ThomasLaHomme, The Reader

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12/5/2017

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1/18/2020 5:06 PM

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Hi, my name is Thomas La Homme. I'm a veteran of two Industrial bands. I'm also a poet.  I grew up with the old Choose Your Own Adenture and Endless Quest books in the 80's and have always been fascinated with the old text-based computer games like Zork.

My background has been in writing fiction, so my point of attack when writing story-games is always with an emphasis on the story. I feel that interactive fiction is a valed art form that can be viewed as a subgenre of experimental fiction. Since mainstream writers are likely to take this format and do something skull-crushingly boring, I see this as an opportunity to expand the form of "genre fiction". Whether of not what I write is any good is up for debate. Writing is always a learning process, so hopefully I'm getting better as time goes by.

Let me know what you think. 

 

Storygames

The Dolls' Quest

Two sentient dolls who remember previous lives as a prince and princess in another universe, go on a perilous quest across the United States to learn more of their origins. My first storygame so any constructive criticism is welcome. Now with 30% fewer typos! Thanks to Mizal for editing advice. 


Aphrodite's Orphan
unpublished

A teenage girl living on a Venus out of 1930s Pulp Science Fiction must search the planet and other worlds with her robot tutor to find the killers of her parents.

 

 

This is done in the format of an Interactive Novel, so it's pretty far removed from the Dungeon Crawl format. The protagonist is not a blank slate but has her own personality, so the story-games got a role-playing format like you'd find in TSR Hobbies' old Endless Quest books. Characters have arcs and will change based on your decisions.

 

 

While it uses the tropes and conventions of Science Fiction, I think its outdated vision of the solar system makes it more a work of Fantasy or Science Fantasy than straight Science Fiction. In addition to the Pulp SF qualities, this also contains elements of Film Noir and its literary equivalent, Roman Noir-- like if Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were re-imagined by James M. Cain or Raymond Chandler.


Time and the Twin Cities
unpublished

A young man's coming of age as he navigates an underground fairy city where time runs slower and his hometown as it evolves into a metropolis over the centuries.


Recent Posts

#BEANSQUAD on 1/18/2020 3:22:52 PM

I always thought Rorshach was like a superhero version of Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. He has a sense of decency, but he's so screwed up that he just sees the bad in people and seldomly ever the good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9PCcx7i4xQ    


Spellcheck on 1/18/2020 3:14:16 PM

Okay, thanks for the heads up.


Spellcheck on 1/17/2020 5:00:00 PM

I'll just copy and paste my stuff to spellcheck.net. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.


Spellcheck on 1/17/2020 4:52:14 PM

Okay, now the spellcheck's not working. I'm putting my rich text editor back on because things are just more complicated without it. I think the site's been reformatted and that's why my spellcheck's not working.


Spellcheck on 1/16/2020 4:10:33 PM
Okay, the spellcheck's working. Thanks, mizal. I appreciate all you do for me. The technical aspects of this site sometimes make me feel like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: "You're world frightens and confuses me!"

Spellcheck on 1/16/2020 4:02:09 PM
Okay, I think I figured it out, mizal. Will this bring back spellcheck?

Spellcheck on 1/16/2020 3:51:35 PM

Okay, thanks, mizal. Um, where in my profile would I find that option? I seem to be at a loss.


Spellcheck on 1/16/2020 9:15:17 AM

Okay, thanks.


What are we reading now? on 1/15/2020 3:41:17 PM

All fiction is fantasy. Just in different ways and to different degrees. There isn't a single Ernest Hemingway novel set in the real world. They're all set in fantasy versions of the real world.


What are we reading now? on 1/15/2020 1:24:29 PM

Rereading the Kull of Atlantis stories by Robert E. Howard. I actually think they're better than his Conan stuff. Kull is a better character.