Your Performance Review Episode 06—Kai

In Episode 06 of Your Performance Review, a troubled child comes to Michel for a review and leaves by making a threat. Listen to Episode 06 Kai is under review because he has been swearing in preschool. But Kai is no ordinary child. He has been modded, artificially enhanced with expanded memory and intelligence. He holds a universe of planetary information in his mind, including the details of all missions being flown by admin.

Continue reading →

Getting closer… my novel is just about ready to go on Imgram Spark and is already good to go on KDP.

Now playing.

Or if you prefer a universal link:

Why Should it Happen in Order?

Outlines are great, but rarely is anything I write composed from beginning to middle to end. It’s better to skip to the end and write backwards to the beginning, jumping past the middle in my haste to begin the story I already know the ending of. If it can be said that the past is a future that’s already happened, you can see the value in writing back-to-front, or middle-to-end.

Continue reading →

This is a big day. Surrender, the novel I’ve worked on for about two years, is uploaded to Ingram Spark and KDP.

Wow. this is something. (Image showing that Mastodon has added half a million users in the past week.)

It’s happening. The Tweet of God is opening up shop on the ‘don.

Your Performance Review Episode 05 - Chuck

In Episode 05 of Your Performance Review an interstellar commander remembers a heroic effort to save his life. Listen to Episode 05 Chuck is about to retire from an illustrious career as a commander of interstellar ships. To sign off and retire, Chuck must attend a performance review interview conducted by a bot named Michel. Chuck is an aging warrior. He doesn’t care much for bots, performance reviews, or the way admin does things.

Continue reading →

More amazing stuff from the dictionary. I never thought that catastrophe referred to overtuning something, or even that it is the final event in a romance or drama.

Ca-tas′tro-phe, noun [L. catastropha, Gr. �, fr. � to turn up and down, to overturn; κατά down + � to turn.] 1. An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great misfortune. The strange catastrophe of affairs now at London. Bp. Burnet.

The most horrible and portentous catastrophe that nature ever yet saw. Woodward.

  1. The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.
  2. (Geol.) A violent and widely extended change in the surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of some part of it, effected by internal causes. Whewell.

Apropos of nothing in particular, pretty happy with my choice to move some email over to Fastmail. Glad to be gradually moving away from the Google monster.

Take care of each other.

Subscribe to the 500 Words newsletter. Surprise yourself with a random post