Pearseus is Featured in the Silverlight Cafe Magazine

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Nicholas C. Rossis

Silverlight Cafe Magazine | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWhen someone approaches me, asking for my contribution to a new magazine, I have no way to know what the end result will be like. Well, in this case, it looks fantastic, so I’m more than happy to share!

The Silverlight Cafe Magazine is a new magazine, put together by author Gary Dorion. It is described as a crossroads for authors and readers, and Pearseus was featured in the March 18 Fantasy Issue.

The magazine introduces us to the thoughts and works of a host of fantasy authors and is well worth checking out. You can read the Silverlight Cafe Magazine here and subscribe here.

My Contribution

Here is my contribution to the magazine:

Nicholas C. RossisEven as a child, I loved reading. As an awkward teenager, I spent hours upon hours in our school library and checked out a dozen books each weekend. I was the proverbial bookworm.

At some point…

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Where Extremely Bad Writing Dominates

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I make no secret of the fact that when I’m not writing or researching, I’m a video gamer. As I prefer to write science fiction, it should be no surprise to you that when it comes to video games, my preference is for better than average sci-fi games like the Mass Effect trilogy. When I’m in full writing mode, taking an hour off to play is my way of relaxing. It also has the added benefit of giving me time to think a particular scene through. Some writers make a cup of tea or coffee, or maybe take a stroll to the pub for a pint to do the same thing. Not this writer…

Since my ancient PS3’s internal disc drive eventually died, fortunately for me, I was able to download all three of the Mass Effect games directly to its sealed hard drive. Doing that means that the games no longer stagger as they previously did when the disc drive laboured to keep up with the much faster hard drive. Or when the heat builds inside the PS3 (despite its internal fan system working to capacity to cool it) inevitably cracking the thin game discs, rendering them unusable.

Thinking about it, why not do away with the disc drive altogether and make all video games downloadable? After all because of the material they are made from game discs naturally attracts dust, made worse when they are spun up. Internal cooling fans create dust, meaning that the disc player sooner or later grinds to a halt because of the stuff. Have you ever tried taking a PS3 or any of the other video game units apart, to clean out the dust? It’s a total nightmare!

But that’s not the reason for this particular post. Instead what I want to talk about is the appalling writing standards of the individuals employed by the video game industry, charged with creating character dialogue.

In Mass Effect’s case, while the graphics have improved immeasurably with each new game in the series (see my current green-eyed blond heroine, courtesy of my TV below), sadly the writing has not.

The dialogue of all three games leaves much to be desired. Especially when they make the mistake of stating the obvious on occasion. What do I mean by that? Take one small scene in Mass Effect 3 as a perfect example, when a lift door is being cut through right in front of you, the writers deemed it necessary for one of the characters to state – “Look, the door!” If you want another, how about when it’s blatantly obvious to anyone that the characters are being fired at by the baddies, the writers insist that one of the characters declares – “We’re taking fire.”

No shit Sherlock, you think? Sorry about that, but there is no excuse for bad writing, especially when millions play these games! It’s bad enough that the young think text-speak is normal, without compounding the problem.

Then there is my other gripe. In this instance when characters repeat what has been said to them while in conversation with other characters. Why have the characters do it? It makes no sense at all. It’s bad enough that with practically every conversation in any given video game, that nine times out of ten its in the vernacular of one or other of the North American nations. What’s next, endlessly adding the word ‘like’ into each sentence uttered? God forbid!!!

Where does the video gaming industry recruit their dialogue writers from – the planet idiot? Perhaps they trawl the nearest kindergarten!

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Commander Shepherd – a lady not to be messed with

As for the many poorly written scripts in todays films, don’t even go there!

Bah Humbug

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Easter eggs, crime sprees, and personal delivery

Read all about it 😉

Notes from the U.K.

Last Saturday’s Western Morning News had a story about a “£300,000 rural crime spree” in which six men stole four-wheel-drives, tractors, trailers, boats, farm equipment, and–this reads like it wandered in from a different story but I swear it didn’t–chocolate Easter eggs. Thousands of pounds worth of chocolate Easter eggs. I’d give you a link but I can’t find the story online. I read it in the print edition. It was on–do you remember paper? It was on paper. So you’ll just have to trust me on this.

Or not. If you think I made it up, no harm done. I’ll get credit for a bizarre imagination.

Screamingly irrelevant photo. J. with Moose. I'll stop with the cat and dog photos soon, but everything else I've shot lately is overexposed. Screamingly irrelevant photo. J. with Moose. Or the other way around. I’ll stop with the cat and dog photos eventually, but everything else I’ve shot lately is overexposed. Besides, who can resist this one?

How much space does it take to store thousands of pounds worth of…

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Céleste’s Latest Review

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Céleste just got her latest review. This time from none other than Chris The Story Reading Ape. 😉

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Format: Kindle Edition

A well thought out Space Trek, brief but plausible encounters with Aliens, touching on why they don’t seem to be keen on contacting us, the evolution of an Artificial Intelligence, a look at the origins of some ancient myths and a touch of Romance.
All the boxes are ticked in this latest Sci-Fi tale from author Jack Eason.
Will there be a sequel?
I’d like to think so.
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Thanks Chris. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
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Two Milestones Reached Within Days Of Each Other

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My blog first appeared on Google Blogger before I moved it here a couple of years later. It was the best move I could have possibly made. From then on people began to take notice of my blog.

It’s hard to believe, but it has finally reached a major milestone as far as I’m concerned. Today’s post is its 2000th! And now to top it off, it has reached yet another yesterday when it passed 500 followers.

While this may not mean much to a lot of people, it means the world to me. My sincere thanks go out to each and every one of its five hundred and one followers. I hope you continue to enjoy its posts for many years to come…

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Happy easter all!

Watch out Ireland Mas is on the way 😉

The thoughts and life of me

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It’s finally time for me to hop on a plane and go back to beautiful Ireland. I’m very much looking forward to spending easter over on the emerald island. I was there last easter at well and it was lovely. Hoping for more like the below:

Easter in Ireland Part 1

Easter in Ireland Part 2: Tuam and Oranmore
Easter in Ireland Part 3: Galway
Easter in Ireland Part 4: Castle Hacket and Lough Corrib

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A very happy easter to all!

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