Dennis E. Taylor

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  1. No, no, THIS year! — 156 comments
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  3. Some Updates on, Well, Everything — 143 comments
  4. Genealogy of the Bobs — 86 comments
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I am here!

Hi everyone! (I can’t decide if that’s ironic or not) As you can see, I now have my own domain. Woo hoo! It’s going to be a bit of a slog for a while, but eventually I’ll get this puppy organized. I’ll also be bringing over my posts from my earlier blog. I guess I’ll …

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First Renders

Here’s a first render of the Heaven-1, and a short video of the ship being rotated. I’m still not sure about the composition of the ship’s skin. I was originally thinking of a white ceramic look. I may try that again. Also, I’m going to put on some warning decals and such. Ever looked at …

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Spaceship Design

I mentioned earlier that I’ve been learning Blender. It’s been an uphill battle (the software is not intuitive) but I’ve made progress. I actually have the beginnings of a good spaceship. Interestingly, it’s not just a matter of having something for the cover. Designing the ship has forced me to think through some issues, and …

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Got my stellarium working

I got the app working. It shows pretty clearly the path through space taken by my protagonist(s). I’m kind of geeked out about it, actually. Here’s an upload of my animation. Unfortunately, youtube really trashes the detail. You have to watch full-screen to have any chance of reading the star tags.  

Off on a Tangent

Wow, talk about distracted… As I mentioned in my earlier post, I’m trying to learn Blender so I can do some art for Legion. I have to admit, it’s fun in its own right. Blender, like Bryce (I own v5), is not intuitive, and you really have to go through tutorials to learn it. But …

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Making a Cover

I paid someone to make the cover for Outland, and most of the comments have been good. However, the artist is a “photo manipulation” specialist, rather than a painter, sketch artist, or 3D graphics creator. I don’t think she’d be able to do much with my requirements for Legion. I’ve done some looking around and …

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The Journey From Irate Reader To Nervous Author

I guess I should explain the subtitle of this blog. In May 2014, I bought an e-book on Amazon which was, erm, less than stellar. It was, in fact, the kind of book that gives self-pubs their bad reputation. About 30 pages into it, I realized it wasn’t getting better, and I was not going to …

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Vacation is over

I’m back at work after three weeks off. I had originally booked the three weeks in Feb so that I could snowboard every day. Unfortunately for me, all four local mountains are closed due to lack of snow, and Whistler isn’t exactly doing happy dances. And three hours to Manning or Baker is just a …

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Name change. Sort of.

This is not much of a blog post, I’ll admit. More of a notice. Turns out “Dennis Taylor” is a fairly common name. Who knew? So I’ll be using “Dennis E. Taylor” in the future, and I’m hoping to change the Outland cover at some point as well– although that’s a big PITA to do …

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Changing POV

Point of View is a Big Deal ™ when writing fiction. First person, second person (yeah, that’s a thing), third person; present tense, past tense; Omni, limited; on and on, oy. POV is also one of the harder ideas to get a handle on– the hardest, in my opinion, being “show don’t tell”. POV breaks …

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