Category Archives: Write It forward
First, if you haven’t seen Winter’s Bone, then you get a true idea of Jennifer Lawrence’s acting capabilities in this movie. She may seem over the top, but strangely, psychologically, her character is probably the most self-aware. She does what she wants, no matter how crazy it is. In fact, when told NOT to do something, ie put metal in the microwave (yes, some of us remember a time when microwaves were new-fangled), what does she do?
The key thing about the movie, psychologically, is the issue of desire. We all want something. I watch people buying lottery tickets on Friday afternoons, slapping down their hard-earned cash, with the fantasy that if they won, everything would change.
Yes and no. Studies have shown that wanting something produces one set of chemical reactions in the brain, while actually getting it, produces a different one. In fact, once you get it, you can’t want it any more. That takes a second for me to wrap my brain around. That means you actually feel differently between the wanting and the having. It’s chemical. I think we often forget that chemistry is science and it does rule, affecting how we literally feel and think.
My wife and I appropriated the phrase “From the feet up” to mean committing completely to something. 100%. But there’s a danger to that. One study got people to play video games and paid them if they succeeded. But the amounts were varied. It was found that those who were offered the most, had their brains the most engaged in playing the game; and made the most mistakes. That’s a concept for me to remember whenever I get too deep into something.
Our society in many ways is built around “wanting”. Advertising feeds it. After all, an ad for something you have, doesn’t have a strong effect. They have to make you want something. And even if you have the something, they change it, even just a tiny bit, so you want the new thing– look at the lines for the newest iPhone, video game player, etc. Why do car models change every year? But do we feel the same way about it once we possess it? Or do we move our “want” onto something else? Which means we could be living a life full of want, which is not the here and now and have.
To me, a key component of story-telling is that a message is sent, often into our subconscious. We see it, but don’t realize what we’re understanding. American Hustle is about greed; not just for money, but for power, position, it doesn’t matter. Everyone in it wants something. And the more they get of it, they want more of it. Until, in the end, well, no spoilers here.
Makes me think about what I want. And do I really want it, or do I like thinking about wanting it.
When phage spread across the world, it quickly began killing, the oldest first, and then downward in age, until in just weeks, the world’s population was devastated. Then the Chaos began, a true World War.
After the Chaos, the survivors built a new society in the Sound with the aid of Dealer, a powerful computer. It was learned that phage had whittled 98.7% of the population down to a median lifespan of 25 years. But there was the top .1%, the People, who appear to have no Deathday.
It is what it is.
Available on all platforms, the first book in our exciting new series. Where nothing and no one are what they seem to be.
Deb and I are thrilled with this series, the result of an idea that’s been percolating for years between and has finally come to fruition! Available on all platforms via this link.
Thanks to you, the reader.
Nothing but good times ahead.
Unless phage is released.
Life and death is about as high concept as a story can get. The Walking Dead has been one of the most-watched series of the past few years. I think that’s because the best parts are not humans vs. zombies, but humans vs. humans. Last night, in the series finale of Fear The Walking Dead, I got to the point I was rooting for the zombies. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the way I saw it, our hardy brave of heroes and heroines (and I use that term with great irony) unleashed an arena full of zombies on a military outpost/hospital in order to try to save three people who they were related to? They caused the death of hundreds of people in their quest. They also left the gate open to their previously secure neighborhood as they drove off on their quest. Yes, the zombies would have gotten out of that arena eventually, but the military was in the process of evacuating that hospital. The band caused the place to fall earlier than it would leading to nail gun doctor. And by the way, if she had the ability to nail gun all the wounded and sick and injured, the ability to make such an incredibly accurate and quick assessment and decision, she seems the type of person that would go with the band and escape, not sit there, head hung. Seemed inconsistent for character and doctors are really valuable people in the apocalypse.
All that aside, rather than focusing on zombies and the dead, my wife and I chose to focus on the much more immediate danger of the living and the essence of life itself in Burners, which comes out tomorrow. Set in a post-Chaos future, with a closed society set in Puget Sound, we wondered what it would be like if the classic science fiction question of what would people do if they knew the day they died (there’s a great short story about the guy who invents such a machine– think of the paradox he faced, and how insurance companies felt about that invention). We broke society into four classes: People, Evermore, Middlemore and burner. How that happened, how the Chaos happened, etc. etc. will be unveiled as the series progresses (we’re releasing a book every 80 days apart in the series). Burners introduces this world and the main characters, twins Grace and Millay, and Ryker, a wild card. And some others, but that would be spoilers. And then there’s Dealer, the quantum computer running everything; which is also more than it appears to be.
I’ll do a blog in the coming weeks about how we have so much more to fear from our fellow humans, even if there was a zombie apocalypse. I believe that is the thing to focus on in series like Walking Dead, Fear those same dudes, and more.
Meanwhile, grab a copy and read about how a society that has a .1% owning something the rest of the people don’t have; wait that sounds familiar! Don’t we have a .1%? But instead if the inequality being money, it’s something much, much, more valuable. TIME.
Links to all versions of burners!
Nothing but good times and the Walking Living ahead.
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