*Kristin sits quietly and watches over the site, gently stroking the fur of a long haired old white cat that is perched in her lap*
A minion in the standard lab rat uniform scurries forward and profers a stack of papers, bound with cryptic markings only to receive a look of distain. "Paper?" she asks, recoiling slightly from the scent coming from the minion... of blood and feces, the odor of biological disaster and massacres.
"Yes, Mistress. The Dark One...", it began, before pausing as her eyebrow subtly rose. "yes... um... Doc Nalley sent it over in electronic form, but it was corrupting the network. We thought it safer..."
The cat rose in her lap, imperiously jumping down to the ground and padding off. The minion took a gulp of air, more than aware that the cat was notorious precient and avoided getting blood in its fur with great selection of which scenes it chose to participate in. The folder of printer pages grew heavier in his outreached hand as the Mistress cleared her throat and brought his attention back to her piercing blue eyes.
"You know that, evil or not, electronic is the only way that we can release the forces at play in these texts. Even if we have to manipulate and contain the sheer chaos and insanity of Jade and Wondercute... we WILL work in digital format and not paper. And what are those doodles you've put on that folder?"
"Did E. E. tell you to put warnings on his story?"
"Then why are there warnings on the story?"
"They were a test for something else he has in the pipeline, Mistress."
"He has something that is going to require warnings?"
"Yes, Mistress... something muse-driven, is the rumor. And not at all safe - for - work."
"I see. But it is not this piece?"
"Then why is THIS piece on paper and have warnings."
The minion stared blankly at her. She sighed.
"Fine. Call it a practice run. Get it back into normal format and get it ready for release. Now that you know you CAN do it, we just need to be sure to do it for the RIGHT story. In the meantime, what IS today's content release?"
The minion, clearly relieved, rushed toward the exit. Kristin paused for a moment, guaging his pace before pressing the shiny button on the keypad mounted on the arm of her throne-chair. Three separately mounted particle beams fired overhead, tracking towards the minion as they grew in intensity, crossed streams, and sliced through him causing an explosion of superheated blood and muscle. She smiled to herself, having judged the splatter range ... then remembering the cat's departure, glanced down at her white slacks to see one small piece of brain sitting there.
"That damn cat..."
For today's release - we have E.E. Nalley's next work "The Evil That Men Do" Enjoy... and don't forget to comment!
1015Evil you say?/index.php/visit/item/1015-evil-you-say
I didn't really have anything to say for today until just now... as I was sitting here prepping the new story to release for you all, I peeled an orange I got from one of my coworkers last night. She had a whole bag full of them from the tree in her yard and was passing them out to get rid of them before they go bad, because she had too many. Best damn orange I've had in ages. It's so juicy, super-sweet. Now I want an orange tree in my yard... of course, at the moment, I live in a downtown apartment and don't even have a yard... but... hey, I can dream. :P
For your reading pleasure this evening, we've got some 2nd Gen storyline from Nagrij. It's a Part 2 of something that ran a good while ago, so you might want to go back and reread part 1... but here is the continuation of "Hunger"
I have almost nothing to say today. I suppose that should be expected in January... which, for me, isn't necessarily the busiest time of the year for work but it is the most chaotic. That happens when you take a perfectly good piece of musical theatre, overly simplify it for untrained singers... plug 60 human beings in the midst of puberty into parts in that show... and then try to keep them focused on rehearsing and working on the show with an understaffed production team. And we do a couple of these in January, with a separate musical revue in the midst of it... which would otherwise be fun and simple, but has been arranged in a way to mean I go straight from closing a kids show into rehearsal for the revue without even my usual one day off a week. Not my idea of sane or fun...
But those are MY worries. For you, we've got some fun for today. Part Four of an ongoing piece from Bek D. Corbin starring a pair of our delightful young Whateley ladies, Jadis and Vamp. It's "Diamonds Are a Vamp's Best Friend".
Enjoy! Comment! Party like its 1999.
1006What are the options?/index.php/visit/item/1006-what-are-the-options
Considering much of this country is in the midst of a nasty cold snap, it seems appropriate to be in summer shorts today. No, not the ones that leave your legs bare and freezing in these sub-arctic temps, but the shorts that show what some of our less visible protagonists have been up to for the summer. Phoenix-Spiritus is the one to thank for this little collection, though a number of authors contributed stories to the mix. Enjoy these "Tales of Summer" and be sure to let the authors know that you were happy to see that these characters are still around.
999Put on your short shorts, it's an early Summer/index.php/visit/item/999-put-on-your-short-shorts-it-s-an-early-summer
I hope everyone has a great end of year holiday season, no matter which religions or philosophies you follow. It's been a dark year and we can all use the reminder that the Light always returns, even when it seems darkest and coldest and our resources run low. Don't be afraid, as we go into this new year, to BE the Light that someone needs to get through the night. There are thousands, if not millions left without homes or infrastructure... your random act of kindness could mean the difference between life and death... or it could just be the wings of the butterfly that creates the storm that counters the loss they've had.
For today's content, we get back to a story with Gen 1 protagonists in the Gen 2 Timeline... it's "The Haunting of Jennifer Kelly" part two, from E. E. Nalley. Enjoy and don't forget to comment.
997Merry Christmas and Happy end of year holidays/index.php/visit/item/997-merry-christmas-and-happy-end-of-year-holidays
If it sounds like I'm being anti-Star Wars in titling this... don't worry, it'll be the only anti-Star Wars thing you'll hear from me... until we stray into midi-chlorians discussion... that's might push me down the dark side...
No, I'm definitely a Star Wars far.. ever since my Nana (my dad's mother) took me to see one of my first in-theatre movies ever as a 6 year old. The newest one may actually be the first one in some time that I didn't go see as a midnight showing the second it came out.... but my show schedule was so intense that it may have killed me to be up that late. But I AM going to see it... this afternoon in fact. I'll avoid spoilers, if there's anyone left who hasn't seen it.
But the movie isn't the only thing this week that's going to take you a galaxy far away. E.E.'s been showing us for a while now that he's got as much Star Wars savvy as the KOTOR people at Bioware, or the crew at Lucas's ranch. This week's content update is his continuation of his Sith saga "The Sith Civil War". And comment... or he'll Force Grip you. :P
996Force is not passive, Parsecs are not a unit of time/index.php/visit/item/996-force-is-not-passive-parsecs-are-not-a-unit-of-time
I'll keep it simple today because we're at that time. Two months of story parts building to this moment in time. Here it is. The finale, the sixth part of Bek D. Corbin's Loose Cannons adventure: "Vegas, Baby, Vegas!"
993Let's get ready to rumble!/index.php/visit/item/993-let-s-get-ready-to-rumble
Hard to believe it is December already, time's been flying by recently. I don't know if I mentioned that I was excited about having an assistant hired for much of this year and the easier work load that was going to come from that. Unfortunately, my extremely savvy assistant was savvy enough to be working with the company that does the sound for the Universal Studios Halloween event... which meant she was being paid lots more money than we could pay her for the first couple months of our season. So we knew she wasn't coming in until November-ish. I worked out my schedule to make that work... and have been looking forward to having her here for the months that are the most work... when we're going musicals with body mics and lots of overlapping events.
A couple weeks back, she let me know she'd been offered a gig in China. The money would be good enough that that alone would be appealing... after al, my boss doesn't even pay ME what a sound engineer with our qualifications should be making, let alone what he'd offered her as the 'assistant'. But on top of that... well... China. So... no assistant. for a couple more months. And more than likely, this job in China will spin off other jobs (as such things often do). So... I don't think I'm getting my assistant this season. On the bright side, my boss DID budget for her being here... if I can make due without and convince him to apply that part of the budget to the equipment that we need ... it would accomplish some of the same purpose.
In the meantime... anyone know where I can get a good deal on some wireless ClearCom or Telex intercom gear? The stuff we currently share with Music Circus/California Musical Theatre is more than 15 years old and is predominently in the 600 MHz band that the FCC sold off this year. I need at least two 2-channel systems (where system is 1 basestation that can tie into a wired ClearCom station and have two belt packs and two headsets). We currently have/use two 4-channel systems, but I don't ever need more than two wireless at a time in one of the spaces, and the other space only needs more than that for one production per season. We would buy used as long as everything is in good working condition and nothing is in unusable frequency bands.
Enough about my other work... for today, we have something a little off the beaten path... and thus, will be going into the Library Collection (So you'll see it at the top of the Newest NON-CANON Story list - it's in the Library-Misc section, if you're looking specifically for it). This is a piece from Nagrij called "Haunted" Enjoy!