newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
Okay, so I've finished and edited (at least to the degree I was able with the time I had) my latest workshop submission, this one involving Public Domain Characters. As is my policy, I've posted it for all. There were two versions - the full version (about 10,000 words), which was the story I wanted to write, and the shorter, condensed version (about a third of that), since the workshop assignment did say to try and keep it brief.

So, here for the first time, Steampunk Allie and the Omniscope (full version)

Steampunk Allie and the Omniscope (reader's digest version).

In other news, silly but vaguely amusing: Calls for Cthulhu.

Edit: Ooh.. the trailer for The Mist is out... Looking relatively faithful to the story from the clips shown.
newnumber6: (rotating2)
Bah, I had most of this written up but a power blip made me lose it. Die power blips, die!

Okay, let's start out with more questions from that interview meme, these ones from [livejournal.com profile] monkeykong...

1. You keep a fictional 'alternate journal.' What drove you to writing that story in this format as opposed to, say, a novel? Read more... )
2. Least favourite Firefly character? Why? Read more... )
3. In the imminent zombie holocaust, how long do you think you would last? Read more... )
4. What would your super hero costume be like? Read more... )
5. Would you rather be a cult icon or a worldwide superstar? Read more... )

Remember, if you want questions from me, post here.

Book Foo:

Finished: The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons (Reread)
Started: Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

Thoughts (some spoilers), selected quotes, and thoughts springing off from the quotes behind the cut.
Read more... )

Moving on to Dream Foo!

One a cracky crossover with The Office, Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, and Runaways. Another is book foo related.
Read more... )

On my floor, which is wood-panelled, there are a few dark spots, looking like burns or whatever, slightly ovalshaped. There's a big cluster of them in a spot that I don't see on a regular basis, but will occasionally see. Sometimes if I'm not paying attention or I see them when my eyes are a bit blurry or in the middle of focusing, spotting them sets off my OMG BUGS! reflexive reaction before I realize/remember what they are.

Heroes tonight, woot! (That's a general woot, not a comment directed at [livejournal.com profile] woot, unless she's also interested, in which case it serves both purposes) Bit of a shame Drive got cancelled, but I can't be too upset, I was only partway interested in it. Enough to keep watching, but not enough to be broken up at it being cancelled.

I've noticed while looking through some LJ entries (and adding tags to a bunch) from long ago year that I write a lot less now than 2 years ago. Huh. I suppose at least part of that is that I save up stuff to do in megaposts like this rather than posting every time I get the urge, though.

I think as of this entry I will be resuming my old habit of choosing my mood completely randomly, regardless of my current mood. Because you people already see too much into my psyche for my tastes! Also, because if I use my real moods I only get to use a few of my mood icons, and, well, that's not as much fun.
newnumber6: (rotating2)
My thumb's sore. And not quite as opposable as usual. Am I devolving down the evolutionary chain? Or perhaps I just hurt it playing Ultimate Spider-Man. Probably the latter.

This year, I'm going to try really hard not to post a depressed, ranty, V-Day post. Because really, it's all been said.

Features I wish LJ had (or if they already do, I wish I knew how to do it):
1) Browse posts to a community written by a specific person. Mostly this is so I can track down some of my old posts, but sometimes I might want to see what someone else has posted before.

2) Apply tags to your friends list. A lot of times I watch, say, Supernatural a couple days later than everyone else, and lots of my flist post about it that first night. I don't want to backtrack 3 pages to find the posts about it, or go to everyone's individual journal and read back (as I ususall do), I'd rather just say 'okay, let's look at 'tag supernatural' on my friends lists. Though I realize it'd probably be a lot more complicated to code than basic tagging (depending a little on how the flist is implemented), it would still really improve my LJ experience.

Book Foo:

Finished: Big Planet, by Jack Vance
A Fire in the Sun, by George Alec Effinger

Some thoughts, minimal spoilers, behind the cut.
Read more... )

Started: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (Thursdays and Sundays) (reread)
Stardoc, by S.L. Viehl (Wednesdays)

Random cracky crossover idea. Yet another thing I'm not going to write, and I'd be surprised if nobody else has come up with it yet, but I've been playing around with it in my head a little. One of them is Supernatural.
Read more... )

One of my minor goals in life is to have the adjective 'intrepid' prefixed to whatever description of me someone gives. I mean, sure, intrepid explorer would be great, or intrepid astronaut, or intrepid post-apocalyptic drifter would be awesome. But I'd settle for 'intrepid manual labourer'. Or 'interpid slacker' or 'intrepid layabout'. I think I've just typed intrepid way too much.

Some TV thoughts. Spoiler-Free.
Read more... )

Oh, speaking of TV, here's a quick list of the SF-related pilots for next year's TV. My thoughts:
Read more... )

Life update: Apartment hunt continues. No luck yet. I hate moving.
newnumber6: (rotating2)
First, Dream Foo. Both actual dreams, and lucid dream strategy.
Read more... )

Anyway, speaking of that last lucid dream, I've been thinking lately of the somewhat flexible nature of consciousness. Read more... ) It's also possible I'm just going mad.

Anyway, yesterday I was watching the Canadian classic Strange Brew, and I happened to look up something about it and noticed that it was a loose adaptation of Hamlet (with the McKenzie brothers playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern). Never heard that before, but I can see it. So, anyway, later in the day I was watching Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, and my mind wandered (as it often does) to how one might be able to reinvent Farscape in another genre.
Read more... )

I think I've mentioned before that my brother got himself a PS2 recently, so I've been able to play some. Only have two games at present, Castlevania and GTA: Vice City. Don't much care for Castlevania, but GTA's fun. Anyway, that's not really the topic I'm going for: I was a bit bored, so just did some random thinking on Video Games I'd Like To See: Read more... )
newnumber6: (chase)
First up, Dream Foo! Read more... )

Spoiler-light TV bits: Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Torchwood
Read more... )

I created my very first Wikipedia page this weekend. I've done some minor edits before, but this is the first time I've created a whole page. It will no doubt interest nobody on my friends list, of course. Anyway, what happened was, while I was rereading the Grainger/Hooded Swan books, I did a wiki search for it, like I tend to do for most series I read. Only to come up empty. Not only has barely anybody I talk to heard of it, nobody'd created a page for it. So, I did. I'll probably be adding a little more to it as time goes on. It's an interesting feeling, adding to the sum total of human knowledge on the internet. And the editing was remarkably easy, I've never actually looked into how to edit a wiki before a couple weeks ago. I'll probably be doing more of it when I see something that needs doing. I'm a wikiconvert!

Speaking of writing (but from another angle), I don't think I'm going to do NaNoWriMo. Can't come up with a plot I want to use on it, and I don't want to 'waste' any of the plots I've got stored up on it (I put waste in quotes because I don't technically think it's a waste, but I fear that if I do the style of writing NaNo requires and it sucks I won't be able to write the story again. If I'm to do it, I need a plot that I can feel good using only for it). Also the time issue is a worry. I don't really feel up to writing on days that I work, so that means I'd have to extra load it on the other days, and all that in addition to doing things like my [livejournal.com profile] alternaljournal which is certainly a type of writing, but wouldn't count towards words.

Ehh. Anyway, to do my best to keep the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I'm going to resolve to do the following (whether I actually do it is another matter, but I'll resolve it here and either do it or fess up to not doing it): Read more... )

Apparently we're getting pretty close to being able to play our first Cybergeneration (tabletop) game, so that should be cool.

Now, let's see, is there anything actually new in my life, as opposed to the various ways I escape reality?... Hmmm, nope, not really that I can think of. But then, why would it? About the only chance I have to meet anyone new would be either at work or in chance encounters. And, well, why not, some social interaction to report: Read more... )
newnumber6: (rotating2)
I've seen a lot of these links posted around, but this one's allegedly legal (sadly, link doesn't work in Canada, but you can still use the other link that was floating around like I did - if you want a link, comment).

http://tv.msn.com/tv/tvbuzz

You can watch the 3rd season premiere there, through MSN. I suppose it doesn't have the thrill of doing it illicitly, though.

Anyway, my not-spoilery-at-all-really thoughts behind the cut.
Read more... )

Oh, and weirdness... just after watching the VM premiere this morning? I watched the Deadwood eps I recorded last night. Said eps? Featured Kristin Bell as a guest star. It was a bit weird to see her. I kept expecting her to uncover all the mysteries for everyone. And hey, for a while there all I had to do was add some imaginary starships to have a fandom trifecta!

Edit: Oh, and Heroes was on last night, so since I'm doing a TV post, I'd better post about it too.

I liked it, on the whole. Sure, it was corny and too expositiony at times, but I still liked it and am certainly going to stick with it. And the introduction of cheerleader girl - even though I saw it online in a preview, I still think its one of my favorite introductions of a superheroish character ever. It reruns tonight apparently, so check it out if you haven't yet.
newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
In the spirit of Shaun of the Dead...

Paul of Cthulhu!

The stars are right, and Cthulhu is rising... and the only one who can stop him is Paul, hapless loser!

Well, maybe not 'stop' so much as 'get stepped on by'. And maybe not 'the only one' so much as 'one of many'.

I know, dumb. ;)
newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
Was cleaning out an old drawer and found a notebook, apparently a comic story I was writing when I was young. No idea how young (feel free to guess, I can narrow it down between 8 and 11 by certain references. Hopefully it's the low end of that). Since I'm on an ongoing quest to whittle down my ego, I thought I'd transcribe it and share it all.
Behold the lameness of youth (all spelling and grammar errors are as best as I can transcribe them):
Read more... )
Anyway, it amused me. :)

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