Of Doctors, Babies, Kings, and Zombies Before starting my journey as science fiction writer, I got a few degrees under my belt — astrophysics, mathematics, cognitive science, education, etc. It took a few decades (I’ve gotten married and had a family in there somewhere), but I got my doctorate and have used and still use it to help people think through complicated problems, mostly in product design. How is this relevant to writing, you might ask? Well, in addition to witnessing and surviving some amazing situations — always a good experience for a writer — I’ve acquired a few tools on how to think about situations and people. I would like to share one such tool with you: Us versus Them, a cognitive perspective. What people (and other animals) are very good at is dividing themselves into Us’es and Them’s. It’s a useful tool when we live in a divided world — how else do we keep clear of our allegiances to countries, sports teams, and political parties? But these divisions have neurological and psychological underpinnings. Consider a four square graph that charts competency versus likability (emotional warmth and approachability): We perceive (our) doctors as warm, personable, and able. We…
The summer is officially over — school has started up again. If you feel trapped in a dystopian world, you are not alone! Misery and survival are best accompanied by a fine story of even more suffering and endurance. Authors of such fine tales know this and we’ve come together to gift our readers a few of our dark stories. Click the link and claim your book(s). And as always, if you love a story, please let the writer know and tell the world by leaving a review. Thank you very much and happy reading!
There are many people in this world that are helping independent writers (writers without a publisher) to promote their work. Some charge money for such promotions, but a few run such promotions free to the author. I’m very grateful to be included in The Indie Academy’s August Kindle Unlimited Promotion! Check out this amazing group of authors and books. From August 21st to the 28th, these books will be available for free on Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for a free trial here. Not only is The Indie Academy running this amazing promotion, it has also sweetened the deal: Enter here to win a $5 Amazon gift card! So thank you very much for looking and for reading! And as always, if you like a story, please leave a review!
Have you gotten your summer readings yet? Well, here’s a large collection of science fiction from indie authors from all over the world. Pick one, pick them all — they are all free for a limited time. And if you like a book, please make sure to leave a review — indie authors live and die but your good words. Thank you and happy reading! Grab as many books as you like and tell a friend!