We rely on technology so much these days, that the simplest hick-ups can ruin a perfectly good day... or week... and even a life. As a science fiction writer (among other genres) I love futuristic technology, but it sometimes gives me nightmares.
remember a long time ago someone saying "If cars were as unreliable as
computers, no one would drive." Well, now computers drive our cars as
well. Last summer, a Tesla on autopilot ran full speed into a semi,
killing the non-driver. As much as we would like to think technology is
perfect, it isn't. And Uber is implementing driverless cars!
have learned to accept these glitches as growing pains. And like
everyone else, I did, gracefully... until a few days ago, when Firefox
updated their browser.... and my personal nightmare started.
and more powerful" said the update. All of a sudden, my passwords were
not recognized... most of them anyway. I am still locked out of my main
email account with Cox.... and cut out from my business mail. I can't
access my account at Amazon. Facebook still works, and so does my online
banking, but I am scared to even try to access many of my regular
writers and readers sites, for fear of the nightmare.
tried to contact Cox, of course, but their automatic phone butler keeps
you listening to music for hours and never lets you speak to an
reset your password," says one site... but in order to do so, they must
accept my old password, which they don't. Then they say they'll send
you an email to confirm and you will have to acknowledge the change by
clicking the link they emailed you, before you can log in again.... but I
can't access my email! Grrrrr.
usually comfortable navigating cyberspace, I suddenly feel inadequate.
Am I getting old? Am I wrong to expect updates not to mess up my
carefully organized life? Or is there something more sinister going on?
there is a story in here... every life experience can be fodder for
popular fiction, right? Imagine a world where glitchy computers make
life and death decisions... Or is it already happening, and we are not
aware of it?
is a big difference between technology and progress. Although we are
making great leaps in technology, progress lags behind, since progress
is the evolution of the human mind and the human condition. I think
mutual respect, quality of work and life, and caring customer service
are part of progress, but these seem to be sorely lacking in today's
Sorry for venting here, but I was wondering if you had similar experiences with glitchy technology.
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|White Tiger is an award-winning Science Fiction/Fantasy romance|
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|The Ancient Enemy series features the "Worst villain in Science Fiction... Captain Kavak" The heroines carry guns, like many of my heroines. They are the key to saving the human race. And romance is their reward.|
One thing I have going for me is my voice. Whether I write medieval romance, fantasy, action adventure, or science fiction, the professional reviewers recognize my unique style... and they usually like my brand of fiction. "Phenomenal world building, characters the readers care about, and an intriguing mystery... all the elements one expects from a Vijaya Schartz story! Easily recommended!" CK2sKwipsandKritique.
|Ashes for the Elephant God is a unique brand of reincarnation romance|
set in India. This award-winning book doesn't fit any category.
The solution? Write for the market? I would never do that. I am proud to write the books of my heart, and I will continue writing them. I may not have as many readers as other popular authors, but my readers are fiercely loyal. They love my stories, and I love them, too. Fortunately, my publishers stick with me because they like my books as well.
|My latest series, just completed this year, is Fantasy (based on authentic legends) and medieval, as well as romance.|
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Let's face it, many books and movies nowadays focus on the scary, the morbid, the deadly, the darkness in people's souls. Some are masterfully written (thank you Mr. Stephen King) and that's well and good for those who relish the genre. Personally, it gives me nightmares. When a hopeless group of people is doomed to certain death by an unknown and unstoppable evil, watching them die one at a time in utter paralyzing fear, panic and dismembering bloodshed is not fun to me. Horror focuses on creating fear... a negative emotion that releases toxic chemicals in the human body.
|You can find General KAVAK, "the worst villain in sci-fi history" in the Ancient Enemy series|
In my novels, I prefer to focus on hope, and the courage of the brave heroes and heroines who overcome their fears to fight the battle of good vs. evil. Although reviewers said I write "The worst (meaning best) villains in sci-fi history," I do not need a large body count to demonstrate they are bad guys. Usually, one death by elephant, one human sacrifice, or one severed head rolling on the sand is enough to make my point... there are bad people out there, and demons, and things that go bump in the night. But in my books, for every demon there is a loving immortal, a determined human, or a half-angel willing to risk their very life to fight it.
|The Archangel twin books, a tale of redemption in the battle of Good vs. Evil|
In the world of medieval fantasy romance, I've been accused of writing bloody battle scenes, because I do not sugarcoat the middle ages. As a writer, I want to reflect the truth of the historical period according to my extensive research. In the horror genre, however, I would be considered an innocent babe. My goal is to write an uplifting story with flawed but worthy characters who constantly overcome their fears and limitations to save others.
|The Curse of the Lost Isle series depicts the Middle Ages in a realistic way|
Call me a boy scout if you like. I just like the good guys to win and redeem themselves in the process. I like action, adventure, and romance in my books, those I read and those I write. I've been accused of mixing genres, and I'm proud of it. So sue me. I live for the thrill of a good story, with heroic heroes and villainous villains, plenty of action and adventure, and a dash of romance.
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Monday, September 25, 2017
Aging, the billionaire wanted to leave a life memorial for the living, especially since he had no living family members. He walks through his mansion and asks various servants, “Could you envision this place becoming a home for the elderly or orphans?”
What servants would he ask or would he ask every one this same question?
How many servants would work for him and would it be on a daily basis or less often?
What answers would he get?
Would he plan to remain in this home if it became a refugee for the elderly or for orphans?
How did he make his money? Legally or illegally? Would that make a difference in his decisions?
What would this place look like? Is it close to a city or town or be somewhere hard to get too?
Who would inherit his estate if none of the above were done?
What would happen if he started a home for the elderly and they all need specialized care? Would doctors and nurses become residents?
What if the orphans came and some had criminal backgrounds? Would he take a personal interest?
What would happen if he lost all of his money and he had elderly or orphans to care for? What would he do? Could he regain his wealth?
I hope this sparked your inspiration today.