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Glitter City Knights / Spring Castle Legacy — Art Piece

Post Views: 27 Blue day.Ouch day. So, Art day.WIP, but fun so far. Missing a couple of characters (hello, Reaper Twins?) and need to adjust scales of individual characters for better fit … but … it’s a start.I think it’s a good start. For those of you unfamiliar, any character done in black and white is dead; most likely a member of the Afterliving. Jessica (bottom right) is both color & BW because she’s technically both alive and dead at the same time; a Necromancer. Constance (bottom left, third from left) is almost luminescent / surrealist because she is so full of life / magic; a Magi. Both novel series are available at https://books2read.com/ap/81e7eO/Michel-R-Vaillancourt If you have read any of these novels, and recognize any of these characters,…

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Writestorm 2022

Post Views: 353 I have been working on a new novel this year. My last one, “the Ironclad Exile“, was released in February of 2018 and I really haven’t had anything to say since. I started plinking at this one as a result of weird dream I had and recalled when I woke up, back towards the end of last December. In fact, I wrote the Prologue on Christmas Eve. I did a bunch of browsing Pintrest for inspiration, but the words were just sort of stuck for the next couple of months. So, I set it aside. On the 25th of June, I knew what I was supposed to be writing. I had the meta-concept solid in my head, who the protagonists were, and my writing compass…

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An Impossible Dream, Now

Post Views: 677 So, one of those things that’s been on my “bucket list”, since I was a teen, was the idea of being a table-top role-playing “Games Master” for a “game on TV”. Back in the 80s and 90s, it was just absurd to think that idea would or could ever be a thing. First off, “Nerd Culture” or “Geek Culture” was universally scorned. Games like Dungeons & Dragons were reviled by mainstream culture, subject to crazy-killer movie mythology, and the like. A quarter century or more later, and a lot has changed. “Critical Role” took the cultural world by storm, “Which Alignment Are You” memes are passed by board-room execs, and eSports have multi-million dollar prize purses available. Two-story TV stations fit in the space of…

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#NotCoolMan

Post Views: 619 A simple example of being a feminist, a fighter and a human being Alright, so let me start out by saying that this post was inspired by the amazing @Emrazz (https://twitter.com/emrazz). The hashtag is part of a Twitter trend about guys telling other guys that misogynistic behaviour is unwelcome and discouraged around them.  She put out a challenge asking for guys claiming to be “allies” to put out their stories about it. I’ve never been in that position, personally.  For reasons I suspect that have to do with what I look like and the crowd I hang with, I don’t easily recall anything like that happening around me. If it has, and I missed it, let me straight up apologize to those affected.  If I…

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Salad For Chickens

Post Views: 294 One of those things that you get used to when having a backyard chicken flock is trying to come up with ways to improve the nutrition they get without increasing your actual feed costs. It is the nature of livestock in general that what they it will directly affect what you eat. Raising your own chickens, as my wife does, means a remarkable amount of control over where you are in the food chain. Particularly in quality of both taste and nutrition. There is also the ethics / moral issue; you know the animal has lived well. Factory-farm animals do not live well. When we purchased the home that we’ve got now, the place had been empty for around 18 months, spanning two summers. That…

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Home Project – Rainwater Catchment & Storage

Post Views: 798 So as I’ve noted in a prior post, we’ve embarked on a homesteading project. One of those things that arrives as a result is chickens and a coop. The chicken coop is a pretty good sized structure with about 120 square feet (11.1 square meters) of roof. That works out to about 90 gallons of water per inch (340 litres per 25mm) of rain that falls. That seems to be an awful lot of water to waste.  So, I’ve built a small but simple rainwater catchment & storage system.  The whole project was a bit expensive, but that is because there was no rain gutter on the coop to start with. The project cost about $200, total, which is kind of steep for a DIY…

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Viva La Revolution – No, Really

Post Views: 526 The new normal So “it has begun” as the saying goes. Right now, I am living on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, Canada. There are four of us living in a wonderfully large house, and all of us in one fashion or another want to do something with the next ten years of our lives. I run a reasonably successful telecom business, and I am an internationally published author. I am working as part of an RPG game development effort. I have served with Her Majesty’s Royal Canadian Navy in a theatre of war. I have competed at an international level in sword fighting. I have some awesome friends that I am honored to know. Someone might well argue that I have “done” plenty and do…

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Review – High School Musical “Rocking The Ages”

Post Views: 519 “Rocking The Ages” is an adaptation of the Broadway play “Rock of Ages”, brought into the realm of High School musical. Produced by the Montreal English School Board’s Macdonald High School, it was a remarkably well delivered show which ran from the 18th to the 20th of April, 2013. It’s a delightful and slightly risque return to an era of music that was a herald of a world in the geopolitical closure of one era and the step forward into another; the 1980s. The “80s Music” is the post-punk/ pre-rap window of time where synthesizers and sampler systems were primitive and barely portable, yet beginning to make their influence felt in pop. It was also a period of the glam-rock/ hair-band style which left an…

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