As an aspiring SF author, I try not to write about real stars and planets… I mean, who knows who might want to sue you in a couple of years or decades?
She was thin and narrow. Her siblings called her ugly. I thought she was beautiful.
When the two-legged ones came they threw her to the ground. One of them even stepped on her, squashing her open.
I watched her for days, halfway buried there in the dirt. She started decaying. I feared she was gone for this world. And for what? Being thin and narrow?
After a week she sprang roots, digging into the ground, and not soon after she reached for the azure skies.
At first, she was just a twig with two leaves on top. She did not even reach above the high grass. I teased her and called her Sprout. She bent in the wind and I think she laughed.
A: I have a very important question for you.
A stares intensely at B. After an uncomfortably long period of silence:
B: So what’s the question?
B: Eh? What just happened?
A: I was wondering if you could read minds.
A: I have a very important question for you.
B: What? If I can read minds?
A: Ah-hah! I knew you were lying yesterday!
Important notice regarding CAF in ACE4:
Please note. When configuring Automated Customer Experience 4.0.4 (ACE4) do not set the Customer Avoidance Factor to 100%!
Unfortunately, as of this writing, with a CAF-setting of 100%, ACE4 will scare customers away, in severe cases resulting in massive customer loss and possible termination of business.
Please rest assured we’re working on solving this issue as soon and as efficiently as possible.
A correct level of the CAF-setting for ACE4 depends on how vital your product is to the customer. For nonvital products (such as lawnmowers, hair shampoo, and higher education) you have to be careful not to set the level above 50% or the customer might just give up on it entirely.
On the other hand, for vital products (such as shoes and mobile phones) you can safely crank that customer repellant setting to 90% or even 95% and enjoy a glorious day at work with next to no hassle from all those pesky customers, and know that if the system does let a customer through, you and everyone nearby are probably best off if you take that call before something blows up*…
* Please see our separate guide for proper CAF-settings depending on the type of product and likely volatility of the customer.
Insurance and Legal Coverage
If you have our expanded support package hate speech, misogynism, and death threats are all covered by the insurance policy. Unfortunately, bankruptcy and certain types of fraud** are not.
See the legal attachment for a full brief on the legal coverage and all insurance policy questions.
** As of this writing, we do not know if the fraudulent behavior of some installations of the system is due to this setting, interactions with other systems or improper configuration or handling. Further investigations are underway. In the meantime, please make sure to inform all your customers that “Captain Ahab” is not an employee of your company*** neither is he a Nigerian prince.
*** If captain Ahab is one of your employees, please contact us immediately!
Other Incidents and Interactions
There have been reported incidents where ACE4 and the Automated Spouse Service versions 1.1 to 1.2 have interacted in such a manner as to cause undue distress and mental harm to customers.
Since this is a central feature of ASS1 and only likely to have happened if these two systems were inappropriately installed, these incidents are unfortunately not covered by the expanded support package insurance policy.
To avoid this problem, please do not install ASS1 and ACE4 on the same server, and make sure to configure firewalls properly to prevent ASS from gaining undue and inappropriate influence over ACE.
Tweet from the police’s external command in Södermalm (south of Stockholm):
Translation: Upset cries from apartment worried neighbors. Turned out the person was writing a book and was strongly influenced by the content
My question: was it due to writer’s block or was the characters revolting?
“112, how may I be of assistance?”
“Yes, Hello? Is this 112?”
“This is 112, how can I help you?”
“Yes. I am sorry to disturb you this wonderful afternoon, however, we seem to have gotten a chainsaw murderer in our living room. We managed to lock ourselves in the bathroom but I fear he might start sawing the door any moment…”
“I think you’re a bit dramatic now. Chainsawers aren’t that dangerous.”
“He is sawing the furniture, and I’m pretty sure, if my nephew hadn’t been so quick on his feet he would have sawed him too.”
“That may be the case, but you shouldn’t be calling us for these problems.”
“I’m sorry, who should I be calling?”
“An exterminator. You’re taking up the line for life-threatening situations.”
“But, it’s a chainsaw murderer!”
“Yes, they are becoming more and more common. The exterminator knows how to deal with them. Is there anything else I can help you with?”
“No. Ah… Yes! Perhaps, a number for an exterminator?”
“This is not the yellow pages!”
Sometimes I bring out my crystal ball and look into the future, this time it’s the diary of a twelve-year-old girl in 2036:
Monday. Back in school. Another school shooting! Third this year. Jeeeez!
Dick (and I mean that in both senses) didn’t get an “A” and decided to “do something about it.” Such a total loser!!!
Tom & Bob got him alright. They were just like, no you’re not gonna eff-ing shoot up our history class! OMG! They nailed his a** to the wall with their AK-47’s!
If you are writing a story that requires its own world—maybe a science fiction world in a strange galaxy far, far away or a fantasy world from another era—this is the book for you!
The Planet Construction Kit may sound like it’s all about astronomy and planets and moons, but although the book also addresses these aspects of worldbuilding, it takes up so much more. Continue reading ”The Planet Construction Kit” by Mark Rosenfelder
“Writing Fiction for Dummies” is written by Randy Ingermanson, a writer who has published six novels and received a number of prizes. In addition, he is a physicist.
It can be easy to be scared away because this is a “for Dummies” book. Maybe I’m a “Dummy,” but I like this book!
I discovered the “View > Go To”-menu in Scrivener a little while ago and I’m realizing it is really making navigating a large project easy.
I’m outlining/world building on a pretty massive scale, so most of the time the binder has so many folders open if I were to print it out it would probably reach from floor to ceiling (the manuscript currently contain 1660 documents and folders, but hey, it’s a bunch of worlds, several bunches of characters and hopefully a bunch of books…)
The binder just does not work for this kind of project (I am fairly certain it will for a book project though… I pray those will be much smaller!)
Instead, I use the “View > Go to”-menu to move around the project.
Super easy to find what you want!
Although, it won’t bring structure to a chaotic project, so some order is possibly still needed…
Either you can go directly into the project’s main folders (bottom half of the menu) or if you have favorite documents or folders (top part of the menu) go into them directly.
Folders can be expanded all the way to the document level, but you can also select one to view in the active editor as a cork board, an outline or scrivenings depending on the editor settings (you may have to change editor mode to get something out of selecting a folder).
If you need to find your selected folder or document in the finder, you select “View > Reveal in Binder” or click the icon at the top of the editor and select the option from the context menu:
Notice how there’s a “Go To” menu here as well? It works the same as the “View > Go To”-menu, unless you’re in scrivenings mode. Then it shows the documents in the “scrivening” instead.
Scrivener 3 Update: In Scrivener 3 the “Go To”-menu has been moved to a new main section called “Navigate” and it has been expanded to include Collections. However the access to bookmarks (now correctly named bookmarks even in this menu) has been made a bit more complex in that not all