I am not Robin

Of my lead character in Tinselfly, I have often said, well, she’s basically me. And while that is still true in many ways, it’s time to start thinking about how she’s not me. It’s said that you can only understand things in opposition to other, similar things; in this case, I will gain a better […]

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Test Driven Storytelling

At work-work, we’ve started experimenting with something called Test Driven Development.   It’s where you start a new program by writing some tests for it. Since your program proper hasn’t been written yet, your tests will fail. After failing, you then write your program, and run your tests again. And hopefully some or all or […]

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Larger Than Life

I’ve been working on my Hortensia model (a spaceship for Tinselfly), just roughing out the basic shapes for it. Here’s what it looks like from the front right now: And from the back: My main goals were to have it look absurdly fragile and have a sort of nautical feel, what with these sail-like structures and all, […]

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Why I Liked Battleship More Than Star Trek

(Spoilers on both movies ahead.) The other night, I saw the new Battleship movie. And, surprisingly enough, I kept comparing it to the latest Star Trek movie. Star Trek was critically acclaimed. Battleship was universally panned. But they have lots of similarities: We start with a protagonist who’s a bit of a screwball. Said protagonist demonstrates his […]

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Mass Appeal

A while ago, I downloaded this app that lets me see how much time I’m spending playing games. I seem to get about an hour or two a week in. The most I’ve spent with any one game is Star Trek Online; I’ve played it for a total of 25 hours over the last 2 years. Those […]

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All the City’s a Stage

Apparently, there’s this YA, vampirey series of books set in a prep school in my childhood home town of Tulsa — not the prep school I went to, mind you, but a big rival of ours; and much of the action in the books takes place in places I’ve been. I’m tempted to give it […]

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Hitchhiker’s, Part 2: Chaos

I’m going to have to talk about reading-the-process and reading-this-book together this time, since I was a bit lost. As before, spoilers ahead. * * * So… they actually have a cataclysmic, it-came-from-outer-space world destruction thing going on here. I really wasn’t sure that was going to happen. And it’s all, omg omg drink this […]

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Isolating Werewolves

My wife, brother and I have been watching both the UK and US versions of Being Human, shows about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost sharing an apartment, just trying to lead normal lives. I love comparing the two shows, though I’m not interested so much in the US/UK cultural differences… and while it’s interesting […]

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