So, I’m at a writer’s conference this weekend. I’ve learned quite a lot, met a lot of interesting people, and mostly wished I was writing rather than talking about writing. I mean how many times can you repeat your introduction before you get tired of hearing about yourself? My thoughts keep leading me to the next generation. I’m not a well-established name in the libraries and bookstores, nor am I a young man still dreaming of what it’s like to be a writer. I’m in the beginning of the middle somewhere. However, I think the young ones deserve our attention. Now is a fabulous time! We have so many opportunities to inspire the young men and young women who are our future scientists and science fiction writers. They have so many events to look toward and to experience. We may soon have buildings on the moon and Mars. We may soon have a detailed map of Mars, like that road atlas they give you free at the tire store. We will soon (sometime in 2015) have a probe in the area of Pluto, which is often our most distant planet. On that note, we have great debates to enter about whether Pluto is a planet or a dwarf planet, or a mini-planet, or a “Plutoid”, or a planetoid, or an asteroid. This is a great time to be alive. This is a great time to discover science and science fiction. We have so many resources out there for inspiring and encouraging our little Einsteins. And our resources are growing exponentially. We have data compiling faster and faster and faster than ever before. We can study any subject, from geology to astronomy, with a swipe of our busy fingers. Consider too, how easy it is for the youth of our day to understand a new language. It’s because their minds are fresh and ready to accept the new information. It works the same way with anything they learn. They can learn sciences that the older generation might have difficulty grasping because of limited space in the cranial cavities. Youth can be amazing, and even more so if we who are a little older encourage them. It is my opinion that we have a responsibility for inspiring the next generation. We owe it to those who came before us, and inspired us, to show those who come after us, how fascinating the world really is. If we don’t take this responsibility, I think we are some kind of unworthy ingrate.
That said, I have to brag. I’ve had the chance numerous times to hear Larry Correia speak. He’s a dynamic personality, that’s for sure. His best quote was when he was talking about treating your writing as a job. He said, “I used to be an accountant. I couldn’t go to work and have accountant’s block. They would’ve fired me.” Oh yeah. There’s one thing on which he and I agree. I’ll give my full opinion on “writer’s block” in another post. There are other subjects in which he is totally wrong, like for instance: why does he keep saying his own name wrong? He says it like the country. Korea. It’s pronounced Core-ay-ah. When is he going to get it right?
Also, later today, we at the conference will have the pleasure of hearing from the long-since established Orson Scott Card. I’ll have a follow-up post to this one concerning what he said that was important. (I like to filter out the other stuff.)
Until then, ciao. Oh, and keep inspiring the youth!