Graviton Flywheels

by David Meadows 5. June 2016 23:08

Spent the evening writing an essay on how the graviton flywheel works. Yes, that's the kind of thing I'm planning to put on the site. Riveting, eh? Why would anyone ever want to know that? I don't know, I just like writing this stuff.

This is how it works, if you're desperate to know:

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Suddenly, One Week Later ...

by David Meadows 3. June 2016 21:58

The site has been active for a week, and so far so good. Most of it worked (there was one broken link, but I think I fixed it before too many people noticed), and my server logs tell me that people really are looking at the site (though it's entirely possible that they all hate it and won't come back).

So here I am, miraculously keeping up with my commitment to add content every week. Not a huge amount this week: a new chapter of Heroes and a couple of essays about Atlantis, which will (at the moment) seem unrelated to either of the ongoing stories.

I've helpfully added links to the new content on the home page, so you don't have to go hunting all over the site for it.

I'm going to alternate chapters of the two stories, so next week you can expect chapter two of Strikeforce, with chapter three of Heroes the week after that. Realistically, I can't write two 6,000-word stories a week, so aiming to alternate them seems to be the best way to keep on track. I should also manage at least two essay-type articles a week, as I have this week. Plus a blog post, of course, which hopefully will be more interesting than this one has been. Friday seems like a good day for me to update (I never do anything on Friday nights, it's so sad...) so next update should be June 10th.

You can leave me comments below or e-mail me and tell me what I'm doing wrong, if you like. Otherwise I'll just assume you're one of the people who looked at the site and hated it...

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Welcome To The Heroes Universe

by David Meadows 27. May 2016 19:54

Did you follow a link straight to this blog without seeing the site first? Ok, you probably ought to at least look at the home page first, or you won't have a clue what I'm talking about here: www.dmheroes.co.uk.

This site has been a long time in coming.

The Heroes Universe started as a game, in the summer of 1987. Me and a group of friends playing out the adventures of a group of colourful heroes, inspired by the comics we were all reading at the time. I started it, I created the world background and the basic plot, and I thought it might keep us amused for a few weeks.

Three decades later, we're still playing it, and I have no idea how. My simple ideas just... grew... and grew...

I wasn't just running a game, I was writing stories. Whenever I introduced a new character to the game, I had to have a backstory. Half the time the players would never be aware of it, but I needed to write it. So I wrote, and I wrote, and...

This is what some of those three decades of writing looks like:

I have no idea how many pages or words that is. But it has grown amorphously into an unorganised mess. Many times over the years I have tried to put it into some kind of publishable format. Sometimes I've even succeeded (which is why parts of this site may be familiar to some people). But it has always defeated me in the end.

So this site is my new attempt, and this time I shall win. I am committed to eventually putting every bit of documentation (even the parts that only exist in my head) into a readable format, logically organised, cross-referenced, and available to anyone who wants to read it. And hopefully it will be interesting enough to make people want to read it.

But what is it? And why should you care?

It's a work of fiction. Simple as that. But I've tried to present different elements in different ways. Parts of it will be written in story form, parts of it will be pseudo-factual histories and character biographies, and parts might be whatever else I think up as an interesting way to document the universe. You can read the stories by themselves, but hopefully the supporting articles will be interesting in their own right.

As to why you should care... that depends entirely on my ability as a writer. I hope I can portray the characters and the universe they inhabit well enough that you will come to love them as much as I do.

And if it's not your cup of tea... that's fine. Thanks for giving me a chance and for reading this far.

I'll keep writing this stuff even if I'm the only one reading it. After all, that's what I've been doing for the last three decades.

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About this blog

The Heroes Universe is an ongoing work of fiction, conceived and chiefly plotted by David Meadows, with help from a group of friends, over a 30-year period.

I am slowly documenting the Universe on this web site.

This blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of that history.

If you're new here, the series of posts listed below will explain what it's all about. I hope...

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