Patreon Microfiction: Reasonable Ambitions


The trope of ‘Older, non-maestro schemer ends the career/life of young, naive maestro’ always bugged me*. It happens, sure. But the trope’s not always compatible with the idea of a competent schemer, is it? An intelligent person – like the protagonist of ‘Reasonable Ambitions’ – could just as easily realize that you don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, particularly when the goose is going to be ridiculously and profitably grateful for the way you take care of those annoying day-to-day distractions. The people normally interacting with the goose would probably be more grateful, too. Genius can be a bit much to deal with, on a regular basis**.

Moe Lane

*AMADEUS is an excellent movie that nonetheless has a lot to answer for.

**Twenty years ago, I would have made an arrogant joke about that; these days, I refrain. Mind you, I haven’t become humbler. I just have less of a need to remind people about how awesome I am.

Book of the Week: Silver or Lead: A Pallas Group Solutions Thriller (Brave New Disorder Book 3).

It has yet to go science-fiction and/or supernaturally horrific, but Peter Nealen’s Silver or Lead: A Pallas Group Solutions Thriller (Brave New Disorder Book 3) is still part of a very good thriller series. I have decided to forgive it for not being more fantastical. Nobody’s perfect.

Well, the weather seems to be behaving for tomorrow.

No rain, and below eighty degrees. I can work with that. The real question is, will I die from embarrassment and shame at how neo-SCAdian MORGAN BAROD is? I mean, it’s much more Eastrealm* than Atlantian**, but surely somebody will notice…

On the other hand, my wife and I are mostly just taking a day together in the fresh air; hanging out, seeing people, and hopefully clearing out some of our spare gear and stuff. I’m not scheduled to do anything, and that suits me just fine. I gotta do a working event later in the year, so let everybody else run around tomorrow for a change.

*Basically, the Mid-Atlantic Coast from Delaware to New England.

**Basically, the Mid-Atlantic Coast from Maryland to Georgia.

Tweet of the Day, U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! edition.

Nothing better than a doing well by doing good story. Mind you, he had to sue Hasbro at one point, but you always end up having to sue Hasbro. It’s just this thing that has to happen.

Via @IMAO_.

Continue reading Tweet of the Day, U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! edition.

In the mail: Stand Still, Say Silent, Volume 4.

I hold out hope that Minna Sundbeng will eventually decide to circle back to this series. I respect her decision, mind you. It’s not my place to tell people they have to produce art that they now find uncomfortable to make.

Started up reviewing the pre-alpha draft of GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND.

Got through the first three chapters of GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND already, which involved breaking up a fourth chapter, then redistributing it. I’m going to be working on this today and tomorrow, but since I’ll be more or less taking the weekend off for family-related stuff, I need to seriously buckle down to it.

If you’re interested in being a reader, let me know: unfortunately, there’s a pretty hard deadline on this one. I need to get this book in the hands of my editor by July 1st. That’s on me, I know.