Editorial: On Appropriate Costuming

Yesterday I visited Charlotte for the Carolina Renaissance Festival, one of my favorite yearly events. It’s become even more enjoyable over the past few years, now that I have a group1009renfestlogo of friends that I consistently go with and we go all out. We all have specific characters that we go as, we all put some effort into making our costumes as good as we can, and we spend the day watching shows and interacting with staff and guests. It’s a great time, and something of a performance art.

One of the best parts of the festival, outside of what we do there, is seeing all the other patrons who come in costume to participate. It’s not necessary, but it’s wonderful to see other people really getting into it like I do.

But then there are the Jedi costumes.

And the fursuits.

And the superhero outfits.

And the video game cosplay. Continue reading ‘Editorial: On Appropriate Costuming’ »

My Recent Obsessions

Due to circumstances, I was not able to get a story done in time for the Friday blog post. Instead, here are three things that I become obsessed with recently, in the hopes that you will forgive my transgression.

1. Welcome to Night Valemza_7086226647782067744.600x600-75

You may remember that I mentioned this podcast’s influence on Monday’s short story, and there is a reason for that: I cannot stop listening to it. The podcast is a piece of creative fiction, a community radio program set in a Lovecraftian town where all conspiracy theories are true. Yes, even that one you never told anybody about, the idea that’s been lurking in the back of your head for years…

Welcome to Night Vale can be found at http://commonplacebooks.com/welcome-to-night-vale/.


2. Brandon Sanderson’s Work51E+7V-PDyL

Brandon Sanderson is a writer who is basically exactly where I hope to be. He is a successful (and still growing) writer whose work is astoounding in quality. I am currently most of the way through Mistborn and loving every moment of it. He also teaches (and publishes online) a class on writing fiction called Write About Dragons, which is a fantastic and entertaining resource.  In addition, he is one of the regular hosts of a weekly fifteen-minute writing podcast called Writing Excuses.

Writa About Dragons and Writing Excuses can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/WriteAboutDragons/videos and http://www.writingexcuses.com/, respectively

3. Pokemon Yimgres

Yup. That’s it. I’m obsessed with this game. I’m already over 24 hours in on it and it is the most fun I’ve had with a Pokemon game since Emerald. If you have a 3DS but not X or Y, you are missing out on the game that finally made the handheld completely worth it.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

A Normal Day (At Miskatonic U)

You wake up at three in the morning, needing to use the restroom. Taking care not to wake your roommate, you get out of your lofted bed in your tiny dorm room. You put on 3217947796_7b6d44da3d_zsome shoes and, as you quietly open the door, you see a cloaked and hooded figure standing directly in front of your doorway, seeming to watch you dispassionately, although you cannot see his eyes. You stammer to the concealed figure that you just need to use the restroom. He allows you to leave the room and walk a few doors down to the bathroom. At least… you think he does. He steps aside and makes no effort to stop you as you walk down the hall, at any rate. As you walk to the bathroom, you see similarly hooded figures standing in front of every door, as if they were keeping watch. None of them turn to look at you or acknowledge you in any way. You relieve yourself and return to your room. You consider calling someone about the strange figures, but your phone has no reception; even the WiFi is down. Having nothing else to do, you lie down in your bed. A wave of tiredness sweeps over you, and you fall asleep. Continue reading ‘A Normal Day (At Miskatonic U)’ »

An Unearthly Voyage

July 16, 1843

We managed to make it through last night’s terrible storm with no casualties, although I feel that something even worse has happened. We have not the slightest idea of where we are anymore. The stars just came out, and they are unlike any stars that I have ever seen, and are certainly not the stars that we have been sailing under for the past several months.  They are arranged in utterly alien constellations, and are multicolored, a mass of greens and reds and blues. Furthermore, we were supposed to be near enough Ireland to see it by sundown today, but no landmass has shown itself.


July 19, 1843

A ship has been spotted to the north of our position, and we should be within range to make contact with it by dawn tomorrow. I hope to god that they can help us, as we have no idea of our position and to say that the men are growing uneasy would be a criminal understatement. The night sky is still an utterly foreign sight, and I suspect that we are no longer on our own world. Continue reading ‘An Unearthly Voyage’ »

It’s Getting Better all the Time: A Review of “The Incrementalists”

Let me begin by saying that the impressively-named Steven Karl Zoltan Brust is one of my favorite authors of all time, right up there with Terry Pratchett, Neal Stephenson, and Jim urlButcher. His debut novel, Jhereg, is one of the first fantasy novels that I fell in love with when I read it as a child, and I avidly await each new entry in the Vlad Taltos saga.

When I first heard that he was coming out with a new book called The Incrementalists, cowritten with Skyler White (who was unknown to me), I was pumped, although a little sad that it wasn’t a new Vlad Taltos book. Then, when I found out that it had one of the most unique premises I’ve read in a while, that of a secret society with shared memories going back to the dawn of mankind who try to make the world “just a little better”, I got even more pumped. Then, when I read John Scalzi (another favorite author)’s blurb on the cover, ”Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries and Las Vegas all in one book? Shut up and take my money.”… well, at that point there was no going back. Continue reading ‘It’s Getting Better all the Time: A Review of “The Incrementalists”’ »