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Dec 06, 2021 -- Judge, 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Books Contest:
[Diary of a Robot] has perhaps the most unique (and entertaining) voice of the whole lot of books I read.
My novels are Speculative Fiction, but I use the oxymoron Future History to describe them. I could call them Speculative History, but that implies a re-write of the past to fit a favored plot, and these two robot stories do not re-write the past.
They re-write the future.
Standard web marketing says an author should have a brand. I've thought about that for years, and until today none popped up that I could even pretend to have. Marketing is not in my skill-set. I graduated as a High School teacher (history, government, and mathematics), but worked as a computer programmer for 40 years. Near the half-way point of that, I started writing a Sci-Fi novel. Recently I posted a .pdf on my Writing Stuff web page about writer's block and the similarities between programming computers and writing a novel. (I like odd combinations presented from a different point of view. A years-old example on my website is titled A Clever Plan, where I tie the Biblical Job and the prophet Jeremiah to Sir Isaac Newton.)
And then on my Written Stuff web page, I posted an essay titled Families and Democracy. It's about oil and water, and how families are not democracies, and.... Well, you should read it to see what's odd about that.
Standard author practice also urges us to keep our spirits up by celebrating small milestones, like finishing an essay or wining an award. So I went with my wife get her dog food order from the wholesaler. The trip would include a cafe mocha and a blueberry muffin at some point.