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• The Dragon Core is an FSF story of a modern nuclear physicist with autism spectrum disorder named JD. As he nears 70, his life revolves around working out a method for efficiently generating electricity from fusion; otherwise he’s friendless, he’s out of touch with his family, and (to put it in his words) “I don’t want to die, but I don’t want to live either.” His most recent experiment goes awry and he’s transported to another world. In that world, he’s twenty years old again, but most of his knowledge is useless. static electricity bill nye The new world is an Early Iron Age, feudal society. During the book, he fights dragons and demons, falls in love, and finds a place in his new world.

• One and One Make One is a continuation of The Dragon Core, but it’s a slice-of-life story which more finely details JD’s relationships. The first chapter shows his wedding to Mya, the woman he fell in love with. They adopt a child whom JD recognizes as also having ASD. She’s ten but has a savant-level understanding of mathematics (think Rain Man). 9gag tv He and Mya have two children of their own. Mya dies of a simple infection JD tries to cure but fails; her death happens when the children are 12, 9, and 7. He blames himself. The second half of the book deals with the adjustments JD has to make to balance all of this out.

• One Last Time (Is It Really You?), Book 3, has JD remarried, but his joy is shortlived when an invading army threatens to take over his adopted country. JD is captured and imprisoned by the general of that army, Alden, and forced to watch his wife married off (Alden, like Henry VIII, cannot conceive a male heir). When she fails to produce a boy, the general has her killed and forces JD’s daughter into the same arrangement. This throws JD into a deep depression of the same type he suffered in the beginning of Do-Over. Sometime after that, JD’s son Garo (now a general himself) is captured by the invading army and thrown into the same cell. JD, now much older and gray-bearded, doesn’t recognize his own son. mp electricity bill payment Garo doesn’t recognize JD either until he makes an off-hand comment as to why Alden can’t conceive (“The men carry the Y chromosome”). Garo has never heard anyone use scientific jargon other than his father, so the old man must be JD. Garo convinces him to fight back. Some loose ends are wrapped up in the epilogue.

• The relationship between the script and the thumbnails is critical. electricity games online free By quick-drawing the panels I can see where the script works and where it doesn’t. A specific example might be “JD walks to the window, throws it open, and yells to the person below.” That cannot be in one panel; a comic panel can only hold a single moment in time. In this situation, I have choices, not all equally good.

Also, the amount of dialog in each panel has to not only be appropriate for the scene but fit in the panel without obscuring important background. I have to figure out what his dialog is and where I can put the speech bubbles. Thumbnailing does that for me, but it can also show me where I can’t put it, and if I can’t fit it I have to edit the dialog in the script (make another panel, drop a line, add a line, write the line differently, and so on).

• Character biographies help me remember how someone will react to another, or to a particular situation, how I draw them, whose side they’re going to take in an argument, how they dress, what they know or don’t know, and many other aspects to make each character be a person you can know, not just a cipher or “Friend #2.” Again, there’s feedback into the script and, thus, second-hand into the thumbnails.

• The calendars are critical to telling me when events happen. For example, after writing several of JD’s exploits and experiences everything seemed to follow in a natural course… but when I cross-referenced those experiences to the calendar I noticed there was only two days’ time between one incident and another that should have taken weeks to develop. What if the end of Chapter 5 has JD sent off on a seven-week mission by the village headman and he returns at the end of Chapter 6? Seven weeks have to occur during Chapter 6 – no more and no less. I can’t have a process that takes “months” happen solely in Chapter 6, can I? If the dragon’s energy takes several months to change JD’s friend Ruko from a regular guy into a terrifying demon, I can’t do that between Chapters 35 and 36 if, during the same chapters, I have JD and Mya have only two dates. That would be incongruous.

So you get the idea. This project, which I thought I could get off the ground in a year (from September 2015, when I first thought of it, to July of 2016), is still in development over three years later – and I still can’t draw well enough to do it! If I could draw well enough I thought I’d have enough material to start it and work on the other books over time. kite electricity generation Turns out that was wrong.

I had a couple of people read the script. Thank all that is holy for beta readers. They spotted some situations that wouldn’t work and, worse, told me they couldn’t care about the main character; he wasn’t believable. And they were right! I took their suggestions and made some major changes to the first third of the script as well as his character bio. He may still not be at everyone’s level, but I have a plan for him and I’m sticking to it. The character himself wasn’t a bad character; rather, it was how I wrote him that didn’t work. electricity grid uk I think I fixed it…

On the plus side, everyone who’s read it says Mya, Ruko, the wolf demons, and the dragon are well-developed and interesting characters; it was only JD who was problematic. Based on their comments I realized I’d put too much of myself into JD – and putting your actual self into your fiction rarely works. Imagine writing a biography of yourself (using someone else’s name but keeping the other details the same) and having everyone who reads it tell you the person is boring and uninteresting… brrr!