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Stellar last won the day on March 17 2017

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  1. @wildone Didn't get a notification for your mention even though I have them turned on, that's weird. Good thing I saw the post I guess? Hah. If you want to ask about winter temperatures, Australians don't really have much of one to go by On average it gets colder here, because NZ is further south than most of Australia, though where I live (mid North Island) the seasons are fairly temperate and it never gets consistently cold enough to snow. Basically, to experience that you either gotta go to the lower half of the South Island, or to those aforementioned mountains, which, might I add, r
  2. Uh, what was that status update tag about? It's gone and apparently I can't message you?

  3. Stellar


    Oh, that's wonderful!! I'm actually rather excited to know I have at least one reader from your country, because I have a fascination with Russian history and culture that has no doubt contributed to my choice of characters. I hope Konstantin, and also Kerensky, have felt like genuine reflections of identity to you and not any kind of flat stereotypical caricature.
  4. Stellar


    Thank you so very much for taking the time to let me know. I've been seeing your reactions to my writing, and it's a source of joy to know how satisfying the read was for you. There are few things more gratifying to hear as an author than that. I do wonder where you are from (and how you found my writing, out of everybody on GA). I would love to hear you expand more on your thoughts, but I understand the difficulty in transcribing thoughts from one branch of linguistics to another. In any case, thank you.
  5. An update about the third book and its lack of progress is here, and on a lighter note, a fun Christmas parody of Spirit of Fire is here!

    Working a retail job during December is hell. I'm looking forward to the New Year so very much.

    1. astone2292


      I feel ya on the retail job! Overnight grocery stocking has been bonkers! It's bad since receiving double-sized trucks have now become to normal for my team and I. Hope it all gets better for my fellow retail workers!

      The New Year is also super exciting since my husband is a New Year's baby! Best wishes!

    2. ancientrichard
  6. A little treat for my Spirit of Fire readers in the form of a Christmas parody that I conceptualised but never posted during December 2018. Hope you enjoy! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Fiery Christmas Screenplay by Stellar INT. LIVING ROOM - EVENING It is a cosy residential lounge space, with Christmas decorations on the walls. An armchair is in front of a partially-visible fireplace, with a roaring fire. An attractive YOUNG MAN with long flowing red hair reclines in the seat, lost in contemplation.
  7. Just an update on what's going on with this. Some of you might be wondering why literally nothing has happened regarding the third book in 2020. The only mention of it has been this status update back in August. So, I'd certainly forgive you for wanting to know what's going on. Well, to put it bluntly, I'm not very happy -- for several reasons. So, I should probably be clear about this, as it's a mixture of stuff, but ... fair warning: Because I don't want this thread to be about my personal feelings and situation, I'm going to put it in a spoiler tag below. You can read more if
  8. Stellar


    I've been seeing all your reactions, and I love that you enjoyed my book so much! Thank you for your kind words. The Spirit of Water does indeed have an awful lot of explaining to do, though getting answers out of a goddess is much easier said than done. With regard to the sequel to Spirit of Fire, if you want to know what's happening with that, then you should check this link here for further information. I asked my readers what they wanted, and this was the result. In the interim, if you enjoy science-fiction, I also have books that caters to that interest -- the Aspects of Dawn se
  9. Due to my sensibility of wanting to thoroughly know what I'm describing when I write about it, the penultimate part of my science fiction trilogy has required large-scale answers to large-scale questions.

    That is to say: I've graduated from epidemiology and genetics, to calculating the theoretical dimensions of the entire universe.

    Sigh. Why am I doing this? At least my dragons weren't trying to eat entire galaxies.

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    2. CassieQ


      Better you than me, buddy.  Good luck!  :P

    3. Stellar


      @Etotsira that is super cool! Much respect for choosing such a fundamental and complex field to study. However: I'm not opposed to help, but I don't know how much help can be rendered, realistically speaking. The problem with exploring the past of a super-advanced progenitor species (specifically Veil of Shadow's pre-Sundering Mishith ancestors) is that they had an understanding of the cosmos in a macroscopic way that goes several orders of magnitude beyond current human knowledge.

      It's not the first time I've come across this problem writing science-fiction -- trying to hypothesise the future based on the present.

      So, there are naturally certain assumptions I must make and stick with if I want to portray a given scenario as fictional reality -- and some of those assumptions can be messed with through narrative decisions about that as-yet unestablished canonical science. Maybe the most basic assumption on this topic is the curvature of space, which predicates a lot of what comes after; i.e. current theory strongly supports a non-curved flat universe, quite possibly with Euclidean space extending infinitely in all directions -- yet, an amorphous elongated mass of light and matter that just stretches on endlessly doesn't make for a very interesting concept, and it isn't even the only answer.

      So, what then if the humans were calculating the cosmic microwave background radiation wrong, or that it was measurably different in this area of the universe for some reason, and consequently the formula is wrong, and therefore space actually has a positive curvature? The degree to which that gradient curves would be based on how far the numbers actually deviate. The smaller the difference, the flatter the curve, and the more astronomically enormous that sphere would be -- only, again, it doesn't have to be a sphere (at least not in the traditional 3D sense), because there are other geometric shapes it could take.

      This response is plenty long already, so let me finish it by saying that what I come up with is heavily reliant on those assumptions, and on a willingness to match nature with what seems more likely and has more narrative functionality, even if that on occasion drifts from conventional wisdom. If you can add anything more enlightening to that, by all means, I will certainly listen.

    4. Etotsira


      The only thing I could offer you, because you seem to have thought about this, is that if it doesn’t break the second law of thermodynamics (the entropy of a system can only remain the same or increase) it’s possible. Furthermore, we know the universe isn’t a sphere, and that is because the universe is expanding (another fun fact: the rate at which the universe is expanding is increasing too) and I highly suggest you take a moment to read about manifolds (you can ignore the math, unless of course you don’t want to) since they are of vital importance to the topic of general relativity, and we are discussing the macroscopic level. 

      tl;dr: go as crazy as the second law of thermodynamics will let you

  10. It is done! Hidden Sunlight has been refined and given a fresh coat of quantum paint, and with this fairly time-consuming task completed -- subtle though the changes may be to some -- the author can rest easy without the nagging perfectionist impulses occupying his brain. With regard to the above quote, I'll make a decision on the sequel in the next day or two.
  11. You might be surprised how small changes can alter the impact and tone of a scene, and the additive effect of a lot of such small things is where the difference in quality comes from. While it may not be obvious to some, from the author's standpoint, there are parts early on in Hidden Sunlight that make me cringe because of how I wrote them. Any time I went back to review the text for whatever reason I'd notice it, and immediately think 'I need to do something about this.' But really, do I need a ploy to make you get into it again?
  12. if you're a follower of mine and start seeing notifications about Hidden Sunlight popping up in the near future and you don't know why, there's a good reason for it. Please check this thread in my fan club for further details!

    1. ancientrichard


      Thanks for the warning. I may take the opportunity to re-read Hidden Sunlight

    2. Stellar


      No problem. I'll begin uploading the updated contents after I get back from work tonight.


  13. I have a PSA for any readers who follow my science fiction series. So, as a part of the preparation for Lucid Truth, I want the first two books of the trilogy to be presented at a standard of the highest quality. My readership, on seeing such a statement, might very well pose the question: are these books not already of sufficient excellence for your liking, Stellar? Well, yes, but also ... no. Though Veil of Shadow is, generally speaking, a book that I am mostly satisfied with, the same cannot be said of the first. In a nutshell, my style had matured a lot by the time I starte
  14. Stellar

    Divine Sin

    Thanks for reading! I'm very glad you are enjoying it!
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