Protagonists

Do you ever wonder why so many main characters we see on TV and read about in books seem to be writers or artists or something people-related?

If you’re waiting for that engineer to become the star of the show, you’d probably better stick to Dilbert. Though Big Bang Theory might make it seem dorky in a good way. Both of those are outside the norm, and both of them poke fun at the profession.

It’s hard to imagine pages of someone working by himself in an office with a computer all day, who prefers not to converse or interact with others most of the time. Isn’t it? Yet that’s the stereotype. As a writer, we dramatize it as much as possible and try to connect with the emotions. The reader has to related to the character or she’ll stop reading.

Maybe the problem is so many people don’t connect to math. Logic and emotion don’t mix well. ¬†You can call our society math-phobic, so it’d likely be a bad idea to write random equations in a fiction book.

That might be an idea for a short story. The target audience would be fairly small, but it might work. Coming soon for engineers, scientists, and math geeks only!

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Geek Appeal

Or, perhaps this one is about Geek Unappeal… Read 4 ways to drive scientists mad here.

I think engineers are just as bad. Of course, they have the upper hand, since it’s much easier for them to drive the rest of the people crazy. Think about it! They are imaginative enough to spell words hundreds of ways, rather than just one. They get so technical they can drive the fun out of things. They also make you feel silly for not knowing what those buttons on your calculator do.

How would I know? Oh, didn’t I mention that engineering degree getting dusty on the shelf?

Wanting…

Do you ever feel like you want something bad enough just to make it happen with the power of your will? I have a list of things I ought to be doing, but sometimes I just think it’d be nice to have the baby and not be quite so uncomfortable and forget about the rest of it.

I clean and I’m proofreading my manuscript. It doesn’t feel like a lot to do in the few days of this week so far, but it does add up to a lot of time. Running errands as well, of course. Can’t get by without that!

I suppose if I were to invent something, I’d make the housework do itself. We had a joke going on about that in college, where we had a robot that’d do dishes and laundry and take care of every need so we could do fun things with our lives. Our group of friends even had enough engineers to design it. It must have been a lot more fun to talk about than actually do, because we never got farther than detailing the specs.

But if i get ambitious one day, I’ll just will it into being. Wouldn’t it be nice?