Novel R&D: Fun fun fun.


I’m really getting into the research and development of my latest novel.  Currently I’m trying to get myself up to speed with genetic engineering, at least to the level of understanding where I can write about it and not be all hand-wavy and pseudo-sciencey.

On the docket are the following TED Talks:

Paul Root Wolpe: It’s time to question bio-engineering

Jack Horner: Building a Dinosaur from a Chicken

And Gregory Stock: to Upgrade is Human

Also on the docket are any movies about genetic engineering and the societal consequences of designing life.  And general sci-fi set in the not-too-distant future.

  • Gattaca
  • Blade Runner (my ‘nemesis’ film: watched it four times, but never finished it!)

I’ve seen Splice, In Time, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes recently, and they’re good fodder for this project.  I know Jurassic Park off by heart, so that’s always in the background (Dr. Malcolm’s monologue chastising John Hammond’s reckless and yet awe inspiring stab at creating new life is cemented in my mind for all time).

It’s a difficult thing to try and conceive of how the world will look in the future; I’m gaining a greater appreciation for some of my favourite sci-fi authors who seem to effortlessly transplant me into their vision of the future.  For now I realize that, while it feels effortless to the reader, to the author, it is anything but.

Anything you’d care to recommend, I’d love to have more movies to watch that will get my gears turning!

Yes, Updated Tuesdays and Fridays…

A strange thing happens to me when I devote nearly the entirety of my brain to writing.

I cease to function normally.

Last week I didn’t know I worked on Friday…  Came home in the evening to several phone calls about this.  😦

Then, this Thursday, I went to work.  …I didn’t work that day.  😦

On the plus side, I saw both “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Tree of Life”.

Apes was good, hard sci-fi.  Some flaws for sure, but all in all, a good, tight film.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tree of Life, on the other hand…  I went in prepared to see a slow, methodical, sloooow film, and even with that preparation I was still bored to tears.  I will say that it was good, just not something for most people.

Also, any time a filmmaker thinks that, to tell their story effectively, they must start from the beginning of time, there’s a problem.  Don’t get me wrong; Parasaurolophus is my very favourite dinosaur, but that was just completely unneeded.  Also, that theropod that was going to eat the baby Parasaurolophus, but didn’t, was completely unbelievable.  Wouldn’t have happened.  Was this another metaphor?  Another symbol?

Anyway, Tree of Life…  gets a pass because it was beautiful, and there are not enough slow films in wide release these days.  But I don’t think I’d recommend it.

Onwards!  Writing life: this weekend I have a final pass over “Trook Hunters” to format it, in preparation for sending it to a publisher…  at their request.  I am pretty stoked about that.  This came about after a rejection of the two “Tinker” short stories.  But they liked my style and asked if I had any longer work.

Escape Publishing Collective is new; they go live in the fall.  Maybe I’m getting in on the ground floor of something awesome here, eh?  I hope so.

But for now, I send off Trook Hunters, with the hopes that it can find a home, and start building a fan base for the fantasy world of the Spell Carriers.

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.