Author Archives: John D. Alden

Short review – Cyber City Oedo 808

Details about the anime here. Blurb, from the above link: It is the year 2808. Three convicts are recruited as members of the Cyber Police to keep major criminal activity in Oedo (formerly Tokyo) in check. In return, their life … Continue reading

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Reviving this site for a bit

I’ve been wanting to post on a blog lately, but the state of my normal site is such that it needs a fair bit of work before I’m happy using it full time. I briefly revived one of my wordpress.com … Continue reading

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Finally copped a shadowban on Twitter

I’ve been using the shadowbanned account (@roughcoat13) for about seven months, and never got so much as a 12 hour warning before, but a few days ago I was shadowbanned out of the blue. I don’t violate the terms of … Continue reading

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We, the Two, by Dominika Lein

Unusual, but enjoyable. Lein does a good job handling frankly mind-bending concepts in the story—the cast moves through multiple different dimensions with different, disconnected fundamental rules of reality—without making the mistake of trying to explain the how or why behind them. This story … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – day 27

I just wrapped up one of the stories I wrote for NaNoWriMo. It’s a bit over 13,000 words. I do intend to continue the plot, but I’m considering this the end of that particular section of the story because I’m … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who might wander by before midnight. I hope you had a good holiday. I spent most of mine playing Dungeon Keeper 2. For various reasons—but mostly because my sister is working at the hospital—my family isn’t … Continue reading

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Things that annoyed me today

Seems like everything is annoying me today, and I’m generally in a really bad mood that’s negatively affecting my ability to work, so maybe writing this post will let me vent a bit and settle back down. Item one: Gamers are … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo update – day 20

It’s more like National [Pile of novelettes] Writing Month, the way I’m doing it. Only one of the stories I’ve worked on this month is a novel-length work and at about 6000 words in, I’m not sure I’m going to … Continue reading

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A nation of pussies, we’ve become

I used to follow this woman on Twitter, Carolyn Emerick. I originally followed her because I was working on a project that drew heavily on western folklore, and she was listed as a folklorist. Well, she didn’t say much about … Continue reading

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Furman Simms and the Problem Princess (The Adventures of Furman Simms Book 0), by Justin Knight

From the synopsis on Amazon: Furman Simms is an intergalactic bounty hunter. A man who lives his life one day at a time, taking which ever jobs he pleases, visiting various planets, and shooting various people, all for a pay … Continue reading

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