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"Contemplations" is envisioned as a topic for expressing moods and thoughts an author is experiencing during the writing process. The idea behind this topic is that by allowing a sharing of these "background" thoughts and moods it may be possible to avoid or minimize the effects associated with writer's block or writer's dilemma at various stages in the story writing process.

As an example, today I was looking at my story and I have a few things that the trapped shipmates need to do but I am having trouble figuring out.

The reason Myra Wilson is still having pain is because she was at the edge of the warp bubbles formation event. So close that the metal in her comm unit and the wires in her underwire bra ionized briefly causing burns to her body. No one has figured that out yet and given the delicate nature of where she has been burned I am having trouble figuring out how to get that into the story without someone thinking I am just wanting to get my characters naked or something. This is actually important because the wires in her bra are going to be needed when Vivian puts together a crude parabolic antenna to broadcast the shipmates cry for help.

Daniel is also important since I figure he has some kind of alcoholic beverage on him to help calm Myra down and dull the pain. He is one of those aristocratic types though so it doesn't feel right for him to have whiskey in a flask... would brandy do the job? I don't know since I don't drink...

Those are the thoughts running through my head as I sit down to write this morning...

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hmm ... If the scene is a real scene, then it shouldn't be a problem? Not sure I'm making sense there. Maybe let it flow as naturally as possible?

You might want to research underwire bras ... I was under the impression they don't use wire anymore. It's all plastic now. emoticon






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Could Myra choose to show her burns to another woman? Or treat the burns herself? Or is this very antiquated thinking - an injured team mate is a problem, and not getting help would undermine the team.

How does the military handle that in mixed units?

And yeah, Jox might be right, and there aren't any wires in an underwire bra (I can't wear them, they always chafe). In fact, here I can get away with wearing no bra at all, and I'm not small. I relish being able to breathe. emoticon

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A friend suggested an alternative to the underwire bra. She said "What about these instead?" and showed me her arm and ankle cuff jewelry pieces.

They are perfect! They are long enough to do the job and easily something that might be covered up so the burns wouldn't be immediately obvious. emoticon

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That's good. Hopefully it will work better in the long run.

Plastic can melt/heat up and burn as well though. It just couldn't be used for an antenna. It could be that the woman hid something in her bra. Or placed it there temporarily to keep from losing it. emoticon






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I think jewelry would be a better idea - less personal and less vulnerable for a woman do deal with burns in that area.

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That bit worked out better than I thought it would but now I have the "time trap" in my story where Henry's group and George/Julianne are 14 minutes ahead of everyone else in the timeline.

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I wonder, is it editing or writing when you are actually adding little bits and pieces to a story scene you have written? I know it is editing when I change something I have written but is it still editing when you add new things to a scene?

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hmm ... once the first draft of a scene is completely done ... then maybe anything done to it at a later point could be considered editing. emoticon









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I'm leaning toward calling it editing. But basically, it's part of the process to create a story.

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In the beginning, my story had several minor "supporting" characters that I created just to make a scene work. They were intended to be names on paper that I could use later but something is happening that is hard to explain, those names are taking on a life of their own and becoming important for me. They may have started just for filler in a single scene or event, but now, they are much much more...

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Working on my rescue scenes and trying to hit some kind of balance. It has been decades since I was in the military so I thought about taking the time to relearn all of the search and rescue protocols but then I changed my mind and just started creating my own thing so I would keep writing and not get bogged down attempting to make things "perfect" by today's standards when it comes to S&R... besides, I imagine procedures have probably changed a bit in 356 years. emoticon

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You can research once you have the first draft completely done. Some writers work that way.







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I am one of those who has to figure it out as I get to it. If I don't then whatever it was tends to get lost. That is why I know I'll be editing some scenes later on because they have "post-its" to remind me of why I did something the way I did.

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I made a discovery. When the story bushwacks you with a scene that causes you to stop writing then if you go to the ridiculous extreme for a few minutes you can get back to writing!

Is it a Happy scene? Then go to the funny extreme... Leonard is about to reveal his "secret" to the women in the Auxiliary bridge. mu ha ha... emoticon

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Whatever works best for you is how you should go about it. Many writers I follow say that each story has to be told in its own way, and can't be forced into whatever mold worked for another story.







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I bet it will be different even inside of the same story at times. I 'see' the scene in my head but I am having trouble with the dialogue on this one. How does a woman react when they see a man they know caught in an embarrassing but funny situation?

Samantha knows Leonard, but never in an even remotely intimate setting... What does she do?

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Have you tried recording the discussion? Maybe play all the roles in several recordings?

It might help to try a different route to get what you want. Some writers I follow have problems with pain in their fingers/hands/wrists, and dictate their story instead of writing it.

Plus, some writers swear reading what they've written into a recorder helps them in the writing process. Or even having someone else reading what they've written into a recorder, or to them, helps greatly.

They say hearing the words spoken out loud gives you a different perspective than hearing it in your head does.











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I use the recording method when preparing my sermons and it does help. The thing I don't want to end up doing is giving the women a response that is obviously the response of a man in the same situation.

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What real life female do you know who is a lot like this fictional female character? How well do you know this real life woman? Do you know her well enough that you would know how 'she' would react in such a situation?

You're XY ... that means you're half X ... so tap into that X and see what you can learn from it. emoticon






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So what I did after going to the extreme was back off to something not quite as bad, more of a mild but easily recoverable scene. Then I decided to let the man "own up" and go with the flow after his initial reaction. And to top it off his female friend went behind his back to get him out of trouble but he does have to go through some ribbing by another female friend before things go serious again.
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I know a lot of people don't like Stephenie Meyer's writing, but you might find this blog post of interest.

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I love how you worked your way through that, Rick!

Yes, it's different from story to story and scene to scene. The joys of being a writer - at least it's never really dull.

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I had trouble visualizing things yesterday. I don't know if that happens with others but the part I had to keep revisiting in my mind was just how things look and act like inside my stories "warp bubble." This was brought home to me when I started the first of my three extravehicular rescue scenes. In the first one, I had to remember that the scene involved a spinning object which creates simulated gravity, and an ion storm element, and a spacecraft which is in a weightless environment. I had to do all of that and still remember all the different directions everything was going in! The actual scene is a short one since I had not planned on it being in the story but trying to write it was difficult as I realized my first attempt was two dimensional and the characters were working in a four-dimensional setting!

I was also forced to think about my use of the "force fields" and just how they work inside of my story. I came up with a process that allows me to determine what will and what won't work when it comes to using them. Thankfully, I had somehow managed to use them correctly on all the scenes I had already written so no editing was involved. I even figured out what kind of power they have to use when they are being used. All I can say is that once I had actually thought this part through and did the math I was sure happy I gave the ship seven fusion reactors!

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A puzzle I have not figured out yet.

The habitat rings are 250 meters in diameter.
The warp bubble cut a ring out of the habitat ring at a sixty-degree angle relative to the edge of the ring.
The depth of the cut (from the edge of the ring going inward) was 4 meters.

The habitat ring is divided into 720 sections.
What is the surface area of a section (that part which was cut off of the ring.).

I know the power needed to create all the force screens involved was 792 gigawatts but how big are the individual force screens?



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Ugh. We probably need to get Lesa here to figure that one out.

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I'm feeling quite frustrated and stupid at the moment, trying to figure out GIMP. I definitely want to run before I can even walk... don't understand half of those tutorials on Youtube, and sometimes I think I need to get AddOns before I can do what I really want. But I just don't *know*.

I also hate all tutorials I found so far. I learn too fast for the noob ones. They bore me to tears and I can't focus to catch the little bits that are important to me. The advanced ones assume too much knowledge. So this is an exercise in dealing with frustration and trying not to scream.

I suppose I should go and play a game for a while, or write a steaming scene. emoticon

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I hope maybe Raythia will pop in and help since she is a real life engineer. emoticon

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We probably need to point her here through FB. emoticon

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I think I may have discovered why I stopped writing after college. I always had assignments where I was given the parameters way back then so I knew exactly where something went and how big it had to be before I had completed the assignment.

Take something like chapters as an example, the instructor told us how many scenes it had to contain or how long it had to be. I never had an instructor that explained or illustrated the how and why of it, they just told everyone the thing they wanted. That was, and still is, something I can do easily but after college, there was no grounding on how to know when to put in a chapter break!

I am making progress now because I am ignoring chapters and concentrating on scenes inside the story, some scenes are easy and some are hard but I know what they are. After the story is done I'll go back and see if I can discover where my "chapters" are hiding. emoticon



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It's funny, that's exactly how I wrote my first novel ever - no chapters. Just one long series of scenes.

And there are no hard and fast rules on chapters, especially on length.

I like to keep one chapter to one Point of View, but even that isn't always possible. But then, I usually write rather tight Third Person (meaning mostly from one point of view), or even First Person.

So I often have a chapter break when I jump in time, to the next day or a few days later.

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