By day I work 60 hour weeks. At night I am a devoted father and husband to the world's greatest family. Somewhere in the non-existent time between the two, I am a writer. Join me from the beginning as I chronicle my adventures to become a successful published author.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 265 - I forgot a day!

Well, it's true. Not only did I not blog yesterday, but I forgot to write. It wasn't a conscious decision, I just plum forgot! Go figure. It was another busy day, and in between work and family, I didn't have any "me" time. And I am ok with that. I am dedicated to writing, but dedication to family, building memories, is more important. There's room for both, but there will always be more room for family.

For today's writing, I actually spent time researching a critical element of my story, being the temperature of a nuclear blast, the fall off in temperature ranges, etc. As it turns out, the epicenter reaches millions of degrees Celsius. There is rapid fall-off in temperature, but even at fifty meters out you are around 6,000 degrees Celsius. For comparison, magma peaks around 1,300 degrees Celsius (and cools from there depending on exposure and composition), while the surface of the sun is about 5,500 degrees Celsius.

Why does it matter? Because I need heat. Lots of it. And in one sudden burst. The explosion of a nuclear blast is generally not too big when comparing to the earth moving capabilities of a volcano, but the heat is important for creating a cascading effect in my story. It seems a very moderate nuclear blast goes above and beyond my needs!


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