June 15th, 2006

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Update time!

The new page of Blood Choice is now up, so go read it.

Also, as my laptop will be packed up by then, most likely, there will be no Saturday update. You'll just have to live without a new page until Tuesday, isn't it awful? Though you could always get your fix by going back and reading Blood and Fire. I know I have some new readers that probably haven't made it all the way through the archives yet. Now's the time!

As always suggestions are welcome, but may be ignored if I don't agree with 'em. *grins* I am the Author! I am God of my world! Or something like that.

P.S. in case you forgot, or are new, or are just lazy like that, link! http://bladespark.topcities.com/story Now you have no excuse.
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More LJs, yay!

I post more than Mork lately. This is scary. Though I don't quite think I've passed TSK. I'm getting close though...

Anyhow, the current topic is culinary experiements! You see, I love chowder. Clam chowder, corn chowder, potato chowder, whatever, it's all good. And lately I've been in the mood, so I've been fixing it. My favorite kind of chowder is corn and cheddar chowder, which is freakishly good stuff, but currently we lack both corn and cheddar. Also we have no clams. So I've been having potato chowder. This is okay, but a bit boring. I mean, it does have carrot, celery, and onion in there too, but that's it, really. A little salt, a little pepper, a little parsley, nothing exotic.

And this is boring, especially when you're really craving cheddar chowder and there is no cheddar in the house. Curses be upon whatever principles of cheesemaking and economics that cause monterey jack to be cheaper than cheddar! (I'd curse Mom too, for being cheap, but she really can't help it.)

So, anyhow, the chowder. I was doing the "look in the fridge again and again because maybe you'll find a tiny lump of cheddar in the back corners, forgotten" thing that you do in such situations, and I noticed the bag of fresh spinach. And a little thought crossed my brain that went something like "Spinach is really good in creamy soups. Cream of spinach is awesome stuff. I bet spinach would go great with chowder." And thus, spinach chowder was born! And lo! It was good.
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Thinking deep, insomniac thouhts

So I was lying in bed, and a lot of things were running through my mind, and I ended up with a weird train of thought that, well... it wouldn't leave me alone, so I'm sharing it.

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Also, a side note on the article linked there. For heaven's sake, if you're going into a religion that won't tell you right up front everything that they believe, and then charges you money to advance you so you can learn more, have a bit of skepticism, people! And before somebody goes "but what about those secret Mormon temple ceremonies?" I shall add that the exact details of what you do in them are, indeed, held sacred and not told to outsiders, but the beliefs and principles taught there are taught to every child, every investigating member, and everybody who sits next to a Mormon on the bus and makes the mistake of bringing up religion! There are no secrets. I could tell you right now every single belief that's put forth in the temple ceremony, and even the general outlines of what's done in the thing itself. There are just a few things that are, well... sacred. And that's as it should be. But sacred and secret aren't quite the same thing. And heck, if you're totally dying to know, I'm sure even the sacred bits are on the internet somewhere if you want to look. May you have much joy in finding them out, pointless as it's going to seem as soon as you do. (They're not particularly sensational. Though I bet there are some faked up sensational ones out there too. As one of my exes used to say about the CTR slogan, "It's for Chickens, Turkeys, and Roosters, the animals we sacrifice in the temples!" And if you believe that, I've got some beachfront property down in southern Utah I can sell you...)
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Promotion.

Webnovels are very uncommon. A google search for "webnovel" brings a mere seventeen thousand results, while "webcomic" returns more than five million. This is sad news for me, as I'm never going to have a web comic, and may well write web novels for the rest of my life.

It's sad that there doesn't seem to be any community, or any central listing of webnovels. There are for comics, though in that case there are almost too many listings, but then there are a TON of webcomics out there, good and bad. But I've been poking around for a while now, and I can't find even one directory of serial webnovels. Ah well.

This thought was prompted by the urge to have another character auction. I had some mild success with auctioning off a character appearance in Blood and Fire a few years back, and am really quite pleased, but... the winner was JJ, and the other bidders were all personal friends of mine. It feels weird to put up an auction knowing that the only people interested will be friends. I'd rather if I had an actual fanbase of people whom I didn't know before.

The obvious solution is for you, my friends, to help me build my fan base by sharing the link to Blood and Fire, and other stories with lots of people, right? *grin*
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