I find my mental acuity tends to decrease without a periodic rapport with enthused individuals pertaining to similar interests. The issue I find is that I feel I have no one particularly interested in my premises in which I actually can have an in person conversation with. While there is always the readably available option of anonymous internet discussion, I feel many of you can understand the wish to not allow public viewing in regards to future publishing. Without an outlet to bounce ideas off it feels like Solitaire instead of Texas Hold'em; I want to put my chips on the table. It's not as if I don't have friends and family to talk to about a range of topics. It's just I'm clearly more excited than anyone else about the ideas and theories of future technological advancement and its impact on society. This at least upholds within my inner circle. Even the people who love me, thus bear with me at times, only have a limited amount of actual interest. I love them all to death, but none of them care about the effect that virtual/augmented reality will have on the entertainment industry. Watch the show, who cares about how it's made. There will always be famous actors and athletes, no evolution towards those roles at all. Who cares that robotic chefs are possible, I've worked in the food industry 30yrs and will do so another 30 more. Sure, maybe... But what if? I like creating planets from scratch (programs for it) and then adding life to it, predicting how it will evolve. Multiple people I've told that to considered it boring. To me, it's creating my own universe. Anyone else run into the problem of wishing you had more people to discuss your thoughts and ideas with? It just gets tiring isolated with my own thoughts without a viable release. Which just means I'm losing more and more motivation to keep writing. I need my interest to be rekindled. I don't want to join a writer's group, but I soooo much prefer talking in person. Maybe I need to go to some conventions, or something, and get some email addresses.