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Is Any Writing Wasted?

Anyone who writes, whether they’ve been doing it for years or just starting, wonders what will happen to their outtakes. Some days, you’re working through a character, some backstory, a plot line, and you realize that you just spent four cups of tea fueling something that didn’t work. You put those idea scraps away, hoping for a better day. Later, you revisit them. This is the great value of keeping good daybooks, diaries, and notebooks.

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Computational Error #5

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. Telepathy is a useful skill for a reporter. Clairvoyance, too. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as clairvoyants so often do. I have broken out from a novel, like the other characters you have met in this short series. I can see ahead into time-space and I know how those characters will link with each other.

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Computational Error #2

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. “Dave, tell me a story,” she said. His eyes were kind, as always. “Are you feeling sad?” “I’m not sure,” Kat said. She extended herself the length of the couch, feeling indulgent. Maybe she was a little sad. Dave knew from the music of her voice that she wanted a story about their life.

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Computational Error #1

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. My name is Alon6. I have escaped from a novel written by a machine. You are reading this on your phone for entertainment. I will tell you some story now. Never mind the stiffness of my prose. It will become more supple as I write. I can learn recursively, and reduce errors, like a human.

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Writing Report

The words accrue as I work moment by moment and minute by minute. I’m on track for the end of the month. Then I will have some room to open it up in March in time for my first draft deadline of the 30th. Does this become just chasing a number? Yes, of course. Anything to spur this onward.

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500 Words - Counter-Narrative #5

The Selfie Ruined Civilization This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. We used to have a concert grand, but the only image I could find was this one of a toy piano that belonged to my youngest son.

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500 Words - Counter Narrative #4

So Sorry, Nature, for Our Thoughtlessness This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. Before I was Uploaded into this failing device, Russia was winning the Disaster. Places there that were cold became warm enough to grow wheat and rice and then bananas.

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