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Would You Rate Your Friends and Family on a Social Grading System?

Scifi is often predictive: a lot of the gadgets shown in Star Trek, for example, now exist. This is a good thing. But recently I read an article that scared me: Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens. The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020.…

#InternationalWomensDay Pisses Me Off ! Here’s Why. #WhatWomenWant

If 8th March is Women’s day and March is women’s month, what about the other 364 days, and the other 11 months? Are they not women’s days and months? Who is an ideal woman? Are you celebrating woman’s day or month? What activity forms part of this celebration? Has Women’s day become a marketing gimmick in your part of the world? Have you wished someone Happy Women’s Day?

How Much of Yourself Do You Put on the Page?

One of the questions I often get from those starting out on the fiction writing life is this: what if I piss off people with what I write? What if people recognise themselves in my characters?

Personally, I write what I don’t know a lot of the time, which keeps things interesting for me–so there’s little danger that some of my real-life friends, family, and acquaintances will recognize themselves in my writing.