Download and support The Gaven

Since I am having trouble finding an agent and/or a publisher, I’ve released my novel, The Gaven, online for free.  If you know how to use torrents, then you can grab the More »

What intersections would look like with driverless cars

Since driverless cars occur in The Gaven, here’s a look at what intersections would look like. Untitled from Amanda Erickson on Vimeo. You can join the discussion on reddit and read a More »

France to require breathalyzers in every car

The requirement of breathalyzers in cars was merely speculation when I wrote The Gaven. Now, France wants to make them a requirement in every car in the country. France’s culture has been More »

 

Download and support The Gaven

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Since I am having trouble finding an agent and/or a publisher, I’ve released my novel, The Gaven, online for free.  If you know how to use torrents, then you can grab the torrent.  You can also read it right here [pdf warning].  I’ve also got a profile up on HarperCollins’ website Authonomy, if anyoneis interested.  If you know any friendly agents or publishers out there, you can send them to The Gaven or Authonomy.

If you like it, you can make a donation or visit my webshop and buy something.  I am hoping to raise enough money to get The Gaven professionally edited and a nice cover made.  At that point, I will put it online for sale via Amazon.  If you’re too poor to donate, that’s okay too.  I just hope you enjoy reading it.

Irene

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Some tweaks here and there

I’ve cleaned up the site a little bit, making a few tweaks here and there.  I updated the pages to reflect where things are currently at regarding the site and the novel.  As usual, please feel free to make a donation or purchase something from my web shop to keep the site alive as well as my hopes of being published.  If you’d like to keep up on what I’m doing on a day to day basis, the best way is through my twitter account.

Thanks again for visiting.

What intersections would look like with driverless cars

What intersections would look like with driverless cars

Since driverless cars occur in The Gaven, here’s a look at what intersections would look like.

Untitled from Amanda Erickson on Vimeo.

You can join the discussion on reddit and read a lot more about them at The Atlantic Cities.

France to require breathalyzers in every car

The requirement of breathalyzers in cars was merely speculation when I wrote The Gaven. Now, France wants to make them a requirement in every car in the country.

France’s culture has been so strongly linked with the taking of wine with midday and evening meals though, that despite exceeding world’s best practice in every area other than alcohol, it has maintained a much higher rate of alcohol involvement in fatal accidents than its major European neighbors.

Police will begin issuing fines in France from the beginning of November, and it’s interesting that the required “kit” includes not just a working breathalyzer, but a range of accessories that we should, as good citizens, always carry on board a car anyway: a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and and spare bulbs for both headlights and blinkers.

Also compulsory fare will be a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest carried inside the car for every vehicle occupant. Failure to comply will cost another EUR90.

As far as the breathalyzer required by French authorities, a US$2.00 disposable item will be acceptable, but already everyone is being encouraged to buy such items in pairs so that one can be used to test, or for a friend to use, and still to have the required one to drive home with.

In all likelihood, reusable digital breathalysers will become standard fare when drinkers realize they are paying $2 every time the go for a drink.

The French alcohol allowance is 0.05% blood alcohol content which is far less than in many other countries, even neighboring countries. Deux vins or trois bières and you’re approaching the limit.

It’s a very strict proposal and it will be interesting to see if it becomes a law.

A small update

I hope that all my readers had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas and the new year. Although I haven’t written much here, I have been very busy over at Loss of Privacy and The Daily Censored. My position at the junior high also keeps me busy, and exhausted most of the time. As most of you know, I work with special education students and my workload has increased this year.

I have gone from sitting in 4 different classes 7 and 9 students to 17 students. This has meant that, although I passed junior high many years ago, there is a lot I have forgotten. Just because I sit in an 8th grade Science class doesn’t mean I don’t have to learn. I have to help the children with their classwork, homework, and studying for exams. It’s not a difficult job, but it is mentally challenging, particularly when you help a student with their homework and they lose it by the next day in class. That means you get to help them all over again.

This is not meant as a rant against my job. It’s simply an explanation as to why I’m not able to post as much as I’d like to here. There is also some good news about The Gaven.

Two years ago, I threw up an early draft of The Gaven onto the internet for anyone to download and comment on. In that time, I’ve had 973 downloads, 11 people give positive feedback, 3 people point out some grammar mistakes, 1 person write in for clarification on a part of the story (I’ve now fixed that bit), and 1 person actually paid me $7 because they enjoyed The Gaven that much. This generated interest in an interview that I did a few months ago with Morgen Baily.

This was all accomplished with no advertisement. It was word of mouth. Imagine what I could do if I had advertised!

That’s it for now folks. I hope everyone is doing well and keep checking back for more news about The Gaven.