#rollingworld on the go!! Between trains at Woking, there is enough time for 15 minutes somewhere really important! #goodprogress (at Woking Platform 3)
This morning this small segment of The Celestial Wanderer has passed another significant milestone. A View from the Edge describes the formative life of Oomatra Tang. The segment is about 3/4 complete and should be ready for insertion into the main narrative by the early summer. If I could find more time to write I could probably complete it in less than 3 weeks. Sadly the real world gets in the way!!! #rollingworld #railwaylife (at Platform 1)
I had some time to spare at Fratton today. Sometimes when I write, everything just falls into place. The paragraph isn’t quite there yet and hasn’t been debugged but is so not bad for a first pass!
Hammock-bound, but wide awake and restless, she watched the vast rotating panacea of flickering stars. The crystalline clarity of the darkarc sky contrived to enhanced the randomly speckled star scape, somehow allowing the visual two dimensional backdrop to become a magnificent three dimensional masterpiece. Loosely tethered in a moment of calm, her mind wandered the stunning cosmic vista as she pondered her future. Devoid of definable direction or contrived intent, her thoughts eventually lead to the dormant fatal attraction at the very heart of the matter. Without really knowing why, Oomartra felt sure that she harboured sufficient mental acumen and ability to become a Master Navigator. The attraction of the idea itself now seemed more substantial than before, almost as if it courted her specific countenance and attention. For the second time in as many darkarcs, she could feel the call of the stars and could not ignore the yearning inside that seemed to soak her every thought. For reasons she couldn’t begin to unravel or understand, it seemed that her destiny would take her away from Kalladia, far away from the local galactic cluster, far away from anyone or anything who might remember Oomartra Tang. If opportunity offered, opportunity that might take her stars to see just how far she might travel, her isolation would be complete and unalterable. Whilst a life time contrived and foretold by Tang-tao now lay lost and beyond her reach, the door of possibility stood unguarded and open. With the star call echoing in corridors of chance and possibility, how could she not take advantage, slip away from Kalladia and become something and someone entirely and utterly different?
Outside it’s wet, cold and Orrid. Inside I have Smooth Jazz, plenty of tea and a nice warm fire! Time to write! #rollingworld (at Home in the Street)
Why a picture of M31 Andromeda?
The star you can see arrowed above is the raw pulsating hell at the very heart of the Kalladian planetary system. Curiously, even after all these years of writing about it, the star is currently without a name.
The planet Kalladia orbits this star on an endless path of eternal rotation. Fortunately and most conveniently, Kalladia fully complies with Drakes Equation ( http://bit.ly/1fegs4d ) and, accordingly, is well within the so called Goldilocks Zone. With a small stretch of the imagination, it is not hard to see a thriving planetary society that contains the blood stained heartwood of the evil Kalladian Hegemony. Surprisingly, it is a lush and vibrant place, teeming with Kalladian life in all its many colourful forms. Rotating in a curiously undulating manner, Kalladia is also a planet of extremes. The vivid brilliance of each lightarc contrasts sharply with the wet, stagnant humidity of the following darkarc. Climatic stability is an impossible pipe dream and Kalladians of all creeds live with the erratic, cyclical fluctuations with a toughed, stoic persistence.
Deep in the dense equatorial jungle, the reason for this sharp contrast becomes apparent and obvious. From sturdy platforms built into the lush interwoven canopy, watchers chart an orbital dance as complex at it is fascinating. Caught within the embrace of Kalladia’s potent gravity engine, two very different moons spin a destructive dance of ages. The larger, Pion, benign and inert, is much like our own moon, dust laden and utterly devoid of life. However, the smaller, currently unnamed moon, is quite the opposite. Although visually little more than a vast orbiting ball of rapidly rotating iron ore, the cracking and reformation of its small but powerful magnetic heart causes havoc on the surface of its mother planet and the Kalladian population have evolved devious means to cope with an environment of extreme change and uncertainty.
So, with that background information, you will see, dear reader, that we have a Star and Moon to name. These names have to fit into the general narrative with relative ease and not sound out of place. I’m not adverse to a suggestion with humorous connotations but contributors might be mindful of the fact that intergalactic conquest is a serious business and anyone not taking things seriously enough will be subject to the extreme experimentations and genetic morphology of the Tang-Tao!!!
Of course, I could do the job myself, I’m not short of a list of easily acquired names.. but, as time passes and the completion of this section of #Rollingworld looms ever closer, I though It might be a bit of fun to ask for your help. I shall keep a record of whomever comes up with an acceptable name and endeavor to mention them into the final credits when the first publishable section of #Rollingworld goes live
Many thanks in advance for your help and participation, I hope you all enjoy the challenge. Its not everyday that you get to name a Star or a Moon!!
I will post the results and an accompanying illustration as soon as I can choose between the thousands of entries I expect will come poring in!!!
Yours from distant Andromeda
In my usual seat whilst I wait out complications caused by a Line side fire at #Wimbledon. Gives unexpected opportunity to write. I’ve nearly finished ‘A View from the Edge’ a segment inserted into ‘The Celestial Wanderer’ that will give Captain and Master Navigator Oomartra Tang a backstory and a broader base of reference for her future heroics!! #rollingworld #railwaylife (at London Waterloo East Railway Station (WAE))
Keeping life in perspective. The construction of #rollingworld continues in deepest darkest Portsmouth!! #depression #recovery #railwaylife (at Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station (PMS))
Half way between the start and the finish of BV 2119. A glimpse through the window as life goes by unnoticed. #rollingworld #railwaylife (at Costa)
For the first time since last February I am sitting in the seat that I occupied when this years upheaval began. It is very clear and I remember the pain of my damaged finger well. I had no idea about the mountains I was about to climb or the valley floor that I would sink to. Now, nine months on, life has changed, I’ve learned from my experience and moved on. On the whole, with one notable exception, life is positive and even though the winter weather makes things harder, I am in a forward looking and optimistic frame of mind for the winter season. I hope to progress #Rollingworld. It has become so important to me and I am determined to commit myself to the narrative as never before. #depression #recovery #railwaylife (at Costa Coffee)