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The Wizard of Real Life

I was talking to some friends today while doing my weekly school volunteer stint, about what it is like to be an adult. We weren’t being particularly serious or philosophical. Mostly joking about how we used to yearn to be an adult, and how the things we saw adults do ...

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Molecular Me

In honor of the new book I’m writing, I’ve started a new blog! It’s about molecular biology, which I love. But I will keep it pretty narrow to that topic and probably not start musing about writing or mothering, or knitting (have I mused about that yet? Don’t think so). ...

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Information Pollution

Driving down the road one day, I was thinking of things to use in a story when a billboard caught my attention. It had nothing of real use to me, but now my thoughts were on what kind of events radio stations put on and who goes there and why. ...

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Opening up Science

I love science. I don’t have time to do it, really. But I do like to write about it. As I’m getting back into blogging, (realizing that for me it’s work rather than play so I shouldn’t feel guilty about it), I’ve been looking at science blogs. And the first ...

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Transhumanism and Mormonism

I’ve been doing some developing of a novel that will feature a devout Mormon family, faced with questions of personhood, the singularity, etc. Writing it in reaction to such novels as Accelerando by Charles Stross. I’m a little tired of cynical, secular (and somewhat anti-religious) singularity novels. That fact is, ...

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Storytelling more effective than preaching

Ran across an interesting article at Science Daily Ironic Effects of Anti-Predjudice Message The summary is that after reading literature (controlling language) that told people they shouldn’t be predjudice, talking about all the negative consequences, people were MORE likely to engage in predjudism later on. But if they read literature ...

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The changing culture of jobs

Besides running Geekatplay, Vladimir is a UI geek. He’s a good one too. One of the few that keeps up the art and the programming side of things. The programming sides of things is constantly changing. Technologies improve and grow and the programmers have to follow. A big indicator of how up ...

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Domestic women writers

Feminist Science Fiction Writer I guess that’s what I am. I believe in equality for women, and I write science fiction. I think we need to celebrate women who write science fiction and fantasy. But I’m also a stay at home mom, with four kids. Four brilliant, gifted children. This takes time ...

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Morning wakeup call

A pretty shirt. That was all I’d wanted. Some little extra bit of pizazz for Conduit, the local science fiction convention. I decided this on the way back home from dropping kids off to school before I picked up my husband for our youngest’s kindergarten graduation. The home to school commute is ...

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