Fire Monsters In The Sky

…BIG fire monsters

This morning, I spent about an hour carefully crafting a reply to the most excellent comment made by doc_mystery to part of my last post. Then I spent 20 more minutes creating a poll for y’all to take.

Then I bumped the wrong key and it all disappeared forever.

I will try redoing the poll tomorrow. The post itself is lost for good.

A Song…A Dance…A Fireball In Your Pants

…beware of wacky wizards

My Plans For Today

1: Write/edit stuff for the Coming Real Soon Now website. By “write” I mostly mean write and watch tv and give demanding dogs and wives some attention.

2: Rearrange things in the library. Since this means moving heavy boxes of books & stuff, I can be sure of no interruptions from the above mentioned dogs or wife.

3: Straighten up game room. Possibly with supervision by a certain visually impaired basset hound.

4: Go to the store to buy food, then come home to cook it. Alone at last!

5 Eat dinner and finish watching Season One, Disc One of “Sanctuary”.

That is all.

Chapter 221: In Which Our Hero, Having Escaped From Prison, Takes Refuge In A Cave Full Of Voles

…ewww, cave voles!

A Request

Some years ago, I (along with a great many other folks) was filmed for a documentary on roleplaying. It was released, but I’ve never seen it. I DID see a short clip of it on the website of the folks who made it…and it can be purchased…but I cannot afford it.

So, do any of you have a copy of RPG by Binary Star Productions that I can borrow? I’ll pay postage if you like…or buy ya a beer at a con or something. Thanks!

Silly Robots

…trix are for carbon based lifeforms

The folowing is a reposting of a comment I made on another blog. The initial posting was about how great it was to eat Thanksgiving leftovers on “Feasting Friday”.

There will be no leftovers at our house. Before we ever wed, my sweetie and I decided that, as is our whimsical nature, we would never have a traditional thanksgiving dinner at our house. In 13 years of marriage, we have eaten turkey dinners twice, both at my sister’s house.

At our house, we have had lasagnas, roasts (both beef and pork), curries, seafood, spaghetti, tacos, frittatas, Docburgers (compared to a Docburger, a regular hamburger is as dust to diamonds), chicken and dumplings, ribs of all sorts & styles and, once, an entire table full of nothing but extra scrummy finger foods.

Most years, it’s just the two of us and a dog or two. My family scatters to the four winds and my wife divorced her family years ago. Most of our friends live too far away to visit, or are busy with their families.

This year, in open defiance of the shitty economy in general and our personal Adventure In Poverty in particular, we are having a full blown steak dinner with all the trimmings. The dogs will be dining on Dogburgers (almost as good as Docburgers, but for dogs)

On Feasting Friday, we’ll be back to mac & cheese and Top Ramen.

Looney Tunas and Merry Maladies

…I really need a vacation

Gaming Stuff

1: I am 75% done with my CC3 map of Hogwarts and the surrounding countryside. It is very much like the official version, but with a few minor adjustments. I think my players will have fun exploring it.

2: I realy need to play in more games at DunDraCon this year. Most years, I play in maybe 1 RPG, but I’m really jonesing to be get out from under the GM hat for awhile. Looking over the submitted games on the DDC website, I see a few that appeal to me, so I’m hopeful that I can get 3 or 4 in while I’m at the con in February.

3: After hearing that Google Wave has online gaming potential, I got an invitation and I’m gonna check it out. On a similar interwebs gaming theme, I’m thinking that my website idea may well mutate into a lot more than just a single website. I can see a linking of LJ/website/Facebook/Dog knows what else. Gotta keep up with the New Hotness, ya know.

And now, chamomile tea. More blogging later.

The Secret Files Of Sherlock Holmes

… if you thought “Thr Giant Rat of Sumatra” was weird, wait’ll ya read these

Yes, I have some website related plans for things Holmesian.

So far, today is off to a really slow start for me. Grace is out mystery shopping her butt off, The Girls are having their Pre-Park Walk Nap and I’m still waking up. Part of my lethargy I attribute to a pretty sore facial sunburn that I got in the UVB booth yesterday after forgetting to bring in a towel to coner my face during the 7+ minutes I was baking. Stupid me. Still, I should be ok by this evening. Sunburns don’t trouble me for very long.

We watched “Watchmen” again Thursday night and I still think they did a good job adapting it. Pity that the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” movie couldn’t have been done by the same director.

And now, I’m off to shower and then stroll with my bitches.

Walking Through The Bacon Tree Forest

…where you get hungry every 15 minutes

Geek Media Update

1: The latest “Twilight” movie is out. Millions of pre-teen and teen girls experience orgasm.

2: The new version of “V” is losing viewers with each episode. That would be because is sucks.

3: The new version of “The Prisoner” is getting mixed reviews from various of my geek friends. Not being able to see it myself, I’ll wait for it to come to Netflix.

4: “Fringe” is still one of the best new shows on TV. Hopefully, this will continue to be so for many years.

5: “Heroes”, from the few scenes I’ve watched this year, is still in a screaming death dive.

6: “Planet 51” looks like it will be pretty funny. I might have to rob a bank so I can go see it.

The Nursery Rhymes Of Doom

…not your grandparents nursery rhymes, for sure

Ok, so as I was walking The Girls to and from the park, I created a new Soooonnnngggg Foooorrrr Dooooogggggsssss!!!!

Walking to the Park

Oh we’re walking to the park
With a bark! bark! bark!
Just walking with Dad
Feeling happy and glad

When we get to the park
With a bark! bark! bark!
We see boys and girls
And a couple of squirrels

Then we walk the loop
And we take a poop
Then we sniff the tree
And we stop to pee

Then the kids want to pet us
And we lick them if they let us
At the park park park!
With a bark! bark! bark!

Then Dad says “Yo!”
“It’s time to go”
So we head on home
No more time to roam

Soon we’re under our roof
With a woof! woof! woof!
Where we’ll sleep like logs
After Treats For Dogs

And tomorrow we’ll bark
Yes, we’ll bark! bark! bark!
For another walk
In the park park park!

Worm Salad On A Stick

…yum yum

Hot Stuff, with Lobster Sauce

1: My last dream before waking up involved erupting volcanoes, tropical islands, gospel singing fish, stupid humans and an escape plane that started to come apart over the mainland. Pretty normal, by my standards.

2: My plan for the “Hogwarts” RPG series that should start the end of January is…

Muggles know all about Wizards, since this is still the same fantasy world we’ve been playing in.

There are races other than Human, most notably Elves, Dwarves and Halflings.

No Voldemort type of baddie, tho there is evil afoot.

The focus will be much more on being students and…

…exploring Hogwarts itself, which is a humongous castle (and grounds) that has survived since before the Wizard Wars 500 years earlier.

Quidditch is WAY different. Now, it’s more like a cross between golf & rollerderby played in an X-Men style Danger Room.

3: I’m halfway thru “The Fellowship of the Ring”, which I’m really only reading a few pages of every day. I had forgotten how much Professor Tolkien liked telling the reader how EVERY FRIGGING PERSON, PLACE AND THING had 3-4 tonguetwisting names. Still, it’s a fun read, especially as I mentally compare it to the movie.

4: My writing prep for the Big Website Debut continues. I have added at least a few sentences to all of the characters I did back in 2006 and in some cases, I have expanded them greatly. Same goes for the locations. I’m now starting on some creatures and devices.

5: Speaking of the Big Website Debut, we are looking at early to mid January. Much depends upon how much time my Overworked Cutie Pie can devote to getting it set up.

More bloggage later.

Sliced Potatos Fried In Duck Fat

…here, ducky ducky

Gadzooks! The weekend was pretty fuckin’ brutal to Uncle Doc, kiddies. Mystery shops out the wazoo (along with their corresponding reports) kicked my ass. I was up until 2:00 AM doing reports on Saturday and up until 12:30 last night. Only had time to bathe one dog (Winker(, so Lucy will get cleansed tonight. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do some writing tonight, too.

The Rare And Beautiful Giant Vampire Butterfly Of Potawango Island

…they have a 9 foot wingspan

Today, on top of several mystery shops, I must wash my stinky canine companions. I cannot tell you what fun that will be.

In other news, I’m formulating plans to get my gaming group back together starting in January.

And now, it’s wet dog time.

The Sinful Fish

…they are just plain evil.

I’ve just finished watching an hour long look at The Kinks on the Biography Channel and it has put me in the mood to post the lyrics to a couple of my favorite Kinks songs.

Celluloid Heroes

Everybodys a dreamer and everybodys a star,
And everybodys in movies, it doesnt’t’t matter who you are.
There are stars in every city,
In every house and on every street,
And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Their names are written in concrete.

Don’t step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the boulevard,
She looks so weak and fragile, that’s why she tried to be so hard
But they turned her into a princess
And they sat her on a throne,
But she turned her back on stardom,
Because she wanted to be alone.

You can see all the stars as you walk down hollywood boulevard,
Some that you recognise, some that youve hardly even heard of,
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Rudolph Valentino, looks very much alive,
And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by.
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
Cos he’s liable to turn and bite,
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life.

If you covered him with garbage,
George Sanders would still have style,
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile,
But please don’t tread on dearest Marilyn
Cos she’s not very tough,
She should have been made of iron or steel,
But she was only made of flesh and blood.

You can see all the stars as you walk down hollywood boulevard,
Some that you recognise, some that youve hardly even heard of.
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Everybodys a dreamer and everybodys a star
And everybodys in show biz, it doesnt’t’t matter who you are.

And those who are successful,
Be always on your guard,
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along hollywood boulevard.

I wish my life was a non-stop hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.

You can see all the stars as you walk along hollywood boulevard,
Some that you recognise, some that youve hardly even heard of,
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Oh celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh celluloid heroes never really die.

I wish my life was a non-stop hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.

Victoria

Long ago life was clean
Sex was bad and obscene
And the rich were so mean
Stately homes for the Lords
Croquet lawns, village greens
Victoria was my queen
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria

I was born, lucky me
In a land that I love
Though I am poor, I am free
When I grow I shall fight
For this land I shall die
Let her sun never set
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, toria

Land of hope and gloria
Land of my Victoria
Land of hope and gloria
Land of my Victoria
Victoria, ‘toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria

Canada to India
Australia to Cornwall
Singapore to Hong Kong
From the West to the East
From the rich to the poor
Victoria loved them all
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, ‘toria
Victoria, Victoria, Victoria

It Was A Very Cheerful Apocalypse, As Such Things Go

…with singing and fudge and cartoons and pie and an open bar

Website thoughts

While revising and reviewing the vast number of characters/locations I did both here on LJ and in unpublished files, I’ve decided that I’m going to go with Theme Weeks when I put them up on the website. (which we are hoping will be launched in January) See, most of them were originally done as theme weeks, so half of my work is already taken care of.

With all of that in mind, I figured I’d list some new Theme Week ideas and let you, Gentle Readers, vote on them.

The Migration Of The Dancing Elks

…it’s a 200,000 elk conga line

Stuff…IN 3D!!!

1: Grace and I both had to work on our anniversary yesterday, but when I got home, I whipped up a dinner of pork chops, mashed potatos, gravy, spinach and tapioca pudding for dinner. It was very filling and delicious.

2: Your Humble Narrator has been working on content for the new website. I’ve polished and expanded characters from my “365 Days, 365 Characters/Locations” pieces on LJ back in 2006. I’ve written outlines for about 4 short stories, including one featuring Sherlock Holmes. I’ve gone through a couple of world settings that need expansion and rewriting. And finally, I’ve been expanding and rewriting “On the Road With Violet”, which is looking pretty good for the serial fiction category.

3: In canine news, every month finds Lucy becoming more adapted to our household. She is much more tolerant and less afraid of Winker now. As for Grace and I, well, we are her favorite Mom & Dad in the whole universe and she is always ready for love and tummy rubs. We still need to get her better socialized with other humans and animals, but on the whole, Lucy is way better than when we first brought her home.

4: Going to apply for a job in a couple of hours. More on that if it pans out.

Now, breakfast and shower. More blog-o-rama later.

AAAAAHHOOOOO! Werewolves Of Woodland!

…AAAAAHHHOOOOOOOO!

THIS DAY IN HISTORY!

40 years ago: My pal was born! Happy birthday, Nik!

20 years ago: The Berlin Wall fell! Take that, you commie motherfuckers!

13 years ago: My Sweet Angel, Grace, in a moment of either lost sanity or saintlike charity, married me in Reno, Nevada.

Sweetheart, it has been a wonderful 13 years. I love you, My Little Owl Finch Of Passion!

The House In The Woods Where The Singing Badgers Live

…You need to be really drunk to find it

The Adventure Building Poll, The Finale: The Army Of Terror

And so, we rap up our little adventure creation experiment. It was fun, folks, so we’ll do something similar soon.

After a day of resting up, Our Heroes hear that the Super Creeper is raising hell at the city market area. Rushing there, they find the now 10 foot tall and badly decomposing Super Creeper sending rotten vegetable golems after the terrified citizens. After they attack him, he summons up a swarm of flesh eating flies that head straight for El Santo.

Through fast thinking and the liberal application of lard, El Santo is saved is safe from the flies long enough for Our Heroes to kill them using fire. Then they turn their attention to the Super Creeper.

And that’s when a dozen Nazis attack!

A three way fight breaks out, with the good guys and the Super Creeper finally getting the upper hand on the Nazi scumbags. However, the last surviving Nazi manages to`get in a powerful hit on the Super Creeper by using a strange looking gas grenade.

Crazed with fear and pain, the huge monster flees the city, but Our Heroes easily track him to a huge cavern, several miles outside the city. There, they launch a final assault on the Super Creeper, who finally pretty much just rots away. The group’s scientists will take samples of the rotting tissue and send it back to the labs at HQ.

After that, there will be much merrymaking at the huge fiesta celebrating the destruction of the monster. Then, bidding El Santo and La Bruja Blanca goodbye, Our Heroes head off to their next action packed adventure. But…

…about a month later, they learn that the plane carrying the samples of tissue crashed somewhere in the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Yosemite. And now, some strange stories are surfacing about something huge, dangerous and terrifying heading north along the mountain range.

THE END?

The Stupidly Funny, Yet Kind Of Annoying, Story Of Mostly Purple Patty And The Hopping Vampire

…co-starring her pet gopher, Mr. Pembroke

So this afternoon, less than 3 minutes from pulling into work and going home, I’m at a stoplight in the bigass company van when some dickwit rearends it. He hit pretty hard, about 2 seconds after I had stopped. I’m ok, the van is slightly damaged, but his car was totaled. We exchanged information, which took awhile since writing in English was not his strong suit. Then, he tried to blame ME for stopping at the light. I’d have gotten pissed off, but was too busy laughing at him. Then I explaned about how rear end hits are ALWAYS the rearenders fault, here in California at least. He seemed a bit dismayed to learn that.

Now, tomorrow, I have to go to work early, get some paperwork, go to the nearby clinic to have them make sure I’m not injured, then fill out an assload of paperwork (on top of the assload I filled out today) and THEN I can go to work. *SIGH*

Harry Potter And The Ghosts Of Baker Street

…from the post-Hogwarts days

Stuff: The Musical!

1: It was 10 years ago today that escrow closed on stately Cross Manor. Still 12 days away from the official move in date, tho.

2: Today is the start of yet another Mystery Shopping Death March. Grace is out doing hers right now, and I will head out in a couple of hours.

3: I have retouched and/or expanded about 30 characters that appeared in this LJ back in 2006, during my “365 days, 365 Characters” experiment. Only 100+ characters to go.

4: I’m re-reading “The Hobbit” and really enjoying it. I had forgotten how much lighter and more child oriented it is in comparison to LOTR.

5: We are too poor to hand out candy, so last night Grace, The Girls and I, just ate cookies and watched the comedy/horror flick “Black Sheep”. For a movie about mutant killer carnivorous sheep (and the were-sheep they create via biting) it had few laughs and not that many more scares. It did have several gross out moments, including a shot were a sheep bites a guys dick off. Filmed in New Zealand. Not really worth your time.

6: Every year, Grace and I have an Unturkey Day Thanksgiving dinner, at which we have none of the traditional food items. Over the years, we have had lasagna, curries, fish, tacos, pork roast, a big table full of buffet stuff, spaghetti and many other things. This year, in defiance of our poverty, we will be eating steak, baked potatos and salad.

More blogging later…much later…tonight.