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My Selfish Wishlist of Things I Want to Do

We shouldn’t rely on other people to make us happy. We need to make ourselves happy. There are some things that only you can do for yourself. So, I’m going to be extremely selfish right now. These are some things I want to do

  • Self-publish novels that will hopefully become popular.
  • Become popular on YouTube so I can make money off of them.
  • Play in a golf tournament and do well.
  • Build or buy a house that has one room that is entirely my own room to design how I want it.
  • Have a gaming computer so I can play things like No Man’s Sky.
  • Have a home theatre so I can watch any movie on a big screen.
  • Have an indoor swimming pool.
  • Travel to as many countries in the world as I want.
  • Have a second home in Japan.
  • Have a nice car and take road trips around North America.
  • Be able to work at home (hint: become a best-selling author and popular on YouTube).
  • Have a beautiful view from my home.
  • Go birdwatching.
  • Get a second university degree: Geology with a minor in palaeontology.
  • Climb mountains and go hiking in the mountains.
  • Travel around Europe by train.
  • Tell Donald Trump in person that he’s an idiot (this is just something that would feel satisfying).
  • Have my Ariadne series of books turned into an MMORPG with the entire world rendered into a realistic 3D environment that’s played with a virtual reality system.

Told you it would be selfish. Anyone else feel the same? What do you want to do? Let me know in the comments below.

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Authors Answer 78 – When Authors Get Superpowers

Writing isn’t easy. Crafting a story is a difficult process. But we’re only human, so mistakes may be made. We’re not perfect. But what if we had superpowers? Not like superheroes, but literary superpowers. What would an author like to have as a superpower?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 78 – If you could have a literary superpower, what special ability would you like to have that would help your writing?

S. R. Carrillo

The power to instantly read any revision with fresh eyes. I have a tendency to think of my own writing as droll and dull after reading it over and over and over and over. It’s only after I’ve spent months away from a manuscript – usually spent working on a different manuscript in the meantime – that I get to see what I’ve written is actually exciting and engaging and emotional and GOOD.

If I could cut out the long wait period for those new eyes, it would greatly hasten the editing process in all its forms – copyediting, structural, etc.

Elizabeth Rhodes

Can I consider maximum caffeine efficiency a superpower? I’ll go with that. It would combat that “not enough hours in the day” feeling and I could write more as well as catch up on my reading and work through my shifts without feeling (as) exhausted.

H. Anthe Davis

I would like to have the superpower of not being lazy and inert.  Can I get that please?  What, I need to learn to exercise my own willpower?  Fine.  If I were to have an actual superpower, I would like the ability to insert my consciousness (as an observer) into other people’s heads, so that I could have by-proxy experiences to better understand other people and also activities that I can’t participate in — like climbing Mt. Everest.  Because I am a keyboard knight only, and I worry that my imagination doesn’t paint the picture right.  Also, I swear I won’t use my power for evil.  …Often.

Eric Wood

Ooh. Tough question Jay Dee. I though writing itself was a superpower! I suppose the superpower I would like to have is the power to weave obsession between my lines. The kind of obsession you get when you only intend to read one more chapter but instead stay up until 3 am on weeknight to finish the book. The kind of obsession that makes you want to tell everyone about this great book you’re reading. The kind of obsession that makes you want to read it over and over and over. That’s the superpower I’d like to have.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

At first I was thinking something along the lines of Flash-level writing speed, but that power really depends on whether or not I can think as fast as I write, since it wouldn’t really do me much good if I had to stop every ten seconds to let my brain catch up.

So now I’m thinking something that isn’t necessarily a literary superpower, exactly: the ability to get a full night’s sleep and be totally well-rested and alert in, oh, let’s say ten minutes. If I could do that and have an extra 7-8 hours more to every day, I would write so much that no one person would be able to read it all. It may sound weak when given the choice of any superpower, but honestly, the need to sleep is the biggest roadblock to my writing right now, so that’s what I’m sticking with.

Jean Davis

This is a great question! I’d love the power of engaging description. The ability to describe a room, a meal, an outfit, all the little bits that flesh out a world without making my own eyes glaze over would be great, bonus points if readers also are entertained.  So, when are we handing out the superpowers?  I could use this right now.

D. T. Nova

The ability to instantly know the words that most perfectly describe the images in my head.

Linda G. Hill

The innate knowledge on where to place a comma would be awesome.

Allen Tiffany

More time.

Gregory S. Close

Literary Power… ACTIVATE!  I choose: PROLIFICNESS!

I would love to immediately transfer my thoughts to the page as passable prose.  Once it’s on the page, I don’t mind editing the hell out of it, but sometimes getting the complexities down on paper before it gets bogged down, distorted and/or forgotten is a huge challenge.  I hate to think of good ideas and characters being squandered by my inefficiency.

Paul B. Spence

Hmm, a literary superpower? Okay… My mind works faster than my hands. I often drop words when writing. I suppose I’d like to type as fast as I think.

Jay Dee Archer

So many things I’d like. But I think what I’d like is some kind of barrier in which no outside distraction can enter. That means outside sounds like TV and people. Also, people can’t enter my barrier. Wherever I am, I can create this barrier and adjust it to whatever size I want, preferably the entire room I’m in.

How about you?

If you could have any literary superpower, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below.

Authors Answer 64 – Authors’ Childhood Dream Jobs

Did authors always want to grow up to be authors? Some did, of course. But most probably didn’t think of writing as a profession that they wanted to do. There’s a wide variety of jobs, and most probably wanted to do something entirely different.

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Question 64 – When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Linda G. Hill

I always wanted to be a veterinarian, probably because I read All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot at a young age. But come high school I took physics instead of biology because I couldn’t stand the thought of dissecting a frog. By that time I was much more interested in human psychology anyway. Though I never went to university to study what makes people do the things they do, psychology continues to fascinate me.

Allen Tiffany

First a scuba diver, then a soldier (an infantryman). I became a soldier – which I greatly enjoyed – and then transitioned to the business world. Along the way, I’ve always written (baring one 15-year hiatus), but I’ve never thought of writing as something one does for a living, and I still don’t. I don’t think I’d enjoy writing for a living. I fear the need to produce to generate income would drive me to first think about writing to sell rather than writing from the heart.

D. T. Nova

A paleontologist. I’ve always been fascinated by dinosaurs, and when I was a kid I wanted to discover one.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

What didn’t I want to be when I grew up? I changed my mind multiple times throughout my childhood. The first thing I can remember wanting to be was a nurse, but only because as a child I misunderstood my mom’s job and wanted to be what she was (she was actually a personal care worker at an old folk’s residence). As I got a little older I got big into writing stories and determined that I wanted to be a writer, but then I also got big into drawing and fancied myself as a future cartoonist. At some point I also figured I was going to be a famous singer. Eventually my aspirations became a little more typical…I basically figured I’d be doing something in “technology”, which at the time meant I imagined myself sitting at a computer all day. But the one thing that I never let go of was that I knew I was going to be some kind of writer, even if it wasn’t my actual job, but more of a side-thing.

Paul B. Spence

An astronaut, but then I got too big. I’m just a little too tall. I also wanted to study dinosaurs, which I have. I have a degree in geology and have worked at a dinosaur bone quarry and at a museum working with dinosaur remains. I’ve always liked archaeology and ancient cultures, so my current career as an archaeologist suits me just fine. Of course, I always wanted to be a writer, too.

H. Anthe Davis

A writer.  Tada!

Seriously.  It’s all I’ve ever wanted, and though I’ve tried many other arts and sampled many fields of science, it all comes back to just writing.  I read and research and travel and interact all so that I can put everything I’ve learned back into the story.

Eric Wood

I only remember deciding to be a teacher in sixth grade. A friend and I were really into the American Civil War and loved history. I didn’t know what I could do with history other than teach it. So, at the ripe old age of 11 I decided to be a teacher. 11 years after that, I was. Before that, I don’t remember.

Elizabeth Rhodes

I never settled on this for sure until I was out of high school.  One idea that I always came back to was cooking, and that helped me decide to go to culinary school and work to become a chef.  Writing is great, but I never expected it to pay the bills especially at my pace.

Jean Davis

I wanted to be a teacher and played school with my little sister all the time. That didn’t work out so well though because by the time I was in high school, I realized I didn’t like dealing with people, and other people’s kids drove me nuts.

Gregory S. Close

A Jedi, a pilot like Han Solo, or possibly some Jedi space pirate pilot combination.  Obi Han Solo, perhaps.  Shortly after the realization that these were unlikely professions in our galaxy, I decided I wanted to be a writer, and I guess that notion stuck with me over the years!

S. R. Carrillo

I wanted to be a published author. I also wanted to join the military. I give myself credit for achieving both of those goals before the age of 21. Or thereabout hahah.

Jay Dee Archer

I see I’m not alone in this, as I also wanted to be a palaeontologist. Well, I also wanted to be an astronomer. But I lived in Alberta, which is one of the best places to find dinosaur fossils and is home to one of the best dinosaur museums in the world. I loved reading about dinosaurs, and even took pictures of the skulls and skeletons and traced over them, trying to make more realistic pictures of them. As for astronomy, I was fascinated with space from an early age, and imagined discovering new things and studying the planets. By the time the end of high school came around, I had to make a decision. Those two passions stayed with me and are still two of my favourite things to study. I chose astronomy, even though I never worked as a professional astronomer. Sometimes, I think that if I ever go back to university, I’ll study geology with a minor in palaeontology.

How about you?

What did you want to grow up to be when you were a child? Did you become what you wanted? Let us know in the comments below.

Entertaining Dreams: Grammar, Buildings, and Hats

The title of this post doesn’t make much sense, does it? Well, dreams don’t make much sense, either.  I’ve had many nonsensical dreams, and they’ve always entertained me after I’ve woken up, if I could remember them.

I dream a lot, and I know it.  Well, everyone dreams a lot, just not everyone remembers them.  I usually forget my dreams within a minute or two of waking up, but I remember the feeling.  Sometimes, I have dreams so vivid that I can’t forget them.  I’ve had some insane dreams, and I’ve decided that I’m going to write about them from time to time.  These will be written as flash fiction or short stories, and they include flying, being attacked with an axe, running from trolls, chasing aliens, and resurrecting dogs.  Sound interesting?

Well, I don’t remember much about this morning’s dream, but it involved work.  You see, I teach English, so I often think of grammar.  My dream involved grammar, though I don’t remember what the grammar point was.  We were discussing something and we started a debate about whether or not buildings look good with hats on top.  I don’t mean architectural features, I mean actual hats.  Giant hats.

I would like to hear about some of your crazy dreams.  Share them below in the comments.  I think we’ll have some fun reading them.

Irritating but Awesome Dream

This morning, I had a dream just before waking up.  I can remember those dreams very well.  And since this one was quite unusual, I didn’t forget it.  It was an irritating situation, but it ended in an amazing way.

In the beginning, I was shopping in a supermarket with my family, and I had to pay 17,000 yen.  That’s $170 for you North American inhabitants.  I decided to pay by debit.  In Japan, there is no debit.  Everyone pays by cash or through an electronic prepaid card.  But in my dream, debit was an option.  I was declined.  What was it?  Not enough money in my account?  No, I had plenty in my dream account.  More than enough.  The manager came over and told me there was a problem.  He showed me how much I had in my account (supermarket managers can do that???) and how I haven’t been spending money from that account much at all (the supermarket is part of a bank???).  I explained to him that I was normally using that bank account to save money because I have a young child I need to save for.  He told me that he understood, and printed out a paper for me to read over, so we could clear up this problem.  I touched the paper, and it suddenly folded 90 degrees into the shape of a laptop computer.  A keyboard and a screen materialised on the paper.  Electronic paper!!  It seemed so real, and I was so amazed.  I couldn’t believe that they’ve started using electronic paper in this way.  What was even more amazing is that the paper started showing a video in full colour.

And then I woke up.  I was kind of disappointed.  I wanted that paper computer to be real.  But with the way technology is advancing, it’s quite possible it could soon.

Have you ever had a dream that was actually possible and impressed you a lot?  Leave a comment.