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"Chasing the Sun"


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Richcelt

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"Chasing the Sun"

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Edited by Richcelt, 16 August 2012 - 07:22 AM.


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I have been to Edwards to watch a Space Shuttle land, and your story made me homesick for CA and to see Antelope Valley. The story also reminded me of Yeager of whom you mention.

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Wonderful job Richcelt, you had me at "chasing the sun". I especially enjoyed how you began the story in the bar and ended it there. There's a sense of fullfillment in that.

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Oh, that was good...

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very good! :) i love the dialogue and it feels so real

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Wow, this kicked ass! :thumbsup: How much research did you do for this? That is always something I'm very weak on. I'd rather just write so I tend to make a lot of stuff up. But this has a more real feel to it.

Jon went away and then returned with the box. Bobby rummaged around inside until he found what he wanted; a ratchet. He found the socket for the latch bolt and worked the ratchet to loosen the bolt.

"Are you sure that's a good idea?" Jon asked.


This ^ sequence made me laugh. I think I was with Jon at this point, I mean WTF? :lol: Let's loosen up the freaking plane before flying it. :lol:

Really good story! I think this is going to be another really close contest!

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How much research did you do for this?


Actually, quite a bit. I already had this idea for the story a good week or so before you announced this contest, so I was already researching some of the information used. Your topic choice, as I mentioned, fit perfectly with this story idea, so I went with it.

I got the idea from the phrase "Chasing the sun", and began from there. I remembered a TV movie about a Concorde where the pilot mentioned that if they went fast enough west, the sun would never set. So I had to research just HOW fast that would be. Then it hit me to kill off the pilot, and the most logical choice was to make him a test pilot during the late '40s (Chuck Yeager's era). So I then had to look up what planes were used, how they were designed, how fast Yeager went, how fast would the X-1 go, and various things like that. I pulled the bar from The Right Stuff movie (it's supposed to be the same one). I pulled a lot from my memory of that movie in fact, and had to research what I'd forgotten or what they'd left out.

My big problem was how to kill him off. It had to be something that HE did to cause the plane to disintegrate. I came up with loosening the canopy, but through the reserch discovered that the X-1 didn't have a canopy like you see on most fighter planes, but a door in the right (starboard) side of the plane. So I had to look at the plane's design some to see if it was even possible... and made up the rest. In reality, I'm not even sure if what Bobby did would have been enough to take off that door, but... :shrug:

Glad you enjoyed. :D

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That's an amazing amount of work you put into this, and it really shows in the piece. It reads as if it were an actuall event. I was just about to google the names you used. It did have a "Right Stuff" feel to it, and that's a good thing.

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There's an absolutely phenomenal amount of detail in this piece, even for one you had an idea for before the contest came around. I'm in total awe of the research you put into it :) The way you wrote it, it could so easily have been a real event (I also nearly went looking for it).



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