I made it to 100 Subscribers! Thank you all!

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It finally happened. It took just over a year, but I now have 100 subscribers. It’s a small number, given that I’ve seen blogs here on WordPress with subscribers that number in the thousands, but it’s a start. I feel all warm and tingly, if I wasn’t sleep deprived I’d probably be up and dancing around.

I’am returning the favor and giving out thanks to some of my subscribers that have caught my eye over the year.

cyanfour (I actually know one of these guys IRL)

Cristian Mihai, If anyone deserves to become a well known writer it’s this guy.

Reyek, this guy has some very interesting posts about the current state of gender politics and a definite must read.

Opinionated Man, This guy posts like it’s nobody’s business. If you want a blog that will have at least three posts a day follow him.

Sircritical,  I can tell this guy loves tabletop rpgs, and even though he’s new, he will have much to talk about in the coming months.

And last but not least, Dan, He was the magical 100th subscriber.

You will see more from me as the days go by, and I hope to see more from all of you. I hope to be doing this again at 200 subscribers.

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The Agony of a Lost Flashdrive

I know it is somewhere in my house, and that it isn’t truly lost, but god damn do I hate knowing that I have writing on it that hasn’t been fully backed up. It’s not even real terror that I am feeling right now but a ghostly apprehension that something bad might happen to it soon.

The worst part is knowing that I will find it in the dumbest place to.

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A Clockwork Orange = Horrorshow

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As I had mentioned in my last post, I had seen the movie for A Clockwork Orange years ago and enjoyed it. What I hadn’t done until last week was actually read the book that inspired it. Reading this book gave me more to think about than I was expecting. This book published just over fifty years ago made me think about internet memes. Continue reading

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“Silence of the Lambsr” Typos in Ebooks

I will always be the first to jump in line to support e-readers and the various formats of ebooks, but the medium isn’t perfect.

I recently finished A Clockwork Orange (there will be a post about that eventually) and have now started reading Silence of the Lambs. Like A Clockwork Orange I had seen the movie ages ago but have never read the book until now. Unfortunately, ever chapter break has the title of the book in large, bold letters saying ‘Silence of the Lambsr’. Notice the r? This typo is paired with another anomaly that is a question mark that shows up between seemingly random words. It doesn’t effect the legibility of the book, and was only a minor annoyance.

I have read ebooks with this problem a hundred times worse than here. I once had a copy of a book where all instances of ‘th’ became ‘w’. You can already imagine how confusing that would be. Although rare, I have downloaded books that ended up being completely unreadable. I once got so fed up with my copy of Game of Thrones that I was about ready to open up the file and edit out all the errors myself. 

There are many different methods to copy an old paperback into an Epub or PDF format, and sometimes the data has to be copied over by hand. When this is done by the lowest bidder, you end up with books that give you headaches. Project Gutenberg, well known for their attempt to copy all those ancient texts into digital copies and give them out for free online, does its best to keep their files free of errors but it can even happen to them. As time goes on, quality control will end up being the most important aspect of transcribing ebooks.

Any of you encountered errors in your ebooks? Were they funny or confusing ones, or just book breaking ones?

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Centaur Chicks and Why I love Worldbuilding

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World-building, it’s what writers do when they flesh out the world in their stories. Stories set in the present and very normal world don’t need to do this since the reader will understand the rules of the world easily enough. It is when the story is set in a ‘galaxy far far away’ or the lands of Middle Earth that this becomes necessary, since the reader will not understand what is going on unless they are taught the rules of this brave new world. To me, it is more important, and sometimes more entertaining than the story itself.

I blame video-games. Continue reading

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(Short Story) Lady Justice

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About a month ago I saw this sketch on HitRecord.org from a user names Sambasques. Immediately I was inspired to write a spaghetti western short story based off this sketch.

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CATastrophe Beta Release!

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About a year ago I stumbled across a fledgling role-playing game called CATastrophe. It was so new that it wasn’t even complete yet. I found it in a section of 4chan dedicated to role-playing games. In this part of the world’s most infamous website, several other games have been brainstormed and brought to life by the users there. Engine Heart was just such a game, and it had a very successful Kick-starter a year ago. Another well known creation is ‘Adeptus Evangelion‘, which I highly recommend for all you Eva fans out there.

What I had found online was the ‘Alpha Release’. This was a PDF file with the a rough draft of the rules and a small bit of information on the world the game takes place in. It was late one night that I had found it, read through it all, and had fallen in love with the game’s setting. It was post apocalyptic in a brand new way. The world had ended, and became a flooded water-world paradise in which mankind was nearly forgotten. The world is now populated by a race of genetically altered human like people with animal ears and tails that were designed to survive in this new world. These impish ‘Kemomimi’ as they are called live their lives in this paradise going on adventures and exploring the flooded remains of human malls and laboratories, searching for technology they don’t fully understand. There was no depressing darkness or grimness for the sake of grimness, it was light-hearted and refreshing.

This passion drove me to start adding my own touches to this world. I was coming up with ideas for villages, towns, and locations for the inhabitants and players to live in and explore. I also started collecting any and all info on places and people other fans of the game had created. I even started to come up with ideas for changes to the rough draft to help smooth out the game mechanics. As time passed I was able to get in touch with the guy who wrote up the rough draft and I ended up becoming part of the team as they were working on fixing up the game for a more professional release.

Over that time I have been helping come up with ideas, rebuilding the mechanics and rules, doing a lot of writing, and finally, editing up what would be the Beta release. This copy which just hit the internet two days ago has the updated rules as well as a mission statement calling all those interested in the game to try out the rules and tell us if there are any major flaws and issues with its rules and mechanics.

We will then use this knowledge to make a final version. We will also be putting a lot of world information, such as lists of locations and peoples as well as information on the lives of this new race of people. We currently have just over eighty pages in this beautiful book, but by the time we do a full release it could be double that.

I’ve learned so much from being a part of this group. It’s taught me how to follow schedules and work on deadlines, how to discuss creative ideas with others and most importantly, how to know when to back down if I have a shoddy idea that doesn’t quite fit the game. If all else goes well, you could end up seeing CATastrophe hitting Kick-starter one day.

…But I don’t count my chickens before they hatch. Right now, we have to focus on polishing this game to a mirror shine. The link below will lead all those interested to the current beta document as well as several other materials like character sheets and contact information. The original ‘Alpha’ is also available if you want to see just how far this project has come since its first online release.

If you have any questions for myself or others in this team, especially if it is a comment, complaint or criticism of the project, please send it to catastrophe.devteam@gmail.com

Reddit Link

Google Docs Link

 

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