Futuristic Sci-Fi

Science fiction can be hit or miss for me. I found the concept of this book worked, in my opinion. The futuristic setting where some humans are living longer than others was intriguing.

I was rooting for the main characters of Mandy (a near mortal) and Peter (an immortal). Both have flaws; Peter being a bit of a ladies’ man and Mandy seeming to blindly follow instructions for a cause she believes in. Of course, not everything is what it seems, and we see that as the book goes on.

The conflict comes from those who aren’t happy…


Essay

And how long does it last?

I’ve never been overly confident about my own writing, but I’ve written some fiction, non-fiction and poetry which I’ve preferred over the rest of my work. Often I’m working hard for low pay and putting in extra hours to make up for the low pay. However, after a month of chasing freelance work and getting nowhere, I’ve had more time to think.

Doubts set in

I haven’t had the most successful writing career, considering how long I’ve been writing in one form or another. Although, if you keep doing something, you’re bound to get a good result occasionally at least. So, I’ve had…


How grief changed me

Losing myself

When my dad died of cancer, it took me a long time to get to a point in my life where I could be okay, considering the bereavement. Of course I missed him, but I never expected to miss myself as well. I was still here, but I wasn’t the same me I had been before.

I remember feeling cold and like I had lost my warmth, not physically of course, but when who I was a person. I couldn’t feel the same love or the positive emotions I had before. Looking back, I see that…


We all have something to learn from each other

With the mass of articles on Medium and everywhere else all offering advice, it might seem like everyone is suddenly an expert. If anyone is starting out (a beginner, or with just a few years' experience) their advice is dismissed. I’m not saying we should just buy into everything someone says, despite them having little or no experience, but if you reach the point where you think you can only learn from ‘experts’ you might miss out.

You can be an ‘expert’ but not know everything

To excel in any subject or perfect a skill, you have to start somewhere. This could be anything like formal education, reading books…


If you want to sell your book

After the cover, the blurb of your book is the thing most people will look at. I’m mainly thinking of a specific blurb as I write this, but I won’t share it here because of copyright. However, it could be one of many blurbs, or a mix of mistakes from several others. Some of these things will be obvious, but many writers still make these mistakes with their blurbs.

Making spelling mistakes

We’re all human and we make mistakes. But if you don’t double or triple check your blurb it could mean you miss errors. …


An analogy for life

Bad things happen in life, and we often have little or no control over them happening. However, the way we react to these unfortunate events shapes who we are and the lives we lead. I got to thinking about this when someone online was complaining. I’ll call him ‘G’.

G likes to complain about everything, but his recent complaint was about the rubbish someone had dropped outside his house. We’re talking about a couple of empty takeaway containers. So, although it’s not nice, it’s not as if a rubbish truck came along and dumped its contents on his doorstep. …


Gripping and thought-provoking

David Jackson has a way of making the reader feel something (good or bad) for his characters, even the killer. I read his book, The Resident, last year. In fact, it was one of my favourite books of the year. The Rule focusses on a different kind of killer; the accidental kind.

Daniel is a grown man, at least in body. However, his mind is on the same level as a child. He’s innocent, but doesn’t know his own strength. …


Reflections during a walk by the canal

Like anyone else, if you ask me what makes me happy, my first response might be money, success, or my dream job. But if you break it down, what does that mean?

Letting the big stuff get in the way

I took a walk along the local canal, having just been disappointed by my weekly weight loss. I had lost weight, but only a little compared to previous weeks. I was also thinking about work. As a freelance writer, my work pays below minimum wage, and I often feel like I should be doing more. …


You’re never too old to learn, but that’s only true to a point.

As someone who only gained my BA degree in my late thirties, then went on to graduate from a Creative Writing MA at the age of forty, I can tell you what graduating later in life is like.

Internships are Not an Option

For many people graduating, they are in a position to do an unpaid or extremely low paid internship. Of course there are always exceptions, but younger people are more likely to live with and have the support of their parents than a forty-year-old graduate.

For me, an unpaid internship…


Fiction (final chapter)

I stand in the park that I used to walk through to get to where I lived as a karma. In my current form, it just leads to the other side of the park. It’s raining and early evening, so there’s nobody around.

“Boss, or God, or whatever?”

There’s no response.

“You said it was up to me, so I need to change back. Then I can go to the police, admit to being a vigilante and confirm that everything on the memory stick was from Larry’s computer.”

I stay where I am, knowing how he likes to make me…

Amanda Steel

Author, editor of Printed Words, co-host of Reading in Bed (podcast). copywriter and ghostwriter. https://amandasteelwriter.wordpress.com/

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