ThomasLaHomme, The Wordsmith

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12/5/2017

Last Activity

10/30/2021 9:35 PM

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248

Post Count

357

Storygame Count

2

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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 Adventure 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 valued 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. 

 

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Earning 100 Points Having 1 Storygame(s) Featured

Storygames

Featured Story Aphrodite's Orphan

A teenage girl living on a Venus out of 1930's 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 standard Dungeon Crawl format. This is more reminescent of the old CYOA books of the 80's and 90's, particulary T.S.R. Hobbies' Endless Quest Books. The characters have arcs which will be determined by the decisions you make.

Because this is set in an outdated version of the solar system, I consider this to be more a work of Fantasy than Science Fiction. Think Science Fantasy.

Also, there are elements of Hard Boiled Detective fiction and Film Noir. Like if Raymond Chandler or James M. Cain wrote about Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.


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. 


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unpublished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

My Dune Review on 10/26/2021 5:17:15 PM

Ian McNeice was always entertaining as the Barron. Almost like a Batman villain from the 1960's TV show. Charmingly fay but extremely evil. Glad they did the Children of Dune miniseries so he could come back as one of Alia's evil racial memories (why the Reverand Mother called her an abomination).


My Dune Review on 10/25/2021 5:03:41 PM

Tim36D, what reasons are those?

 


My Dune Review on 10/25/2021 5:02:51 PM

The first half of the miniseries gave so much more of the book's world and characters than the new movie.


My Dune Review on 10/25/2021 5:00:35 PM

Kenneth McMillan's scenery chewing was HILARIOUS! R.I.P., Harkonnoen candy striper. :(

 

 


My Dune Review on 10/24/2021 10:10:15 AM

Yeah, they should have had "jihad". Specifically, they should have mentioned the Butlerian Jihad. The fact that their society has outlawed thinking machines is so integral to their society and why melange is so coveted. I do think they should have had the banquet scene from the novel, since that conveys so much information. The scene added for the movie where the Emperor's envoy comes to Caladan for the ceremony of officially passing the baton of Arrakas fiefdom conveyed very little important information about the characters or their society. I honestly think the scene in the David Lynch movie where the Guild comes to talk to the Emperor gives us so much more useful information. 

 


My Dune Review on 10/22/2021 9:58:25 AM

Saw the new Dune movie. Here's my review: It was nice. Seemed like it was aimed at a mainstream movie audience though. I like the Sci Fi Channel miniseries (for all it's goofy production values) better. Too much of the novel's rich world-building was left out so Villeneuve could shoe-horn in a bunch of prolonged action sequences that were left off-stage in the book. Would it have killed them to mention the Orange Catholic Bible? And I thought the film's portrayal of the Weirding Way (the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood's rapid-fire martial arts fighting technique) was kind of lame. Wish they'd just made this movie on a smaller budget so they wouldn't have had to water it down to appeal to the Joe and Martha Six-packs of the world. The movie was good for what it was, but I was still kind of disappointed.


Happy Birthday, Mizal! on 9/26/2021 4:33:40 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Mizal! Sorry I haven't been around, but I've been getting ready to move out of my cruddy apartment. Hope you've been well and had a Super Birthday!


My Poetry's on Soundcloud Now on 8/1/2021 3:23:46 PM

Just wanted to let you all know that I have a Soundcloud account and have posted my poetry on there. Before Covid threw a monkey wrench into everything, I used to attend Open Mics and perform my poems with Industrial Music backing tracks. Here's my piece known as "Eisenhower Age". https://soundcloud.com/thomas-lahomme/eisenhower-age     

 

Hope everyone's having a good day. :) 


Taking a little break on 6/24/2021 5:06:30 PM

I'm a caregiver so I have some idea what you must be going through, although I'm at least spared the bureaucracy that looms over you. Best of luck. 


What are you watching? on 5/29/2021 4:58:28 PM

I'm watching Season One of "Doom Patrol". The writing is eclectic and solid. Plus, I just love DC Comics. Strangest superhero show I've seen in a long time.

   Doom Patrol Hilarious Most WTF Moments - YouTube