I spent a lot of today looking through old posts from 2001-2002...

Because I was trying to figure out the date I got out of the Navy, and cannot seem to find my DD-214 form.

The rise and fall of PDI, my handfasting with Tony and already lots of signs of his depression and my bipolar disorder, neither yet diagnosed.

How the hell did we survive each other?

And yet I miss those times. Lots of people I was talking about have been lost in one way or another since then.

I read LJ still, but don't really use it much anymore. Adding a few feeds to my feedly would replace it seamlessly, really, but I still feel a nostalgic fondness for the site. Not ready to give it up yet.

And I got so angry sometimes. I have other things that worry me nowadays, but the patterns continue to cycle, I guess.

In any case,f or any still reading, I remember you, mostly, and it was a good time. Mostly.

John Carter of Mars, fanmade illustrated tales

This is an EXTREMELY old-fashioned website, so beware that. It is a fanmade illustrated tale of John Carter of Mars. See all the nudity you will miss in the movie! I, personally, find the novels a bit stylistically dated, and have a hard time slogging through. This ellipsis-laden version is slavishly accurate, but leaves out a lot of needless blather. The art is ... well, it has penises, so there's that. And ladybits. But it's not porn, don't get that idea -- just that Martians don't wear pants.


paying work for artist...

I know some of my webcomicker friends are reading, so I'm sharing this here:
Paying Work for Artist:

I'm gearing up on a new project (flash game) and am looking for an artist to collaborate with. Ideally, I'm looking for somebody comfortable with vector art, but a pixel artist would likely be ok. In addition to larger splash screens I'd need animations, sprites, icons, interface buttons, etc.

The general theme will be a pixie/fairy village with magic wands, floating fairies, fairy circles, houses, workshops, various resources (wood, stone), tools, crops, forest/meadow scenery, etc.

Part what I'm looking for in a portfolio is a style suitable for the game I am working on. So fluffy, cute, cartoony in this case. This is also going to be entirely 2d graphics.

If you or somebody you know is interested, please contact me with a portfolio. You can see my previous work at http://www.kongregate.com/games/duerig/tile-factory or http://www.kongregate.com/games/duerig/shattered-colony-the-survivors

This would be a long term commitment as I'd want to release content packs even after initial shipment of the game.
If you're interested, let me know, I'll send you the guy's e-mail.
I considered the idea but ... well, my cartoony art just has never been a strong point.

"Crimson Asylum" -- a teaser.

In my spare time (of which I have more than I need right now) I have been creating a playable map for Minecraft, loosely inspired by my love for Silent Hill and other atmospheric horror games.

This is it.

Title is not final -- it was the name of something Joe and I were working on once...

"Scix in the Back Row"

Scix in the Back Row is a Tumblr blog I've been running for a couple of months now, dedicated to posting interesting screen caps from obscure and cult films, as well as reviews and a few odds and ends of interest.

Almost 1000 followers and over 500 "reblogs." It's become quite a hobby, and gives me a good excuse to dust off a lot of weird movies that I love and/or am weirded out by.

I'd have it bookmarked if I weren't already the one doing it.

Movies I've reviewed and provided screen shots and animated gifs for so far.


Battle Royale (バトル・ロワイアル,, Batoru Rowaiaru) (2000)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Carrie (1976)
Clue (1985)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) 
A Dirty Shame (2004) 
Inland Empire (2006)
Maltese Falcon (1941)
Mitchell and Webb's Peep Show (Series one: 2003)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Repulsion (1965)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Session 9 (2001)
Silent Hill (2006)
The Tenant (1976)
That Mitchell and Webb Look (Series 2, 2007)


Brad Anderson
Brian De Palma
Kinji Fukasaku
Christophe Gans
John Houston
David Lynch
Jonathan Lynn
David Mitchell and Robert Webb
Roman Polanski

Carl Reiner
W. D. Richter
John Waters


Tumblr stole me

Just a quick note: In addition to my facebook page, I've been maintaining a Tumblr blog that specifically is for posting interesting screen captures and movie reviews.

Scix in the Back Row:

It’s pronounced, Big Boo-TAY!

W. D. Richter’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! (1984)
Peter Weller · John Lithgow · Ellen Barkin · Jeff Goldblum · Christopher Lloyd

Nuclear physicist brain surgeon rock star. What more could you want in a man?

Novel writing

I post here so rarely lately. I still read LJ faithfully, though.

I've been doing NaNoWriMo this month, and met the 50k finishline tonight, a week early. This is a first, and I am quite proud of myself.

And it's good.

My goal now is to finish it before the end of the month. I might be able to, it's possible I am three-quarters of the way to the end. I know how it's going to end now, so I must be fairly close. Still have a series of adventures and rescues lined up.

Patchwork Planet*

It is fifty years from now, and millions of years from now. The Earth was split into fragments, each of which passed a different amount of time before they reunited. Societies and species rise and fall, and the interaction of these different shards has been catastrophic in part, wondrous in part, and largely quite weird.

The story centers around the Corwin family. The older brother was drafted into a war against the zombie hordes coming out of the Arabian desert, but deserts when his unit is overrun, and discovers there is an intelligence directing the zombies.

The younger son, blind and shut-in for most of his life, has been witness to a horrible mutilation of his father and the other members of his strange, cultic church. The church leader has survived, and together with the boy, flees across the world.

Mad scientists, demons, intelligent bugs, bureaucrats and just about anything you can think of exist on the Patchwork Planet, and the brothers must pass through most of it to find safety -- and each other.

Check out my NaNo page for an excerpt and a nifty graph, if you like:

*I am not attached to this title. "Shattered World" or some variation would be preferable, but something with that name seems to already exist.