No, this is not a preachy post on how we should all appreciate other cultures (though we should). It is my understanding that xenophobia goes much deeper than culture shock and seems to be the resistance to adjusting to the fact that not everyone is like oneself. Some don’t know the difference. I am in the process of writing and editing that includes the culture shock one might experience if they went several years into the future. One character seems to be close-minded about it. Is she a xenophobic? I am not an expert, but I had an interesting time creating the culture-shock in my most recent fiction story. The book comes out in mid-June. Here is some back story:
If you could take the ultimate escape, where would you go? In November of 2015, I envisioned just that. I would go to the future. Things were a little rough in my family at the time, and I’d often take walks with the dog at night, staring up into the sky at the stars and wondering if I’d be able to visit them in any way other than imagination. People in my online writer’s groups were going on and on about NANOWRIMO. I thought about it, and decided I’d start typing a time travel story, but on my own timeline. From this experience, I do kind of think writing saves my sanity.
At the end of November, I’d typed 30,000 words and had no idea how I’d end the story. I just started imagining and typing and provided myself the escape I needed. In January 2016, I took a James Patterson Master Writing class. Man, I love his accent. At any rate, I finished the novel by the end of January with approximately 66,000 words. In the summer of 2016, I gave the manuscript a preliminary edit and had my mother, my first beta reader, give it a read-through.
I’ve recently paid someone to edit it and have had a book cover made. By mid-June, I hope to have this sci-fi novel published and available! If it sounds interesting, please follow me on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1t3BYGU and sign up for my author newsletter at http://t.co/Gj6d3CXMZq if you’d like to get a free 20-page sci-short story for download.
Way to throw in author promo., I suppose. I guess I just really wanted to talk about the book. Happy reading and writing, fellow bloggers!
*I’ve joined the April A to Z Blogger’s Challenge! Each day this month, I will write something based on the next letter in the alphabet. It’s been fun so far, yet it has really given me a chance to pause for reflection as well.
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