, book or otherwise. I intend to get better and the only way I’m going to do that is by finding out what people *didn’t* like about my work.

On a side note, I just read a book that I liked very much. It is called Interrupt by Jeff Carlson. It is an excellent fast-paced current-day sci-fi thriller. I would put it in the general current-day thriller category except the scientific ideas were so well researched and explored that it scratched itches in multiple parts of my psyche.

Anybody have any thoughts on the subject?

2 thoughts on “Not on *MY* Blog!

  1. Laura

    Your choices of what not to blog about are wise.

    I have a comment about your side note about Interrupt. Reading about it on goodreads reminded me of a book I read long ago, in which Neanderthals lived side by side with modern humans, but usually keeping very low profiles. The Neanderthals were ‘passing’ for human. In modern times, they were becoming less likely to fear detection and more willing to risk full integration with human society.

    One of the things that caught my fancy was the author’s explaining the increase of infertility nowadays as being because humans were unknowingly marrying and mating with Neanderthals, but because they are a different species, women in such a pair could not get pregnant. I thought that was extremely clever.

    So after I read about Interrupt, I tried some Googling to find the name of that old book. I didn’t find it, but instead found out that there are a whole bunch of “what if Neanderthals survived until now?” books out there! I will have to check a few of those out — this is a fun idea to explore. Thanks for the side note, Hugh!

    1. Hugh ToddHugh Todd Post author

      Another one on that same theme is Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear. His take is that DNA works as kind of a species wide database storing useful mutations (but not expressing them) until there is enough stress on the species that everyone starts having babies in the next species altogether. Thus Neanderthal changed into Cro-magnon within just 1 or 2 generations rather than species changing over millions of years. It won the Nebula that year and I highly recommend it as well! :-)

      -Hugh

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