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Jan. 8th, 2014 03:49 pm Big Master List Of All The Fic [sticky post]

List in progress.

Master list of all my fics here. This will probably take some time to finish.Collapse )

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Sep. 11th, 2015 03:57 pm Play Like God, Chapter One, incomplete

I had photographs and newspaper clippings strewn all over the table and a laptop computer in the middle, hooked up to a monitor plus itself, with several of the humans' databases and search tools pulled up on the two screens, but I couldn't actually read the screens too well anymore. Or the clippings, really. My eyes itched and watered and it was getting a little hard to focus them. But I was so close to answers. I had to be. The connections were there, if I could just see them.

That was when the tall slinky blonde let herself into my apartment.

"John," she said. I didn't answer. Couldn't she see I was busy, I thought? I managed to avoid saying it – I'm not known for my tact, but Stacy was a person I didn't want mad at me. Not most of the time, anyway. Right now, my head hurt, my mouth and eyes were dry and crackly, and I was sure that just another half an hour of work, tops, and I'd finally have something actionable, some information I could use. So the main reason I didn't snark off at Stacy or tell her to go away was less that I was exercising my rarely-used and faulty faculty of tact, and more that it was sort of hard to talk.

"John? How long has it been since you slept?"

"Buh?"

"Yeah, I thought so. A day? Two?"

The sound of a human voice was startling in an odd way, after so long with nothing but my own muttering. Belatedly I started to realize that I'd almost been in a trance, that I might have been awake enough to move around and work but that for all intents and purposes at least part of my brain was asleep. I struggled to wake up fully. Never really got the hang of this sleep thing, if you must know. Why couldn't the dominant sapient species of this planet have the same gift their aquatic co-sapients had, and be able to stay awake indefinitely by letting half the brain go to sleep at a time? I might have inadvertently managed to do the same thing, but human brains weren't really designed for it.

"A day? Two?" I repeated back at her, thus demonstrating my superior intellect and nature as a highly advanced being.

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Sep. 11th, 2015 03:55 pm Play Like God

Still working on this one; it will require an insane amount of research, though.

The idea is that there is a race of Q-like aliens called the Aleph, and that one of them is impersonating God. Our God, on our world, but on many other worlds as well. The main character, based on the JdL Q, is trying to find evidence, on Earth, that this entity is impersonating Earth's Yahweh/Allah/Jehovah, and using the worship of human beings to gain power. The story may not appeal to the religious; while in the end it turns out there is such a thing as an actual creator god who made the universe and is not evil, that being isn't the Judeo-Christian God, who is basically fictional except for the fact that the villain is impersonating him. On the other hand, Jesus Christ is actually going to be a character, eventually, and is one of the good guys. I like that dude. I don't believe he was the son of God, but I think he was a pretty decent guy with a lot of insight.

I think it's kind of funny that the two major novels I'm working on -- this and Cold Light -- are both in first person. I actually prefer third person. Also, they're both about very emotion-driven sarcastic selfish assholes, whereas I am a very logic-driven sarcastic asshole who is less selfish so much as flaky (I volunteer to do too much and then I burn out and flake out on most of it).

Prologue

About Gods (this is an infodump and won't probably appear in the novel in this form)

The Eschaton (another infodump)

Chapter One, incomplete

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Feb. 5th, 2015 09:22 pm Progress bar post: Not the Hero

Updated December 23, 2015 for the story update (Chp. 13) on July 19, 2015.

Note: Estimated time to complete is not elapsed time to complete, it's worked time. In other words, if I say it will take 2 hours, it means 2 hours of total writing time, which may take place over the course of a year. It is not an estimate of how quickly you'll get the story, but of how much effort lies ahead of me before I finish it.

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Feb. 5th, 2015 09:19 pm Progress bar post: Signal to Noise

Updated December 23, 2015 for the story update (Chp. 3) on Nov. 15, 2015, and subsequent refactoring to account for the need for a Chapter 4.

Note: Estimated time to complete is not elapsed time to complete, it's worked time. In other words, if I say it will take 2 hours, it means 2 hours of total writing time, which may take place over the course of a year. It is not an estimate of how quickly you'll get the story, but of how much effort lies ahead of me before I finish it.


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Feb. 5th, 2015 08:58 pm Progress bar post: No Escape From Yourself

Updated June 28, 2015. Two chapters have been completed but not posted because there is still an incomplete chapter between them.

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Feb. 5th, 2015 08:46 pm Progress bar post: Robot Scootaloo

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Feb. 5th, 2015 08:23 pm Progress bar post: Love, Friendship and Chaos

Updated 4/6 for the story update 3/17.

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Feb. 5th, 2015 08:15 pm Progress bar post: Elements of Opposition

Updated December 23, 2015 for the story update (Chp. 9) on Dec. 13, plus some refactoring to update word count estimates.

Note: Estimated time to complete is not elapsed time to complete, it's worked time. In other words, if I say it will take 2 hours, it means 2 hours of total writing time, which may take place over the course of a year. It is not an estimate of how quickly you'll get the story, but of how much effort lies ahead of me before I finish it.

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Feb. 5th, 2015 05:46 pm Progress bar post: Awkward Conversations

Updated December 23, 2015 for the story update Dec. 21, 2015.

Note: Estimated time to complete is not elapsed time to complete, it's worked time. In other words, if I say it will take 2 hours, it means 2 hours of total writing time, which may take place over the course of a year. It is not an estimate of how quickly you'll get the story, but of how much effort lies ahead of me before I finish it.

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