Prepare to Enter The Great Underground Empire…

Posted in Updates on March 24, 2017 by chemiclord

It’s taken a while, to be sure.  Day jobs, editing, coordinating artwork… it’s all slowed down the process.  But the light at the end of the tunnel nears.

Book 5 of the MegaToyko: Endgames series, The Great Underground Empire, is currently slated for release on April 14th, 2017.  Kobo readers will also finally join in the fun of release, as it will launch right along with Kindle, Nook, and paperback editions.

Thank you all for your patience, and hopefully it won’t take quite as long to begin the trip to The Isle of Donne.


On Jaded Eyes and Rose Colored Glasses…

Posted in Grumblings on March 2, 2017 by chemiclord

I was never, nor had any particular desire, to be a psychologist or a behavioral scientist, but as an aspiring writer, how people behave and why is something of special interest to me.  And one of those behaviors that has always amused me is a sort of phenomenon I’m seeing as the latest iteration of the Zelda franchise is quite literally hours from official release.

A bit of disclosure; one of the first games I ever played that I didn’t have to copy myself from a book related to an Atari 800XL was the original Legend of Zelda, and I have at least attempted to play every console title of the series produced since them (and a handful of the handheld titles as well).  It’s one of a small handful of IPs that would be a wild dream of mine to write for.  So if I occasionally drift into fanboy territory with some of my prose here, that’s why.  I’ll try not to.

Anyway, what I’m describing as one behavior is really more two behaviors that are related to each other.  The first is a dogged, I dare say irrational, urge to be as jaded as possible about anything in the present or the immediate future.  It’s like an unspoken competition between people to be as negative as you possibly can about something right in front of you without getting your teeth punched in by someone else who is finally sick of your shit.  This is made all the easier by the inability to strangle someone through the internet, so online we get to see human behavior plumb to some depressing-to-the-point-of-comical depths.

And, no, it’s not something restricted to The Legend of Zelda or even games.  New movies, new shows, even remakes or new seasons of existing shows receive this treatment from a remarkably large segment of the public.

However, this tends to go hand in hand with another behavior, often by those same people; an equally dogged urge to remember what came before fondly, becoming ever more fond of what they experienced the further back they go.  This phenomenon is especially visible in the Legend of Zelda series, and why I noted it in regards to this intellectual property.  See, I remember the release window for The Wind Waker.  That thing was loathed for much of the period that it was the headlining title in the franchise.  The cel graphics were such an awful change in visuals.  The storyline was such a deviation from what had been so successful before.

Nowadays?  Those same fans look upon it as one of the best in the series.  The art style that had been a cop out to accommodate “weaker” hardware?  It’s “charming” and “colorful” now.  The story is now a “bold direction” to take, and history is now remembering it as one of the IP’s best titles.

Why did they have to abandon all that was so great about Wind Waker to make “The Legend of Skyrim?”


We have gotten so good at dismissing what was bad about the past and comparing that idealized version that didn’t really exist to what is in front of us that I believe it contributes greatly to the gun-shy nature that infects our creative industries.  We punish the natural course of things… until it comes time to remember them… then wonder why more people don’t break the mold more often.

Okay, coming NOW to Kobo…

Posted in Grumblings on January 22, 2017 by chemiclord

Sometimes, I’m shocked by how quickly modern publishing can move.  Literally hours after I had submitted everything to Kobo for their review, all four books are live and for sale.  If you’ve been one of the few that have been waiting, just go ahead and find the relevant links within the stickied posts at the top of the blog.

And yes… at some point, I’m gonna need to put together a proper page for all of these so that people don’t have to navigate my blog.  I will.


I think.

Coming Soon to Kobo!

Posted in Grumblings, Updates on January 22, 2017 by chemiclord

Just a quick FYI, I am in the process of adapting my library of works to be compatible with Kobo e-readers.  Within a couple days, you all should see the fruit of those labors as the four books in the MegaTokyo:Endgames series will appear in the Kobo Store.  I’ll update my links as well as provide those links in the blog space once that happens.

Thanks for the support!

Well, THAT took far too long…

Posted in Grumblings on January 5, 2017 by chemiclord

But mercifully, I’ve finally punched through the first draft of The Great Underground Empire.  I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date when I get a good idea as to when it’ll be ready for release!

Happy New Year!

Posted in Grumblings on January 1, 2017 by chemiclord

This concludes my pithy attempt at empty discourse in order to keep the website updated.  May you have a pleasant day and coming year.

Stardew Valley is Both Cute and Dark as Hell…

Posted in Grumblings on December 8, 2016 by chemiclord

Underneath the surface of this game, I swear is the West answer to those moe harem anime dating sims.

From the adorable and cheery artist, struggling so badly that she has to forage for food while being stalked by a creepy ex-boyfriend…

Or the shy bookworm tutor, who lives with her alcoholic mom in a trailer where she is constantly shamed..

Or the unusually peppy “goth” girl, who wants to be an adventurer and discouraged at every turn because it’s not a proper woman’s work…

Or the man returning from a war and has PTSD so bad that the sound of popcorn popping causes him to have anxiety attacks…

And all of it lurking underneath this veneer of quaint community charm.

I’m not sure whether to be impressed by the developer’s subtle writing talents or a little bit concerned for his mental state.