David Erik Nelson

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David Erik Nelson is an award-wining science-fiction/horror writer and essayist. His fiction has appeared in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best Horror of the Year, and elsewhere. Find his fiction online at https://www.davideriknelson.com/FreeFiction

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David Erik Nelson When it comes to writing craft and DIY, I've learned a couple things the Very Very Hard Way:

1) TAKE GOOD NOTES! (Including supply costs,…more
When it comes to writing craft and DIY, I've learned a couple things the Very Very Hard Way:

1) TAKE GOOD NOTES! (Including supply costs, where you sourced parts, stock numbers, etc.) Everything is clear and obvious while you're developing a project, but let it sit on the shelf for a week or two, and you'll find yourself wondering why you made the decisions you did and how the hell you pulled them off.

2) Work through a project while writing it up, even if you've done the project a hundred times. Actually working through your steps while writing, and then again while revising, makes it much easier to see the places where folks might go off track or get confused.

3) Don't fall in love with insider jargon. There are plenty of folks who never get into knitting, for example, because they can't get their heads around the jargon and codes that knitters use. Feel free to be the person who describes it differently, and thus opens that craft up to the folks who were previously locked out.

4) Learn to take decent photos. Publishers (and readers) will want them, and want them to be as clear as possible (non-distracting, solid-colored background; lots of bright light; soft shadows; no glare; etc.) Similarly, if your work is best described with diagrams, learn to use SketchUp or Fritzing or Pixelmator or whatever it takes to make the images you need.(less)
David Erik Nelson My first homebrew instrument was Tim Escobedo's "synthstick": http://www.davideriknelson.com/sbsb/2... —which is a great project, although some of the materials (certain types of cassette…moreMy first homebrew instrument was Tim Escobedo's "synthstick": http://www.davideriknelson.com/sbsb/2... —which is a great project, although some of the materials (certain types of cassette tape and Mylar wrapping paper), which were just the most common back-of-the-closet junk in the world when I first stumbled across his design, are getting increasingly scarce. Still, it's a really great synth circuit to start out with, and I continue to use the same basic core design in lots of projects.

As for selling instruments, I don't, but folks are always offering to buy them (esp. the electric guitars), and I can never really fathom why they'd want to do that. It reminds me of this story I once heard about Jobs and Wozniak. This is back in their blue boxes and garage-tinkering days. Early on, when they were developing that first Apple computer, they got into an argument over whether or not there was a market for a computer, as a finished consumer product. Woz was of the mind that the fun was in building it--that a computer, at most, should be a kit--and Job was of the mind that the fun was in using it, that you should open the box and power up and immediately have easy access to doing something cool. Evidenced by the fact that I'm writing this on an Applie bluetooth keyboard mated to an Apple iPad while listening to music on an Apple phone and running Disk Utility on an Apple laptop, I guess we know who was right. But still, I'm a Woz kinda guy. I don't want to sell guitars and synths that are all just like the guitars and synths I'd build; I want folks to build their own guitars and synths, and then show me what they did and why it's better for them. (less)
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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

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Description: Utah Territory, 1874: The long American Civil War is finally over, and the Union restored thanks to the tireless service of the Chinese-built clockwork soldiers of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Terrible Mechanical Corps. Many of these discharged "clockies," feared and reviled for their efficiency on the battlefield, have moved West to live peacefully alongside an often suspicious citizenry. One such small company of clockies has been basically accepted as a tolerable nuisance by the Mormons of Lost Creek--until a crippled, alcoholic, Confederate ne'er-do-well, Dickie Tucker, teaches these machines the art and craft of being--or at least seeming--human.
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This starts out strong on gender, but quickly becomes a one-note song (at best). Meanwhile, it shies away from being direct about race in a way that simply makes it confusing, not sensitive (and contrasts so sharply to King's previous work, where he ...more
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I'm just really, really not getting what's to shout about with Tremblay. Nothing wrong with this book, but it felt overall really insubstantial to me. It was interesting as we went, but really didn't take me anywhere.
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Excellent, excellent collection (and not just b/c it includes yours truly).
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