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It’s been roughly a year since I’ve written in this blog. There’s a reason for that, actually. And it’s as vast as the Newfoundland wilderness, as pictured above.

I’ve been thrusting all my efforts into completing my book edits, rewrites, corrections, updates and such things one does to get a manuscript off to my agent. It took a lot more time than I ever thought it would. Truly.

The story is tech-heavy. Every time I thought I had something fresh and new, my take on whatever technology I included in my story seemed old and antiquated with each revision. So I wound up taking great chances on what finally ended up in there. God, I hope what I created sounds plausible and not stupid…

My agent received the manuscript two days before Christmas. Then I took a sorely-needed break. Turned my attentions elsewhere. Read two wonderful novels I should’ve read long ago: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders and Walkaway by Cory Doctorow. Plus I read a series I’d been meaning to get to: Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta’s War series.  So all of that kept me quite busy.

Reading after writing is like a wonderful spa visit. I immerse myself deep into another writer’s prose, drinking it in like a gulp of fresh mountain air. It’s resetting my imagination. I enjoy seeing how others put words to good use, to describe things in other ways, to invent new realities.

And after I turn that last page and finish the book, I feel a sense of regret. Of saying goodbye. Letting my new friends go and continue on with their lives without me. Because you know those characters will.

Maybe that’s why I chose to write a series. I’ve started the second book now. Figured it was a good time to do so, now that my agent has the first.

To tell you the truth, I got a little sick with my characters. I visited them so often I’m sure they got fed up with my prying into their activities daily. And just when they thought I’d leave them alone once and for all, I rewrote a scene. Or ten. Ripped out their old dialogue and inserted fresh.

Now, my characters move forward, onto new adventures. Face staggering challenges! Question their place in the order of things. Will they make it? Or will they succumb to a deadly nightmare?

Truth be told, I know how the second book in the series starts, ends and gets to the middle, but I’m fishing around for plot movement right about now. I’ve got plot holes that’ll rival black holes right now. And when I do, I take a break and visit posts from NASA, ISS, JPL and Emergency Kittens on Twitter.

But it’s my goal to continue up with this blog. It’s nice to have a diversion apart from writing my book. I missed posting it and promised myself I’d do it every week…but never did. So I will.

I hope you’ll follow along in my few adventures in writing, as well as my musings including the moon, stars and beyond.

 

Posted April 2, 2019 by seleneymoon in Editing, Personal Anecdotes, Sci-Fi Books, Writing

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Mind Matters   Leave a comment

A great deal of what occurs in the world of science fiction involves the mind and/or brain.  Strange forces, and not necessarily alien, want to control others thoughts, expressions, decision making capabilities, functions and more.

Why is that?

Well, for starters, the brain/mind is who we are.  What we see.  What we do.  It governs our perception of the world and how those react towards us.  It goes without saying that a brain controlled is a person conquered.

Mind control is like getting the keys to the kingdom.  Figure out how to rob one’s senses and you have the entire population cornered.

Take, for instance, Invasion of the Body Snatchers or its modern update, The Invasion.  A pod of sorts lodged itself to a human form and, long story short, assumed that person’s entire being except for its soul.  Seemingly, the soul was destroyed in the process and everyone was pretty much like the women in The Stepford Wives.  In that film, the women were duplicated via robot/android.  Then it’s assumed everyone was bumped off and buried anonymously in a hidden grave deep in the Connecticut woods.

In A Clockwork Orange, our hero Malcolm McDowell has a rather questionable attitude when it comes to women, violence and society in general.  It’s a pretty simple fix when he’s subjected to the Ludivico Technique.  After that, the urge to vomit pretty much takes over when he’s starting to explore those negative tendencies.  If that were me, the idea of having my eyelids pinned open would be enough to gross me out and get me to never do anything evil again.

Oh, let’s not forget the classic Jedi Mind Trick, either.  It’s one way Luke Skywalker invites himself in for a visit our revolting friend Jabba the Hut.  Come to think of it, just by simple virtue of being a Jedi all that is familiar to your being is a mind trick.

The mind is a mystery.  We all have one, but who knows what’s in it?  How many times have you said, “What are you thinking?” Haven’t you ever taken your fist and rapped it on your brain, or that idiot friend of yours and said, “Dude, are you nuts?  What happened to your brain?”  Yet, we still wonder what occurs during the thought process, what makes us arrive at the decisions we so nimbly or slowly do.  Our influences, our impressions, our decision to eat yet another piece of food that will stuff us silly all comes from that thick grey matter residing in our skull.  Is it a machine?  Is it will?  Is it hope and dreams?

It’s a thought worth thinking about.

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