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A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« on: 21 June 2022, 15:34:38 »
Some free time at work again but having a bit of writer's block to contribute to my current story I have thus decided to go through and create a directory of some of my offerings.

I'm leaving out the completely non-Battletech stuff for now but I can be convinced to revisit that decision.  Also only linking definitive editions and stories that I finished or are currently in progress.

No real particular order to them but I'll offer some of my thoughts on the themes I was trying to go for, how I feel about them, and how likely I am to revisit them.

A Path to Madness- A simple story of how a rivalry combined with the traumas of war and misfortune can combine into insanity.  I feel okay about this one but not great.  I think I could have done it much better.  Revisit odds: Rather low I'm afraid.

Enter the Fray- My attempt at a mostly light hearted harem anime style story but in Battletech.  This one I do feel like is one of my best works.  Revisit odds: Only to go back and fix spelling and grammatical errors.

A Simple Life- The story of a young spacer who gets conscripted into the 4th Succession War and how she copes with it.  A close second with this one as far as my own opinion of the quality of this work.  Revisit odds: Likewise only spelling and grammar corrections.

The Unexpected- Story of a deserter from the AFFC who has settled in the FRR just in time for the Clan Invasion and how he copes with his new situation.  I do think I managed to give the main character a certain appeal but yeah I really needed to explore more of his coping with having a new boss a bit better/more.  Revisit odds: Unfortunately this is not one that gnaws at me to re-tell or create a sequel for either.

Secrets That Bind- An attempt to explore what would happen if there was a supernatural element on Terra with the Word of Blake becoming it's last keeper.  In a lot of ways I think I made a mess with this one but still managed just enough to make it not complete garbage.  Revisit odds: Better than winning the lottery but worse than getting into a car accident.

The Sanity of War- The Civil War era story of a young landless noble who's life becomes so strange and odd that the battlefield is the only place that seems sane in comparison.  Overall this one went better than I thought it would but I wouldn't say it was top quality.  Revisit odds: This might actually be the only story I write a sequel for but that depends on if CGL ever decides to publish new stories covering the same era and what those stories say.

Random Events- A tale of refugees who seek out the Nebula California in hopes of being able to make a new start for themselves and coming to terms with the weirdness that is the Nebula.  Included this one because I promised that I'd include stuff currently in progress.  So far I think the plan I started with was working and things were progressing nicely but then life got interesting again and my original plan went to heck.  A little worried I'm falling into some self set traps again for it but I think I have done a better job of easing into things so maybe I won't step into them so bad again.

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #1 on: 21 June 2022, 18:49:31 »
Excellent idea, and not just because of my sig block!  :thumbsup:

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #2 on: 28 June 2022, 13:49:48 »
So now that I've decided to bring Random Events to a close time for me to offer some of my thoughts about it.  I think I did manage a bit better than usual with having a larger cast than I normally do without it getting too diluted or losing as much focus as I usually do but I still think I need to do better with that before I start experimenting with Grand Epic style stories.  Probably also needed to hint a bit better that Daniel was using the fact that Kevin was only watching certain people to his advantage and the plans that sprung up around that.  The other thing I think I did a bit better, yes there was magic and it was pretty potent, but I think I did a lot better with not letting it dominate the story like I tend to.  Still probably was a little much still but progress.  Last thought is I also feel a bit proud of myself for developing a proper villain.  Sure I have the odd antagonist but usually nothing that recurs through a story like this.  At least with any personality.

I don't know if I want to call that one a definitive version of the story but I do have real thoughts about making a sequel.  Part of me wants to wait to see what else Herb has gotten up to for the CNAZ before I make any firm decisions.

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #3 on: 28 June 2022, 18:31:38 »
He's VERY focused on Syberia at the moment...  8)

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #4 on: 28 June 2022, 18:46:25 »
Only because the CaliNeb sequel is already done and submitted. ;)

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #5 on: 28 June 2022, 21:36:24 »
But with us keep giving you ideas you made comments about getting your kitchen done? Do you ever get it done at all?

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #6 on: 28 June 2022, 21:59:56 »
The only kitchen that was being worked on that I can recall was two years ago and yes it got finished.

I have since moved twice.

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Re: A directory for Monbvol's Madness(story index)
« Reply #7 on: 29 June 2022, 01:48:18 »
But with us keep giving you ideas you made comments about getting your kitchen done? Do you ever get it done at all?

I still have a little bit of painting left to do... Then maybe I can move my fridge back into the kitchen, instead of the dining room, where it's been this whole time.

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