StarFleet Carl: Blog

Next chapter uploaded

May 25, 2017
Posted at 10:43 pm

Well, Chapter 63 is uploaded. It was a late night for me at work, and I almost forgot what day it was.

My first reader is sick this week, too, so I've had to do my own proofing. So if there's errors and mitsakes, it's on me.

(Yeah, I did that on porpise... Today was Towel Day, after all.)

Texas blows ...

May 18, 2017
Posted at 8:13 pm

And Kansas sucks, at least really strongly today. 80+ mph wind gusts, torrential rain, hail from pea all the way up to tennis ball, and oh yeah, a few tornadoes.

Welcome to springtime in Oklahama!

I suppose it's par for the course of human nature, though. People wonder why we live here. At the same time, people still live in the shadow of Vesuvius. But I won't live in Moore ... three times in fourteen years means no.

Oh, and I'm posting the next chapter, too, a bit early tonight, just in case I do have to visit Dorothy. :)

You had ONE job

May 14, 2017
Posted at 9:41 am

Consider this a rant regarding Cox Communications.

Guys, you have ONE job. Provide my cable services, which include e-mail, cable TV, and internet. Don't tell me it's an issue on my end when my phone, tablets AND my PC are giving me errors that it's on YOUR end. I didn't change my account password.

If you managed to get your data hacked in that recent computer thing, fine, just be honest about it. Don't have your chat room tech tell me it's on my end - not when I have four different devices tell me otherwise.

(Due to work, there are times when I'm using my iPhone to access mail, others I'm on my Android tablet or my iPad, and then my home PC. So I have them all set up to sync - that's the problem when you have five e-mails you have to monitor - my personal Cox one, my personal gmail, my work gmail, and then two work MSExchange accounts as well. Yes, I enjoy being in sales, but it's VERY difficult to disconnect at times.)

Boil on humanity & Happy Mothers Day

May 11, 2017
Posted at 8:51 pm

That's the opening line in a story I wrote once. First two lines went like this:

"You're a boil on the ass of humanity." Since I wasn't human, I took that comment as a compliment.

That's been my favorite opening line, until now. You may or may not like my story, but I do like the opening paragraph of Chapter 61. The ending of this chapter came very close to being the ending of this story, but I changed my mind. I'm one of those people who hate unresolved plot lines. Even though you have a good idea where things are going to go after the end of the book, if the author doesn't finish them, it bugs me.

Perfect example is the David Weber novel 'Out of the Dark'. If you haven't read it, I won't spoil it for you. It's not that it didn't reach an ending point, it did. But the problem is that it screamed sequel. Come on, if you're going to set something up, it'd be nice if we got at least a little resolution. So I won't just leave things hanging.

This Sunday is Mothers Day, so all of you who have mothers out there still living, don't be a butt. Be nice to her. She could have (or maybe should have) drowned you at birth. I'm now older than my mother lived to be - she's been gone for almost thirty years now. If we had the flower talk at the altar today, I'd choose a white rose in her memory.

Those of you who may also be Chivalric Knights of the Holy Order of the Fellow Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay know exactly what Flower Talk I'm referring to. I didn't know it was publicly avaialble, but those are still powerful words.

See you all next week!

Good gods ... and bad ones

May 4, 2017
Posted at 8:50 pm

Couple of early chapter reposts because I misspelled a proper name earlier on in the story and didn't catch it until now.

And the new chapter. Now, if you're a Skyrim fan (and I presume you are, because you're reading my story), I want to say something up front. This theory regarding Arena being the playing field for the gods of Nirn is pure supposition on my part, based upon the way I interpret what's going on. Thus the blog title ...

I think it's a good supposition, and I'd love to sit down with someone over a beer or two from Bethesda to find out if that's what they were thinking. So if anyone does know one way or the other, I'd love to hear it. I think it's one of those things where you apply Occam's Razor (as opposed to Mehrunes' Razor!) as the simplest explanation, and just sort of go, yeah, this makes sense.

Meh, what do I know, I'm not the game writer. I've only played, between consoles and PC, not more than 3, maybe 4 ... thousand ... hours of Skyrim, over the last 6 years. And that figure may be a little low. (Considering that I've logged 400 hours playing Fallout 4 since the first of February, albeit most of that while recovering from surgery, you might say I am a bit of a gamer.)

Anyway, new chapter sent up, hope you enjoy!