Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 10:15 AM
I had an idea for the story - we'll see if it's cool or dumb - and it
required some foreshadowing that I hadn't put in yet. So I went back
into Book One and added it. It's a single spoken sentence that wasn't
there before, and the only other thing I'm gonna say is that it's in a
chapter with three numerals in its number. First one to find it and
toss it up in the forum gets congratulated by me! =D
Friday, October 21, 2005 - 3:45 PM
I had slept. The whole world had faded, and then… we were on a boat.
Fang, the Tooth, the Fin of Storm City, he was breathing shallowly and
muttering under his breath, and Katy M said, “He’s all yours.” And the Tooth
was inside my mind, and I sat up.
Book 2 Sneak Peek
Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 6:30 PM
I'm getting the beginning of Book Two: "The Lonely Murloc"
together, and I thought you guys would like a sneak peek. I'm gonna
brush it up and post a page or two of it here tomorrow some time, so check
walks into a barrr
Monday, October 17, 2005 - 10:15 AM
A pirate walks into a bar, with a steering wheel attached to his
groin. The bartender gives him a funny look as he orders a drink, and
says to him: "Sir, I can't help but notice that you've got a steering
wheel attached to your groin."
"Arrr," says the pirate, "it's driving me nuts."
Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 1:30 PM
About a year and a half ago, I decided that I'd learn guitar.
(Thanks, dad...) Since then, I've slavishly dedicated probably 0.0005%
of my waking hours to it, and I've got a word of encouragement for anyone
that feels vaguely like they want to learn the guitar but is kind of
intimidated by how hard it looks. It's not. I got four steps here
that'll get you a big repertoire fast.
1) Get a(n in-tune) guitar.
2) Go to this website.
3) Learn the following chord progression: C major, F major, G major (F is
the hardest, because you have to learn bar
chords). Practice it until you got it. Then play it
backwards, and inside out. Now you can play songs like Run, by Collective Soul and American
Music, by The Violent Femmes.
4) Learn all the chords that are kinda like the G cord: E minor 7th (Em7),
D sustained 4th (Dsus4), A 7th sustained 4th (A7sus4)... now you know how to
by Oasis, and an accoustic version of Pink by Aerosmith that I haven't
actually been able to track down online, but which surely exists, because I
didn't make it up... >.>
And once you can play a song, practicing becomes a lot more fun, and
that's the actual way you get good. (Sorry - you didn't think I had a
miracle pill, did you?)
So there you have it. Add an E minor (Em) and an A minor (Am) and
you got yourself the skill set of most of the pop guitarists over the last
fifteen years. (Especially Violent Femmes. Their songs require no
talent whatsoever to play.)
It is my sincere hope that by encouraging some people to pick up the
guitar I have opened the door to bringing more music into the world, which is
a good thing for the flagging spirituality of our culture.
p.s. chicks dig it
Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 3:30 PM
Not much going on at work today, so I revamped the site. It counts
as a revamp because since I made the whole thing by hand, I have to make
every little change manually on every single page. Mild OCD comes in
useful at times like this.
I've added a Links page, which apparently every
website on the Internet has except me. It's no kind of comprehensive -
just the webcomics I read daily, and a couple of friends' blogs. I'll
add to it when I catch the linkin' fevah.
I also added a section called "Other Stories",
which is going to slowly grow as a collection of other peoples' works (and
occasionally my own) that I feel like posting because I like them. The
page's inaugural story is called "The Journals", and it's a
Warcraft-inspired short by forum regular Daclat. He posted it over on
the WoW forums. It caught my eye - its themes right out
of All Quiet on the Western Front, among others - so I asked him if he wanted
a web page for it. The rest, as they say, is history.
I also turned all the menu bar links black. Because, you know, that's
Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 12:15 PM
If there's anything I love, it's a story, laced with humor and more
complicated than it seems at first, growing organically from itself in new
and unexpected directions, but falling together at long last with pieces
which - it turns out - were there from the very beginning. Turns out
Jon Rosenberg, author of the qurice-weekly
Goats (whom I've had a man-crush on since last June),
has been secretly doing that to us since his current story arc,
"Infinite Typewriters", began, way back in April.
It's moving inexorably towards the answer to all of our questions: the nature
of life, of God, yea, of everything... well, there are monkeys involved, and
that's good enough for me. Anyway, he's got a really cool rant about
how the story came to be on his front page, and you should read it, if you like that kind
I'm going to give Machall
a proper plug one of these days, but I'm just waiting for them to update
more than almost-weekly. I know, I'm not one to talk.
Sunday, October 9, 2005 - 12:55 PM
A couple more movies that I'm excited about. The first - it's been,
what, fifteen years since the Wallace and Grommit shorts started coming out, and six
since the last one? They're clever - and British, which is awesome -
and they're finally doing a full-length movie. I hope it doesn't lose something
in dilation, but seeing as they took ten years (and missed what was probably
the prime commercial time to release it), I have faith. Once again,
thought, someone managed to butcher the trailer.
I do think they've got their marketing a bit backwards: they're
advertising it as "From the creators of Chicken Run!", which to my
mind is something like saying Coming Soon, The ENTIRE UNIVERSE! from
the creator of the catholic church.
The other movie should speak for itself. I don't know if it's a
generational thing, or just that it's been almost two decades since I was
that age, but despite the (once again) awkward trailer, I can't wait for it. Hey
"Imagine Entertainment," don't destroy my childhood, mmkay?
Sunday, October 9, 2005 - 12:55 AM
News, as promised. I had faith.
It's a post by an unregistered user (whom I hope will register, so said
user can interact with folks, and get the active feedback that all writers
secretly crave), so it could be a terrible mean hoax, but I ran a style and
content analysis based on previous communications from the same person and
came to the conclusion that it was genuine. So, once again, I can't
wait! I've known that this was hopefully going to happen for quite some
time, and I wove some mysteries into Part Four for Mystery Guest Writer to
reveal. One of them a few people have guessed right... another one,
well, there were some pretty wacky theories. I'll leave it to the forum
folks to discuss which was which.
Meanwhile, I wrote the first sentence of Book Two today. It's ...
fairly boring, on its own. =] It's a start, though.
Where am I...
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 10:00 AM
All the fluid leaked out of my transmission, and then it fused to the
axel. Anyway, I'm back in CT, and heavily indebted to my parents,
and it feels great. >.<
I was tooling around the web, like I do, and I stumbled upon this
strange manga. It's a webcomic, but... it's... well, I'm in the
middle of a series where the two quasi-lesbian college room-mate main
characters have turned out, with no reason or fanfare, to be sock
puppets. Weirdly gripping. Nice political undertones, too: Alan
Greenspan appears to be developing as a recurring villain.
The Serenity contest winners have been decided, and will be receiving an
e-mail from me requesting a shipping address. Keep yer eyes
peeled. I've decided that my current lifetime peak of eloquence is when
I managed to find language with which to talk about a libertarian
space-cowboy movie to my liberal, luddite mother who in her life has shown
herself to be swayed by only one special effect ever. (The dinosaurs in
Jurassic Park. She left the theater when the dude got eaten.)
I'm cogitating on the beginning of Book Two. Come hell or high
water, you folks won't be storyless for too much longer.
Update: Upon further reading, I take back the "quasi" part of
quasi-lesbians. It's kind of annoying, actually - I like my political
commentary fairly clothed. I'm not one to pull a generally
thought-provoking link over a little quasi-obscenity charge - first amendment
and all that - but you've been warned. (Call it a hunch that this strip
has found its marketing
Hi from Upstate NY
Saturday, October 1, 2005 - 11:15 AM
Happy October! I'm back home for the weekend helping my parents out
again, they're still in the months-long process of moving to a dairy
farm. (Can I get a o_O for good measure?)
In case you missed it, the Serenity Contest is now running all weekend:
the last shirt is going to be given away by random drawing. Every
correct entry I get from folks who saw the movie this weekend will get put in
a hat, and... actually, I guess "random drawing" kind of said it
all. Anyway, I've had some people guess right already, so I know it's
not impossible. Apparently harder than I thought, though. I
thought it was obvious. (Feedback
welcome, as this is my first contest. No giving it away if you figured
it out, though. ;) )
Forum regular Farsider asked me when and how I came up with my plot, and
the answer turned out to be two and a half pages long. If you're