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Sep. 17th, 2012

Plot ideas

I miss doing NaNoWriMo. I'd like to do it again, even if I'm supposed to be writing my $@)&%( thesis. So I'm going to brainstorm story ideas. Because I'm a lot better at worldbuilding than plotting sometimes.

This is Long )

May. 7th, 2010

Okay, I'll level with ya. I was shaped a lot by Star Trek. You can kind of tell from my aliens, though part of that is that in a visual medium, not having to think about facial expressions too hard helps.

So, anyway, I was writing my comic and came up with the issue of languages. Trek assumes a universal translator*, while, say, Star Wars takes place in a universe where everyone knows everyone else's species and one tends to learn to understand (and speak, vocal organs willing) the common language(s) or buy a protocol/translation droid.

Here's where I'm at now.

Languages in the PD-Verse
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I always feel somewhat self-conscious when playing with worldbuilding and stuff.

* So did Animorphs, for that matter.

** No relation to Larry Niven's 'verse. Just like the term for 'the parts of space we trade with' that doesn't convey the idea that the rest of the galaxy is a backwater.

*** Using the term loosely, since at least one species (the Nini, who only get a cameo in the comic proper) communicates via radio created by bio-electricity.

† Never set which human language was common there.

Mar. 20th, 2010

Speaking Epidemiologically~ Redface Pox doesn't make sense to me~

Okay, so I just reviewed Ōoku, but noted the virology bothered me. Yes, I know the Redface Pox was just a plot contrivance to get a population in Japan that was 80% female. And I'm willing to accept that a disease can selectively kill men. But some other things bothered me.

I totally blame my Math Models in Biology course for this )

Music choice was intentional.

Jan. 4th, 2010

A Problem with Writing

So, recently I've read a couple of books with the premise of 'magic returns and suddenly our advance technology stops working', and I start thinking about 'why?'. I mean, the idea of a magic natural disaster makes sense -- people love disaster fiction and apocalypses, and losing 5 centuries worth of technology would be pretty bad.

Worldbuilding versus Plot )

Sep. 22nd, 2009

Worldbuilding and Plotbuilding... Intertwined.

I spent last night -- well, Sunday night, now -- thinking about NaNoWriMo, and I don't really remember much, except for some short story ideas, and stuff that I didn't feel competent enough to write.

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Aug. 29th, 2009

Moons of Uranus, Earth, and their Mixed-up Lovechild

This post is mostly for [info]padparadscha who asked to pick my brains about a planet with an 80°+ axial tilt. On the other hand, it means I can write about something that came up at work recently, so I thought I'd combine things.

So, I recommend What if the Moon Didn't Exist: Voyages to Earths that Might Have Been (by Neil Comins), since one of the chapters features a variant-Earth with a tilt like Uranus. On the other hand, I just realized that chapter got one of the details wrong: the status of our moon.

More than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Phase of the Moon )

Oct. 27th, 2008

I do so have a plot! I throw the characters at each other and see what happens!

What? It seems to work well for me.

Vocab and worldbuilding )
Characters )

Trying to decide if I want multiple POVs, or just let Melody tell the story.

Oct. 23rd, 2008

Dear Journal,

Yesterday I went to the fabric store for Halloween supplies and figured out how to thread the bottom needle of my sewing machine. I also started a discussion on third gender pronouns on NaNoWriMo's board that has yet to turn into a fight.

Sie and se and s/he and xe and ey~// and we can't forget singular they~ )

Oct. 5th, 2008

NaNoWriMo Worldbuilding #1

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