Monday, July 16, 2012

Hitting new milestones

I'm still going full speed ahead on my space opera and having so much fun I don't want to stop. So I'm not. Being unagented and unpublished still gives me a lot of freedom in which projects I can work on. It's nice and right now I'm enjoying it.

Yesterday I hit another magic milestone. 80,000 words. More precisely, 80,240 when I quit for the evening. I have a plan for what comes next in getting this thing out and I'm excited about it.

One of the difficulties in writing about aliens, even when they're humanoid, is showing people what's in my head. Thankfully I have a huge science fiction TV library to pull alien images from.

This picture is the Face of Boe, from Doctor Who. It's also pretty much what the people of my hero's race look like. Minus the ancient, scaly skin and tentacles coming out of his head. Also, my hero's race have bodies. The Face of Boe does not. He's just a floating head.

You'll have to forgive Boe for looking so bad. He's only several million years old in this particular picture from the episode Gridlock.

For nearly six weeks it drove me crazy trying to remember what alien inspired my hero's face. When I finally remembered I felt a little dumb, since I've devoured all 83 episodes of the Doctor Who reboot and am now working through Torchwood and have had multiple arguments with my sister about exactly when Jack Harkness becomes the Face of Boe, or the Face of Boe became Jack.

My humanoid aliens are also telepathic. Coincidentally, so is the Face of Boe. Or maybe not so coincidentally. With all the science fiction I've absorbed in nearly 30 years of being alive it's really a miracle it took this long to start showing up in my writing.

It's all David Tennant's fault. That's my line and I'm sticking to it.

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