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Meet the Crew of the Ghost – Gabe

GBE-102002 (Gabe to his friends) starts out as an engineering bot. Designed to spend his entire existence in an engineering department. Gabe goes through some significant changes as the series progresses (no spoilers!) He’s often the straight man or foil for the team. Wil wasn’t initially on board but has quickly come to consider Gabe one of his best friends. He’s straight-forward and blunt and rarely cares to get involved with, as he puts it, “tedious banter”. Dan really captured Gabe here. He’s constantly tinkering and most at home in the engineering spaces of the Ghost. Most of the time the crew interacts with him via the ship’s intercom. Gabe can be tough to write since he stays in engineering most of the time, he’s not around for the discussions…

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Space Rogues book 1

It’s NanoWriMo Time!

That’s right, November 1st. Time to write. Ok, sure every day is technically time to write, especially if you’re a writer. NaNoWriMo, in case you don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is straight forward. Write 50k words, in 30 days. I saw a blog post about how NaNo launched a career and thought I’d share my own “How NaNoWriMo launched my career” post. I’ve participated in NaNo off and on for about a decade. I’ve only (so far) ‘won’ once. In 2016. That was Space Rogues. The idea is you write 1667 words a day. That’s great, then you miss a day, now you need to write 3334 words. It’s thanksgiving, you see family, etc, skip writing a few days, and now you have to write 6668…

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Curious what the Ghost looks like on the inside?

I’m a visual person. When it comes to space ships or buildings, I love, LOVE, knowing the details. “What’s down that corridor?”“Where’s the bathroom?” “How big is the shuttle bay?” Don’t get me started on scifi movies and TV playing fast and loose with size and scale. So I sat down and made a quick set of blueprints for the Ghost. I’ve always known the Ghostsbridge was in the forward section, and that that portion of the ship was two decks tall. I’ve mentioned the armory and the airlocks, so knew they were there. There are a few references to guest berths, and the the crew bunks. I figured they’d be at the “top” of the hump on the primary hull. Above and away from engineering and other spaces. Since…

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Distraction

When I was in third grade a Yo-Yo master (I assume that was his title, if not it should have been) came to our school. I don’t know why, other than maybe to sell Yo-yo’s. He was amazing. Imagine the most amazing exhibit of skill with a tool like a sword or baton, now replace the tool with a yo-yo. It was something like that. So we had this assembly, all of us were wow’ed by the yo-yo tricks the master and his lackeys performed. Then it ended with “You can buy a yo-yo in back” or something like that. I don’t recall the specifics, it was 3rd grade after all. The key takeaway is that I ended up with a yo-yo. Not the one pictured, that’s my new yo-yo….

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