Off Hours Blogging

January 2014 is coming to an end.  The 18 year old has finished his semester of school.  Due to having changed nations at the time of starting high school, but not due to any personal failings, he is in 11th rather than 12th grade.  He has the day off from school today.

One of the home computers has connectivity issues and another one has other technical problems that I really don’t understand.  Due to things like that and not forcing my son of his machine so that I can use it at certain times, last night’s blog did not make it out at the same time.

Something has really changed.  It is neither all bad nor all good, I suppose.  My blogging has suffered an irregularity but I have done even more editing of an sf novel, begun querying properly to respected lit agents and publishers.  I have also started writing the sequel and am now contending with what really happened.

In the science fiction series starring interstellar mercenaries from very different ideologies and locations – the man who works as the Second in Command – gets to name their organization and dubs them The Children of Loki – which is the name of the novel.

Being a creative person I have come up with a short fiction story to describe my best guess as to how the deity Loki became the parent.  Unlike a lot of more natural childbirth, he unfortunately did not have a wondrous nor even bad sexual liason to become the parent.  It was more like what happened to the god Zeus and the goddess Athena – who sprang forth from his mind after a headache,…but for some reason I think that the mercenary order was conceived while the deity Loki was coping with a rather severe hang over, or else while recovering from a bout of influenza.  I realize that I could be sorely mistaken and that it might be unfair to have saddled him with this type of thing or to claim that they are not the result of Loki having a happy or good experience.  I might be wrong, but maybe I’m not.

 

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The messy process of writing a book: outtake

Some of you are aware that lately I have been editing a science fiction novel.  There has been some drama about that during the past two weeks and also some progress.

The drama is not nearly as drastic – thank God/ess, as the action along the plot line of the novel itself.

At the moment, the interstellar mercenary order has switched back from being called the Black Hawks to what I called them 20 years ago now: the Children of Loki.  They are nothing like the mythological children of that Norse rascal-god Loki we have seen in the recent Thor movies, but, while I don’t like evil, I am impressed by a great mage and given the reality of my culture, I like that he used cleverness to solve problems when straight forward methods might not work.  I like what Loki was like before he ‘went bad’ and still wonder whether the painful truth is that he went that evil or whether it was like when we see whoever is the American President done up as a demon or as Hitler which I have seen on Facebook about both George Bush Jr. and President Obama, so being Democrat or Republican doesn’t prevent the propagandization of criticism of the President.  Obviously the Thor movies do follow the line that the myths presented that Loki went pretty much nuts and evil.  While he does make a good movie villain, it’s too bad.

The Children of Loki mercenary order is not an agent of evil, but it is a rough and dirty type of situation where good manages to triumph over evil but how so, gets nastier than most civilized people would prefer.

Early Autumn 2013 – Editing

This evening’s blog is a little later because I actually did another bit of work.  This time it was editing a future release – at least, my intention is to get the story out to avid readers of science fiction. 

Some of you have heard of Gezka FaucMerz and Kiel Bronson by now.  What you may not have known, is that they have some connection to the Norse deity Loki.  Those of you who really know the myths, know that Loki was not always ‘the villain’ but he was always tricky.  Along those lines, is the connection of these main characters to that rascal of ancient deity.  The story is set far into the future, possibly in an alternate universe more than only into the distant future.  In that future, Loki showed up and made it possible for billions of humans to survive in reaches of space more than 30 Light Years from Earth, where it would have otherwise been possible.  Atheists, do not credit the god with any of it, but others believe the Norse trickster saved them, and created a greater future for humanity in the further reaches of space.

Given the recent success of the Thor movies involving Loki, I must tell you that this SF story – and Loki’s involvement go back with me over 20 years, but the recent resurgence of awareness about that deity thanks to the movies has nurtured my tendency to make their connection overt rather than covert.

Space colonization has enabled humanity to continue to multiply and to occupy out to around 35 Light Years from our home word, planet Earth, in these science fiction stories.