Quick update time! Bringing Ragnarok: Book Three is just about done. Part 3 will be fully drafted by end of this week, and I'll do the intensive rewrite and line edits over the next couple weeks. Then I get to make the final edits to the full manuscript (usually 1-2 weeks) and it'll be ready to publish on Kindle! And after that... Book Four! Goal: End of December release. May sound like an aggressive timeline, but I wrote Book Two between August and mid-October 2018, and had edits all done six weeks later. So far, the reader ratings i'm receiving…
Friday, 12 July 2019 17:42

Simple Platform for Fixing the USA

So let me preface this essay and strategy thinkpiece with a bit of a (long) disclaimer. I am not a Democrat. I am an American citizen, but I prefer to identify as a Cascadian of Anglo-Saxon descent, because heritage and local biome matter far more than a bit of dyed cloth ever could. It is my firm belief that the United States should and most likely will break up (in some form) in my lifetime, because its governing architecture has been captured by a privileged elite that has turned its laws and institutions against its people, which is simply not…
It is widely recognized that trying to predict politics is a mug's game. Still, I think it is kind of fun. Also, I happen to believe I've a decent theory of how American politics *actually* works, shorn of the myths the mainstream media feeds everyone. So here's the thing - American politics is about translating everone's desire to not be responsible for paying the cost of public stuff like defence and roads into real public policy. Ultimately, we all depend on one another's taxes to fund things we like, but we don't (can't) all agree 100% on what gets priority.…
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 17:02

Bringing Ragnarok Dev Diary 16

Just wanted to post a quick update here before I get to my day's editing. By the end of the week, Bringing Ragnarok, Book Three (The Second Fimbulwinter) will be 75% complete, with only the third Part left to write. Manuscript stands at just over 100,000 words, and I'm aiming to bring it in at right around 145,000 words. So longer than Book One, but a bit shorter than Book Two. And as I mentioned in a previous update, this Book's position in the metastructure lets me tone down the combat a bit, and focus more on lore and understanding…
Sandra Chavez is one of the Missoula Regiment's primary Commanders, a veteran of the American Forever Wars with deployments to Kuwait 2013 (E2), Iraq 2015 (E3), Afghanistan 2018 (E4, promoted to E5/Sergeant), Syria 2019 (E5), Iraq/Syria 2023 (E6), and Pakistan 2025-2027 (E7). Initially enlisted as 31B (Military Police), re-classed to 19D (Cavalry Scout) in 2018. Left the Armed Forces as an E8 (Master Sergeant) in 2030 after the Collapse, joining the Missoula Regiment in the same year. As a result of her experiences and continuing formal education - BA earned in 2017, MS in 2023, ended studies at PhD (all…
PrefaceAlright, so I know this will sound completely insane to anyone in the know from the get-go, but here goes anyway. I've developed a hybrid theoretical framework I believe represents a tremendous step forward with respect to scientific understanding how the human world functions. You are right to wonder why this matters, and also why I characterize this development as insane. I'll answer both, but you'll have to bear with me a bit, because the answer to both is (as with most things in this world) linked in complex ways. I'll do my level best to be as succinct as…
Whew, what a month April has been! As I mentioned in a previous Dev Diary, my spouse has trigeminal neuralgia, and recently went through minor brain surgery to effect repairs. All has gone as pretty much as planned, though she is not the sort of person who bears well being trapped in a chair waiting to heal for a month. My progress on Bringing Ragnarok: Book Three has slowed to a crawl, though. I generally work best alone. I mean, mostly alone, anyway because is anyone truly alone when you have cats? I firmly believe that crazy cat ladies are…
I am more than a bit obsessed with Swedish melodic death metal.This is actually a relatively new development in my life, though not entirely unforeseen, I suppose. I’m autistic, and hypersensitive to sound. The downside to this: One form of personal torment for me is sunny days, where the lawnmowers and airplanes (we live near an “Airpark”) are out and about, buzzing endlessly and without obvious productive purpose.The more fortunate flip side of this hypersensitivity is that I have always gained extreme enjoyment from listening to music. In fact, I actually suspect autism is somehow related to synesthesia, because I’m…
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 19:12

Trigeminal Neuralgia Sucks

I am sitting in the corridor outside the surgery waiting room, waiting for a team to drill into my spouse's skull and intentionally damage a nerve. So, if this is a bit of a scattered, random post - eh, no apologies. Really, I'm just killing time until hunger sets in long enough to drive me to the cafe, which will kill some more time, before it is back to the waiting room to wait/kill time some more. The odd thing is that I actually hate this less than i thought I would. The OHSU staff so far have been considerate…
Executive Summary of the Draft New Congress Report on the State of the Union Attacks [Draft, version 3.62] UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO THIS DOCUMENT PROHIBITED BY LAW Section A - Reconstruction of Events At 9:12 PM, Eastern Standard Time, the President of the United States began the annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. In attendance were ninety-three members of the United States Senate, four hundred and seventeen members of the House of Representatives, all but three members of the Cabinet, twelve members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, six justices of the Supreme Court, and…
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