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Jun. 11th, 2011 12:00 pm brigits_flame june.2

The prompt this week at brigits_flame is "nominal nomad". I don't have a lot to say about this one before we dive into it, so here goes:

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Current Location: an iceberg fortress in Norway
Current Mood: creativecreative

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Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:41 pm brigits_flame june.1

So after a 6-7 month break, I'm finally returning to competition in brigits_flame. Strangely, I joined the community because I thought weekly prompts would get me writing more. Instead, I simply stopped participating when I (insert excuse here). Now I'm back, largely due to a desire to hammer out more of my mad wordsmithing. This week's prompt is "fugue refugee", and so I bring you a piece vaguely inspired by The Music of Erik Zahn.

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Current Location: In the library, looking for <i>Unaussprechlichen Külten</i>
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: No Doubt - Spiderwebs

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Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:49 am Writer's Block: Beep, Bop, Boop

What was the first video or computer game you ever played? Did you love it or hate it, and why?

Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt. Came with the Nintendo. It was great, although I played a lot more Mario than Duck Hunt. Super Mario Bros. was  a revolution. While there have been many such things in gaming since then, this was the first one I was a part of. Also, I was five. What five-year-old wouldn't think Mario, basic though it was, is awesome?

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Mar. 15th, 2011 09:13 am Writer's Block: The long and winding road

Are there any difficult events in your past that made you a stronger person today? If you could go back and erase them, would you?


I actually think I'm in the midst of difficult times that are making me a stronger person.

Current Location: an iceberg fortress in Norway
Current Mood: awakeawake

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Mar. 12th, 2011 08:14 am Writer's Block: Give me a sign

If your astrological sign has changed, do you think your personality more resembles your current or past sign?


This is wrong and you are all dumb.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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Mar. 11th, 2011 08:33 am Writer's Block: I wanna be just like you

Was there ever a fictional character who you admired so much that you strived to be like him or her?


Lieutenant Commander Data.

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Mar. 7th, 2011 11:15 am Writer's Block: Satisfying the craving

What's your favorite midnight snack, and why?


I do not awaken from my dread slumber just for the banal process of consumption.

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Feb. 20th, 2011 09:26 am Writer's Block: Songs of patriotism

If you were a country, what would be your national anthem?


Kings of Metal, by Manowar.

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Feb. 9th, 2011 09:40 am Writer's Block: I'm in love with my car

If you could have any car in the world, what would it be?


A DeLorean. One of those chronal ones.

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Jan. 18th, 2011 12:17 pm Things with children

When Liam is ready for lunch, he declares "Noonoo!"

By which he means pasta of some sort, not the NooNoo.

Current Location: West Philadelphia, born and raised
Current Mood: amusedamused

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Jan. 11th, 2011 09:12 am Writer's Block: The world at large

If you could spend one summer anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

Norway. Because it's cold there.

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Dec. 27th, 2010 12:11 am Letters from the front

Professor Vining has sent us the beginning of a new chapter in his Guide to the Mythic Age. It can be found in the usual place, under Geography of the Mythic Age: The Runic Kingdoms of Kjolheim.

Current Location: M:Z game labs
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Dec. 14th, 2010 03:55 pm Mission Briefing

Added the Jami and their cultural magic, wa'ilea. Also have a start on the Mission: Zodiac roleplaying game, begun in Attributes and Combat and Task Resolution.

Might be more later tonight. Might not.

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Nov. 30th, 2010 12:31 pm

I would just like you all to know that the guys at Paizo are awesome.

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Current Location: valhalla
Current Mood: amusedamused

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Nov. 5th, 2010 12:20 pm A fascinating perspective from amberite

"Steampunk is what happens as our dreams of the past move into their future."

The rest of her discussion (theming upon "why steampunk is important") can be found here.

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Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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Oct. 25th, 2010 07:40 pm Science!

http://xkcd.com/810/

Current Location: valhalla
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Oct. 20th, 2010 02:06 pm Writer's Block: Torn between two lovers

Have you ever fallen in love with two people at once? How did it work out?


Isn't it interesting how deeply ingrained the concept of monogamy is in our culture?

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Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:41 am Letters from the front

Professor Vining has delivered another pair of reports to our office. People of the Mythic Age: Skyborn is a study of the skyborn race, a refreshingly modern culture reliant on a type of magical technology very similar to our own scientific efforts. Magic of the Mythic Age: Clockworks is an overview of the "technology" the skyborn employ. Alone among magical styles, clockworks are essentially restricted to skyborn, as they refuse to teach its secrets to outsiders.

Current Location: M:Z game labs
Current Mood: creativecreative

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Sep. 1st, 2010 05:16 pm Writer's Block: Ground Control to Major Tom

What kind of craft would you design to travel through time and space? How would it work? What would it look like?


See here and here.

Current Location: West Philadelphia (born and raised)
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Aug. 9th, 2010 10:43 am Writer's Block: My Journey

If you had the chance to travel anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?


I'm leaning pretty heavily towards "New Zealand is awesome" lately.

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Aug. 3rd, 2010 10:29 am Writer's Block: Improvements on My Computer

What's the one thing you would most want to improve when it comes to your laptop or computer?


I'd make it sentient.

Current Location: United States, Washington, Lacey
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Jul. 26th, 2010 01:17 pm I'm posting a lot today, aren't I?

Troll in the Corner games is hosting a contest to win the "core 3" Pathfinder rulebooks (Core Rulebook, Gamemastery Guide, Bestiary). I'd love to do that, and to help me out I'm making this LJ entry. See, all I have to do is make an entry like this one, post a link to the contest page (like so), and it raises my chances to win from 9/10 of my potential to a full, pleasant-looking 10/10.

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Jul. 26th, 2010 10:55 am

Vitamin String Quartet is awesome.

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: Vitamin String Quartet - Through the Fire and the Flames

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Jul. 26th, 2010 10:25 am Writer's Block: Life with Technology

What's your favorite example of how technology has made your life better?


I'm really fond of teleportation.

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Jul. 14th, 2010 10:58 pm Mission Briefing

A couple more small M:Z articles for you all. Divine Lensing relates how priests draw down a remnant of true magic from the gods. Shamanism relates shamans of the Green and shamans of the Black, spellcasters who draw on either the natural world or the dread void of space instead of true magic for their powers.

Current Location: M:Z game labs
Current Mood: creativecreative

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Jun. 28th, 2010 10:51 am Writer's Block: I'm the Boss

What would you do with an army of minions who would do whatever you tell them?


I have one of those. The answer is destroy Justin Smith.

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Jun. 10th, 2010 08:15 pm This update brought to you by the letter M

As promised, a couple short articles for Magic of the Mythic Age: Introduction, Runecraft, and Elementalism.

Current Location: M:Z game labs
Current Mood: creativecreative

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Jun. 8th, 2010 10:28 am Writer's Block: My Dream Job

What's your dream job? Are you qualified for it? If not, would that stop you from taking it if it were offered to you?


Only a small step down from superhero is working with the guys up at Paizo. I'm not technically qualified - apparently they feel like an English degree is important - but I'd still do it if I had the chance. I think my grasp of the language is sufficient even without a certification (and, I hope, my game design skills are adequate as well).

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Jun. 7th, 2010 10:38 am Writer's Block: A rose by any other name

Do you like your birth name? If you had the opportunity to change it, would you? What new name would you choose?


I actually did recently change my last name, due to marrying chickybluesky87. At the time, I contemplated the potential of changing the rest of my name, too, just because I had the chance to do so. I decided not to.

Current Location: the matrix

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May. 27th, 2010 03:01 pm Letters from the front

In more interesting news, I have the next instalment of People of the Mythic Age up. This time it's the laussalfar. I'm thinking about taking a break from People of the Mythic Age to start on a different chapter of Professor Vining's Guide to the Mythic Age - Magic of the Mythic Age. Given the races already covered, I'm likely to cover runecraft and elementalism, continuing with other forms of magic as the cultures that primarily use them are covered.

Current Location: M:Z game labs
Current Mood: creativecreative

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May. 26th, 2010 04:24 pm Mission briefing

I wrote a couple poems recently, and just got them put up at Mission: Zodiac. The first is Stargazing, a sort of Lovecraftian sci-fi poem. The second, Final Flight of the Kraken, is somewhat autobiographical. As most of you know, I was a bit of a troublemaker in my youth and spent several years involved in piracy. This poem is commemorative of the first ship I served on.

Current Location: an iceberg fortress in Norway
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May. 18th, 2010 12:47 pm On games and their play

I recently wandered across this article, several years old, which fairly accurately explains my issues with D&D4. In essence, 4th edition is a fairly entertaining combat game, but is not, in fact, a roleplaying game. At least, not as I view them. I feel like RPGs should be essentially simulationist in nature. I want the game's mechanics to be an attempt at modelling the world we're playing in. 4th edition doesn't do that. I'm much happier with Pathfinder and HERO.

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Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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May. 17th, 2010 10:33 am Writer's Block: This material has been censored

Do you think the government should have the right to censor the media? If you're generally against censorship, are there any circumstances under which you feel it might be warranted?


I don't believe in censorship. Nudity, "bad language", crazy political ideologies - these are not things that should be hidden from people.

I am okay with content warnings, though, because I think that people should be allowed to avoid a thing that they find distasteful for any reason. To go back to my example, don't whiteout a naked person scene - just put a warning on the box (or before the show, or whatever) that nudity is present.

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:37 pm Back to Frost Park

This week, despite having a Liam to keep an eye on, I managed to do a bit of art at the local chalk-off. I thought it prudent to warn my fellow air pirates of the dangers of a sky kraken. Watch out for these aerial scourges!

Current Mood: creativecreative

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Apr. 16th, 2010 10:13 pm

chickybluesky87 and I went to the chalk-off today. I didn't chalk anything, but she did. Then we had to get some thing in the car re-bent due to some manner of towing accident. Fortunately the mechanic did that for free, and we went to see earthmother16 while we waited. The three of us and my cousin played a bit of Magic.

We can't quite figure out how, but at some point in this process chickybluesky87's purse went missing. That's a whole lot of inconvenience for us to deal with.

Then we went to a poetry open mic. That was pretty fun. I read Einherjar. I think it went over pretty well.

Current Location: valhalla
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Apr. 13th, 2010 05:17 pm And "god" said, Let there be gears

chickybluesky87 and I saw abneypark on Sunday. It was amazing. It was the Circus at the End of the World, and that meant the show included fire eaters and an aerialist. That made it more awesome.

I guess that's all I have to say along those lines. One might think that, being a writer, I'd have more descriptive abilities at my disposal. Apparently one would be wrong.

Current Location: valhalla
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Abney Park - Tiny Monster

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Apr. 13th, 2010 10:41 am Writer's Block: I can walk under ladders

Do you believe in luck? Do you think some people are luckier than others? Do actions cause reactions or are there intervening forces beyond our control that govern our destinies?


I guess I sort of believe in luck. I can see, obviously, the events people refer to as "lucky" or "unlucky". But I think luck, as a concept, is something we make for ourselves. It's usually subconscious, when we do it at all.

The thing is, randomness doesn't actually exist in a technical sense. All we have is the appearance of chance because we lack the proper faculties to divine the entire underlying structure of the cosmos around us. Things happen for reasons, and these reasons are, in part or whole, available to the discerning observer. So I think that in the right circumstances, certain people who have the knowledge and skills to do so can alter the world around them in ways that seem "lucky" to the uneducated. As I often say, probability is just a suggestion.

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Apr. 12th, 2010 01:36 pm Writer's Block: Talk to the animals

What would you do if your pet dog or cat suddenly started to talk to you, but nobody else could hear it? Would you assume you'd gone mad or simply be happy for the company? Would you try to convince your friends and family or would you be satisfied keeping it to yourself?


I'd probably be okay with the whole thing.

I suppose my friends would think I was crazy when I seemed to be having conversations with random felines. I could probably explain it away with my nekomancy, though.

Current Location: the matrix
Current Mood: calmcalm

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Apr. 2nd, 2010 09:05 pm Reports from the front

We've received the second in an expected series of reports from Active Historian Vining. Assigned to chronicle the period known as the Mythic Age, this report describes a human culture calling themselves the Hervardr. It can be found here.

Current Location: an iceberg fortress in Norway
Current Mood: creativecreative

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Mar. 20th, 2010 09:13 pm Writer's Block: Citizen of the universe

If you could choose to be born again as a citizen of any country in the world, which country would you choose, and why?


Norway. Assuming non-Earth locations (like Svartalfheim or New Crobuzon) aren't options.

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Current Mood: calmcalm

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