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DT Sanders

Science Fiction and Fantasy Author

Writing the Next Blackraven Novel

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Magic in the Blackraven world is an emerging phenomena. Most urban fantasy novels treat magic as if it’s alway been around. I thought it would be interesting to track it as an emerging event. Scientists seek new knowledge from seemingly random data, something like magic would be a fascinating area. Like all unknowns it takes experimentation, trial and error to get results.

Stephanie is an engineer (applied science is engineering) that stumbled on a unique thing and she explored it. The scientist doesn’t like referring to things as magic because that implies it is un-explainable. They create theorems then hypothesis about the area which then leads then to areas of exploration which are experiments around the hypothesis. Stephanie calls the phenomena m-energy because she doesn’t want to say magic. The symbols she has discovered give form to some of the energy allowing it to do work in the physical world. Some of the symbols work, not all of them. Her will or visualization is the substance or structure of the energy formation. If she can’t visualize the correct effect the symbol doesn’t get powered, thus no physical effect. She has thousands of symbols captured from writings all over the world but can only get tens of them to work.  She isn’t the only one that is seeking its nature.
She finds that college students around the country, really around the world, are experimenting with it. Some fatally, like with all energy sources it can be violent and unpredictable. Kids do the darndest things and they don’t even realize how potentially dangerous it is until something happens. There is another facet to this activity, extra-dimensional entities. But that’s another topic.

How does my background help in my writing?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Yes but only if I write about stuff I know about. Hold it! I write science fiction and fantasy how could I know about it, it hasn’t happened?

Well, I know about science and engineering. I was in the Navy for a long time so I got to know sailors and the military lifestyle and the general way the military/government approaches things. I have been a World Master for 36 or so years. And I read voraciously. Thus I think about it a great deal. In my day job I design engineering processes for designing aerospace stuff. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about how you would think about thinking about things. We call that third order thinking.
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Why did I start Writing?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

This has to be the most asked question of authors ever. Here’s my answer:

When I was in grade school it was determined that I was having trouble reading, spelling, and writing. A combination of reasons had caused the problem: Son of an Air Force office that moved around the country during my early school years. 1st grade and part of 2nd in Massachusetts, rest of 2nd and 3rd in Indiana, 4th in Montana. I missed key things because the states taught different things at different times. Anyway, the school convinced my parents that I need to go to summer school between my 5th and 6th grade years. I discovered pleasure reading. My world exploded.
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