Part 8 Surprises in writing a science fiction thriller

Never let the technical overshadow the art.

Then I thought about how I might explain that, and came up with this:
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Art always trumps the technical; the grammar, the sentence structure, the etc, the ad infinitum.

Technical:

What is that mild illumination coming in through the window?  That’s the sunrise, and Juliet represents the sun.

Art:

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?  It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Multiple online results talk about how Shakespeare had more freedom back then to use the English language in the manner in which he did.

Yeah, so?  What’s holding people back today?  Catering to the lowest demographic or something?

If someone were to ask me about writing in that form I would wholeheartedly encourage them to go ahead and write like Shakespeare.

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But if you are ‘terrible’ at art and really have to work at it then how would you tell it?

First of all you can do art just fine, remember that.

Second, you don’t tell it ……. you show it.

Tell:
Is that the early morning sunlight beginning to come in through the window?  Due to the rotation of the earth the sun rises in the east, and there is Juliet, her inner glow providing it’s own illumination, she’s just like the sun.

Show:
But soft! What light through yonder breaks?  It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Early on I was very much inclined to write in the ‘Tell’ format.  Showing is moh bettah and moh fun.

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There is a last part:

STORY trumps all, including art.   Showing is good, but not at the expense of the story and it’s flow. 😀

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Part 6 Surprises in writing a science fiction thriller

How will I feel?
How will I feel?

I’ve been procrastinating.

Primarily because of Part 1, my first surprise in writing a science fiction thriller novel, Emotions.

Weird huh?

I know that the part I’m going to write is going to go deep into emotion, that’s the point of that particular plotline.

I’m concerned about how I’ll feel about it 😆

But it has to get done. This weekend baby 😀

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Fox-1A satellite has been integrated for orbital launch

It’s done! The Fox-1A CubeSat satellite has been integrated into the Poly-PicoSatellite Orbital Deployer rig (P-POD) with two other CubeSats. The loaded P-POD will be integrated into the rocket payload for subsequent launch in late summer 2015.

Fox-1A was hand delivered in it’s Pelican case to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for completion of CubeSat Acceptance Checks, then integration.

Representatives from Fox-1, ARC1, and BisonSat CubeSat teams, Cal Poly, Tyvak, NRO/OSL, and NASA were on hand during the integration.

Now we wait. [drums fingers on desk]

The following are photos concerning the integration. Click on each page for larger version (new window)

Fox-1A on the left with the two other CubeSats for this particular P-POD
Fox-1A on the right with the two other CubeSats for this particular P-POD
Fox-1A CubeSat satellite installed in P-POD
Fox-1A CubeSat satellite installed in P-POD
Larger view of the loaded P-POD
Larger view of the loaded P-POD
CubeSat P-POD closed
CubeSat P-POD closed

My Dry Tortugas article has been published

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Article header, QST Magazine, March 2015
Article header, QST Magazine, March 2015
Alright 😀

Here is a PDF link to the draft version: QST Dry Tortugas article

Three months of prep to get over to Dry Tortugas; specifically Garden Key, home of Fort Jefferson.

My view from the bow of the ferry on approach to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas
My view from the bow of the ferry on approach to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas

Fun fact:
I wrote the article BEFORE heading over. 😀
I used it to create my plan of action in getting to the Key, setting up and operating my ham radio station and developing goals for each day.
Then I edited the article accordingly. I was about 90% on with my article. 😀

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Posing next to the 1/4 wave vertical antenna on the North Coaling Docks at Fort Jefferson, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas
Posing next to the 1/4 wave vertical antenna on the North Coaling Docks at Fort Jefferson, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas
Posing at the entrance to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas
Posing at the entrance to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas