Enough with the unqualified lecturing on the MECHANICS of that magical thing we love to do so much. It’s time I devote my attention to the FUEL part of it, the things that inspire me and keep me going.
Of course I will continue to share awesome writing tips and tricks as I discover and try them out, and I will tie everything I blog about to storytelling one way or another. But that’s about it. There are better blogs out there about the nitty gritty of the writing craft (like The Other Side Of The Story, Storyfix, The Editor’s Blog, Pub(lishing) Crawl, and dozens more).
Now — I would love to know whether any of the topics on this list strikes your fancy in particular. You know, so I don’t holler into the electron storm behind my screen for naught.
Here be my main interests.
The wonderful glorious future where man and machine become one. Where physical and metaphysical are united by superconductor wiring, and immortality is only an upgrade away. The possibilities are endless! Just don’t expect documentaries or serious articles, I’m not the BBC.
Letting the brain cells loose on everything alien related, and I don’t mean the alleged Grays that did a faceplant in the US, but veritable science-fiction aliens, the kind with societies and technologies and ideologies unlike our own. Topics would cover anything from xenophobia to xenology, xenocracy and xenoamory (that word needs to exist). It’s alien bonanza baby!
3. Mating Fiction With Science
This is basically about getting creative when it comes to wrapping your mind around science-fiction. What’s the difference between coming up with a crazy idea FIRST and trying to fit it within the sciences LATER, and stumbling over a scientific thingy and then spinning it off into the fictional realm? And what about scientific accuracy in fiction? About worldbuilding? About the suspension of disbelief from a reader perspective?
And no, these won’t be “how to” posts. They’ll be my humble opinion and approach, and open discussions with you about your approaches. Mutual learning opportunities! Yay!
4. Speculative Thinking
A followup exercise in letting the mind go wild with ideas. I’ve already started this thread earlier this year with my What If… posts (What If… The Internet Became Self-Aware? and What If… AIs write better stories than us?), and I’d love to continue. Mostly because it’s something I do all the time. It’s fun! Especially if you willingly ignore common sense, the currently impossible and other stiff limitations of the mind.
5. Coping Mechanisms, Buttons, Aggravation Scales and other quirks of the human mind
If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know one of my biggest passions is psychology. If I wouldn’t also be into IT (and if it wouldn’t pay so well), I would have chosen that as my profession. It’s a pity not to include it in my blogging, since it’s already an integral part of my perspective and my fiction.
I’m always reading this or that book on cognitive behavioral therapy, on neuropsychology or psychiatry, and stumble over sooo many interesting things one can use to improve our attitude, our skills or our fiction. I also love psychoanalyzing characters in other people’s fiction (books, movies, TV shows, etc.) or solve behavioral riddles (why would someone do X or Y crazy action), so it might get very colorful… 😉
I love watching movies! And I love dissecting them, not so much from a technical perspective (ala Mythbusters) but from a conceptual point of view. However, I must add that I only rarely go to the cinema so I won’t be discussing the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Also, I’m on the outside of modern pop culture, so I can’t geek about many of the things people in the US have access to.
My favorite movie genres are science-fiction (shocking!), horror* (particularly non-modern or non-US since those are barely worth a penny, with very rare exceptions), and interestingly enough historical movies. Maybe because I spend so much time with computers and futuristic worlds, and have little to no clue about historical accuracy, so I really enjoy movies like Elisabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Duchess, Pride and Prejudice, etc.
*There might not be many fans of horror among you, but trust me, some psychological horror movies are surprisingly deep and thought provoking. I’d like to introduce you to a few.
Does any of this sound interesting to you?
Or maybe you have a whole ‘nother bug biting you, and you’re curious what I’d do with it. Go ahead and ask. I’m open for suggestions!