Character Sketch: Marty Silvia

Marty Silvia hails from a distinguished family and holds the esteemed position of the heir to the House Silvia. Given his privileged background, he was expected to conform to elevated standards right from his early years. His upbringing was a reflection of his status, characterized by a strict regimen and parental expectations that left no... Continue Reading →

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert, 1856 The timeless tale of a neurotic housewife. The story was first released in serialized form in the Revue de Paris. It was attacked by the courts for obscenity and the resulting trial made the book all the more famous. The trial ended in acquittal and the full volume became a bestseller in... Continue Reading →

Place Sketch: Old Citing Falls

A large metropolis of Lantern Parish. Its southeastern edge is marked by the Crown Lighthouse at Cape Rowdy. At the city center stands the historic Three Flowers Temple. Across the street is the Elizabet Greenhouse, one hundred acres in size and open to the public.  The city is financially well-off, but a tradition of corruption... Continue Reading →

Machine Learning Sonnet No. 17

It swung open into the dangerous and underpaid. Network layer routing. Blank item only. What is so amazing about this? Your plainness and your working pressure. Some text about whatever topic you’re paying for. No objective available. I am naturally very curious. Hidden cams are the trending annoyance right now. Full reference lists are available.... Continue Reading →

Place Sketch: Endcliff

An eccentric city and the oldest established in the Highlands departement, and one of the oldest in the country. The metropolis fans out from atop the precarious cliffs of Erise that overlook Auview Island. At the height of its autocratic rule Endcliff was renowned for its hanging vertical farms and advancements in philosophical mathematics. The... Continue Reading →

The Beans of Egypt, Maine

Carolyn Chute, 1985 Ghosts bust up my house all the time. They don’t hurt me…but they keep me awake rollin’ them big Blue Hubbards around and smashin’ up glass. They get right under the sheets with me and run around in there under the sheets. Set in the impoverished hills of rural Maine in an... Continue Reading →

Machine Learning Sonnet No. 16

University governance has a last name. Design ‘em strong. Best reply ever. See collodion wet plate. Make a declaration match. Audacity is getting tough to call. Rapid thought and scientific literacy within an organization. Real tough choice for you? In the corner, drinking beer. The author, until his resignation becomes effective, Upon passage and approval.... Continue Reading →

Faction Sketch: House Cymbelline

The seated estate of Endcliff, the oldest metropolis in the Highland zone. The Cymbellines have historically been known as an eccentric and reclusive family. They have nonetheless been at the center of scandal and wild speculation. For several centuries, the odds of a Cymbelline reaching old age was nearly fifty-fifty. The house was plagued by... Continue Reading →

The Song of Roland

The earliest known French epic poem, a literary form properly known as chanson de geste. The date of its origins is assumed to be somewhere between 1040 and 1115. The Song of Roland chronicles the story of a Frankish military leader in the Battle of Roncevaux Pass, a real event that occurred in 778.  Infamous... Continue Reading →

Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson, 1919 In that high place in the darkness the two oddly sensitive human atoms held each other tightly and waited. In the mind of each was the same thought. "I have come to this lonely place and here is this other," was the substance of the thing felt. A composite novel whose stories... Continue Reading →

Machine Learning Sonnet No. 14

Advancement on the blondes. High dawn rising, with no deposit bonus, Only an offer from you. Blown a fin? Caught another swarm by hand with your great strength? Un ultimo punto. An inspirational woman. Glue felt letters to one computer, to hibernate at fall. That goes to infinity. Hypnosis for business improvement. A hero for... Continue Reading →

Chapter 16

Now available to read on Kindle Vella. The second half of Chapter Fifteen's problem-solving and a further leak on the Directory's codification of social engineering.

Faction Sketch: House Silvia

House Silvia, who almost wasn’t, is the most controversial Old Family house in the Midland zone.  Before the Good Revolution, the House was most known for operating the largest and oldest charitable organization in the nation. The Order of Benevolent Strangers, a charter system of craft and research lodges, with a women’s auxiliary known as... Continue Reading →

Chapter 15

I've reached what may be the halfway point of my current Royal Road serial. The link leads to the most recent chapter published, but it's easy enough to find the beginning if you're interested. Read it here.

Place Sketch: Cruxham

Cruxham is a small city sprawled over three hills. It is surrounded by the massive Cruxham timberlands, the largest and last remaining in the de-forested Lowlands zone. Unfortunately, the timberlands have not made Cruxham prosperous. Soft evergreens have few uses in building, certainly no high-value ones. Their primary use, and the region’s key export, is... Continue Reading →

Character Sketch: Magdalinda Usher

Magdalinda is the Dowager of House Usher. She may be the only member of the Ancient Regime whose lot was dramatically improved by the Good Revolution.  Magdalinda Usher was born to the lesser branch of House Usher. She grew up at the House’s Spital Fields estate a league away from the Cruxham seat. The First... Continue Reading →

Blood Meridian

Cormac McCarthy, 1985 War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. Judge Holden Three hundred and fifty pages of frontier violence and depravity. A novel about the American West that manages to avoid being a Western to the point of Anti. Essentially depicting the lifestyles... Continue Reading →

Place Sketch: Fauxpool

A swampy heap that survives by the fame of its black markets. Fauxpool’s underdeveloped state offers advantages for such illicit trades that other locations fall short of. One of these is the number of its districts that are accessible only by narrow-boat and require a strong familiarity with the city’s winding ways.  Fauxpool’s architectural view... Continue Reading →

Character Sketch: Paul Dion

House of Dion Paul Dion is the patriarch of the House of Dion. He is known most as the heir of the most ruined House in Palmetto.  The “Good Revolution” peaked when Paul was but four years old. When his family was incarcerated he was placed in the children’s holding facility on Auview Island. He... Continue Reading →

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo, 1862 “It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”Victor Hugo I knew little about this story before I read it. I enjoy musicals, but I never knew anything about the one based on this. I hadn't seen the film flops. I knew little about France besides too much of the... Continue Reading →

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