Perfectionism is Murdering Your Muse

We’re all battling demons when we set out to write, but the biggest demon of all is Perfectionism. All those other ugly monsters that sit on our hunched shoulders and drill into our heads are nasty too, for sure, but this one’s their Daddy. His destructive power comes from our mistaking Perfectionism for Ambition. Mistaking his bullying for motivation. Believing thatContinue reading “Perfectionism is Murdering Your Muse”

The COLONIZATION of space

There are basically three ways in which humans will colonize space: on Earth-like planets, on terraformed celestial bodies, or in in artificial habitats. Or, you know, in a crazy wanton combination of these. Whatever tickles your pen. We’re eons away from such technological feats, but for fictional purposes, we’ve already colonized our galaxy hundreds of timesContinue reading “The COLONIZATION of space”

Transhumanism — Superhuman or Inhuman?

Transhumanism is a movement that aims at upgrading humanity through technology and scientific advancements. The idea is to enhance the human body and mind, from the development of advanced life-like prosthetics to repair damaged functionality and the development of life-prolonging technologies, to customizing healthy body parts on demand and adding new functionality, and even merging humansContinue reading “Transhumanism — Superhuman or Inhuman?”

Some thoughts on Authority and Credibility

Does authority give someone credibility? I think the grand majority of people agree that it does. Does it give someone default credibility regardless of the validity of their specific statements? I strongly assume that to be the case as well. People tend to accept ideas and arguments more readily if they come from an authorityContinue reading “Some thoughts on Authority and Credibility”

How To Use Stereotypes In Writing Fiction

Stereotypes are oversimplified ways of cataloging groups of people based on the differences between them and other groups of people. They are sometimes rooted in fact, sometimes in prejudice, and if taken at face value, they contribute to intolerance and discrimination and limit people in their understanding of society. Stereotypes exist, and they will continue toContinue reading “How To Use Stereotypes In Writing Fiction”