BenSobieck

With thanks to @rskovach for the chapter dedication, be sure to check out "Pit Lane Persephone!"
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/165811669-pit-lane-persephone-regular-updates
          	
          	Here's the description:
          	
          	Life comes at you fast when you're riding on two wheels at 240 km per hour, especially when you're the first woman to compete in international road racing, your hot-and-definitely-knows-it Italian teammate thinks you're just a distraction, and the media will do anything to discredit your presence  in the series including linking the two of you romantically. Because that would truly be distracting to both of your plans to have a successful racing season, not least of all when you start having real feelings for each other.

BenSobieck

With thanks to @rskovach for the chapter dedication, be sure to check out "Pit Lane Persephone!"
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/165811669-pit-lane-persephone-regular-updates
          
          Here's the description:
          
          Life comes at you fast when you're riding on two wheels at 240 km per hour, especially when you're the first woman to compete in international road racing, your hot-and-definitely-knows-it Italian teammate thinks you're just a distraction, and the media will do anything to discredit your presence  in the series including linking the two of you romantically. Because that would truly be distracting to both of your plans to have a successful racing season, not least of all when you start having real feelings for each other.

BenSobieck

A reader asked me about what's at the core of the Zandra stories, that bigger idea that I'm trying to get across. Since Book 3 has been on hiatus for so long, I figured I could explain myself better with a summary. My reply to the reader is below.
          
          ***
          
          The idea beneath the Zandra stories is that a person is made up of an immaterial half (behind the eyes) and a material half (in front of the eyes). The immaterial half is just as essential and real as the material half; otherwise, it wouldn't exist in the first place. Test that by asking yourself, "Are my thoughts real?" Of course they're real, right? Even though they take place outside of physical reality, they're nonetheless an essential piece of who you are.
          
          That suggests there could be a wider world of the immaterial not limited to just you. In the same way that you live within a neighborhood or community, there is a bigger world beyond your boundaries. That bigger world is where the immaterial portions of other people reside. I hope this makes sense so far.
          
          If all of this is true, then the death of a material person does not necessarily result in the destruction of the immaterial person. The flow from one side to the other is simply shut off. So what if a person wanted to turn the flow back on and redirect an immaterial person into their material reality, sort of like hacking the system? How would a person do that?
          
          One possibility is that traumatic events, intense concentration and high drama can hack that flow. After all, the brain is the conduit for both immaterial and material halves. Tinker with the brain, tinker with the flow. I got this idea from hearing stories of deceased loved ones visiting living people during times of crisis (sort of like angel visitation stories). 
          
          So could you and I purposefully hack our brains to make this work? Maybe. I don't know. But I like thinking about the relation between body and mind, and how it might reveal something important about existence.

BenSobieck

@dionysiae That hit me right in the gut. I didn't think ANYONE would notice the health-revenge connection. Zandra hits the cigarettes hard and ignores her looming health crisis because of her dedication. She's callused toward the world because it gives her the space to work uninterrupted. Can't tell you how much it means to me as a writer that you read the character that way. Oh...I need to sit down.
Reply

dionysiae

@BenSobieck and there is the whole revenge thing.....lol. I find her incredibly driven to revenge her husband's death and make those that are responsible (and those that looked the other way) suffer. When you are that incredibly focused on one task she sees all the connections. Her obsession makes her numb to the nicieties of life, to get health and reputation. She wants to be that person that everyone avoids and underestimates. Then she can do her true work, revenge.
Reply

BenSobieck

@paulapdx If you get through that second cup and decide this is all a load of BS, well, hey, those are my initials.
Reply

BenSobieck

I just hit "Complete" on "THE END OF WAR!"
          
          Right now, I have a request. It's an important one, because of some things happening behind the scenes with this story.
          
          Please let me know what you thought of the story. Tell me what you enjoyed, what could be better and your overall impression. I always take feedback seriously, but it's especially important this time.
          
          Please?
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/158122633-the-end-of-war

BenSobieck

Your educational background doesn’t represent the totality of who you are or where you will go.
          
          I went to a state university, and earlier this week I was interviewed about Wattpad, writing and publishing by a Harvard School of Business professor for an academic paper.
          
          And that’s not to disparage anyone who went to an upper tier university, or who didn’t go to college at all. It’s that the things you actually do matter most.

BenSobieck

@knoni2006 Hey, I've got nothing against Ivy League schools at all. I hope my kids get to one some day. I'd be thrilled. That Einstein example, that's more what I'm getting at. Your education doesn't have to define you for the rest of your life. Very few people I've met in professional settings have ever asked where I went to college. It was an affordable place, known more for its hockey and the fact that the actor who played MacGyver went there for a semester or two, and certainly not for writing. And yet, I've also been to those Manhattan publishing industry cocktail parties where attendees went to Harvard and Yale, and it didn't make a damn bit of difference. Likewise, I don't look down my nose at anyone for choosing community college or a trade school or just starting work out of high school. Where people are now is probably not where they'll be in 10 years.
Reply

knoni2006

@BenSobieck Einstein was considered an academic failure.  Rowlings was told to take writing lessons.  Experts...Ivy League Schools.  Bah!  Humbug!
Reply

BenSobieck

@euskoski Even better then! Thank you.
Reply

BenSobieck

The AI sci-fi flies high with LOTS of new chapters up for “THE END OF WAR.” Check it out, let me know what you think.

Recent Activity