As I found out from Mike Bennett, the internet is a very weird place. Bennett has discovered a pier ‘jutting out from the edge of the internet like an old bone’ at the end of which is a ‘Hall of Mirrors‘. Contained therein are some rather nasty tales very well told, which is nice!
Today I discovered – and don’t ask me how because I really couldn’t tell you – a couple of odditys and some salutary advice. The first oddity is a jet powered Lamborghini – I’ll say no more:
The second – which really made me think – is a site called ‘Copenhagen Suborbitals’, and I was slack jawed when I found them.
There’s NASA (read USA) the one’s that went to the moon and all that. There’s Russia and China, both large countries, and there’s VirginGalactic who will soon be flying passengers into space for a wee fee (tickets cost $200,000 and deposits start from $20,000).
And then? And then there’s Copenhagen Sub Orbitals, who seem to run out of a large garage and not a very large garage either. They have a simple mission statement:
Our mission is very simple. We are working towards launching a human being into space. This is a non-profit suborbital space endeavor lead by Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen, based entirely on sponsors and volunteers.
So, there’s nothing you can’t do, nothing you can’t achieve if you put your mind towards it and have the drive … and a website.
Lastly, I came upon this bit of advice, which, for a wannabee novelist like myself seems too good to be true. Forget all those ‘how to write’ manuals, this is from an ebook called ‘Brewing Fine Fiction‘ and it says it all:
Those of us who aspire to write for publication have tacitly accepted a set of rules that go along with this sometimes onerous, sometimes euphoric task. Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction writer, stated them this way:
1.You must write.
2.You must finish what you write.
There are other rules that follow these, having to do with addressing manuscripts to the appropriate editor with stamped self-addressed return envelopes, putting them in mailboxes, etc., but the first two are the most essential. Obviously, to be a published writer, you must first write something. If you hope to sell it, you must first finish it.
Two simple rules and yet the best advice I think I’ve ever heard – and not just for writers!