Starship Synopsis

It’s almost here. Starship should be coming out Monday, unless some unforeseen thing happens. We are on track with the cover, and the synopsis seems to be complete. So for a little treat, please enjoy what I’ve written and had reviewed for the synopsis.

Starship

Hidden from alien scrutiny, the ship Athene flies away from Earth to rebuild herself. Michael hopes this will allow them to finally succeed in freeing humanity from the Outsiders. Eluding scrutiny is more difficult as Michael struggles with the morals of deception, and with breaking another’s autonomy. Wrestling with their consciences they resolve to do whatever it takes to free humanity from these powerful invaders. Will they succeed, or are they simply too few in numbers to face such an overwhelming foe?

 

Update –  I worked with one of the editors to get this synopsis polished a bit more. My first draft was all over the place, and described every event that would happen in this book. While nice to see what would happen, that would give away too much, and perhaps make the book less about discovery, and more about the journey. On the one hand it is all about the journey, all stories are, but discovery of how and what is always fun too.

“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
― Ray Bradbury

 

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How I spent my Thanksgiving in three sentences, and then other things

I took yesterday off, if that wasn’t apparent. I cleaned the house, watch a bunch of youtube, and wound up viewing an entire season of an anime. I suppose this is not a normal way to celebrate thanksgiving, but I thought it was a good day.

Today however I finished up my very first complete run through of the third book. I think I like it. You know what, no, I love it. It was a fun read, and the ending was something I thought was neat. I can’t wait to have it out soon as well. I will of course have to go through it again, and again, and again. Also the editor will need to return to reassure me, and clean up any mistakes that I might miss along the way. But all in all there was little that I noticed wrong this time through.

I’ve been told the cover should be done shortly, so the second book should be out by Monday. Fingers crossed for that. I’d really like to see what others think of it. Again I like it, and so have those who’ve read it already. I simply can’t wait!

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Update –  10 pages reviewed of the third book. Maybe I’ll start writing a new book from one of the dozen ideas I have soon. I’m unsure it would be much help for me to edit the third book again after so recently finishing it. I want to have a bit of a different perspective next time.

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
― Isaac Asimov

 

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Drugs and Autonomy

Do you do drugs? If so, alright, it’s your body after all. Do I do drugs? Nothing illegal, but does that make me somehow morally superior? Not at all. I partake in a drink now and again, and of course I consume nicotine via an e-cig. Those are bad enough, but that doesn’t mean I look down on those that break laws to enjoy their own particular vice.

There is nothing in my mind morally wrong with enjoying marijuana. It is simply another drug, one that has been villainized through the years. It breaks no autonomy to simply smoke a joint. Perhaps supporting a dangerous drug cartel would be immoral, but if you are able to not be involved with such a thing, and know where your drug comes from, then I see no issue.

Laws that force you to behave in a certain way are the things that are immoral. They say you have no ultimate control over your own life. That is a ludicrous idea to those of us who believe we should be free. Certainly there are things we would not want, like murder and theft, but laws do little to prevent these crimes. These crimes are immoral, and must be stopped, but no law will stop a person who is willing to break another’s autonomy.

Let’s take a look at gun control. If we outlaw guns, do you think it will prevent a person from owning one? I’ve been told by several individuals who live in countries where they are outlawed that if they wanted, they could easily obtain a gun. Certainly it might be more expensive, but the option is there for those who desire such things.

This is why this war on drugs is a failure. It doesn’t prevent people from obtaining drugs, though it has locked away thousands of people. The majority of people charged with possession are non-violent, and we lock them away with violent individuals. Alcohol is dangerous as well, but that is legal. Certainly we had prohibition in effect at a point in time, but notice how it was still available?

Certainly there are people that will abuse any substance, but that does not mean it should be taken away from everyone. As long as you don’t break another’s autonomy, then what is the harm to doing anything? You might lose your job  because you are unable to do it while high, but that is your own fault.

Let the people decide what they want to do. Allow us the freedom to be individuals, and do not break our autonomy.

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Update –  10 pages reviewed of the third book. I wrote this today because I felt I needed to explain my viewpoint about drugs. It is up to us as individuals to decide what we should and should not do.

 “There has never been a ‘war on drugs’! In our history we can only see an ongoing conflict amongst various drug users – and producers. In ancient Mexico the use of alcohol was punishable by death, while the ritualistic use of mescaline was highly worshipped. In 17th century Russia, tobacco smokers were threatened with mutilation or decapitation, alcohol was legal. In Prussia, coffee drinking was prohibited to the lower classes, the use of tobacco and alcohol was legal.” ― Sebastian Marincolo

 

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With Words alone

Alone in the world

but feeling you shouldn’t be

you live your life

feeling there is more to see

There isn’t anything more

your are only one

All you experience

is the only thing done

You may shout or cry out

but your words carry no weight

It may be others hear you

but by the time they do it’ll be too late

Focus on yourself

while caring for others

you’re the only one

burdened with your troubles

Others may appear similar

and from them you might learn

but only you can manage

to shy away from the burn

Self knowledge

is the only way

for this life to be

meaningful in any way

Ponder long and hard

about all that you know

that in the end

is the only way to grow

The vastness of space

is nothing compared

to the distances between

others ensnared

Communication is limited

to only our few words

but emotions

are never heard

We may exclaim our love or fear

but these words have no way

to express what is felt

and cannot be displayed

A paragraph may be written

to explain all you feel

but the best you can hope for

is simply a tang of your zeal

 

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Update –  10 pages reviewed of the third book. I keep biting my tongue, it is not pleasant. Perhaps my tongue is simply too big for my mouth.

 

“Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness,” “joy,” or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”
― Jeffrey Eugenides

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Getting there, but not quite

The cover was worked on this weekend. I saw a bit of the updated version the artist is working on, and I’m pleased. If I could draw at all I would be trying to help, but I’m such a poor artist that I would just ruin everything. The days pass and I grow anxious. I just want this book to be done now, but that is selfish.

In frustration I cleaned my desk off, and now I’ve a more organized writing area. Sadly it always seems my weekends are filled with a despair. It might just be because I’m not working on books then, but I don’t want to burn myself out. I only have a little more time and every day matters, but working constantly would probably cause worse narratives.

The third book is still looking good as I go through it. Mostly I’m having to correct small plot points, and contractions. It is difficult to ensure the correct tense when talking and explaining things, but I seem to have overcome much of that hurdle. I did not go beyond my normal page count today, and that may be because I was paying close attention.

Things are approaching completion, and even the synopsis was being reviewed. I think I tried to outline the whole story instead of giving the briefest of explanations, so it’ll have to be revised. I’m hoping my original editor will look at it as well, as she is as familiar as I am with the story. I think my problem is that I look at the book as an entirety, so I’d have a hard time giving the important themes without revealing everything.

Soon the second book will be out, and I can give my entire attention to the third, but until then I work on both. I hope to have it out soon.

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Update –  10 pages reviewed of the third book. Synopsis needs work, but I think I’m well on my way.

 

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
― Albert Einstein

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The Second book’s Title

What? How could I forget to write a synopsis for the second book? Did I just get too caught up in the idea of getting the third book done? I have the book all ready to publish, still waiting on the cover, but my responsibility was to get all the words in order. Jeez, I guess I’ve been slacking off. I thought I was doing the correct things, but this one slipped my mind for some reason.

I wrote a short synopsis this morning, and sent it off to another of my proofreader/editor and I hope to hear back from them shortly. I will tweak and correct a few times, then it’ll be ready. What a silly thing to forget. How would anyone know if they wanted to check this book out if they didn’t have any idea what it was about. I suppose you would figure it takes off from the first book, but time has passed and things have changed from where you started off in the first.

So as the days grow closer to releasing this second novel, instead of giving you the run down I will give you the name.

STARSHIP

That’s right, the second book is called Starship. Things have moved on from where we left the protagonist, and even more interesting things await them. Also I’ve written my dedication page, and the acknowledgements. I’ll be reviewing them daily after finishing glancing over the third novel as usual. I hope to have this out next week, but we shall see.

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Update –  Pancakes eaten, and a synopsis written. I await word back so I might continue on this little adventure..

 

“But my philosophy is that plot advancement is not what the experience of reading fiction is about. If all we care about is advancing the plot, why read novels? We can just read Cliffs Notes.”
― George R.R. Martin

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Speak, but Listen as well.

When talking with others it seems as if I bring out the best in them. At least in my opinion. I strive to talk about things that I find important, and perhaps that is why I tend to get a better response. If I allow the conversation to be lead by another I find myself growing bored, save with those who have a similar fascination with philosophy.

This is why I think the majority of people are smarter than they appear. If you were only to talk of inanities then you too may appear less than intelligent. However is it then those of us who don’t wish to talk of the taboo subjects like Religion, Politics, and sex are less than intelligent? The desire may still be there, but we have been told, beginning at a very young age, that those are topics that we do not talk of in polite conversation. I think we’ve been mislead, and we should talk about the uncomfortable subjects, otherwise we won’t grow.

We all have opinions of these things, but we rarely articulate them, especially with those we think have opposing opinions. How might we resolve issues if we refuse to sit down and listen to those who differ from us? Pushing your own viewpoint as the only truth only allows you to feel morally superior to those who differ. However they may feel the same way, and then that would lead to a stalemate of ideas and eventually conflict.

In the end I suggest listening, and even arguing points to those that hold different world views. I would suggest polite arguments, one that would allow both sides the time they need to illustrate their views. Listen to their side, then see if you can illustrate yours. You may not come to an agreement, but at least you will know why they think differently. Their driving force is most likely a positive trait they wish to instil in others, as yours is. The majority of people aren’t evil, they just have different priorities. If you can at least become aware of what they hold as the most important thing, then you might be able to resolve any conflict.

TALK. Words have power, and language is the key to understanding each other. It may not be perfect, but it is the only tool we have right now to see into another’s mind.

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Update –  12 pages reviewed of the third book. I seem to get to parts that flow into each other, and I must finish reading the thought I put down. I enjoy this book.

 

“It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.”
― Ashly Lorenzana

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Short Story

I asked.

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Update –  12 pages reviewed of the third book. I noticed I was a little ahead of my planned 10 pages, but wound up doing even more without thought.

 

“Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being “false,” “untrue,” yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction.”
― Clark Zlotchew

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Are tools Human?

Again another day has passed. What can a person say that has not already been said when they’ve done nothing different than usual? I could talk about my usual ideas, but that would not be a unique thing to write about. So what will I write today?

Do we predict the future as being a wonderful place, or as a terrible dystopian world? I’d like to think we are heading towards something fantastic. Some new idea will spring froth from the old, and many issues will be resolved. Of course new issues will arise, as that is par for the course.

Imagine a world where robots and computers do all the necessary daily labours. What of work needed to gain monetary gains? How might a person make a living? My initial response will be we’ll be able to rely on being creative, and yet even now a program has been writing articles. That is in a way creative, though based entirely on data collected elsewhere. What might the future hold for humanity in such a world? Will we be superfluous then?

I read something recently that made the statement that a beaver’s dam is a beaver. It is a construction that a beaver made. A hive is something a bee makes, and is therefore a bee. So AI and robots are human, because we made them. If I were to agree with this, anything that eventually we create and replaces us will still be human. These biological bodies that we reside in evolved from simpler life, and now we are fashioning the next evolution. We might upload ourselves into a computer and live on, but the body of a human is merely a stepping stone for the evolution of humanity.

We strive to continue the species, but fear for our own end. Even if our bodies cease something will continue. It may be the only way we can continue as well. If this is the final outcome of our intelligent design of thinking machines then any alien we meet who is more advanced now would likely be machine in nature. What a fascinating idea. Biology leading to inorganic life.

But then again we have to think about and define what it is to be human. Some would say it is the genetic make-up, and I agree, at least a little. However to me a human is also a person. Therefore they would have to have a form of intelligence for me to agree that they are human. So if I were to throw away genetics, then intelligence would make a person. So then is a person fashioned by humans a human?

I can be swayed by a good argument, and yet I still cling to the idea that a person is not necessarily a human even if made by one. Our tools are not us, they are merely an extension. A dam made by a beaver is not a beaver, it is a tool. Our tools may become people, but they’ll never be human, even if they have a form of our memories downloaded into them. They’ll be reflections of us, like all tools are, but they won’t be able to be called human. If they attain personhood they should still receive rights, as they would presumably attain autonomy. However no matter how intelligent a machine gets, if it has no autonomy, it will not be a person. It’ll just be a smart tool; a mere extension of humanity.

In the end we are the only people now, we humans. To make life easier, and more productive, we may fashion tools that become people, but eventually us as individuals will end. Even machine intelligences may end because of some accident. Everything ends, even the universe. However a machine intelligence has a greater chance of outliving any disaster. If we wish to have some form of our lives continue we should strive for AI. Of course we should continue to produce offspring, as without that we would end sooner, but our offspring does not have to be human.

 

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Update –  11 pages reviewed of the third book. I only got a little further than planned today, but still I am distracted by the story so much that I continue on without thinking.

 

“I have the shape of a human being and organs equivalent to those of a human being. My organs, in fact, are identical to some of those in a prosthetized human being. I have contributed artistically, literally, and scientifically to human culture as much as any human being now alive. What more can one ask?”
― Isaac Asimov

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Trancendence is not a good movie

Oh dear, I seem to have done it again. I got caught up in this third book and went past my daily page count for reviewing. If this keeps up I’ll be done more rapidly than I planned, and perhaps, if I can get my editor over, it’ll be done earlier than I had foreseen.

I think all this writing and editing has helped me to be a better writer. I now find more enjoyment in the process, and more enjoyment from reading what I’ve written. Either that or I’m just relieved to read another book. I spent several months reviewing the first and second books before I felt they were ready, and this is a treat to move on to the next part. I hope my editor enjoys this book as much as I seem to right now.

I’ve nothing much else to speak of, other than I watched Transcendence recently and felt it a poor representation of the genre. No offence to Johnny Depp, but his portrayal of a scientist was lacking, as was his emotional tone when it would have been appropriate to have one. The movie wanted us to side with the terrorists so much, and yet never showed them in a positive light. The AI seemed sinister the entire movie, and we were meant to fear it. Yes there are things to fear, but we are the masters of its programming, so what we really fear should be ourselves. I was not a fan, and would not recommend watching it unless you wish to see how not to do things. I think the human element was missing somehow. The only emotion portrayed was that of fear and hate. They tried to show love, but in the end I found it falling flat. We are much more complex, and they never showed it.

Perhaps I will find a movie eventually that gives a realistic appearance of AI. I think Interstellar did a better job in the end. Those robots and their AI were fantastic. Give that movie a watch!

 

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Update –  12 pages of the third book reviewed. Don’t watch Transcendence. Watch Interstellar.

 

“The easiest way to create an artificial form of life is to program a robot to repair & regenerate itself by buying spare parts off the internet.”
― Leslie Dean Brown

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