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As the story is two chapters away from completion (technically one, as I’ve already written the last chapter), I decided to share a couple of things with everyone.  The first is more on an inspirational note, while the second is about names of ships.

Starships were meant to fly

Starships were meant to fly
Hands up and touch the sky
Can’t stop ‘cause we’re so high
Let’s do this one last time

It’s interesting the things I find inspiring for writing. Now, normally, I don’t listen to Nicki Minaj, but the fan video with her song that intertwined several sci fi television shows and movies along with the beat of the music was really, really good. I have to honestly say, I’ve been listening to it (not watching it) while writing up some ideas for Rocket Fox: Pau Theta II.

So far, the Rocket Fox series has been a build up to what’s coming. What’s coming is going to have a lot more action to it. From action in the city of Rondu on the plaent’s surface, to the fighter pilots lead by Left-tenant Chloe Grivana, to the actions of Left-tenant Mia Talon in the pilot’s seat of the Nighthawk herself.

I’ve even toyed with the idea of borrowing the line “starships were meant to fly” and have it being said by Aria Sharpspear or Captain Felix at some point (most likely toward the end).

Sorry for the ramble, but I just find it interesting what things can help bring out ideas when it seems the well has run dry.

A brief history of ships in Rocket Fox

With one chapter left in the Rocket Fox series (the first book), I felt it necessary to divulge the naming convention for the ships.

As it will become clear, all ships will be dubbed the name of a bird, whether that be a bird of prey or a song bird or nautical bird.  This includes the Osprey (which was originally called the Tritan), the Kestrel, the Peregrine, the Kingifsher, right on up to the Nighthawk.

On a personal note, I like birds, I find them fascinating.  Particularly birds of prey like hawks and eagles and falcons.  For the story, I added that aspect into the first attempts at flight by the Vulpinian people.

The first ship was called the Kitty Hawk (a hat tip to the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright had their historic first flight), which was the  test craft to see if it was indeed possible to create a craft which could fly.  The first passenger transport air craft (terrestrial ships) were named the Kitty Hawk after this first historic voyage.  Since then over a thousand years have passed, and the interplanetary passenger ships are named the Kingfisher class shuttle craft.

As space exploration really began to take off, the first satellites were also given some of these names.  Such as the Puffin, the Night Owl, the Gull, and the Parrot.  As massive space exploration vessels were created, they were named after larger birds, with even one getting the rather embarrassing name the Turkey Vulture (since that time, it was decided all names will be no more than one word in length, and no longer than ten letters).

As the Vulpine and Felanus began meeting hostile species in space, they had to build vessels for war, and they were given very intimidating names.  Such as the Peregrine, the Kestrel, the Falcon and the Eagle. The most recently named class of vessel in the Osprey, which is the flagship of the Royal Vulpine Armada.

There have been exceptions to this rule, as the fighter craft of the fleet is called Maverick (named for the engineer who developed the first jet engine).  With the launch of the NIghthawk, the name Maverick is no longer in use, as the Nighthawk’s fighter craft are often called the ‘Hawks, shortened version of the Nighthawk.  Another exception is many of the cargo cruisers in the Vulpine Trade Commission.  In particular, the Barrow, or as the refit is now called, the Barrow’s Revenge.  The Barrow was named after the farm and construction implement which is used to carry large amounts of material from one location to another.  The Revenge, as she is known, is refit with a hangar bay which houses the now famous Midnight Squadron of attack fighters, along with an expanded cargo bay,and forward and aft photon torpedo launchers and forward phaser cannons.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Fun, randomness, Writing

 

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Rocket Fox: Chapter Thirteen


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When last we left our story, the cadets of Chattingham academy along with Colonel Tyrell and Captain Mallard were trying to track down Colonel Stigian.  Stigian, it had been revealed was attempting to set a bomb at the faculty building, when discovered, he fainted and was taken to the academy medical facility.  Meanwhile, Senia Felix has been informed by General Gerring she has been chosen to captain a new breed of starship in order to root out this conspiracy that could affect all of Vulpinia Prime.  Why exactly did Stigian faint, and is he in dire medical need?  And who will Senia recruit to join her as part of the crew of the latest ship in the fleet; the Nighthawk?

The latest chapter of Rocket Fox: Flight of the Nighthawk is now available.  Download and read via pdf reader.

Rocket Fox – Chapter Thirteen

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in The Barrow's Revenge, Writing

 

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100,000 Stars


Something very cool that you can view through Google Chrome, a sort of star chart with information about nearby stars.  It’s called 100,000 Stars.  Below are some screen shots of what it looks like.

theneighbourhood alphacoronaeborealis themilkyway altair

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Writing: the next chapter


The Nighthawk in Squadron Mode.

The Nighthawk in Squadron Mode.

I’m hoping this weekend I’ll have chapter 12 ready for download.  The big news is coming for Lt. Senia Felix, and she’ll have to recruit her crew for the task she’ll be given.

Unlike the original writing, the Nighthawk is going to show up a lot earlier and it’s going to be showcased a great deal more for what she can do.  There’s also going to be some growing pains for the crew as they move from school life and training sessions to actual combat situations.  Which will bring up the difficult task of having characters die.

I’ll admit, I have my own favourites as I’ve been writing this.  I’ve tried to have it so the reader will find their own as well.  A lot more of that will be fleshed out in the second draft, so there can be more of an emotional attachment to the characters.

I’m also thinking of revealing a little bit more of the different cultures that are found on Vulpinia Prime in relation to the different characters, such as Senia, Aria, Mia, Clarfax and Hardy.  Plus, I’m toying with the idea of having something special in the printed version of the book when it comes out.  Oh yes, I fully plan on getting this published.  The book will contain maps, ship designs, pictures of different characters, a bit of history of that sector of space, and a bit more.  Basically an appendix for things that are mentioned in the book, like slang terms that are mentioned, ships such as the Barrow’s Revenge and the Dorgatha, and historical events like the Great Lupine Land War that gets mentioned a few times.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but in the end, it’ll be worth it.

Then I just have to start planning book two.

Special treat: here’s a mix tape of the soundtrack that I’ll sometimes listen to while I’m writing.

Rocket Fox Mix Tape

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A space kind of day


Horse Head Nebula

Horse Head Nebula

One epic photo of the Horse Head Nebula (IC434)

Emission and dark Nebula in the constellation of Orion

Distance: 1500 light years from Earth

First discovered by the astronomer Williamina Fleming in 1888

Art by John Berkey

Art by John Berkey

This has been a space kind of day.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Writing: Rocket Fox schematic times


I made schematics.  As a reward for writing over three thousand words today, and two thousand yesterday (my NaNoWriMo has turned into a NaNoDecWriMo) I designed a couple of side view schematics for the new Nighthawk.  It’s pretty self explanatory.

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And, just because, a full figure image of Senia with feet.  This is the standard of all Vulpine and Felanus (and soon to be explained in the story, the Prycelon).  They don’t wear footwear, but do have boots made for space walk conditions.

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in randomness, Writing

 

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Science fiction, science discovery and human’s ability to make the worst of it all


Ever noticed that in sci fi movies, whenever a scientist discovers something really awesome and finds a way help out mankind, there’s always some guy who brings about a big downer.  And, it’s always some guy.  Granted, I sort of understood in Jurassic Park what Ian Malcolm was getting at, especially when the scientists decided it would be totally awesome to clone a T-Rex and velociraptors.  In that case there should have been someone there to say, “maybe we should stop at the triceratops and NOT clone the creature that can devour us whole”.

But in other things there’s often doom and gloom with regard to a scientific or engineering breakthrough where someone says “NO GOOD WILL COME OF THIS”.  It even happens in real life, and the constant examples of film showing disasters based on a scientific or engineering breakthrough has actually broken the fourth wall and become part of our culture.

Science = REALLY BAD THING!

No it doesn’t.  I’m sorry, but the Hadron Collider did not open a black hole and suck the Earth inside when it was turned on, even though a large number of people panicked when even the mere mention of that was spoken.  Granted, the ignorant media decided “Hey, let’s run with this and just let it snowball”.

Back in 2000 there were no riots because computers did not have a problem switching over to 2000 from 1999.  Traffic lights did not fail.  Telephone service did not stop.  And people got to see their stupid reality TV shows (although, losing those would not have been a bad thing, really).  Systems engineers and programmers knew there was a problem, a slight problem.  They recognized it, and worked on it, and said “yeah, there’s an issue, but we’re working on it and we think we’ve got it covered”.  But the public just heard up to “yeah there’s an issue” and then panicked.  They seemed to refuse to listen to the entire statement and let their little reptile brains take over.

Just once in a sci fi movie, I’d love to see some massive scientific breakthrough happen, some guy come along and freak out about it being the end of the world, and when nothing happens everyone just thinks he’s a jerkface for being paranoid.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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