I’ve written here before about the mind-expansion that happens when I do the research for one of my stories and I’d like to share some of my experiences with you. My current subject is a story about an Artificial Intelligence (an AI to the scientific community) so I’ve been doing the requisite reading. Current book is ‘Dreaming in Code’ by Scott Rosenberg, a co-founder of Salon.com. The book tells the story of Linus Torvalds and the growth of the open source model of software development.
Reading about the open source idea brought to mind the story of how the science fiction genre was kicked out by Mary Shelly; when you think about it, it was a kinda open source thing, wasn’t it? For you non-scifi literati in this blogosphere, here’s a link to the drama surrounding the creation of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. I’ve often imagined that one thing I’d do with the substantial fortune to come from my book sales (I can dream, can’t I?) I’d set up a retreat for writers. Great books would be written there as writers meet, collaborate and stimulate each other’s imaginations. That’s all fantasy, for now but who knows? It might happen.
For the present, I hope to use this blog as a open place for the free exchange of ideas and advice. I’m inviting all who read this to reply, comment, or even guest post, if you’d like. I’m a member of a writer’s group in Buffalo, NY that nurtured my writerly ambitions for a long time. You can find them here. I’ve been away from Buffalo for some while and I hope that this blog will do something like that for me now.
I’m encouraged by all the bloggers, my writing colleagues, who are doing good work and finding the time to share their experiences, their insecurities, their successes and their expertise.
This morning I opened a message from one of you about something called the Visionary Fiction Alliance (VFA) and discovered an intellectual home. I almost couldn’t believe it. Well, I confess it; my natural skepticism is still actively contemplating the idea. But the synchronicity of my thoughts in this blog and this project on the VFA website. Imagine, someone’s got a crowd-sourced novel in the works! Unbelievable. But there it is.