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Duane Dingle

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Those ureka moments
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 10:29 AM
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I was searching the forum for eureka moments and since I couldn’t find one, I thought I would ask if anyone has experienced those eureka moments where a plot puzzle piece is missing and then from what seems out of nowhere BOOM it hits you in the head and all then seems perfect with the plot. It can be a relationship issue between to characters, an action, a thing or anything else. At one point when I’ve plotted out enough to write, I begin writing and hoping a missing puzzle piece will show up, and most of the time the small ones pop up before I get to the section where it’s needed, and sometimes it even comes after. Sometimes they are minor pieces, but yesterday I was hit with a major one that ties things together and at the same time is a catalyst to the antagonist’s action to follow. I was actually starting to lose sleep over the missing piece since I am close to halfway through the writing of the first draft and at almost 70k words it had yet to hit me. I figure I can’t be the only one, so I’m wondering if others here get those moments and when they seem to hit them. With me, it’s when I’m not writing, almost given up on the story, and the idea that hits me seems to have no connection with what I’m doing. I have had to shelf unfinished novels because of the missing piece that has yet to come to me, so when they do come to me, it’s almost a blessing.
Brad the wronger

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Re: Those ureka moments
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 10:50 AM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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Do you mean a eureka moment?
acornwriter

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 10:51 AM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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Yep... yesterday when I was washing the dishes. Just flowed to me. Thanks for reminding me, I forgot about it. Time to get back to work...

Seriously, thanks. I will watch for your substantive posts.
Duane Dingle

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 11:10 AM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
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Brad the wronger wrote:
Do you mean a eureka moment?
My bad. Me so dumb. Yup, that's a what I mean. :) You don't want to know how I spell Youthinasia.
Duane Dingle

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 11:21 AM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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acornwriter wrote:
Yep... yesterday when I was washing the dishes. Just flowed to me. Thanks for reminding me, I forgot about it. Time to get back to work...

Seriously, thanks. I will watch for your substantive posts.

It puts the fire back under you to get to work, doesn't it? I was spending way too much time rewriting the same chapter over and over and over again as I waited for something to hit me, and a little bit after I gave up, there it was. It just amazes me.
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 11:28 AM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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Yes, I had an aha! moment the other day when trying to build a theoretical nanobot. I've been trying to force lactoperoxidase to theoretically carry theoretical whiskers to theoretical markers called Katocubes (iron crystals that have been theoretically magnetized), but then after poking around my theoretical chemistry set, it occurred to me that I could use lactoferrin. I may need to employ Gold to do the math for me, though. This is getting way more complicated than 2+2=3.
acornwriter

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 12:49 PM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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ureka, lol. I knew what you meant. But... remove the "k" and you have urea. I garden and have had horses, pretty sure urea is animal urine.
Duane Dingle

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 1:07 PM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
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Brad the wronger wrote:
Yes, I had an aha! moment the other day when trying to build a theoretical nanobot. I've been trying to force lactoperoxidase to theoretically carry theoretical whiskers to theoretical markers called Katocubes (iron crystals that have been theoretically magnetized), but then after poking around my theoretical chemistry set, it occurred to me that I could use lactoferrin. I may need to employ Gold to do the math for me, though. This is getting way more complicated than 2+2=3.
So you’re doing accounting? :)
Duane Dingle

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 1:57 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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acornwriter wrote:
ureka, lol. I knew what you meant. But... remove the "k" and you have urea. I garden and have had horses, pretty sure urea is animal urine.
I had a girlfriend named Urea...oh, wait...no, her name was Nicole.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 4:40 PM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
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Old joke:

A scientist came running out of his lab, calling, "Eureka! Eureka!"

That was his wife's name.

Okay, really old joke.
:)
C. Gold

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Re: Those ureka moments
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 4:46 PM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
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I know nothing about fluorescent gold quantum clusters, but they sound interesting! DO a bit of hand waving on the math, your readers will thank you!

I get my Eureka (lived in a town with that name for a while) moments in the shower. The last big one was how I could integrate the 60k plus story I abandoned into my current series with a bit of fixing up. That made my day!
Morgan Carlson

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Re: Those ureka moments
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 4:51 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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Shower time is the easiest way for me to generate new ideas, too. That hot water moves the blood through my brain faster, and ideas flow again. I find that I'm always linking stories together when I never meant to in the first place. It just helps to connect them some times, as it perpetuates series where there were just stand-alones before.
William C. Leger

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Re: Those ureka moments
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 7:43 PM   in response to: Morgan Carlson in response to: Morgan Carlson
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I had just finished the last chapters of book three, which (of course) climaxes with an enormous battle where the hero must save the distressed damsel. I printed it and presented it to my lady friend, who gave me that look (that women are so good at) while shaking her head. "Nope, that won't do: you can do better than that! I want to see that bastard (the villain, of course) suffer for all the evil things he's done!"

So later that day I went back trying to figure out a viable yet evil way for him to meet his end. While taking a walk one night, it suddenly hit me (no, not a car) "Eureka! That's it!" I shouted. (Archimedes would have been so proud). I had hit upon it in an earlier chapter. Once I got home I rushed back to my computer and typed away the rest of the night. The next time we met, I gave her the revised chapter and she broke out into what can only be called, a sinister smile (all that was missing was the cackling laugh) and nodded. "Yes! That's the way that SOB should go!" she nearly shouted.

Now if only somebody will discover and read the books I've published (no, I don't mean you guys unless you want to, of course; that would be nice too). I've been walking a lot and thinking about that too. Perhaps I'll think of something and once I do and begin selling books, I promise I shall follow up with another message to this thread, which will simply say, "Eureka!" :-)

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C. Gold

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Re: Those ureka moments
Posted: Feb 5, 2018 8:50 PM   in response to: William C. Leger in response to: William C. Leger
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Check that why my books won't sell thread to make sure your books are in the very best of shape. Then advertise them!
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Feb 5, 2018 9:39 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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a bit of hand waving on the math

It's not for a book quite yet but probably will be someday. My spare time hobby these days is to come up with a theoretical model of a nanobot to use in cancer treatments. The bot would be built from patient-specific RNA and a virus that can replicate without degradation. So far, that's the easy part. It's become something of a beast, with nanocapsules, motors, a ligand anchor and a magnetic draw, hence the whiskers and ferrous cube, and needs to be bidirectional through the use of a dumbbell shuttle. That's the not so easy part. As soon as I get that Eureka! moment, something about the math doesn't work. Or at least I think it doesn't work. I end up spending half a day trying to make that doggone math work, and it just sits there and mocks me. Then it's back to the virtual backboard. To sell this idea, the math needs to prove the theory. Like I said, I doubt anybody will pick it up, so I'll turn it into a tech thriller of some sort.

lived in a town with that name for a while

Eureka, Nv by any chance?
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