#GuestPost: When We’re Not Writing By Kurt & Jessica Hansen
For me, “not writing” also means “not working,” since I’m a full-time freelance writer. I currently write blogs for a tourism website, work as a newspaper reporter, and edit articles for an educational website. In addition, I pick up any and all freelance assignments that I can. Typically, I write for many, many hours out of the day.
In order to relieve my brain (and give myself a break from staring at a computer screen), I usually go for a run at some point during the day. I completed my first half-marathon in October, and I am currently training for my first full marathon which will take place in April. To me, running is very similar to writing: it’s often a solitary act, and when you have a bad day, you have no one to blame but yourself. That being said, there are rewarding, magical days, in which you remind yourself why you started in the first place: the thrilling rush of accomplishment, and the beauty in the act itself. Plus, hello: endorphins!
Aside from writing, I’m also a lover of the water like the rest of my family members. I enjoy kayaking and fishing, and I always come home with the biggest catch. I’m also an avid reader. While I’ve been delving into the thriller/mystery genre a bit lately (Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Marisha Pessl’s Night Film are among my favorites), I will read just about anything. In college, I loved reading Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Jeanette Winterson. I’m also a longtime fan of David Sedaris, and I look forward to rereading his Holidays on Ice this season.
Family always comes first, but somehow I find the time to fish a little. I was raised among boats and have never lost my adoration for them. The water alone, whether it’s salt or fresh, has called to me for what seems like for ages. I’m also an avid gardener and, having a vegetarian daughter, I enjoy putting vegetables on the table that I grow in my own back yard. Garlic is prevalent in our garden: with about 120 bulbs a year, I often find myself having to give some away.
Song writing and music have also driven me for years. I enjoy other musicians’ creativity and relate to all types of music although currently, Green Day is among my many favorite bands. I publish songs on youtube and have thoroughly enjoyed the feedback that I have received. On top of my other interests, I have worked in the aerospace Industry for many years and have been privileged to have been blessed with such a supportive and wonderful family.
After the sudden deaths of two previous Computer Love Inc. CEOs, Marius takes control of the company. Embracing the talents of his godson, John, and his best friend, Zak, he hires the boys to oversee the Companion Services Division.
Marius refines his breakthrough technology, the Brain Machine Download, and as a result, creates his double, M2, as the prototype. Together, they ignite the future of Computer Love Inc. by acquiring an elite team of scientists to expand the company’s technological boundaries. Meanwhile, Marius struggles with the government’s demands for a clandestine initiative – the Secret Service Companion.
Between the looming government presence and the overwhelming force behind his new team of inventors, can Marius survive the outcome of his own creations?
“So, Marius, I’m pleased, as I’m sure you must be, that the download between you and I went so well.”
The remark was sudden and bewildering.
“Yes, I am also pleased…” Marius paused. “What brings that up, M2? Is there something you feel we need to improve upon?”
“No, actually, I don’t think that at all. In fact, I think the process and aftermath have proven to be extremely fruitful, don’t you?”
“Well, yes… But then, what is it?”
“I just recalled an idea we had, that’s all,” M2 said.
“’We’ had an idea?”
“Well, as you know, to say that we think alike would be an understatement.” M2 paused and allowed Marius to have a laugh. “So obviously your knowledge of robotics resides not only within you, but within me as well. I know you’ve thought about it, the possibility to help the company pounce into the next generation. What if, say, we were to make a team of Companions, not unlike myself, created from experts in different fields? For example… We could use that famous technology instructor, the woman from Advance Propulsion Labs who’s won awards for all of those groundbreaking projects they’ve done recently, or even that metal-loving genius who combines materials recovered from asteroids with titanium and such. It would be a team of biorobotic and propulsion brilliance with unlimited potential!”
About The Authors:
Kurt and Jessica Hansen reside in northern New Jersey . Kurt has worked in the aerospace electronics industry for over three decades and enjoys the outdoors, writing, and composing music. Kurt is easily recognized with a guitar in his lap, a pencil in his mouth, and a piece of paper in front of him.
Jessica graduated from Montclair State University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in English. Her favorite pastimes include reading, running and spending time with her family. She can usually be found with a book in one hand and a hazelnut coffee in the other.
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