This weekend turned out not as productive as I planned it to be. Instead of working on any writing or replying to any e-mails or doing any real computer-related work. I did enjoy the guilty pleasure of semi-disconnecting from the Web. This disconnect actually helped with the dose of soul-searching and self-pity that comes with the hyper-worldly message of Valentines being spouted at you. I also took it easy since I needed unwind from my recently hectic schedule. I did some work done around the house. So I apologize to everyone who expected a response from me earlier. I’ll respond to your e-mails today.
However one thing I managed to work was the conceptual ideas behind my novel. I want to achieve a high-level of realism in this book. After some thought, I decided to try and go the “strange reality” route that Strugatsky’s The Roadside Picnic espouses. So while some of the technology will be futuristic, it will mostly consist of “upgrading” today’s technology. No flying between planets, and I took the hazardous route of making the entire story on the Earth. I’ll have to tread lightly to avoid making any direct statements about current politics and the such. But other than that, the book will feel more realistic and better researched. My imagination only goes so far, before things start sounding fake. Not having to imagine things, and places will help speed writing the book I think. Now lets see if the theory matches practice though.