Archive for November, 2007

30 Nov

Flash Fiction:Artifact

Even with the combined power of thousands of computers networked together through the internet, it still took months to decipher the symbols on the artifact. Actually OPENING the damned thing only took us a few weeks. You’d think that if those aliens were so advanced they would make their warnings a lot easier to read.

28 Nov

A Man’s World

I went looking through my files for another story fragment that I could post as part of the “From the Archives” series.

Imagine my surprise when what I found wasn’t a fragment, but a completed tale that had been neglected on my hard drive since 1998. I’d forgotten all about this one, and I can’t really see any reason why it was never placed on the website with the others.

But here it is now: A brief science fiction tale called A Man’s World. Enjoy.

25 Nov

Writing Journal: 11/25/07

My writing efforts for the past week:


11/18/2007 Sunday New Order 1500
11/19/2007 Monday New Order 1600
11/20/2007 Tuesday The Passenger 1500
11/21/2007 Wednesday The Passenger 1500
11/22/2007 Thursday The Passenger 1500
11/23/2007 Friday The Passenger 1500
11/24/2007 Saturday 0
9100 Total
1300 Average

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25 Nov

Review: Black Sheep (2007)

Black Sheep.

A guy with a sheep phobia returns to the family farm (in New Zealand) just as his brother’s genetic experiments unleash a horde (flock?) of carnivorous sheep on the surrounding countryside.

Let’s see… you’re probably guessing that I hated this movie, right?
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24 Nov

New Story: New Order

He’s Baaaaaaack!

The first of hopefully many new stories has just hit the library. You can run off now and check out New Order, but as you’re reading it you might start thinking that the story sounds kind of familiar.

Here’s why:
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23 Nov


As promised, I have rescued yet another old tale from the ether and have placed it in the Library where it belongs.

Murder is not a novel in the traditional sense, and people who are accustomed to my other stories might need a bit of adjustment. Murder is a multi-author story that just HAPPENS to be almost lengthy enough to be a novel. The odd format and constantly shifting points of view aren’t amateur mistakes… they’re just how things were (and still are) done in the world of shared world, multi-author fiction. Each writer controls his own character in a story that progresses in part by general agreement among the authors, and in part by whatever random surprises any author feels like throwing into the mix.

We each contributed a few pre-existing characters to the story, which was billed as a “murder mystery,” even though we know the particulars fairly early in the story. My main characters are Lovvorn and Eric Hood, names you might recognize from the December novels. December, J’Hasp and N’Doki make appearances as well.

Other than myself, the authors of ‘Murder” are Cathy Mosley, Blake Sinclair, Boyd Boedeker, and Becca Ward. These names are famous in the Dragon’s Inn. They are the big timers and the heavy hitters. The major players. The best of the best. I was honored to be asked to write with this bunch. The story turned out so well that we did a sequel almost immediately, and if they ever wanted to do another tale I would jump at the chance. That’s saying a lot for a misanthropist like me.

I hope you enjoy the story. If you do, the sequel, “Trial” will be available very soon.

23 Nov

Flash Fiction: Always check the label

The bitch hid my pills, and now the pains have started. I know she can hear me screaming! She wants me to die here on the floor… but that’s not going to happen! My pills… The stupid sow hid the wrong ones! My heart is fine; what I need is my anti-psychotics! Or this knife…

20 Nov

Reason #1 Why Dark Icon Will Never Time Travel:

Giant Scorpions:

The size of the beast suggests that spiders, insects, crabs and similar creatures were much larger in the past than previously thought, the team says.

The claw itself measures 46cm – indicating its owner would have been longer even than the average-sized human.

Regular-ass scorpions freak me out. THIS shit…!?

If time travel were possible, I’d have to take so much weaponry with me that I couldn’t actually move without falling over.
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19 Nov

Damn, It Feels Good.

Writing, that is.

For those who haven’t been paying attention: I’ve started writing again. I’m remembering why I want to do this for a living in the first place. It’s a lot of work (anyone who says it isn’t, lies), but it also makes me the happiest I’ve been in quite a few months.

But enough about that. I’m not posting to say how great writing is, I’m posting to tell you just what the hell is going on.

WHAT am I writing, WHEN will I write [fill in favorite genre/character here] and when will you get a chance to see it? Have I given up on the making money stuff? If not, what’s the plan? Yeah… about all that…
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18 Nov

Review: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

Sometimes Hollywood gets sequels right.

This isn’t one of those times.

Those (few) people who liked the original Wrong Turn pretty much did so because of the bloody cannibal gore. Well, this story has that, only less and not as good. What nixed the deal for me was where they replaced the high-suspense storyline with a thirty-pound bag of horse shit.
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