06 August, 2011

An Update: Poll Results, Writing, And Random Stuff

I haven't done one of these kinds of updates in a while. Here we go:

As for the poll "Do you think people will ever live someplace other than Earth?" I had up for July, here are the results, out of a total of 62 votes:

Yes--and I think it's important that we do (17 votes, 27%)
It's possible (28 votes, 45%)
No, not really (12 votes, 19%)
No--and I don't think we should (4 votes, 6%)
I don't know (1 vote, 1%)

Thank you for voting, to the readers who did--62 is the most votes a poll on my blog has ever gotten.

I hadn't expected so many of you to think that moving off of Earth was important. Personally, I agree with the majority--I do think it's possible (even likely) that humans will be living on other planets or in spacecraft or in orbit; and in the very, very long-term (should an asteroid hit Earth or there's some kind of other disaster which is not impossible), yes, moving off the planet might be a good idea. Someday. But regardless, should technology reach that point where we can move elsewhere, I hope to be around when we're traveling to new frontiers.


I started a new novel on Monday.

It's going well so far, and I've got the plot for the story set out from beginning to end. I'm excited about the project, since it's in first person, present tense, something I haven't tried before. And in case you're wondering, it's SF, Young Adult, and the main character is a girl. The antagonist is a tyrant who took over the city in a coup de tat over twenty years ago and now aims to control the planet.

Yes, he's just a lovely fellow.

I want to finish this novel by November, so I can start something brand new for NaNoWriMo. (Hey, it's only three months away! Not too early to start planning for it . . . right? I have even come up with a potential idea for that story.)


The grass is probably thanking the sky right now. It's been hot and dry and hot and sunny and also warm for the past week(s), and it's finally cloudy and rainy, so the water doesn't just run off without being absorbed.


Well, at least the stock market went down only 500 points. It wasn't the enormous percentage drop that happened in 2008 . . . though it came pretty close. Thank you, Washington D. C., for stalling until the very date USA was set to default on its 14+ trillion dollar debt. It certainly helped the stability of things. Not.


I have decided I really like Blogger's new format. It's faster and sleeker than the old one, and while I sort of wish there were scroll bars in the Post Editor, I do like that the edges shift as a part of your window does. The old one didn't go anywhere. I keep forgetting to add tags, though, since they're over to the right and not below anymore.


So: what do you think of the idea of living on another planet, or in space? How's your writing going--have you got any new projects in the works? Is the economy getting better, or do you think we're going into a double-dip recession? What do you think of Blogger, now that it's been around for a while?

Finally, have you done anything exciting lately? :)

Hope you're all having a great weekend, bloggers!

-----The Golden Eagle


Sarah Pearson said...

I definitely think it's going to be necessary to live away from earth one day, although sadly not in my lifetime.

Good luck with your new novel, I'm about to put my recent slump behind me and, hopefully, start something new.

Michelle Fayard said...

Good luck with your new novel, which sounds very intriguing. I can only dream about writing a book in three months. Hmmm, that could be an idea for a post: How to free your muse and write more quickly. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Congrats on starting a new novel. I'm not a NaNo Gal, but here's wishing you much fun and writing, in advance.

Cheers and Happy Writing.

Heather said...

Congratulations on starting a new novel! I always love that stage of the process.

As for living on other planets, I think giving up on the space program was one of the biggest mistakes America has made in a long time. I think we need to explore space and we need to find better ways to do it.

Gail said...

That's wonderful news about your new book. May it be a great success.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Have fun with the new novel. I love starting a new one.
I hope when we discover the technology to travel other worlds, and I think we will, we also discover how better to take care of the planet we already have.
I'm too sick of politicians to comment except to say anyone else so incompetent at their jobs would certainly be fired.

Marlena Cassidy said...

I'm still holding hope to at least visit Mars some day, if I ever have a kajillion billion dollars to throw around. But I think it's going to be necessary to move on to other planets eventually. Maybe even other solar systems once the sun gives out.

Congrats on your new novel! I hope you reach your goal! I'm working on one right now, but it's been sporadic at best since I have about a kajillion other things I need to be doing.

And yes, the economy is a major failboat right now. I love how the houses feel the need to disagree on *everything.*

Donna K. Weaver said...

My sons were telling me that they read an article about how, using stem cell research, they anticipate a time in the not too distant future where people could live as long as they want to and stay young (shades of Heinlein's 'Time Enough for Love')--not counting accidents/war/murder/etc., of course. In that case, we're going to have to have somewhere for the surplus population to go.

anthony stemke said...

Congratulations and best wishes on your new novel.

Old Kitty said...

Yay for starting a new novel and another one in the pipeline for Nanowrimo!! Good for you! I am in AWE!!!!!!

Oh it's appalling what happened in Washington - the partisanship is just ridiculous when all should be pulling together in this time of economic uncertainty!! Good grief!

You know I have nothing against humans travelling out of this planet and into another. I just worry at the mess humans tend to create in their wake. Earth is a beautiful blue gem and we continue to destroy it and each other and take all Earth has to offer for granted. Then again, there are others who try to stop all these and try to educate people so maybe there is hope afterall when, if, we ever reach towards the skies and make like the Federation in Star Trek!

Take care

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you've started another novel! I'm hoping an idea will hit me soon for my next book.
And I have to ask - how is it 17 votes is 27% and 28 votes is only 25%? Or were we allowed multiple votes? Or do I just suck at math?

Susan Kane said...

I think we are too restless to give up an opportunity to check out other planets, etc. Our descendants will be star-gazing, just as we are.
The economy? what can be said about it, except that DC must realize this is not a game of 'chicken'.
Good luck on the new novel! Keep us updated.

Madeleine said...

Interesting poll results.
Good luck with the new novel and nano. I won't be doing nano myself as I know I won't be able to commit to it with so much else to worry about. However, I'm planning to write a novella having checked out Maria Zannini's recent interview on Ellie Garratt's blog.
Enjoy your new novel.Do you have a title? :O)

Beth said...

My writing's more or less on hold until September. But it sounds like yours is really chugging along! Good luck with all the ideas.

Charles Gramlich said...

I used to say absolutely that humans would live somewhere off earth eventually. I've begun to doubt the resolve of modern humans, though. I'm not as confident as I used to be.

Talli Roland said...

Cool photos and yay for new novels! Hm, exciting things - well, my new novel is coming out in September. That's exciting (for me, anyway!)!

Nancy Thompson said...

I can't conceive of us living anywhere but earth. It's a nice dream though, just not a realistic one.

I've finally finished my last book and have a great new idea (another adult thriller) and am in the character sketch phase. The outline is next. Can't wait!

Ugh, the economy! Just when I think it's improving, it implodes yet again. Those freakin' politicians and their inability to compromise and work together...it will be our downfall as a nation. It already is, in fact. On a brighter note, the fact that home builders are building again is a good sign, a canary in the coal mine, so to speak.

I'm such an idiot when it comes to computer stuff, Blogger included. I don't know anything about any new design. Should I look somewhere for that? *sigh*

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Hey, congratulations on being so motivated that you have one novel plotted and another idea in the works for November. Good luck with both.

I don't know about living on another planet. There's so much about this one I like. I'd like to travel more right here, there are so many places I would like to see.

The Golden Eagle said...

Sarah: Maybe not in mine, either . . . not at this pace.

Thank you! :)

Good luck with your writing.

Michelle: Thanks!

It sounds like a good post to me. :D

The Happy Whisk: Thank you!

Right back atcha. :)

Heather: Thank you!

It's fun, isn't it?

There are some projects going, but nothing on the larger scale like the space program. Unmanned spacecraft is fine, but no one's really going anywhere.

Gail: Thank you! :D

Susan: Thanks!

That's another important problem; Earth has taken enough damage from people by now. :(

Agreed--and the more unfortunate thing is they were voted into office.

Marlena: Can I join you? :)

I don't think that's set to happen for a while . . . but should humanity still be around by then, yes, that would be a bit of problem. :P

Thank you! Good luck with your projects, too.

The FAA, budget cuts, taxes . . .

Donna: Though as Cory Doctorow pointed out, it would take an awful lot of transport to make even a small dent in Earth's population. There are 6 billion people in the world--even a few thousand on a single ship would be a feat.

Anthony: Thank you! :)

Old Kitty: Thanks! :D

Though the NaNoWriMo might not pan out. I'm still thinking about it--and it's starting to act like a New Shiny in place of the project I'm currently working on. LOL.

Definitely. But all they do is argue and glare, it seems.

Humans are messy when it comes to where they inhabit. It would be sad if people just started destroying things somewhere else, or created more difficulties. :(

I've never seen Star Trek (I need to do that sometime) but it sounds good to me. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Amish Stories: Hi there!

Alex: Good luck--I hope you find inspiration for your next project! I'm sure it will be awesome. :)

No, that's my fault! It was supposed to be 45, not 25. *facepalm* Thank you for pointing that out!

Susan: People do have a tendency to pursue new fields, don't they? :)


Thank you! I will--I plan to post updates throughout the next three months. Blogging about my wordcount and progress will help me stick with my goal. ;)

Madeleine: Thank you!

Good luck with your novella; I've never written one, but they sound like fun. :)

Nope, not yet . . . though right now I've been referring to it as Checkpoint. That'll probably change.

Beth: Thank you! :D

Charles: A lot of people seemed to speculate we'd be traveling in space a half-century ago or earlier; but we certainly haven't lived up to the world of 2001, or even getting beyond the moon.

Talli: Glad you like the pics! :)

Congratulations on your novel! That certainly is exciting.

Nancy: I do think humans have the capacity to live in space, or to travel significant distances; but at the moment that doesn't look so likely, I have to say. The space shuttles turning into museum pieces certainly doesn't help . . .

Congratulations on finishing your book! :)

True; that is a bright spot. And at least the employment report out last week didn't show a drop in hiring or even a negative number.

It's at draft.blogger.com--I'm not sure if it's on the regular blogger.com Dashboard, since I hardly ever check it. :P

Elizabeth: Thank you! :)

Earth is still an amazing place; I'm just thinking as technology advances and the global scene changes, we might be traveling in space.

Rusty Webb said...

I'm all for folks living amongst the stars. I think way more money should be tossed into developing our exploration and habitation of the solar system. We've been putting forth a pretty poor effort since the early 70's. I honestly don't think it's going to happen.

My writing? I'm working on the short story that never ends right now, as I have been for the last month. I'm going to try to at least get a draft of a novel complete before Nano myself. So I'm in the same boat as you.

Naina Gupta said...

Hi there.
Thanks for joining my blog. I'm returning that favour!
Nice to meet you.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Have just started a two month book tour around two counties, hope I have the energy to keep going! :0)

Paul Tobin said...

Wow, I amazed you can write a novel in three months, mine's taken me about a year and I can see that there are things I need to alter in it. Any chance of reading yours?
Hmmm...Living off planet, lovely idea, sort of, I think the technology is not sustainable, wish it was. A space elevator may be practicable but rockets are not. The trouble with all technology for me is the fall out, I read somewhere that for every ton of iron ore, copper, what ever there is five tons of waste. Plus there is the question of how this despoiling of the land affects the ecosystems-here in UK when the government closed most of the coal mines they had to keep the pumps working to stop the workings filling up with water and that water being polluted. Just living takes it out of the poor old planet. I think that every species has a window to really grow, to achieve a balance before they mess up the environment past the point of no return. I think our time was the 20th century and we in the west missed the boat, we used all our resources to wage war and to allow a minority to created great wealth at the expense of the majority. Sorry to sound like a wet blanket, but I think we got it wrong.

The Golden Eagle said...

Rusty: It's not as likely at this rate, I agree. Hopefully things will change, though . . .

Good luck with yours! Nice to know I'm not the only one trying to write a novel before November. :P

Naina: Thank you for following! :)

It's nice to meet you, too.

Carole: Good luck! It sounds like an exciting tour. :D

Paul: The first novel I wrote took me seventeen months to write, beginning to end; but this time I have a set word count goal (around 90k) and I'm writing on a schedule.

I'm still in the beginning phase of writing it now; I'm not sure what the novel's prospects are at the moment.

Interesting points.

I don't think technology is at the level it needs to be for space travel--nor, I agree, is it effective or efficient enough to sustain humans on Earth forever with having a significant (and harmful) impact, unless there's a dramatic change in the way people do things; there is a lot of ongoing destruction and pollution of vital resources.

I do, however, believe it's possible that the west can change and developing countries can do it right, if strong enough leaders emerge and there is enough of a shift in people's opinions.

Michael Offutt said...

Your new novel sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it Miss Eagle.

ali said...

Congrats on the new project Eags! I've started a YA Sci Fi this month too! Well, it's kinda/sorta a revision since I wrote 30K on it a couple years ago, but it needed all new words, even if I'm retaining a few of the scenes.

I'm excited for NaNo. And yep! I know what I'll be working on!

Laila Knight said...

I love our planet, but the way it's going we might have to relocate eventually. And I'll be the first one to sign on for the trip. I hate the fact that we ditched the space program. Good luck on your novel! :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Cool! I'm writing a YA Sci-fi as well. I'm interested in seeing what you have. Interesting poll, I wonder if I voted. I just can't remember because I do so many polls.

laughingwolf said...

grats, on all fronts, to you, ge!

i'm sure whatever form we evolve into before this planet becomes food for our sun, in some 3 billion years, we will be living offplanet...

don't wanna jinx anything, but... tomorrow afternoon i'll be visiting my newest, potentially, four-footed son... yup, a 15-mo-old german shepherd dog... i forgot to ask about his colors, but i really don't care what they are, as long as he's healthy... i was told to be ready, cuz he is a BIG fella!

suits me... i'm 6'4" and some 240 lb, so he still has a ways to go to catch me ;) lol

M Pax said...

Yay on the new novel! My MC's are usually girls/women, too. Wonder why. lol

I've been working on two novellas - one space opera [oh, the mc is a dude in that one], the other is urban / contemporary fantasy.

I would love to live on another planet. The finding of mud on Mars last week was cool.

Brian said...

A new novel, how exciting! I don't think I'll ever live on another planet, but I know lots I can send somewhere...how about you?

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like your writing is flowing - love it! I think I'm going to skip NaNo this year. I've got far too many drafts and nothing polished. I THINK I'm going to keep working on that aspect - I don't get tons of writing time so it takes me forever to get through it all.

Shelley said...

Well a part of me thinks that if we were meant to live on other planets, we'd already be there. And another part of me thinks that they exist for some reason! :)

Christina Farley said...

Sending chocolate your way as you start your new novel! I love beginning a new project but at the same time it scares me to death. Right now I've put aside my newest one and I'm doing some MORE minor revisions. Ha! Love those revisions.

Lynda R Young said...

Good luck with your new novel. It's great you are trying something new and pushing yourself to write it quickly. I've always found my best works happens when I don't agonize over every word ;)

....Petty Witter said...

Thanks for a wonderfully random post, your poll results are very interesting.

Ellie Garratt said...

The UK economy seems to have taken a back seat over the last few days due to the shocking riots occurring in some UK cities. I'm ashamed to be British at the moment.

Now changing the subject to something more positive, congratulations on starting a new novel. I'm particularly intrigued because I'm in the middle of growing a future project myself, which happens to be SF YA, first-person, with a girl as the MC! Do you think great minds think alike?

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: Thanks!

Hopefully you'll even get to read it in book form . . . from your local bookstore. ;)

Ali: Thanks! :)

Good luck with your YA SF story; it seems I'm not the only one working on that kind of book this month!

Me, too. I can't wait to set in to those 1600 words a day again. :P

Laila: Yeah, I'll be there too. Have self--will travel!

Thank you! :)

Clarissa: Awesome.

I vote on all the polls I notice on people's sidebars . . . it's fun to vote on them.

Laughingwolf: Thank you!

I'm glad the sun isn't set to explode soon. :P

Good luck! :) A big German Shepherd dog like that would just bowl me over literally . . . LOL.

M: The NaNo novel I mentioned has a male MC; looking forward to that one!

I love space opera!


Brian: LOL. Yes, there are those I'd like to send to another planet. :P

Jemi: Hope you get to slip in some writing time!

Shelley: I think in the future we will be living on other planets . . . but with the space program stopped and little private investment, it isn't as promising as it used to be.

Christina: Thank you! :)

Good luck with your revisions.

Lynda: Thanks!

I'm determined not to rewrite, edit, or change things for this one . . . and just write what comes to mind.

Tracy: You're welcome! :) I'm glad you liked it!

Ellie: I've read and heard about the riots; I hope things calm down soon so there isn't so much uncertainty.

Thank you!

Absolutely. :D