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Your stories are your children sent out into the world to stand or fall.

They need you to believe in them, to find them good homes, watch out for them and support them.

Love your stories. You owe it to them!

Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.

Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.

Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.

“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.

Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.

“So-called charity, with its implicit assumptions of high and low, is no remedy to injustice, but its willing accomplice. Charity allows the privileged the opportunity to buy the silence of their consciences for a few coins (with the added bonus of much to-do being made of their philanthropy)–rather than wrestle with why, in a world of plenty, they wallow in pampered luxury through no particular virtue of their own, while most of the world is in rags, starving, and living in shacks. Jesus advised the rich man to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. The numerous charities operating under his name ever since have set a significantly lower standard.”

Peter Kropotkin, narrater in “The Watch” by Dennis Danvers

I think it’s because the battery industry doesn’t want them.

Think about it. My tablet lasts about a day between charges. Suppose the battery was 5 times better: 5 days between charges.

BUT… a battery’s life is measured in charge/discharge cycles. Basically, how many times it can be charged. So a battery that can go 5 days between charges has a lifespan 5 times longer than that of a one day battery.

That means the battery industry would sell 1/5th the number of batteries. And they certainly don’t want to reduce their sales!

So it’s battery industry’s fault we don’t have better batteries.