Al Steiner: Blog

My writing pace.

March 1, 2018
Posted at 12:01 am
Updated: March 1, 2018 - 12:03 am

To all interested parties. My little three month vacation from work due to my recent surgery ends tomorrow morning and I get/have to go back to work. I probably will not be able to keep up with the pace I've set for the last three chapters, though I will write whenever I have free time as I am fully back in the game. I am blessed with a job that only requires three twelve hour shifts per week and I am no longer in school, so I hope to maintain the pace I set back in the days of Intemperance and Aftermath at the very least. I can tell you unequivocally that my passion for writing has most definitely come back.

Homebodies - explanation of metric time.

February 3, 2018
Posted at 6:58 pm

It had been requested that I explain a little more about metric time as it is used in Homebodies. Here is the system I worked out when I started writing the story. I double checked my math just now-giving me a bit of a headache-and it still seems correct to me. I am sure if it is incorrect, someone will let me know and I can adjust. I welcome such critique, however, if you don't really understand math, time, and how I arrived at these figures, please do not bother writing me. I am probably correct, not you.

In any case, this is the standard system of time the spaceborn utilize-Universal Time-and all their habitats and ships follow it, no matter where they are or what system of timekeeping is used on the planets within a system (each planet where colonists live would necessarily have their own system based on the planet in question's rotation speed and orbit).

I realize there would be relativistic differences in Universal Time when ships are traveling at high speed between circuit points. At the speed the ships travel, however, the difference would be slight, certainly no more than a minute or two per trip, and it would only be a matter of recalibrating the ship's clocks once they arrived at their destination.

And, no, I did not do the math on the relativistic changes of time in my spacecraft. They travel at a maximum velocity of one tenth of a percent of lightspeed. My understanding is that this is not enough to cause any serious issues with time dilation. Anyone who even knows how to do the calculations on this is probably not going to be enjoying my work anyway.

So, without further ado… here it is:

Metric Time:

1 second remains standard base measure of time. A Metric second and a traditional second are the same.

100 metric seconds = 1 metric minute. 100 minutes = 1 metric hour. 10 metric hours = 1 day.

There are 86,400 seconds in a standard Earth day. There are 100,000 seconds in a metric day, making a metric day approximately 3.8 Earth hours longer.

A metric year is 300 days. A metric week is 10 days. A metric cycle is 100 days.

When all is added up, a standard Earth year is 365 days and a standard metric year is 347.2 Earth days.

31,536,000 seconds per Earth year.
30,000,000 seconds per metric year

Updates to Homebodies

December 23, 2017
Posted at 5:54 pm

Hi to all. Sorry for the long delay in updating my new story, Homebodies, but, as I've told a few who wrote me (and asked politely instead of demanding), real life sometimes intrudes on things. The details are unimportant, but I had an unexpected medical issue which required me to undergo fairly major surgery. I am now at home, recovering, and out of the pain-pill induced haze I spent a lot of pre-op and post-op time in and have picked up the next chapter of Homebodies today. It was about half complete when I went out on my medical leave so hopefully I should have it complete soon. I do have lots of time to write now since I'm still on medical leave until the beginning of March.

A few addendums. Please, pretty please with sugar on top, stop asking me if I'm going to continue the various story lines I have left incomplete. Right now, I'm working on Homebodies exclusively. I only write one thing at a time. If, when Homebodies is complete, I feel the urge to work on one of my older storylines, I will announce it as such, generally by posting the first chapter after its done. I don't mean to be a dick about this, but some of the letters I get are downright harassing and border on the psychotic at times. I work for free. You get what you pay for. No one has the right to dictate to me what I write and when I write it. Please remember that.

That aside, I do enjoy observations and constructive criticism of my stories. Please keep that coming, although, as stated before, if you're writing just to point out a grammar, punctuation, or spelling error, please don't. Again, you get what you pay for.

I'm back.

August 1, 2017
Posted at 4:08 pm

Life has been good for me, thank you all for caring and asking for updates. Sorry I have not been more forthcoming but life has also been busy. I made it through nursing school successfully but it was a kind of living hell as I continued to work full time while I was doing it. I graduated and passed all of my boards and these past 2 years I have been working as an RN in a local emergency room. I no longer work as a paramedic, though I will always cherish the 20+ years of experience I had in that profession.

I am now settled into my new job and enjoying the extra money and additional days off per week that comes along with it. As for writing, I went some time without doing it and it took me some time to get back into the rhythm of it. I have posted the first chapter of a new story I've been working on the past year or so. It takes place in a re-imagined, more mature version of the Greenies/A Perfect World universe. As always, please let me know what you think. I love to discuss plot points, holes in the plot, blatant mistakes with the plot, flaws in my characters, timeline issues, any of that stuff... however, please do not feel like you need to email me about minor spelling or grammatical or punctuation errors. I do the best I can editing stories by myself. You get what you pay for. And no, I do not want you to edit my story for me. There is no one I trust as much as myself.

Update on my life

December 13, 2011
Posted at 5:29 pm

I'm getting lots of emails enquiring about my status of late so here's how things are going in my life. As of this morning, I have finished all the prerequisites for admission to nursing school and I am now waiting to be accepted. Getting into a school is very competitive with an average of more than fifty qualified people competing for every one spot. Until recently it was done by lottery but they have now changed things a bit to favor already licensed healthcare providers, of which I am one, and those who did well academically on their science prerequisites (Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology) and their general education prerequisites (Nutrition, Psychology, English1A, Human Development, and Speech1A). Despite working full time during the 3 years I have been taking these classes, I have managed to hold down a 3.8 in sciences and a 4.0 in everything else. Hopefully I'll start the two year program next semester. Meanwhile, I'm still working on taking a co-requisite class each semester to hold onto my catalogue rights.

So what this all adds up to is that I do not have much time for writing, that was the thing I had to cut out of my life during this process. During summer breaks and winter breaks I try to do a little bit of composition just to make sure I still can, but I have not been able to finish even a short story, let alone a novel length. The good news is that I CAN still write (I've got lots of first chapters of stories composed during such breaks or when the class I'm taking isn't that difficult), but nothing I can commit to posting because it is unlikely I will continue it anytime soon. The last thing I need is more emails about unfinished work (and to those people-you know who you are-who keep begging me to finish Intemperance, A Lost Generation, and Traveling Without Consequence, sorry, my real life takes priority over your free entertainment and I did not realize at the time I started those tales I would be unable to finish them). My plan is to eventually finish those works, I just cannot commit to that until my current goals are met. I'm forty-three years old and I need to get this done as soon as possible.

I thank everyone for their continued encouragement and I apologize that I have been remiss in answering so many of your emails. I am only able to check my account every month or so and I still read, with joy, every correspondence sent to me-even those who offer no appreciation of my work or constructive criticism of my writing style or plots, yet insist on pointing out my every spelling and grammatical error (I know they're there, guys, really, I do, and I'm not going to fix them right now).
So that is life in Al Steiner's world. Peace to all,