Camelon, The Dramatist

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Featured Story The Book of Vanishing Tales
The muses are gone. They sacrificed themselves to save Sandrella from cataclysm, and all that is left of them are drained, stone husks, and a ring of dust orbiting the world. Your wife was one of them.
But with them went all the dreams and the permanence of stories. And now, forty years later, it seems memory is next.
Though an old storyteller with little to your name, you must undertake a long journey to the Grove of the Muses, hoping to rekindle the flames that once burned inside you, before you can't remember them at all.

Uneasy Lies the Head

This morning, you were merely an 8th-tier potter.  Your house was small but sturdy, and your work at the wheel and kiln was moderately interesting. There was no need to regret the past -  you were thankful that you were not a 9th-tier factory worker or a 10th-tier sewer monitor. And as your thirtieth birthday approached, you'd finally made enough social credit to be put on the match-list for a spouse.

But then, when you were shirtless, sunburned, and sweaty from firing the latest batch of pots, they'd come for you. 2nd-tier officials from the upper city, who would never lower themselves by stepping into circle 8. They'd broken the endless routine, and ordered you to come with them to the city - and to take a bath to wash the filth off.


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Best Disney Villain? on 11/21/2020 7:44:19 PM

Ralph Breaks the Internet was also about making peace with himself, rather than trying to find his identity in his friendships (Vanelope) or how others define you (stupid social media comments.) The idea of his own insecurities becoming the villain was pretty well done, if a bit predictible with the forshadowing. While he did need to stop controlling Vanellope, that was more a symptom of his insecurity than the main point.


Also, I have to give the movie props for the adorable, terribly off-key princess song about drift racing, and Disney poking fun at itself with a lot of the jokes.

Logic Puzzles on 11/21/2020 1:06:04 AM

Maybe it's a cemetery - hence all the zombies that need killing.

Logic Puzzles on 11/21/2020 12:00:53 AM

It depends.

If there are 34 including me and you after I enter the garden, and you kill 30, then there are 4 left. I may or may not be among them.

If I see 34 people as I enter the garden, you among them, and I make the total 35, then there would be 5 living after you kill everyone. If you entered after I did, there might even be 6 living.

If you kill 30 bees and not 30 people, there may be 34-36 people still alive. If you kill 30 people outside the garden, and never entered the garden yourself, there would be 34-35 people in the garden depending if I am counted among them.

And if the 34 people in the garden are undead zombies we came into the garden to kill, there might be only 2 living people in the garden at the end of it.

Facebook riddles are usually too ambiguous to answer.

Logic Puzzles on 11/20/2020 8:45:08 PM

Maybe she was a widow before he married him? And everyone called his wife "Jim's widow" since they knew he was just marrying the old lady for her inherited cash.


Then after she died, he gets the money and can marry her hotter/younger sister.

Best Disney Villain? on 11/19/2020 10:30:49 PM

He wanted to exploit Arendelle's resources (because kids fear the queen might get jipped in a bad trade deal?) and he did order two of his men to kill Elsa if they got the chance. He's annoying and too obvious, but he does get one of the funniest lines in the movie, "Like a chicken with the face of a monkey, I fly!"

The redesign of my game. on 11/19/2020 10:07:55 PM

It's not a bad idea to start over or rescale, especially if something is boring you. You can always mull on the maze idea and revisit it someday when you have a game or two done.

For the Glory of CYStia on 11/19/2020 10:01:13 PM

I'm not sure about being able to crank out another large game anytime soon, but I could work on finishing moving Blade of the Hollow over here, sprucing it up with actual variables so it works like I'd originally intended, and actually writing the rest of the ending pages.


I'll try to set aside some time to write some reviews as well.

Halloween Writing Jam voting on 11/6/2020 5:50:16 PM

Oh my, that thread! I'm not sure which is worse, the whining about polls being too public and anxiety inducing since it makes it a "contest," or the passive-aggressive jabs about Mara not being "experienced" enough to run things on her own.

Halloween Writing Jam voting on 11/6/2020 5:45:21 PM

I've read a few so far, but not enough to vote yet. Thank you for the link.

Important Writing Questions on 10/30/2020 5:51:48 PM

"The Stars My Destination" did this. It was a surprisingly well done book and character study, for starting with an incredibly unlikeable character who rapes a woman within the first few chapters.