Saturday, August 2, 2008

Half-Way There!

Sometime around midnight last night I wrote the 25,000th word of Earthcrosser. That means I'm about half-way done with my first draft! If all goes well, I'll be needing test readers in the month of September.

One thing I love about writing science fiction is that I don't have to make everything up. The real world is full of cool stuff I can use. Take, for example, the exciting discovery I made during today's early morning writing session. The characters were hiking around outside after sunset, and I wanted to know what the sky would look like on June 27, 2087. So I went to the Sky View Cafe.

I typed in the seventy-nine years in the future date and discovered that Mars and Jupiter will be in conjunction, passing spectacularly close to each other just two nights later. I never would have thought of that on my own, but it is perfect! It illustrates some astronomy concepts which happen to be important to the plot, it might be symbolic (we writers love that kind of thing), and it provides a nice concrete detail about the night sky which I can bask in for a descriptive sentence or two.

5 comments:

Kathy said...

Awesome! BTW: will you & Russel be our night sky experts at Tahoe next year? You two can pick the best night (I guess the Sky View Cafe can help you there, too) of the nights we are up there, brief us all then whip out the telescope and wow us.

Rebecca Mother of A Tribe said...

If there's a full moon, there won't be a whole lot of deep sky objects to see, but the planets will be nice. We'd be happy to bring the telescope. Will there be a dance floor handy too?

Kathy said...

the full moon is the week ahead of when we were able to book, so it will rise later each night and should give us time for a good look at other things. i have already been thinking about dance, too - how about an annual family reunion "she forgot to lay the eggs" competition? ballroom would be fun, too, with some instructions from you two. dad and I will hopefully be checking out the site in sept.

Teric said...

*raises his hand*

Can I volunteer to be a test reader?

Rebecca Mother of A Tribe said...

Teric, you are on my list already.