Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chapter 3, 35: Storm Is Coming

What's the point in having a statutory holiday in the middle of summer? Obviously, it's to remind you that you've already blown through half of vacation. Or three-quarters of it, in college.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chapter 3, 33: Comic Book Role Models

 The Second Light of Luathon is a 10d6 Area of Effect attack. Which I really should remember if I ever write these characters up.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Chapter 3, 32: Stakeout, Takedown

Supposedly, tree planters are on the block all day, because they are highly motivated, highly fit workers making good money on piece rate. In reality, it turns out to be impossible to get twenty pickers into three trucks in less than about forty-five minutes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Chapter 3, 31: Round That Ancient Wreck

A little late because I'm on vacation time! And badly formatted because I'm posting from my ultrabook. Oh, well, I'll fix it Monday. Or Tuesday. Tuesday's good.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chapter 3, 30, Ancient Jurisdiction

Dancing on the table should be in the curriculum of a good summer camp. Though maybe the counsellors should wait 'till after lights out to teach it.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chapter 3, 29: Treehouse

"Hierophant." Not just a word to put in the title of high level druids in First Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Was any of that stuff ever play tested?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chapter 3, 27, Set Your Feet Upon the Path

Mandaarian is a cool name for an alien race, because it sounds like it might be a real word, and tells you everything you need to know about them. They've got a mandate, and that mandate is to keep you from doing all the stuff you want to do. Trust me. You'll thank me when you're older.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Chapter 3, 24: Treasure

Not only is the lyric, "There's a shark in the water," but Google Search will automatically correct the mistake that Dora makes.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chapter 3, 23: My Talent Is

Anyone can like Ke$ha and Michael Buble, but you have a better chance of pulling it off in polka dots.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chapter 3, 22: Yellow Fever

Did you ever have the experience of not liking something that no-one else seems to like, and yet it's popular enough to be on the McDonald's menu? Never mind, here's an Internet recipe for a McDonald's griddlecake. Some people like them so much.

Monday, September 2, 2013

3, 20, Concert in the Park

I know, I know. Lucas meant it as a call back to Empire Strikes Back. It's just a really bad call back.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Chapter 3, 15: On It Like Red On Red Stuff

I'm not making this whole Elvis thing up. Even if you can't seem them from street level any more.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Chapter 3, 12: Light in the Forest

It's apparently hideous oversimplification to say that an Ice Age started 70,000 years ago. And even if we are oversimplifying, it might have happened 78,000 years ago. But if we are oversimplifying, it may have been particularly severe in Africa, where our ancestors kept all their stuff, and because it may have coincided with the rise of "complex human behaviour."

Of course, in the Champions Universe, we also have to fit in a few thousand years of Totally-Not-The-Forgotten-Realms-RPG-Setting Turakian Age goodness.

Weirdly, this time, cutting-and-pasting into Blogger has preserved my paragraph indents, which I prefer as a means of indicating, uhm, paragraphs to line breaks. So that's today's formatting choice. Tune in next week for the next installment of "Computer illiterate struggles with HTML default settings!"

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chapter 3, 7: Happy Campers

Googling "Ridiculous Male Fashions 2013" is not going to get old any time soon.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Chapter 3, 6: The Kid

Ann-Margaret: "What's your name, handsome stranger?"
Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Handsome Stranger."
Ann-Margaret: "That's a strange name."
Arnold: "My mother said I was named after my father."
Ann-Margaret: "What was his name?"
Arnold: "We don't know."*


Monday, March 18, 2013

Chapter 2, 50: Mindfulness Over Pastries

Pacing. It's hard. This whole writing a book thing is hard, but pacing is the thing that seems most obviously hard.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chapter 2, 49: Sweet with Tea

Technically, you should drink tea with your meal to aid digestion, and not just afterwards, with the fortune cookie. Usually, though, I have milk with Chinese food, because I'm a silly Westerner.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Chapter 2, 48: Build a Better

Do you remember swing dancing? I remember swing dancing. From the last recession. Honestly, if it's swing dancing versus Gangnam style, I like this recession better.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Chapter 2, 44: Two of Eight: Right Perception, Right Action

We live in a post-religious age, but I think that some subtle religious symbolism is still okay in fiction. That was subtle, right?