Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! I changed that word to "poked." The phrase in very common in my part of Texas so I didn't even think about it when writing the scene. I also added "unbreakable" to the description of the bed to show she looked at it with the idea of using part of the bed as a weapon.
I am almost finished with the military ranks and ratings, which means I can start figuring out the civilian grades. OMG! I just had an idea for an "alien" mystery teaser. It might not make it into the story in an obvious way now. But it does give me at least one reason/idea for a TABA sequel sometime in the future ...
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! Angeni is the Captain of the ship (her name means "Spirit Horse" in Navaho). Yvonne woke up in Gerry's quarters and he is a Primary Services Technician. That position is like that person at work that knows how to do everything job-related. Everyone knows it and the person has access to things most people don't have but doesn't have a position in management.
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! Why would the government of the PLS have trouble with star flight but not with interplanetary flight? For this to work as the protagonist set-up there has to be a consistent reasoning I can refer to from time to time in both TABA and story sequels.
Got it! The PLS is set up under a Mercantilism model similar to that of England between 1650 and 1800. In the Solar System, the current trade triangle is Earth, Luna, and Mars which creates strife in the Asteroid belt and Callisto. The system cannot survive in its current form if you add the unlimited and uncontrolled expansion implied by a viable mode of travel to the stars.
The second inspiration was a Hala fruit pic which I edited to create this picture of the asteroid Jo.
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! I just had an idea. My TABA story has scenes in it that I decided to not use in my first draft but I was thinking maybe I could rewrite some of them as "flash challenge stories" of 500-1,000 words.
Then, if I could get a few of those published elsewhere I could get people acquainted with the sci-fi universe I am creating and maybe that would help when it comes time to publish the actual TABA book.
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! Yes, it is. Short works based in the same world as a novel/s can help readers to dip their toes into the pool in order to see if they like that world. If they like the short works, they'll buy the larger works as well.
I'd already been working on ideas for short works that go with my larger works. You can also include a few chapters of the novel/s at the end of the short works to draw them in further.
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! As I approach the colony scene in my story I started thinking about how it could be done. PLS Exodus does have some components already (originally destined for the Callisto colonies) but what else... I discovered a cool possibility:
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! 14 km x 7.5 km = 329.86722862693 square kilometers = the area of Kape that has the lava tubes, the rainbow cliffs, Lake Vert Melange and a portion of the fumarole fields. I am rounding this number to 330 sq km for purposes of my stories "headright grant" system in use by the PLS. The idea of the "headright grant system" came to me while I was reading articles on Texas history and one of them took me to this site.
Re: Inspiration - that can be everything! I have heard the term "Man Trap" most of my life but never thought I would be attempting to describe that event.
The Captain has given Maria the task of getting Walter to talk about his experiences on Kape. Walter does not know that Maria is a PLS Officer and she cannot tell him.
To accomplish the task, Maria has decided to meet Walter "by accident" at the Ship's "lake." It is very strange to be staging a "manhunt." Do women really do this type of thing? Or am I letting my male ego and imagination "stereo-type" Maria's actions?
Please don't freak out. I was looking for a "shocking" string bikini that would assure Maria of getting the reaction she was looking for in her "manhunt." I found this but am unsure of how to describe it... The bikini is NOT a see-through swimsuit but the "nude colored cloth gives it that appearance when it is wet. I need a PG-13 description...