Learning to Fly

New writings site!

Hey, folks! I've finally decided to move some of my writing over to WordPress, mainly because it looks a bit cooler to direct people to a WordPress site than an LJ one. (I'm still working on the domain name redirect for the domain names so I can give out a custom URL and create the wholly spurious illusion of having my shit really together.) For those of you who follow such things, check out The Scrivnarium. Assuming I can get a crossposter up and running, anything posted there will show up here as well, but some people just like following WordPress. Also, I will be keeping that blog strictly business (stories, con appearances, and the like) so if you're really attached to listening to me talk about my applesauce, you won't want to ditch this here LJ entirely.

Leaving for Intervention in just a couple weeks! I can't flippin' wait.

UPDATE: Redirecting is much easier than anticipated. Scrivnarium.net and Scrivnarium.com now both point to my WordPress site. Shit: together.
Learning to Fly

A bit of an explanation...

Hey, guys! Just dropping a quick blog post to let y'all know that, once again, I'm GoHing Intervention this year. In what seems to be an attempt to encourage preregistration over at-the-door registration, they're also holding a little incentive thing, so if you're already planning on going to see Sarge and I talking comics, pre-registration would seem to be the way to go. Come! See us talk! Buy books with our signatures on it! Be amused by my hat!

In other news, yes, the LJ is a little dusty. By way of explanation: in quick succession, my workplace IT department blocked all things LJ from my break-time workstation surfing, and LJ beefed up their code so that it is virtually unloadable over my admittedly paleolithic home Internet connection. So my check-in's in on the site have been few and far between, lately. I'm not intentionally ignoring any of you, honest.
Learning to Fly

An Important Lesson

This seems obvious at first blush, but I think it's only just starting to sink in:

You can be talented, and work hard and well at something. You can push yourself to the point of emotional turmoil, actually crying with emotion at the words you are writing as you are writing them. You can take hours off of your day job, the thing that pays the bills, in a desperate attempts to codify in words the voices which haunt you and which will not shut up until you do so. You can, in short, be doing everything you feel like you are supposed to be doing, and you can come out the other side with a piece that makes you smile, or hurt, or whatever, exactly how you want it to. And even after all that, the vast majority of people are going to say "meh".

And that's okay.
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Starbuck Avenger

"Tales of the Starbuck Avenger"... now in e-book format!

Hi folks. Do you like "Tales of the Starbuck Avenger"? Or maybe just want to use it as a counter-example when my hordes of detractors point out that I never finish a damn story? Maybe you're a fan, but you're tired of clicking back through lots of increasingly-pokey LJ pages on the tag menu in order to re-read your favorite parts? WELL, YOU ARE SO THE HELL IN LUCK IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY. Because thanks to the gallant efforts of the dashing and talented viqsi you may now download an e-book edition of "...Starbuck Avenger" of your very own!

Click Here for the .epub file. If you don't already have a reader that can handle .epub files, you may obtain simple readers from various Internet sources. For me, it worked fine on FBReader for Windows. Mac users who don't already have an .epub reader could maybe try Calibre; I have not tested this as yet, but it seems simple and free.

Happy clicking!
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Torn Apart and Devoured by... TIGERS!

Hey dudes, you will recall that I snagged a spot in the first Machine of Death anthology with my short story "Torn Apart and Devoured by Lions", a story which was pleasantly well-received. Anyway, an enterprising film student named Kevin McCoy secured permission to adapt it into a school project, and with his blessing, I'm sharing the results! His version has changed the deadly animal in question to "Tigers", I am told, because he had more tiger paraphernalia around (as it's his school mascot).

Now, before you click, please be advised that the very beginning and very end of the film contain graphic and gory photographic stock footage of tiger attack. Be warned if you are of a sensitive disposition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2Nvp1LnjZE

Cool, eh?
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Ancient Story Fragment

This one was originally written for tinbender, though I doubt he remembers why.

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On the edge of the Eternal Carnival sat a boy in a clean, modular hotel room, watching the shining creatures at play in the poisonous land outside.

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"Observatory Hill"

Warning: "My Little Pony" content. Skip now if you're a MLP=Cancer type.

Those of you who remain may be interested to know that I spent the last couple weeks penning a straight-up non-parody non-crossover "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" fanfic. I don't see this becoming a regular thing, as I just plain don't have a lot of story ideas for this universe, but for those of you who follow this journal instead of Equestria Daily, I thought I should link to it, in case you're curious. I kind of like how it turned out.

"Observatory Hill"
Part One
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Part Three
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The UK has Cool Books I will Never See

It is sometimes a wonder in the modern digital library-soaked world when I come across the fact of a book that cannot reasonably be obtained. I'm not talking a specific edition or a shiny cover that's only available across the pond, I'm talking *any* copy. I'm so used to being able to snag something via Interlibrary loan or obtaining it via legal digital channels that when I run across something like Daniel Pinkwater's Norb, published in limited enough quantity that it just plain isn't in libraries, I find myself mildly flabbergasted that I can't just find a copy to look at. I mean, I could purchase one for $40.00 from Amazon, but how do I know that I want it? I'm just curious, damnit!

Anyway, my intrepid "Skin Horse" collaborator Shaenon Garrity lent me her copy of Norb while I was vacationing out West, and that particular itch was scratched to my satisfaction. Now I just need a friend who's a big fan of UK cartoonist David Whiteland, because I really very much want to get a glimpse at:

The Knot-Shop Man.

...But I don't want it enough to spend roughly $125.00 including overseas shipping. Pains me to admit, but it's the case. David Whiteland is my second-favorite cartoonist living, and he produces so catastrophically few books (Counting this as one book, a total of only three in the past decade). I hate that I'm going to miss one of them. But I guess I'm just not a $125.00-for-a-book level of fan. I have my limits.

So I ask of you: WHY DON'T ANY OF YOU ALREADY OWN A COPY OF THIS BOOK I CAN BORROW? I ask this because I am ungrateful, entitled, and cheap.
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