Some people in comments to that YT video called it ‘creepy.’ It’s… not, exactly. What it is is pretty folkloric, which is sort of creepy, but in a definable way that allows people to write academic papers about it.
Mostly involving what universes they want their future stories based in. I encourage everybody here who is a patron to go over and give feedback; and I encourage everybody who isn’t a patron to feel free to sign up. Or, hey, tell their friends to sign up. That last might be a little more helpful in the future than you’d think.
I’ve been sifting through the various sands for publishers who will do reprints – as I’ve noted before, everything published either here or on Patreon counts as a reprint – and submitting the various stories that I’ve created so far. And so now it’s just a matter of sitting back, and watching the rejection emails flow in. Although I still have a bunch of stories that I have yet to prep for sending out, mostly because I want to have a nice, even flow. I figure that getting into a routine of making sure that I send out at least one story every day to be rejected will keep me productive.
This is, by the way, not despair talking. The expectation here for me has to be that I will gather a plethora of rejections. That’s just simply how it works. That’s how it works for everybody. And while I am of course a brilliant writer, I am also competing now in an arena that has its own rules and ways of doing things. So there’s that. Besides, eventually they’ll start sending me rejection emails that explain why. Feedback that I can use, in other words.
PS: Scrivener? Totally worth it. (more…)
…I could have sworn that I asked this before, but apparently not. Enderal pretty much uses the Skyrim engine to create a whole new game: and I mean whole new. It’s pretty comprehensively different. This review suggests that it’s a lot of fun, but it has elements in it that I kind of don’t groove to, like not being able to do anything and go anywhere that I want.
PS: What? I’m doing what everybody else is doing with regard to Skyrim’s Special Edition: waiting for SKSE to get done. Ask me a hard one.
The Broad-Origin, Radiating Information-Nullification Generator
This item is fairly clearly of Department of Defense manufacture, and intended for the field, at that. It’s your standard nine-inch, ten pound cuboid with a handle, a pull-tab, one-time activation switch, and enough rubberized, blunt-spiked corners and hardened steel to make it clear that you could swing B.O.R.I.N.G. at somebody’s head and still have it work afterwards. Which happens quite a lot, really. (more…)
I’ll be honest: this is largely meant as a reminder that I should go read Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man again. Geez, do I still even have my copy? It was in a paperback anthology and I seem to remember that the binding was cruddy. Anyway: great book that tried to think pretty hard about the implications of ubiquitous telepathy when it came to crime. Yeah, definitely worth a re-read.
And so, adieu to Farmer Giles of Ham.
So, my sister-in-law emailed my wife, somewhat plaintively, to ask “What’s with all this Five Nights at Freddie’s stuff with the nephews, anyway?” My wife waxed poetic on the subject. Also, profane.
As do I. Dear Lord, but I loathe this game. Mostly because they’re trying to sell to kids. I mean, it’s not hurting either of them – otherwise, we’d shut it down, of course – but marketing a horror game to kids under ten is a bit much.
Short Short Version of the Five Nights at Freddie’s (FNAF) mythology: (more…)
You know? I think that it’s gonna be all right. I’m not looking for high drama, here? I want cheerful popcorn and cheese with a cast that likes each other. I think that we’re gonna get that.
I also got one for ‘plotonium,’ but that may be taking the joke too far.
Koreite (three syllables, by the way) is an ‘element’ that exists in universes that are at the outer edge of being habitable for ‘regular’ humans (i.e., us). If sampled, it appears to be atomically equivalent to indium… which is absurd, because indium doesn’t glow blue and is toxic. Koreite is also incredibly more common in its ‘host’ universes than indium is in ours. (more…)