Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

April 2017

Back yard Lilacs


I finished my first read through of Rio Borealis, my 2016 Nano book. It is in much better shape than I thought it would be. As I read through it I could see that I had learned a lot in my last year of writing. Granted it isn’t perfect but I think I will be able to fix it up quickly. It is also less epic than Calliope and the Living Biologic, so there is less continuity to fix.


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I didn’t get as many books read as previous months. At first I thought it was because my motivation to read had left me. But it turns out that life has gotten a lot more hectic and I keep adding to my hobby time.


Life still goes on and on. I am having a lot of fun, but it seems like my time is disappearing. I think being on Adderall has made me so much more focused at work that I am forced to work on all my hobbies at home. Like a normal person.

Being on ADHD meds has really upped my productivity in some areas, but it has made other things more difficult. Writing ha become an interesting hobby because I am more likely to plan instead of just write by the seat of my pants. I am still learning the best way to do that.


The Bow Tie Project was going great, but this last week I just didn’t have time. I mean… I had time, I just did other things instead. This week I will get back on my game and get a tie made.

My brother in law got me Warhammer: Age of Sigmar for my birthday. It is a problem because Warhammer is one of those games I am fascinated with. Previously I had worked on a Skaven army but assembling them was a pain in the ass. They were on square bases and you had to make sure they could stand together as a unit.

Age of Sigmar seems to be a little easier to assemble and I like that you can now play any combination of army within the different factions. So a dwarf, elf, lizard people army is now a thing.

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Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice


On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.


This is the kind of science fiction I like. It was about the characters and the world they are in. Parts of it reminded me of The Goblin Emperor as it was about protocol and other parts reminded me of classic space opera.

The idea of Ancillaries was terrifying and interesting. It almost felt like a story written from the perspective of the Tines from The Children of the Sky. Again a fantastic use of differing views from character and I was amazed at how well it was executed.

Great book, and yet another first book in a series. I need to stop doing that. sigh

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Week Eighteen

Week Six - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

The week that has been.

This week has been full of amazing, frustrating and crazy things. I am attempting to not count my chickens before they hatch so I will be keeping my cards close to my chest. BAM!! Double metaphor bonus points.

I did start reading the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles. And it does not disappoint. It builds off of the first one nicely and adds so much more. And I am only 1/4 of the way through it.

Ukulele is going well. I had a little drop off the previous week with some of the aforementioned frustrating things, but I am back on track to practicing everyday.

For my birthday, my brother in law got me the Age of Sigmar. If you don’t know about Warhammer, maybe don’t go looking. The basics are that you assemble and paint miniatures and then set up epic battle. As nerdy things go it is pretty nerdy. And I am so excited.

Writing is back on track. I bought myself some blind boxes to use as rewards and that helps me stay motivated for the stuff I don’t like to do. I have found more problems with Calliope and the Living Biologic that I need to address. The first read/edit of Rio Borealis is going well.

That is pretty much it for this week.

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The Bow Tie Project Week Sixteen

This fabric has a very nice color to it and is one of the more subtle ties I have made. The great thing about Easter colored ties is you can wear them year round.

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.

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