Well, I like to make up stories, just like any kid.
I even write a few down. :) Most of my stories are about
I like to write when I have time. Here you will find links to the stories I have written.
I don't claim they are especially good, and none of the stuff I write should be taken
too seriously. In fact, the funny thing is that sometimes when I look back on what I've
written, I end up disappointed, and yet other times I like it.
<Sigh> Well, here it is anyway. Enjoy.
Pixar story rules
The Big One
Well, I've been working on this one for quite a while. The storyline
keeps changing. I've got a couple of chapters that don't even fit anymore.
I'll try to wade trough it. :)
Serin is a blue fox I imagined when I was visiting my Grandparents in
Quincy. His name is derived from serendipity, not the poison gas. I wrote these
two stories out by hand when I was a frosh. I'd write for an hour or so in bed
before going to sleep.
- Beginnings - (1995-04-13) Serin's birth
- Untitled - (1995-04-13) how Serin ended up
in Nutsy's world.
Nutsy and Josh
This story started the summer of my frosh year, when I was living in Redmond.
I decided to make up a companion for Nutsy while I was walking home. Then and
there, Josh came in to being. I imagined how they met, and pondered the story in
my head. That's chapter one. Trying to spur my creativity, I wrote and illustrated
about one page of story. That became chapter 2. Things went fine for another chapter
or so. Then I tried to write myself into the story, but I decided it didn't really fit,
so that's an interesting chapter that doesn't fit into the story. Instead Faehlyn and Serin
became the story, providing a lot of ideas but few written chapters.
I kept planning more story. I got bogged down on what should happen. Also, the earlier
chapters didn't really fit in with the story that was growing up around Faehlyn. Senior year
I realized what I should do. I plan to split the story into the new story and the old
short story, which wasn't written with a larger goal anyway. By rewriting the introduction,
I can give more background and motivation, and be more consistent in the style (since the
first chapters are too silly for the type of story this is developing into).
- Chapter 1 - unfinished. It doesn't make any sense that
Nutsy has never seen a racoon before, which is one of the reasons why this chapter got
dumped and never finished. If you've been to Nutsy's homepage, this is where that quote
- Chapter 2 - This is an expanded version of the little
one page illustrated story I did.
- Chapter 3 - This crazy chase was inspired by the ending
of Chapter 2. A little too slapstick - I don't like the tail thing, which is why this chapter
is one of the ones that will get the axe.
- Chapter 4 - This is where Faehlyn enters into the story.
- Chapter 5 alternate - The end of Chapter 4 was supposed
to be the cue for Louis (me) to enter the picture. I was standing at the bus stop just as
described when I though this up, but unfortunately I never heard any noise from the trees.
Anyway, Once I wrote myself in I couldn't think of any way I could be particularly useful. Also,
I really didn't fit in. So I decided to scrap this chapter and rewrite it. I've saved the text
though, because I thought it was pretty well written.
- Chapter 5 - The plot thickens, kinda. Serin and Madam
Vera appear. I've reworked this one a bit to bring out Serin's character and story more and
give him the potential to be a major character.
- Chapter 6 - I was feeling pretty creative so I threw in
a dream sequence. I'm not sure how it helps the story so it may get axed.
- Gaeldow's Story - a sketch describing Faehlyn's world and
the background of what's going on. I posted this to the furry-lit group and got some good
feedback, so I want to revise it eventually.
- Outline - (1998-01-06 to 1999-10-31)
outline for the new story. There's a lot still to be hashed out.
- City sketch - (1998-02-04 to 1998-10-20)
a few paragraphs describing the city.
The furry-lit guys said that the city in Gaeldow's Story sounded unrealistic,
so here's a new version. It is definitely an improvement.
- (New) Chapter 1 - (1998-04-23 to 1998-05-16)
OK, so here's the rough version of
chapter 1. I'm not happy with it yet, but it's getting there.
- Kayla - (1998-07-22 to 1998-10-02)
Another chapter, though I'm not sure what number it
will be. This introduces Kayla. By the way, the
comic story follows immediately
- Short 1 - (1999-08-22) This is a story sketch that I
wrote later. It was
just an attempt to do another scene with Nutsy and Josh, to allow them to play off each other.
It's obviously unfinished, and I don't even remember where the story was going.
- Finale - (2004-03-01) Not getting very
far starting at the begining, how about a finale at least? Here are some notes.
The 'Quick' Story
This is a completely different story. I started out trying to write
it just a little bit at a time, writing as quickly as I could for ten minutes
or so (thus the name). Ten wasn't enough. So, I wrote for twenty minutes more.
Well, as I got more into it, I spent longer and longer on each section. :)
This story is also in a different style from what I usually write.
I'm trying to keep it very first person, with that person being ME!
I also use more profanity than I usually allow.
I wrote most of this as a junior, living in Avery house. I'm about to get
to the interesting twist behind this story, if I ever get
some more time to work on it.
The Lemondrop Conquest
At the end of my frosh year, I wanted to start another writer's brawl. Brian and I
had an interesting IRC conversation that gave me an idea for how to start it. I spent some
time thinking about it, and I was ready to start it in September. I wrote part of
the lead-in story, but finally decided it would never work. After all, these thinks are supposed
to be short and extemporaneous, and here I had the whole thing planned out. There wasn't much room
for creativity, so I let the idea fall. Here's what I had so far.
- The Introduction - (1996-08-15)
Well, what I wrote
of it anyway. Personally, I like it. I could probably polish it a bit and it would
stand on its own. By the way, this is written from Nutsy's point of view.
- The conversation with Brian and the story I
hatched up around it.
Here are some more random short stories.
(1997-02 to 1997-06)
- Hero - (1995-07-20) This is an unfinished short story
about Nutsy. Maybe someday I'll finish it.
- Division - (1995-09-01) This is a short story where Nutsy
makes a brief appearance in the Nas Kan universe. I was just thinking about number
systems, and the idea popped into my head. It's a pretty silly basis for a story though.
Ah, the Pokémon phenomenon. I liked Pokémon, but was
never as entranced as some. I was thinking
about the game and its weird idea of capturing creatures in little balls. How could such a thing
come about? I got an idea stuck in my head for a story about how it all might have begun.
I wanted to turn it into one of those absolutely off the wall fan fics you sometimes see (like
the Pong fan fic). So I took a stab at it.
National Nover Writer's Month is a month long challenge to write a novel.
The goal is flat-out word count, not quality in the slightest.
- 2001 Status page - I decided to try my hand, but I didn't
get very far toward the goal of 50,000 words.
- 2012 Status page - I'm crazy enough to try again.
After all, the bar has been set pretty low. :)
Being The Game
Tiffany Ross was holding a competition for fan fiction for Alien Dice. She wanted to get ten
entries before beginning the judging, but she only had six. I wanted to contribue, if for no other
reason than to allow the judging to proceed, but I couldn't come up with any sort of story idea.
Finally I thought I might discuss what it was like to be one of the lower class dice, and the
relationship they would have with their player. I though I could perhaps give my take on what it
was like to be bound by a dice and why a die would fight strenuously against being captured when
they might actually like their player. I could perhaps make it interesting by giving the die
an unusual initial challenge.
I started writing, but I didn't get to any of the interesting topics before I ran out of
steam. Plus I found it hard to create sympathy for the protagonist so quickly.
The Further Adventures Of Nutsy And Josh
It's obvious I like comic strips. I was trying to think up ideas for what I could do if I decided
to draw one myself. One of them involved Nutsy being hit on the head with a flying copyright
symbol. This, of course, he found quite annoying, and he would want to get me back. This could
lead to further blunt trama (why does it always come to this?), and I realized that could throw
things wide open. Perhaps not a comic, but a story was in the offing.
Having dinner at Bread Co on 2002-01-12, I sketched a rough introduction in a script-like
format. Sketchy as I tried to be, I didn't get very far. (natch.) Much time passed.
On 2002-12-31, while waiting for midnight so I could celebrate the beginning of the new year,
I decided to write more story to pass the time. I didn't have the original for reference, so you
will notice some variations.
While out walking, I had an idea for another story segment.
"Further Adventures" sets up a repeatable
premise, kind of like episodes in a TV series. (The premise is that they have to track down
each of the pieces of the antenna. Each piece is in a different world, and is bonded to a
character or important artifact in that world, and our heros have to get the person/artifact
back to base and the piece extracted. )
I had this vague notion that I could create a
comic strip version for some of the episodes. Given this story idea that I had been having a
great time playing with on my walk, I decided to try to write it down in "movie script" format
so I could later turn it into a comic. The story is incomplete, because I haven't figured out
how to conclude it. In fact, it's a problem with the whole series. What
do I do with the single episode characters? Do I kill them off, or let them live? Do I add them to
the party or send them home? I just don't know yet.
Also, see the sketches.
I like Lan Louis from Brian Antoine's Nas Kan stories. I don't know, maybe it's just the
similarity in the names. Anyway, I wanted to contribute something, and Lan's whole childhood is
pretty much open. I thought it would be neat if I could come up with some stories about what it
is like training to be a mage.
(Moved to its own page!)
'Cause The Chicks Dig It
I was feeling really frustrated after work. I was working out on the tread mill, and I decided
that rather than fuming, I needed something to put me into a good mood. Somehow, this storylet
based upon the song by Chris Cagle came into my head and really made me laugh. It made my
evening, and I had to write it down.
I thought that Lady Moira Gray from "The Further Adventures Of Nutsy And Josh" must have an
interesting story behind her. Where did she come from? Could I do a better job telling her story?
Again, I though I could do something episodic with scenes from her life.
(Moved to its own page!)
Time Well Wasted
I had a vague idea to write / draw a web comic. Not
that I was truly serious of course. I fully understand that such things are very time consuming
labors of love. But you only get better at the things you encourage your brain to do. You need to
draw 1,000 to 10,000 pictures to be a good artist. Look at any amateur web comic, and you'll
notice the art starts out terrible and gets better quickly. So, any effort I put into it would be
time well wasted.
The first strip I did was on 2006-08-31. I did four and a half strips. But I have ideas for
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