Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cyborgs, Androids and Robots, oh my!

Sometimes I forget how much of a sci-fi nerd I am until I start talking to other people about my writing projects. My latest features a cyborg. I was explaining this to a group of writers, and one of them asked, "So it's part human?"

I looked at her like she'd just asked me if I had two eyes. 

Of course a cyborg is part human. That's what a cyborg is! But at that point I realized not everyone is as nerdy as I am, and also, general media uses these terms interchangeably and often, incorrectly, so here are the very basic breakdowns.

Cyborg: a being that is both manufactured and organic.  One of my favorite examples...Darth Vader. He is a cyborg. Part man. Part machine. Technically, so is an old guy with a pacemaker. Think about that for a second.

Android: an android is a completely mechanical being made to look and act like a human. Because I am such a dork, and I use Star Wars repeatedly for my examples, think C-3PO. 

Robot: a completely mechanical entity that may or may not look human. Ie, an android is a robot, but a robot is not always an android. For my last Star Wars example, our little R2D2 is a robot, but not an android, so calling it a droid is technically incorrect assuming that's short for android. (But we'll forgive George Lucas for his genius.)

So to recap with pictures...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bad Habits

I apologize for the radio silence. I haven't had much to say because I've actually been fulfilling my resolutions. Yes, I am as surprised as anyone, and also not surprised. I'm good at buckling down and getting things done. My problem is getting started. But once I am started, I'm able to keep up the momentum. I've lost 7 pounds AND I'm 50,000 words into the rewrite of the %&*$*@#! manuscript that isn't as ^&*(!@*#! as it was in the first version. I'm actually coming up with some decent stuff.

I'm sure when I get into the editing phase, I'll have lots of fun stuff to post about editing because I usually pull those posts from my own, horrible mistakes. But just going through a few pages I noticed one blatant error that keeps coming up.


It's everywhere. In places where a comma should never be. Where there shouldn't even be a pause. My little ring finger just keeps tap-tap-tapping away at it so my manuscript looks like it has a million little tails. And I can't seem to make myself stop. In my editing phase, I'll go through and delete a hundred of them, and in the second pass, a hundred more. I know when and where commas should be, but when I'm pumping out words, I seem to forget. 

That's my worst habit, and I don't see stopping any time soon. 

But what's yours? Are you a comma-fiend like me or do you have some other twisted addiction?