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06 November 2010 @ 03:33 pm
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Turning off the internet = shockingly helpful. Also, I adore my 12-year-old Boy Wonder's bitchy 15-year-old sister, so I brought her along to NASA to gush about a TV show featuring Futuristic Luke Perry In Space, and that made me lol. Plus, Colonel Skinner's character has been introduced! Plus, I'm planning to make said character's wife be a professional dancer because Dancing With the Stars ate my brain, shut up.

Must go acquire caffeine as prize, I think. Then, moar writings so I can spam you with updates. *mwah*

Ayanna finds out before he does. It’s weird enough that his sister message him during the school day, weirder still that she call, let alone three times in a row.

Between classes, he messages her back in annoyed all-caps: WHAT

It has been a few weeks and basketball season is starting, so he’s not even thinking about gravity or tripods or staying up all night writing equations as fast as his fingers can go. Ayanna audios again and he picks up.

“Mom’s on the nets,” she says. “It’s about you. I’m pushing it to your portable. What the hell is going on?”

It pops up on the screen while Ayanna’s still talking in his ear. It’s tagged science and human interest and breaking and it says What scientists are already calling “potentially the greatest breakthrough in space travel for the last fifty years” has been traced back to the Physics department of the University of Oregon, but according to our sources, the idea comes not from the faculty or graduate students, but from a hand-drawn proof by the preteen son of Dr. Asia Wright. The article is live-updating, and the last line updates to include who has not yet been reached for comment as Malcolm watches.

“Mal! Mal!” Ayanna is chanting in his ear.

“Is this a joke?” he asks her, but Ayanna hasn’t really pranked him for years. Since she turned fifteen – maybe even since she entered high school – her preferred means of dealing with him is by acting like he doesn’t exist.

“Is this about that thing Mom’s been working on in her office?” she sounds freaked out. “Mal, this is on a national site. They’re talking about space travel to other planets. What did you do?”

His phone buzzes, a message popping up on the screen from the school, calling him to the main office. “I have to go,” he says before he hangs up on his sister.

His mom is in the office, and he doesn’t even mind when she hugs him in front of the school principal.

“Ayanna said something,” he says, “What’s going on?”

His mom pulls back, and she’s beaming and a little breathless. “Baby,” she says, “You just made history.”
peanutbutterer: Atlantis under seigepeanutbutterer on November 6th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Aww. Go Malcolm!

(And go Ducks!)
Leyenn: to the starsleyenn on November 6th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oooooo I am really intrigued! Like it! :D
fyca: Gir dancingfyca on November 7th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)

Go you!
Jessi: delightful!j_guda on November 7th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)

Love, love, love.

Turning off the internet = shockingly helpful.

Isn't it though? I get so much more done when I have to put effort into procrastinating.
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Shuttle - reaching beyondjoyfulfeather on November 7th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Eee! <3 Love the snippet!

And yaaaay, progress! I'm glad turning off the internet has helped!
katyjokatyjo on November 7th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
More now please?

You clearly have to keep writing all month, and hit all your targets, because I have a desperate need to read the finished article.

Also: pleased that Write and Die proved helpful. I find it invaluable on my most procrastinatey days. Actually, must go fire it up now, as I'm reading your nano instead of writing my own...
Natalie Von Doom: Tina Fey - I can see Russia from my housnatushka on November 7th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
for some reason, i really LOVE all your little future talk. its hugely entertaining.

so I brought her along to NASA to gush about a TV show featuring Futuristic Luke Perry In Space

also this, = ftw! MORE PLZ.
georgie: Glee - BrittanySantana - Hahageorgierae on November 8th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
such a little snippet that says SO DAMN MUCH! I love it already :D
fyca: Ballardfyca on November 8th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
I love that I get to spend so much of my NaNo research time looking at things like this:


And this:


And especially this:

(This one always cracks me up!)