39589RE: [conculture] Worldbuuilding Ideas was The Purge
- Dec 25, 2013
I have people in my family who own guns. I was thinking along the same lines about asking my uncle and his friends fo that assistance. I’ll be with them this Friday, and that’s their main topic.
Also, about your idea about creating a model of the weapon, it makes sense for me to go to a teacher’s supply store and get some modeling clay. I feel I have an idea of what it looks like and how it works, but am confusing it with our bow and arrow.
My parents are off work for the holidays.
Thanks for putting up with me.
Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews <goldyemoran@...> wrote:
>I had thought about that, trying to find a bow and arrow. I knowWell? Stop thinking and go do! Go remind yourself what the thing feels like.
>I’ve felt one, but that was at camp, when I was maybe ten.
You say you're a writer, right? Well, this is what writers call "research"!! I've been
watching you run yourself into brick walls for a year or more over a basic non-
understanding of what for the rest of us is pretty basic knowledge. For most of
us, we can crack open Wikipedia or maybe go to a library or museum and look
at exhibits. But you have to be much more creative and get yourself out to
different places where you can experience with hands what we can see at a glance
In the week or so we've all been going round Robin Hood's barn with this bow and
arrow nonsense, you could have taken yourself out to a sporting goods shop, done
your research, come back home and THOUGHT for a while about how a bow and
arrow actually compare to what you've been imagining and then determine which
possibility is the right way to go. This same basic process applies to very many of
the conversations we've had with you over the last year or so. :/
>For all I know, I could know someone that has one.conflict, especially if they’re robbing form an Earthling.
>Giving the weapon a Native name sounds good.
>Having the characters rob someone over food would be a good
>I know I need the weapon info for worldbuilding uses.Yes, you do need this basic information. But it's basic information that you really
need to have at your command before coming in here and going on for a week
without really understanding what you're describing.
It's also information that is really, simply, not CENTRAL to your story telling. As
I said earlier, you've got some VERY interesting plot motifs going -- the morality
clashes and so forth. You're bogging yourself down in details about things which
you have no clear idea about and this can only get in the way of you telling a story.
>What would be interesting is discovering how one of our gunsAgain, these are very interesting questions that *could* serve as possible plot
>would effect a Yemoran or Sarmian and vise versa.
elements. You've already posited the existence of outworlders on Yemora. Therefore,
their weapons are already impactful on Yemorans. You don't really need to know much
about actual guns or laser pistols or anything like that to use your imagination to find
out how a Yemoran or a Sarmian would react to this kind of weapon. That's an
imagineering exercise that doesn't require much real-world knowledge. This really
requires a deeper knowledge of Yemorans and Sarmians.
However, just for your own knowledge base (again, as a writer), I would not hesitate
to suggest you get someone to take you to a good local gun shop, explain to the owner
that you're a (budding) writer and are blind and are interested in learning what a gun
feels like in your hands and perhaps even what it feels like to fire a gun. They might
let you fire some blanks in their range. Alternatively, if you have a friend who owns
a gun, perhaps she could help arrange an outing to the range with her.
>Speaking of places for research, there’s Cranbrook Science Institute, whichis I think,
> connected to the National History Museum, which surely has a Weaponssection. Then,
>there’s an American-Indian Museum.Most museums do NOT actually let visitors touch or handle the articles in their collections.
There are of course exceptions! Being blind, you may be able to get a special dispensation.
You'd probably have to contact the curator to discuss their policies regarding visual
handicaps. Certainly worth a try, though!
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