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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Looking through some old notes, I came across some essays that I never got around to publishing, for some reason or another. Even though they are rather old, I thought some of them were well worth adding to Elegant Entropy.

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Mapping the atlas | Imaginary Atlas: Part 7

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So, what’s the point of an atlas — imaginary or otherwise — without maps? I’ve enjoyed making fantasy maps for a long time, and I’ve done a lot of them. However, it has been quite a while since I’ve made one, and I’ve been fiddling around with Imaginary Atlas for years trying to come up with something. I finally decided …

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What a long, strange trip it’s been….

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Why, yes, it has been several years since I wrote anything new for this blog. Thank you for noticing. And in the time I’ve been away, it seems that the world has gone insane. America has gone insane. Even the beloved university where I work has gone insane. “Hey, I need some muscle over here!” Madness. A couple of days …

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Out of character: An interlude | Imaginary Atlas: Part 6

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We interrupt our regular column to bring you this brief interlude. When I talk with friends or other writers or whomever about my geeky world-building projects, the general response is a sort of half smile, a nod and something along the lines of, “That’s nice.” On the rare occasions I get actual feedback — when someone actually deigns to engage with my …

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Paint the sky with stars | Imaginary Atlas: Part 5

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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. T.S. Eliot We have prepared our canvas. Time to paint. So far, I mostly just been sketching, broadly, an outline about the sort of fictional setting I want to create with this project. We know I want to use a closed universe concept. We know I want a culture that echoes the world of …

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The quanta of culture | Imaginary Atlas: Part 4

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When I was a kid, my dad gave me a pint jar filled with coins. Most of the coins were old, some dating back to the 1910s. The best coin in the bunch was a 1932 silver Mercury-head dime in pretty decent condition. Most of the coins, though were old and worn, some little more than smooth metal disks. I …

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Songs

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So, I’ve been told I have to get serious about editing down Reason to Be until it’s at least under 100,000 words. Sadly, that means that the entire Maggie subplot is going to have to go (which causes its own problems, of course). The bulk of what used to be chapter 7 will now no longer be in the book. …

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Cold Reading

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“I know you all came here tonight because you heard I was a holy man. That I was a man of Gaw-ud. That I would reveal miracles and wonder.” When the speaker at the front of the tent paused to sip from his McDonald’s coffee cup, Thomas glared at Henry. He hadn’t wanted to come out tonight, certainly not here. …

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Our Beloved Home | Incandescent: Chapter 2

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The world turned white around me. “Inspector!” The uni pressed down on my chest with both hands. “Hold on, Talys. The wagon’s on its way. Stay with me, man.” The white flash faded, and it was dark again. What’s all this crap I’m lying on? It looks like an attic. It looks like Aunt Minnie’s attic in San Sebastian. Oh, …