Story day now = Friday.
Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 9:55 AM
I've been writing Wednesday nights, and posting Thursdays at lunch break. It makes much more sense with my schedule to write Thursday nights, and post Friday at lunch break. The main reason is that I don't care if I stay up late and am too tired to see straight on Fridays; on Thursdays, it's disasterous.
Starting this week, I will be posting on Fridays. I'll have this week's post up tomorrow. Sorry for the shuffle-around, and see you guys tomorrow!
Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 10:15 AM
You want a sympathetic yet utterly !#$@ing badass bad guy? Check out Dominic Deegan's. Mookie (author of that site and comic) does absolutely fantastical things with convoluted plots, that put me and my little straight-forward hero journey to shame.
He does the comic full-time, and it is my fervent hope that he gets rich off of it because it's awesome in ways that things aren't usually awesome these days. So you guys should all go read up, digest it, and then grab some DD merchandise and help pay the dude's rent. =]
Pretend Today is Last Thursday
Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 8:00 PM
I probably should have seen it coming, but my promise to give you guys something Thursday to tide you over was foiled by my inability to update the site from an internet cafe. I posted on the forums by way of stop-gap, but that wasn't much use since what I'm about to link to is already well-known to most of my forum-hounds.
As I predicted, Europe left me with no time for any writing at all (including schoolwork, zoinks!) so there was no story Thursday. My plan instead was to highlight the three ongoing sagas that currently grace the Words section of the site's forum, and I will do so now. Saranus, Daclat, and Slashtrain, the newest member of the uber-elite Sticky club: you guys are awesome, and helping to make this site exactly what I was hoping it would be. Everyone else should click over and kill some time reading these guys' works. As a fellow author, I can also say with certainty: constructive feedback is always appreciated!
I'm back in God Bless America. I love Europe, but damned if my friends and I didn't break out in The Star Spangled Banner when we cleared customs. It was a crazy trip, and I'll have some stuff posted about it later (tonight or, like, later than tonight) - I've got a bit of a rant brewing about how Delta treats its Economy Class folks, along with a special In-Flight edition of "Mewwwwwvies". And now - it's been more than a week - an hour of warcraft and then passing the hell out!
Story: Chapter V
Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 1:30 PM
I'm not really here. I'm just poking my head in long enough to throw up the next couple of pages of Chapter Five.
I'm sorry in advance, but having story next week isn't looking good. Computer-time costs money by the minute where I'm going, and writing is pretty time-intensive. If I don't manage to get story posted, I'll toss something else cool up instead. Here's a hint - you forum-folks all already know about it. Them. Three of them.
OMG now it rains inside too!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 9:45 PM
World of Warcraft Patch 1.10, "Storms of Azeroth", currently live on the public test realm, includes a feature I've been itching for since launch: Weather! I'm probably giving away the fact that I'm not the hardest-core of raiding WoWers when I say this, but I am looking forward to this feature more than any other that they've put in in the last year. Anyway, I hopped on the one non-contest realm (there are a couple of cool contests going on, but I'm not hitting them up) and spent a good couple hours over the last few days tooling around with my prefab human rogue Sly looking for weather.
I've just now gotten clued in on this cool thing that some forever-anonymous person started, which is a chat channel creatively dubbed "theweatherchannel". It's a bunch of random people who run around the world looking for weather and reporting back to the channel. I've had limited luck so far - the tail end of a flurry in Winterspring (very exciting!) - and now, of course, I'm flying to Dublin. This is one of those things which works best when more people do it, so I thought I'd give it a shout-out here: any of you guys that are interested in catching a sneak peek at weather in Warcraft should hop onto the non-contest test realm, type /join theweatherchannel, and help everybody out. Then hop on my forum and let me know how it goes!
Next time I post, I'll be on my forum, and in the place where history comes from. Until then - as they say on the fair green isle - Cheers!
In Honor of Saint Patrick
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 11:30 AM
In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, in honor of his Day; in celebration of the bringing of Christianity to the Green Isle, and of the end of the tribal conflicts which wracked that isle since the dawn of times - I give you a bird in a green hat smoking a pipe! =D I think he rules.
Forum-muse Nevlonniel whipped it up for me - she's quite an adept photoshopper. She hasn't been around much lately (she shadowmelded! =]), but if you want a neat forum avatar or signature pic thinger created, she's got a standing offer to create just about anything you could want. A good half of the signature pic thingers on my forum are Nev's handiwork.
The bird itself is a sketch by my friend Meredith. She's aspiring to make a living as an artist, and (clearly) she's a damn good one. Hop over to her site and look around, and if you need a gift for a loved one's birthday, order up a charcoal portrait of said loved one! Or of you! Or of, like, a tree or something. Anyway, she's good.
So we all get to celebrate St. Patty's day with a bird in a green hat, but I'll do you one better: I'm goin' to Dublin! My school's spring break is next week, and me and some friends are flying out of JFK this Thursday evening, landing in the land of (many of) my ancestors at 1 PM the next day ready for some Real Irish Guinness. (If you've never had Guinness in Ireland, you've never had Guinness. trust.) After the weekend, we're flying to Holland to visit some friends of one of my friends for the rest of the week, so that should be fun. Holland is beautiful.
I've been working my tail off this week to get my schoolwork and workwork finished up before I leave; I'll be doing the same Wednesday night for my birdwork. I'll have story for you Thursday before we leave. It's still up in the air whether I'm going to have anything next week, but I will do my level best to get enough written tomorrow that I can bring it to Europe and post it up from an internet cafe or something.
And so in honor of the bringer of civilization to we the uncivilizable: Happy St. Patty's Day!
Stuff, et al.
Monday, March 13, 2006 - 2:00 AM
Thought of the day: Despite the fact that emergent properties (those which only become
apparent with increasing levels of complexity, such as the ability of the brain to generate complex
thought), each of those properties are absolutely, undeniably, still taking place on the level of the
simplest interactions, such as the simple chemical interaction between two neurons. Writing a property
off as "merely emergent" is merely a self-serving, self-protecting way of saying, We don't understand
this yet. Possibly, we won't ever.
Yes, it's been that kind of week. Luckily next week is spring break! More on that tomorrow.
Other stuff: Imagine, for a moment, all of the terrible, horrible, embarrassing-to-watch fruit that could
be born of a pair of kids deciding to make a Star Wars Light-Saber-Battle Fan Film. Somehow though
(and I think it involves the investment of way more free time than I will have this entire year) this film (which
matches the preceding description word for word) can only be described as spectacular.
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 - 5:00 PM
I haven't posted much this week. I've ruffled my wings on the forum a little, but even
that has been less than usual. Reason is: work has been kicking my ass this week, and it's
coincided with three fairly nasty papers due for school. I've been going full throttle every day since
last Friday just to stay afloat, and so my friend Jael is coming to visit this week to force me
into some much-needed leisure time. Upshot is, while I promise I'll have some story up tomorrow, it
may be fairly short in length. Luckily the next scene is fairly short, so I don't imagine I'll have
to drop it off mid-sentence or anything.
Story: Chapter IV
Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 8:00 PM
I wrote most of tonight's story post last Sunday, in a (day-long) moment of inspiration.
I was hoping that'd mean I could spend last night getting a little ahead, but tonight's post was too
important to just move on from: instead of getting ahead, I executed a killer rewrite, lengthening it
to nearly seven pages and, I think, precisely delivering the purpose of the chapter. I hope it makes
you all go "ooooooooooh." Hop on the forum when you're done and lemme know how it struck
Today's Story Tonight
Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 4:50 PM
I thought you guys would be chewing the paint off the walls by now! I haven't posted
story yet today, but never fear: pending certain very specific and unlikely circumstances, I'll have
story for you tonight before I go to bed. Tonight's a doozie, too, and a good solid chunk o' text.
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 10:50 PM
In capitalism, the most intelligent move to make is the one which costs you the least and
brings you the greatest return. Some practices - making cars, McMansions,
or MMORPGS - have enormous costs, but come
with similarly large returns. Other practices - making cars, making pens, or being
Walmart - return less profit, but make up for it in volume. Some practices, like making little programs
that wander internet and post advertisements on unprotected forums, cost nearly nothing at all, and so
there is no incentive to do so over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
At any rate, there's now a registration requirement to post on my forums. Most of you regular posters
have done so anyway, so this shouldn't be too big a deal. Still irks me, though.
The Perfection of the Blog
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 1:10 PM
The platonic ideal of the Blog: a narration, presented at convenience by someone with
knowledge or experience that's unique enough - or uniquely-enough presented - to make it, in theory,
a good and edifying read. Combine it with the perfect democracy of the World Wide Web, and it creates
a potent brew: a world wide Forum, if you will, a town square in which anyone can present and the people
can decide, to the betterment of all. It's a beautiful thing, in theory, and I believe that it's finally
come to its most perfect formulation. I give you: