Today’s post is brought to you by Thursday’s Children, a weekly blog hop about the things that inspire people to write. I meant to get a post up for last week’s hop, but that didn’t happen. Must…be…better…blogger…
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen my brain explode the other day. This happens on a fairly regular basis, but not always in a public forum. I was working away on my short story, the one that I’ve been trying to get posted for close to a month (I think – too lazy to go look), and it suddenly decided that it needed to become a full-fledged novel instead of a simple short story. Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? I think I might have had one slice too many of the Dark Lord’s cake – my simple little stories have gone all complex on me. 🙂
WTF, brain? I wanted to write a short story, not a new effing novel! I’m already writing one of those! #writerproblems
— Kay Kauffman (@kaysielynn) June 7, 2013
Anyway, I know I’ve mentioned this particular WIP once or twice, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned any details. You know, what inspired it and such. And it’s really intriguing, or at least I think so. See, it’s about a manned mission to Mars. I know it’s been done already and by better writers than me (Ray Bradbury, anybody?), but that’s not going to stop me. The difference between Ray Bradbury and me is that it could actually happen in my lifetime, and that’s where my inspiration came from. There is a Dutch company putting together an expedition to the Red Planet. The plan is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars within ten years.
HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS THAT?!?!
A proud Trekkie and sci-fi nut, this totally appealed to me and when Seymour told me about it, I’m not sure who was more excited, me or him. It would be so incredible to be one of the first Martian colonists, wouldn’t it? And of course, once I heard about that, well, the wheels in my head started turning and they haven’t stopped since.
And it seems like Mars is everywhere now! Just this morning as I was cruising through my Twitter feed, I stumbled on a link to an article about possible radiation exposure levels astronauts heading to Mars would experience and couldn’t help clicking through. Of course, I keep thinking of the Martian landscape as depicted on Futurama (I love that show), but I’ve also had an urge to re-watch Life on Mars and Defying Gravity since the news about the Mars One project entered into my consciousness. And I’d love to read The Martian Chronicles; I remember reading one of the stories in middle school, but I don’t remember which one and Bradbury is a genius.
This truly is an exciting time in which to live. Between manned missions to Mars and the theoretical possibility of warp travel, I can’t wait to see what other advances will be made in space travel and exploration in my lifetime. Perhaps the stories I’ve grown to love so much through five seasons of Star Trek and ten different movies will one day become akin to reality?
If you were guaranteed a spot on the Mars mission and all you had to do was accept or decline, would you do it?
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- Manned Missions to Mars: Scientists Discuss Red Planet Exploration This Week (space.com)
- How to make it to Mars: Radiation – not boredom – is astronaut’s biggest challenge (independent.co.uk)
- Space radiation results should spark manned Mars mission debate (guardian.co.uk)
- Why We Can’t Send Humans to Mars Yet (And How We’ll Fix That) (wired.com)
- NASA: Shielding, New Propulsion Technologies Needed for Manned Mission to Mars (voanews.com)