First Story Is Out šŸŽ‰

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Greetings human šŸ¤–. Welcome to Tuesday! It’s that day when you get the Robot Skidmore electronic mail newsletter in your internet inbox. This week’s email is all about pizza.

What I’m Writing

I finished editing my first story, New New York. You can download it here. It’s short, but putting the finished stamp on it felt pretty good. I think there is still some room for improvement. So it might go through a revision or two down the road. But overall, I’m pleased.

I’ve started outlining my next story, Temple in the Sky. It’s about the first Latter-day Saint temple in space. Not entirely sure where it will go yet.

I’m a little behind on my goal to finish a story each month in 2022. But I’ve been pleased with the progress I’m making. Hopefully, things will go faster as I get into the groove of consistent writing.

What I’m Learning

I’ve come across a few awesome resources for learning about near-space exploration. This playlist on YouTube from Isaac Arthur is awesome. It starts with the early steps we’d need to take as a civilization to start colonizing our solar system. There are 15 videos, and each is well researched and 25 - 30 min long. I’ve been working my way through a few each night.

What I’m Reading

I’m still working my way through Redemption Ark. As I am writing this, I realized that the title is a play on redemption arc, i.e., the arc of a character that goes from being a bad person to a good person throughout a story. Think Zuko in Avatar the Last Airbender or Loki in the MCU, particularly if you include the fantastic Disney+ show. Man, that’s so cool and clever.

Anyway, Redemption Ark is a great example of a well-done space opera. I am enjoying it.

Well, that’s all for this week. See you next Tuesday.