Nanotechnology

Sorry about the hiatus, things got a little hectic!  I’ve got a new post on something that I hope you’ll find just as interesting as I did 🙂

Nanotechnology (sometimes shortened to “nanotech“) is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale, (what would I do without you, Wikipedia).

In The Dark Matter Chronicles, the Arcana use it develop their gadgets, (e.g. a decrypter is made of nanobots that attach to the neurons in your brain and give you access a universal database of languages).  The objects in my novel are obviously fictional but because nanotech involves manipulating matter at its basic level, I don’t think they’re far-fetched.

What inspired to me include nanotech in my story is a video I came across several years ago.  It’s about a conceptual cellphone by Nokia called the Morph.  I remember seeing it long before I started writing the book but it made quite the impression and has stuck with me ever since.

Here’s a short video for the nanotech Morph:

There’s a longer version on You Tube as well if you’re interested in seeing more.

I don’t know about you, but I get incredibly excited when I see things like this.  It opens up so many possibilities for the future and what we’ll be able to do.  The really astonishing thing is that this is only one piece of the puzzle.  Scientists and engineers the world over are working on things that hardly seem possible (yay for 3-D printers!) but will be within our grasp very soon.  And I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff.  *C’mon jet-packs…*

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Creativity

This video is a TED Talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, on nurturing creativity.  I think anyone who is or wants to be a writer should listen to it for the lesson it conveys, and even if you’re not a writer, it’s interesting nonetheless.

Enjoy!

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

On Writing

When I first started writing back in February of 2010, I thought it would be easy.  I had never made a serious attempt to write but I figured that because I’m smart and capable, I could tackle a trilogy and have my first book completed in 3 months.  And I really thought I could do it.  Like many people, I started this process with very romantic notions about what it is to be a writer.  I thought that because I had an idea and some notes that the rest would just flow.  Words would appear on the screen like magic, the story would weave itself together, and that I would be on the shelves in no time.

That’s not how things played out.  Not even close.  Instead, everything I had heard (and dismissed) about the creative process being maddening, turned out to be true.

In the past 2 years, I’ve rewritten everything countless times.  I’ve dreaded making every small change that sent ripples into other chapters. I’ve gotten hung up on finding the right word for hours.  Editing is the bane of my existence.  I haven’t seen the actual surface of my desk in months and on some days, I’ve had enough coffee to  be twitchier than a squirrel.

While it’s been difficult, I can honestly say that writing has been the most worthwhile thing I’ve ever done.   I’m excited to start working on new material.  The possibility of new ideas and new worlds has an intoxicating allure to it.  And even though I know writing another book will be just as mind numbing, I can take comfort in knowing I have good, patient, (unsuspecting) friends who I can unleash my writing demons on.  *Cue evil genius laugh*…wait, I mean… 🙂