Jul. 15th, 2017

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I've been trying to figure out where to start my stories about a character I'm probably calling Dana, who is a full time carer with a part time English degree who inherits a share in the mysterious family company and finds out it trades across the multiverse.

The problem is that where you start it plus the genre it seems to be sets up different promises for the reader.

Read more... )


So I reckon the beginning is not all the finding what they didn't want, but finding the work only they can do, and then following them around as they do it.



... it's just the before of that has lots of interesting too...
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I been thinking about Legends of Tomorrow's Captain Valor
and Vala Mal Doran
purely because of the sound alike

but we have nothing but what Valor looks like, and a couple lines in one episode.
Vala is a whole character.
... looking like Valor, acting like Vala...

that seems kind of fun.

also, the 'former host' background can move to the multiverse setup I had in mind pretty smoothly, because demons or 'thaumic elementals' are a thing.

stormships get made and then towed out into the storm to attract a spirit, who is then varying degrees of trapped bu the fabric of the ship. But that means travellers in the storm run increased risk of becoming vessels themselves.

And that would give an angle on piracy - basically freeing the ship's AIs, freeing the storm spirits.

Different ship designs would invite or compel, allow or entangle. It's a bit difficult to talk to spirits so probably no one asks nicely. yet.

So first there's Captain Valor, and then there's... two beings? Like, one would be the former host, looking like CKR, but if the other was Valor looking like Vala... new layers to play with.

And argument about stealing bodies vs stealing spirits, of a mostly who started it sort.

This fusion has parts...
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While looking for what ships did exploring in the real world old times
I find phrases like "not built for the open ocean"
and wonder again how any of our ancestors survived to do anything.
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A minion was a sort of cannon.
It's from a French word for cute, according to wiki.
By etymology online http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=minion it's "a favorite; a darling; a low dependent; one who pleases rather than benefits", or a probably homosexual term of abuse.

look at my big gun, isn't it pretty

Humans!
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I have been reading Many Things, and my head is all sloshing with facts.

I can see things that happened to ship design over the roughly five hundred years I've been pulling ships from wiki at random, but that isn't the most best way to learn things, and I have minimal understanding of which whats were for why, though y'all have been very helpful.

Ships have lots of different optimization sliders, and many bits of history happened to ships that would rather have been somewhere else.

But if I'm going to design ships for magical reasons then the magic needs defining before figuring the other settings makes sense. Read more... )

Real ships are complicated, and needing to make up rules for how your magic interfaces with the physical constraints just makes it much more complicated.

So I still have no idea what size or shape an adventure party would set out in.

But I know more about how much I don't know.

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