Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I've become science fiction!!!

I had a moment today, realizing the technology of science fiction has become reality for example -
{I've included some cool links..}

  • iPad - being able to read the NYT or a magazine on a full color, touch screen, iPad.
  • iPod - Who would have ever thought you could store 4,000 songs in a device the size of two fingers? 
  • Skype - Ummm, I remember watching Star Trek were they are talking to each other through the screen?
  • Forehead Thermometers - No more sticking it under your tongue, this thermometer you touch on your forehead and it tells your temp. {It is sooo Spock!!}
  • Robot Vacuum - Yes, they do make them! My friends who have them love them!!! 

I believe science fiction writers {and other artists} have the gift of being visionaries. I like to believe we inspire science and the world around us to invent new technologies...I am excited to what other ideas we inspire people to invent.

It is my hope that we encourage the inventions of conscious design;  environmentally safe, using minimal resources, something that we can repair or recycle that does not fill up a landfill.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

What I Learned Today

Writing is like playing Pictionary: You may be tempted to just tell the reader something outright, but that would be like just blurting out the word you are supposed to be drawing. It's cheating and it takes all the fun out of it. Instead, your job is to make the reader think of the same thing you are thinking of, by drawing the most concise sketch you can (in scenes that use characters' actions and dialogue to get across what you want to say.) Today I worked on converting a bunch of "telling" to "showing" in my novel, turning a bunch of cheating into actual Pictionary. It was a lot of fun. (And it also helped me understand why some great writers are not necessarily great storytellers, why some people who can craft beautiful prose can not necessarily tell stories that grab me-- and, conversely, why some people whose writing isn't "perfect" can suck me into their stories instantly. The great artists aren't always the one's who win at Pictionary. Sometimes it's the clever stick-figure that gets the image across efficiently, and that's what wins the game.)

cross posted with "Children of the Night"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Creative Beginnings Contest.....

Photo by HRJ - Anthropologie Store - Edina, MN
Let's have some fun! 

We are going to have the first un-official GGRBDP contest! 

  • Write a six word story about the picture on the left...
  • Submit your story in the comments section no later than January 31st at 11:59pm.
  • The Death Pixies will select the winner.
  • The winner will receive an original birch paper painting....made by your truly...{check out  Heather Rachel Johnson for examples...}