Monday, August 26, 2013

Pop Travel with Tara Tyler - Lazy Housewife

Thank you for having me, Christine! We've been blog friends forever. And we live geographically close enough to visit someday… gotta make that happen!

But there's this thing called time. No one seems to have enough of it. I noticed several writers agreed with that statement in this month's IWSG.

I, the Lazy Housewife (ie – Queen of Efficiency), identify and eradicate time wasters. Things like driving, dusting, and showering. Sure driving gets you there, dusting makes your house appear clean, and showering makes you not smell bad. But those futile, mindless chores must be done over and over again, wasting the precious minutes I wish I could be doing other things, like writing! So, here are my wishful thinking future household gadgets:
  • Cars that drive themselves – we're already almost there. But I wonder, would you trust a highway full of computer driven cars? And if we let cars drive for us, why don't we just all use mass transit? It just seems silly, doesn't it? (teleportation, baby!)
  • A robot maid/self-cleaning house – especially for the bathroom. I have three, well, four, boys. Eww!
  • Speed-shower – be blasted with a cleanser, rinse, and be done! Like a car wash or decontamination stall.
  • Remember Andromeda Strain? I liked the biodegradable, disposable clothes – no laundry! Can I have an incinerator installed, please? Poof goes the garbage!
In Pop Travel, they use a lot of cool spy gadgets, and even more in Simulation, the next Reluctant Detective novel (I'm still looking for a good name for Cooper's series…). The gadgets I can see popping into stores the soonest are the QV and CC. They both combine web surfing, smartphone technology, and more, into a holographic, 3D imager. QV stands for quarknet viewer that goes on your wrist, and CC is a compucenter that also includes TV/satellite.

And developers are working on new innovations all the time. In my research, I found this article at the Business Insider: In the future, says Winkless, a range of energy-grubbing technologies will increasingly appear in the home: “Energy harvesting pots could mean that boiling your pasta charges your mobile phone. The vibrations of your washing machine could power wireless sensors – or your TV remote could be powered just by you pressing the buttons." (Source)

What household gadgets would you like to see in the future?
This Lazy Housewife glimpse of the future brought to you by Pop Travel.

Cooper thought he could get through
life without having to pop...
Pop Travel by Tara Tyler
A tale of deception and teleportation.

When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper's small town detective agency ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames pop travel indirectly for his wife's death and would love to expose a glitch in it.

But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there's all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he's not sure he can trust. No problem.


  1. So happy to see Tara here today! I am loving Pop Travel.

    The idea of disposable clothes would be ok, if they were priced accordingly, however, didn't they have to have all their body hair removed first n Andromeda Strain (I haven't read it in years, so I could be mistaken).

    Rhonda @Laugh Quotes

  2. I'm not sure I'd like any of those things. Of course, I really don't do change well...

    I definitely wouldn't trust the highway full of self-driving cars though.

  3. Happy to see you here! And this was an awesome post!

  4. Boiling water could charge my iPad? Now that rocks.
    Yes, bring on the teleportation!!

  5. Great Post, Christine.
    Congrats, Tara on Pop Travel! It sounds futuristicly (I made up a word) amazing!

  6. How about cars that go run all the errand for you? That would be even better.

  7. Would be wonderful to live in that sort of world, good to meet you, Tara.

  8. Those are some awesome gadgets. Sign me up for the self-cleaning house.


    I really want those awesome instant cookers like in The Fifth Element. Put a small pill in the cooker and get out a platter of freshly cooked dinner!

    Great job, Tara!


  10. I want the robot maid for sure. Mine would look just like the maid on the Jetsons!

    Great to see you here, Tara. :)

  11. Pop Travel is travelin' ! As to those gadgets in the future, I'd love to have one that redecorated whenever things started going drab!

  12. Came over from Tara's blog, but you know I come here all that time!

    I need a car that can drive itself. My post today would explain why.

  13. I will take the self-driving cars 100%, but momma needs her showers.

  14. Thank you to everyone for POPPING in! Hehehe. I love Tara's Lazy Housewife posts. And I recently finished POP TRAVEL. Awesome read!

  15. Okay, you wanta come up with something futuristic for me? How about a helmet that compresses the equivalence of eight hours' sleep into just a few minutes? That speed shower would be pretty cool, too.

  16. Hugs to Tara, and to you as well, Christine :-)

    Really enjoyed this "Lazy Housewife" moment. So much technology is doing and will do as the future becomes today.

  17. Love your awesome gadgets you wish someone would invent! I really can't wait for cars that drive themselves.

  18. I want to earn enough to afford a cleaning service. :D

  19. Thanks, Christine, to the specialist on Friday, so hopefully some help there.

  20. Some interesting (as always) ideas, Tara. Though, I have to confess, I can already take a pretty quick shower, so.... :)

    Best of luck with the book and your upcoming novel, as well.

  21. Oh, and I should also wave to Christine, too 'waves'! :)

  22. Rhonda - I think you're right! and a layer of skin too! forgot about that!

    MJ - not sure about the cars, myself...

    Fida - thanks and glad you came by!

    Alex - rock on ipad and more energy sources!

    Cathrina - thank you, love the new word =)

    Diane - now that's a great idea!

    Carole - nice to meet you too, thanks!

    Sheena - and auto-cooking!

    Heather - watched that the other day - love it!

    Julie - and the Jetson's instant hairdo-er!

    Lee - a sprucenuperizer! yeah!

    Jay - i'll have to go see. thanks!

    Libby - yeah, some days a long shower is nice and refreshing - we'll have a switch for that!

    Christine - your review rocked! thanks again for having me!

    Susan - I really like the sound of that!

    Angela - thanks, sweetie!

    Cherie - thanks, woman!

    Mary - me, too, but I think I'd rather have a mechanical, robot who would be more methodical and not ask for a raise!

    Mark - thanks, man! working on your post soon =)

  23. Wow, what you describe sounds like the Jetson's. That'd be so cool.

    Hi Tara and Christine *waves*

  24. I want a robot as a personal assistant. :D

  25. yep, I'd get a self-cleaning house and I'd use any kind of teleportation device. Bring it on!

  26. I so want one of those cars that drive themselves... very cool:)

  27. Hi Christine and Tara .. I think I'd like Aladdin with his lamp and have my three wishes ... but I guess that'd be dangerous! A click of my fingers to clean the house through, rain through the night ... oh loads of things - the future is interesting ..

    Cheers Hilary

  28. I feel for Tara living with four boys. Phew, not sure I could do that!

    I love the idea of having no laundry too. Looking forward to reading Pop Travel.

  29. Gwen - loved the Jestsons growing up!

    Carrie - I'd take a live personal assistant until I could get a robot one!

    Lynda - you're gung ho! awright!

    TF - I'd be like Will Smith in I, Robot, always going to manual...

    Hilary - it's fun, isn't it!

    Heather - guess it was meant for me... and thanks!

  30. Self-cleaning houses would be great, and self-cooking kitchens, as well. I'd love to just say "sushi" to the fridge and have some california rolls pop out!

  31. Speed shower sounds great as long as there's plenty of moisturizer!

    I want that bathroom maid too - I have 3 boys - know just what you mean and if I could go through life without ever having to clean another toilet that would be heaven! Now that I've said that I'll probably end up in hell cleaning toilets! Double Ewww!

  32. As a lazy househusband, the self-cleaning house is the big one for me. It would also be good if all items had homing devices so they would just go back to where they're supposed to be (I'm forever picking things up!)

  33. shell, i completely agree! i hate making dinner!

    yolanda, ha! i just hope we arent the scrub brushes! now that would be hell!

    nick, homing devices is an excellent idea!


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