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The worst cars I’ve ever owned

My 1974 Ford Mustang II

Forty years ago, I stepped out of the DMV office as a newly minted California driver. Since then, I’ve owned a number of cars to the Prius that I drive today. Not all of them were pleasant to drive. Here are the worst cars I’ve ever owned in 40 years of driving.

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What’s new with Amiga

Amiga beta coverFirst, thanks to all of you who read and reviewed Amiga in the Inkitt novel writing contest. I got good feedback and learned a lot from the experience.

My goal is to get Amiga in the hands of everyone who wants to read it. (Of course, royalties are nice.) So, I’m looking for other opportunities to publish it. This means that I had to remove Amiga from the Inkitt site. I apologize to all of you who are inconvenienced. If I interrupted your reading of Amiga, you can request a replacement copy through my contact form. Please indicate where you left off in the book and which format you want (PDF, ePub, or Kindle). And if you would like to send me review comments, I’d appreciate it.

Stay tuned to my website for more updates on Amiga. Thank you for your support.

An iPhone for Mom

My iPhone 7 and Mom's watchIt was time to upgrade the phone on my carrier’s plan. I knew exactly what I wanted: An iPhone 7 with 128 GB of storage in rose gold. The color was the most important feature because it honored someone who didn’t live long enough to get her own iPhone.

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Dystopias and utopias

Image from PixabayI was about to follow up my post about political fiction with one about dystopias. Then, I came across an excellent article about dystopian fiction by Tracy Larson. It’s well worth reading. I agree with her that “What if?” and believable character reactions are important considerations in creating a fictional dystopia. I would add one other thing to consider.

One person’s dystopia is another person’s utopia.

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Your opinion, please

In an earlier post, I said I was restarting my Doria series. I’d like your feedback on an idea I have for the new book.

It is set in the present day. Doria has not only recovered from its revolution and transition to democracy, it has become a budding global superpower. Its president is Carla Guzmán, the hero of the first book. Doria finds itself in a diplomatic conflict with the United States because, well, let’s just say the President of the United States in this alternate timeline is the same one we have in real life.

Jennifer Kelly is a high school graduate from Kansas who won a scholarship to Doria’s prestigious Universidad Nacional and its robotics program. She knows little about Doria and cares less about politics. She finds herself an outsider in a different culture among people who seem smarter and more accomplished than she is. One is an Olympic gymnast who befriends her. Another is the daughter of a “hot headed” leftist legislator who instantly hates her. And there’s Fernando, a brilliant computer programmer for whom she develops a growing attraction — to the chagrin of Brandon, the boyfriend she left back home.

As the conflict with the United States intensifies, Jennifer must learn about Doria to make sense of her situation. She then finds herself the focus of a crisis when she stumbles onto a top-secret Dorian project and a dangerous global plot that could change the world.

What do you think? Please post your comments.