So last week I was in Israel/Palestine, traveling with the BYU study abroad group, seeing all the sites and everything, when my flash drive crashed. Real bad. This friend of mine on the trip who’s a data recovery expert downloaded all this software and tried to help, but the drive was not only completely wiped out, it was completely unreadable. Most of my stuff was backed up in various places, but I lost, among other things, my summer journal (NOOOOO!!!!!) and my working copy of The Wormhole Paradigm.
However, this was exactly what I needed to get things moving in the right direction…
Just last week, I finished one of the best science fiction books I’ve read all year! It’s called Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson, and I think it won a Hugo award. My first reaction, after reading the VERY satisfying ending, was “Wow! This book is everything that good science fiction should be!”
My second reaction, however, was a little bit more disheartening: “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write a story this good…”
I just recently moved in to a homestay, where I’ll be living with an Arab family until the end of the summer. You can read about it on my other blog. It’s nice to have a routine now, because I have time in the evenings to go on my computer and write.
The Wormhole Paradigm (I’m going to change that horrible title…ugh) is currently at 16,000 words, and I’m finally caught up to where I was by the end of English 318. There is still a LOT to work on, though, and a lot of this applies to The Lost Colony (gotta change that title too) as well. Here are some of my thoughts: