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War in the Skies: A Hope, Rekindled

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

It is a time of war.
Colonial dirigibles, striking
from hidden camps, have won
their first victory against
the evil German Empire.

During the battle, colonial
spies have managed to steal
designs for the Empire’s
ultimate weapon: the Himmelschiff
von Zerstörung, a giant sky
ship with enough power
to level an entire city.

Pursued by the Empire’s
sinister agents, Lady
Lianna races home aboard her
dirigible, custodian of the
stolen designs that can save
her people and restore
freedom to the British Empire
and its colonies…

Set in the Edwardian era, the German Empire has taken over the Royal Republic of Britain and Her Colonies. Its Kaiser and his loyal Erzmagier — both of whom are steeped in dark druidic magickal arts — lead death squads of Sturmkriegers who are routing out the strains of rebellion in the outskirt colonies of the last vestiges of the British Republic.

A German Träger-schiff has tracked down and boared a Colonial dirigible in search of the stolen designs. A royal family member is on board feigning a mission of diplomacy. She is captured by the Erzmagier and is to be taken to the Kaiser, but not before she is able to hide the designs for the dread ship inside a nondescript automaton who escapes the notice of the Erzmagier.

Fate brings the designs of the now operational Ship of Destruction to a Kansas farmboy with the arrival of two automatons. He meets up with a former paladin who is an old acquaintance of the lady of court. They decide to return the plans to London, not knowing that the lady has been captured.

This rag-tag group heads to Carson City, Nevada where the book passage on a rickety pirate airship helmed by a brash outlaw and his firstmate, a sideshow freak. They head for Londontown but find it already has been destroyed as show of power by the German army.

The young farmboy has a novel idea of rescuing the lady of court. So they attempt to smuggle themselves aboard the death ship. They rescue the lady, and are able to escape due to the paladin, who sacrifices own his life in an epic swordfight with the erzmagier.

They find their way to a colonial encampment hidden deep in the Northwest Territory. And, after an exhaustive analysis of the ship’s designs, a fatal flaw is discovered. A plan is hatched to launch a small squad of balloon busters against the death ship. A small hatch at the top of the ship is without armor. A precisely placed bomblet would cause a such a vibrational dissonance that the entire airship would shake itself apart from the inside out.

The young farmboy, having been learning martial arts from the now-deceased paladin and launches the bomblet that destroys the ship of death (with some timely aid from the swashbuckling outlaw); falling from the sky in a fiery explosion.

Or, something like that…

So, this was an idea that popped into my head and has been plaguing me for the better part of the day. Had to get the thoughts out of my head. Maybe I’ll flesh this out a bit more. Who knows.

By the way: I HATE fan fiction.

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You are only limited by your imagination…and other such nonsense.

May 9, 2009 2 comments

Yes. Nonsense.

I cannot STAND motivational sayings. They bother me. A lot. They are meant for the masses who are easily swayed into action and in dire need for a scooby snack. But at their core they are just a mass of nonsense and gibberish. Let me give you some examples:

“Positive attitudes = positive results”. Give me a pile of horse manure and a shovel.  If I start at the top and dig down to the bottom, no matter how positive I am that at the bottom there will be a pony, the results will be somewhat less than positive.

“Life is not how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away.” I understand the sentiment behind this. But, by definition life IS how many breaths you take.  You stop breathing, you stop living.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard. Folks, this is why drugs are bad. I am at a loss of words to describe how incredibly stupid and nonsensical this statement is.

“There is no ‘I’ in team.” Wow.  Glad you can spell. There are two “I’s” in “individual”, tho, making that two times better.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” Um…if you were aiming for the moon and missed, you’ll be floating adrift in space…until your oxygen runs out.

“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.” Or a really fast running start.

“Limitations live only in our minds. But, if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” No. Limitations are often imposed by physical, natural or other laws. No matter your imagination, somethings are still not possible. One can still not break the speed of light, no matter how imaginative we may be. Einstein’s theory of relativity, expressed as E=mc^2, basically states that, as an object’s velocity moves closer to the speed of light, it acquires more mass.  This, in turn, requires more energy to keep it moving. There comes a point where the energy required to keep an object accelerating towards light speed… oh hang it all. Just accept that somethings, no matter how much we imagine them to be possible, are not possible. Period. Deal with it.

“Fate is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not something to be waiting for, it is something to be achieved.” The dictionary defines fate as: that which is inevitably predetermined. Therefore, it is, in fact, a matter of chance or happenstance and not of choice. 

Basically, most of these little pithy sayings are matters of mixed metaphors and pie-in-the-sky-type thinking that energizes and rouses the rabble. But, if one ponders these little “gems”, they are just plain stupid.

Yes, I realize this posting is somewhat disjointed.  It’s just a pet peeve of mine.  These little sayings irritate me.  And I’m confronted with them daily, so I just needed to get them off my chest.

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