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# 161
09-04-2013, 07:40 PM
@masopw - I do not re-read to get into mind. I play my character in-game and she's my only character so it's easy for me to "just do it".

Thank you everyone for your feedback! Like I said, there are some amazing entries so following them was a little scary.

LC 49 is going to be very interesting.
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# 162
09-04-2013, 11:46 PM
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Question...how often do the regulars here go over their previous works? Do you re-read your entries to get in a frame of mind...or are you just hardwired to drop into your character's stories automatically?
I see them in my mind's eye, and write what I see. This is the two-fold reason why I cast my characters: It makes it easier for me to visualise them, giving my subconscious something less to have to work on, and equally, it helps others see what I see. Sure, character description can be good, but if I was to describe every character each time I write, it would stop a story dead while everyone on the bridge gets described, and also get very repetitive, as after all, they always look the same .

On the subject of re-reading, I am always re-reading my own work, seeing if there's anything I could have done better, phrased more smoothly etc
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# 163
09-04-2013, 11:57 PM
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Question...how often do the regulars here go over their previous works? Do you re-read your entries to get in a frame of mind...or are you just hardwired to drop into your character's stories automatically?
I've spent a lot of time creating the mindsets of my main characters (and some of the ancillary ones - there's something about Ruben Manalang that's probably going to be mentioned in the next story), so mostly I figure out how I think the story's going to go, then turn the people in my mind loose in it and see how long the original concept survives. I usually know the story's ready about the time I can clearly envision one or more of the scenes playing out in my mind's eye...

(For instance, in "Outpost 47", the moment that gelled the entire story for me was when I could "read" the conversation between Grunt and Mycroft. That also blew away my original story, which was going to be much more mysterious. The followup came together when Grunt's reasoning for keeping his new supercomputer out of SCE's hands revealed itself to me.)
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# 164
09-05-2013, 12:35 AM
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On the subject of re-reading, I am always re-reading my own work, seeing if there's anything I could have done better, phrased more smoothly etc
Me too. I'm something of a perfectionist and I often go back after the story's dropped to hunt for typos or sentences that need to be rephrased and sometimes I go back and retcon things to fit what I've said in other entries.

I try to make all my entries fit together, because I feel like I'm slowly putting together a massive puzzle with my stories, working from a few different corners. The Road to Ruin helped me find an edge, but there's a lot more to be added to the puzzle before I'll be able to see the whole picture.

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# 165
09-05-2013, 01:29 AM
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@gulberat: "The physical pain, though, was the easiest to deal with." Ain't it the truth. Nicely done.

@zidanetribal: Shon's glassware replicator report will be interesting, since *everybody* wants a piece of the E-F! Well done. Any entry that features Shon is going to have to take into account not only the game portrayal of him, but also the ongoing fiction appearing in the Star Trek Magazine, which might make for some tricky entries.

@jonsils: re: United Earth Star Fleet. Ahh. My memory from ENT had them talking about the UESPA. I claim the "It happened a decade ago!" defence, and add in a little of the "it's my TBI" excuse...

So...caught up on the entries posted to this date.


Question...how often do the regulars here go over their previous works? Do you re-read your entries to get in a frame of mind...or are you just hardwired to drop into your character's stories automatically?

After five entries, my mind won't remember all the nuances, so I've cut & pasted my entries into a Word doc, and will use it to prevent those blasted continuity errors. (In doing so, I've found the annoying red squiggles that show spelling errors...some legit, some showing up because, for some reason, this computer just can't accept that I've set the default dictionary for Canadian English and keeps yelling at me for the extra 'u' or 'c instead of s'. Meh.)

I'm also going to dig out the STO novel just to ensure timelines make sense...and make more use of Memory Alpha so I don't have to ask "D'oh!" questions I should have known...

And just to flesh out some of the past entries with additional details that I've asked others to pop into their stories:

--USS Yorktown was an Ambassador-class. It was our crew's previous command.
--USS Honolulu is the Vesta-class command of Capt. Sotek. Mix of Aventine & Vesta saucer/hull/pylons, with Rademaker nacelles.

Finally...that obscure pop culture reference from LC 47 (first entry):
..."Better than Papailoa Beach on Earth."
"Get lost"...

Well...Papailoa Beach was where they filmed a lot of scenes from Lost.
How often do i go over previous works? Often enough to find errors all over teh damn place, I occasionally go back through and add bits to a thread I term "My awful fanfics" to try and keep things in some kind of order and use them as references for the next story.

reminds me, I'm behind on that.
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# 166
09-05-2013, 01:49 PM
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@gulberat - another brilliant ending to a terrific after-the-fact entry. Captain Teeglar is a very wise man.
Thanks. That is exactly how I want Teeglar to come off.

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gulberat: It's always interesting to see more of Captain Teeglar-- I like how you've essentially taken a minor "bit part" species from the new Star Trek and used it to create a more serious character.
I was inspired by the description someone came up with for Keenser, that he was the straight man to all of Scotty's craziness.

That gave me the idea of making the Roylans (other than the instinct to go to high places sometimes against the rules) have a very strict, disciplined culture--not at all the "little comic relief" types that you often see little people portrayed as. They're not quite up there with the Cardassians...not sadistic...but they lead very regimented, efficient lives in their society and don't easily tolerate breaches of discipline or a bad attitude. While perhaps Starfleet is not as strict as my Roylans might have it if they ran it, Teeglar runs a tight ship aboard the Avandar. I can actually see Alyosha's posture straighten up (most of the time) when dealing with Teeglar.

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I also like how you wrote Alyosha's reactions to having to use his "gifts" to repel the Jem'Hadar.
Thanks. On one hand it was good that he could do those things--on the other, it felt like walking a fine line, to him.

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@gulberat: "The physical pain, though, was the easiest to deal with." Ain't it the truth. Nicely done.
Thanks. Undoubtedly Alyosha had nightmares about the incident for quite a while.

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