My Christmas gift to the fediverse (and anybody else): another free story. This is the opener of a long-running series that straddles the line between novel and novella, and it's probably the one I have the most fun writing. It's more a labor of love than anything, a thought experiment gone way too far, so don't expect anything too earth-shattering. (Oh, but that might be a pun.)
Until Patreon shuts down my account without warning, here's _Out of the Past_:
Traditionally, one of the first translations for a new conlang is the Babel Text (Gen 11:1-9). Some use the Lord's Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) instead.
I'd like a more secular and more modern passage. It should be no more than about 100-150 words, with fairly simple vocabulary and grammar. Widely known, preferably not verse, and not overtly offensive or political.
If anybody out there has a good idea, let me know.
20 years ago, the internet was fun. It was a place to get away from your real life (or lack thereof, in my case). Now, it *is* real life, and it's lost something by becoming that. I think that's why I'm drawn to the fediverse, and why so many more people are starting to look into "niche" platforms in general.
Okay, got that sorted out. My host "upgraded" me to Wordpress 5.0 behind my back, and that broke my editor plugin, because WP wants us to use their Gutenberg garbage now instead of something sensible.
My life is becoming an endless struggle to fight back against UI idiocy. Switching to KDE, Waterfox, and now "Classic Editor"...
I don't play identity politics, but self-owns are always hilarious, no matter what side they come from
Books cost nothing to write other than time. And if you enjoy writing, then it's time well spent. I often get caught up in "What is the right way to do something?" and seek advice and it's fine to do so, but it's also good to allow yourself to be the expert and write what you want to write. Haters gonna hate — I'd rather write something crappy I'm proud of than something good that I don't particularly like.
I don't think I've posted this one before, but he's in the news again, so it feels right.
Back in 2016, I had an odd dream. In it, I was at a random dreamworld house talking to Bernie Sanders, of all people.
He seemed sensible, at least until a bunch of kids started running around the yard while we were sitting on the porch. Bernie started yelling at them to stop.
"Let them play," I told him. "Like they say, laissez faire."
He gave me a blank look and asked, "What does that mean?"
Test test, will it let me post now? Was screwy this morning.
I had my email hacked early this morning by some Russian bastard, and had to fix all of that. Whoever it was kept trying to steal my Steam account, and after my brother managed to wrangle that back just long enough to enable 2FA so whoever it was couldn't log in on it without that, so the bastard deleted my email inbox like a child throwing a temper tantrum.
Thankfully, my ISP said they can recover those for me.
LOL. Got a "this email account has been hacked!" spam just now. That wouldn't be too funny, but my brother's email account actually *was* hacked yesterday. And those particular Russians didn't claim they had a video of him watching porn that they were holding for blackmail.
No, they just compromised his Steam account, then deleted all his emails when I helped him set up 2FA. Much more damaging, I'd say.
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I think we should build a wall.
And then another wall.
And then some more walls.
And once we're done building that house, start on the next.
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