Reach Out and Touch Someone

March 2, 2015

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MIT Media Lab is working on an interface that will allow two people to reach out and “touch” each other remotely.

http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/inform/

As a writer of dystopic literature – Future Girls – my first thought was wow, remote sex.  You thought the same thing, admit it.  If we can touch and “physically” interact with one another what does that mean?  For my series, what will that mean for the Reality Cloud? If a battle was raging, could people actually be killed remotely?  Would there be a fail safe to prevent that?  And if so, then (as a standard Science Fiction trope) what happens when that fail safe, fails?

Both history and science informs the work and creative ideas for Future Girls.  What does the MIT project inspire for you?

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Blog Tour Stop for Sisters Born, Sisters Found

February 26, 2015

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Sisters Born, Sisters FoundWe are here on blog tour with the authors of Sisters Born, Sisters Found

Vicki Batman contributed a memoir piece Sister Act (p. 40). I am posting our interview with Vicki here. Check out the whole collection on Amazon – 22 five star reviews!

Christmas Tree

I loved your description of the perfect Christmas in your story Sister Act. Do you cherish the memories of the perfect Christmas and leave it at that,  or do you work hard to re-create the same holiday happiness for your boys?

I always wanted wonderful times for my boys. Every year, we traveled to the Christmas tree farm and chopped our tree, tying it to the roof rack and setting it up in our living room. Imagine my surprise when my men decided that White Christmas was a silly musical! I was a little disappointed but reconciled that it’s aRead More

If the future sucks for girls, it sucks for everyone.

February 24, 2015

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Sci Fi is importantIn Future Girls, the boys have already been sucked into the Reality Cloud. They spend hours, days and weeks cocooned inside the Internet which has grown like Moore’s Law into an all encompassing second life. Men work exclusively within the Reality Cloud playing in virtual reality programs that are so real they don’t care much about the outside world, where the women are charged with making due.   Since the women are the ones bearing the brunt of the dwindling resources, they are the ones determined to find a way to change things.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

–Albert Einstein

“But why you? Why Jacob, you already have everything.” She took in the room, his beautiful clothes, his home. “You run the world, you are the governmentRead More

Episode 162 – Lost, Kidnapped And Eaten Alive!

February 17, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Laurie King


Just to start this out: The kidnapped story in Laurie King’s travel memoir, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive, is when she accepted a ride from a “very nice” man who, it turned out, was not so nice, and she was rescued by a few locals.

The eaten alive refers to an encounter with a beautiful clear pool of water and hundreds of tiny leeches (in Austraila, had to point that out)

And we didn’t get to the lost story.

The market for Travel writing has changed and Laurie attributes that change to the internet, like pretty much everything else. Her advice to Newbie Writers is to create the articles about your travels, post them, gather a body of work, and then start pitching those articles to magazines or web sites. Money? This is not aRead More

Blog Tour – The Neurotics Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment

February 17, 2015

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Book tour/blog tour

I came across this book at the perfect time – I had just decided that for the next six months I would eschew Self improvement – I’m on a self-improvement diet if you will. And along came Chris Niebauer’s book, the Neurotics Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment: How the Left-Brain Plays Unending Games of Self-Improvement

Perfect!

Here is the essence of his idea:

“The invincible law of opposition” I created this to express how the desires of the ego typically have the opposite effect. Walk into a casino and demand that the universe provides a huge win, and you will leave very disappointed. If you couldn’t care less about money, you will fall backwards into it.

In other words, the more we work to Actualize and focus on what we want, a la The Secret, the harder the Universe willRead More