LTUE 3

Now that I am at home and can type faster than the not-so-smart phone I bought on this trip will let me do, I can give a better report. The day before, I took my older son out to lunch, and wound up giving him some Dadly advice, that he needed to chose his own direction, decide what he wants most in life, and do what it takes to get there. Afterwards I thought I need to take my own advice, when it comes to social interaction.
The night before LTUE started, I thought to check out the hotel and get familiar with the place and parking arrangements, and ran into David Farland. Last November, I attended one of his workshops. He remembered at least my face and asked how my writing was going. I was pleased to be able to report progress.
On Thursday, one of the panels that stood out to me had the title “How to Feed an Army”, with panelists Jonathan LaForce, Kal Spriggs, Brad Torgersen, and Paul H. Smith. These are all military or former military, and they talked about logistics and supply. Water, rations, gasoline and parts, medical supplies, casualties, presenting supply information so it is most useful to busy commanders, thieves, information management, and related. Since the main character in my story is conscripted into the king’s army, this was highly valuable. This was one of the blocks in my story. I wasn’t sure what he would be doing there. Now, I have a better idea and I can proceed. Kal Spriggs is the author of several works; I’ve read his “Children of Valor” series, starting with Valor’s child Valor’s Child, and liked it. I’ve only read one of Brad Torgersen’s works, The Chaplain’s War, but I liked that one, too.
I attended a “Kaffeklatsch” with Sarah Hoyt. I’ve become a fairly regular commenter on her blog, and wanted a chance to meet her. I did and introduced myself as one of her “Huns”, but she was busy and had other friends. I didn’t want to be too much of an obnoxious pest by hanging and following her around. Perhaps another time.

Friday, besides the keynote address by Jo Walton, and a panel on “Hidden disabilities”, I wound up attending surprisingly few. Most of the ones I wanted to attend were full by the time I got there, so I wound up wandering the halls. I did have a nice conversation with Jo Walton, whose work I haven’t read, although the name is familiar to me, and she kindly recommended a couple of her works. “Effective Networking for Authors and Artists” was highly useful, and I will be changing my approach my blogging and Facebook activity based on their advice. I had a chance to speak with panelist Donna Milakovic afterwards, and she was very friendly and encouraging.

Saturday, I attended a 2-hour session on medieval weapons and armor, by C. David Belt. Since had invited those attending his session to ask him about the subject, and he was fairly mobbed, I skipped the crown and went to attend the talk by Todd McAffrey, but afterward I buttonholed him in the hallway when a panel I wanted to attend was full, and he gave me some highly useful worldbuilding advice on my hero’s probable weapons, armor, and gear. The next panel I got into was on “Writing Children”, with Sarah Hoyt among others, and another one was “From Peasant to Noble: Social Mobility in Feudal Societies”. That clarified some of the rather vague notions I had about the “Now what?” after my hero kills the dragon.

I was hoping to meet Marion G. Harmon, author of the Wearing the Cape series, which I have greatly enjoyed. I did spot him and tell him I had read and enjoyed his work. He was unnecessarily apologetic about the delay in writing the next book in his series, and appeared preoccupied about something, so after telling him his series is one of my re-reads, I left him alone.

There was more, but, hey, why try to tell all? It was one of the more productive and enjoyable events I’ve ever been to. Next time I go to one of these things, I’ll be better prepared.

LTUE 2

Still at LTUE. I got a few tips about networking, a few tips about my novel, attended some interesting panels,and had a good time. It was suggested that for networking purposes, I need to attend as many face-to-face events related to writing (and my other working interests) as possible, and become active on social media such as Twitter & Facebook. I think I need to get home & assimilate first.

LTUE

Mostly just a test of my smart phone and ability to do mobile blogging. I met a few authors, got a few hints on scenes to work on for “Dragonkiller”, made a couple of contacts for possible future editorial and artistic work, and had a few other nice conversations.

Perishing

Yes, this blog is perishing of loneliness. Partly due lack of attention from me, partly due to lack of visitors (other than spammers). Comments would be highly welcome.

I will be attending the “Life, the Universe, and Everything” symposium in Provo, Utah. There are a few authors and their fans that I’m especially hoping to meet. Since most of my writing so far has been is nonfiction and goes into the Knowledge Base, I expect I will talk about the project there.

I’m also working on some fiction stories:
One of those is a fantasy; I’m only a few thousand words in. The working title for is “Dragonkiller”.
I’m also planning what I call a historical fantasy series. I haven’t actually begun writing it yet, but I have concept I like. The working title is “Magister”.

For “research” purposes, I’ve been building a e-library of GURPS supplements. I’m expecting to use this to help me build secondary characters and situations. I’ll have to see how this goes.

Underbrush

I’m still working toward my primary targets of current events and US history, but this week has been slow going. It feels as if I am having to clear a whole bunch of underbrush to get to them. For instance, 2017 isn’t quite connected to enough cities to distinguish regions of the United States, but it’s close. There are several other topics that are “close” to a target but aren’t quite there yet.

Charge!

Quite a few of my pages have long lists of links to be connected; nations, cities, and biographies are some examples. For most of these, I nibble through the list, one or two links a day or a week, and eventually I get through them. However, every so often when a list is nearly done, it feels good to put my head down, bull through the rest of the list, and get it done. Then I can briefly savor a feeling of accomplishment before moving on to the next task.
The 20th century is being connected to biographies. Aurgh! I am really going to have to work on adding more people to the list.

This last week I have finished connecting peoples of the world to biographies. This lays the groundwork for connecting biographies to particular peoples, such as Western civilization and Asiatic peoples. I already know that this list of historical figures is horribly biased towards Western Civilization, but I need to pin that down.

Western Civilization is finally connected to the long list of other nations and cities, as far as I dare push them; some 65 nations and 36 cities. The extent of what I call Western Civilization is mostly defined by these lists. This is a significant milestone. Now, I can concentrate on the relations to other peoples and the structure of Western civilization, as well as component peoples.

Asiatic peoples are less well defined, although this push to work through the list means that I have also finally finished the connection to nations (55 of them) and I can now connect to more cities. This is also a significant milestone. I have 39 cities so far and over 40 to review.

Been away

I’m running late. Last Thursday drove up to Provo, Utah, and I went to a writing workshop in Provo, on Friday and Saturday. I stayed over Sunday to visit family, and drove back down on Monday. I haven’t done much on the Knowledge Base, and it may take a few days to catch up.

Targeting

I keep trying different approaches to organizing how I work on the SKB. What I’ve decided to do is focus on a variety of specific targets and do what I can to develop them. For the historical target, I’m trying to get caught up to current events in October 2017.
For Sociology, I am leading with the Western United States. For Institutions, I am looking at Mormonism, and the United Nations.
Because of the way subjects are interconnected, many times work on one of these involves work on the others as well. For instance, as I work on 2017 in general, I am connecting to increasingly smaller nations. As I work on the Western United States, which is not yet well connected to the late 20th century, the effort to improve the late 20th century is giving more detail of Europe, and points to a need to further investigate the UN and the European Union.

Mathematics as language

Although I mentioned last week that I want to consider more catching up on recent events, I haven’t actually done much of it. I’ve done a little more connecting peoples of the world and communities to biographical entries. I’ve been reviewing the early 21st century history of Institutions and the 20th century history of Culture. The most progress has been in connecting anthropology to elements of culture, personal studies to institutions and culture, and science to institutions.

A friend sent me a link to an article in the American Scientist:
Back in the 1980s when I was working out my organization of knowledge, at first I went along with a fairly conventional classification of mathematics as a science. I spent a lot of time in the library reading general works on mathematics and encountering some of its history, so many of the illustrations in this article were familiar to me. However, the more I delved into chemistry, astronomy, and earth science, the more I realized that “one of these things is not like the others”. I had also been working with college algebra students using an approach of translating the language of word problems into the language of algebraic equations, so I recognized a close affinity of mathematics and language. I had long been familiar with the claim that “Mathematics is the language of science”, although it has many applications beyond the physical and natural sciences.
Along with the observations of the American Scientist article, I note that a great deal of geometry has always been taught using drawings and graphics. Eventually, I decided that although mathematics has its roots in language, it really deserves recognition as a separate body of knowledge. It fit best, not under the physical and natural sciences, but under culture along with other creative works of man. More specifically, I classed mathematics under the general heading of conceptual culture on order to account for its affinities with language and graphics as well as to account for its distinct differences.

More adjustments

The virtual tour through the nations connected to prehistory proved to be much too long, exhausting, and poorly connected to the areas I am most interest in. I am stepping back to concentrate on the areas of greatest interest. First of all is the connection of current events. I have been neglecting this, except for brief forays, and have a lot of events since about May to review.
The second major development is the connection of cities to Western Civilization; and following this, connections to nations of Asiatic peoples and African peoples. A shortened virtual tour will work for this. I am going to resume connecting communities to biographies, although I see no need to copy the whole list of cities to each person. Social mechanics is going through a review of anthropology, and I should shortly be connecting biographies to this as well. For right now, institutions are going through a review of history, although this should be finishing soon.