My Writing Has Been a Struggle For A While Now

Such that I’m at the point of thinking I just need to shelve the Epic Fantasy until I’ve gotten the creative juices flowing again and don’t feel like I’m writing just to finish a project. It doesn’t help that I find myself wondering ‘why am I doing this’? waaaay too often these days.

So when I saw this article on my Facebook feed today, I found myself geeked:

Now, I don’t know how different from Steampunk it *actually* is. Penny Dreadful Steampunk is not uncommon to the genre. And most authors playing in Steampunk (Including myself) have indulged in the dark side of the greasy, soot-rain streets more than once. Let alone when I allowed zombies into my Steampunk (Before the Walking Dead made them cool, I might add.) But when I read this, it definitely sparked the idea mill for the first time in a while. I could do this in an 1800ish Auroriverse setting very easily, actually.

But Gothic Horror in Victoriana? Yeah. I can write this. 😉

Two Days Without Internet?!


How did I survive?

It was difficult, truth be told. The phone’s data plan is somewhat plundered at the moment. But thankfully, Steam lets me do stuff in offline mode. If Football Manager had been on Origen, there might have been blood.

And I return to the net to get sucked into an argument I don’t need, about a topic people don’t want to understand my thoughts on, with people who end up resorting to personal attacks. Oh well, Social Justice Warriors will always demonstrate the lie beneath their claimed title.

Color Me Interested

So Sid Meier, master of all Turn Based Strategy games, is going to make a SPACE 4X game? Why yes. Please take my money.

Back in the day, Sid was involved behind the scenes, with other former Microproseians who now work at Firaxis, on Master of Orion 2. Which was, not coincidentally, the best game in the series, IMHO. So to see him coming out of his semi-retirement to put his name on this is more than a little inspiring. And the trailer doesn’t look half-bad either. Especially since apparently it will crossover with Beyond Earth…which I also have.

An Interesting List of Bioware Companions

To me Tali, Morrigan, and Leliana should be higher. Tali because she’s just barking funny. Especially in ME2 with her Drone battlecries. Not to mention the drone just rocks in that game. That said, I’ll grant she’s a YMMV character. And maybe I’m weird, but I empathized with Leliana’s story. And I don’t think she ever ‘forgot’ her devotion. She just increasingly comes to see the Warden as the means for that.

And the complaint on Morrigan is…weird. What, she shouldn’t be powerful? She was trained by Flemeth. She can’t learn about the world? That’s what she went with the Warden to do, (and well, have Archdemon-Baby). It’s at least 10 years post DA:Origins by the time Inquisition comes around. And with the division in the Chantry, it’s will to deal with ‘apostates’ ain’t what it was.

Other than those, I’m OK with the list. I’d drop Shale down, because I find the ‘it’ dialogue from the golem annoying. And yes, Anders in DA:2 is one of the worst decisions ever. Not only is he a nutjob that forces Hawke to harbor a mass-murdering terrorist. But his story in the second game destroys his entire backstory and timeline in DA:Awakenings. It’s quite possibly the sloppiest bit of writing Bioware has done.

The list also (accidentally?) excluded Bethany/Carver from DA:2. But in keeping with those companions, they’re weaker than the other games.

We Free Men

Political Correctness is more than bad. It is perverse, corrupting, and totalitarian. Disagree as vociferously with me as you wish. But disagree on the merits of YOUR argument. Think for yourself. Not because some university apparatnik told you it was so. If your professors taught you history comes with direction arrows, they lied to you. The core of human nature hasn’t changed one iota in all its history. There are those who yearn for freedom, and the tyrants who would make you slaves. The only thing that changes is the name on the chains they hold.

According To Hoyt

“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

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