Personal Narratives, Tribalism, and Robots

I recently read a book recommended to me by one of my beta readers, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by historian Yuval Noah Harari. The topic is quite large, and to be honest, I Continue reading Personal Narratives, Tribalism, and Robots

Noise

An author on Twitter once asked the other authors what they found challenging to them. For me at the time, it was how to convey silence in my stories. Silence has value. It’s easier to Continue reading Noise

Memory as a Model for Fiction

I recently read The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the ‘Jennifer Aniston’ Neuron (2017), recommended to me by a reader of my last post, in which neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga talks about how our brains Continue reading Memory as a Model for Fiction

Happy New Year! I’m going to talk about déjà vu.

Take a deep breath. I’ll join in. There are far too many thoughts running through our heads right now, I know, and on top of everything, today’s Georgia’s election run-off. Man oh man. There’s so Continue reading Happy New Year! I’m going to talk about déjà vu.

When Mind and Matter Collide: What’s our role in a deterministic universe?

I may be biting off more than I can chew here, but hopefully, you’ll be entertained as I choke… Just kidding. Last night we watched Cosmos: Possible Worlds, Season 3, Episode 9, on Hulu, hosted Continue reading When Mind and Matter Collide: What’s our role in a deterministic universe?

La Gargouille

It was Halloween. Almost a year had passed. Hard to believe. As soon as the foot traffic cleared, Daren pointed the umbrella toward the road and pulled its runner down to close it, but hadn’t Continue reading La Gargouille

The Futurist

Since childhood, I’ve been imagining the future. Maybe it’s a compulsion or a personality quirk. I actually have to make a point sometimes of focusing on the present. I’m older now and have more experiences Continue reading The Futurist

Yes & No, Query Hell, and the Comparables Problem: What’s the story like?

I’ve been preparing my query letter, synopsis, and first 19 pages for the Atlanta Writers Conference this November. No pitches, I’m only doing critiques. I’d like to polish the manuscript further, and the times are Continue reading Yes & No, Query Hell, and the Comparables Problem: What’s the story like?

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Higher Order for Greater Entropy? Life to Intelligent Life, & Beyond

This is an open invitation to ignore the insanity we live in for a minute. One happy minute. “First Support for a Physics Theory of Life” by Natalie Wolchover is a fascinating article. I was Continue reading The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Higher Order for Greater Entropy? Life to Intelligent Life, & Beyond

First Sentences: The Pain, The Glory

I attended an online seminar about first sentences a few days ago. I should tell you, I learn by challenging assumptions. When I’m told that out of an entire novel that takes years to polish, Continue reading First Sentences: The Pain, The Glory