Sunday, 16 February 2014
Like most SF fans I have a pile of unread books waiting for me to turn my attention to them, so I found the above amusing. This week has been a bit rough for me, because it's another birthday, and having to face the fact that I'm not getting any younger really means something as you get older, with the inevitable realization that the time left to live is less than the time one has been alive. So yesterday when I went into Forbidden planet I bought another couple of books to add to my unread pile.
On a more upbeat note, over on one of the blogs I feature there has been a couple of rather good posts about AIs and the technological singularity, here and here. The first post gives what I feel is a very cogent argument about the realities of uploading minds, AIs and the advent of the technological singularity. The second post has graphs to illustrate the first posts points more clearly. I couldn't have written a better version these posts if I tried. Recommended reading for those interested in such things. Also, it made a nice change from some of the recent posts I've read elsewhere on the internet.
Yesterday was the first writers workshop of the year followed by the social, which serendipitously was being held on the same weekend as my birthday. So all good. Met a new writer, Tim Bateman, and managed to hang out and have some good conversations about writing and stuff. Next month the group has an agent coming to give a talk.
Work wise this week saw me very distracted by a furore over a hobby related discussion on a forum I frequent, and me feeling miserable etc. So I only managed to write 2,316 words, bringing the running total for the novel up to 37,970, which isn't too shabby for six weeks work. More optimistically I managed to really get down to fixing the plot structure and now have an outline for all five acts, whereas up to now I had only managed to work out the first three. This is something that I find comforting.
Reading wise I finished Spin Control by Chris Moriarty, which I loved more the second time round, and it was a fave rave read the first time I read it. My only criticism would be that there is enough content in both books that they might have been better split up into three, or even four volumes, though that would have wrecked the plotting. I'm planning on reading Ghost Spin next.
We are getting through Ashes to Ashes, and started the third season last night. On reflection some of the story makes a lot more sense once you know the ending, but there is at least one scene where Gene Hunt's reply is slightly off key given that he knows what is really going on. Still an excellent show to re-watch. Surprisingly, we had a delivery today from Amazon of Game of Thrones season three, so guess what we will be watching when we finish Ashes to Ashes later this week. I think the plan is to go back and watch seasons one and two first. My partner will no doubt tell me the plan in due course.
So I've survived another week, become another year older, and I'm still here and writing. So all is well in my world.