May 31st, 2009

girl crying 1


I need an iPod. When I got my MP3 player, I thought one gig flash memory and a slot for an SD card was plenty. Now I find it horribly limiting. 2 gigs of memory (1 of flash, 1 of SD card) is nowhere near enough for all my music. In fact, let me check... OMG, the My Music folder won't tell me exactly how much stuff is in there. It just says "Over 2.68 gigs." I have a feeling it's probably 3 or 3.5 gigs at least. Not everything in there is stuff I like or stuff I listen to often, but most of it is.

And grr! I wish Lilla would just get her stupid broken laptop replaced already, while it's still under warranty. Brooke has already told her the hard drive is most likely failing. I'm so tired of her using my computer, especially when she still has that old iMac in her room.

Getting unstuck

I figured out why I was stuck on my “Carbon And Silicon” story: I was giving 1st-person narration to a character that is a scientist, not a writer. And letting zir talk about zir past and childhood, which really is not terribly relevant to the story. I’ve had to scrap the entire thing and start over from the beginning, using my usual 3rd person omniscient selective narration style. Also starting with Earth, instead of Zedalphia Prime, as I did in the first draft.

Nice little history of the ASMI race (human-built machine sentiences) in the new attempt. These are essential to the story, I think. Without the ASMI, the Silicon Protectorate would probably kill off humanity to protect the dogmatic assertion that it is impossible for organic beings to develop sentience.

I have two main kinds of ASMI in the story: androids, and mechanoids. LOL! Just imagined the reaction the other machine races are going to have upon seeing a human, an android ASMI, and a mechanoid ASMI standing side-by-side-by-side. Especially the android ASMI! *Giggles*

It's doing quite well, so far, I think.