Hello - I am Mike Stewart. I am retired. I am a writer obsessed
with writing unique things that reflect thoughts never thought before.
My story "Isolation Hospital" is in the online publication
Talking Writing. I was also a semi-finalist in the
Woven Tale Press 2017 Literary Competition for my story "Pinky Swear". I began this story by stating: "My writings are different.
I pinky swear it." I have modified this to make it an introduction to my E-Book. (A Book Like No Other)
A BOOK LIKE NO OTHER
We are all grains
of sand on a vast, lonely beach. Listen closely. Every grain is
screaming. Desperately screaming “Notice Me”.
. . . .
am unique. This is a source of pride to me – false pride. You see, you are also unique. We are all unique. None of us are perfectly
normal. Maybe I am wrong about this – the false pride part. Our uniqueness is valuable, important, or, at least, interesting. Why
shouldn't we all be proud of our uniqueness?
A lifetime of experiences gives us our strengths and weaknesses.
Some of my strengths may help you. Some of your strengths may help me.
When I worked for IBM, the corporate motto was "Think".
As I have grown older, I appreciate more and more the importance of "Thinking Longer and Harder".
There was a time when I liked Science Fiction. My E-Book does not talk of
There was a time when I found insects and biology fascinating. Here I
consider bees and a dog. I write about smart ants, both real and imaginary. A cute kitten, frightened wasps, and an old cat are all
part of my story. Nevertheless, my E-Book is not about biology or bugs.
There was a time when I was interested in the stock market. I was not writing
then and, after a long time, I concluded that I had only learn a lot of useless things. Now I am not so sure. Nevertheless, I do not
discuss the stock market.
There was a time when I was interested in the physical sciences, everything
from the smallest atom to the vast universe. And beyond. What I write about is influenced by this time.
There was a very long time when I was interested in business. The
relationship between people and technology is complex and intriguing. What I have written about people and the internet could make one a
better salesman and financially more successful. But now what I deem important has changed.
What is my E-Book about? What is its genre –
fiction, nonfiction, creative writing, mystery, or some strange mixture? I think of it as primarily nonfiction, but speculative. I
have tried to think “outside the box” while keeping at least one foot in the box. This foot keeps me tied to our reality,
our universe, as I look around, searching for support for my unusual thoughts.
What I write is about the power of thought. Einstein imagined what it
would be like if he were riding a beam of light. This thought experiment lead to the theory of relativity. Einstein changed the world. Maybe all of
us are capable of even more sophisticated, in depth, revolutionary thought experiments. My E-book seeks to encourage this kind of thinking.
People, for example, want to write about what they consider important.
Why would you want to write about something unimportant?
I have thought a great deal about this. How do our minds, on a cellular
level, decide something is important. When, how, and why do we decide something that we once thought was critical is now irrelevant? Our
worldview and what we think is important can change. In some sense, what we write today may reflect a different person than the person
who writes even a short time ago. This book is a story of connections. I seek to show, for example, how long ago thoughts of bees influence my
thoughts and writings today.
One strange thing about my E-Book is I don't think of it as having an
end. We can always think more about any subject, look at it from a different angle. I would only like to reach a point where there is a
logical pause. I am desperate to reach this logical pause. I fear that one day my reasons for wanting to write this story will
Even if we are all unique, there may be common traits that we all share.
Perhaps, we all want to be important. Perhaps,we all want to feel important. Yet we are unique - if we had to list, in order of
importance, from most to least, one hundred things, ideas, or values, I doubt if any two people in the world would produce identical lists.
I can feel important if I can think of thoughts or ideas that no one has
thought of before (by this I mean what I and a lot of other people consider a substantial thought - not silly thoughts like
"Would George Washington have become President if he had had Rudolph the Reindeer's bright and shiny nose?").
My journey to feel important is made more difficult by the fact that
hundreds of millions of thoughts are created every second. A thought would have to be weird or strange to have a chance at being unique. A
thought could, however, be almost completely false or based on facts that are not true and still qualify if it contained a small kernel of
My hope is that you see something that no one ever recognized before,
something about the way we think.
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