Saturday, August 14, 2021

Lorna Shore - New Band I'm Liking

Holy crap look at these guys. They didn't have bands like this when I was a kid. Not that I ever heard anyway. Check out the last minute or so of this song to see what I'm so intrigued by.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Topical Tuesday - Kindle Vella

So it looks like Amazon is trying to start up a serialized fiction platform, call Vella. Basically, you get the first 3 episodes of a story for free, then you can use tokens to unlock later chapters.

It sounds interesting, and there's going to be a 50/50 royalty split with the authors. 

I don't know if it's going to be viable long term, but we'll see. I know some authors who are seriously considering jumping in. 

Who knows, I might put up a story or two. I've not put anything out in so long, it's well past time to jump back in. 

This article here delves more into the specifics:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Caves and Candles

I've been mostly spending time this summer writing a table top RPG. I'm calling it Caves and Candles, for now. 

There are a couple of cool concepts that make my game unique:
-Simpler than D&D 5e, skewing younger and good for new people.
-2D6 based, with extra dice for advantage, traits, etc...
-Ability scores that make more sense, but aren't totally foreign to people familiar with other TTRPG systems. 
-A die drop dungeon creation system, for creating dungeons in real time, allowing more freedom for your characters to go off the rails as they please. 
-Roll up a beastman, void beast, or great fiend in real time as well. 

Oh, and my most difficult bit, 36 COMPLETE character classes, plus a classless 'Adventurer' as the default option to maintain simplicity. 

EDIT: And how could I forget my unarmed, arena, professional wrestling based combat extension!!! 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Reading My Stories Online

I thought I'd read my stories on Youtube, and I'm looking into uploading them as podcasts. Just in case anyone wants to listen and drive or something, or for whatever reason doesn't want to read them.

It's an idea I've had for awhile, but I'm just now getting to it. 

First up: Fire Flower

Thursday, June 6, 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Quick Review

Another Dark Phoenix Movie

I'm off to bed but thought I'd leave a quick review here. The latest X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, was a bit of a dud. Not the worst movie ever, just kinda blah. Some movies feel insulting, or piss you off, this one doesn't really. It's just blah.

For big supers fans, I know you'll watch it anyway. For others, this one is easily skippable.

The 3rd X-Men film, also featuring Dark Phoenix, was better.

Also, what's with every big CGI film being set in the dark? Is that easier? Cheaper? Godzilla was that way too. So much darkness.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Godzilla King of Monsters (2019) - Review

Yay Big Monsters!

So I just got back from the latest Godzilla flick and I must say I had a really good time.


There are people in this movie and I guess they did a good job, I dunno, in a Godzilla flick I'm looking for monster action not human drama. So this movie did not disappoint.

Freaking King Gidora wakes up and summons Rhodan and a bunch of other monsters, but mostly Rhodan. So Godzilla shows up to regulate that nonesense and gets his butt kicked. Of course. You always gotta lose the first fight so you can come back for the rematch.

The rematch is in New York and it's Gidora/Rhodan versus Godzilla/Mothra. Yeah. Mothra is in it. Sweet.

Mothra whips Rhodan's ass, but is beat to crap. Godzilla loses to King Gidora until 'Zilla gets all pissed and goes nuclear. Firing off bursts of radiation that fry King Gidora.

Boom. Godzilla wins and all the other monsters come to kneel at his feet.

Add in a whole bunch of blatant King Kong v. Godzilla teasing and that's the movie. Plus some people talk and stuff.

I highly recommend this for any giant monster fan, any sci/fi action person, but honestly you know who Godzilla is and if you liked any of his past movies then this one will hold up well for you.

Fun note: I walked in slightly late, the previews were over and just as I step into the theater the Godzilla roar is playing over the speakers to open the movie. Sweet.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Stuart J. Whitmore Sampler

Check it out on Amazon

My buddy Stuart released a sampler of his work, on sale for 99 cents. There's quite a bit of stuff in there for the price. There's a bit of scifi in there, some fantasy, all full stories. 5 in total. It's worth a look.

Here's the link: