Announcing Cyborg Stories

So, just a few comments on this – it’s more of an announcement than a real post, so I won’t take up too much of your time.

So this is about that university degree that I’ve signed up for this year. I’ve had a half a Masters degree hanging over my head for several years now, but ended up deciding to pick a different degree.

Anyway. That’s a story that I’ll save for the eventual autobiography, or a panel sometime. The main point is that for one of my courses, I have been required to create a website and some content for it, relevant to digital media somehow. I’m going to be focusing mine on how stories can be presented differently in digital spaces, and how digital spaces and traditional media spaces can be combined.

So, because I’m never one to waste good content, here is the link to the blog, called Cyborg Stories. I’ll be reposting the content here (with links of course, so that I can be sure I didn’t plagiarise myself), which will consist of at least one essay piece, possibly two, and a couple of recorded ‘podcasts’.

I’m not currently decided on what will happen to Cyborg Stories after the course. After all, I barely keep up with content for this blog as it is – I don’t trust myself to keep up with two. But I do have a couple ideas, and I think the blog will continue to see use. After all, I was blown away that I even managed to get the URL ‘Cyborg Stories’ – I’m not just throwing away that kind of lucky break.

In the meantime, enjoy the content. It won’t be too much of a departure from the normal stuff over here, just a little more … focused. You know, sticking to one theme. And an actual schedule.

Something like that.

Enjoy!

The King’s City Update

The King’s City appears to have finally gotten through its technical difficulties!

Thanks to all of you who came to the launch, it was great fun and it was lovely to interact with folks a bit!

As those of you who were at the launch may have been shown, I am putting together a list of people who are interested in a copy of the print book. As a thank-you for waiting and being so patient with me, I’m sending out copies of the print book with free bookmarks!

If you are interested, please drop a name and e-mail address in this form, where you can also let me know if you are interested in the book being signed or personalised, and I’ll be getting in touch with everyone to organise those ASAP!

And just so everyone knows, I won’t keep the names and e-mail addresses after people have received their books and bookmarks. I’m not keeping them for marketing, and I’m only sending e-mails about getting you a copy of The King’s City and a bookmark.

I’ll be collecting e-mails until this time next week, so if you want your copy and bookmark, make sure you sign up before 26 August 2020.

If you drop your e-mail in the form, I’ll get back to you about copies soon. If you want to just wait for the regular release, links are now imminent.

The King’s City Release Update

Here it is! The day I promised has arrived!

There are some caveats, but The King’s City is now available for people to read!

If you want the book now or prefer e-books anyway, you can go to Smashwords and purchase the book right now!

However, if you like a shelf-able version, you may have to wait a few days. I’m doing the last of the form-wrangling at the moment. I’ll keep you updated, but I doubt that it’ll take much longer.

We are still going ahead on the 16th of August for the livestream at my Twitch channel. The stream starts at 1pm, and will go for about half an hour. I’ll be answering questions on the stream, so Tweet them to me before hand, or ask in the chat! Hope to see you there!

The Isolated Chef

Hi everyone

So a while back my friends convinced me to add a Thing to my social media, which was a YouTube blog where I talk about all the weird and wonderful things I do with food. I promptly filmed a couple of videos but got terrified of editing them, and have done nothing since.

But now that I’m doing the isolation thing, not only am I getting those videos up but screw it, I’m starting a food challenge. Here’s the idea: Minimising the amount I leave the house is good. Having a pantry full of things that just plain never get used is bad. Being frugal is also good. Experimenting with food is fun.

And as long as we’re all doing this isolation thing, we might as well find both silver linings and entertainment where we can.

So I’m going to start a vlog-type-thing where I talk about what food I’m cooking and eating. The goal is to have no weird odds and ends of bags left in my pantry by the time isolation is lifted. All the half-bags of lentils and specialty flours? Going to get used. All the meals I made and put in the freezer in case I ever needed a dinner at short notice? Going to get used. I’m going to reduce the amount I go shopping as much as physically possible. I’ll still be doing some of the experimenting and recipe creating that I intended to do on the vlog already, but it will absolutely be primarily for the purpose of The Isolated Chef for now.

Here are the exceptions: Fresh fruit and veg, and perishable protein sources. I’m not going to eat a month’s worth of dinners that consist only of homemade flatbread and the remains of a bottle of soy sauce. I’m socially distancing, not giving myself malnutrition. But I will also make substitutions where possible – no going out and buying, say, sweet potato if I already have ordinary potato in the pantry.

I’m going to try and make short videos at least once a week, and see how I do. I’m also going to post photos and a running list of the packets I’ve finished to Twitter. Feel free to chime in with your own recipes and experiments! Let me know what you’re using up out of your pantry/fridge/freezer! And stay safe, everyone.

Release Day

It’s here! The day when you can purchase a copy of The Ferryman’s Apprentice of your very own!

I won’t make this too long — there’s only so many ways you can say “yay! I’m giving you an opportunity to spend money!” before you start sounding demanding and/or unreasonable. So quick reminder: This doesn’t mean I’m taking down the free chapters online, this is just for folks who don’t like the website way of reading things.

You can find the e-books at:
Lulu.com
iBooks
Nook
Or, if physical is more your speed, pick up a physical copy at:
Lulu.com
Amazon
Barnes&Noble

If you like what I do but you don’t want a copy yourself, as always, you can throw a few bucks my way on Patreon, or just tell a friend that there’s an awesome story floating around the Intertubes.

The Ferryman’s Apprentice Season Three

Hi, all.

I’m sure you all know how this works by now, but I didn’t get any ideas for a third buffer section, so you get this instead.

Season 3 of The Ferryman’s Apprentice starts next Monday.

If you have friends who might like the story, now’s a good time to get them into it, so they can catch up before the new content starts! [/shameless plug].

Hope that the long-time readers are interested in seeing what happens next! I know I had fun trying to write this next season!

After the Stream

Just a quick update for everyone.

Thanks to anyone who checked in on the Twitch stream last week! We had fun, though we also had technical difficulties, so I wouldn’t blame anyone for leaving in frustration.

We’ve just about got those fixed, though, so don’t let that stop you from attending future streams!

Because there will be future streams. This week didn’t happen because two of our characters were out of town, but we’re going ahead next weekend, Sunday 7pm AEST same as usual (we’ll let you know if that changes). Join us for the actual story, now that all the worldbuilding is out of the way!

Watch for the hype on social media. We’re excited to get to the story, and we hope you’ll be excited to listen to it!

Announcement: Live Gaming

Hey, all! Quick update.

People who’ve been around for a while know that I occasionally plug Liberation Industries, a gaming podcast I have a semi-regular involvement in.

Well, tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm AEST, courtesy of Cassk Designs (Twitter @casskdesigns for those interested), we’re doing an Actual Live Gameplay Stream on Twitch.

The system is Karma in the Dark, the game is cyberpunk shenanigans, the characters are getting wild and wacky already, if our group chat is any indication.

If you’re interested in getting in on this, the channel is the Whimsy and Metaphor Twitch Channel. The video may be available to watch after the fact, we’ll keep you updated on that.

Mistakes Were Made

It seems apt that the chapter for The Ferryman’s Apprentice posted today was ‘Mistakes’ because I just made one.

My grasp on the days of the week has been shaky at best for many years now, and after misreading the date yesterday I decided that today was obviously Monday (hint: For those keeping up with Australian time, it is in fact Friday today) and that I should get that chapter up ASAP before I forgot.

So the hiatus was broken a few days early. I’ve decided that this is just going to be A Thing That Happened. Chapter 27 will still go up this Monday as originally planned. Consider the accidental chapter an extremely belated new year’s gift or something.

See you all in the next post!