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writing

In 7th grade, I got a typewriter for Christmas (because my handwriting was so bad and a teacher told my parents I should have a typewriter).

I was out of school for Christmas vacation and had a new typewriter. So I wrote a short story. I put the story in one of my dresser drawers after it was done, and forgot about it.


In 12th grade, I took a Creative Writing course. One of the requirements was to write 3 short stories. I thought I would get the old one out of my drawer and rewrite it for my class. When I was rewriting it, new ideas kept coming and I soon realized it would no longer be a short story. So I put the new version aside and wrote a completely different story for my class. After I graduated, I started working on the story again. In college, I didn't have a lot of spare time, but when I did, I continued working on the story and basically finished it.


I went into the Air Force after college, and bought a computer. Over a couple of years, I typed all my handwritten work into the computer. Not just that story, but other things I had written over the years in notebooks.


Once the story was in digital form, I found it easy to share it with others and get their feedback. One lady was adamant that no one could learn a language as fast as Jim and Dale were doing. I decided to test her assertion, and went on a camping trip with a friend who had never tried to learn a second language. The rule for the weekend was that we would speak no English. I had my dictionary (since I was not yet fluent with my own language). After about two hours, he had gotten to the point where he could ask "what is - " questions. From that point on, he picked up the language fairly well. Then I took a camping trip with a different friend who already spoke 3 languages. Same rule - no English. He was asking "what is - " questions in less than an hour and by the end of the weekend was as fluent as I had become.

So the first friend represented Jim, and the second one represented Dale, and of course I represented Quanto. And over the course of a weekend we showed that it was in fact possible to learn Unawinald very quickly.


It is intentionally a logical, simple language. It's writing system is equally logical. I haven't had occasion to speak it in years now, but I can quickly come up to speed if I need to using the dictionary I made.


As far as inspiration, with the exception of actually going to another universe, the story elements came directly from my life experience. I have always loved camping and canoeing and backpacking. I have been a Ham Radio operator since I was 17, and electronics was my special interest since I was 6 years old.
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Wow!

Damn...how should I reply to that...

First: its freaking awesome that you tried it out with friend yourself. Proving that lady wrong.
Best move ever.

Second: that you were interested in such a young age in writing (even if it was only one story) makes me happy, for some reason.
Maybe because I just love to hear what others have to tell.

I had trouble sleeping since a young age and listening to stories always helped me. I could listen and think until im too tired and got knocked out. (I was a nightmare for my parents, until they find out they could just let stories play)
I still need, to this day, stories or music to calm myself down.

Third: I had terrible handwriting too. One teacher tore my notebook apart until i 'finaly' started to write better. Writing alot and drawings with text helped me. I think it is a motor skill issue.
I had such weird lessons in which i had to draw and write and climb.

Fourth: my dad was interested in mechanic and technology since young age. He still works on little projects. He also did have a radio sender ...i dont know exactly the details tho.

Fifth: nature is fascinating and beautiful.
I never did go out camping. Only in the garden of my familys house. There was a big pond in the neighberhood i grew up in. We often played there. It was also near a little forest. But could never sleep in the woods.
We sleeped sometimes outside in the gardens or balkony on matresses, watching the stars. Or hearing bats And frogs. Feeling the cold but soft wind on the cheeks. I kinda miss that now that I think about it.

Thank you for sharing those informations with me.
 
I had such weird lessons in which i had to draw and write and climb.
Climb? I can't form an idea of that combination.

I still need, to this day, stories or music to calm myself down.
I don't NEED stories or music, but one of my projects was taking a 1947 Silvertone radio and putting a Raspberry Pi and an audio amplifier in the cabinet. I had to replace the original speaker because it was broken. The radio has three modes. One is old music and radio dramas. Another mode is playing audiobooks. The third mode is brown noise. The modes are selected from the buttons on the front panel.
I found if I play audiobooks at bedtime, I will invariably fall asleep. (Of course, with narcolepsy it really doesn't take much to fall asleep.)
silvertone.jpg

I am too lazy today to take a picture of my own radio and upload from the phone to the laptop, then upload here, so this is a picture of another 1947 Silvertone Radio
 
I had bad motor skills issues...rough movements.
so I got send to places to learn stuff.
They had wall bars (i think thats how they get called) and i had to climb up and down. Which was terrifying for me as z little kid. I still have fear of hights. It better now but...as kid. I was proud being just on the eyelevel of adults.

Is it weird when Im a little bit jealous of narcolepsy? Falling easily asleep sounds welcoming. (Im aware thats its probably not so so fun when one falls asleep while he has to stay awake. What a struggle.)
 
I had bad motor skills issues...rough movements.
so I got send to places to learn stuff.
They had wall bars (i think thats how they get called) and i had to climb up and down. Which was terrifying for me as z little kid. I still have fear of hights. It better now but...as kid. I was proud being just on the eyelevel of adults.

Is it weird when Im a little bit jealous of narcolepsy? Falling easily asleep sounds welcoming. (Im aware thats its probably not so so fun when one falls asleep while he has to stay awake. What a struggle.)
Narcolepsy makes it easy to fall asleep, but you don't stay asleep. You wake up a lot during the night. One of my sleep studies showed I awakened 20 times every hour. There is also a condition called sleep paralysis that goes with narcolepsy. My wife witnessed one of my sleep paralysis episodes where my body was so stiff I wasn't breathing until I woke up gasping for air. Sometimes scary hallucinations accompany the paralysis.
So overall, it isn't something to be jealous of. Many people with narcolepsy can't drive a car. I am able to drive because my medication works well for me.
 
Narcolepsy makes it easy to fall asleep, but you don't stay asleep. You wake up a lot during the night. One of my sleep studies showed I awakened 20 times every hour. There is also a condition called sleep paralysis that goes with narcolepsy. My wife witnessed one of my sleep paralysis episodes where my body was so stiff I wasn't breathing until I woke up gasping for air. Sometimes scary hallucinations accompany the paralysis.
So overall, it isn't something to be jealous of. Many people with narcolepsy can't drive a car. I am able to drive because my medication works well for me.
Ah... As expected. Its no fun.
Im sorry for that.

Im glad your medication works.
 

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