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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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Write Now

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

It has begun. Created the Twitter account for Tales Of Grimm. Created the blog, Tales Of Grimm. And finally, a Facebook fan page for Tales of Grimm. It’s a veritable multimedia frenzy.

I was able to get half a weeks worth of tweets done. The first week’s digest is complete. All around, I feel like my first week was a success. Ran into a problem with Twitter and Blogger feeds to Facebook. At this point, I’m going to be manually posting until I can get that straightened out.

So, here are my current goals:

  1. Around 3 tweets a day.  That should be about a paragraph a day.  Yes, it’s a small amount of writing for an author. But, this is a new project for me and I’d really like to follow through with it.
  2. A weekly sort of a digest that goes up on Saturday or Sunday. This will be a compilation of the previous week’s tweets.
  3. The digest will be an edited form of the weekly tweets. Consider the tweets a rough rough draft and the blogpost the true rough draft of the story.
  4. As my writing get’s better or begins to increase beyond what can be held in a daily grouping of tweet, allowing the focus to shift a bit. The blogpost will become the rough draft, with tweets that point to that particular day’s posting.
And there you have it.  A bit of insight to what I am thinking. How I am thinking. Will this experiment work? Dunno. My hope is that it will. I may also fall flat on my face in front of everyone. Time will tell.
You are welcome to follow me on Twitter, follow my blog or become a fan on Facebook. Heck, you can do all three if you’d like.
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An Exercise in Fruitility?

April 6, 2010 2 comments

I have always wanted to write a book. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write one. And, for the last 10 years or so, I’ve had one pinging around my head. Most of the characters are fleshed out. I’ve even nailed down the opening line.

The problem lies in the fact that I am somewhat undisciplined. I have lots of grand ideas that, for one reason or another, never come to fruition. Laziness. Boredom. Overtasked. Forgetfulness. These are just some of the excuses or reasons for me not putting pen to paper or pixels to monitor.

Recently I ran across a few Tweeps out on Twitter who write fiction. For those not in the know: Twitter is a site of, basically, status updates, called tweets. Tweets are limited to 140 characters. And people use Twitter for all sorts of reasons. Thought collection. Status Updates. Social interaction. News Updates. And many other reasons.

I stumbled across Very Short Story. It got me thinking. A sort of thought experiment. What if I were to write my book in tweets. Then, as story pieces and ideas form, I can just text a tweet to Twitter and the story moves forward. At the end of the week, I can make a digest of these tweets and roll them up into a weekly blog post.

Again, at this point, it’s a thought experiment. I’d need to sit down and map it out as to how I’d like to do this, if it’s really feasible. Is it worth it? Will it be Fruitful or Futile? Fruitile?

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Kid Eats

June 21, 2009 1 comment

My daughter has taking up my baking bug. On the whole, most of the goods she turns out are pretty good. Especially her snickerdoodles. But, there’s a problem with consistency. The chocolate chip cookies she makes one day might turn out perfect, the next time we get hockey pucks (sorry kiddo)

The problem is that she comes to baking the same way I did when I started baking at her age. Open cookbook. Pick a recipe. Check on and grab ingredients. Start reading recipe and follow the instructions.

There are several problems with this method of baking. Not the least of which is producing an inconsistent product each time you bake. But how do you teach your child the foundations of good baking?

I’m a geek by trade. After I bake I tend to critique the outcome. If it’s not “just right” I start looking at where I failed. What did I do wrong, and where? I try to notate my cookbooks for zingers and gotchas. I like to pencil in thots such as tricks I’ve learned that might make something work better as well or even ideas to try out the next time.

I tried throwing Alton Brown’s “I’m Just Here for More Food” at her (no, not literally). That book is the quintessential textbook for the beginning baker. And I do mean “textbook”. It’s not the most friendly recipe book, but, if you want to understand the hows and whys of baking, this is my go-to book. It’s chock full of science and  technique and all around food geekery.  The problem is, most of the information is aimed at the adult baker.

I’m all for cooking and baking with your kids. But a teenager does not need quite the same amount of supervision (if any at all). Baking allows for self-expression and provides some autonomy for them. But, how do you teach the foundational skills for producing consistent baked goods when they “just want to bake” and don’t want to get into all that “geek” stuff?

As mentioned above, I LOVE Alton Brown’s book, “I’m Just Here for More Food” as well as his TV show on the Food Network, “Good Eats”. I’m also a big fan of Shirley Corriher’s “Cookwise” and “Bakewise” books, as well as Harold McGee’s “On Food and Cooking” and Baking Illustrated. Tons of science and knowledge for the baker.

So, my thought is to create a brand-new blog dedicated to boiling down all that knowledge to the teen level. Start out by explaining the fundamentals of the KITCHEN, PANTRY, UTENSIL DRAWER and BOOKSHELF (yup, see, planning tags already). While I haven’t discussed it with her, yet, I’d love to bring my daughter on board as well. Like, me, she loves to write. Getting her perspective would be great.

I haven’t quite decided on a format. Perhaps me writing and her asking questions where she might not understand an analogy or explanation? A work in progress? I just don’t know. And, I’m not even sure if it’s worth it. Would anyone be interested in something like this?

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