Jan
16
2017
3

The half-Taunting Horizon Zero Dawn trailer.

Yeeeeah it’s probably just as well that Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t going to be on the PC. It would quite possibly eat all of my time.  And leave temporal crumbs on the floor.

Jan
16
2017
1

The Ebony Tarn of Alberta [The Day After Ragnarok]

In case it isn’t obvious, I’m trying to finish up and clean up some stuff that’s been lurking in my hard drive for a while.  Way overdue, honestly.

the-ebony-tarn-of-alberta-google-docs

The Ebony Tarn of Alberta

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Not every effect of the Serpentfall was supernatural: in Alberta’s case, the mere shifting of tectonic plates was enough to bring its existing vast reserves of oil even closer to the surface. The countryside from wendigo-haunted Edmonton to new-walled Calgary has been transformed to a natural oil seepage, and the stubborn stay-behinds who refused to move after Alberta rang like a bell have discovered that the men in far-off, safe, warm Vancouver will pay good money for the suddenly accessible crude (and largely clean) oil while not asking too many questions. The province now has teams of wildcatters feverishly and roughly exploiting the new oil supplies, with whatever equipment they can find (or steal, or rob).  In exchange, back East comes survival goods, luxuries, and new immigrants.   (more…)

Jan
16
2017
4

The Louisiana Death Bayou [The Day After Ragnarok]

I hope that this game line comes back soon; the world is a heck of a lot of fun to write in.

the-louisiana-death-bayou-google-docs

The Louisiana Death Bayou

[The Day After Ragnarok]

Looking for adventure in this post-Serpentfall world?  Visit the romantic Louisiana Death Bayou!  

(more…)

Jan
16
2017
6

Tweet of the Day, A Big-Ass Alligator Deserves No Less edition.

Yup, that’s a real alligator, from the real state of Florida. Which is to say, very very far away from me and I’m all right with that.  I understand that it’s apparently an amiable sort of alligator, seeing as it walked right past a bunch of photographers who seem to have a classic GURPS Horror-style Delusion about how having a camera makes them invulnerable – but what if the alligator changes its mind?

Jan
16
2017
0

*Also* in the Mail: The Tremors Attack Pack.

I picked up the Tremors Attack Pack, which includes the first four Tremors movies (at least three of which I actually want to see!) because I was in Best Buy and I said Lo! I wish to purchase that movie, or even a collection of those movies!  Alas, Best Buy couldn’t be arsed to keep a copy on stock.  Fortunately, Amazon could – and they make it really easy to order from your phone.

…This is, like, symbolic of our entire modern economy, huh? (more…)

Jan
16
2017
1

In the Mail: Charlie Stross’s gingerly-tap-dancing ‘Empire Games.’

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: one major reason why I bought Empire Games was for the amusement of watching Charlie Stross extricate this particular story line from the morass of pseudoscience and conspiracy theory that he originally drove it into.  ‘Peak oil.’ ‘Aspartame causes brain damage in children.’ ‘Secret US nukes set up for domestic false-flag operations.’ ‘President Rumsfeld, master manipulator and Destroyer of Worlds*.’  It’s not nearly as bad as David Gerrold’s continuing inability to figure out how to get humanity to win the War Against the Chtorr**, but neither is it trivial.  Fortunately, ‘alternate history’ can handle this sort of problem…

Moe Lane

(more…)

Jan
16
2017
1

I have plans.

Mostly, they involve watching my wife take my kids to the pool, then grabbing my Chromebook and retreating to a Panera Bread or something so that I can get some writing done. I have, like, three short stories that need finishing and this weekend has been not great when it comes to my larger productivity. A couple of hours writing in peace and quiet sounds like a great idea…

Written by in: Books | Tags:
Jan
15
2017
5

‘Black Betty.’

I keep thinking that I’m about to remember this song, and it keeps not quite happening. Weird.

Black Betty, Ram Jam

Jan
15
2017
1

Patreon Microfiction: ‘Mission Statement.’

Mission Statement” examines a problem that any group with access to power must address: what do you do to keep down the number of jerks looking for access to that power?  This, I feel, is not addressed enough in modern fantasy. And when it is, it typically goes too far in the other direction and just gets rid of the jerks entirely. I feel that this is also not an optimal result.

Anyway…  Patreon!

patreon-medium-button

Jan
15
2017
8

I need some techie eyeballs on this monitor scheme.

Short version: I’ve got a spare monitor which I want to hook up with a Roku and maybe a set of speakers so that I can watch Netflix while I’m exercising.  Because I need to exercise more.  And no, I’m not shelling out a couple of hundred bucks for a new TV; worst comes to worst, I can just prop up an iPad or something. (more…)

Site by Neil Stevens | Theme by TheBuckmaker.com