Robots

SteampunkI’m going to talk about robots again – and I’m using this picture again. I don’t have another robot picture.

Anyway I’m got a robot in my novel (14,128 words so far) and writing for this robot is most difficult. I suppose that this is the same thing as I discussed last time with the alien characters. With a robot it is more complicated.

With an alien character you can invent new body language. You can say that flipping back their antenna is their equivalent of a shrug for instance.

What about a robot with an expressionless face. It can’t smile, it can’t do anything to express itself other than in what it says.

The nature of the robots in this novel is still confusing to me. Yes, I did just say that my own novel is confusing me. I want to have AI but the question is how intelligent are they? I’m thinking that they’re on a spectrum. Some of them will be just machines, nothing more than a computer except it can speak so it might seem like more than a machine, others will be of animal intelligence, and some will be truly sapient.

This though is writing on the fly – there is no time to correct a mistake. The watchword, or rather watch phrase, for NaNoWriMO is ‘I’ll fix it in post.’ Something I’m not very good at.

So I’m still having good and bad days with the novel. I’m confident that I will meet the target of 50,000 words by the end of the month. Although that may not constitute the end of the novel.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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