New version of “Tough as Blades” short story

Some time ago I took to the short story I posted here years ago and edited it rather significantly, using the knowledge I’d gained from having an editor go over Slubes. Although it’s not entirely something new for this month, there are new scenes, including one that show how Master Hydra met Crawmaster, and all the old scenes have been thoroughly edited to be much better. “Tough as Blades“, the story whose title was the result of me forgetting that the actual phrase is tough as nails and that nails and blades don’t really have all that much in common??

One more month of 2016. On January 1st, Wandering Fortunes begins. A new world. New characters. New species. New nonsense. New beach ball. Around mid-December (the 16th or a few days after) I’m going to post some information to start diving into the new setting and everything of Wandering Fortunes. We saw Mintop over two books. Now we’ll see two planets over one book.

Of course, if you want to see this story start half a month early, you can become a patron over at Patreon!

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Darmenzi Chapter 13 now up

Oh, um, er, eh, April Fool’s! Yes, it was totally intentional that I didn’t post the new chapter yesterday. ha ha ha ha hahahahahaHAHAHAHAHA HA HA HA HA HA. HA. HA. HA. HA.

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So here’s chapter 13 of Darmenzi, Aquasphere. It features water and a brief discussion of anime and was rather significantly edited a few years ago after I played the demo of a little game called Undertale, maybe you’ve heard of it.

I’ve had about 5 hours of sleep now so I need a nap. Mention of Patreon, which I think I just discovered every post I’ve made announcing new chapters up have only been available to patrons?? I like don’t even know. I’m confused now. Gee, what else is new?

Darmenzi Chapter 12 is up!

Whoops, completely slipped my mind yesterday. Didn’t help that my sleep schedule got a bit wonky. Here’s chapter 12 of Darmenzi, A Slight Change in Plans. Some explanations are given, some guys are checked up on, and, well, there’s a slight change in plans.

Those who pledge to my Patreon get to read the next chapter half a month early, plus they can get copies of my novels, something that can actually happen in about a week when Slubes finally rereleases on the 10th. That madness is soon coming!

Darmenzi Chapter 9, Hospitality to Hostility, now up

Darmenzi Chapter 9

I’ve never quite figured out how I want to write the titles for these posts. I don’t just want to put the chapter name, but… Anyway, chapter 9. It’s a big one, it’s an important one, but only in the second half. The first half is a hotel, woo.

Also, I just noticed it looks like WordPress post adding writing thingy has changed since I last didn’t avoid using the older one. Because I still use the old one when I can. As long as I can avoid everything being shifted several inches and a lack of easily-accessed most used tags, and an overdone amount of only parts of the page scrolling, and… a preview feature that’s just an inset window on the same page? I feel like it may have been designed for mobile. I feel like everything now is designed for mobile. I feel like I want to plant myself in place like a tree just to make a point. I feel like I shouldn’t have written this paragraph because now I’m going to be late for dayjob. I feel like I stopped caring.

Maybe someday I can care even less if my Patreon starts jumping. Maybe you should take a look at what a future might hold. (For the record, I have complaints on Patreon’s post creator, too, but I feel like they’re at least working towards a good direction.)

Anyway, superbusydayjobwork season ends in a week, maybe then I can be uplifting! Or at least updrafting.

Chapter 7 of Darmenzi, Scrape in the City, available

Chapter 7: Scrape in the City

Here is chapter seven of Darmenzi, which features crashes and chaos. There is a semi-truck. The police get involved. Someone jumps off a bridge. Aaaand Wiggleboggle.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand as always Patreon. I am good at creating excitement. Especially in the morning.

Day 3, Part 1 of Slubes is up on the site

You can read it here.

As for editing, I’ve gotten under way on working on it. There’s a lot to do and a lot to decide. Much will change, possibly to the point where you’ll wonder if it’s the same story as the one I’ve been posting on here monthly.

Well, maybe if you’re a few meters from your computer. And squinting. While wearing shades.

New part of Slubes and editing anew

The new part of Slubes is available now to read. In this part they actually do go to Interp, and some things explode.

In other news, I’ve gotten information back from my editor, so I can begin working on the true final version of Slubes. I also got called back to my day job last week, so I’m going to be very busy in the coming basically the rest of this year. I’ll try to keep the internet posted on how things are going, but patrons at my Patreon page always get weekly updates (unless I’m sick or in pain and forget).

New Part of Slubes is up!

The first half of Day 2: Interp of Slubes is now public here! Funnily enough, Interp does not appear at all in it. I guess there’s some limitations to naming parts after locations. What is in this part, though, is the first confrontation with forces of The Conqueror.

If you had donated to my Patreon, you could have read this two weeks ago. Patrons will be able to read the next part in two weeks, half the time of everyone else.

Four Years and a Site Addition!

Four years ago I sat down, opened up Word, and typed a sentence that no longer exists due to editing. That sentence began my first actual novel, Slubes. From the early start of last decade when I wanted to make video games to realizing I far preferred writing from extensive storytelling collaborating with friends on the internet, I decided that novels were what I really wanted to do. So I wrote one. February 21st, 2010 (according to my records), I began writing Slubes.

On August 6th, I finished the first draft. It was awful. With help from my friends, I made it into what it is today. Or, well, what it was on June 4th, 2013, when I published it. Which is basically the same thing now; I did make some minor edits not too long ago.

Anyway, in honor of this, I’m putting something on my site that I should have done when Slubes first came out: You can now read a free preview of Slubes on this site by going to the Novels section of the site or by clicking here. This is more or less the same amount available on Smashwords, but now it’s someplace more tied directly to me. Like I said, I should’ve done that when the book first came out, and forthcoming books will have the same type of preview available when they come out.

That’s all I got today. See you in April for the 1-year anniversary of when I finished Slubes!

Species Profile: Wild Animals of Mintop

Today’s entry is a little different. Okay, it might be a lottle different. Whereas before we focused on each sentient species in turn, today we’ll be looking at the wild animals of Mintop that appear in Slubes.

Carpple

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Carpple are large freshwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp, while their bodies are more akin to Earth cattle. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago as a source of meat. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Carpple come in a range of skin patterns and have horns on their heads similar to that of Earth cattle. Along with being a source of meat, carpple excrete a natural oil that can be used both as a fuel and as an additive to foods. They are found domesticated primarily on the islands Hackney and Interp.

Chicken

Wild chickens can be found on the island Hackney. They’re generally similar to wild chickens on Earth or Red Junglefowl.

Herf

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Herfs are large saltwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp and strong, sturdy backs and manes akin to Earth horses. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago and ridden by people across the sea and used to ferry some boats. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Loogel

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Loogels appear as a variant of Earth snow geese; their bodies are covered with white plumage, and they have thick, orange beaks. They are plump, and their short, orange legs are often blocked from view. Females have short, gray necks, whereas the males have incredibly long necks three times as long as their bodies and covered with rings of rainbow colors. Loogels’ average lifespan is about 20 years, up to 30 years in captivity.

Loogels are seen primarily around Interp; they aren’t the best fliers, despite a wingspan twice their body’s width, so they don’t usually fly too far from the island, but they can rest on the water if they need to.  Newborns tend to learn to fly around a few months and leave their parents a few weeks after. Males’ necks begin to grow extensively by their third year, and at age five they have a full neck of colorful loops and are ready to mate.

When mating season comes around, loogels usually gather around the north of Interp. Males will stretch out their necks to show off their neck loops to try and attract a mate, and can often be seen nuzzling females and holding their long necks around them. Loogels usually lay two or three eggs at a time.

Snake

Some types of snakes found on Mintop are similar to Earth snakes. One snake unique to Mintop is the cylacra, a type of snake similar to cobras on Earth but with the “hood” made up of the head and flattened horizontally, giving them a wide, flat head in the shape of a disc. They can spit out poison to wound their prey, but against bigger creatures it doesn’t do much beyond a burning sensation, and they tend to avoid things bigger than them.