(Digital) Inktober: Character Design for ‘Haunted’ and Sarcastic Ghosts Mod

As those of you lovely human beings following this blog know, I'm using Inktober to push myself to publish wonky, mediocre digital art online so that I can release a spinoff comic, Haunted, in November. The idea being I'll have gotten most of the wonk out come late November. If you're new and want to … Continue reading (Digital) Inktober: Character Design for ‘Haunted’ and Sarcastic Ghosts Mod

(Digital) Inktober: Catastrophe Theory Character Portraits

So! As the insiders know, I've been learning to draw since June with the goal of releasing a comic in November. To practice, I've made some portraits for the character page! Here they are. I've earned maybe 3--4 skill points in digital art and am in what nice people would call a "period of rapid … Continue reading (Digital) Inktober: Catastrophe Theory Character Portraits

I Don’t Know How to Feel Real: Training Neural Nets on SimLit and Other Written Work

Neural nets have reached a level of comedy previously inaccessible to mankind. Given their inscrutable memes and inedible recipes, neural nets are nowhere near solving society's problems, but they've mastered the art of making humans choke on their own spit laughing. SimLit is already AI-aided storytelling if you incorporate anything game-based, so why not add … Continue reading I Don’t Know How to Feel Real: Training Neural Nets on SimLit and Other Written Work

20 Things in Catastrophe Theory Books I and II You May have Missed (Or Forgotten About)

Before Catastrophe Theory solidified into the emotional and philosophical mess it is today, it was a mess of a different sort: details, details, obscure references, intricately constructed jokes, blink-and-you'll-miss-it jokes, blink-and-you'll-miss-it major plot points, and captions lampshading those things. It goes without saying, then, that you're not expected to catch everything on the first read. … Continue reading 20 Things in Catastrophe Theory Books I and II You May have Missed (Or Forgotten About)

Marigolds/Cempasúchil

by Kendra Jeong-Espinosa She never saw the marigolds, the blooms that grew today, Releasing airy flecks of gold that rose into the grey; Their petals in the sunlight burned and then, as ash, to earth returned As if to leave a parting word Before they blew away. She would have loved the marigolds, although she … Continue reading Marigolds/Cempasúchil

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part V)

Start from Part I The shade cast by the temporary altar let the summer heat trickle through, enough to tug at the armpits but not enough to complain about if you stuffed yourself into tuxes so many nights a week you practically lived in one. Xiyuan had slept in stiffer collars and worse conditions. Disregarding … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part V)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part IV)

Start from Part I Myshuno Meadows, for all the work the landscapers took to cram as much nature as possible into a painfully efficient 64x64 grid, wasn't so much the oasis the city planners told people it was. There was a turf-war feel to the skyscrapers closing in on all four sides, like the park … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part IV)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part III)

Start from Part I "Your children?" here I have an excuse for starting hella in medias res: the last four parts of this chapter are a single-take deal ft. every main character whose name doesn't start with C "Yeah, were you watching Hector at the funeral? He was staring at me the whole time like … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part III)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part II)

Start from Part I The reception wasn't nearly as suffocating as the ceremony. Without a tense central narrative to unite the mourners in their discomfort, and without the noon sun baking them in their suits and full makeup, they could shake off some of the grief; shoulders relaxed, bowties were loosened from stuffy necks, backs … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part II)