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# 111
07-30-2013, 06:50 PM
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Since y'all are gonna be reading...well, hopefully...the continuing voyages of the Starship Bonaventure...how about you choose the captain's first name from the four below?

Because...you know....if there is a particular name that reminds you of somebody you absolutely can't stand, you may not want to see it on a recurring basis. And audience participation is always fun. Right?

Surname's going to be Garrett...that's just how it is.

So:

Zachary, Alexander, Nikolas, or Domenico?

Each has a different backstory that will determine his future. Your input determines that fate....

(If nobody bites...then I'll just roll a D4 and go on from there, sobbing quietly in the corner that nobody really cares about poor Captain Garrett.... )
Nikolas or Dominico. "Nico Garrett" just sort of rolls off the tongue in a way the other options do not.

When I'm coming up with a name for a character, especially a major one, I say the name aloud in a variety of contexts - as a superior officer giving him a thorough chewing-out, as a lover in the throes of passion, and as a best friend or loved one watching him die. If I don't like the way the name sounds in one of those contexts, I come up with something else.


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# 112
07-30-2013, 07:15 PM
I like Nikolas. "Zach Garrett" sounds like he should be sporting a pornstache and working as a private eye in the 1970s.

I added a little bit to the descriptors at the end of my story. I was tempted to add more, but I've just eaten, and didn't want to look that closely at the image in my head.
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# 113
07-30-2013, 07:23 PM
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@superhombre777: A suicidal, depressed Vulcan? Lots of atypical Vulcans in these forums! But I'm a bit confused...who is the cadet in the runabout?
I added the cadet so that ch'Raul could have another moment of humor. I figure that there must be hundreds of cadets around Earth with nothing better to do than be pilots for more experienced officers. Perhaps the story would have ended better without it?
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# 114
07-30-2013, 07:57 PM
Thanks everyone for the positive reviews of my entry! I'm always glad when people enjoy what I write (and don't call for my brain to be put in a jar and sealed away in a vault a mile below the ground).

I planned on writing my own reviews for the other entries, but injured a finger today. I'm still hoping to be able to do so, but typing is a bit more work than normal. I will say I'm very impressed with many of these entries, and my reviews would echo a lot of what's been said.

Well done, all!
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# 115
07-30-2013, 09:21 PM
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I added the cadet so that ch'Raul could have another moment of humor. I figure that there must be hundreds of cadets around Earth with nothing better to do than be pilots for more experienced officers. Perhaps the story would have ended better without it?
No, I liked how the upbeat goofing around was a counterpoint to the somber occasion they were there for. I didn't know that he was piloting the shuttle....I assumed that the two friends were conveying their comrade home by themselves. (Guess that "pulling rank" dialog had me thinking that ch'Raul was piloting it.). A line saying something like, "the cadet piloting the shuttle tried for an expressionless face....but you could see that he was glad he wasn't on the receiving end of ch'Raul's anger" could tell us there's a third person onboard, and would be a good set up for the punch line, making the reader think, "he saw what the brass is capable of...is he *that* dumb to fall asleep?!".

(An added line about family privacy or tradition would go a long way to explain why the cadet wasn't there to pay respects...from my experiences somebody assigned that particular duty would not...I say again, not...fall asleep...I'd keelhaul them if they weren't at attention the whole time in an immaculate uniform, bus driver or not.)

Just my 2 cents!
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# 116
07-30-2013, 09:25 PM
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I'd say Nikolas. Though, to be honest, I'd have Nikolas be his middle name, and have his first name be Frank.

Then he could be Frank Nikolas Garrett... or FNG.
Now *that* is a genuine LOL!!!
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# 117
07-30-2013, 09:29 PM
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I like Nikolas. "Zach Garrett" sounds like he should be sporting a pornstache and working as a private eye in the 1970s.

I added a little bit to the descriptors at the end of my story. I was tempted to add more, but I've just eaten, and didn't want to look that closely at the image in my head.
And yet another actual LOL!

And no further descriptors is necessary...the less detailed, the more the reader can envision the horror...

*shudder*
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# 118
07-30-2013, 09:34 PM
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Nikolas or Dominico. "Nico Garrett" just sort of rolls off the tongue in a way the other options do not.

When I'm coming up with a name for a character, especially a major one, I say the name aloud in a variety of contexts - as a superior officer giving him a thorough chewing-out, as a lover in the throes of passion, and as a best friend or loved one watching him die. If I don't like the way the name sounds in one of those contexts, I come up with something else.
Ahh...you caught that 2 can be cut down to the same diminutive...hmmm....must be more sneaky...

And speaking of sneaky...I put two pop culture references in my entry...one so blatant I had expected to get yelled at, the other a bit more subtle. Kudos to anybody who can name the latter...
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# 119
07-30-2013, 10:06 PM
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Now *that* is a genuine LOL!!!
Thank you, thank you.

Sometimes it can be fun to see what acronyms or abbreviations can be created from a person's initials. I've heard of someone who considered naming their kid Rachel Phoebe Meyer, which gets you RPM.

So, yeah, sometimes I do like to play with names, see if I can come up with fun acronyms or even make their name match a common abbreviation.
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# 120
07-31-2013, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by masopw View Post
Since y'all are gonna be reading...well, hopefully...the continuing voyages of the Starship Bonaventure...how about you choose the captain's first name from the four below?

Because...you know....if there is a particular name that reminds you of somebody you absolutely can't stand, you may not want to see it on a recurring basis. And audience participation is always fun. Right?

Surname's going to be Garrett...that's just how it is.

So:

Zachary, Alexander, Nikolas, or Domenico?

Each has a different backstory that will determine his future. Your input determines that fate....

(If nobody bites...then I'll just roll a D4 and go on from there, sobbing quietly in the corner that nobody really cares about poor Captain Garrett.... )
Dominic Garrett for sure, but allows friends call him Nico...
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