shadydave: (peace out)
NY Magazine vs. The Killing Disease

(Haha, I like the alternate title in the URL.)

I'm always glad when people take on this trope, since just because Anyone Can Die doesn't mean anyone SHOULD die. Too often the wanton slaughter of main characters is used as a cheap way to achieve True Art Is Angsty and not as a legitimate storytelling decision with consequences and thematic relevance. (And even then, fridging someone isn't exactly a great artistic decision, either.) Just because it's depressing doesn't mean it's good! Any trope can be used for good or evil.

...And this concludes your irregularly scheduled tropebombing.
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Happy Pi Day! In celebration, I made a honey pecan pie! And as my sister so cunningly pointed out, you can't have a Round Table without pi, so I present to you the story I started... two years ago! (You'll notice it's set at Christmas. My sense of timing, as ever, is unerring.)

Being a Most Glorious Account of the Founding of the Round Table

How ARTHUR did create, from the SAD WRECKKAGE of a moste vicious CHRISTMAS AFFRAY, a symbol of ORDER and JUSTICE with the aide of his moste fayre ladye GUINEVERE, Sir GAWAIN the FLOWRE of CORTESIE, the ladye ANNA moste GILDED with LOVE amongst alle maydens, ond Sir KAY with the PARLOUS FOWLEDING CHAIR. )
shadydave: (peace out)
It's that time of the year again!

HOW BADLY DID DAVE FAIL AT NANO?

A) 40,000 - 49,999 words (Dave hardly failed at all!)
B) 30,000 - 39,999 words (A respectable showing!)
C) 20,000 - 29,999 words (Hey, National Novella Writing Month still can be abbreviated NaNoWriMo)
D) 10,000 - 19,999 words (National Short Story Month, not so much)
E) 1 - 9,999 words (Dave wins at National What the Hell Was That, a Sneeze? Month!)

HINT: I've filled all but ten pages of a 5x7 notebook! Err, double-spaced, because I like to add in sentences later. I have no idea if my word count is higher, but it LOOKS impressive, yay.

You can read my source here! Err, if you want to practice your Middle English, that is. There's a modern English version on the web somewhere, but they claimed the translation was from the Old English and WE DON'T STAND FOR THAT KIND OF THING AROUND HERE, so I shan't link it for you. Standards, people!
shadydave: (peace out)
Thanksgiving was very excellent this year. At the family party, I got to play with tiny cousins-once-removed, and then Kirstin and I maintained our three-year-running championship of Pictionary! Also spent a lot of time in the pubs in Phoenixville and got to hang out with Meg and Sproat, so hurrah.

Anyways, it's that time of the year again!

HOW BADLY DID DAVE FAIL AT NANO?

A) 40,000 - 49,999 words (Dave hardly failed at all!)
B) 30,000 - 39,999 words (A respectable showing!)
C) 20,000 - 29,999 words (Hey, National Novella Writing Month still can be abbreviated NaNoWriMo)
D) 10,000 - 19,999 words (National Short Story Month, not so much)
E) 1 - 9,999 words (Dave wins at National What the Hell Was That, a Sneeze? Month!)

HINT: So far I've written 52.5 pages in my trusty 6" x 9.5" eco-friendly one subject. If you guess correctly, I will give you an internet cookie!

Last year I came in at about 12K; I'm hoping to break 15K this year but who knows. Set the bar low and you can only be pleasantly surprised, that's my motto.
shadydave: (Do not set yourself on fire)
Retirement plan
Something which I will not need
For many years now

***

The story of Ed
Retired at sixty-two
Less money than Joy

***

My leg falls asleep
I try to hide my boredom
My chair is squeaking
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Apparently last year I didn't post on Pi Day.

D:

This is unconscionable!

In return, have a trippy, creepy video and a scene from my next story, which, while it does not have pi, DOES have pie, which is almost as good.

D&D + Robots + Fake Children's TV + Sketchy Dude = π )

Despite all evidence to the contrary, this is actually about the founding of the Round Table )
shadydave: (...en fuego?)
Yay, new SPooN preview!

Trailer et commentary )

Yesterday was my birthday! Went out to Blue Pacific in KOP with Marge and Laura, which was quite tasty and not hideously expensive. Tonight my parents are taking me out to the Cheesecake Factory, and we are going out to Iron Hill tomorrow for my mom's birthday. It's a very birthday-filled weekend. Also, I will probably never have to eat again.

And I finally posted my story from Nano!

Defende Nos in Proelio

Not, as mea soror would have it, Defende NOSE in Proelio, because noses don't really fit into the theme. King Arthur, cannibalism, and pie, yes, but not so much noses. And I am totally not fishing for comments.
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DEFENDE NOS IN PROELIO

PART THE FIRST

PART THE SECOND )

AUTHOR'S NOTES )
shadydave: (bad-ass helmet)
At long last, it is finished!

Defende Nos in Proelio
NaNoWriMo NaShoStoWriMo '08
~13,000 words (Yes, this took me the entire month. I write slow, ok?)
WARNING: Contains strong language, anthropophagy, blatant anachronism, research done entirely on Wikipedia, and Sir Kay.

How ARTHUR, the conquerour curtaise and gentill, sekinge succoure doth adventure with his moste loiall knyghtez SIR BEDWYR and SIR KAY to the straunge and uncouthe londe of ARMORICA, and how he doth battle with ane EOTENDE, the fulsomeste freke that ever was fourmede. )

PART THE SECOND
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So, Christmas! I am typing this on my BRAND NEW COMPUTER, because the first HAL 9000 decided not to recognize my USB ports or, you know, open the pod-bay doors. So say hello to the HAL 9000 Mk. 2! (Other presents of note include Torchwood Series 2, because apparently my sister was overcome by a fit of madness. So now I can resume chronicling the epic fail legally! Woohoo?)

Christmas has been nice, albeit much more low-key than usual this year. We only had a handful of people at our family Christmas party this year (and by handful, I mean 15), which was also more somber than its wont, and the traditional trek down to SC on my dad's side of the family is also unusually sparse, since my parents decided to go to Cleveland to see my brother, and my aunt and cousin are mysterious MIA.

Of course, this might have been the wiser move (well, not going to Cleveland, that's never a wise move) because they are doing beach reconstruction in Myrtle Beach RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FRIGGIN' HOTEL. Seriously, who was all "Yes, let's have oil rig-type monstrosities floating offshore, backhoes running through the night, and giant pipes spewing wet sand all over the place right in the middle of the holiday season, when travel is already down because the economy is crap!"? And we've had a couple really nice days, too, which are harder to enjoy when the entrances to the beach are blocked off with yellow tape and you have to walk around an enormous pile of suspicious sand covered in seagulls and the aforementioned giant pipe. I mean, I went around them anyway, but it's the principle of the thing.

However, I did get to see the ever-awesome Natasha, and we ate delicious Thai food (eventually) and watched Robin Hood and SPooN and this amazingly bad movie called The Lady and the Highwayman, starring wee!Hugh Grant as the titular highwayman who is basically a one-man secret service for Charles II, and the true love of his cousin who he met once for about five minutes. At least, I think that's the plot, because it was kind of hard to tell. As Crow T. Robot once famously said, "You know, it's much more economical for this movie not to have a plot. That was you can just film people saying things!" However, there was quite a lot of curly hair, costumes jacked from Richard Lester's Three/Four Musketeers, and Hugh Grant's inability to remain awake for his lines. Maybe the fearsome weight of his curly bouffant mullet lulled him to sleep, I don't know.

In other exciting news, I have pretty much finished editing my Nano story! I will post it as soon as min sweoster ever gets around to giving me constructive criticism. Or until I get annoyed with waiting for her, whichever comes first. So soon!

And finally, I shall be in DC for New Year's! Assuming our trip up 95 is not as failtastic as our trip down, anyway. In conclusion: huzzah!
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Happy Thanksgiving all! I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with delicious food and not slaughtering their family!

In the less than 24 hours, I will be flying out to MONTANA to visit the ever-awesome Katherine with Meera for 6 whole days! I have my cell phone, but be aware that if you ring me up, your call will roam like the mighty bison.

Finally, as November draws to a close, so does NaNoWriMo (and I just realized the I will computer-less for the next week, so I should probably start typing stuff up, like, yesterday). Anyways, I signed up, but given that writing at my normal speed (i.e. deathly slow) would have required scribbling frantically for 6 hours every day for the entire month, I somewhat suspect that I didn't actually make the word count.

So, fun time!

HOW BADLY DID DAVE FAIL AT NANO?

A) 40,000 - 49,999 words (Dave hardly failed at all!)
B) 30,000 - 39,999 words (A respectable showing!)
C) 20,000 - 29,999 words (Hey, National Novella Writing Month still can be abbreviated NaNoWriMo)
D) 10,000 - 19,999 words (National Short Story Month, not so much)
E) 1 - 9,999 words (Dave wins at National What the Hell Was That, a Sneeze? Month!)

To give you a hint, I handwrote 25-ish pages front and back (although some of them were on the back of old Google maps directions) and I have several single-spaced pages typed up. Aaaaaaaaaand go!
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So apparently I wrote this in 8th grade. I'm not sure why...

An untitled tale of demolition and squirrel )
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I keep meaning to post photos, but there are so many! That will come next.

First off, a meme! Guess the TV show via the plot keywords. They're a bit random.

1. Slacker / Far Future / Alien Love -- Red Dwarf! Guessed by Meera and Marge
2. Terrorism / Radiation / Moral Ambiguity -- BSG! Guessed by Meera and Marge
3. Breaking the Fourth Wall / Madness / Epic
4. Nurse / Death / Interracial Couple
5. Anatomy / Office / Sarcasm -- House! Guessed by Meera and Marge
6. Suspense / Brother / Baby -- SPooN! Guessed by Meera and Marge
7. Fish Out of Water / Eccentricity / Telephone Box -- Doctor Who! Guessed by Meera
8. Steampunk / Wit / Warrior Woman
9. Friendship / Drag / Dramadey
10. Running Gag / Part Animated / Madness

Also, I wrote a poem! We were supposed to write one for a particular age group of children. Mine is supposed to be for middle school (which is when I read Jabberwocky) but I don't actually know if I succeeded.

The Ballad of the Jabberwock Hunter )

In conclusion: Kirstin might work for Villa. WHAT.
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i was asked to write a poem on the human condition. i hope they appreciate it.

mwahahaha )

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