Story: Chapter VIII
Friday, April 28, 2006 - 4:00 PM
Last night, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning writing today's post: the first three and a half pages of the last chapter of Part One. Today, during my lunch break, I did the usual quick review and revise - and discovered that if I rearranged things slightly and spent three hours of my workday clandestinely writing and rewriting, I could make a much, much better chapter. So here is today's post: the first six pages of the last chapter of Part One. Enjoy.
WooHOO Fan Art!
Monday, April 24, 2006 - 12:45 AM
I've been sitting on these for a bit, waiting to get some time and motivation together to put them together into a page. I just tonight got both, and so without further ado, I bring to you, The Murloc is Lonely Fan Art Page! Four entries so far, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, as fan art should. Artists, you guys rule (and you should write and tell me what link you want me to turn your name into); everyone else, you should go have a look and see what these cool people cooked up for you.
If you'd like to submit your own (and you should!), either e-mail me or post up on the dedicated forum thread.
Introducing: More Convenient Bits!
Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 12:47 AM
A mailing list to which you guys can subscribe and get e-mail updates has been an oft-requested feature, and I've finally gotten together the time, the expertise and the gumption to... mooch off of another guy's awesome invention.
RSSPECT, a really simple RSS-service cooked up by the guy who writes that awesome dinosaur comic, includes a really simple mailing list generator. I signed up and tested it out and it looks good to go, so here it is! If you'd like to sign up to get an e-mail every time I put a new post here on my front page, just click here and follow the really simple instructions.
If you guys want a story-only feed, let me know and I'll see what I can whip up.
The service is fairly new and rough around the edges, so not much in the way of bells and whistles. What you'll get is an e-mail copy of my posts, with the newest one on top. I selfishly hope that the dinosaur guy is working on improving it, but even if not, it's still a pretty sweet thing to be giving away.
Update: I shot an e-mail over to Ryan North, the Dinosaur Comics guy, and he got back to me within hours - letting me know that in fact you only get a copy of all posts which haven't been mailed yet, exactly like I wanted it to work. I only observed the first e-mail, which contained all of them, since none of them had been mailed yet. All of my (still-living) science professors are rolling over in their graves.
p.s. I really like that dinosaur comic
Story: Chapter VII
Friday, April 14, 2006 - 1:50 PM
A bit of a different style today: Horse hasn't had to make any really hard decisions yet in the story, and he's not very focused about it.
It's also short and ends a bit abruptly, I'm afraid: I particularly mean the "To Be Continued" today. This is a tough chapter to write, and I only got about half of it written last night. If you want the full seamless experience, I'd wait a week and read all of Chapter Seven then. For those willing to forgive me a bit of disjointedness, though, there's some pretty cool stuff in this week's three or so pages.
Story: Chapter VI
Friday, April 7, 2006 - 1:55 PM
This week is "The Murloc is Lonely"'s one-year anniversary. It's been a long year, with lots of ups and downs - a three-month hiatus - two books, five parts, thirty-four chapters, a website, a new website, an awesome and growing community - and, as of today, 210 single-spaced pages of story.
So this here is my one-year anniversary post. What to do to celebrate... how's this to start: it's the whole of Chapter Six. All of it. A good long verbacious chunk of story for you to enjoy.
And how about this? Today's chapter, posted one year to the week from the story's April Fools inception, answers everything. Everything Fang has been stringing Horse along with for two hundred pages? Read on. Want to know what I meant when I said that the story's seemingly random title has important, symbolic meaning? I finally get to start explaining what I meant. When I've said that I sat down at the end of Chapter Ten of Book One and finally hashed out the story's plot? This chapter is what I planned. I hope it came out okay: I don't know if it's the best-written chapter in the story, but thus far, it is certainly the most important.
I hope you all enjoy, Fang's Answers, part one. Crap, that means now I have to come up with some new questions...
Before he lost his horns
Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 7:10 AM
Madoran grunted. “Why didn’t your queen just destroy the damn thing when she got it?” he grumbled.
Rhy shrugged. “I don’t know,” she sighed. “The foibles of a betrayed lover, I suppose.”
“Oh,” said Madoran. He paused. “Ew,” he said.
Edit Alert: Grimble's Speech
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 - 3:55 PM
There are unique challenges to doing this thing I'm doing, with the publishing a thing as I write it. The main one is that if I want to change something, instead of scrolling up a few tens of pages and changing it, I have to change it, copy it about, update the site and then, if it's anything more than a few words or typo-corrections, I feel the need to announce it. It's not like you guys are keeping your eyes on Chapter 25 of Book One to catch all the vibrant updates I'm making all the time.
This change was pretty minor. Grimble Bassbait, in the afore-mentioned Chapter 25 of Book One, does his creepy thing with the hacksaw, as surely you remember. I had originally envisioned that as a grand reference to the old Alterac Valley thing where you could loot a little money off an opposing player you killed, and then, just to prove you did it, you'd cut off a piece of his body and stick it in your backpack. (They took this out a few patches back.) You'd take hooves from Tauren, tufts of hair or something from gnomes, teeth from dwarves... it was pretty weird. Slaughtered that fourteen-year-old "female" night-elf rogue? Cut his head off. Why the head? It's the part of the body they use the least! *rimshot*
The thing is, when I went to make the reference in the story, I never talked about it. It was just, our hero is lying on the ground incapacitated, and suddenly some dude is trying to saw his hooves off. It's always bugged me. So, since I took the day off from work today, I thought I'd take the time to hang out, and watch some TV in my underwear, and eat some scrambled eggs, and finally update Grimble's Speech. (It's here, if you're curious. Just a few new sentences.) Now new readers and non-WoWers won't give me a funny look when they get to that part.
Jayksen, if you read this, I swear to god... I only took the day off because I was feeling really lazy.
Albatros is back
Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 11:30 AM
Well, that was fun. April Fools Day always struck me as the one day a year when it's completely okay to amuse yourself at others' expense, and being Elephant for a day was hilarious to me. Simple minds, and all that. Thanks for playing along, everyone.
I am a little disappointed that no one called me out on attributing the elephant sketch to my good friend M.C. Escher...
Welcome to ElephantBits.com
Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 2:20 PM
I'm at home at the farm, and it's great - my parents have a functional kitchen now, and there are curtains in the bathroom now and stuff. It's all coming together great.
I thought I should make a formal announcement. I've decided that the nom de plume of "Albatros" is less in line with who I am as a person - bulbous and smelly, with giant, thermal-regulating ears - than another potential totem. Pursuant to that, I'm changing my name from Albatros to "Elephant". It'll take some time to get the site changed all the way over, but I've got the biggest chunk taken care of already - my new line drawing, drawn for me earlier this week by a good friend of mine.
This is going to have some effects on the story, as well. Elephants, by their nature, don't write. They do, however, have legendary memories - and so, from now on, instead of posting new chapters of "The Murloc is Lonely", I will sit down at my computer once a week and re-type old parts of the story from memory. I hope you enjoy this new format for the story as much as I'm sure I will.