Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays~ Murder of the Future

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Do life-like robots creep you out? I have to admit, I find them creepy, but also sort of fascinating. I wanted to write a sci-fi, speculative fiction story about AI, so I searched for some information about them. That's when I can across uncanny valley. If you've never heard of it Google it! 

Uncanny valley is when a human-like robot or even a computer generated human makes a  person feel uncomfortable or uneasy. This was the jumping off point for my story, "Murder of the Future." 

Instead of being revolted by them, what if most of society embraced these human-like specimens? How far could these robots evolve if humans allowed them to be part of ordinary everyday life? The AIs in my story have rights and laws. They are treated as equal to humans and most have embraced these robots as human.

So, if robots have rights, this means it would be against the law to harm them or treat them harshly. In this story, Henry Radcliff was a lonely man who decided to turn to an AI family for companionship, until he met a real woman to love. He decided to take these robots apart and store them in a box in his basement. 

Because the AIs have become a regular part of everyday life, neighbors had come to know Henry's AI family and alerted police when the AIs went missing. This leads police to the "body parts" in Henry's basement and he is put on trial for murder.

Henry's defense if that you can't murder a robot, but in the future, these life-like robots have evolved considerably, and they have rights. Society at this point is caught between acceptance of AIs and uncanny valley. 

You can read Murder of the Future to go through Henry's trial and see if he's indeed convicted of murder. 

You can also read this and four other short stories in Flashes of Fiction: Volume 4 on Kindle.

Murder of the Future: Artificial intelligence has evolved, and Henry is on trial for the murder of an
AI.
Yesterday's Children: Richard discovers he's only as old as he feels.
Azure: Dr. Stanton and Dr. Kline's patient seems crazy until he leaves the hospital in a
beam of light
Inside His Mind: A wife is given the opportunity to go inside her husband's mind and do some rewiring.
Reflections of the Past: Tina's parents were killed in a house fire, but that doesn't stop them from sharing her special day






Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays~ The Guardian

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The Guardian started out as a short story for a contest on Writing.com. It didn't win, but it gave me a starting point to create a new story. I wrote it several years ago, so I don't remember what words were part of the prompt for the story. 

The story is about a young man who steps in to save a little boy during a robbery, and he gets the bullet instead. He wakes up in a strange place and quickly realizes, he's no longer alive. He is greeted by an angel who sends him on a mission which he carries out without question. 

In reality, he's being duped by a shady character that we've all heard of at some point in our lives. And how is he so easily tricked into doing this "angel's" dirty work? He's just following the crowd and the beliefs of those around him--again without question. 

Religious beliefs vary and most often times these beliefs are handed down through generations with little or no question to their validity. Personally, I believe people should question their beliefs, especially if they don't make sense or are not in line with how they feel. Just because something is believed by a majority, it doesn't make correct. 

Just something to think about while you read. 

And, this story and other stories I've written do not reflect my own religious beliefs. When I write, I explore different ideas. I believe each person's relationship with God should be an intimate journey. 

 Also, you'll always find a little humor sprinkled into my work. 

You can read The Guardian and other stories by visiting my Hubpages account. 

Happy Reading!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hello! It's Been A Long Time





Wow! It's been a while since I've visited and updated my own blog. Well, I'm back. (I think hehe)

I've had some recent publications on the Short Humour Site. You can read them here.

I've also been busy writing and submitting some short stories, so fingers crossed that there is more publication news in my future.

I am planning a new Where'd You'd Come Up With That Wednesday on the 9th. I'll be writing about how I come up with my short story "The Guardian" You can read it by visiting my stories on Letterpile. 

I'd like to keep Classic Movie Mondays. I do love old movies and DVR them and watch them when I get time, so for now, I'll probably only do one post a month.

Flashes of Fiction volumes 1 through 5 are still available on Kindle. I do believe there will only be five because I'm moving on to other projects. I do plan to combine them all into one paperback book by the end of the year.

Feel free to stop by the Short Humour Site and Letterpile to read some of my stories. Leave a comment if you like. And come back Wednesday for a new post!

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays~ Home Again

So far, I've written about stories that are sort of on the bazaar side, but today, I'll go over where I can up with the idea of "Home Again." This is a flash fiction piece I wrote a few years ago, but just recently published on Hubpages.

This short story is about a woman coming to terms with losing her parents and her childhood home. She is upset and disheartened by the thought of losing the home she and her family made happy memories in together. In the story, she walks through the home replaying some her fondest memories in her head. After going through the house, she thinks about the quote, "You can't go home again."

Is this true? Can you really never go home again. I thought about this same quote when my childhood home was demolished a few years ago. It was sad to see a big empty space where my home once stood, and I thought about all the memories made in that home.

That is the only home I remember growing up, and there were an endless amount of memories made there with my family. After feeling sad for a while, I realized those memories are kept within in me--in my heart, where they can never be torn down or taken away. So, while you can't go home again, you can always revisit the precious memories made in your childhood home.

In the story, the main character also comes to the same conclusion, which helps her comes to terms with selling the home and allowing a new family to live in the home and begin making their own precious memories.

If you'd like to read the story you can find here on Hubpages.

Happy Reading!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Classic Movies Monday~The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird stars Shirley Temple and since I love Shirley Temple movies, I thought I'd love this. I was wrong!

This movie is not entertaining, the story line seems to go nowhere, and it did hold my attention. I recorded on my DVR so I was able to fast forward through parts or it and watch as much of it as I could stand.

So, what's wrong with this move? Well, the AMC host introducing explained that it was "Fox's answer to the Wizard of Oz." Ummm...NO!

Let's start with Shirly herself. She is quite obviously prepubescent in this film, but she still talks her wittle bitty baby voice with her lips pooched out. Guess what? This doesn't work well when you're 12. It was annoying and one reason I had a difficult time watching this. Shirley should've acted her age. You can see in the photo below how grownup she looks, so she should not be talking like small child.


The storyline itself was bad. I still don't quite know what was supposed to be happening. Shirley's character Mytyl was a bratty child, so a fairy came and sent her and her brother Tytyl on a search through the past, present and future to search for a bluebird of happiness. I still don't understand how this bird ties in with the story, but ok.

The two children, along with their dog and cat that became human, went to a variety of places. These were strange fantastic places, and I usually love that type of move. In this movie, they didn't really interest me or make sense. The part where they go into the past and visit their grandparents was just strange. And the grandparents only wake up when the kids come visit and then go right back to sleep. I know strange, right?!

In the end, it all turns out well for the family and Mytyl is not a brat anymore, so somehow searching for a bluebird that symbolizes happiness changed her attitude.

I just don't believe this is worth watching. I don't even think it's entertaining enough to hold a kid's interest. Anyway, watch at your own risk of being bored to death.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays "Gordon Bunker~ aka Gorilla Face"

I love writing in a variety of genres, so I experiment in many. I like to try and come up with funny little stories that I hope will bring a smile to readers' faces and Gordon Bunker ~aka Gorilla Face is one of them.

I love Writing.com and have been a part of the site for many years. I'm not as active as I once was on the site because of work, but I'd love to be. This site is where this silly little story got its start. I entered a contest on the site with a writing prompt that included certain words that had to be used in the story. Sadly, I don't remember exactly which words, but from that spark of inspiration, this story was born.

I do recall that the duct tape and the orange vest were most likely some of the contest's must-use items, so I thought about how I could do that. That's when I came up with the idea of a boy using these as protection against a bully. I had to come up with other ideas of course, like the platter to protect his crotch and a reason why the protagonist was targeted by a bully.  But it all came together into a fun piece of flash fiction.

You can the story here.

I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Classic Move Mondays~Rebecca

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Okay, this is one of  my all time favorites!! I've watched it many times and will most likely watch it again. For anyone who hasn't seen it, "Rebecca" stars Joan Fontaine (one of my favorites) and Laurence Olivier. It is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE him! Well, I do.

Why do I love this move so much? Well, I love movies with a twist. A story line that you think you know where it's going, but nope, it heads off in an entirely different direction in the end.


"Rebecca" is thriller and mystery that keeps you guessing. Did Maxim kill his ex-wife? Why is the housekeeper lady so creepy, and what is she hiding? What really happened to the first Mrs. de Winter? Does Maxim want to kill his new bride?

And the ending of "Rebecca" doesn't disappoint either. Everything is wrapped up nicely. The inquisition into the first Mrs. de Winter's demise clears up all the mystery surrounding her death. And the fire at the end that burns up the Manderley estate is perfect for a couple of reasons (for me anyway).

First, the old creepy housekeeper pretty much gets what's coming to her. She one of those characters you love to hate.




And second, the fire destroys all the old memories of Rebecca. Her clothes, her stationary, her room and all those little reminders that haunted the second Mrs. de Winter and prevented her from having the happy marriage she so badly wanted. The past is gone. She and Maximum can finally put it all behind them and move on to a happy life together.


I highly recommend this movie. If you haven't seen it you're missing out on a great thriller/mystery.