Thursday, December 31, 2009

Missed the Post

I am very sorry that i didn't post on sunday when I was supposed to, I have been without internet access for a while and haven't been able to make the next character in the story. Please don't kill me.


I dream a world

A world

Something more than


Somewhere bright

And Living.

Until I wake

I remain


And dead.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bozo's Lament

Based upon Bozo's Lament by Jonathan Coulton.

It was night. No one was watching the ring. I was the only one there. I didn't know how I got there. Probably the beer. It always went back to the beer. I sighed, and was about to head back to my trailer when a spotlight illuminated the cannon. A man was standing next to it. Arthur, the human cannonball. No, the ex human cannonball. He died fifteen years ago. "Do you fly or do you fall?" he called to me. Without waiting for an answer, He clambered into the cannon. It fired, and he flew across the tent, turned in midair, and flew off through a hole near the top. Then I realized I had seen this before, many times. Every night for the past five years I had the same dream. Every night he asked the same meaningless question, and every night he flies away. It sucks to be a clown.
The alarm dragged me from the dream. I thought about sleeping in, but it wouldn't be worth it. Fifteen minutes later it would still be too early, I'd still be hungover, and I'd get my pay docked if I was late. Again. I punched the alarm's button to shut it up, and went to put on my makeup. I didn't shower first. No one here did. The animals smelled like crap anyhow, so what were twenty more unwashed beasts? Besides, I could use the time on my face. I took pride in it. It was always a masterpiece. Every day, I came to work looking how a clown should. Ten minutes later, I was streaked with pie and whipped cream. An hour of makeup, at least, ruined in a instant. It sucks to be a clown.
I finished my work, looked at myself in the mirror for a minute, then grabbed my cigarettes from the counter. I lit one as I left the trailer and began to make my way past the animals. The twins were there, working with the lions on their routine. They just looked at me and laughed, one of them with his head still in the lion's mouth. They knew where I stood in the hierarchy of the circus. I threw the butt of my cigarette down, and lit a new one as I walked past. It wasn't fair. They just show up and abuse a lion onstage and they get all the girls. I slave away to put on my face, struggle to walk in foolish shoes, and get pies thrown at me. The crowd laughs with the twins, but they laugh at me. It sucks to be a clown.
I didn't really have much of a choice in careers, though. I always thought being a clown was my destiny. What else does someone named Bozo do? But the circus was supposed to be better than this. All I do is get pie in my face, five days a week. Today is different though. When they went to throw the pie at me, I knocked it from the air. I took the gravel-encrusted pie from the ground and slammed it into the ringleader's face, like I've wanted to for fifteen years. I strode over to the cannon, and as I clamber in I remember Arthur. "I know the answer now. I fly." There hasn't been a net since he died, but I don't need one. I don't want to be caught. It sucks to be a clown.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Story One, Chapter Seven

Every day I wake, and every day I regret it. When I rise from the cold floor, I ache. There is no door, and I exit without pause. Then I search. Sometimes I find a rat, cold and shivering, with far too many limbs, but not a single functioning one. A piteous creature with patches of fur gone, writhing in pain. Emaciated yet bloated by starvation. Breakfast. Every day I tear off a head, and every day the blood pours into my mouth and runs down my face.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Lament of the Winged III

We openly mocked them, they crawled through the dirt.

They bore it in silence, and struggled to learn.

We took from them tribute.

They learned from us war.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pokémon: The Golden Apocalypse, Chapter Four

Two sets of eyes, one much smaller than the other, watched from a nearby tree branch."Now that wasn't very fair" whispered the girl to her pokémon. "Anyone could tell that poliwag is much to young for battle." The creature on her shoulder pushed its snout through her hair and began to search for food. A smile appeared on the girls face. Even though she only had her pokémon for a few hours now, she already found herself quite attached to the thing. Her happiness faded quickly, though, as she watched the boy advance to the water's edge and stare into the depths. How could anyone be so cruel? she thought. No, not cruel. Just... cold. She thought of his opponent. He hadn't seemed to enjoy causing pain. He just seemed to want - to need - to win. Even if he was the only one playing.
She suddenly felt a shock of pain, as if her earlobe had been stabbed with a pin, and nearly slapped the creature from her shoulder. Remembering herself, she softly chided the pokémon and took a bluk berry from her pouch. She carefully removed a single drupelet, which she held up to her shoulder. The animal sniffed it tentatively, and then snatched it from her, and set to the task of eating it. Thus satisfied that her ear was no longer in mortal peril, she looked back towards the boy.
He was on his knees now, sullenly staring into the water. A magikarp's head pierced the surface of the water, and it looked at him. It waited for a second, and then swam away, splashing some water at him as it did so. He never moved.

Red shivered, the water leeching heat from his body, though the weather was still well above freezing. The loss of the poliwag - of his poliwag - cut like a knife. It wasn't that he had liked the creature. Its existence made him despair of ever achieving anything, of even surviving as a Called. Nevertheless, now that it was gone he had nothing. No creature to help him protect Pallet. No pokémon to keep him alive as he ventured into the forests. No bumbling, happy Nyoromo to provide companionship.
He was so preoccupied by his thoughts that he didn't see the first bubble break the surface of the water and float off into the sky. Nor did he see the second. When three broke the water at once, though, he couldn't help but take notice. More and more bubbles rose, and a small section of the lake seemed to boil. Then, all at once, the bubbles stopped. A moment passed, and a blue sphere leapt from the water. Red watched incredulously as it dove through the water again. It reappeared a moment later, and in seconds it stood before Red.
"Poli!" it gurgled, a bubble still clinging to its face.

The girl was bemused. I'll need to remember this. She placed her pokémon in her satchel, and swung into the woods. Preoccupied with embracing his poliwag, the boy didn't hear a thing.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

God Dreamt Chapter 2


God was complete. There was nothing more to be, as he was all. Yet, though God was all, all was not yet complete.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

So technically, this isn't a "Friday's Feature", but Reogan can't yell at me for anything real (he's fully within his rights to make something up) because I'm still posting. :P

Now, before the huge "happy holidays" vs. "merry christmas" debate starts, I will say this: do not even go there. Please. Let's just enjoy this, okay?

This is not going to be a long post. Not even close. But that's okay. :P

So yeah, whether you're celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, or the pagan festival to the Sun God during the Winter Solstice, enjoy!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the Night


In bed


How to


About sugarplums

When no one

What they were.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Story One, Chapter Six

I don't know what I am. I was human. I remember the past. I remember joy. Infrequently. The recollections are brief, and wake a thirst I didn't know was there. They pass, and I am the worse for their coming. I am left cold, and thirsting. A thirst that cannot be quenched.

Monday, December 21, 2009


We have ten score posts on the blog now, three quarters of which are maddeningly meaningless. The other forty-nine are written by Elphaba and Met. I think that now is a time for celebration. I have delayed the Lament for a week to bring you the exciting news.

To properly ring in our victory, I invited an illustrator. He will be illustrating the Apocalypse, and perhaps other things as they strike his fancy. By illustrating, of course, I mean sprites, as he somehow has less drawing ability than I do, a feat in itself. The second reward is my new blog, which will function much like bonus commentary on a DVD, but without having to watch the entire video again.

A little over a year ago, Met posted 100, a post that celebrated not 100 published posts, but 100 total, drafts included. We currently have 266 posts including those that are drafts and those that are scheduled. What have we achieved in that time? We gained Elphaba, an author with an unfortunate penchant for writing Fanfiction. GLaDOS's Lament was published. Tuesday's little Tale began, and mystery ensued. Songs appeared every week, for a time, though they have encountered a hiatus that can only lengthen as Met flees from the government. Thursday has become known for producing Thoughts, which are generally beautifully macabre. Friday now Features our newest author, who tries to resist the madness with actual meaning. God has begun to dream on Saturdays, and will do so until somewhere around the Chinese New Year. The Winged have fallen, and lament it. I have found my new work, which I have no intention of ending, and will last for as long as I can write about it.

What will the next 100 bring?

Is it cheating to end Song of the Day like this?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Oak and Red

Hello people, i have been invited to the blog to put up pictures of the characters of the Golden Apocalypse. I only have Oak and Red right now, I will make Green as soon as possible. I do realize that these aren't all that great yet, but i will try to improve them over time.

Pokémon: The Golden Apocalypse, Chapter Three

Poliwag. It seemed to fit. What better name for such a useless species? The thing gurgled as it tried vainly to right itself. Red prodded it with his foot. It stopped moving for a second, and it's massive eyes turned to Red. "Wag?" When it didn't get a response, it resumed squirming. Red took pity on the creature, and wedged his foot between its head and the ground. He lifted the creature to its feet, at which point it walked forward, towards the pond, and tripped over its own feet. This time, however, it landed on its stomach. Its tail wagged in the air like a flag. Now, though, its feet could reach the ground, barely, and it pushed with them to slither towards the water. As it neared the pond, two figures strolled out from the forest.
The first was a boy, Red's age, with blue-green eyes and brown hair. He wore a necklace with a small disc-shaped pendant. He stood about as tall as Red, but had a haughty way of holding himself that made him seem taller. In his mouth was a slowpoke tail, which he chewed thoughtfully. A grimace spread across Red's face as he viewed his childhood rival, Oak's grandson. "Green." he said curtly.
Green turned, and a sneer distorted his normally handsome features as he saw Red. "You finally made it. I thought that you lost your way here and had been eaten by an arbok. I see I was mistaken. Pity." He noticed the movement of the poliwag and looked at it incredulously for a second. "Is that your pokémon? I've seen diglett larger than that thing. I didn't know poliwag came that tiny. What do you even call it?"
Red was at a loss for a moment, and quickly surveyed the slithering creature. "I, uh, I call it - him - erm, Nyoromo."
Green laughed. "Well your poliwag, - Nyoromo, was it? - couldn't survive a minute against Hitokage here." He gestured at the pokémon who walked by his side. The bipedal lizard snarled. The burnt orange creature stood at least two feet tall. It had claws on both is hands and feet. Those on its feet were longer, but dull, whereas those on its hands were viciously curved, and were stained with red as if it had just been fighting, which, Red realized, it probably had. It had unintelligent black eyes, and its slavering maw was open to reveal the teeth of a carnivore. What was, perhaps, its most startling feature was its tail, which was half as long as the creature was tall. It was raised off the ground, and on the end bloomed a deep red flame. Green saw Red's interest in his pokémon. "You like him? Gramps raised him specially for me. Said that he'd be the strongest in this year's calling. Allow me to demonstrate. Hitokage, scratch."
Before Red knew what was happening, the reptile charged towards his poliwag screeching a blood curdling "Charmander!" Nyoromo had just reached the waters edge when it reached him. It clawed the helpless amphibian, which was tossed to the center of the lake by the force of the blow. It hit the surface, bounced, and landed again a bit farther. It floated face down on the surface a moment before sinking, leaving a small floating pool of white blood. Red watched for a minute, two, and Nyoromo failed to surface. He barely saw Green leave with his charmander, nor heard him call "Smell you later!"
A lone magikarp jumped to catch an insect, and landed with a splash. Above, a spearow called.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

God Dreamt Chapter 1


Before the beginning there was God. God was all, and all was God. It was a time without flaw, yet without meaning. It didn’t become, nor had it been. It simply was.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Okay, I have an ulterior motive this week

This week's topic is fanfiction. The reason I have an ulterior motive is because Reogan absolutely detests fanfiction. I write it. Thus, I'll present both the positive and negative sides to it. I'll allow comments for now, but if Reogan and I get into a huge online fight about this, I'm disabling them.

Also, may I insert here: I have my own blog now! It's called Elphaba's Writing Space. I write stuff and post it on there (hard to figure out, I know). The address is Minus the period after the ".com". But I digress...

So, fanfiction. What is it? Basically, it's people taking previously concieved stories, movies, or TV shows, and putting their own twist to it. They can show a scene from a different character's point of view, make up their own scenes, add characters... whatever works for their stories. They use their own imaginations to make something theirs. That way, they get to control the story.

Some people (coughREOGANcough) think that the authors of fanfiction are stealing someone else's story, and not being creative enough to come up with a story themselves. I disagree. The authors are still creative--they have their own characters, circumstances, and way of writing. They like a character in a certain book or TV show, and they want to put them in a situation of their own making. Is that not creative? They're asking the question, "what if?" Is that so wrong?

Thursday, December 17, 2009


When you said
Our love was


I thought
You meant

We shared something

And beautiful.

Now it's clear
You meant

It includes

Imaginary values.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Story One, Chapter Five

It is twilight. It has always been twilight. It will always be twilight. There is no breaking of day. There is no falling of night. The Burning Fields glow endlessly, the flames reflecting from the vortex above down to the scarred earth. The ashes rain constantly down, and coat everything. Everything is a black brush of ink against a pulsing, sickly background. Occasionally, the world is illuminated by lightning stirring above. The air becomes charged and a roar sounds forth. Then everything returns to silent twilight.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lament of the Winged II

We had been gifted, and we were haughty.

They came to learn, and they were spurned.

They saw us as teachers.

We saw them as dogs.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pokémon: The Golden Apocalypse, Chapter Two

Red stepped back from the cage and watched intently. For what felt like an eternity nothing happened. Red took a tentative step forward. Nothing happened. He poked the cage with his shoe. Again, there was no sign of life. He bent down to look in the cage. He saw nothing in the darkness. He was debating whether he should reach into it or attempt to dump out its contents when he heard a moist slapping noise from within. He leaped to his feet and moved back. The sound came again. Seconds passed. It came once more. Red could only imagine what horror lurked within, slowly moving forward on a thousand tentacled feet, moving them with the deliberate slowness of a predator that none can hide from, each sucker being pulled from the wall before reattaching inches ahead. The noise came again, closer to the entrance. This time it was less distorted by the cage. It sounded less like a tentacle and more like wet sponge dropping to the ground. Red waited a little longer, and then a sad little round creature hopped into the light. It was small. Far smaller than most pokémon Red had ever seen, save newly hatched magikarp and perhaps some caterpie. It was a slimy blue, similar to that of a blue algae he had once seen when one of the wells was contaminated. Its nose was the pink of pecha berries, and it was below two large eyes that together filled most of the sphere. Its stomach was translucent, and Red could see the spiraling intestinal tract within. What made the beast so miserable - what made Red despair - were its limbs. It had no arms, and it's legs were small and weak. The thing could barely support its own weight, and seemed to have difficulty walking. It had a tail, much like a tadpole's, that seemed to do nothing but trip the creature as it waddled around Red cheerfully. He looked back at the shining Lab, with its glorious Guardian perched above, and wondered how he could ever hope to achieve anything with this, this, abomination at his feet. Blissfully ignorant, the pokémon tripped over Red's foot and, looking up at him in apparent surprise, happily gurgled "Poliwag!"

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I have a secret none can know.
It colors every aspect of my life.
It affects all I do.
In everything, I must be cautious not to let it slip.
Not to let it shatter the illusion
And my life.
And my lie.
I know that there is help.
I know I could be cured.
To heal, though, is to tell,
And never be seen as I was.
As I am.
As that which I am, yet never was.
A lie.
I tell myself I'm not alone.
That others suffer as I do
I search for signs in everyone.
I find them in some.
But I'm not sure.
And to ascertain is to tell.
And to tell is to invite ridicule.
I float alone
In a sea of regret
And misery.
I am consumed.
I am without hope.
I find myself not caring about the world.
But I do.
I care enough to maintain my lie.
To maintain the person I want to be
Rather than that which I am.
I disguise myself daily
With a smile
And with casual
Every day I take up my shovel
And dig a little deeper into my pit.
I sit at my loom
And weave another dozen lies.
I take up my hammer
And forge more chains
Binding myself
Into darkness
And sorrow
I am trapped
In a prison of my design.
A lie.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I'm back!

Well, sorta. Actually, I just promised Reogan I'd write this week, and I didn't have time last night or the night before... But I am back for this week!

Honestly, I'm not sure what to write about. I think I just like being able to write, you know? Having the freedom to express what I think, how I feel... it's great. Kind of like keeping a diary, only I'm not writing stuff THAT personal on here. Duh.

Maybe that's what this week's feature is about. What do you do to express yourself? Writing? Composing music? Getting tattoos? Whatever! We all have different outlets for creativity, and that's the fun part!

The sad part is, some people don't express themselves creatively. Maybe they don't think they're smart enough, or talented enough, or whatever. But if you think about it, everyone has a talent! Maybe you're super good at video games, or cooking, or computer coding, or some other fourth thing. I don't know.

I think I'll be posting more regularly. Hopefully. Because it feels good to write again.

Song of the Day Nineteen, The Cavern

Sword in hand, the hero descended into the pit that had only yesterday been a lake. Now, still dripping, the gaping maw of a massive cavern was accessible, an it was into this cavern the hero advanced. From this cave had pured forth all the evils the land had endured, and within it would the hero subdue the lord of the darkness. He was met with great resistance. Beings born of fire and forged of sin clamored about him, but could not harm him for the light of the scepter he held as a torch. The cave was deep, and pools of water were scattered about the ground. As he advanced, a drumming began to echo from the depths, and a feeling of foreboding grew in the hero's heart. He passed glowing stalagmites and menacingly sharp stalactites, which he feared would fall a skewer him. Yet he pressed on and didn't turn back. He felt his apprehension grow dark and dense, knotting his stomach in dread. The fiends about him suddenly scurried away as the hero stepped onto a ledge overlooking a massive room lit by blood-red candles and smoky with incense. A hulking form moved in the hellish twilight and the drums fell silent.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I thought
We were

Past this.

Look at us!

We're people


Do we not breathe?

Do we not

We're no different.

Other than that

'Infant Blood-Feast' thing.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Song of the Day Eighteen, A Quiet Passing

From the skies the Hero descended, bearing a scepter of the ancients said to have been made to restore vitality to the world. He alighted at dusk, on a hilltop in his own village near Pandora. He saw light without substance coming from a dark gray square. There, a pallid throng was gathered in silence. A young girl turned and saw the hero, and tugged the dress of her mother, who turned. Her motion triggered others, and soon the entire village faced the hero. Rather than rejoice, or even greet him, the crowd simply parted. The hero walked forward to the lake side of the square. There, floating gently on the waters edge was bier tied with a hemp rope to a stake in the ground. Upon the bier, in the grave decorum of death, was the farmer; the man who had been more of a father to the hero than anyone. Tears ran silently down the hero's face as he remembered the toils shared in the sunlight. The spring planting, a long summer of weeding and watering, and the fall harvest where they gleaned the fruits of their labors. His body shook with silent, yet wracking sobs, and he fell to his knees. His hands knotted up in fists, driving the blood from his knuckles and drawing it from crescent-shaped fingernail cuts on his palms. He wept for the father he had lost, for the life that was stolen from him by the Darkness, for the lives of those in Pandora, for the destruction of the world. What possible reason could there be for this destruction? What reason could validate the loss of a single life? He drew a deep breath, then raised a hand to wipe away his tears. He ran it, open, across his face, streaking it with crimson. He took his sword, raised it above his head, and brought it down on the ropes which tethered the farmer to this world. The raft slowly sailed out into the water. The silence was oppressive. Not a leaf stirred in the wind, not a tear fell to the pavement with an audible splash for an eternity, then the hero took his scepter. He raised it up, with both hands, and a sudden light suffused it. He pointed it out, and it illuminated the body in the water. The farmer exploded into flames, that glowed a fierce, beautiful red in the colorless world. Light bloomed upwards, and solidified into crystalline motes that restored all that touched them into true life and color. The hero watched, his tears drying in the heat pouring from the lake, then fell back, the world growing black about him. A dozen friendly hands caught him before he hit the ground.

Story One, Chapter Four

There is a picture on the wall. It shows a boat on a lake. Before the boats all sank. Before the lakes all dried. Every day it is obscured by accumulating smog. Every day it is cleaned. Yet some things can never be removed. A darkness oozes forth from the corners of the painting, and every day the lake shines less brilliantly; the sails show more wear. When they are no more, hope will die.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Song of the Day Seventeen, Village in the Clouds

The hero opens his eyes and sees a golden light suffusing the mists about him. He rises, groggily, and attempts to recall the events of the past evening. Failing he shrugs and replaces his hat, which had fallen to the soft ground at some point during the night. He rubs his eyes and squints. The morning would be painfully bright if not for the fog, which hung draped in the air like lace. Light dances through each droplet, sending colorless rainbows across every surface. He ventures toward the rising sun, acutely aware that anything could approach him now, and he'd never see it. Within a minute of starting, he sees a mountain peak to what he assumes to be the south-east. He makes that his target and heads to it. It seems to grow too quickly as he approaches it, and soon he sees it's a clock tower, jutting into the sky. He glances down for a moment, but the fog is so deep he can't make out the ground. He manages to reach the edifice without incident, and when no one answers his knocking, enters. He searches for life, climbing the almost eerily empty structure. He reaches the highest room, and can see the clock face from behind. He heads to a door that he assumes leads to a small balcony or something of the sort when a cough sounds from behind him. The Queen stands there, robed in her glory. She walks silently past the hero, and motions with her hands. The clock face becomes transparent, and a burning light sears the Hero's eyes. The Queen passes a hand across his face and his sight is restored and his vision cleared. He views the village below the clock, uncomprehending for a moment. Suddenly he realizes the source of the mists and why the sun had such intensity. He stands above the clouds.

Lament of the Winged I

We are the winged ones, and we are dying.

They are earthbound and they know naught but envy.

We met in the sunlight.

We parted in blood.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Pokémon: The Golden Apocalypse, Chapter One

The Lab sat on the crest of a hill, glinting in the sunlight. It was a relic from times long past, when humans ruled and pokémon were domesticated and small. It consisted of two parts; the first a massive, multistory building which connected to the second, an even larger, glass-enclosed dome which held a miniature forest, a small pond, and a grassy field. Most of the laboratories were now closed down, though a few were kept open for use as classrooms, storage rooms, and one still served scientific function. The Dome, on the other hand, was in constant use, for magikarp were harvested in the pond for food, and those pokémon that were trained from birth to serve humankind lived within until Called into service. However, the number of those pokémon was prone to rapid fluctuation as they depended solely on eggs harvested from the wild. No breeding pairs had ever been established, except among the magikarp which were useless in all regards except as food. The complex was kept safe by a constant vigil of the Seven. The Seven each held watch with the pokémon they had tamed for a full day and night, rested upon being relieved, then struck off into the world until the next week.

It was to the Lab that Red ran, struggling to put on his jacket. He was late, and the Ceremony of Calling was to have taken place that morning. The hill upon which the Lab sat was so tall and steep, Red was forced to walk it. At reaching the peak, he stopped, awed. Though he had been here before, the sight was so powerful that it took his breath. He saw a figure on the roof, and knew it instantly to be one of the Seven. He couldn't see which it was, as the figure was silhouetted by the rising sun, and the Robes of the Guardian prevented him from determining gender. He stared for a while, somewhat dazzled by the power of the sight, then remembered the urgency of his situation. He sprinted in through the doorway. Once, the portal had been filled with great sliding glass doors, but since the Fall they stopped working and were removed with the few
pokémon that remained under human control at that time. Now it remained open always, increasing the need for a constant watch. Red hurried down a long hall and entered a room that was used only once a year. To his great dismay it was empty. He was about to leave when a soft voice spoke, "You're late." The voice came from a dark corner of the room. Red could just make out a chair which swiveled around as he watched. A large figure rose from it and stepped into the light. It was Oak. Once an esteemed professor, he now led the small community. The muscle-bound man stood over two meters in height, and had a long scar from his jaw to above his left eye socket. The eye that once was housed there had been lost when Oak fought off a rhyhorn alone. He was lucky he lost only his eye. The man never wore a patch, though, and kept the socket empty. Red immediately began stammering an apology, but trailed of when Oak raised a hand. It was missing its ring finger, though Red didn't know the tale behind that. Oak walked to the far side of the room. He opened a door, and entered, with Red trailing behind. He led Red to the back of a dim room, where a row of cages awaited. "One remains. Take it, use it, and preserve the fragile peace we know."Oak took a cage in one hand, and gave it to Red, who staggered from the weight of it. "Go." Oak commanded. Red obeyed, and when he reached the hall he sprinted out. Upon reaching the entrance he reconsidered his destination, and turned for the Dome. Once within, he set the cage on a lone rock on the field, near both the pond and the forest. He reached for the cage, and opened the door, knowing as he did so that it marked the end - the death - of his childhood. The door swung out, and his breath caught in his throat.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Pokémon: The Golden Apocalypse, Prologue

Red ran through the dense forest, branches ripping at his clothes and snaring his feet. The vines that hung down from the canopy were covered in vicious thorns, but he ran straight through them, ignoring the searing streaks of crimson they left on his exposed face and arms. Behind him, a roar bellowed through the trees, causing some branches to fall, such was its ferocity. He tripped on one of these and before he could rise, the skies darkened. A reptilian monstrosity flew through the air above, spewing smoke from its nostrils and fire gleaming on its tail. As it flew past, a torrent of water erupted from the river to Red's left, and the dragon fell from the skies, somewhere to his right. The Blastoise turned in Red's direction, where the Charizard had fallen. Cursing, Red jumped up, and tried to escape the spot where soon, no doubt, two behemoths would battle. He had barely started, when both creatures fled from some creature more terrible than either of them. Though hidden by the forest, its advance was marked by the tremors that shook the ground and the crashing of distant trees. Red ran for but a moment, before reaching a clearing at the end of the forested valley. His heart sank, and his thoughts dulled as he slowly realized there was no escape; instead of a steady rise to the level of the surrounding land, there was a steep cliff, precluding any progress. Red turned, intending to run past his pursuer, when the Venusaur entered the clearing. The titanic beast stood twenty meters high, and a vine thicker than a large sapling snaked from the bulb on its back. Just as it was about to grab Red, the sun reached an angle that cause light to suffuse the scene. The vine retracted as the bulb on the giants back opened. A glow began to emanate from the flower, which grew unbearably bright and then leapt from bulb. The beam howled towards Red, heat rolling off it in waves and-

Red awoke screaming. Realizing it was just a dream, he laid back down. He was almost asleep when an errant thought strolled into his consciousness. He was sixteen today. It was the day of the Calling.

Thursday, December 03, 2009


I didn't leave
With the


They told me

'Come with us!

We have shelter,

We have food.'

Instead of hiding



I pick roses

In my garden,

As mushroom clouds

Bloom for me.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Sister Maria of the order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Turmoil was teaching her students, or as she thought of them, her hijos, when the call came. She excused herself when she heard the faint sound only she was trained to hear. She entered the supply closet, and pulled a phone disguised as a crucifix from the wall. It was the president. "Hola, Maria," he said in a smooth voice. "It's time."
"The Russians, I assume, No?"
". They have the bomb." The line went dead.
"Dios Mio." whispered the nun. She left the phone hanging in her hurry as she went to dismiss the class. The second they were gone, she closed the schoolhouse and hurried to the chapel. First she went to the cellar where the supplies for the Eucharist were kept. She blessed a chalice of wine, and some bread and partook of the sacrament. She then upturned the box of bread wafers, and unlatched the false bottom to reveal a multitude of silver discs, polished to a shine and sharpened to a razor edge, roughly the size of the wafers. She took these, and then hurried back into the sanctuary to remove the sword that had so long been hidden in the cross at the pulpit. She went to the altar, and opened the Bible which had been undisturbed for decades. A beam of light shot through the stained glass window at the front of the church, and illuminated the pistol that was nestled in the hollow book. Maria knelt, genuflected, and said a prayer. Then she rose, and sprinted from the building to where her motorcycle waited. Stalin had gone to far. He now faced the wrath of the nun.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Yes, I have
The antidote,

And I can

Save her.

But I never said

I would.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Met talking about... a musical? (Godspell)

Yes, that's right, I've finally lost it (not). I was thinking about posting and I want to find another good post of song of the week, but I was shuffling my iTunes library just recently and I happen to have the soundtrack to a certain musical... Godspell. Now granted I never saw the actual musical :( but it's something that I would like to do sometime. I have seen the movie though, and that's what I'm referring to here. I loved it; definitely something different, but it remains pretty true to the Bible. Oh yes, and for those of you who don't know, I am a Christian, and I'm proud of it. The music for this film was great, I thought all the songs were well done and the seemingly unorthodox interpretation of Jesus' time on earth worked very well. Overall I just want to comment on this, because it constantly amazes me how back before they could really produce modern music, they found ways to make amazing pieces. It's a movie/musical that's well worth checking out, and I don't go to every musical I hear about, that's for sure. Thanks for the inspiration Elphaba, it's a great movie.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


"We'd all do

To have you

With us

Said Father John

But when Grandpa

Sat up

In the casket,

The priest stabbed him

With a silver crucifix


Monday, November 16, 2009

Today is a great day!

One of the best musicals on earth (in my opinion, at least) opened fifty years ago today on Broadway! "Which musical is that, Elphaba?" you may ask. It is: THE SOUND OF MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, for those of you who don't know this, I am a HUGE fan of musicals in general. However, Rodgers and Hammerstein are some of the best out there. That's not opinion, that's just fact. (Just kidding. Mostly.)

Time for a little history! The Sound of Music opened on Broadway with Mary Martin as Maria, and Theodore Bikel as Captain von Trapp. It was immediately successful, and is one of the most performed musicals in high schools across America. It was adapted into a movie in 1965, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The movie beat Gone with the Wind as the number-one box office champion of all time. It held this statistic for over 30 years, until Titanic beat it in 1997.

So anyway, I know there's a "this day in history" thingy on the blog, but I wanted to commemorate this date with a post. (Plus, who knows when I will again, so yeah...) YAY, MUSICAL THEATER!!!!!!!!!!


I'm still taking it easy, as anyone who expects a Song of the Day will soon discover, but I will probably still post more than anyone else here. This is due to my deep psychological need to post, not Met's failings to post often enough (failings which don't actually exist). It's been too soon since Elphaba stopped regular posting to determine if she fails to post frequently enough. Anyway, on to the tender heart of the matter.

Monday has always been the domain of my dear GLaDOS. However, despite the fact that she is Still Alive, you'll be GLaD to hear she won't be making an encore performance until Portal II. So now we must fill the space with something, lest Met greedily snatch my posting territory, as he is wont to do. Option one is a Jacques Cousteau tale; a prequel to my first. Before the beginning, I'd like to note how astonishingly difficult it is to write like this. Even so, I managed to write

A Prequel, Part I

Well, one thing's clear, thought Jacques Cousteau, It's dark. And so it was. As Jacques descended the blood soaked stairs into the dark depths of Darkdeep, the darkness deepened. He dared not unsheathe the Feldagger the Medium of Doomspeak had given him, for it still glowed with the blood of the fallen Yeti-Worm that had ambushed him. The light would cause the hosts of Darkdeep to notice him. And when they notice me he thought, Then they will know that the Gatekeeper is no more. If that happened, even the Half-Djinni Spirit King's blessing couldn't save him.

Option two will bring us all back to the days of our childhood. It will show us the dreams we dreamed, and the lives we imagined into being. It will then proceed to trample them, rend them thrice in twain, and force-feed them to us through a funnel caked with a slimy substance of questionable origin. Yes, it has come at last!

Pokemon: The Golden Apocalypse - Prologue

Red ran through the dense forest, branches ripping at his clothes and snaring his feet. The vines that hung down from the canopy were covered in vicious thorns, but he ran straight through them, ignoring the searing streaks of crimson they left on his exposed face and arms. Behind him, a roar bellowed through the trees, causing some branches to fall, such was its ferocity. He tripped on one of these and before he could rise, the skies darkened. A reptilian monstrosity flew through the air above, spewing smoke from its nostrils and fire gleaming on its tail. As it flew past, a torrent of water erupted from the river to Red's left, and the dragon fell from the skies, somewhere to his right. The Blastoise turned in Red's direction, where the Charizard had fallen. Cursing, Red jumped up, and tried to escape the spot where soon, no doubt, two behemoths would battle. He had barely started, when both creatures fled from some creature more terrible than either of them. Though hidden by the forest, its advance was marked by the tremors that shook the ground and the crashing of distant trees. Red ran for but a moment, before reaching a clearing at the end of the forested valley. His heart sank, and his thoughts dulled as he slowly realized there was no escape; instead of a steady rise to the level of the surrounding land, there was a steep cliff, precluding any progress. Red turned, intending to run past his pursuer, when the Venusaur entered the clearing. The titanic beast stood twenty meters high, and a vine thicker than a large apling snaked from the bulb on it's back. Just as it was about to grab Red, the sun reached an angle that cause light to suffuse the scene. The vine retracted as the bulb on the giants back opened. A glow began to emanate from the flower, which grew unbearably bright and then leapt from bulb. The beam howled towards Red, heat rolling off it in waves and-

Red awoke screaming. Realizing it was just a dream, he laid back down. He was almost asleep when an errant thought strolled into his consciousness. He was sixteen today. It was the day of the Calling.

Option three is where I write a dark tale, Elphaba calls it horrible, I reply sarcastically, Met intervenes, Elphaba sides with him and I cry.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Song of the Week 10: 'Zeno Paradox' by E-Bison

Alright, here's a fairly new remix off OCR from 10/19/09 that I'm happy to post as song of the week 10. This one is the first track off of Humans + Gears: Xenogears ReMixed and be sure to check out the trailer for that as well. Now I've never heard of Xenogears before coming to OCR, yes I admit I'm actually not really that big of a gamer. I only know some more popular games. Let me say right off the bat that this remix impressed me a ton. This is something that seems to me like the equivelant of Black Wing Metamorphosis, except for Xenogears and in a lot of ways this is cooler, depending on what mood you're in. This really is an epic piece and to quote djpretzel's writeup "everything about this piece is rich, dynamic, and dramatic," which really rings true. E-Bison truly delivers an awesome mix and something that after only hearing around 20 times I'm willing to put up as song of the week as our entry into double digits. To listen to the track, take the link I put on an awesome mix. djpretzel does a much better describing this mix then I can ever do so I reccomend you check out the write up for sure. Overall, I assure you that this will be worth the listen and I might put some more tracks up from the project, because they're certainly pretty good. I've already got part of this song as my ringtone, starting at about 2:12, really cool stuff. Highly reccomended.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I died

And stood before


He said

I had been

Good enough.

As I walked

To the gates

He stopped me.

A hole opened

Beneath me,

And he whispered

"However I've seen

Your blog."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sorry, but...

I'm not gonna be posting for awhile. I know I just started a seven-post series on the 7 Deadly Sins, but it's... a long story. It's just something I have to talk to Reogan about.

Speaking of which, if I suddenly disappear in an "accident" in the near future, start here. Reogan might kill me. Or not care. I really have no clue.

Song of the Day Sixteen, Narrow Escape

The shroud over the land seems to settle, and the hero is dismayed. He soon becomes aware of rumbling below ground, the mountain on which he stands has not yet lain dormant enough to have forgotten the ways of its forefather, Vesuvius. The hero turns to seek shelter, but as he does, the tunnel collapses, and he's left stranded on the small outcrop of rock. He finds himself trapped; unable to traverse the steep slope while the quaking continues. Just as a frightening glow lights the dark black sky above, a flash of color appears at the rim of the caldera. The Queen and her Cavalry have kept their spirit still, as shown by their polychromatic appearance. The steeds are supernaturally fleet of foot, and they sprint to the hero with ease. The Queen, using but one arm, scoops him onto her stallion, and they ride downwards at a breakneck pace. Before reaching the bottom, they encounter a ledge, and sail off of it, moving forward enough that the fall becomes too great to hope for survival. But they do not fall. Instead, in the light of the Queen, the Cavalry ascends, with the hero, into the clouds.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Song of the Day Fifteen, Hope Lives On

This update isn't late. It's just on Peruvian time.
(Twelve points to anyone who can explain why Peru is the ideal country for this excuse)

The hero emerges from the mountain dungeon onto a ledge just below the outer rim of the caldera. He sees that, as his foe claimed moments before, all his efforts were for naught. A twilight had fallen over the land. A lugubrious lethargy leeched life from all beings. The skies slowly broil with a faintly rumbling lightning. The remains of the Pandora still glow in the aftermath of the inferno. The hero looks on the land, as even the plants seem to break under the oppressive weight of the darkness. All at once, the faint wind ceases and a chill falls across the land. The color drains from all life, and only grey remains in the shadow. The hero looks at his own sleeve - his own arm - and in the light of his sword sees, to his relief, he still has the bright vitality he had possessed before, if a little dimmer. The world, though, seems to be devoid of hope, and seems to foretell a coming absence of life. Suddenly, a movement catches the hero's eye. He sees something nearing the ashes of the city. He recognizes the mayor of his own town, along with the prominent working men of the village leading a caravan to the ruins. Between the men, shielded by them, are the survivors of Pandora. There are merely a few score - the flames took many - but there are enough. The village would rise as a phoenix might. It is now that the hero sees a splash of color in the crowd. Helping an old woman along, is Pandora, the kind girl named after the very village she has come to rebuild. Hope lives on.

GLaDOS's Lament Epilogue

Still Alive

Thursday, November 05, 2009


I know we should cry

Or shake our heads
And stand


But we all

Like schoolgirls.


Who misspells


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Song of the Week 9: 'Above Reason' by zircon, tefnek

Song of the Week is back! Except now it's sort of just inconsistent in posting. I can't make any promises, but I'll try to get at least one song in from OCR each week. This week I'm jumping right into it with a fast paced track from Streets of Rage 2, by zircon and tefnek, two very good electronic artists. Something I also want to quickly mention is that OCR has changed a bit in terms of design, the sidebar is gone and they've just made some minor adjustments, but it's pretty cool. Anyway, the track (titled Above Reason) can be found at that page and if you want to listen to it right away, the link is here. After rereading djpretzel's writeup for this track I realize that he wrote this soon after the release of Antigravity; zircon's 3rd album. Oddly enough I'm listening to it right now, currently on Warhead. Also if you're going to check out Antigravity, check out the Antigravity remix contest and the results for some more really good music. Now that I'm done promoting zircon let's revisit song of the week 9. Above Reason is awesome, crazy synth work and as soon as the melody kicks in you know you have something great here. I love the big beats as the melody rolls on, some really great breaks here, and I love the percussion. 1:58 just blows the whole thing open and goes insane, I love it, love it, love it. Really cool stuff, gotta check it out.

Monday, November 02, 2009

GLaDOS's Lament Part XXIII

I saw her slow.
The fumes leeched
Her breath
She lay on the ground,
Struggling for air
That was no longer there.
If I was thinking,
If a shred of my mind remained,
I would have foreseen
Her next move.
Coursed through her veins.
Within seconds
She was at me
Once more.
She removed what little remained
And killed me.
As I died
One final time
I watched her pick through
The rubble.
She broke my heart.
Killed me.
Abandoned me.
And I love her.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Most of This is True

I clawed my way up through the darkness and woke screaming. My heart raced and my muscles were tensed to escape from some imagined and already unremembered terror. The entire house seemed silent after the echoes of my yell faded. I laid there, soaking in sweat for a moment, before I realized that it was far too hot under the covers. Upon standing, my vision swam, and I fell to the bed. After a slight pause, I stood again and, swaying slightly, made my way to the kitchen. I didn’t bother with the light, because I’m always certain that I’ll see horribly intelligent red eyes and a dripping maw right outside my window. Being a writer of decidedly dark fiction does that to you. I fumbled in a cupboard to get a glass, cringing at every noise. Finally succeeding in quietly extricating one, I went to the sink and filled it. The moment after I took a drink, I was struck by the thought that something could have been in the glass, and I wouldn’t know. I might have swallowed mouse droppings or a quietly pulsing arachnid egg mass unaware. I poured what was left down the drain, set the glass on the counter, and walked to the door. I opened it and slipped outside. The cool fall air was wonderfully refreshing, and I closed my eyes as I raised my head to the sky. It felt like something was horribly, horribly wrong, but it always did, and I refused to act on the feeling. Every rustle of the grass was an abomination lurching towards me, every breath of air the whisper of wings bringing fanged doom from above. I’d long since grown used to this paranoia, and so I felt my very soul shudder when, upon opening my eyes, I saw a figure, silhouetted in the light of the full moon, standing on the roof of the house across the street. His attention was fixed down the road a ways, and he didn’t seem to notice me. Without turning, I slowly moved back until I could feel the door behind me. I grabbed the handle, and turned, but it was locked. Icy terror gripped me, and the world turned black. How long I slept I do not know, but I awoke before any sign of dawn had appeared. The glass sparkled with frost, and a chill breeze blew. I shivered, as I tried to recall why I was here. I couldn’t help but gasp as I remembered and I swung my head up to see my neighbor’s roof. There wasn’t anything on it. Then I heard the thump of a great weight landing, and a single stone fell from my roof to my shoulder. I looked up and saw those terrible eyes looking at me, wreathed in wrinkled brown scales. Four long fangs protruded from a dripping snout, and the stench of decay wafted down to me.

Minutes later, all was silent in the cold night. The air was still and the frost glinted red in the moonlight.