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Here's one for you-

When writing the name of a ship in italics e.g. Starchaser, if you were referring to something belonging to that ship, like its crew or engines, would you italicise the 's? Is it Starchaser's or Starchaser's, which looks better?

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Chicago Manual of Style appears to say no,   section 7.28 in the 16th edition and rummaging on stackexhange points to CMOS 8.170 that actively says no.

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  • 4 weeks later...

How do I get the motivation to actually share? 

I attempted to make one, then as soon as it was released, lost confidence in it and lost motivation to add on. 

And I don't like that feeling so I haven't revised any of my rough drafts.

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@Wizard Kerbal

I would recommend to just finish. Just keep adding bits on to whatever you are working on. And it's important to not judge the product until it is completely finished. 

Don't torture yourself over it, and if you feel that you really can't do anything with it, put it on a shelf for a rainy day. Perhaps one day you will recover the motivation to finish it. I know that that has happened to me. Keep all the rough drafts. And don't be afraid to share them or ask people for ideas, be they a forum poster or your family.

And most important: it can only go well if you are having FUN with it.

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It might sound odd. But try taking the bus, rather than driving to work... assuming a couple of things of course. I know my motivation and producivity dropped off when I had to start driving in, <Alec Guinness!Obi-wan voice>before the dark times... before the covid</Alec Guinness!Obi-wan voice>. Something about that thirty odd minutes put in the right frame to get something done. 

And to echo what Philae said. Just get it down. Don't worry about getting it right, or it looking good.  Momentum is your friend. 

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