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Our Posthuman Future by Francis Fukuyama

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology RevolutionOur Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution by Francis Fukuyama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This 2001 book offers very practical and utilitarian approach to biotechnology and what it means to be human in regards to human nature and human dignity. Fukuyama brings in information from philosophers, scientists, Darwinists and a host of arguments that suggest we are in a posthuman age, trying to define who we are, yet unable to reach a true consensus. A fascinating read.

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A Non-review Update

(I know, right?)

Things that are going on:

  • Finished Victorian Literature and Writing for Children I
  • Started 2 novels: Claudette and the Bibliotheque and Victoria (working title)
  • My summer paper “Fantastic Posthumanism” is being published in a peer reviewed journal (Abstract Available Here)
  • I am expanding above paper into my Master’s Thesis. I am working with Elaine Ostry (Co-Editor of Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children,and  “‘Is He Still Human? Are You?’: Young Adult Science Fiction in the Posthuman Age”, among others)
  • Above paper is being presented at the IAFA Conference in Orlando Florida in March
  • I am attending the Steampunk (and WarMachine Gaming) Convention–TempleCon 2012
  • I need to come up with something good for CHLA 2012 because it is being held at Simmons.

 

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Nancy Lamb’s The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children

Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children (Write for Kids Library)Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nancy Lamb’s The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children provided me with some great insights and tips. She suggests writing in a journal–unrelated to your current project–to keep track of ideas and memories that might be useful for recreating authenticity later. I really like this idea and have taken to carrying a journal with me just to write down things as they come to me or to note something that has happened. Writing a full “dear diary” entry never works for me, but always having that paper and nice pen with me definitely helps.

Lamb also suggests (among other ideas) creating a charted horizontal diagram to visualize the structure, plots and characters in the story. As a notorious color-coder (you should see my Google Calendar), this idea is amazing to me. Color-coding characters, plots, and subplots and tracking them by chapter would not only be helpful in seeing inconsistencies and structural gaps, it would be such a project to create that the immersion would help editing, too!

Throughout the book, Lamb offers various rules and suggestions. I took away several rules that seemed most appropriate or brilliant to me. Lamb’s endings rule states “you must always play out your ending onstage” (86)—with which I completely agree. I know as a reader I feel cheated when in the last pages the story is advanced ten years and everything is tied up in a neat little bow (cough-Jenna Fox-cough). This is something that I am going to actively attempt to do in my own writing—whenever it is that I actually get to an ending.

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Fantastic Posthumanism

Wordle: Fantastic Posthumanism

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Nostalgia of the Child Without

Wordle: Nostalgia of the Child Without

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Death by Paper

THIS PAPER IS KILLING MY BRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Conferences

So. One conference down and one to go.

I am finally officially registered for the IRSCL 2011 in Brisbane. I wish I could travel there, but no such luck. I shall have to present virtually. AND I still have to write the paper for it. The title is: Picturing the Bedroom: Exploring the Security of the Bedroom using Shaun Tan’s “The Red Tree” and “The Viewer”

So it should be a fun paper to write. But I am not going to worry about it until after my Cathie paper. I have until July anyway.

In other conference news, I submitted my paper that was presented at the ICFA in Orlando for inclusion in an anthology called “Of Bread and Blood”–an anthology of the Hunger Games. So, I would like to show you the word cloud for that so you can get the gist. (Keep your fingers crossed, though. This could really help my doctoral chances to get something published!)


Wordle: Podkayne, Power and Panem

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