Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!


Today marks the 7th annual International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Founded in 2007 by author Jo Walton (aka papersky), IPSTD’s purpose is “to encourage writers to post ‘professional quality’ works for free on the internet.” The reasons for this are made clear in the Wiki article.

A casual perusing of the net shows me that people are continuing to mark the date. So with that in mind, I’m contributing to the fun and posting links to some stuff of mine that you can read for free, which were written since last year’s IPSTD observance. “Professional quality,” of course, is in the eyes of the beholder, but that certainly was my intention when writing these stories:

  • One Day,” a story I wrote last year as a tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot upon the Moon on July 20th, 1969, who passed away on August 25th, 2012.
  • Private Party,” the 2012 edition of my annual Halloween story. Trick or treat, yo.

And from the archives:

  • Enemy Unknown!” A story Kevin and I wrote for a role-playing game that remains in limbo, and which was supposed to be included in the game’s core rule book. We had a lot of fun with this, and I’m actually considering incorporating certain (non-game specific) aspects of our story into a future adventure for “Space Marshal Dylan McCade.”

If you happen across other links to stuff people are making available today, post it in the comments. Power to the Technopeasants!

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While I was out…

…all this happened:

During this past weekend’s Starfest convention, Kevin and I were interviewed by the Girls of Geek, during which we discussed our writing partnership as well as our past, current and future writing projects. You can read all about that right here. Thanks very much to Michelle for the pimpin’!

Elsewhere, Rush, the mightiest band to still not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (screw those Pezheads), has released a new single from their forthcoming album, Clockwork Angels. The new song is called “Headlong Flight,” and you can check out the official “lyric video” right here: Watch me.

Awwww yeah.

Rush also announced their tour schedule to pimp the new album, which likely comprises the “first leg.” I say that, because I note the glaring absence of a Kansas City date on the schedule, and I know that the Holy Trinity would not diss me so. However, there’s a St. Louis date in September, and a Las Vegas date that has caught my eye.

And one other bit of Rush news which might’ve escaped your attention: SF novelist Kevin J. Anderson, working with Neil Peart, will be writing a novel based on the album’s storyline. It’s due out in September, set to coincide with the start of the aforementioned tour.

Moving to the world of stuff relating to the recently-concluded Star Trek: Vanguard novel series, my pals over at The Chronic Rift have released a special “roundtable” episode, featuring myself, Kevin Dilmore, and series creators Marco Palmieri and David Mack. We answer questions put to us by fans of the series, and basically spend an hour or so congratulating ourselves on being masters of our domain. Or, you know…whatever. In all seriousness, it was a fun chat; the next best thing to the four of us sitting around in a bar, as we recall our favorite moments and other highlights of this story that’s occupied so much of our time over the past eight years or so. Wanna listen? Well, then go here: The Chronic Rift: Spotlight – Star Trek: Vanguard Roundtable Interview.

During my absence and total lack of bloggery, I missed Monday’s annual observance of International Pixel-stained Technopeasant Day. Therefore, I belatedly offer up links to a couple of stories that I’ve made available for free reading:

  • Deadbeats,” which I wrote last October as my annual Halloween story
  • Enemy Unknown!” This is a personal favorite of mine; something Kevin and I did for a role-playing game which never came to fruition.

I’m happy to see other folks were keeping busy with the important things while I was away goofing off.

More catching up later….

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!


Today marks the 5th annual International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

According to author Jo Walton (aka papersky), who founded this festive occasion in 2007, the purpose of IPSTD is “to encourage writers to post ‘professional quality’ works for free on the internet.” The reasons for this are made clear in the Wiki article.

A casual perusing of the intrawebs and intertubes shows me that the occasion has not gone unnoticed. Therefore, I’m getting in on the fun, too, and posting links to some stuff of mine that you can read for free. “Professional quality” is of course in the eyes of the beholder, but that was certainly my intention when writing the things. So…uh…behold, yo:

  • Counter-Protest,” last year’s Halloween story for Twitter. My response to those idiots who like to protest funerals for gays and lesbians, fallen soldiers, and so on.
  • Last Stand,” which I posted to Twitter for Halloween 2009. Trick or treat, mutha-effahs.
  • Enemy Unknown!” A story Kevin and I wrote for a role-playing game that remains in limbo, and which was supposed to be included in the game’s core rule book. We had a lot of fun with this.

If you happen across other links to stuff people are making available today, post it in the comments. Power to the Technopeasants!

Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Thanks to reading tapestry01‘s LJ, I’m reminded that today marks the 3rd annual International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. According to author Jo Walton, who founded this festive occasion in 2007, the purpose of IPSTD is “to encourage writers to post “professional quality” works for free on the internet.” The reasons for this are made clear in the Wiki article.

I haven’t seen much in the way of folks celebrating this occasion again this year, but I’ll go ahead and post links to stuff of mine that you can read for free. For last year, I was able to direct folks to the first three chapters of my ongoing flash fiction serial, “Stayin’ In Vegas,” which no reside in the warm confines of writer Christopher Pimental, online noir zine, Bad Things:

“Stayin’ in Vegas”
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

New since last year’s festivities are Parts 4-6:

Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Chris has Part 7 waiting in the wings, and I’ve finished Part 8. I may finish Part 9 later this month, depending on my schedule.

So, get on with your techopeasant self!

Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Thanks to an assist from friend and fellow writer Bill Leisner, I was reminded that today marks the 2nd annual International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. According to author Jo Walton, who founded this festive occasion last year, the purpose of IPSTD is “to encourage writers to post “professional quality” works for free on the internet,” and was first celebrated on April 23, 2007 for reasons made clear in the Wiki article.

Though I’ve heard of no official announcements that a second edition is scheduled for this year, I’m following Bill’s lead and posting links to stuff of mine that you can read for free. Here are links to the first three installments of an ongoing serial I’m writing for DZ Allen’s Muzzle Flash:

“Stayin’ in Vegas”
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Part 4 is supposed to be up soon, the editor also has Part 5 in his queue, and I’m thinking I’ll write Part 6 some time this week.

Also, I’m considering taking another page from Bill’s book, and pulling from my dank, dusty archives a long-buried piece of fic: a Captain Proton serial I wrote many years ago while serving as a moderator on the old AOL Star Trek Club. However, I’m sure there would be no illusions as to its status as a work of “professional quality.”

You know, like pretty much everything else I write.

Edited to add: The following folks have chimed in today, as well:

Allyn Gibson
Terri Osborne
Keith R.A. DeCandido
David A. McIntee
John S. Drew
Scott Pearson

Vive la Révolution!

Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Been traveling for the better part of the day, so I’m still getting caught up on e-Mail, LJ friends, and such. Expect a full accounting of the weekend’s events at this year’s Starfest convention in due course.

However, I have other stuff to take care of first, as today is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, and I’m already behind the pack thanks to the day’s activities.

What, pray tell, is this, you ask? Well, writer Jo Walton proclaimed that today would be so named, based on the rather interesting rant posted by outgoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) vice president Dr. Howard Hendrix, to say nothing of the firestorm his remarks provoked.

So, in response to Jo’s call, I’m providing links to the following pieces of my fiction (as well as one of my many collaborations with Kevin), freely available for you to read online: 

  • Getting Some Air” – a piece of flash fiction I wrote earlier in the year for DZ Allen’s Muzzle Flash. Another piece will shortly be available at MF in a few weeks. 
  • Enemy Unknown!” – a story Kevin and I wrote in 2005 for the still-in development role-playing game Rocket League.

So, uh, enjoy!

 (I hope.)