A few months ago, I made a list of 36 excellent and useful fake names, in male, female, and gender neutral varieties.
Thank You for Running on Dunkin
In these days of coronavirus isolation, I already miss my Thursday morning writing routine at Dunkin Donuts.
That Time I Discovered My Character Has Coronavirus
Rereading some of my scenes in Stars Fall Out lead me to develop the theory that I gave one of my secondary-world characters coronavirus.
It’s the Social Anxiety Flowchart For Dealing with Phone Calls Badly
Self-preservation determines that I wouldn't take the last step to walk off a cliff, and I won't hit the call button either.
What I Wish School Had Taught Me about Operating as a Human Being
More than a decade and a half has passed since I graduated high school, and I still find myself rehashing all the areas that my formal education failed me. Sometimes these realizations come in the form of gentle curiosity after I’ve learned something interesting or useful: “Huh. Why didn’t I...
Kris Bowser has spent her life adventuring in the rocky hills and forests of Southern New England. Goblins taught her how to sneak into the other worlds that exist tucked into corners and around bends. Though Kris is in a rebel band of superheroes and outcasts, she is often caught in the dystopian clutches of Mundane Problems, and must send her characters to do her adventuring for her.
She lives with her partner in an old mill town, haunted by the spirits and shadows of machines and industry. She is a speculative fiction author and freelancer.
I started texting my partner to ask if he could “pick up some stuff,” but autocomplete assumed that the word stuff was supposed to be “snakes.”
What I find disturbing about this is that Google utilizes user data to make predictive text more accurate, and that there is apparently enough recorded user behavior to make “snakes” seem like a viable completion for that sentence.