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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by DaddyHoggy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:43 pm

From memory I think I spend a lot of time describing things "inside" the cockpit - panic, sirens, noise etc - the fact that this is caused by a fight going on "outside" is almost irrelevant! (I'd hope)
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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by Cody » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:46 pm

DaddyHoggy wrote:It's tempting to write a ship to ship combat thus:
"The two ships approached other under full power, each desperately trying to draw a vector that would give it the first, potentially killer blow [insert imagination here - the good guy wins]..."
Heh - that's damn near perfect. I recently got seduced by a small fleet/capital ship engagement - luckily, I came to my senses, and changed it somewhat!
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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by drew » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:20 pm

He he... I found the fight scenes one of the hardest parts to write actually. The trick, or atleast *a* trick that worked for me, is to concentrate on all the jockeying for position prior to the fight - builds the tension. If you read the fight scene in Status Quo where Rebecca's families' Boa is destroyed, the interest stuff is happening before they get attacked...

In the fights themselves I found it better to focus on what happens to the ships, rather than what the ships actually do, thus:

"The Python jolted as laser fire splashed across the forward shields, a sickening lurch foreshadowing a drastic loss of engine power..." is far more interesting than "The python took a hit and pulled up forty five degrees, engines damaged."

Failing that, concentrate on what the pilots are experiencing: Fear, anger, frustration, revenge etc... makes it more compelling.

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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by Wolfwood » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:36 am

Took me a few years, but I finally started reading these. First one down, soon starting the second one.

Posted my review to Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/460787394), but overall I must say that I'm impressed with this. It avoids the pitfalls of most fanfic with its strong characters and plot (both pitfalls that I personally stumbled into all those years ago when I tried writing Elite fanfic).
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Post by Wolfwood » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:31 pm

Started reading Mutabilis and I must say that after the relatively slow start, it is growing on me. The introduction of Captain Hesperus and his crew had me laughing out loud and that is a rare occurrence for me. :)
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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by drew » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:06 pm

Where did you download from Wolfwood? I thought we'd nailed most of the typos by now... <puzzled>

We definitely nailed the hanger/hangar one. Disembodied had to fall on his sword and everything.

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Post by Wolfwood » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:49 am

Downloaded from the site you linked to in Kickstarter, I think. After I had finished, I regretted not having marked the typos down so that I could have reported them. There were quite a few of them.

Reading Mutabilis now and I've only bumped into a couple of typos thus far (adjectives instead of adverbs and one extra word somewhere). Marked them down so I can report them when I've finished the book. :)

Mind you, I edit people's reviews for publication as my "hobby", so these things tend to stand out for me. ;)

Oh, and it seems that I started Mutabilis expecting it to be similar to Status Quo. Thus far, however, it's been a bit more serious (or slightly sterner stuff, if you will) and once I got over my per-expectations I've enjoyed it quite a lot.
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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by DaddyHoggy » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:46 am

Status Quo was definitely a story that happened to exist to join a lot of in-gags together - and it is to Drew's created that it will worked very well. They get steadily more serious as they go - although Drew has a knack of writing situations that make you laugh, not because of a joke but because they're genuinely funny.
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Post by Selezen » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:20 pm

DaddyHoggy wrote:...it is to Drew's created that it will worked very well.
+++ ERROR +++ ERROR +++ REBOOT UNIVERSE +++

;-)

I had to read that four times until the full impact of that sentence could take root. Then I went cross-eyed...

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Post by Kasero » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:17 pm

Having myself some problems to understand, I though that was some sort of local dialect :twisted:

Apparently you were having a DaddyHoggy moment...
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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by Cody » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:26 pm

It's the Oogle translate function - it doesn't always handle the corvine language perfectly!
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Post by DaddyHoggy » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:45 pm

Oh Lord, that sentence is so mangled even I can't remember what it was actually supposed to say.

Even if I do remember I shall repost rather than edit - that idiot sentence should stand as testimony to a failure of brain-finger interface...
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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by Thargoid » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:56 pm

And I thought you were speaking my native tongue there poet... :twisted:

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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by drew » Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:09 pm

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Re: Oolite Novellas, 'Status Quo' and 'Mutabilis'...

Post by Diziet Sma » Sat May 04, 2013 3:03 am

I finally got around to reading Incursio and Finis..

Am now seriously tempted to declare war on GalCop. :twisted:
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