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25 October 2013 @ 08:55 pm
RL vs. FL  
Even though I somehow feel less busy, I realize my free time is significantly less this year than any other year now that I have a full patient load, a clinical fellowship, and am doing dissertation work. And now I've taken on a testing case so those precious few hours I had are now gone, gone, gone.

So it was a really bad time for me to be bitten by a plot bunny. A Night Vale plot bunny at that which means it has three eyes and four ears...and maybe glows in the dark.


The plot bunny came in the form of a first sentence which is, "The week Carlos goes to California for a research conference, Night Vale disappears from the face of reality."

I had ideas of Carlos, after being in Night Vale for a year is getting a little tired of how nothing in the damn town follows the laws of physics or general rules of science. Sure, it's interesting and fun at times but it wears on a person who hasn't lived there his entire life. Plus, he hasn't published a damn paper in over a year because how is he going to explain floating cats? He probably has a mild argument with Cecil about how stir crazy he's getting so he ends up going to the conference alone. And soon after Night Vale just vanishes. No records, no memories from anyone it ever existed, other than Carlos. It's like the whole of reality adjusted itself to neatly snip Night Vale out.

Because angst and characters having to suffer are the shiniest tools in my wheelhouse, Carlos would be slightly frantic and trying to find some sort of solid evidence that he hadn't hallucinated the entire last year and Cecil. I have a vague idea of why Night Vale vanished and how it'll...un-vanish. But I need more time in my RL. If Wednesdays get cancelled, can Fridays be accidentally get scheduled in twice?
 
 
 
X-parrotxparrot on October 27th, 2013 09:29 am (UTC)
I would donate time to that cause! ...Given a temporal transference mechanism. And free time to donate. But yeah...it wouldn't have to be too~ long, would it? Because I want to know what happens...

...So the other scientists who came with Carlos, those who had an existence outside Night Vale, are they vanished along with the town? Do formerly co-written papers only have one author? Poor Carlos...(he does suffer so well...!)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 27th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
it wouldn't have to be too~ long, would it?

I have a tough time keep stories short. They tend to morph into multi-chapter things that drag on for eons.

...So the other scientists who came with Carlos, those who had an existence outside Night Vale, are they vanished along with the town?

No, the research time is just in a different town. A perfectly normal, American town which is where everyone else thinks Carlos has been for the past year.
X-parrotxparrot on October 27th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, fascinating! So what do people think Carlos has been studying in this normal town? (or do they just think he's a crackpot?)

(I am so very curious how Carlos and his team ever got a grant to study "the most scientifically interesting town in America" - either the man can write one hell of a research proposal; or there is something out there with ulterior interest in Night Vale (...StrexCorp? Is it coincidence that they bought out Station Management only a year after Carlos came to town...))
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 28th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
I am so very curious how Carlos and his team ever got a grant to study "the most scientifically interesting town in America"

I really want to know what sort of scientist Carlos is. For the purposes of this plot bunny, I decided to make him a paleoseismology specifically but that this team includes scientists from various fields that are related to what he's studying.

So what do people think Carlos has been studying in this normal town? (or do they just think he's a crackpot?)

Carlos finds out that he's supposedly been sending reports and articles for the entire year he's been researching and they've all been well-received. Just normal, boring reports about predictability of earthquakes. Of course Carlos has ZERO memory of any of this.