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How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017

While putting the finishing touches on Singular, I thought it would be nice to capture all the steps required to self-publish a novel, so that any reader thinking of doing likewise, or myself in a year or two, has a ready guide for the process.

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Worldbuilding Continues

There’s just something about a long break; I feel so recharged and flush with ideas for the world and story of my next book. This is notable, perhaps, as it highlights one of the changes in direction from my first book.

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Social Media

Recently I described my experience in taking a whole month off of work and the entire process that went into making that a “success” (by the definition I had established for it). Rather than clog that post with a massive digression, allow me to expound on the “experiment” I mentioned there.

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Sabbatication 2017

One of the benefits of working for an awesome company like Planning Center is every five years you get to take a whole month off, in addition to your other paid vacation. How fantastic is that?!

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The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture)

This is slightly more difficult to review, mostly because I was sad during the entire reading of the novel as it was the very last of the Culture series. This has been my favorite series in all of science fiction (even with the up and down of some of the more experimental volumes) and with the untimely passing of Mr. Banks, there will not be another. Ever.

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Surface Detail (Culture)

Another Banks masterpiece. This was a very well-crafted story written in the post-modern literary style of a very talented author.

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Matter (Culture)

To say this was a complicated book would be to undersell the very notion of complex. Not that it wasn’t comprehensible, far from it, but without the appendix provided at the back, managing the mental gymnastics of all the characters, species, ships, planets, etc. would have been excessively burdensome. It’s still a little shocking to read a piece of fiction which requires an appendix, but there it is.

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Setting up Prettier in Atom

One of the things that I’ve missed about Go is the incredibly convenient gofmt tool. Through static analysis of your code (that means it converts it into an AST, an intermediary representation) gofmt can take your messy code and rewrite it in a standardized format. It completely eliminates a whole category of code “aesthetics” arguments.

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Look to Windward (Culture)

Playful. Witty. Magnificent. Masterful. These are just a few descriptors I could apply to this incredibly well built story from Iain M. Banks. I really loved The Player of Games but Look to Windward may have surpassed it.

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Inversions (Culture)

Every book I’ve read by Banks has been different from the last. Inversions, is no exception. In many ways, Inversions is the answer to the question, “What would it be like if Banks wrote a political intrigue fantasy novel?” A most unusual addition to the Culture series, this book takes place entirely on one planet, there are no space ships, there are no drones, and it is limited in feature entirely to a medieval planet.

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Testing with Jest, Promises, Mocks, and Third-Party Libraries

As javascript development has largely become a jigsaw puzzle of trending buzzwords, I’m going to write today about a technique for employing Jest and Dependency Injection to test a Node.js application with asynchronous promise-driven third-party libraries. Sounds fun, right?

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Nebula Awards Showcase 2015

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been catching up on short stories and thought it might be nice to look at what the Nebula’s have been awarding in recent years (technically this volume collects the 2013 awards). I’m continually impressed by the power of certain short short stories which, though they have few words, carry more weight than stories ten times their size.

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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

This book series is loved by millions so it’s difficult to add anything new to the conversation about it. Personally, I’ve had a hard time getting excited about Fantasy, so I kept getting drawn away from this book and over to the space operas I’ve been reading. That’s my own fault though, reading multiple books at once naturally divides the attention.

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Caliban's War (The Expanse)

I’m really enjoying this series. It is pure fun in space. Quintessential space opera. Heavy on the action, but with really fun character dynamics as well. I could certainly complain about a few things, but when you compose 595 pages of material, you’re bound to create some edge-cases for any audience. The fact that so much of the book comes off so well is a testament to this writing duo’s ability to entertain.

Singular: Chapter Four

From the comfortable quiet of his bedroom, Milo watched as the archaic computer proceeded to turn on and then boot up, that familiar resuscitation sequence that brought machines to life. An aberrant squelch emanated from the tiny speaker inside. There was a problem.

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Singular: Chapter Three

“It’s definitely broken,” Milo said as he pushed his glasses back into place. Having suffered through another week of school, it was finally Saturday and he was back to more enjoyable pursuits.

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