Due to forces beyond my control, I 'm not subbing daily anymore. This leaves my days free, while I still work the second job in late afternoon/evening. So I should be doing lots more writing soon. What's been stopping me lately? Reading! Yes, I was reading the second and third books in a sci-fi trilogy, and it was so good that I couldn't hear the voices in my head talking! When I wasn't reading, I was thinking about the characters, and how the story was going to be resolved. That's the hallmark of a good book.
Mira Grant writes stand-alones, as well as other series' also, but I was reading her trilogy that started with Parasite, then Symbiont, and finally Chimera. Imagine a time in the very near future, when scientists discover how to genetically alter tapeworms, to secrete substances that replace the meds that many of us need to stay healthy. Got diabetes? No more need for insulin injections. Asthma? No more inhaler. High blood pressure? Acid reflux? Over-eater? Cancer? All just taken care of by swallowing a tiny pill that contains a tapeworm egg that will mature in your intestines and naturally secrete the drugs you need. It has a self-limiting growth factor built into it, and at a predesignated date, you swallow an anti-parasitic, kill it, pass it, then swallow another one. Come on, admit it. After the initial "EW!" reaction, you have to admit that human beings are basically lazy, and also that we care about being healthy, but want it at as low a cost as possible. And imagine how much money there would be involved, if the pills were available world-wide!
But what happens if/when the tapeworms being to migrate in the body...and make it to the brain? Would they co-exist, or take over? (Cue the scary music.)
What I like so much about good sci-fi is that it looks at what is around us today, and extrapolates to what might be, in the future. Grant writes great sci-fi, but includes a lot about the human interactions between the characters. That's what interests me the most when I'm writing, so I admire her abilities in the sci-fi genre, which is my favorite to read and watch movies about, but which my muse steadfastly refuses to give me as inspiration for my own books.
So now that I've finally finished the series, after staying up way too late many nights, and ignoring what I had to do, just to finish the last book...now I have time to write. And on cue, the characters in my WIPs are talking to me again, and I can hear them now.
So I'm going to try to finish the 3 books that are about 3/4 done in my laptop, and work on new ideas. Wish me luck!