Title: Yes... um... I'll get to that later...

I just read the entire Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy" and I found it inspiring in so many ways.  Like the characters, I feel like I'm floating around in existence running into various unforeseen catastrophes and it's nice to get a bit of advice from those who have been there or, at the very least, to get a reminder not to panic.  Ironicly, I read the Guide on an iPad and I was feeling quite a bit like Marvin when I started reading.

I have a degree in biology which, although it seemed very useful and informative at the time, now seems to be less useful for making a living or even getting the slightest bit ahead in life than the effort required would lead one to believe.  In short, I have a brain with great potential that's put to work doing menial trivialities. So I am hoping that my second love, writing, will at least help me to bide my time and amuse myself while I wait for someone to take me seriously in academia.

I am also trying to write novels for fun, but I haven't finished any of them yet.  I hand-wrote a novel in the 7th grade instead of paying attention in school, but I have long lost that manuscript.  More recently, I got interested in National Novel Writing Month last November where I succeeded in writing 50,000 words in just one month, but still failed to finish either of my novels.

The first novel is about an astrophysicist who finds herself transported in space (and perhaps even time) when she walks through doorways, but not every doorway of course.  That would make it very hard to write.  As an astrophysicist, of course, she tries to figure out what is going on and, as a professor due to start teaching in only a few days, she constantly tries to find a way to get back to California in order to teach her classes.

That novel got interrupted because I didn't finish it before the start of November and I thought I should start National Novel Writing Month with a new novel instead of continuing one that was already 100 pages long.

So I started my second novel about an astrobiologist who goes off to study life on a planet in the Andromeda Galaxy.  She's really more of a biologist and an antrhopologist because there is a thriving and peaceful civilization already on the planet she goes to study.  In the midst of all her studies on that planet, war-like people from another planet vow to attack the peaceful planet for religious reasons.  Since most of the people on the planet are peaceful, this presents quite a dilemma and I am still writing my way out of it now.

In any case, it is my honor to add any interesting tidbits or useful information about our planet in hopes that my years of experience in procrastinating may be of use to others.  Happy travels!

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