ReBoot - Hexadecimal

Writing style meme

I tested out several segments of "A Refugee in Oz" in a meme, and the results were interesting.

The first page:

I write like
L. Frank Baum

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Got the same result for "Ragdoll Psychology" and several other chapters. I feel indecently validated over this.

Other chapters were diangosed as J.K Rowling and Jack London. Not bad. I'd be really happy if I got Larry Niven, but I don't know if he's in there or not.
Oz - Scarecrow & TW = "FABULOUS!"

"A Refugee in Oz" is finally available!

After over a year of work,"A Refugee in Oz" is finally available for sale! You can buy it on as a paperback ($11.95) or PDF ($3.99). Or you can buy an autographed copy from little old me. Eventually it'll be available on Amazon, but that can take 6 to 8 weeks and I have these books on hand now.

Lulu offers free shipping on orders of $19.95 or above, so if you have a strange urge to buy multiple copies, there ya go. They take Paypal, of course. If you buy it from me, live within the continental US, and want to pay via Paypal, just click on the "add to cart" button down below and I will ship it out media mail with delivery confirmation and E-mail you the confirmation number. If you want it shipped via another method or live outside the US, or would prefer to pay via a method other than Paypal, E-mail me first and I'll be glad to sort it out.

And now, without further delay, here's the buy-from-me button. If you'd like an inscription, please make a note in the "comments" field.

FF9 - 8-bit Vivi

Muppet Snackfic: Boxcar Gonzo

I've been working so intensively on "A Refugee in Oz" I am ready to scream. After proofreading the story three times in less than a week, reading it is like chewing old gum. So, to have a little fun I've been writing snackfics. They're like little fun stories in between the bigger, more intense ones. Between-meal snacks, y'know?

Anyway, this is a followup to Eggs.

Boxcar Gonzo

by Kim McFarland

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Cooking - Who watches the cornbread?

"A Refugee in Oz" has almost reached the finish line

I just got my proof copy of "A Refugee in Oz." This is a single print copy that shows exactly what the book will look like when put into production. Last chance to find typos and other bugs. I want to do one final read-through and then release that bad boy. Problem is, I've read the story through SO MANY TINES, especially lately because of the final-edits process, I actually get sleepy when I read it. I know it backwards and forwards, and I'm focusing on finding typos rather than following the story, so after about 10 pages I get drowsy.

On the bright side, I've finally found a cure for insomnia that doesn't leave me groggy in the morning.
DDR - Ba Be Loo Be Ra

This year's birthday challenge: I came, I saw, I stomped.

Today's my birthday. For the past few years I've set a fitness challenge for myself: on my birthday, dance my age in DDR 10-footers. I started on my 40th with 4 10-footers. On my 41st I did 4 10s, adding a modifier on one that made the arrows twitch weirdly to bump up the difficulty a tad. Here are the results for this year:

Warmup: Sakura, DDR Extreme 2. I was originally going to dance Paranoia Survivor, as I lose it half the time during the Sakura slowdowns, but I decided to try anyhow, and passed. Kinda like tripping, falling, and missing the floor.

Horatio, DDR X. This song has wicked 32nd-note runs that go with the flamenco guitar. It's very easy to wipe out on those runs - if you don't tire out, you're likely to get just a tad off rhythm, and WHAM.

This one's just weird. I've only played it a few times, and I didn't even remember it when I started, so I was all over the place!

I love Bend Your Mind. It's steps are weird and chaotic and you have to hit arrows with your hands as well as your feet. Great for showing off. I do this one every year. A pity the picture came out so crappy.

A little extra. Pandemonium Medium, 9 feet, 330 BPM, with extra modifiers: Accelerate, which makes the arrows speed up when they near the top rather than traveling at a constant rate; Dizzy, which means the arrows spin like pinwheels rather than pointing in one direction; and Flip, which reverses the target arrows so they point RUDL instead of LDUR. Let me tell you, this was the goofiest DDR stunt I've ever tried. Next year I'll top it by tap dancing Max 300 in a vat of oatmeal.

Oh, I also FPC-AAAed Ubertreffen Standard, 8 feet. Nyaa haa.