What I Listen to When Writing

Last week when I shared a “What I Listen to When Writing” post featuring Warm Shadow, by Fink, Eric Spannerman commented on Facebook that he has been listening to Pink.  Her song, “Glitter in the Air,” is one of my favorites and I have been listening to it on repeat while working on my new novel, the sequel to The Caelimane Operation.

Eric is a fellow author whose book, Applied Natural Magic, preceded mine in the Darkside Codex.  You can learn more about him, and his writing, here:http://on.fb.me/1wD4kCe

I wonder what it says about the series if both of us are writing our sequels while listening to Pink?

You will see more of these “What I Listen to When Writing” posts in the future as I go through the drafting and revision process. As always, I hope the music inspires you to write!

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Jeb Kinnison’s Red Queen: The Substrate Wars



Red Queen: The Substrate Wars begins with a quotation from Robert Heinlein’s 1950’s novella, The Man Who Sold the Moon: “There is nothing in this world so permanent as a temporary emergency.” This idea sets the tone of Kinnison’s novel and permeates all of the events within his fictional world.

The novel is set in a not-too-distant future world with events that mirror our own society: Readers will recognize similarities in events like the AIDS epidemic, the creation of agencies like Homeland Security, and how some people use online games like World of Warcraft and other social media to create connections and send messages in “the real world.” The differences between our world and the story world of Red Queen: The Substrate Wars lies in how much personal freedom has been reduced and how far technology has developed. As it states in the book blurb, the technology being created could either save the world or destroy it; the stakes are no longer just personal freedom versus governmental control. The characters are actually fighting their governments for the right for the human race to exist.




It is hard to discuss the novel without giving away huge spoilers. (Of course I have this problem with most of the novels I review!) I really enjoyed the chapters with the ALife Simulations. The narrative of these chapters focused on the evolutionary development of the artificial life forms. It traces them from the very start of their existence, focusing on the entire species rather than one character, and each ALife section relates in some way to the actions taken by the main characters in the novel.

My favorite character in the novel is Professor Walter Wilson. Kinnison creates a very interesting character. Wilson is a homosexual male who grew up in a world that initially did not tolerate this lifestyle, although the level of acceptance evolved, and even flourished, over time. He survived the AIDS epidemic, although his lover did not. Infected, Wilson has to take what he terms a “daily wonder pill” to prevent the progression of the disease. Because of this loss, he never developed another close, romantic relationship. Instead, he threw himself into his work. He flourished in the academic world, even winning a protest against University regulations in the past when a security officer removed a poster with an image of a gun from his office door. Wilson also had a positive impact on his students, who maintained contact with him even after they left the University.

The twist with this character comes with the reduction of personal freedoms in The Red Queen society. At the start of the novel, Wilson has come under fire from the University officials because he commented on a biological difference between the genders. Any statement that points out a difference between people is considered offensive and subject to censure. This, however, is not as simple as it appears on the surface. The censure may be retaliation for the protest he won in the past, it may be an issue because his former students have become leaders in the resistance against The Red Queen governments, or it may have something to do with the ALife simulation project Wilson is running. The University’s actions do encourage Wilson’s former and current students to rally behind him. It is not really a “call to arms;” rather, it is the situation that starts a chain of events and it is fascinating as a reader to watch each domino fall into place.

I did enjoy this novel and look forward to the second book in the trilogy!

Be sure to check out my 5 Minute author interview with Jeb Kinnison at http://chrispavesic.com/2015/01/13/5-minutes-with-jeb-kinnison/


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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and timely review.

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Check Out Brita Addams’s Newest Release!


Musa Publishing Featured Brita Addams today.  Check out information on her newest release!


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TCT’s Hollywood Interview #12


Please check out my Hollywood Interview by The Cartesian Theatre.

Originally posted on The Cartesian Theatre:

…with Chris Pavesic

The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…


This week, let’s give a big hand to Chris Pavesic, the most recent convert to the Church of the Darkside Codex

Hi, Chris, tell us “all” about yourself.

I am a writer, reader, gamer, gardener, and coffee aficionado. I have planted over 2000 trees and driven a boat over 120 mph.

Presumably not at the same time… what is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – because after reading his novel, I realized other people shared my…

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What I Listen to When Writing

Warm Shadow, by Fink, is one of those songs that helps to inspire creativity.  Right now, as I have just completed the launch party for my first Darkside Codex novel, The Caelimane Operation, I find myself deeply involved in writing the sequel, tentatively entitled The Fae Accord.  Music helps me focus on the task at hand.  It helps me to get the words down onto the screen and into something that is starting to resemble a first draft.

You will see more of these “What I Listen to When Writing” posts in the future as I go through the drafting and revision process.  As always, I hope the music inspires you to write!


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Interview by Dianna Gunn


Dianna Gunn interviewed me on her blog, The Dabbler.  She managed to obtain information about The Darkside Codex, steampunk, my writing techniques, my current novel, and my future projects, but curiously did not ask about my tips and tricks for the best coffee blend.  The information about how to brew the “perfect” cup of coffee is still confidential!


I hope you all enjoy!


In Southwatch it’s important to keep the faith.

When the Temples to the Goddess north of Southwatch are burned and followers of Dione are murdered, Hierocrat Catherine, a bard of the Caelimane Temple, sets out to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. With only the help of a traveling group of minstrels and a retired fae investigator, Catherine must solve the mystery before more people are killed, but will she succeed when she finds herself pitted against members of her own Temple, rogue members of the Seelie Court, and a seemingly unstoppable army of undead?#chrispavesic #urbanfantasy #scifi #cosplay –

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