Another question for Pauline Yates

Q: Are you a Luddite? Or do you have the latest and greatest technology?

A: I don’t like change. It’s in my nature to immediately oppose any update to anything. It’s not that I’m not open to improvement, rather I’m an ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ person. For example, while everyone spent the last ten years updating their phones to smart phones, iPhones, Androids, I stuck with my Samsung flip phone. All I could do was make a phone call and send a text, but that’s all I needed. I always managed to find a way around the need for carrying a ‘computer in a purse’. I had to buy an android phone last year, but only because I couldn’t find another flip phone, when my old one finally died. And yes, I love it now that I’m used to it, but it got yelled at a few times in the learning process. It’s the same with my laptop. It took me two years to convince myself to buy a laptop for my writing, and it’s still the only one I’ve ever owned. It’s twelve years old, had three hard-drive replacements, and I’m still running the 2007 version of Word. Will I update? Not until my laptop breathes its last breath. Do I feel behind the times? Nope. Until my situation changes and I need something flashier, I’m happy to keep things as they are. If the worst happens, there’s always pen and paper, of which I have plenty.


Pauline Yates’s story “The Secret Keeper
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 June 2021.
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More about Pauline Yates

From Queensland, Australia, Pauline Yates likes to explore the ‘improbable’ through her writing. When she’s not burning the midnight candle researching her ideas, she loves watching movies that pit humans against nature, debates with anyone who’ll listen about how dystopian societies start, and argues with her ancient cat about his demand to be fed at 3am. She also enjoys taking photos of the sunrise, if she wakes up in time.

paulineyates.com, @midnightmuser1


Pauline Yates’s story “The Secret Keeper
in Metaphorosis Friday, 4 June 2021.
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It came from Pauline Yates

Pauline Yates’s story “An Aftertaste of Earth” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 August 2017. “An Aftertaste of Earth” originally stemmed from the prompts, sci-fi, pumpkin pie and a convention centre, in a short story competition which earned me a place in the final round of the contest. As I love end-of-the-world themes, the story developed from wondering how people would be chosen to start a new colony on another planet, and what they …

An Aftertaste of Earth – Pauline Yates

The arrival of delegates from the Planetary Migration Program raised false hope in my district. Not only has the maximum age for entry to the off-world colony been lowered, we were given less than a week to prepare a concept to prove worth of passage. But with the demise of earth a certainty, hope is all I have left. This event is my last chance to secure a future for my family. With my eligibility …