February 01, 2005

To Do (Feb. 2005)

There aren't enough hours in the day. I'm close to done, albeit moving very, very slowly, on "Atomic Zombies Of The Pacific," and I've got an expanding list of semi-finished articles to submit to Pyramid and a handful of other things to write. Pyramid articles in the process include:
  • Amadan: a fantasy city with parts linked by magic portals.

  • Uxuloth: a fantasy city populated by undead.

  • The Great Trans-Kenya Railway: A steampunkish adaptation of the construction of the Kenya-Uganda railway at the dawn of the 20th century. I'm adding an Anglo-German cold war about to become hot because of the Belgians (link to the Kongo article there), a homeland for the Jews, and zepplins. Some of those are fact-based.

  • The Song Of Eregoses: A fantasy adventure wherein a series of traps and tests are based on clues provided by a well-known mythological epic. The twist in this one is that, in the real world, folklore is variable. That is, a given story, song, etc., may be well-known, but people will know different versions, so the characters will quibble about the details which provide them with their clues.
  • Complications of travel in low-tech settings
And there are some in less distinct form. As part of the fallout from "Demented and Sad, But Social," I'm toying with an article or two on time management and/or social interaction (they're overlapping, but I'm not sure how they'll fall out). Based on some reading I've done recently about native African religions, I'm considering a fantasy adventure or location article where magical effects result from intention; essentially, it's possible to inadvertently curse someone you're angry at. Not sure where to go with that. Tangential to that and the recent tsunami, I have a vague glimmer of an idea about an alternate history where global civilization centers on the Indian Ocean, with Africa and southeast Asia as the major power blocs instead of Europe and China.

And, of course, there are the big, big projects that aren't actually going anywhere: the retro Gen-X rock-and-roll spy thriller, the fantasy novel based on the Ireland trip, and an outline and proposal for GURPS Byzantium. Y'know, if there three or four more hours in a day...well, I'd probably find something else to do with them anyway. I've got books to read!

3 Comments:

Blogger Stephanie said...

Ehem. Books to Read???? Is that what you plan to do with your spare time????????????????????????????????

February 3, 2005 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Turhan said...

It's the one I can mention in a public forum.

February 3, 2005 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger James said...

Of the projects listed here, The Great Trans-Kenya Railway is the one of most interest to me, because it seems to have the most potential for a distinct and savory flavor. As the roleplaying hobby winds down into a tiny little niche form of amusement, flavor will become that much more important.

March 5, 2005 at 9:05 AM  

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