Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive
is a novel about inventing the self-driving car and trying to live happily-ever-after.

It's about possibilities and opportunities. Everyone has multiple futures, multiple chances to do what is right. The narrator knows most everything there is to know about cars that drive themselves, but he doesn't understand his own dreams.review
This is an adventure in America's backyard. There are exotic, unexplored places and interesting people without having to travel all the way to India. It's about figuring out what's going on and what's going to happen. It's about Double Bubble cola and Major Munch cereal. It's also about how to get into trouble without really trying.

The Excerpts

adventure     comedy
romance                 danger

Psst - Here's a quick guide to living Happily-Ever-After

Ordering Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive

ISBN: 978-0-9796098-0-0
592 pages, hardcover with dustjacket (judge it by its cover)

More information

This should be the best book you've ever read... if you like books that are interesting without taking themselves too seriously. Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive is a novel that doesn't take itself seriously. Even serious subjects don't have to be taken seriously. Sometimes the most intelligent approach to serious subjects is not to take them too seriously.

This is about inventing the self-driving car. That's what AutoDrive is. AutoDrive and many other inventions in this story are right around the corner. The stuff is too close to be science fiction.

How does AutoDrive work? AutoDrive components are adapted to existing vehicles to enable them to operate without intervention over public streets and highways. The key components are the internal sensors (input controls), the external sensors, and the AutoDrive Engine Control Unit, which remembers what everything is. The inventor of AutoDrive is an expert at memory. Despite other plans, he showed up on time for the beginning of the novel. And that's where he falls in love.

I hate to disagree with all the storybooks that have ever been written, but falling in love is easy. Yes, love is easy. When I was a kid, I fell in love every other week and sometimes twice on weekends. The tough part of love is knowing when to take off the gorilla suit. The tougher part of love is learning to communicate... to talk and listen. And the toughest part of all, the grand poohbah trick of relationships, is to learn to grow together and to genuinely live happily-ever-after. That's the part the storybooks gloss over.

Life is a car ride. (Wow! Philosophy on the Internet!) Sometimes you are in the driver's seat, and sometimes you are along for the ride. Sometimes it's about the journey, and sometimes it's about the destinations.

Destinations. Plural. There isn't a destiny. There are destinations. Futures. Everyone has more than one. Multiple futures means you have multiple possibilities. You have choices.

Did you miss a turn? You can always go back, as long as you're still in the neighborhood. You can do it. You can be that person you want to be. Or you don't have to. It's up to you. Take a snow day and think about it.
Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive
So far, we've talked about inventing the self-driving car, the toughest parts of living happily-ever-after, and we've talked about the meaning of life. Not bad for a section titled More Information. Just think what's in store for you in the 592 page novel, Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive. The novel is about all of the things just mentioned, plus it's about the American Dream and a Minnesota where history comes alive in a brighter future. And it's about some people who want to make a difference in their lives.

Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive

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16 Comments                                                            Today   Categories: Novel 
  1. Comment by Benjamin Franklin on June 27, 2012 10:58 am

    If people could have half their Wishes,
    they would doubles their Troubles.

  2. Comment by Henry Ford on June 27, 2012 3:36 pm

    W-What? No self-driving car? Step aside, I'll invent the thing!
    (thumps his chest, coughs)

  3. Comment by Benjamin Franklin on June 27, 2012 10:46 pm

    Man is a tool-making animal.

  4. Comment by Henry Ford on June 28, 2012 7:57 am

    Hey, Poor Richard, knock it off.

  5. Comment by Thomas Edison on June 28, 2012 8:21 am

    Genius is one percent... Get away from me!  Damned moths.

  6. Comment by webmaster on June 28, 2012 8:25 am

    I was talking about this book...

  7. Comment by Benjamin Franklin on June 28, 2012 8:26 am

    He that can compose himself
    is wiser than he that composes books.

  8. Comment by Alice on June 28, 2012 9:07 am

    What is the use of a book
    without pictures or conversation?

  9. Comment by webmaster on June 28, 2012 9:09 am

    My novel has conversations.

  10. Comment by Alice on June 28, 2012 9:12 am

    Are they real?

  11. Comment by webmaster on June 28, 2012 9:14 am

    No.  There are mock conversations.  Mocversations.

  12. Comment by Mark Twain on June 28, 2012 9:23 am

    I wish more conversations were mocversations.
    That way we could say they just didn't happen.

  13. Comment by John Lennon on June 28, 2012 9:41 am

    Some people like ping-pong.
    Other people like digging over graves.
    They're all escapes from now.
    People will do anything rather than be here and now.

  14. Comment by Alice on June 28, 2012 9:43 am

    Is that from a song?

  15. Comment by John Lennon on June 28, 2012 9:44 am

    No. It t'isn't.

  16. Comment by Alice on June 28, 2012 9:46 am

    It sounds like a song.


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