lindwurmHow’d you like to get off your longboat and be staring down the barrel of one of these bad boys?

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Brief Update


The ripping and clipping continue. The current plan is to expand Tears of the Robot into a two-hour long panel; there’s a glut of material. Smoke and Mirrorshades will be one hour long. Still trying to decide what my other panels will involve. I’m leaning toward another hour-length panel plus a live-commentary of some kind, possibly involving a film with an infamous Streamline dub.




I spent all day ripping video clips and collecting artwork. I’m building panels for Florida Anime Experience 2013. Currently, I’m working on a panel entitled Tears of the Robot: Anime Edition and another called Smoke and Mirrorshades: Cyberpunk in Anime. I’ll need at least two more panels to fulfill my obligations as a guest. This is a paying gig, so I’ve got to concentrate my energies on getting these presentations ready, so I doubt I’ll be getting too much creative writing done in the near future.

Accomplished Today (So Far): Three pages on the electric typewriter. Two pages on the manual. Four pages of transcription. I began a new story about a man who finds himself utterly alone and imprisoned in a well-furnished castle. It’s shaping into an allegory for the artistic process, which can be frighteningly lonely at times. I also continued writing In the Land of Hungry Ghosts, which is about a paranormal investigator deals with nuisance hauntings; her very presence drives poltergeists away. Hungry Ghosts is turning into something fun, because Lisandra, the protagonist, is a real no-nonsense character. I also finished transcribing Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, so I’m that much closer to completing my third collection of short stories.

Writing Relevant Article: Why two spaces after a period isn’t wrong, by heraclitus. I found this article through a friend’s Facebook post. I used to use two spaces, because that was what I was taught. Transitioning to using a single space (which is what editors seem to prefer these days) was a painless process once I gave it a try. I don’t miss the old way of doing things.

Accomplished Today (So Far): One Vault of Error article. I also did some editing, but it was my sister’s birthday today and she visited with her infant sons in tow. It’s hard to focus on literary efforts when there are babies demanding constant attention.



No writing so far today. I completed a big chunk of podcast-related editing. I also applied for a teaching job and made some positive business decisions which I can describe in more detail after the contracts are finalized. My brother is visiting from Texas. I showed him my workspace and the progress on Skin Crawling Comics. Overall, a productive day.



Accomplished Today (So Far): Two pages, handwritten, cursive. Two pages on the manual typewriter. Continued the adventures of Harry Hominid and the band of low-class adventurers mentioned in yesterday’s post. The sequel to Fat Wizard’s Almanac now has the working title of No Good Deed. I want to do some writing with a fountain tip pen, but it’s getting late and I’m feeling grumpy.

People continue to make fun of my typewriters. I still don’t get the hate. I love writing with them. Isn’t that the important thing?

Mood: Grumpy.

Accomplished Today (So Far): Three pages, handwritten, cursive. My pens are running out of ink. I began another humorous fantasy story in which the heroes are an adventuring party comprised of dumb, greedy, maladjusted thugs. Needless to say, these guys are based largely on the worst examples of what I’ve seen in my decades long love-hate affair with tabletop fantasy roleplaying games.

If you critically examine it, the basic premise of most Dungeons & Dragons campaigns – kill the monsters, take the loot, accumulate godlike power – would lead to some nightmarish consequences, and that’s what stories like Fat Wizard’s Almanac and the as-yet-unnamed sequel that I started today are all about.

Here’s a little taste of the characters involved:

  • Bonicephus Magnanimoose – cleric of the Holy Order of Enlightenment. Pompous asshat, money-grubbing leech, unrepentant hypocrite.
  • Herk Hammhand – dwarven fighter. Claims to be the long-lost prince of a forgotten dynasty. Names his numerous weapons after women. Barking mad.
  • Felstaf the Polyamorous – wizard. No impulse control or common sense. Sexual omnivorous dirty old man.
  • Sheela – battlemaiden. None too bright. Rumored to be half-ogre. Ravisher of stablehands and serving boys.
  • Tippington Two-Blades – thief. The voice of reason. Eternally put-upon. Only owns one blade.

Serious Mode


Accomplished Today (So Far): Two pages on the electric typewriter; one page manual on the Rocket, one page manual on the Safari; two pages longhand, print, using a disposable fountainhead pen; two pages of transcription. Not bad for a day dedicated to some serious writing.

I wrote about a hyper-advanced mobile battle platform controlled by a senile AI; I continued the adventures of Harry Hominid; I continued writing a story about an ogre who used to be a prize-fighter, and it’s beginning to build toward a dark place; I wrote a piece of flash-fiction about a military organization that uses phenomenal, dimension-bending, reality-warping technology to prevent people from wasting other people’s time. I continued putting a humorous fantasy story into a workable electronic form.

I still feel like I could be doing more.



Accomplished Today (So Far): Three pages on the manual typewriter; two pages longhand, print. I continued my story about the private investigator operating in a modern world that humans share with their sapient dinosaur compatriots, and I started another story involving Harry Hominid, an inept turn-of-the-century adventurer with a Munchhausen-esque habit of exaggerating his exploits. I plan on writing more during the evening, but that Predator 2 Bluray beckons.

Mood: Optimistic. I’ve conquered a mini-crisis, a “long dark teatime of the soul” to steal a phrase from Douglas Adams, and I’m ready to attack my work again. It helps that my father spent the entire day cooking and watching The Tudors on Netflix. Nothing motivates me to get out of the house quite like the desire to avoid an onslaught of lousy television.

Doodle: Here’s a picture of a grumpy goblin.