Wooden Bridge

Life Takes Unexpected Turns

Recently, I saw an article on how robotics have changed over the years and what ethical issues will likely arise. It started me thinking about how life can take unexpected turns but can still lead towards our goals and dreams, just not in the way we expected. How does an article about robotics and ethics relate to unexpected paths toward our dreams? Well…

A writing buddy of mine, Sean Welsh, recently finished his PhD in robot ethics. As part of his research, he has published several articles on the topic and has developed quite the name for himself. To everyone’s excitement in my local writing circles, his activities has lead to a book deal with one of the Big Five on this very topic — do to be released in November 2017.

I’ll gladly admit that I’m a little jealous (I’ve even told him that), but I also couldn’t be more excited for him.Read More

Cyber-Safety

Technological Failure

Recently, my computer decided that it didn’t like me anymore. On a machine that was less than 6 months old, I got a keyboard initialization failure. I don’t care how technological you are, when that happens, it’s not a good sign. Two days later, my daughter’s laptop decided that the camera would just up and disappear, and the USB bus ceased to recognize anything, although you could still power a USB desktop fan.

Two machines within a span of 48 hours: one now repaired and the other is still in the hands of warranty repairmen.

At the time of writing this post, I was forced to go back to the methods of writing blogs that I employed two years ago when I first started this blog: a Netbook with 1Gb of RAM and a tablet. Shall we say that I was going a little coo-coo? While the tablet is nice and speedy, it doesn’t have anywhere near the computing power needed to cope with what I need to do, and the Netbook… IT’S SO SLOW!

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Post, share and guilt…

As a writer, I will frequently connect with other writers through social media, mainly on Twitter and Facebook. Within Facebook, I’m a member of a variety of closed discussion groups. While I’m highly active on some, I’m a quiet observer on others.

In a few of my Facebook groups, there are many threads where people post information and links that they want shared with the world. There is an expectation that you will like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, retweet or repost whatever tidbits and ads they might have. Here’s the deal:  I don’t.Read More

Kiwi in US Writing Market

I had originally written this post for a site called EpicFantasy.org. However, since the post went live back on April 25, 2016, the site has gone down. As such, I’ve decided to include the post here on my personal blog instead. So here goes:

Kiwi in US Writing Market

New Zealand… Aotearoa, as the native Maori call it — the land of the long white cloud. It’s a country filled with majestic beauty: a mountain range that spans the length of half the country; volcanic lakes and desert terrain; beaches within a few short minutes drive of any major metropolis; secluded forest bush that takes you back in time; and farmland everywhere you turn. Many settlements could be frozen in time, and with the exception of the cars driving down the street, you would never know that you were in the 21st century. New Zealand has become the film industry’s location of choice with many historic and fantasy blockbusters filmed here, including The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and the epic drama The Last Samurai. (Sorry to burst the bubble, people, but the images of Mount Fuji in that film were actually of Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont.)Read More

To “Friend” people on Facebook or not? Public or Private?

On 22 May, 2016, I presented to a group of writers new to social media the joys of social media. (Wow… What a mouthful.) As part of that workshop, I discussed security, safety and quality of the follows and friends you gain through social media. So, of course, I have been thinking about the things that will make me follow someone on Twitter (or not) and my personal policy about friends on Facebook.Read More