Monthly Archives: May 2019

Mayhap the Twine Shall Meet

This morning I tested a few features of the Frotz text adventure delivery system for iPad. I was curious whether an author can make unreleased beta versions of new games available to Frotz users for testing. Answer: Yes. I was … Continue reading

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New Maps of Hell

Once upon a time, I wrote and released several text adventure games. There’s a small but enthusiastic underground cult of people who write and play these games. Sooner or later it will die out, but for now it’s still a … Continue reading

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Blinded by the Light

I was rather bemused this morning by a quote that one of my Facebook friends posted. This passage was allegedly written by C. S. Lewis, and it seems consonant with what I know of Lewis. He was an ardent apologist … Continue reading

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You’re Welcome

I’m a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. It’s just about the only church I could belong to, as I’m an atheist. The core principles of Unitarian Universalism are progressive, and in general I’m in agreement with them. But I’m … Continue reading

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Build Me a World

In every story or novel, every writer creates a world. This is as true of Tolstoy and Agatha Christie as it is of Heinlein and Tolkien. No story is set in the real real world. The writer must winnow, whittle, … Continue reading

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Noun Trouble

Written English bristles with subtle traps that can snare the unwary. If you know the difference between an appositive and a noun of address, raise your hand. I wasn’t sure I would go on re-reading Roger Zelazny’s Amber epic, but … Continue reading

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Shadow Boxing

Having finally crawled out from under Trollope’s massive (and goopy) Can You Forgive Her?, I thought I’d reward myself by reading some classic SF and fantasy. Preferably novels that are faster-moving and shorter. Someone mentioned Roger Zelazny’s Amber epic, and … Continue reading

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