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Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:54 am Post

CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


I am trying to get my head around public sector contracts :|
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:55 am Post

CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


Yup! The 1991 equivalent of a text message was phoning someone's secretary and having the leave a message on a telephone message pad on their desk. Very civilised.
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:03 am Post

homeport wrote:
CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


I am trying to get my head around public sector contracts :|


A quick google of public sector bidding regulations new york 1991 revealed this article from Aug 1991 in the NY Times...
https://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/27/nyre ... -bids.html

I've not seen this before just now and none of the characters in the story are based on any real people (so I'm definitely not implying that anyone mentioned in the above article are in any way like any characters in NiaDX), but it's a worth a scan if your finding it dry!
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:08 am Post

homeport wrote:
CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


I am trying to get my head around public sector contracts :|


Yes, I'm bribing my husband to make notes on that stuff while I work (proper work) for the next couple of hours

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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:24 am Post

pigfender wrote:
homeport wrote:
CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


I am trying to get my head around public sector contracts :|


A quick google of public sector bidding regulations new york 1991 revealed this article from Aug 1991 in the NY Times...
https://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/27/nyre ... -bids.html

I've not seen this before just now and none of the characters in the story are based on any real people (so I'm definitely not implying that anyone mentioned in the above article are in any way like any characters in NiaDX), but it's a worth a scan if your finding it dry!


Good article! When I was living in Quebec several years ago, there was a huge scandal along similar lines. It took a long time to get to the bottom of it and many politicians were implicated: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charbonneau_Commission

Basically, the mafia controlled everything and all the big construction compaines colluded to artificially inflate their bids for public sector infrastructure jobs. Then, the most powerful guys decided who would get which contract and no one dared to underbid. Fascinating and crazy it went on as long as it did.
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:45 am Post

CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


—laughs— I'd just come back from searching the internet because I wanted to figure out which iPhone the character I'm writing about would have pulled out of his jacket to take a photo.

Apple's first digital camera, the QuickTake 100, wasn't released til 1994.
The specs of the camera were revolutionary for the time. It had a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with 24-bit color. At that resolution, only eight photos could be stored in the QuickTake’s 1MB of storage. At the lower resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, a whopping 32 photos could be held on the camera.


The 90s are starting to feel a whole lot farther away!

I guess the characters probably shouldn't be wearing masks and distancing either. Gotta get my head around the "old normal."
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:51 am Post

YEAH, BUT THE MUSIC WAS AWESOME

(Presumably because people weren't distracted by the internet and their phones and they still had to record real instruments in a room with other people)
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[Rushes in holding a bunch of papers and folders and panting]
Hi guys! Sorry, sorry, I'm late, I know, I didn't say anything, it's all a bit crazy here [UFO crash-lands behind her] but I'm fine, I'm good, everything's good, let's see, where were w[zombies attack] —stop it, I'm trying to get some writing done here, guys… [fiery hailstorm] Okay, okay, everybody inside, no need to panic, let's just — [hungry cannibal flying frogs swarm covers town] Just close that window, will you? Thanks. Okay. Deep breath.

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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:20 am Post

It's exciting to be doing this again. However, my desire for details to be correct is leading me to a lot of online reading (my chapter has quite a specific setting, about which I know very little!)

Hopefully I'll get beyond that soon and actually start generating some words to fill in the outline :)
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:25 am Post

I was too excited to sleep after I got my brief so just stayed up and wrote and it’s done!
Hope it’s ok.
I received a message to say it was received so now got to wait to see the finished product.
Love Novel in a Day
Yay!
NiaD X done.
What a year it’s been so far

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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:27 am Post

How do you get the awesome mugs to signify the Novel in a day novels you have contributed to :?:

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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:34 am Post

pigfender wrote:
homeport wrote:
CeramicFairy wrote:Done a bit of homework for you, lads: No internet (not till August 1991). No Text messages (December 1992). Mobile phones, yes, but they were just, you know, phones. For phoning people. Hmph. My opening line goes back to the drawing board.


I am trying to get my head around public sector contracts :|


A quick google of public sector bidding regulations new york 1991 revealed this article from Aug 1991 in the NY Times...
https://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/27/nyre ... -bids.html

I've not seen this before just now and none of the characters in the story are based on any real people (so I'm definitely not implying that anyone mentioned in the above article are in any way like any characters in NiaDX), but it's a worth a scan if your finding it dry!

Thank you
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:38 am Post

Just a newbie question: it doesn't state it in my brief but what if the characters (or some of them) do not survive by the end of a chapter or turn out to be some alien cannibal frogs (thanks for that image, by the way, it won't leave my head now) - is it overstepping too much?

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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:48 am Post

Unless I'm dreaming, which, truth to tell, is quite possible, Mr. P. Fender has changed his avatar.
Why?
And how have so many finished already?
And why is it comptroller not controller?
And....
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:49 am Post

Shadowspawn wrote:Just a newbie question: it doesn't state it in my brief but what if the characters (or some of them) do not survive by the end of a chapter or turn out to be some alien cannibal frogs (thanks for that image, by the way, it won't leave my head now) - is it overstepping too much?

You can kill, maim, or send off to university any character you've invented (invent as many as you like!), but if they were provided in your brief, they'll likely be needed in later chapters, so should only die / lose a limb if the chapter brief says so!

They should only be revealed actually to be alien cannibal frogs in skin covered robot exoskeletons if the frogs are happy to spend the rest of the novel back in disguise as normal humans.

(starting to wonder what I put in all the briefing packs now)
(or more to the point, what's in this tea)
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