A bit of a roadmap

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ~ Dale Carnegie

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I’ve failed at and been discouraged by my writing career a few times. Some are documented here others have been deleted and relegated to the waste bin of the internet. My goal is to leverage those missteps in pursuit of success. This is my roadmap.

After publishing 8 novels and and 4 novellas in 5 years I want to be more prolific in my production. I’ve set that goal before and each time I focus on word counts, unit sales or revenue numbers. For me, those are quick roads to failure.

While I enjoy productivity tips and understand the importance of getting words written every day, that’s not what I want to talk about when discussing my writing. My favorite conversations are those about technology and it’s impact on people. So that’s what I’m going to focus on.

As I wrapped up my 2016 work and thought about what I really wanted to do in 2017 there were three different technologies that kept coming up. Artificial Intelligence #AI, Human Computer Interface #HCI, and off Earth colonization. It’s very exciting when the science fiction you want to write is closely aligned with real, emerging technologies.

So now for the roadmap portion.

For my fiction I’m working on three different worlds: The Stewards of Humanity, Common Core and Rock Jocks. I’ll share more about those in future posts, but the current plan has at least 12 books in those series over the next 18 months. The first one is Vapor Day a Stewards of Humanity prequel that you’ll be able to get for free from my mailing list.

I’ve already spent a few hours planning blog content and have added planning to my weekly routine. Over the next eight weeks I’ll be publishing pieces on Tuesdays and Thursdays specifically relating to #AI, #HCI and off Earth colonization technologies and their impact on humans. No fiction, just exciting things I’m learning during research. If these are things you’re interested in please comment, criticize and share. I want to make sure I get the technology correct, but I also want to see the emotions that come with it.

On Monday’s and Friday’s I’ll have less structured pieces. What I’m working on, where I’m going, other things I’m thinking about and answers to your questions.

So I know my destination, and I’ve mapped out the first few turns on my route. I’m sure there will be detours and a few side trips but I’m looking forward to the journey. If you’d like to join me, sign up for my mailing list or follow me

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