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Paint the sky with stars | Imaginary Atlas: Part 5

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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. T.S. Eliot We have prepared our canvas. Time to paint. So far, I mostly just been sketching, broadly, an outline about the sort of fictional setting I want to create with this project. We know I want to use a closed universe concept. We know I want a culture that echoes the world of …

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The quanta of culture | Imaginary Atlas: Part 4

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When I was a kid, my dad gave me a pint jar filled with coins. Most of the coins were old, some dating back to the 1910s. The best coin in the bunch was a 1932 silver Mercury-head dime in pretty decent condition. Most of the coins, though were old and worn, some little more than smooth metal disks. I …

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Songs

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So, I’ve been told I have to get serious about editing down Reason to Be until it’s at least under 100,000 words. Sadly, that means that the entire Maggie subplot is going to have to go (which causes its own problems, of course). The bulk of what used to be chapter 7 will now no longer be in the book. …

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Cold Reading

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“I know you all came here tonight because you heard I was a holy man. That I was a man of Gaw-ud. That I would reveal miracles and wonder.” When the speaker at the front of the tent paused to sip from his McDonald’s coffee cup, Thomas glared at Henry. He hadn’t wanted to come out tonight, certainly not here. …

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Our Beloved Home | Incandescent: Chapter 2

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The world turned white around me. “Inspector!” The uni pressed down on my chest with both hands. “Hold on, Talys. The wagon’s on its way. Stay with me, man.” The white flash faded, and it was dark again. What’s all this crap I’m lying on? It looks like an attic. It looks like Aunt Minnie’s attic in San Sebastian. Oh, …

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A new slice of Trek-flavored cheese

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I’m not a huge fan of reboots in general, and the Star Trek reboot in particular. Oh, the J.J. Abrams 2009 movie was fine enough on it’s own merits, even considering the what-was-Spock-doing-in-the-cave plot hole. It was fun and pretty (I rather liked all the lens flare, myself). What I didn’t care much for was how this story related to …

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The Meandering Dead

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When the zombie apocalypse came, it really wasn’t all that bad. It started small enough. A new strain of flu was making the rounds that fall — not a bad strain, nothing to panic over, just new. A couple days of sniffles and coughs and body aches and then back to the grind. Except it wasn’t just a couple days …

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Revenge of the Geek

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As you may have heard — if you weren’t getting blown away or flooded — there’s going to be another Star Wars trilogy of movies starting in 2015, episodes VII, VIII and IX. At this point, we have not a clue what the this trilogy is going to be about; I suspect that the people in charge at Disney/Lucasfilm don’t …

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Phantasmal Lights

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Believe it or not, I still get requests from people looking for Phantasm and Phantasmal Lights, the role-playing games I created in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Since I took down my Wildhaven Creative site a while back, the copy of Phantasmal Lights I had there to be downloaded has been homeless. So, for those interested, here it is again.   …