Today I will use number one from the Thirty-day novel writing meme. I’m not going to use one every day, just when I feel it’s necessary. I don’t like some of the suggestions on the list, so I may be changing or skipping them to suit my taste. Example: “Which published book is it most like?” Oh, out of all of them? None I hope, but I’m writing sci-fi and fantasy. There’s gonna be similarities. For the similarities I want them to be classic, not trite. If that even makes sense. I was talking with DB about that yesterday. Should the military organization in charge of the station and the transports be naval or air force originated or a combination of both? DB said they’re always navy originated: games, movies, books…always naval. Yes, I said, but does that make it classic or trite? If I follow that line of thinking is it because it’s organic (ships on the ocean becoming ships in an ocean of stars) or because so many other people have done it and I just think of it that way.
This is another reason my projects often stall. I spend way too much time fretting over minutiae. I feel these things are important, damnit! I want to be original! On to the prompt.
1- Name of current Project and back story of the name
I’m thinking they mean title. I started this one in my paper journal a couple of days ago and stalled because that particular project is fantasy world. There’s dragons. Shut up, my dragons will be original! But fantasy novels and the accompanying titles with dragon in them are a dime a dozen. They’re flipping everywhere. I need to have a lot more of that story finished before I could decide on a title. I thought, “It’s just a working title!” but my brain rebelled and just refused to try, constantly slipping off to think of entirely non-related things. Really, that story will be a major investment in time and energy; I’ll have to create a whole world. I think I may have to start with one of the two sci-fi projects.
Name of the Project: Working name only - Space Station Kittinger.
Back story of the name: Ooh, this is where the fun starts! The station is named after Colonel Joseph William Kittinger II. And why?
On August 16, 1960 Captain Kittinger put on a pressure suit and a parachute kit (the two totaled about 150 extra pounds) and stepped into his flying machine – the Excelsior III, an open gondola with giant helium balloons attached. He travelled up, 102,800 feet. That’s about 19.5 miles. It is, if I understand the info on this page correctly, the mid-stratosphere in the upper levels of the ozone layer. So, pretty damn far up…especially for it being nineteen-effing-sixty in a gondola. And when he gets all the way up there? He jumps. Can you imagine, all that long, long, LONG way up in just that gondola? Towed by helium balloons? No comforting solid walls, no engine. And then to ride up all that way, past the clouds, see the earth getting farther and farther and farther…and then jump? Free falling for four minutes and 36 seconds, the falling body reaching a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour? And dear gods, they got it on film. That You Tube video has lots of fascinating bits of info in it as captions too.
Did you know this man is still alive? He went on to lots of other achievements. He’s a goddamn original.
|source: Nat'l Museum of the USAF|
I keep thinking about that moment. That moment when he’s standing in the gondola, looking down at earth. I wonder about the adrenalin surging through him, his clarity of thought in that moment. That moment…and then he steps off.
So that’s why I’ve named my space station Kittinger. Early in the story, Zee (the redhead running woman) will tell this story to the scruffy young man (I can’t decide on his name yet). Then, later in the story…someone will experience a moment like that. I haven’t decided who.
How’s that. Jeez, this took me two hours to research and type up. I can’t ever do anything easily.