StarFleet Carl: Blog

Bunch of topics

July 20, 2017
Posted at 9:03 pm

First, thanks to those of you who explained Libre Office and what it was doing. It makes sense, actually. You'd think that as a more than technical guy I would understand things like this without feeling like a dunce. Oh, well.

Second, new chapter posted. My first reader said I'm truly a nerd and also his hero, as everything I'm writing is, or could be, lore friendly to Skyrim. He'd been concerned when I brought things down to Cyrodiil.

Third, I wasn't feeling well and just stayed home and vegged on my days off this past week. Instead of writing, I decided to give an unmodified version of Fallout 4 another chance, maybe get a bunch of the achievements. In two days I racked up 12 hours of gameplay. To quote Martina, it's 'interesting'. I'm not sure I like it, and I probably won't continue playing it - if I were, say, 14 and had lots of free time, sure, not a problem. I'm not - if I'm lucky I get 2 hours of free time for game play a week.

Anyway, hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It's been right at or just over 100 degrees F every single day this week - and it's supposed to stay that way. Welcome to Oklahoma, right? :)

Libre Office question

July 13, 2017
Posted at 8:54 pm

I thought I'd do this as a blog post, just because.

I use Libre Office to write my story, then convert it a text file for posting here. For some reason the LO file for Chapter 70 was 34kb, 4746 words, but only 25,000 characters - which translated into a 24kb text file. Chapter 69 was 33kb in LO, but had 5940 words and was 32kb in text. The difference in Libre Office file size makes no sense to me, since Chapter 69 was 3 pages longer, too. How is it that Libre Office is making these conversions?

I figure I'll ask this way, since most people that read my blog have also read my story and might have a clue As for the rest of you, hey, read it and if you like it, let me know - come on, I've got more than enough written to keep you entertained for a couple of hours (or more), and I promise that it gets better further in, since I've been told my writing style changed and improved over the last YEAR that I've been posting this.

Chapter 69 posted

July 6, 2017
Posted at 8:42 pm

And no oral sex jokes with it.

Cyrodiil is an interesting place, considering we're now 200 years since the Oblivion crisis. Hopefully you'll find it that is as well. Some things change ... and some things stay the same.

I took some liberties with an Oblivion quest that was a pain in the butt to do and simply presumed that it had not been done, thus keeping the status quo until now.

Hope you like where things are going in Tamriel now. From my stats, it looks like I have around 600 or so consistent weekly readers. I appreciate each and every one of you. FUS RO DAH!

Happy Brexit 1776 Day

July 3, 2017
Posted at 11:11 pm

I have never claimed to be politically correct, and I really don't even bother to try. So the minor detail that we're (and by that, I'm referring to the U.S.A.) celebrating our Independence two days AFTER the document was actually voted upon doesn't bother me.

Sort of like a joke for Jack Spratt - is there a 4th of July in England? Of course there is - there's one all around the world. It's the celebration that matters.

When studying the actual document, I think the following two lines are often overlooked: "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

What does that mean? To me, it's pretty simple. You don't change your government lightly. In fact, you pretty much ought to put up with a lot of stuff that you don't like simply because changing the government is such a big step. And you should try to work WITH the government to make changes. But if the government becomes that of a despot - to quote Scotty, a 'Tin plated dictator with delusions of godhood' - (hey, look at my name if you don't get it!) - and said despot doesn't care about you and your people, then throw the bums out.

Not a step to be taken lightly, though. After all, what did the people who signed this document put up to back what they signed? "we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." To the British, they were traitors to the crown. To us, they are our founding fathers. Regardless of your opinion one way or the other, July 4th represents the birthday of the United States of America. Celebrate freedom, because we have another holiday to celebrate the price of that freedom - Memorial Day.

And thus we end the story ... or not.

June 22, 2017
Posted at 9:29 pm

Basically not.

I wrote a good chunk of this chapter several months ago. This was to be the grand finale' in the adventure of the Dragonborn, as she heads off to Cyrodiil and begins her liberation and conquest of the rest of Tamriel. I could just end it there, have an epilogue chapter set a few years in the future to wrap things up, and be done.

Yeah, well, that's not going to happen. Oh, don't get me wrong, at this point, I think things are finally starting to wind down a bit. We've had discussions on the forum about people who write their whole story out in advance versus those of us like me that do the whole Indiana Jones thing - making this up as we go along. And boy, now I'm REALLY making this up, since the only Elder Scrolls games that cover this much of Tamriel are all set in the past, years before the events of Skyrim. I still have a two chapter buffer if there's a real world issue, so I'll just keep it rolling.

At the same time, since it's Bethesda, where modders rule - what the hell, just call me a literary modder and let's see how many Thalmor that Martina can kill. (And not all of them, all by herself. Since I did split the army in this chapter, there WILL be battles that she simply receives reports about.)

I do happen to be an old board game geek, of the Squad Leader and Terrible Swift Sword variety. So I've literally taken the map of Cyrodiil and Tamriel into Corel Draw, created counters to represent the units (including real size, based upon deployment), and I'm moving them on the map and staging the battles using fantasy character combat rules. That's probably a bit more in depth than I need to do, but it was sort of amusing hitting paste 80 times so I could actually put real size markers representing all 10,000 troops outside of Whiterun and actually SEE on the map just how much room they'd take up. And so yes, that single descriptive paragraph in this chapter is based upon more than two hours of messing around.

(The biggest formation I ever took place in was a regiment. We were on a BIG parade ground for that one. Takes a good while to pass in review, too.)