Early Morning Friday

Reading: I’ve been listening to the audio book of The Steel Remains by Richard K Morgan and really enjoying it in this medium for the second go-round. Near my bed are the two big hardcover graphic novels of Invincible. I’m finding that I am kind of lukewarm on it.

Planning: Everything feels up in the air this weekend, which is fine. I wouldn’t mind having a relaxing weekend at all.

Wearing: Jeans and a button down.

Writing: I wrote a short storyish thing recounting the Spirit of the Century game with Pete from this week, which was fun and this has inspired me to look back on unfinished pulp stories among my google docs. Writing a first chapter and finishing it felt really nice.

And you?

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64 thoughts on “Early Morning Friday

  1. Reading: How to Succeed in Evil volume 1 (the original audiobook podcast).

    Planning: Going to a friend’s goodbye party before she moves out to Calgary for school (Calgary is one of those few Canadian places that isn’t measured by distance from Toronto).

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, JINX!

    Writing: Too little, too late.

  2. Reading: How to Succeed in Evil volume 1 (the original audiobook podcast).

    Planning: Going to a friend’s goodbye party before she moves out to Calgary for school (Calgary is one of those few Canadian places that isn’t measured by distance from Toronto).

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, JINX!

    Writing: Too little, too late.

  3. Reading: How to Succeed in Evil volume 1 (the original audiobook podcast).

    Planning: Going to a friend’s goodbye party before she moves out to Calgary for school (Calgary is one of those few Canadian places that isn’t measured by distance from Toronto).

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, JINX!

    Writing: Too little, too late.

  4. Reading: How to Succeed in Evil volume 1 (the original audiobook podcast).

    Planning: Going to a friend’s goodbye party before she moves out to Calgary for school (Calgary is one of those few Canadian places that isn’t measured by distance from Toronto).

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, JINX!

    Writing: Too little, too late.

  5. You were in my dream last night, Judd. In this dream, you were a player in my gaming group, and somehow I had convinced you to eat a Venus Flytrap by obfuscating it as a fruit. It was a really bizarre dream.

  6. You were in my dream last night, Judd. In this dream, you were a player in my gaming group, and somehow I had convinced you to eat a Venus Flytrap by obfuscating it as a fruit. It was a really bizarre dream.

  7. You were in my dream last night, Judd. In this dream, you were a player in my gaming group, and somehow I had convinced you to eat a Venus Flytrap by obfuscating it as a fruit. It was a really bizarre dream.

  8. You were in my dream last night, Judd. In this dream, you were a player in my gaming group, and somehow I had convinced you to eat a Venus Flytrap by obfuscating it as a fruit. It was a really bizarre dream.

  9. Reading: Princep’s Fury… and its awesome.

    Planning: Not much, really. Apprehensive about stone delivery for driveway, so other things are out of mind at the moment.

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, as a matter of fact.

    Writing: Story notes for a story called “Guardian” which I will ashamedly admit is probably massively influenced by Supernatural’s current storyline, but which is going a nicely different direction. I really like 2 of my characters. Still need to find a villain I really hate that’s not a total cliche.

  10. Reading: Princep’s Fury… and its awesome.

    Planning: Not much, really. Apprehensive about stone delivery for driveway, so other things are out of mind at the moment.

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, as a matter of fact.

    Writing: Story notes for a story called “Guardian” which I will ashamedly admit is probably massively influenced by Supernatural’s current storyline, but which is going a nicely different direction. I really like 2 of my characters. Still need to find a villain I really hate that’s not a total cliche.

  11. Reading: Princep’s Fury… and its awesome.

    Planning: Not much, really. Apprehensive about stone delivery for driveway, so other things are out of mind at the moment.

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, as a matter of fact.

    Writing: Story notes for a story called “Guardian” which I will ashamedly admit is probably massively influenced by Supernatural’s current storyline, but which is going a nicely different direction. I really like 2 of my characters. Still need to find a villain I really hate that’s not a total cliche.

  12. Reading: Princep’s Fury… and its awesome.

    Planning: Not much, really. Apprehensive about stone delivery for driveway, so other things are out of mind at the moment.

    Wearing: Jeans and a button down, as a matter of fact.

    Writing: Story notes for a story called “Guardian” which I will ashamedly admit is probably massively influenced by Supernatural’s current storyline, but which is going a nicely different direction. I really like 2 of my characters. Still need to find a villain I really hate that’s not a total cliche.

      • Re: By the Next Moon

        Winter monsoon season is over. The only bridge to the Empire just collapsed. First Trade of the year is in a month, which everyone has been waiting for.

        The governor needs folks to go down to the Dwarven mining site, negotiate with them to build a bridge, and fast.

        Then you have to get them there.

        Along the way, there’s all kinds of smaller sidequest-y problems going on. Only… you don’t really have time to fix them all…

        Lots of social skill challenges, with the idea that each thing that you win/fail/leave alone, produces changes or new skill challenges later in the campaign.

      • Re: By the Next Moon

        Winter monsoon season is over. The only bridge to the Empire just collapsed. First Trade of the year is in a month, which everyone has been waiting for.

        The governor needs folks to go down to the Dwarven mining site, negotiate with them to build a bridge, and fast.

        Then you have to get them there.

        Along the way, there’s all kinds of smaller sidequest-y problems going on. Only… you don’t really have time to fix them all…

        Lots of social skill challenges, with the idea that each thing that you win/fail/leave alone, produces changes or new skill challenges later in the campaign.

  13. reading: Mouse Guard
    planning: Going to a wedding. Getting a game going.
    wearing: T-shirt of a giraffe hugging a brontosaurus. Jeans. Sneaks.
    writing: not much. space shit.

  14. reading: Mouse Guard
    planning: Going to a wedding. Getting a game going.
    wearing: T-shirt of a giraffe hugging a brontosaurus. Jeans. Sneaks.
    writing: not much. space shit.

  15. reading: Mouse Guard
    planning: Going to a wedding. Getting a game going.
    wearing: T-shirt of a giraffe hugging a brontosaurus. Jeans. Sneaks.
    writing: not much. space shit.

  16. reading: Mouse Guard
    planning: Going to a wedding. Getting a game going.
    wearing: T-shirt of a giraffe hugging a brontosaurus. Jeans. Sneaks.
    writing: not much. space shit.

  17. Re: By the Next Moon

    Winter monsoon season is over. The only bridge to the Empire just collapsed. First Trade of the year is in a month, which everyone has been waiting for.

    The governor needs folks to go down to the Dwarven mining site, negotiate with them to build a bridge, and fast.

    Then you have to get them there.

    Along the way, there’s all kinds of smaller sidequest-y problems going on. Only… you don’t really have time to fix them all…

    Lots of social skill challenges, with the idea that each thing that you win/fail/leave alone, produces changes or new skill challenges later in the campaign.

  18. Re: By the Next Moon

    Winter monsoon season is over. The only bridge to the Empire just collapsed. First Trade of the year is in a month, which everyone has been waiting for.

    The governor needs folks to go down to the Dwarven mining site, negotiate with them to build a bridge, and fast.

    Then you have to get them there.

    Along the way, there’s all kinds of smaller sidequest-y problems going on. Only… you don’t really have time to fix them all…

    Lots of social skill challenges, with the idea that each thing that you win/fail/leave alone, produces changes or new skill challenges later in the campaign.

  19. Have you finished any stories yet? I want to get reading on ’em!!

    R: Nothing, having finished up The Lord of the Rings and am now taking a breather. Playing Retro Game Challenge on the DS while my brain takes a holiday.

    P: Grabbing a copy of Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. Playing a card game with my daughter (apparently she played her first game of Go Fish the other day!)

    W: New pants and overshirt from my wife and mother-in-law. Old brown t-shirt.

    W: Nothing exciting. I am speed doodling with an artist buddy of mine at work, though, which is real fun.

  20. Have you finished any stories yet? I want to get reading on ’em!!

    R: Nothing, having finished up The Lord of the Rings and am now taking a breather. Playing Retro Game Challenge on the DS while my brain takes a holiday.

    P: Grabbing a copy of Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. Playing a card game with my daughter (apparently she played her first game of Go Fish the other day!)

    W: New pants and overshirt from my wife and mother-in-law. Old brown t-shirt.

    W: Nothing exciting. I am speed doodling with an artist buddy of mine at work, though, which is real fun.

  21. Have you finished any stories yet? I want to get reading on ’em!!

    R: Nothing, having finished up The Lord of the Rings and am now taking a breather. Playing Retro Game Challenge on the DS while my brain takes a holiday.

    P: Grabbing a copy of Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. Playing a card game with my daughter (apparently she played her first game of Go Fish the other day!)

    W: New pants and overshirt from my wife and mother-in-law. Old brown t-shirt.

    W: Nothing exciting. I am speed doodling with an artist buddy of mine at work, though, which is real fun.

  22. Have you finished any stories yet? I want to get reading on ’em!!

    R: Nothing, having finished up The Lord of the Rings and am now taking a breather. Playing Retro Game Challenge on the DS while my brain takes a holiday.

    P: Grabbing a copy of Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales. Playing a card game with my daughter (apparently she played her first game of Go Fish the other day!)

    W: New pants and overshirt from my wife and mother-in-law. Old brown t-shirt.

    W: Nothing exciting. I am speed doodling with an artist buddy of mine at work, though, which is real fun.

  23. Reading: Just finished Le Guin’s Lavinia, which left me cold. I’ve read this book before, under different names, by different authors. On the other hand, I went to the Hugos page and downloaded Ted Chiang’s short story, “Exhalation”. That’s more like it. Debating between rpg book or something on my list for tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll probably grab Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time.

    Planning: Going to Columbia Games Club tonight, going to a Civ Foo tomorrow.

    Wearing: Jeans, t-shirt.

    Writing: Trying to finally finish this tiny little piece of the weekend long larp we’ve been working on for lo these many years — getting a complete name list for review for the rest of the group. Argh!

      • Re: LARP

        Yes, I think over ten years now.

        We started it either just after Zelazny died or a year or two before. Now, back then, larping was heavily Puzzle Solving. SILWest was our model. The thing is, it isn’t our favorite style of larp. But, it was the only model we had then.

        Mind, SILWest does perfectly good larps of a specific type. But, seen both Dragon (SILWest) and Torch of Freedom, the latter is more what we’re shooting for.

        So, a few years back, I went over every sheet, creating what I called a first draft, even though it was more like a third draft. This is when I did things like “Oh, if this character remembers X conversation with this other character, and no one’s lying, deluded, or memory-wiped, both sheets really should have the same information.”

        Then, we got in as a consultant, and after a couple of years, finally agreed to take one piece of advice he’d been pushing. It was a Kill Your Darlings piece of advice, so it took a while to get through that really, no fooling, he was right.

        And we recruited , who is very good at generating raw creative energy, and we can bounce it around in new ways, which is good because, having decided we need to make this a full weekend game, well — since these are now stand alones, not things that run at sf cons, for the most part, we need a LOT more plot.

        And, then, started working on Lullaby 2, and I joined the writers’ list he set up. He’s been going through every plot (except for some Secret Plots) and every character, getting input.

        “Aha!” I said, last month. “This is how I should do it. It avoids overloading people with too much information at once. We already know no one’s going to read a gajillion revisions to the wiki between our widely spaced meetings.”

        But first…

        Ah, first, we have to settle on names. When we started, we lifted names from source material. We are now filing off serial numbers. And then, I gritted my teeth and said, “Guys? I know it’s more work, but… should we make sure that folks from the same imaginary country have names that sound like they might be, y’know, from the same country?”

        And they all gritted their teeth and said, “Yes, we really should.”

        So, I finally have all of that done (well, one or two keep popping up, but at this point, they’re not PC names), but I need to give one person a chance to get her input in. I was gritting my teeth until I remembered that I’d finished this as Passover started, and she is both observant and Orthodox. At last check, she said to nudge her, um… today, in fact.

        (And my spam filter held the notice that you’d replied. Sigh. I think that’s been fixed.)

      • Re: LARP

        Yes, I think over ten years now.

        We started it either just after Zelazny died or a year or two before. Now, back then, larping was heavily Puzzle Solving. SILWest was our model. The thing is, it isn’t our favorite style of larp. But, it was the only model we had then.

        Mind, SILWest does perfectly good larps of a specific type. But, seen both Dragon (SILWest) and Torch of Freedom, the latter is more what we’re shooting for.

        So, a few years back, I went over every sheet, creating what I called a first draft, even though it was more like a third draft. This is when I did things like “Oh, if this character remembers X conversation with this other character, and no one’s lying, deluded, or memory-wiped, both sheets really should have the same information.”

        Then, we got in as a consultant, and after a couple of years, finally agreed to take one piece of advice he’d been pushing. It was a Kill Your Darlings piece of advice, so it took a while to get through that really, no fooling, he was right.

        And we recruited , who is very good at generating raw creative energy, and we can bounce it around in new ways, which is good because, having decided we need to make this a full weekend game, well — since these are now stand alones, not things that run at sf cons, for the most part, we need a LOT more plot.

        And, then, started working on Lullaby 2, and I joined the writers’ list he set up. He’s been going through every plot (except for some Secret Plots) and every character, getting input.

        “Aha!” I said, last month. “This is how I should do it. It avoids overloading people with too much information at once. We already know no one’s going to read a gajillion revisions to the wiki between our widely spaced meetings.”

        But first…

        Ah, first, we have to settle on names. When we started, we lifted names from source material. We are now filing off serial numbers. And then, I gritted my teeth and said, “Guys? I know it’s more work, but… should we make sure that folks from the same imaginary country have names that sound like they might be, y’know, from the same country?”

        And they all gritted their teeth and said, “Yes, we really should.”

        So, I finally have all of that done (well, one or two keep popping up, but at this point, they’re not PC names), but I need to give one person a chance to get her input in. I was gritting my teeth until I remembered that I’d finished this as Passover started, and she is both observant and Orthodox. At last check, she said to nudge her, um… today, in fact.

        (And my spam filter held the notice that you’d replied. Sigh. I think that’s been fixed.)

  24. Reading: Just finished Le Guin’s Lavinia, which left me cold. I’ve read this book before, under different names, by different authors. On the other hand, I went to the Hugos page and downloaded Ted Chiang’s short story, “Exhalation”. That’s more like it. Debating between rpg book or something on my list for tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll probably grab Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time.

    Planning: Going to Columbia Games Club tonight, going to a Civ Foo tomorrow.

    Wearing: Jeans, t-shirt.

    Writing: Trying to finally finish this tiny little piece of the weekend long larp we’ve been working on for lo these many years — getting a complete name list for review for the rest of the group. Argh!

  25. Reading: Just finished Le Guin’s Lavinia, which left me cold. I’ve read this book before, under different names, by different authors. On the other hand, I went to the Hugos page and downloaded Ted Chiang’s short story, “Exhalation”. That’s more like it. Debating between rpg book or something on my list for tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll probably grab Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time.

    Planning: Going to Columbia Games Club tonight, going to a Civ Foo tomorrow.

    Wearing: Jeans, t-shirt.

    Writing: Trying to finally finish this tiny little piece of the weekend long larp we’ve been working on for lo these many years — getting a complete name list for review for the rest of the group. Argh!

  26. Reading: Just finished Le Guin’s Lavinia, which left me cold. I’ve read this book before, under different names, by different authors. On the other hand, I went to the Hugos page and downloaded Ted Chiang’s short story, “Exhalation”. That’s more like it. Debating between rpg book or something on my list for tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll probably grab Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time.

    Planning: Going to Columbia Games Club tonight, going to a Civ Foo tomorrow.

    Wearing: Jeans, t-shirt.

    Writing: Trying to finally finish this tiny little piece of the weekend long larp we’ve been working on for lo these many years — getting a complete name list for review for the rest of the group. Argh!

  27. Reading: Neuromancer by William Gibson. I know, I know, I can’t really call myself a geek without having read at least one (1) Cyberpunk book, particularly that one but better late than never. I tried to read it in high school but couldn’t get my head around it. Now I’m really enjoying it.

    Planning: Work work work.

    Wearing: Pink jammies.

  28. Reading: Neuromancer by William Gibson. I know, I know, I can’t really call myself a geek without having read at least one (1) Cyberpunk book, particularly that one but better late than never. I tried to read it in high school but couldn’t get my head around it. Now I’m really enjoying it.

    Planning: Work work work.

    Wearing: Pink jammies.

  29. Reading: Neuromancer by William Gibson. I know, I know, I can’t really call myself a geek without having read at least one (1) Cyberpunk book, particularly that one but better late than never. I tried to read it in high school but couldn’t get my head around it. Now I’m really enjoying it.

    Planning: Work work work.

    Wearing: Pink jammies.

  30. Reading: Neuromancer by William Gibson. I know, I know, I can’t really call myself a geek without having read at least one (1) Cyberpunk book, particularly that one but better late than never. I tried to read it in high school but couldn’t get my head around it. Now I’m really enjoying it.

    Planning: Work work work.

    Wearing: Pink jammies.

  31. Re: LARP

    Yes, I think over ten years now.

    We started it either just after Zelazny died or a year or two before. Now, back then, larping was heavily Puzzle Solving. SILWest was our model. The thing is, it isn’t our favorite style of larp. But, it was the only model we had then.

    Mind, SILWest does perfectly good larps of a specific type. But, seen both Dragon (SILWest) and Torch of Freedom, the latter is more what we’re shooting for.

    So, a few years back, I went over every sheet, creating what I called a first draft, even though it was more like a third draft. This is when I did things like “Oh, if this character remembers X conversation with this other character, and no one’s lying, deluded, or memory-wiped, both sheets really should have the same information.”

    Then, we got in as a consultant, and after a couple of years, finally agreed to take one piece of advice he’d been pushing. It was a Kill Your Darlings piece of advice, so it took a while to get through that really, no fooling, he was right.

    And we recruited , who is very good at generating raw creative energy, and we can bounce it around in new ways, which is good because, having decided we need to make this a full weekend game, well — since these are now stand alones, not things that run at sf cons, for the most part, we need a LOT more plot.

    And, then, started working on Lullaby 2, and I joined the writers’ list he set up. He’s been going through every plot (except for some Secret Plots) and every character, getting input.

    “Aha!” I said, last month. “This is how I should do it. It avoids overloading people with too much information at once. We already know no one’s going to read a gajillion revisions to the wiki between our widely spaced meetings.”

    But first…

    Ah, first, we have to settle on names. When we started, we lifted names from source material. We are now filing off serial numbers. And then, I gritted my teeth and said, “Guys? I know it’s more work, but… should we make sure that folks from the same imaginary country have names that sound like they might be, y’know, from the same country?”

    And they all gritted their teeth and said, “Yes, we really should.”

    So, I finally have all of that done (well, one or two keep popping up, but at this point, they’re not PC names), but I need to give one person a chance to get her input in. I was gritting my teeth until I remembered that I’d finished this as Passover started, and she is both observant and Orthodox. At last check, she said to nudge her, um… today, in fact.

    (And my spam filter held the notice that you’d replied. Sigh. I think that’s been fixed.)

  32. Re: LARP

    Yes, I think over ten years now.

    We started it either just after Zelazny died or a year or two before. Now, back then, larping was heavily Puzzle Solving. SILWest was our model. The thing is, it isn’t our favorite style of larp. But, it was the only model we had then.

    Mind, SILWest does perfectly good larps of a specific type. But, seen both Dragon (SILWest) and Torch of Freedom, the latter is more what we’re shooting for.

    So, a few years back, I went over every sheet, creating what I called a first draft, even though it was more like a third draft. This is when I did things like “Oh, if this character remembers X conversation with this other character, and no one’s lying, deluded, or memory-wiped, both sheets really should have the same information.”

    Then, we got in as a consultant, and after a couple of years, finally agreed to take one piece of advice he’d been pushing. It was a Kill Your Darlings piece of advice, so it took a while to get through that really, no fooling, he was right.

    And we recruited , who is very good at generating raw creative energy, and we can bounce it around in new ways, which is good because, having decided we need to make this a full weekend game, well — since these are now stand alones, not things that run at sf cons, for the most part, we need a LOT more plot.

    And, then, started working on Lullaby 2, and I joined the writers’ list he set up. He’s been going through every plot (except for some Secret Plots) and every character, getting input.

    “Aha!” I said, last month. “This is how I should do it. It avoids overloading people with too much information at once. We already know no one’s going to read a gajillion revisions to the wiki between our widely spaced meetings.”

    But first…

    Ah, first, we have to settle on names. When we started, we lifted names from source material. We are now filing off serial numbers. And then, I gritted my teeth and said, “Guys? I know it’s more work, but… should we make sure that folks from the same imaginary country have names that sound like they might be, y’know, from the same country?”

    And they all gritted their teeth and said, “Yes, we really should.”

    So, I finally have all of that done (well, one or two keep popping up, but at this point, they’re not PC names), but I need to give one person a chance to get her input in. I was gritting my teeth until I remembered that I’d finished this as Passover started, and she is both observant and Orthodox. At last check, she said to nudge her, um… today, in fact.

    (And my spam filter held the notice that you’d replied. Sigh. I think that’s been fixed.)

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