Adding Characters and Learning Quantum Mechanics

Adding in the character Kami. The antagonism between Avestine and Kami is the main driver of the series. The characters are different not just in appearance and origin but in philosophy.

I admire an author who can set characters against each other and have the reader understand both. Even some of the “great” writers fail at this. Issac Asimov was one: great ideas, boring characters. On the other hand, this was Ursula LeGuin‘s greatest talent.

I’m trying to get diversity in illustration that reflects the Darklaw world. The antagonism between Avestine and Kami is the main driver of the series. The characters are different not just in appearance and origin but in philosophy.

I was conscious of this while doing the black and white illustrations from the first book. For Darklord, I’ll be working even harder to reflect different races and costuming, not to mention philosophies.

The fun for me is in writing and drawing the differences, making the characters truly distinct but making all their motivations understandable.

And Quantum Mechanics

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75% of the universe is dark energy. Only 5% is the stuff we’re familiar with: planets, stars, etc.

I got about 7 hours of drawing in this week. I didn’t get as many hours due to family events…and I also purchased a course from thegreatcourses.com.

Dr Benjamin Schumacher is a fantastic lecturer and an expert in the field of quantum information. I’m just finishing the 24-episode course on Quantum Mechanics.

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Explaining quantum information’s unique properties.

Schumacher makes the material accessible, but not too simple. Remembering your algebra and something about atomic theory helps. I wouldn’t recommend this course for someone who is not familiar with high school science and math. It’s a terrific survey course of the material from the historical development to the current theories.

Schumacher is especially interesting to me in the last few episodes, where he takes a look at the philosophical implications. There are three theories about quantum mechanics:

  • Copenhagen Interpretation (used for current work in physics)
  • Hidden Variables Interpretation (least popular but consistent)
  • Many Worlds (Multiverse) Theory (most popular with fiction authors)

Learning the actual physics behind the Many Worlds Theory was splendid, since I’m so used to it being a plot device in sf-fantasy stories.

Trouble is, I found about 10 other courses I want. I don’t have the time or the money. I guess that’s why it’s a wish list.