Let me tell you a story. A story of how things could be. CCP are making a lot of noise about their VR baby Valkyrie but aren’t really talking about how the tech could be applied to EVE. Now, I’m not a programmer or game designer, so have absolutely no clue as to how difficult this would be to do, if it would require rebuilding the entire engine or simply something that will sit between the interface devices and the client, but I still think that something like this should at least be attempted. If not by CCP then by someone with the ability to do so. So, let me tell you a story…
And that is the new look.
Let me know what you think.
The layout is based on the Papaver theme, which you can get here. There are three, two and one column versions.
The design on the left is one of mine, as you may have guessed if you are familiar with my previous work. I plan to get this design tattooed on my left inner forearm. I’ve been quoted £140. I will be asking about UV ink for the inner knot, so it may well be more than that.
I was tempted, briefly, to expunge the archive of this blog. Deliberately this time. But I would be doing myself a disservice. What there is of it is fragmentory but it is a history of sorts. I recently lost most of the artistic and design work I had on my HDD (I know, don’t even start) What exists now is scattered across the ether of the internet and, thankfully, in my head.
I’m pretty sure I can ressurect everything that I feel is worth saving, and most of my writing is on my Google Drive anyway so I still have that at least. I use Google Drive as a bit of a scratchpad since I stopped using OneNote. I may sometimes offer sneak previews to valued commenters; those I value and admire the taste, ability and opinion of.
I am taking the opportunity presented by my loss to start again. I will rebuild, reforge and renew. In the process igniting the fire under something new.
Just so you know, I haven’t been idle the last three years. I have three and a bit Moleskines full of writing (and still growing, I’ll need a new one in a month or two at this rate) which I am now in the process of archiving, cross-referencing, and collating. There is a book there I feel. I have a lot more reading, thinking, and scribbling to do before that see’s the light of day though. I’m aiming for NaNoWriMo.
The shape of it is in my head. It is not, oddly, fiction. It is… something… from the mind of a mandrill.
PS: Yes I know that technically it won’t be a novel and so not within the strictest interpretation of the rules of NaNoWriMo. But I don’t care, I can be a rebel 😛
Something I did for EVE Online Fanfest this year.
Where can I get this as a poster?
I have a redesign and refocus of this blog incoming in the next few days. Cutting right back on the bells and whistles and simply having somewhere I can publish stuff.
Watch this space.
I adore the way fan fiction writers engage with and critique source texts, but manipulating them and breaking their rules. Some of it is straight-up homage, but a lot of [fan fiction] is really aggressive towards the source text. One tends to think of it as written by total fanboys and fangirls as a kind of worshipful act, but a lot of times you’ll read these stories and it’ll be like ‘What if Star Trek had an openly gay character on the bridge?’ And of course the point is that they don’t, and they wouldn’t, because they don’t have the balls, or they are beholden to their advertisers, or whatever. There’s a powerful critique, almost punk-like anger, being expressed there—which I find fascinating and interesting and cool.
I need a movie to be made of Dune.
I want Benedict Cumberbatch to play Paul Atreides.
I want it like I’ve never wanted anything before.
MAKE IT HAPPEN, Hollywood.
No, just no. David Lynch tried in 1984 and was only partially successful.
I don’t think Dune is filmable.
just a little experiment, no deeper meaning to be divined…
This is not who I am.
I am not this.
Who I am is not this.
Who am I?
Who is this?
This is who.
I am not.
This am I.
I am this.
I am who this is not.
I am this, who is not?