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I am an ordained minister, published author, and editor of a local newspaper.

Where did you grow up?

Huron and Oxford Counties, Ontario Canada

Where do you live now?

Exeter Ontario Canada

What is the highest level of education you have attained?

Trade School Certificate

What subjects did/do you enjoy most at school?

Tech, and science

What's your favorite sport or sports?


What kind of jobs have you held? Industries too!

Computer Tech, Factory worker, Fast food, Carpentry, Property Maintenance, Cabinet making, Minister, Author, Editor-in-Chief of newspaper

What hobbies are you into?

Tabletop RPG Gaming, Fishing, Camping

What causes are you concerned about today?

The future of the Royal Canadian Cadet Corps.

Which religion (if any) do you follow?

Universalism Christian

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So I've started writing a new thing...

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At least I have the idea, and have started to put the pen to paper... as it were.

So, I'm looking for an editor for my second book and I was wondering if someone here might be interested?

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My editor from my first book isn't able to take on the job for my second book, at least for a large and undetermined amount of time. She recommended that I look for someone else in the interim.

Until tonight I never truly understood how people could be awoken by anxiety...

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Though I'm not really anxious about work, because we are two weeks behind schedule my mind won't shut off about it.

My sister-in-law passed away early this morning.

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I honestly don't know what to do for my wife. I think that she is still in shock... even though she has helped make the funeral arrangements today.

My skills are failing me, and I know some of you are better at finding things than me...

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I'm looking for a map in Canada. Using the standards, the map is 040P05 Grand Bend.

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I think I'm in trouble.

My advice to you is to go and talk to your doctor right away.

Vomiting blood is never a good thing.

Please go and get checked out.

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Is emotional cheating just as bad as physical cheating or not as bad?

You should tell him how you feel. Good relationships are built on the trinity of: Trust, Communication, and Mutual Respect. This is true for all relationships whether romantic, professional, familial, fraternal, etc. And if one pillar is missing then the relationship is going to be miserable. If more than one is missing the relationship is almost guaranteed to fail

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I can't bring myself to eat.

It seems like a long time, because in a crisis or even a difficult situation it is a long time. But that doesn't mean that it will be an insurmountable task to get to the appointment. :)

The BRAT diet might help, but that is more for easy digestion rather than the ability to get it down... That said it is probably a good place to start. If the bananas aren't doing the best then try applesauce. :)

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I can't bring myself to eat.

Hi Caroline,

Thank you for reaching out.

What I would recommend in the short term is getting some Ensure/Boost meal supliments. That should help get you some needed nutrients.

That, however, is not a long term solution. What you need to do is go and talk to your doctor right away. They would have a better idea of what is going on and be able to help get you a permanent solution to this problem. :)

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So I've started writing a new thing...

smiley wrote:

Did they bring livestock, or are they vegetarian?

I was just thinking on that very topic. I was wondering about a middle ground. I read an article not too long ago about lab grown meat. I was going to look up that a bit more...

Yet at the same time, they would need to have brought along some animals, or at least the embryos to be able to perpetuate them in the new world. And if they only brought embryos then they would have to have a way to grow them once at the new world.

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So I've started writing a new thing...

Well... seasons are determined by axial tilt. If the tilt were similar to earth(23degrees), it would go from blazing heat to winter every few days...

I'm thinking of making it closer to that of venus (2degrees) where the seasons would be minimal.

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So I've started writing a new thing...

Neutra-The-SpaceWeaver wrote:
I can get down with it. Is it a short story or a preview chapter for something longer?

This is going to be the prologue for the larger story... though to be honest I have no idea how long that story might be. ๐Ÿ˜€

Rockster160 wrote:
Hm. This scene feels to me like a group of kids who have grown up on earth and recently arrived on the new planet. They talk about Earth with a familiarity that is very unlikely they would have if they had never been there.

Assuming "prox day" is the holiday marked by the inhabiting/landing of Proxima.
I think of history class in the US, talking about something like Independence Day. Whenever it comes around, all of the history classes focus on it, discuss it, etc- but they recite facts and discuss how/what came to be- it's not a personal recollection, but rather a statement.

Also- it's unlikely the kids (especially somebody like the ***POV character- who seems bored by the subject and day dreams during class) would have such an easy time recalling these facts with such precise detail without rehearsing/studying very recently.

Used to be better at formulating my thoughts to words, but struggling now. ๐Ÿ˜…

A 'Prox' is the equivalent unit as a year on earth.
From the research i've done, a year on Proxima B is about 11.2 earth days. (being much closer to the star than earth to the sun. Yet still in the star's green zone)
For the purposes of the book I've done time as such: seconds, minutes and hours are the same on Proxima as Earth

25 hour = 1 Day [Earth Equivalent: Day]
11 days = 1 Year (leap day every 5 years) [Earth Equivalent: Week]
5 years = 1 Lutrum (including the leap day) [Earth Equivalent: Month]
8 Lustrum = 1 Prox [Earth Equivalent: Year]
4 Decade = 1 Prox [Earth Equivalent: Year]

(I have not yet figured out the days of the year.)

I was hoping that by stating that this topic is something that is covered every prox(year) it would convey the familiarity.

smiley wrote:
Well I like it. Good start.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜„

I would like to hear more of everyone's opinions/thoughts/concerns.

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So I've started writing a new thing...

So, I liked the school setting to go over the history lesson. As such, I've rewritten this section to reflect that. It is set quite a bit farther into the future than where the story is going to take place. This will essentially be the prologue.

Stardate: 220546.33 (February 2, 2100)

Mrs. Jenson walked quickly into the room and immediately called the class to order, โ€œGood morning everyone. Today weโ€™re going to be doing a little review from last Prox.โ€ She set her things down, grabbed a whiteboard marker, and started writing on the board at the front of the room.
I continued doodling in my notebook, looking out the window occasionally at the grassy field. I couldnโ€™t wait until later when I could be out there playing soccer.
โ€œTyโ€ฆ Ty!โ€
Mrs. Jenson calling my name brought me back to class, however. I stood up. โ€œYes Maโ€™am?โ€ The rest of the class snickered.
โ€œPerhaps you could answer the questionโ€ฆ What is the reason that we are all here on Proxima?โ€
โ€œUmโ€ฆ the people on Earthโ€ฆ uhโ€ฆ Terrans, thought that an asteroid was going to hit Earth and kill everyone.โ€
โ€œGo on.โ€
I tried to ignore the rest of the class as they all looked at me awaiting my answer. โ€œThe Terrans started construction on numerous ark ships to save the human race. Our ship was the Charon.โ€
โ€œGood. Sit.โ€ I did so. Mrs. Jenson continued, โ€œMost of those ships were headed to Mars. Nancy. Why was the Charon sent here instead?โ€
Nancy stood up as I took my seat again. I hated when Mrs. Jenson called on me like that.
Nancy answered, โ€œIt was because of Joseph Singer. He built the Charon and sent it here.โ€
Mrs. Jenson signaled for Nancy to sit down and took up the narrative. โ€œCorrect. The nations of Earth, as well as many private companies, built ships headed for Mars because it was much closer, and there had already been research into the colonization process. Joseph Singer, however, looked farther afield for his ship.โ€ She looked around the room, โ€œKyle! How long did the trip from Earth take?โ€
Kyle slowly stood up. Kyle always took his time when answering. โ€œThe journey took a total of 10 years. Five years accelerating to half the speed of light, and another five years decelerating into orbit around Proxima. Officially the date of arrival into orbit was March 21, 2034 on the Earth calendar.โ€
โ€œGood Kyle. What more can you tell us?โ€
Kyle looked out the window for a moment before continuing, โ€œWhen the Charon reached Proxima, they came across an almost perfect situation. Proxima is 1.3 time larger than Earth, with approximately the same length of day, though the year is significantly shorter, not even two earth weeks. Furthermore, the atmosphere was almost identical to that of earth, being a Nitrogen Oxygen atmosphere, though with higher CO2 content than Earth.โ€
I started to drift off again, as the teacher and the other students continued to ramble on about how we came to Proxima and became the first interstellar human colony. It was a boring subject, and one that was covered every prox. As my mind drifted I wondered what it would have been like to be my Great Grandparents as they stepped foot onto an alien world.

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So I've started writing a new thing...

Another question for you all. What do you think the inhabitants of Proxima would call themelves?

On Earth, we're Earthlings, Terrans, etc.

What would it be on Proxima? Proxans, Proximans

I really don't know what to go with on this.

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