Galactic Rim & Virgo Supercluster

The Virgo Supercluster in reference to the Local Group

I’ve been working on a new story in the Galactic Rim universe. I have about 13,000 words written. I’ve taken some time to read my original 18,000 word manuscript and I have to say that I am a bit embarrassed. There are good ideas in it, but I know that I can write something much better now. It’s one of the reasons why I no longer post long form original creative fiction on my blog.

Why? It needs major edits. Those are hard to do all alone, but I’m working on them.

The original GR story needs a lot of work, and it’s hard to see where it is going, since it plays with time. I’ve thought about removing it from my blog, since the manuscript has changed a lot since I posted the stories, but I’ve decided against this. This new story is easier to write. I write about 1,000 words a day. My usual writing progression will lead me to start writing Symria again. Symria is my young adult fantasy novel that I started in late 2007. I didn’t write much in 2009.

Anyway, I’m liking the new story. It’s pretty cool and still hard science-fiction. I’ve had to relocate the story in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way, simply because the Perseus Arm, where the story originally took place, is too far away from Sol, 6,500 light-years to be exact. The Orion Arm is a minor arm, 3,500 light-years across by 10,000 light-years long. The Orion Arm is also called the Local Spur, the arm in which Sol is located. It’s ample for my story.

Hard science-fiction means no faster than light ships, no warp or jump engines.

If you check out that link on the image, you’ll find a 5MB map of the local supercluster, which is mind-blowing. Space is extremely vast. It’s easy to forget when you’re writing science-fiction.

The Virgo Supercluster (Virgo SC) or Local Supercluster (LSC or LS) is the irregular supercluster that contains the Local Group, which in turn contains the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. At least 100 galaxy groups and clusters are located within its diameter of 33 megaparsecs (110 million light-years). It is one of millions of superclusters in the observable Universe. {via Wikipedia}

Writing Again

I’ve gotten to the point where I could start writing again, creative writing. I’m working on Galactic Rim and Symria. GR is about 22,000 words and Symria about 50,000 after it was edited down a bit. GR is a great way to get back into it. It’s good that I haven’t been reading that much science-fiction or fantasy. It’s let the ideas that I’ve written down and created germinate and ruminate over time. I’ve started dreaming of some interesting monsters which I’ve added to the Crypto-Zoological Lexicon of Symria. These stories, they need to be told and I like telling them.

Writing Galactic Rim

It’s taken a while for me to get back into creative writing and my stories. I’m happy to report that I’ve started writing in the Galactic Rim universe. I’m continuing the story where it left off, and editing parts of what I have already written. I’ve got the feeling that over the last year, I’ve become a better writer. Teaching grammar to adults and  writing articles everyday has helped me a lot.

I’m also preparing to edit, write and pursue Symria once again. During the course of the next few months, I hope to put together a few book proposals. If there are any agents or publishers reading this, please contact me.

Symria is a young adult fantasy novel. Galactic Rim is hard science-fiction. There is also a memoir of someone that I would like to put together. I think that I’ll be ready to publish an excerpt of Symria soon. The story was started in November 2007 for NaNoWriMo. It’s got about 75000 words until now.

Symria Wordle

I’ve put what I’ve written in my novel Symria into Wordle. Here are the results.

Ivan is the main character in this young adult novel.

Three Down One Left

Three midterms completed, one is left next week. I’ve got two major assignments due next week, but they are all but completed. Another one is due on the week of the 27th of March. I still have to start that one.

I got B in my first one midterm. I lost most of my points in the first exercise which I had trouble with. It was worth a quarter of the exam. I did the second midterm on Thursday. It went very well. My third was on Friday. It went OK. There was one exercise that I couldn’t complete. In retrospect, it was an easy one. I just needed to use some analytical tools to analyze a mathematical series. What messed me up is that this was a Numerical Methods class, not analysis. I didn’t think of using le Théorême des deux gendarmes or the Squeeze Theorem.

Squeeze Theorem

An example of a squeezed function

The squeeze theorem is formally stated as follows.

Let I be an interval containing the point a. Let f, g, and h be functions defined on I, except possibly at a itself. Suppose that for every x in I not equal to a, we have:

g(x) \leq f(x) \leq h(x)

and also suppose that:

\lim_{x \to a} g(x) = \lim_{x \to a} h(x) = L.

Then \lim_{x \to a} f(x) = L.

  • The functions g(x) and h(x) are said to be lower and upper bounds (respectively) of f(x).
  • Here a is not required to lie in the interior of I. Indeed, if a is an endpoint of I, then the above limits are left- or right-hand limits.
  • A similar statement holds for infinite intervals: for example, if I = (0, ∞), then the conclusion holds, taking the limits as x → ∞.

It’s a very powerful analytical tool to deal with infinite mathematical series, since it’s easy to major and minor them.
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Sands Of Time

I’ve noticed that a few sites are picking up my posts without giving credit. I think that they are splogs.

I’m busy listening to the Lords of the Rings OST and writing nowadays. I’ve made some good progress. Contrary to my initial expectations, I’ve only written about 5000 words on Symria this week. I’ve been sick with a fever. It’s really annoying sometimes working with small kids. They get sick and I get sick.

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NaNoWriMo Completed, Still Writing Symria

Well, I’ve managed to write 50000 words this month.

It was quite a challenge. I was able to power through last night. The deadline in my timezone was nearing fast and I was still a few thousand words shy of the 50K. Towards the end, it was getting late and I wasn’t making much sense.

Then I took a bathroom break and came back and found that the stuff that I had written wasn’t too bad. It was good. I continued on and managed to write my 50000 words. I went to bed swearing and woke up swearing as well.

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2 Days To Go NaNoWriMo

Well, I’ve hit 44000 words tonight. I’ve got 6000 left in two days. That should be a cinch.

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4 Days To Go NaNoWriMo

I’ve got four days left until NaNoWriMo is finished. I’ve broken the 40000 word mark. It took me a bit longer than expected, but I’m still confident that I’ll finish in time. I’ve set myself a little goal today. I want to reach 45000 by the end of the day. I’ve already written 1500 words today.

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On Spike, Symria & NaNoWriMo And Haters

I took a long walk yesterday evening with Spike. I walked slowly and made Spike heel most of the time. It was good and towards the end, I let Spike off the leash to enjoy a few minutes of insane running with two other dogs. I’m reticent to let him off the leash too much. There are a lot of strays and you don’t really know how they will act with Spike. I know that he will always come to me when I call him, but I’m worried that sometimes his curiosity will get the better of him. In Canada, he was off leash at the dog park and other controlled environments.

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