Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Shadowrun Character Part 4

Part 1 starts here; Part 2 starts here. You can find Part 3 there. If this gets too long, I might need a second Table of Contents. Side note: Someone needs to teach Wikipedia about Venn diagrams. Just a reminder: Roscoe Sumter is my Shadowrun character for an upcoming campaign. Now: The the adventure!

Monday, April 29, 2013

I Had a Good First Draft, Then I Had to Try Again

No references today. The table of contents are here. Ok, references, for those of you who don't know much about women's fashion or plays.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shadowrun Story Part 3

Part 1 starts here; Part 2 starts here. If this gets too long, I might need a second Table of Contents.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Have Not Called This Story Off

Reference here. Table of contents here. I'm not happy with how this ended. I think the only way to really do this would be physically, with Sam and Tanya tossing tomatoes, potatoes and knives to each other, slicing things as they tapped. But, that's not something I can make happen in text cleanly. So, instead, you get this.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shadowrun Short: Part 2

Lucy and Sam take another unexpected break to bring you the next section for the Shadowrun short. Section 1 of the Shadowrun Character's short story can be found at the link.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sam Does Television

I want a dog to commute with me. I would call him Colonel, and we would solve crime. Fiction below the fold; not much to say except it is the natural conclusion to Sam's skills combined with making television. Here's the table of contents; I'm surprised I'm getting as much out of this as I am, to be honest. I though this would just be a single gag, then transition to the end of the fiasco and hear it described. But, actually watching as Sam and Tanya do the show turns out to be amusing enough for me to write that I'll subject you all to it. Also: Some major errors were missed in the last Sam section; it has been updated to read more smoothly.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Shadowrun Character

So, I'm making a Shadowrun Character, and I don't really know much about him. I've been instructed he is a cop, which means that he needs to have the SINner negative quality. I wanted to try and stay away from a cowboy cop type, so I decided to go with a slightly different archetype. He's got a softer touch with people; he's gregarious and a little free with money. This also comes through in the fact that he's a team player, but a bit old fashioned seeming.

To help play that up, we're making him look physically older by giving him a beard. We're also going to make him seem that way by giving him some anachronisms, like having a pet dog and Animal Empathy. To help keep him from becoming too tech savvy, we've weighed him down with three ranks in Gremlins and Simsense Vertigo. His other positive qualities are Toughness (a nice, generic trait that is always helpful and will help solidify his role as the old, well, tough guy, in the group) and a Home Ground in a neighborhood he normally patrols.

I've yet to assign him any other stats, skills, gear, resources or contacts, but I'm starting to get an idea for how those should work.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Random People, Random Places: Kids at Dinner

I was out at dinner one night when I didn't feel like cooking. That is a regular night. Anyway, there was a kid with her parents at one of the tables. While I was reading, the dad left the table for something. The kid said:

"Mommy, can I tell you a secret?"

"What is it?"

"I love you best, but don't tell daddy."

I have no idea what the mother thought; but either or, eventually the dad came back. Sometime later, the mom disappeared, and the kid repeated the act.

"Daddy, can I tell you a secret?"

"What is it?"

"I love you best, but don't tell mommy."

It's just interesting the sorts of things you'll overhear while you're out and about on your own.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An Observation on League of Legends

No matter what role I'm playing, inevitably, during the mid-game, I say something like this: "We really need to start staying together and not venturing into the unwarded parts of the jungle. You see, when you see the support or ADC standing next to some bushes, it is an ambush. They are all there. Do not run in one at a time to the death bush."

Yet, even in the games we win, inevitably, people will run into the death bush. There is no amount of pinging or /team that will fix this. This is one reason that voice chat is good.

Also, kudos to League of Legends. I've now played for about a week straight without anyone being racist. I feel like the proud manager at a dangerous factory turning over the sign: "8 Days Without a Racist Remark."

From what I remember of Heroes of Newerth, you were lucky to go 8 minutes without it. If the Dungeon Defenders 2 MOBA has a community that isn't filled with racists, I would hop there in a heart beat.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Return to Fiction

I wrote this while waiting for buses; in general, a pretty meh piece. But, it gave Tanya something to do and helped bring us back to Sam. An... effective-ish transition, I guess. Table of Contents here.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies Are the Ones that I Want

I made this. The only change is that I added a spoonful of cherry preserves to make the cookies a bit softer, though they still seemed a bit crisper, but having not tried one yet, they may still be chewy. That and mine came out in weird shapes. We started with this song from Grease and ended with this song from the Steve Miller Band. Thanks Pandora!

At some point, I'll need to decide I need more than a whisk for these jobs. Either or, total of 28 cookies made.

Here's what you need (and vanilla extract.)

Cherry Blossom Parade Photos: 2013

Hooray for parades!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

No Fiction Today

Instead, this. Brought to you by "Stuck on the Metro Without Something to Read."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cooking: April 10, Chicken Stir Fry, Sans Rice/Pasta

Cooking enough food for three or four days for about $20.00 is known as Good Economics. I was listening to Pandora while I cooked, and started with this song and ended with this song. I am what you might call eclectic. I have no shame; I will also admit this played.

As always, this is told in captions.

Start with vegetables, sauce, cheese, spices, chicken.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Random People, Random Places: Staples and Zelda

Today at Staples, while I'm wearing my Zelda Symphony search, the salesman said: "Man, ask yourself what Zelda would do." while trying to up-sell me. "He'd probably buy everything and stick it in his magic pouch."

Can anyone tell us why he didn't get the extra sale?

Come on, let's not always see the same hands.

Cherry Blossoms and Play Acting

This weekend is the Cherry Blossom Parade. This weekend I'll be at the parade and doing some baking. Will we see unexpected cats again?

Will this cat be there again?

I kind of like this little section with Lucy; I find it nice to get around to humanizing her a bit and getting her to talk without being silly. It's just a nice little scene between our two leads that shows a much different dynamic than back on page four or five. Anyway, Table of Contents here, fiction below the fold.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Gerunds: They Exist. Also, Socks.

Over at the New York Times there's an opinion on taking verbs as nouns. I don't see why there's any discussion on whether this is right or wrong. "What is the ask?" and "This year's spend is excessive" are patently wrong. The first is clunky and a non-functional question (without context; in context, much like an imperative statement, there is probably an understood subject doing the asking.) In the second, spend has been conjugated incorrectly. The fact the author never mentions gerunds also bothers me. What's worse, "do you have a solve" is again using the wrong word. The speaker should choose "solution," but is either unfamiliar with English (a non-native speaker, for example), or lazy.

Words mean things. Also, from the What Could Go Wrong? file.

Anyway, today's fiction feels like filler until the end, but I liked the intro thoughts from Lucy. I also really like this because, while being sympathetic, Lucy has had a lot more moments of coming across as being not nice compared to Sam. Sam's flaws tend to flow from being short-sighted and having his priorities mixed up, while Lucy seems to be a bit more reserved, flighty and in some ways too proud for her own good. I think this is a good section for her.

Hopefully now that life is back to a normal rhythm, fiction blogging will be back to speed. Table of Contents here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lucy and Rules

We're back to regular blogging now that the apartment is set up, PAX is over and I'm on a regular work schedule again. It was not an oversight that Sullivan did not fill in for me; he has stuff and things to do.

In some ways, I feel more closely associated with Lucy than Sam, despite Lucy being a woman. Lucy's thoughts on rules here is something very much like I would say (technically, did say.) I specifically hated the variant rules for checkers growing up. I don't just mean I disliked them, I mean I hated them with a passion.

Anyway, bonus points if you know what quote Lucy is bastardizing. Fiction below the fold, table of contents here.