ThomasLaHomme, The Wordsmith

Member Since

12/5/2017

Last Activity

6/24/2021 5:06 PM

EXP Points

235

Post Count

349

Storygame Count

2

Duel Stats

0 wins / 1 loss

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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. 

 

Trophies Earned

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Because this is set in an outdated version of the solar system, I consider this to be more a work of Fantasy than Science Fiction.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unpublished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

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


Any Sci-Fi books with "realistic" aliens in them? on 5/8/2021 5:03:46 PM

Rocheworld by Doctor Robert L. Forward. The Flouwen are amorphous shape-changers that breath ammonia and make parts of the blobby bodies into appendages like lenses to see. And the world of the title is a double planet with two small worldlets that share the same atmosphere and ocean and orbit each other. 

Another example would by the tri-sexed gaseous aliens who inhabit an adjacent parallel universe in Isaac Asimov's novel The Gods Themselves. 


What was the best book you had to read at school? on 5/8/2021 4:47:00 PM

In high school it was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In College it was Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. In college I also had to read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, but I did not care for either of those books.

 


DIY Animation on 3/20/2021 12:33:53 PM

bondogggle, if you ever feel comfortable sharing your animatics, it'd be great to see them.


DIY Animation on 3/14/2021 12:16:54 PM

Chris113022, I think you can do it. Most skills are developed. It's mostly a matter of sticking to it in spite of making less-than-stellar stuff. There isn't a writer on this site who hasn't written garbage they're embarrassed by.


Mad Hatter's Daughter Appreciation Day! on 3/12/2021 6:34:12 PM

Mad Hatter's Daughter is an Internet Treasure. Very talented artist.


DIY Animation on 3/12/2021 6:23:39 PM

BerkaZerka, I'm glad you liked it!


DIY Animation on 3/12/2021 6:22:47 PM

Thanks, Mizal!


DIY Animation on 3/12/2021 6:21:47 PM

MadHatterDaughter, that's really good! Your talents are vast.