Monthly Archives: September 2009

New tunes, new sites, new chapters.

So if you’ve followed my tweets, you’ll know that Chapter 10.2 is done at 4,369 words.  Tomorrow I post it in the morning after it goes through its final round of editing.  I’m very excited!

And aren’t you guys just awesome?  Eikasia’s facebook page has reached 16 fans! What does that mean?  Bonus update this weekend!  With Chap 10.2 done, I can now focus on writing the bonus chapter.  You guys voted for what you wanted to see, and I answer your call happily.  This bonus chapter will be a moment from Elmiryn’s past, and will be 2000 words minimum.  It’s at a tentative 171 words right now, but this number will jump up fast, believe me.  Want another bonus update next week?  Help Eikasia reach 21 fans next!  I know it can happen!  With time, I think I’ll be able to strike up a functional points system that’ll reward comments, reviews, and trackbacks as well, but for now–show some love.  Bug your friends.  Get them to read and become a fan!

So, just as I did a special playlist for Part 1: Tributaries, I also have done one for Part 2: In Sight, In Mind.  Just thought I’d share it with you all!

The themes are less obvious in this playlist.

A note–it’s out of order and it’s missing two songs:  “Golden and Green” by the Builders and the Butchers, and “Concentrate/The Funk” by Dr. No’s Ethiopium.  FYI, Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition can be downloaded for free here.

In other news, Meilin Miranda (author of the much beloved, “An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom”) launched WebLit.Us this week, which is still in beta stage.  The online writing community is rallying together under the proud term “weblit”.  Just like “webcomics” it refers to literature offered free online, and we hope to let the world know that we are every bit as good as published, mainstream writers.  Wanna show some support?  Be sure to use the #weblit hashtag in Twitter, mention it in chatrooms and forums, and remember to use it when referring to my work and others like it.  I’ve already edited Eikasia’s “New Readers” page to reflect this.

I’m a weblit author, and proud of it!

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Yar.

Just wanted to let everyone know about a few things.  Nothing huge, just some fun news:

So we’re nearly to our target number of 10 facebook fans! (It’d actually read as 11 on the site, but that’s because I added myself, and I don’t count.) Be sure to add yourself, if you haven’t already.  Then, afterwards, put in your vote for what you’d like to see for a bonus update!  The update will likely be posted on the following weekend, just to give me time to write it.  The minimum length will be no less than 2,000 words (and considering what’s winning in the discussion vote, I’ll easily pass that.)

So get on there guys.  Show Eikasia some love!

In other news, A.M. Harte, the author of Above Ground, did a very cool blog post about web fiction villains.  Eikasia’s very own Meznik was included in the list, along with nine other awesome bad guys (and gals).  Check it out, it’s a great read, and be sure to check back for A.M. Harte’s follow-up post!

My last bit of news–just found out yesterday (actually, by A.M. Harte’s links page) that there’s a new listing out there for free online fiction.  Tonya R. Moore is a speculative fiction writer, who started a web fiction directory for others to list their sites.  Eikasia has been added.  Go ahead, check it out, and be sure to drop a rating!

…And happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!!

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Nine-Eleven Ways to Move Ahead.

After School, We’re Waiting by ~ace68 on deviantART

5AM.

Woke with a groan that incited further discomfort from the source–my tonsils.  Once again, they were swollen.  I was immediately upset.  I had promised my 2nd graders apples and a movie today.  I couldn’t possibly work if I couldn’t even talk above a mutter.  I went and told my dad, who had been up doing his morning exercises (and one and two and three and four,) he was out in the back, having a smoke break. His eyebrows went high.  They felt like those volume levels you see on some of those fancy stereo interfaces–only his eyebrows displayed the level of my own dread, instead.

“Go to the urgent care today,” he said, cigarette smoke trailing from his nostrils. “Just to check.”

“You think it might be tonsilitis or something?”  I sounded like I was gargling water.  I had to repeat myself because I couldn’t bring myself to raise my voice.

“Go to the clinic, they’ll tell you.”

Two minutes and a google image search later, I go back to him.  “My tonsils don’t look like that!” (of course, as I’m talking to him, I’m trying to resist the reflexive swallow that my tonsils cause as they get intimate with the back of my tongue)

My dad, exasperated, waves away my skepticism.  “Don’t worry about it!  It doesn’t hurt to check.  You don’t want to go to work, do you?”

“Well yes, but not like this.”

“Then quit worrying about it.”

I go back to bed, but not before texting my site supervisor, just to let her know what’s what early on.  Wake up again at 6:30.  Get up out of bed and shuffle outside, with my hair upright and my eyes squinted to an Asian’s fraction.  “Daddy, the swellings gone down.” I sounded less dorky.  …Less dorky.

My dad rolled his eyes, but smiled a little bit.  “I said don’t worry about it!”  I was being a bit of an immature prat, I know, but I felt (feel) guilty.  I’m certain I’ll be told by the clinic to just stay home.  While I got why, I wished I didn’t have to.

Back to bed I go.  When I wake up again, my dad’s gone and it’s 10 ‘o clock.  The clinic opened at 8AM. “Crap!”  Up out of bed.  Check facebook, email, browser games, etc….then realized it’s 9/11.  I knew that earlier this week, but this morning I forgot.  Felt stupid.  My mind flashed back to that day, the shock on my mother’s face, the fear that hit me, sitting in bed, watching the planes crash into the towers over and over.  Decided I’d have to meditate on this.

I get going to the clinic.  While I’m waiting there, one of the ladies calling names catches my attention.  I recognize her immediately.  She was a girl from my middle school years.  She used to like humiliating me in front of others to make herself look like a bad ass.   I didn’t feel like running away, on the contrary, I stare her straight in the eye.  She was puzzled by my aggressive demeanor, but she didn’t remember who I was.  After I was taken care of, I paused to get her attention.

“Hey,” I say, voice still sounding funny.  I say her name a few times.  It takes a few tries before she realizes I’m talking to her.  She looks completely confused now.  “Do you remember me?” I ask, voice mild.  She said she didn’t, a bemused smile on her face.

The entire time I waited for my turn, I thought about telling her, flat out, “Hey, yeah, I went to school with you.  You made me want to commit suicide.  There were whole months that I’d wake up crying knowing I’d have to see you in class again.”

But I didn’t.

I just shrugged and said, “Yeah, I went to middle school with you.” Didn’t say my name, since she saw it on my clipboard.  “How’re you doing?”

“Good.”  A pause, the smile is a little fixed.  “You?”

“Alright,” I smirk and point at my throat. “Except…y’know, tonsils.”

“Oh,” she laughs.  A co-worker nearby, listening in, chuckles a little and smiles at me.

“Well, bye.  Take care.”

“Bye.”

I didn’t feel awkward or disappointed.  In a way, the encounter was still cathartic.  The moment she said she didn’t remember, it occured to me that there was no way to be angry at a person like that.  In truth, I had already moved beyond those past moments, and had even played the role of bully myself sometimes.  Who was I to judge?  Maybe she’s a better person now?  What use would there be in bringing up the past?  It wouldn’t make her any closer to being a better human being, and most certainly wouldn’t do anything for me.  I shrugged, got in my car and left.

After an hour waiting in the pharmacy (mostly my fault, I think I missed when they called my name) I came home.

…And that’s my 9/11 so far!  Just thought I’d share.

Did everyone enjoy Chapter 9.3? After the update I went to Oakland with my best friend. (who’s got her own site on Eighth Circle Studios, she just hasn’t done anything yet…go bug her!) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert there was incredible! Perhaps one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to (right there with my first–seeing Mindless Self Indulgence before they got big).  I was REALLY close to the stage.  So close that I managed to take this with my phone when Karen O came to interact with concert-goers:  http://twitgoo.com/38v4n It was a VERY good 9/9/9.

I wanted to maybe do a short update for today, but yesterday was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to even do a little bit of writing.  Today, I’m mostly going to try and rest.  Y’know, catch up with class reading and maybe start Eikasia Chapter 10.

…You guys will have noticed by now, but Eikasia has a new facebook page!  For every 10 new fans, I’ll do a special update, just like I did Wednesday.  So if you’re on facebook, show some love!  Spread the news!  Help Eikasia grow!

Till next time folks.

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Hopes and Plans.

Hello all.

At the risk of jinxing it, I think this is the most consistent I’ve ever been with updates.  I’ve been making a real push to stay focused.  It seems almost backwards–before, when I had no job and was not enrolled in college, I just sat around and couldn’t write.  Now, when it seems I’m busier than ever, I’m making it.  It’s insane.

Of course that doesn’t speak for the quality of my writing, but let’s not get into that.

So if you haven’t already, please check out Chapter 9.2!

You guys might be surprised at the length of it.  (4000+ words?  Really?) But there’s a reason for it.  You see, this coming Wednesday is September 9th.  Translation?  9.09.09! So I wanted to do a special update that day, and finish Chapter 9.  It’s going to be an incredible Wednesday (a nice vacation from my usual Wednesdays, which equal complete and utter madness).  Not only is that day practically destined to be magically charged, I’m going to Oakland to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in concert, and I’ll possibly make a bid to see the new film “9” which also comes out.  Awesome, right?  But I figured I needed to share the wealth of my joy–thus the special update.  I’ve already started Chapter 9.3, so I should be able to make the deadline, especially since I covered so much in 9.2.

In other news–I have WAY too many work-in-progress’ art for Eikasia.  I swear I’ll get some of it done (and colored) one of these days.

Here’s a preview of one.  Future character sneak peek, yay! (actually, I hate how Nyx looks, but that’s why it’s a WIP I guess)

I’ll leave all of you with this.  Till next time!

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