I have decided to do NANOWRIMO this year


Yeah, so I decided to write a novel.

What I have discovered about NANOWRIMO.ORG is that they are very cheerful. If you visit my page on their site, you will find me talking about myself in my bio in a very uplifting, “I can do this” sort of way.

I view this blog entry as my own personal, cynical counter-balance to that. In truth if I manage to write 50,000 words, I will be VERY surprised. It will be like that time in my High School writing class where I wrote a hundred page story. I was shocked when I managed to accomplish it, and I had a warm glow of achievement.

Then I started to read it and it was crap, I had stretched my self badly to tell a story that long, and it showed. Then it turned out the assignment was for a 100-word story…. Story of my life!

Anyway, NaNoWriMo and 50,000 words. I am actually off to a good start. It is the first day and I am over 2,000 words already. I feel like I have a good story planned and it seems to be flowing ok so far.

Here is my cover: I modified a stock image to make it, and yes the break in the center is intentional.

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I promise an update when I reach 5,000 words.

It has been so long…

It has been so long, it took me nearly 20 minutes to figure out my page URL. I eventually had to search for “WordPress” in my email to find it.

Then I had to figure out what the user name was, and of course I needed a password reset.
Sheesh… I really need to keep this blog up better. All 3 of you that get site updates, you deserve better!

Anyway, had to get that off my chest. News to follow.

It Sucks to be Dead

Just something  I wrote real quick, check it out if you are interested:

            It turns out that it sucks to be dead. Let me give you an example: You know how most people assume that when you stop healing you die? As it turns out, the causality is backwards, and when you die you stop healing. Cut your finger and the cut never closes. Someone shoots you in the chest with a shotgun and you will always have a hole there. Accidently lop off an arm and… actually that is pretty permanent for the living too. And it gets better! Just because a dead person can’t heal doesn’t mean organic processes stop. Dead meat still rots and stinks and attracts maggot-bearing flies, even if they are walking around.

Yeah, being dead is no party, fortunately there is technology. Cut your finger and you can seal it up with superglue. Someone shoots you in the chest and you can pack it up with wadding and patch it over with some bandages. There are preservatives to keep your skin from rotting, and bug repellant helps keep the flies away. Continue reading

Tales of Brave Ulysses

(Lyon, 2010)

You thought the leaden winter

Would bring you down forever

But you rode upon a steamer

To the violence of the sun


And the colors of the sea

Blind your eyes with trembling mermaids

And you touch the distant beaches

With tales of brave Ulysses

How his naked ears were tortured  

by the sirens sweetly singing(Magic-Ban, 2010)

for the sparkling waves are

calling you to kiss white laced lips 


And you see a girl’s brown body

Dancing through the turquoise

And her footprints make you follow

Where the sky loves the sea(Joe Scotland)

And when your fingers find her

She drowns you in her body

Carving deep-blue ripples

In the tissue of your mind



Tiny purple fishes  

Run laughing through your fingers

And you want to take her with you

To the hard land of the winter


 Her name is Aphrodite

And she rides a crimson shell

And you know you cannot leave her

For you touched the distant sands

With tales of brave Ulysses

How his naked ears were tortured

by the Siren’s sweetly singing



Tiny purple fishes

Run laughing through your fingers

And you want to take her with you

To the hard land of the winter



Botticelli, S. The Birth of Venus. Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

Clapton, E., & Sharp, M. (n.d.). Tales of Brave Ulysses. (Cream, Performer)

Dini, P., & Englehart, S. “The Laughing Fish”.

JBL4430. (n.d.). Winter Fam Land with Hard Wood Bush. Retrieved 2011, from Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46570339

Koski, J. (n.d.). Blue Mind. Retrieved 2011, from FineArtAmerica.com: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/blue-mind-julie-koski.html

Lyon, H. (2010, July). Winter and Summer Dryads. Retrieved July 2011, from howardlyon.com/Illustration: http://howardlyon.com/blog/2010/07/13/monster-manual-iii/

Magic-Ban. (2010). Kiss Their White Laced Lips. Retrieved 2011, from Deviantart: http://magic-ban.deviantart.com/art/Kiss-Their-White-Laced-Lips-154642900

Scotland, J. (n.d.). Sky in love with Sea. Retrieved 2011, from Paintingislove.com: http://www.paintingsilove.com/image/show/100518/sky-in-love-with-the-sea?path=group&group=67


So I saw Thor this week. I consider myself a pretty well-rounded geek, but I have never read much Thor, or even really Avengers, so I was not sure what to expect from Marvel’s Thor movie. What I know of Thor comes from these sources:

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CRPG addict is finally doing the Pool of Radience!

I love the gold box games, even though I first encountered them long after their popularity waned. I think that the second game in the series, the Curse of the Azure Bonds was probably the best in the series, and my second favorite D&D game. (Troika’s excellent Temple of Elemental Evil holds that honor.)

Best of all, CRPG addict is including a very special party member:

His intelligence belies his name. His face does not.

(image credit and caption go to CRPG Addict)

This is going to ROCK!

Onward to Glory!
Let the people of New Phlan rejoice! Lame Brain has come to save them for reasonable rates!

His fire-based spells and shining sword shall sweep away the scum in the ruins like a broom sweeping away the dust! Behold his glorious golden locks! Behold his heroic visage! Behold his bold chainmail!

He shall defeat the enemies that plauge this fair city! (Other people will probably help. A bit.)

I’m Not Back.


I am not a social person.

This is reflected in my relationships with family, friends, and work colleagues.  I tend to let the silence between visits become frequent and long. It should be, then, no surprise that my blogging has fallen into a similar pattern.

Of course, this could also be because I have not actually worked on my CRPG for a long, long time.

Recently I have gotten back to it. I have revamped several things, and I am thinking about looking at rewriting my graphics engine. The current version is just too slow, and creates too many bugs.

However, I have a tangent coming up. I have a 14 year old nephew who wants to work on a game with me, a 2D Metrovania affair. It would be fast, fun, and a bit zany… the perfect bait for my free time.

So, my CRPG game is on hold for a bit, (who am I fooling, it has been on hold for a while already!) and I am going to work on this other project a bit.

We’ll see how it goes.