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Published: 2 years ago


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.

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Rob Skidmore writes science fiction stories about being human. Raised in rural Western New York, he now lives with his beautiful wife in Utah. They have four kids whose initials spell HOME. By day he's a software engineer. By night he's exhausted. Every door in their basement is painted with a Disney-themed mural. His claim to fame is that he was an All-American and the 2004 New York state champion in the 400m hurdles in high school.

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