I've been lurking here on and off for a while now, but I recently sat my rear down and began writing on a regular basis - so I thought I'd introduce myself. I like both sci-fi and fantasy, but I've been tending more towards fantasy lately. I seem to lack the ability to name people/places/things while writing, or I think I'd make more progress. I'm working on it.
Scientific programming is my day job. I have a Master's degree in meteorology. No, I don't know what the weather is going to be like tomorrow. No, I'm not on tv. And no, I don't mind being involved in a profession where you can be wrong 50% of the time and still have a job. My work actually deals with weather satellites.
I look forward to getting involved on this forum and learning even more from all of you.
Welcome, sjsampson. Here's a link to the Hatrack Utility Belt, also known as the H.U.B. It's totally unscientific, but I hope you'll consider it interesting.
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Now, consider, Heinlein's Rules: the BASIC program!
10 WRITE 20 END WRITE 30 PRINT 40 MAIL 50 IF REJECTED THEN GOTO 120 60 IF ASKED TO REVISE THEN GOTO 80 75 IF SALE MADE THEN GOTO 140 70 IF WAITING THEN GOTO 150 80 REVISE PER EDITOR 90 RE-SUBMIT PER EDITOR 100 GOTO 150 120 RE-PRINT 125 RE-MAIL 130 GOTO 150 140 CELEBRATION 150 WRITE NEW 160 GOTO 20
Notice, there are no GOSUB in this program.
Why? The GOSUB, as it applies to Heinlein's Rules, invariably lacks a RETURN statement, and thus you end up leaving the program altogether and get stuck in a productionless, endless loop.
Examples of GOSUB would be:
WORRY OVER REJECTION RE-WRITE BASED ON INTERNAL CRITIC RE-WRITE BASED ON GROUP CRITIC PROCRASTINATE (the biggest one!)
And millions of others. If you've been doing this for any length of time, you will have invented your own subroutines that have put you into a productionless, endless loop.
And then, of course, it's time to reboot! (Remember the Apple II?)
Hi SJ! You came just in time, I have a character who is a marine biologist. She took meteorology as a science in college. How would those two work together?
Okay, now that I'm done hanging you upside and collecting all the spare knowledge that falls out of your pockets, WELCOME I was wondering when you were going to stop lurking and join in on the fun. I'm not brand new to hatrack, but fairly fresh to the place myself. Just between you and me, I'm glad I joined. If I ever run out of ideas for characters... I can just come here. There's plenty of em! I've found that everyone is more than willing to help where they can, and that is such a great thing to have when you're trying to find your writing footing.
You guys are a riot. Thanks for the welcome.
I miss my Apple II. Reagan, your character could have taken an intro course as a weird science elective. More realistically, she could have taken an atmosphere and oceans course which would have discussed things like the feedback between the two. The ocean is a huge carbon (CO2) sink, and I imagine as a marine biologist, she might have an interest on the impact that has on the wildlife? Climate change doesn't really interest me, but it would probably interest her.
much obliged! if you ever have a character who deals with children or home improvement; I'm a limited resource and willing to return the favor any day!
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I was curious. It seems to me that I read somewhere that the ocean needs a catalyst, such as kelp, to absorb the CO2. It seems like I remember the kelp would sink when it filled with CO2 and then release the gas deep underwater as it converted it to Oxygen. I might be completely wrong about this, but I remember something along those lines.
Awesome, a fellow meteorologist! I love your paragraph of standard meteorologist replies. I said all of them more times than I care to remember. Out of curiosity, where'd you get your Masters? I got my undergrad at OU a few years ago.