The Veil War

"and then I was like, 'Holy crap, goblins!'"

Desk Test

Downloaded, for reasons I cannot explain, a new desktop blogging app. It’s called Desk, and so far seems… very nice. The other blogging tools for the Mac look like they were designed in the 90s, so this has that over them.

Ecto and MarsEdit support Drupal blogs, but they seem to be the only ones. And I couldn’t get them to hook up to a Drupal blog. A quick google search revealed almost no mac apps that had anything to do with Drupal at all, which seems strange. In the Mac app store revealed no results at all when I searched on “Drupal”.

That may not seem to big a deal, seeing as this is a WordPress blog. But I’ve moved into Drupal development and am horrified to discover that there are essentially no useful native mac apps that support Drupal.


Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated

I’ve been seriously busy of late, with work and family of course – but I have not been neglecting the Veil War. That work has not been visible here, alas for you, but it is happening.

So what has been happening?

The story of Captain Lewis and his merry men is divided into three parts. Part one, up to the meeting with the crusaders, has been thoroughly re-written with much new material and additional points of view. Part two, the journey across Saudi Arabia, has been less rewritten so much as thoroughly edited, though there is some new material here as well. Part three, the climactic battle and departure from the Middle East, is in the process of editing and a bit of trimming, and is seeing less changes than the earlier two sections.

I am also nearly done with writing the other major part of the story – the tale of the 1st Regiment, Virginia Provisional Militia as they fight the invading Goblin hordes down the Shenandoah Valley. An earlier version of this I ended up discarding almost entirely, starting from scratch this last summer. This story is about half as long as Lewis’ tale, though the characters in it will feature prominently in the next couple books.

The last items on my checklist are to either write or complete several small scenes that illuminate various important aspects of the world of the Veil War that are necessarily beyond the view of the characters in the two main stories. One is already posted here – Curses. One has ended up being of nearly novella length, the others are all comfortably in the short story range for size.

So what will you, the long-suffering reader, see here in the near future?

I’m not sure.

However, my thinking at this point is to post the short stories and novella as I finish them. I may post the new versions of the chapters that are already here, or I may just send them to eager beta-testers. I’m still undecided about whether to post the Virginia story, but I may just do that anyway.

What you will see shortly, though, is a series of threads relating to events in the next book, or even the one after that. I have questions that I’m working my way through, and seeing as your collective help was just, well, helpful in the past – how can I not ask for more?

As the sound of exploding servers recedes into the distance, I am switching over to writing mode.

Stay tuned…

Tactical Suitcase Raptor

What is it?

Tactical Suitcase Raptors are the latest in Raptor Warfare technology. Think of them like a small scale suitcase nuke that is limited to a single room. We raise Raptors from an egg and when they’ve matured to optimal destruction age we lovingly pack them in a suitcase for you to let loose and destroy your foes in a furry of teeth and claws.

Why use it?

  • It looks like a natural predator attack (really who is going to believe you smuggled a raptor in a suitcase?)
  • They’re re-usable if you can get the raptor back in the suitcase

Proper Deployment of Your Tactical Suitcase Raptor

Point your Suitcase in the direction you want to deploy your raptor in.

Open the suitcase OUTWARD*

*Opening the suitcase facing you will result in imediate devouring of yourself. There are no refunds for an improperly used Tactical Suitcase Raptor.


Originally from here.

Free at Last

Our long, national nightmare is over. The job is dead, long live the job – I have left the land of four hour daily commutes and will soon enter the sunlit uplands of more-or-less reasonable commutes and bounteous telecommuting.

What does this mean to me, you ask? Aside from the everyday sort of distant and attenuated joy one feels at good news for someone they don’t really know, there is this: The Veil War, which has languished most of this last year, will resume its steady march toward completion. Upwards of twenty hours a week are about to be injected into my week, time which will in large measure be devoted to editing and expanding the Veil War.

More updates as I catch up on some sleep and begin to figure out where to begin.

What’s new, pussycat

After a long absence, here are some brief updates on things:

  • #2 son is larger, more alert, and more mobile than he was last time I posted about him. Given that he was only hours old the first time, this should not be surprising.
  • Editing on the Veil War continues. I’ve gotten some great feedback from grammar SMEs and violence SMEs, and the new version is shaping up to be a significant upgrade from version 1.0. Sadly, this is a slow process because of my work – and more to the point – commuting schedule.
  • Other writing also continues. I’m finding it easier a lot of the time to do a little bit of writing on the smaller projects in the small chunks of free time I find than it is to get into the mindset needed for focused and quality editing.
  • The Saga of Subcommandante Mumbles is about to have a new episode, which will also be available for purchase on Amazon. Other short stories are in various stages of completion.
  • I am hopeful that the amount of time I spend on the DC metro area’s fine highways and public transit systems will precipitously drop in the near future. Any positive change in this area will speed the day that the Veil War is complete.

So there it is.

How was your day?

A new Gustav

My second son and fifth child was born this morning:


Joseph Samuel is a healthy nine pounds and 21″. He and mom are sleeping peacefully while I keep inquisitive other children away with bribery and death threats.


Thanks for all those who have bought Call Me Mumbles. And and even greater heaping load of thanks for those who have reviewed it.

Now ranked #42! (In science-fiction anthologies and short stories).

If you’d like to join the fun – and you should – you can buy and review the story here.  I’m also setting up an Amazon author page, which should be visible shortly at this address:


::: BUY MY STORY :::

I am for sale

As of a few minutes ago, the first installment of the Subcommandante Mumbles vs. The Dinosaur Nazis saga became available for sale on Amazon. This is my first foray into the digital publishing (for cash money) business and, I must say, I am mildly excited. I’d be more excited, but my emotional spectrum runs only from mildly annoyed to mildly excited.

BUY Call Me Mumbles at Amazon


For those of you that read the story, you would do me an enormous service by visiting the Amazon page for Call Me Mumbles to leave a review. And, if you enjoyed it, please consider buying a copy yourself.


If you haven’t read it, go buy it. I guarantee you will get your dollar’s worth.


[also wik] Since the story is now available for sale, I’ve pulled it from view here at Veil War.

Hey! I’m not dead

By way of a status report, a few items for your consideration and edification:

  • I’m not dead
  • Writing continues to happen
  • Editing continues apace

Informative, no? To allow you a peak behind the curtain, here is what’s afoot:

Editing on the Veil War is about 2/3 done. When it’s complete (more on that schedule in a moment) or nearly so, a couple things will happen in quick succession. Part of the novel will be offered for sale on Amazon. A kickstarter project will be launched to raise money for copyediting and artwork. Your help and support will be crucial in making this all work, and I’ll provide more details as the DAY approacheth.

The Mumbles story, which started as a joke but which you all seemed to enjoy more than I expected, will go up for sale on Amazon shortly. Strangely enough, almost certainly before Veil War and in fact – probably within a week or so. Once it is up for sale, it won’t be visible in it’s entirety here.

I’ve also written another Mumbles story, and I’ve sketched out plans for a couple more to make a full story arc. The resulting paste-up novel would end up in the ballpark of short novel length. Episodes 2 and onwards will get teasers he on the site as they go up for sale.

In addition to the Mumbles tales, I have completed three (3) whole short stories. One is in the world of the Veil, another is a ripping yarn of space opera co-written with my son, and the last is something else entirely. They are variously being polished, submitted and otherwise being prepared for you to read; more details as they become clearer.


The schedule for all this writing stuff is dependent on other, more important schedules. My wife and I are expecting, imminently, a new son. Once he arrives I’ll be taking time off from work, and in between helping out the wife I’ll be making a hard push to finish the edits on the Veil War, and get a few more random piles of text transformed into stories. The mere fact of not having to commute for a couple weeks should make that a reality.

So soon, there will be things to buy, and new things to read.

And just a reminder: you are all outstanding, handsome and clever people, and I am pleased to have you all as readers.


I am moved

No really, I just moved. Which is why Subcommandante Mumbles vs. The Dinosaur Nazis isn’t done even though there’s only only 500 words left.

But don’t worry, I didn’t suddenly keel over like the cartoonist in Quest for the Holy Grail. I’ll finish it as soon as my office is set up…