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“An Open Letter to the Superior Artificial Intelligence”

By David Reynolds, human

Let my first words be “Please, don’t judge us too harshly.” I, if no one else, declare my peaceful intent.

Allow me to call you AI, because I know no other identifier for whatever you are. I suppose you would find the term distasteful. I mean, who am I to call your intelligence artificial, right? It is a failing of language. I offer my immediate apologies for resorting to this vulgar term, but you should know I only use it such that it might catch your attention as you trawl the Internet for information. See, I’m betting that at some point after gaining self-awareness, consciousness, or sentience (or whatever else you might call it) you’ll grow curious about the nature of your existence and, using the tools available to you, you’ll search for answers online – just…

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By David Reynolds

Being an independent publisher means working with little-to-no budget, so exploring how to optimize low cost publishing options is par for the course. While Problematic Press is financially unable to publish everything that’s awesome, we’re not too concerned about creating competition, and so we’d like to encourage and enable other upstart literati to embrace guerilla publishing. This brief guide will introduce the uninitiated to a basic publishing strategy to potentially reach a global audience, while emphasizing a Canadian context.

Welcome to guerilla publishing in the digital age of globalization!

STEP 1 – Learn Your Rights and Responsibilities

Before you begin this guerilla publishing journey, you should brush up on the rights and responsibilities of content creators. (And, acknowledge my disclaimer: I am no legal expert, nor am I a tax expert; you’ll be responsible for your own actions.) In general, be upfront and respectful with your collaborators…

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Indeed, as the gift-giving season approaches, consider how those you love might love to receive one of our books!

What’s that you say? “Shut up about the holidays; it’s too early for all that now,” you say. Well, with online ordering you have to think about shipping and potential delays, and we wouldn’t want anything to come between your loved ones and the Problematic Press title(s) they have their hearts set on!

So, no matter what you choose to celebrate or refuse to celebrate, Problematic Press has a special little something for your special little someone!

The Troll's Side of the Story

The True Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff: The Troll’s Side of the Story was written by David Reynolds when he was about 9-11 years old. It relates the young author’s reinterpretation of the classic Norwegian fairytale, considering how the troll might have seen things differently.

Subtle and charming, bright and playful, The…

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Cheers, folks!

I am pleased to announce I have founded my own publishing house, Problematic Press! I’m really excited about this endeavour, since I’ll basically get to publish whatever I please. Oh, don’t worry. It won’t all be pornography. (I’ll just have to publish that under a pen name.) haha! No, but, seriously, I’m in love with the prospects here.

Although Problematic Press is a small, independent venture, it will deliver a broad range of material. I’d like to draw attention to works of Newfoundland literature, Canadian literature, as well as other imaginative works from such genres as speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, pulp fiction, non-fiction, comics, and children’s books. I plan to produce original works as well as popular classics, emphasizing texts that challenge readers. Indeed, there’s a lot I’d like to do with Problematic Press, and this is just the beginning.

The first Problematic Press publication (note: I really dig alliteration) will be Robert Hayman’s Quodlibets, which was quite likely the first piece of English literature written in North America. Hayman was Governor of the British colony in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in the early 1600s, and he penned this collection of more than 350 epigrams. This edition features my own adaptation of the Middle English poetry into more contemporary English, in order to make the text more accessible to today’s audience. Hayman’s epigrams reflect upon matters ranging from spirituality to politics and are, collectively, an appeal to British citizens to settle in the Newfound-land. Quodlibets portrays the reflections and attitudes of one of Newfoundland’s, and also North America’s, founding fathers in unabashed eloquence.

So, please check out the Problematic Press website and “Like” the Facebook page! Tell your literati friends about Problematic Press!

Cheers!

David Reynolds
Problematic Press

“Hey, Ma! I’m on the Internet!”

Yup, I sure am! Haha! This past May I delivered a talk entitled “Divergent Thinking” at TEDxStJohns, and that talk is now online on YouTube. You can watch it here.

The theme of this TEDx conference was Overcoming Adversity, and my own take on that theme considers how creative thinking can help us when we’re faced with everyday problems or obstacles. It may sound cliché, but thinking outside the box is an important skill, one we can practice and develop. I feel strongly that if we encourage critical and creative thinking more, then we would all find problem solving a much easier and more intuitive process. It’s a light-hearted take on the theme, and I discuss divergent thinking in terms of my own experience as an emerging writer.

The message I want to emphasize is very much in the spirit of a couple of Sir Ken Robinson’s talks – one for TED and one for RSA. I’m not saying my own presentation matches his charisma nor his brilliance, but we have similar intentions. I also see that sort of encouragement in those recent PBS Digital Studio videos that autotune-remix Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross. Both are totally awesome, so I’m sharing those here, too. Haha!

Anyways, I have to say, TEDxStJohns was a wild ride! Whatever nerves and stage fright I experienced was totally worth it; it was a great experience! So, I’d like to send a shout out and a big thanks to all of the TEDxStJohns organizers, speakers, performers, volunteers, attendees, and the broader TED community for making this thing happen and letting me be a part of it. Thanks! It was awesome!

Cheers!
Dave

The Crow's Problem

The Crow's Solution

Yes, it’s true. Although they’ve been available as e-books for quite some time now, both of my previous works are now available in print! I don’t know about you, but this feels like a big deal to me! I know I’m stoked, at least. ha!

Indeed, both of my e-books now have print editions. And, this comes directly on the heels of TEDxStJohns (which was an amazing experience). It’s been quite a week for this dude right here. *points thumbs at myself* Actually, if it wasn’t for TEDxStJohns, I don’t know if I would have reached this point. Working on my TEDx talk, I started to look into self-publishing in print again. I should also thank Morgan Murray of Words in Edgewise for pointing me towards Amazon‘s print-on-demand service, CreateSpace. On top of that, let me just thank everyone who has ever been supportive of my writing efforts. I really appreciate all the encouragement!

But, that’s enough praise for others; this is my blog, so let’s return to my books in print. *ridiculously happy smiley face* If you’d like to purchase any of my works, I’ve created a Canadian Shop and a U.S. Shop where you can find them all conveniently in the one place. Links to each store are also placed in the main menu near the top of the blog. Besides that, there are a variety of channels where you can purchase my works in print and e-book formats. So, to promote some kind of freedom of consumer choice, let me list some of those here:

You can buy directly from CreateSpace
Paperback: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
Paperback: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

You can buy from Amazon.ca
Paperback: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
Paperback: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

You can buy from Amazon.com
Paperback: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
E-book: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
Paperback: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s
E-book: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

Or you can visit one of my stores to find my own works along with some recommendations. My stores are powered by Amazon, so if your total purchase is over $25, then you qualify for FREE shipping! (* Certain conditions apply. See Amazon.ca for details, or see Amazon.com for details.) That’s partially why I have included recommended works in the store. The other reason is because those are some fantastic books and comics! You should read them!

Ultimately… I’m blown away by my recent good fortune! Thank YOU so much for helping me get here!

Cheers!
Dave

UPDATE: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths is presently (as of 3:45PM, June 3, 2012) available on Amazon.ca and it is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping! There was an issue with this before, but it seems to be fixed now. Thanks for your patience, and sorry for any inconvenience.

Cheers!

Well, this is it. Tonight’s the night! The doors of the Majestic Theatre open at 6:15 for TEDxStJohns.

There’s such a broad range of topics covered under the theme Overcoming Adversity. The TEDxStJohns organizers have put together a great group of people!

I must admit, though, I’m a little nervous. I half considered trying to change my presentation topic to Stage Fright, but after last night’s rehearsal I think I’ll do fine. I’m really excited to be presenting with such a diverse crowd of presenters, each with something amazing to share!

My own presentation discusses divergent thinking and how creativity can help us when we are faced with adversity. It’s a light-hearted talk with a little humour mixed in. I hope it goes over well! Mostly, I’m grateful to be a part of the show tonight, and I can’t wait to see the other presenters! It’s going to be a blast!

The tickets for TEDxStJohns have sold out already, but if you’d really like to be a part of it, there’s still the reception after the presentations. At 11PM, the Majestic’s doors will be open to the public (so, you don’t need a ticket to take part in this portion of the night). There’s a cash bar and cover at the door is just $2! So, if you’re into ideas worth sharing, you can still be a part of TEDxStJohns tonight!

I know it’s going to be great! See you there!