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Creating an entirely fictional and somewhat futuristic society is fun – for the most part. The most difficult part of creating a fictional futuristic society is creating laws and currency. Of course, you can draw from current laws and currency and build from there. However, in order for your futuristic society to seem “futuristic”, the reader must feel as if they’ve been taken to a new, exciting, yet strange place. The laws of the future may not be preferable to today’s laws, they may be downright frightening, but they have to be distinct.

The laws of my “futuristic” society have not caused me too many sleepless nights, as I have a clear idea as to how my society operates; it’s the currency that has me stumped.

Ideally, the currency of a futuristic society would take little energy to create, be secure from theft (and counterfeiting) and highly portable (light-weight or weightless). So, taking into account these criteria, I’m unsure what type of currency to use. Paper is dead as it is wasteful and takes a lot of energy to create in a way that makes it impervious to counterfeiting. Gold, though light-weight, is susceptible to theft and would require some form of authentication technology. Computer technology (microchips/cards) require mass production of cards/chips/scanners, which would require a new technology for producing plastic and still seems a bit wasteful.

Then, of course, there’s the idea that there should be no currency. In its place there would be a system of bartering. Of course, this begins the journey down the slippery slope towards – gasp! – Communism.

So, I’m stuck. In the meantime, I’ve started writing out a new scene in long-hand. Not a good idea, since I currently have about 125 pages of the book written out in long-hand that have yet to be transcribed. I’m only contributing to this growing backlog. However, writing in long-hand lends an organic quality to the story that typing does not. Don’t ask me why, my brain just works that way.

Well, I guess I’d better get back to work. 😉

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Let me preface this blog entry by stating that I do not believe in ghosts. However, I am of the opinion that pretty much anything is probably possible in this universe (or an alternate universe). Therefore, though I’ve yet to be presented with proof affirming the existence of ghosts, it is possible that some form of latent energy (present at the time of death) remains behind after a person has died.

Having said that, I still don’t believe in ghosts.

So… my question is: How does a cell phone that has been dead for two months suddenly become fully-charged without ever having been connected to a charger?

I attempted to google it and came up with no explanation for this. Therefore, for literary purposes (I am willing to make giant leaps of faith for the sake of art), I am going to declare my old cell phone as officially possessed by the Ghost of Cell Phones Past. As soon as I try to use it to make a phone call I will be sucked into the handset and transported to a landfill overflowing with mountains of discarded cell phones and the Ghost of Cell Phones Past will have assumed the bodily form of Matthew McConaughey.

— Posted From My iPhone

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