Mar
22
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘Hell is Where The Heart Isn’t.’

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I dunno, “Hell is Where The Heart Isn’t:” maybe the other place was bad. Or isn’t there anymore! How would you know? …You just do? Well, that’s fair.

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Mar
15
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘They Seem Nice.’

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‘They Seem Nice’ assumes that there’s at least one species out there that might rather like the idea of being conquered, as long as it’s by somebody who can keep the water on and the trash taken away. Maybe an older species, who really wants to explore this ‘decadence’ thing properly; and, look, there’s that so very keen species over there ready to take over all the dull administrative duties! How convenient.

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Mar
01
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘First Line of Defense.’

“First Line of Defense” got its genesis from the idea of alien vampires from the Night’s Black Agents RPG, I think. It would be interesting to write about this setting. What if the reason that species do not go conquer the galaxy is because every star system has monsters standing guard over it?

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Feb
16
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘And the Guns Still Worked.’

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I have a sneaking suspicion that this is pretty much what would happen, should something like this ever happen. Assuming that the aliens would even land here. When contemplating the firepower of my countrymen, the word ‘bristling’ should be used often…

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Feb
09
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘Virtue is its Own Immunity from Planetary Bombardment.’

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A little backstory to ‘Virtue is its Own Immunity from Planetary Bombardment:’ so, those humans with the fleet? They’re pissed off. There are no words to quite describe how pissed off they are, although you can get a hint from the fact that the aforementioned fleet mines entire Oort Clouds for resources.

Yeah, I have an entire story in my head for this one. Although I don’t quite know how to write it properly. Ach, well, maybe later.

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Jan
26
2020
1

Patreon Microfiction: ‘Inventing While Hungry.’

I’m not going to lie. I’ve looked at ‘Inventing While Hungry’ three times, and I can’t decide which feels less wrong: “power source is frozen turkeys,” or “power source are frozen turkeys.” Either way, a little part of me wince… OK, OK, ‘winces.’

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Jan
19
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘Winners Write History.’

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‘Winners Write History’ is the hundred-word summary of the short story that I’d like to write in the Dark Tide Rising series, if only I could manage to sell it to John Ringo at this exact point in history. Then again: if I can say it in one hundred words, does it need to be a short story? I can never decide.

Jan
12
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘Verdict of History.’

‘Verdict of History’ is there because of one of my pet peeves: people who assume that they know what their descendants will think of them*. Judging from the entire panoply of human existence, I’m going to guess that said descendants will think of this entire time period as being full of, no exceptions, dangerous barbarians with horrible dentistry. They’ll also likely ignore the popular art of our time in favor of honoring the more obscure art and its creators, which is honestly great and hopeful news for me.

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*Actually, in many cases it’ll be what my descendants will think of them.

Jan
05
2020
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Patreon Microfiction: “Killing Them With Kindness.”

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Really, though: don’t we do this every day, with the choices that we make? All that the protagonist is doing in “Killing Them With Kindness” is making informed choices. Choices are good, aren’t they?

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Dec
29
2019
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Patreon Microfiction: ‘Learning the Basics.’

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This passage from ‘Learning the Basics’ didn’t make it into last November’s NaNoWriMo. Maybe in the next book in the series. Or the one after that.

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