6 Things I Want To Blog About That Are NOT Writing Advice

Swallowtail Butterfly

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 BlogPub(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.

 

1. Transhumanism

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.

 

2. Aliens

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… 😉


6. Movies

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.

  

So!

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!

 

18 Replies to “6 Things I Want To Blog About That Are NOT Writing Advice”

  1. I’m a fan of transhumanism too. I think it’s fascinating and IMPORTANT to really weigh the benefits and risks of what technology is doing.

    I wonder what future “posthumans” will look like.

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  2. i think where science and fiction meet is an interesting area. Authors who present their view of the future persuasively are always interesting to me.

    mood

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    1. There are so many ways to present a fictional vision in a scientifically sounding way, or to blend real science with fantastic elements seemlessly. It’s a rich topic. Thanks for the input, mood.

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  3. Aliens, non-US movies, science pron? All good. The list is pretty much what I see every day on my facebook feed. (Tho to be honest, transhumanism in its extreme variation sometimes annoys me. It’s like a big kid who wants shiny things and doesn’t understand his parents are divorcing. Maybe I have too many of them folks around.) 😀

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  4. I love the uniqueness of your blog. Your passions are way different from mine, but I think that’s why I like it so much. You get me to ponder in different directions. Writing info I can get anywhere. 🙂

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  5. All six… that should keep you busy for a while. I can’t wait to see you disect the horror that is The Other Boleyn Girl… 😉

    Seriously, given your interest in psychology, what about the psychology of character? All too often I read books where the characters are either flat/zerox-ed or caricatures. It’s rare to find characters that are down to earth.

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    1. The Other Boleyn Girl is a great example of poetic justice, it’s The Duchess that harbors some true horror…

      Yup, I’ll venture into the minds of characters the way I see them, and talk about what makes them realistic — i.e. what makes people tick and should be a part of thorough characterization. Such fun!

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    1. Everytime I read something about new technological or medical developments, I can’t help spinning off into sci-fi speculation and wondering how a story based on that would be like… How could we exploit the implications? It’s not so much a speculation about how our actual society would handle it, but how it could be turned into intriguing fiction. 🙂

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  6. First – just wanted to say this is a fantastic blog site : )

    Bring on Aliens and Movies. I love the idea of exploring what it means to be human through the eyes of an alien. I often wonder what aliens would make of our species. And I also love movies – with a preference for European movies. Or movies that have aliens in them.

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  7. I’d read about the correct way to hang toilet paper if you were to write a blog post on it. Seriously, all these topics are rife with possibility and promise. Bring it on!

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