15 Every 15: Growth

"Growth" © Ann M. Lynn

 

Sometimes I wonder what the perspective of other life forms is like. Understanding the perspective of a monkey is a big enough challenge. Could we ever understand the life of a flower?

An organism doesn’t need sentience to feel. Do they need thoughts to yearn for more life?


This is a part of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back September 30 for the next edition.

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15 Every 15: Violation

"Violation" © Ann M. Lynn

 

Author Commentary about “Violation”:

I know. This piece doesn’t read as fiction. What inspired it was an idea of a sentient machine responding to a routine procedure. The violating human is unaware of the artificial intelligence and the distress the procedure causes.

The words drafted on paper (as this was originally written on dried tree pulp) spoke for a quiet, desperate part of me. I realized it could speak for too many others in real life.


This is a part of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back September 15 for the next edition.

15 Every 15: Fly

Fly © Ann M. Lynn

 

My father-in-law was told after a war injury that he would never walk again.

He walks.

My aunt was told that she died years ago.

She lives.

I have known people who believe that once broken, one is broken forever.

Yet I heal.

Don’t listen to the voices that would keep you from spreading your wings.

 


This is the first of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back August 1 for the next edition.

Who complains about writing a novel in three months?

A friend gave me and Amazon Kindle a couple years ago. It’s slowly become my daily companion. We go everywhere, like me and my teddy bear when I was little, or The Eels and their Beloved Monster. One of the side effects of spending so much time on a Kindle is spending more time on Amazon.

One of the side effects of being me is researching everything that I send enough time with. I’ve been curious about the many self-published authors on Amazon and their relationship to readers.

Some authors amaze me in how well they connect to their readers, whether they are fans or harsh critics. Most seem to struggle with reviewers at times. Others simply come across as crazy.

More than once, I’ve seen authors demand that they make a certain amount of money or are treated with a higher level of respect than non-writers because their books take months to write.

Yeah, you saw that, didn’t you? Months.

One implied on her blog that she was owed enough sales on Amazon to cover the three months it took to write her latest novel.

Nevermind that she sounds like a toddler, making unreasonable demands to the large world of publishing. How did she write so fast that three months seems like a long time to write a novel?

Either authors exist who have so much talent that they can develop, draft, and polish a story simultaneously nearly every time, or that poor author’s sense of quality matches her sense of reality.

I’m still afraid to read her fiction to find out.