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CSO Lt. Commander Alexis Wright

Postby Holly Kolodziejczak » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:02 pm

Alexis felt good about her plan. It was a good plan. She kept assuring herself of this as she left the lab and made her way to the turbolift. It WAS a good plan, wasn't it? She'd run so many simulations, she was sure her calculations were perfect. But there were so many variables, so many things that could go wrong... and she worried that what she had to offer wouldn't be enough.

There were moments when Alexis felt woefully unprepared for the leadership role that she'd accepted aboard the Atlantis, and this was one of them. Actual lives hung in the balance; people were depending on her to make the right decisions. When she was fulfilling the roles of both Chief Science Officer and Operations Officer, she found that she didn't have time for this kind of self-doubt to creep into her thoughts. Stepping onto the turbolift, she shook herself slightly and reminded herself that this adjustment to a strictly Science role was what she wanted - what she had asked for.

"Bridge."

Alexis spent her ride to the bridge mentally rehearsing what she was going to say, how she would describe her plan to Vice Admiral Blackthorne, and what she would do if he decided against it. She didn't have a backup plan. This was going to have to work, because otherwise, she was out of ideas... and being out of ideas was way outside of her comfort zone. It was not just her job to always have another idea; it was part of her identity.

She arrived at the bridge and relieved the Science officer manning her new station, surreptitiously glancing over at the Ensign now manning Ops. She quickly suppressed feelings of jealousy that welled up within her. There was no time for jealousy; the plan required quick action. Alexis faced the Admiral, took a deep breath to focus herself, and did something else outside of her comfort zone.

She took a leap of faith.
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Re: Log: Faith and Doubt

Postby Holly Kolodziejczak » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:57 pm

This is my first log in a very long time, so I'm really interested in your honest feedback. :)
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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby James Greenman » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:07 pm

I really like it! You get a real sense of Alexis' unsurity and how she feels ourside of her comfort zone being in a purely scientific role.

Really nicely done!
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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby Holly Kolodziejczak » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:18 pm

James Greenman wrote:how she feels ourside of her comfort zone being in a purely scientific role.


Hmmm... I was going for more of a sense that she feels uncomfortable in a leadership decision-making role. Alexis is a scientist, it's a strength for her, but the social and leadership aspects of her job is where I feel she needs to develop. Should I revise something to make that more clear?

Thank you for taking the time to give feedback! <3
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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby James Greenman » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:34 pm

Now that I reread it with that in mind, it comes across just fine. I blame my tiredness :picard:
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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby Holly Kolodziejczak » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:39 pm

:science: :science: :science:

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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby C. J. Short » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:45 pm

Why do all of my female characters get in cat fights?

Good log, Holly :)
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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby Luceo » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:46 pm

As I wrote on the Atlantis site, it's a great insight into her mindset during a stressful situation. Time to step up Lieutenant, you're not an Ensign anymore!
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When a Plan Comes Together

Postby Holly Kolodziejczak » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:46 pm

In the time spent waiting for the balloons to be deployed, Alexis had probably entered about 100 work tickets for sensors arrays to be repaired based on her recalibration and self-diagnostics. She set another one aside, unfinished, when the word came in that the grapplers had connected successfully and the balloons were being filled.

It was working, it was working! She'd needed a lot of help, of course, specifically in the form of the grapplers... Alexis was willing to admit this to herself. But her plan, her last best hope, was TOTALLY working. Telthis was rising. She hovered anxiously over the readouts, impatient to have enough data to tell how far the station would rise, how fast, how much of a difference it was going to make. The good thing was, now that she could see that it was working, they could always attach more and larger balloons - especially once the station rose above the level of the storm. The engineering team had outdone themselves. Commander Harper and the other pilots had outdone themselves. Her plan wouldn't have worked at all if it hadn't been for the extraordinary effort and expertise lent by the rest of the crew. Alexis briefly closed her eyes and mouthed a quiet prayer of thanks just in case anyone happened to be listening.

And what a jewel she had found in T'Lira! Alexis hadn't hesitated to recommend a full commission as an Ensign to the Admiral. She didn't know T'Lira well yet and was somewhat intimidated by her greater age and experience - not to mention her Vulcan-ness - but felt that they'd already worked quite well together. Taking a deep breath, Alexis reminded herself that even though she was younger and possibly less experienced, she was no less an expert in her fields. Leadership was something that didn't come easily to her, but the Admiral had seen fit to trust her in a leadership role, so she would just have to trust his judgment and do her best to live up to his expectations.

She let a small flush of gratitude wash over her before turning her thoughts to the last option to raise the station.

Alexis agreed, scientifically, that hot air currents created convection... but that was the end of her agreement with the plan to heat the gases beneath the station to cause it to rise. There were just too many problems with the plan, not the least of which was that Telthis was rather large and wasn't particularly aerodynamic and, in her estimation, would do poorly in capturing the heated air currents to rise. In addition, it would take a sustained production of heat over a fairly large area in order to have any useful effect at all: if the convection currents were too brief, it would just cause Telthis to bounce around, because it would simply drop again as soon as the air cooled. If the area were to concentrated, the currents would be too unstable. Creating heat with explosive devices, such as torpedoes, was an absolute "no" in her mind... not only would it bounce the station around significantly and be too brief to provide sustained convection, but it was just too risky in the turbulent atmosphere of a gas giant that there would be unintended consequences.

No, she'd made up her mind - raising the station with heat was a bad idea. Oh, she'd prove it if she had to, but it felt like a waste of time. Additional balloons, if necessary, were a much better idea. She was prepared to fight for it.

Decision made, she went back to hungrily watching the readouts.
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Re: CSO Lieutenant Alexis Wright

Postby Luceo » Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:57 am

I love it when a plan comes together! And when a good log comes together. :)
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