Normally I don’t post personal stuff on here, but I figure I owe you guys an explanation for what may turn into a couple more weeks on hiatus. My father’s mother died quite recently, and despite not being all that close to her, there is still the usual drama that goes along with such events. I’m not fishing for sympathy (like I said, not all that close), I’m just trying not be the OLD Dark Icon that says “hey, let’s just disappear for a month and not tell anybody”. I’m also dealing with some job stuff (good stuff) that’s not mixing well with the funeral stuff as far as having free time and energy. I’m still alive, and I’ll get back to business when I can.
Here is page 50 of the story.
The scenes described in the second half of the story are reminiscent of (and inspired by) the movie The Thing. As if knowing that will somehow make you LESS likely to read it. :)
There won’t be a chapter next week. Sucks, I know, but I’ll be busy celebrating my birthday. I’m taking some time off and I intend to spend it watching movies and playing video games. So there.
The time has come to move on to better pastures.
Yes, I’m finally changing web hosting companies. Quite soon, in fact. Somewhere around Friday/Saturday-ish. The move shouldn’t be much of an issue, but if you show up intending to read something and find the site… umm… missing… then either you’ve managed to tune in during the transition period or something has gone horribly wrong with the move.
My first priority is getting the stories moved over. That’s just a simple matter of uploading some files and maybe tweaking a PHP setting or two. This blog and the Asylum Walls may take a bit more work, since there are databases that need to be relocated. Once the stories comes back online, expect SOME kind of outage in both of those areas, but hopefully nothing lasting longer than a few hours to a day. All of the @darkicon.com email addresses will likewise be spotty through the weekend. Those who correspond with me regularly have my other addresses.
If something catastrophic occurs (I don’t even know what that might be), my back-up plan is to throw the entire Dark Icon site (minus the blog and forum) up onto the bookofdarkplaces.com until I get whatever it is sorted out. You can check there for news if this thing goes bad.
So there you have it. Short version: Don’t panic if the site disappears this weekend. DO panic if it is still gone on Monday, but I just gave you the fallback location.
…I THINK it’s page 46. I think I lost a week or two somewhere. But the story still makes sense, so let’s just go with it.
Here’s the link.
Here’s page 45 of the dark fantasy serial, Other Side of the Eye
It seems that I neglected to make a post for page 44, so here’s the link to that.