Plot ideas

Sep. 17th, 2012 11:23 pm
beccastareyes: (thesis)
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 )
beccastareyes: Image of man (Kain Furey) doing something electronic.  Text: geek at work (geek at work)
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.

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* 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.
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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.
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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 )
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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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This post is mostly for [insanejournal.com profile] 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 )
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This post is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] 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 )
beccastareyes: (NaNoWriMo 2008)
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.
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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~ )
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INspired by comments from [livejournal.com profile] limyaael's latest rant, on arranged marriages.

The play Romeo and Juliet (or a translation of it) actually became quite popular on Daryn. Instead of a tragedy, however, it is usually played as a morality play -- 'See, kids, when you let your hormones decide your marriage prospects instead of your common sense, Bad Things Happen.' Daryn really doesn't have arranged marriages (at least now), but they don't really marry for love -- basically you pick someone you know well, know you can live with without being driven batshit, who would make a good spouse/parent, and of good enough character to get your family's blessing. Some things don't translate well -- for one thing, Montegue and Capulet's parts would usually be rewritten as female ones, as it would be unusual to have a male head of the family, even in modern Darynese culture -- family is one of the areas Darynese culture is most conservative about, and they were a matriarchy.

And, hell, now I need to figure out what pressures brought the Equalist movement into play on their planet. Which means finding out more about the women's rights movement (and aspects thereof) on Earth. AND get their damn government fixed in my mind.

My worldbuilding muse is a harsh mistress.
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Have been trying to work out the history of one of my alien species in my current writing world. Mainly because it explains why they don't have psionics and didn't really take to them quickly. Humans were at a disadvantage with psionics because the ability most common in them is the ability to sense them being used. Having a psi on Earth before psionics was formally recognized by modern science (and some level of schooling in shielding was put into place) was like having a Christmas tree at a star party -- a very bright thing near a large number of people who don't like light right now.

Story time )

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