I’ve recently started writing fiction again, after at least 30 years away. I write mostly science fiction, some historical fantasy. I’m challenging myself to get better at creating believable characters with realistic dialogue, and adding humor and fun. I’m getting better — for the first time, I enjoy reading my own writing as much as other authors’, and that’s a significant step!
Right now I’m working on a series of short stories that are starting to coalesce into chapters of a novel. It’s set in a near future where AIs have become human-level intelligent (or more) and society has to change to accommodate. Humans and AIs live together, not always peacefully, so one thing I’ve had to do is invent how the AIs would insult humans, and each other, and how they curse (without any references to body functions or religion). I’m having fun with it … suggestions always welcome!