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Sakura Nihil
Selective Pressure
Rote Kapelle
Posted - 2006.11.27 23:53:00 - [31]
 

I'm not quite sure what just happened hear Shocked, but did it involved a dismembered head and a flashlight?

Beringe
Caldari
Mercurialis Inc.
Posted - 2006.11.28 00:55:00 - [32]
 

Mondays are now my favorite.

Abraxas is going from strength to strength, I feel.


And one more time... "Fedo!" \o/

Rorix Whitecloud
Caldari
Paxton Industries
Paxton Federation
Posted - 2006.11.29 04:38:00 - [33]
 

i dunno why, but your stories all seem to depress me a little by the end... this one's really sad :( and creepy, yes, but sad :(

HankMurphy
Minmatar
Pelennor Swarm
Posted - 2006.11.29 08:08:00 - [34]
 


nothing new, us minmatar use fedo to clean out the amarr on board all the time Twisted Evil

this was sick, disgusting and beautiful.

Thats 3 shots and 3 kills on the new chronicles!!! CCP, give your writers a raise (in the form of mandatory overtime Razz) I want more!

Davlos
Deus Imperiosus Acies
Posted - 2006.11.29 10:52:00 - [35]
 

* Davlos keeps a fedo perched on his right shoulder, wears an eyepatch and waves his scimitar about.

Xykanth Roldeir
Posted - 2006.11.29 11:24:00 - [36]
 

I guess I'll have to give the story artistic credit for breaking with what I consider traditional writing norms. But in this case was it really such a good thing? Confused

I would love to read some stories that aren't always so dark, twisted and dimented. I've read most every EVE Chronicle there is. Maybe I'm a masochist, or just bored. Actualy I have found many of them to be great story openers and I would like it if they were longer. But yes can we have some light sided fun to offset all these dark and disturbing stories?

Cheers Razz

Ramblin Man
Empyreum
Posted - 2006.11.29 11:25:00 - [37]
 

Originally by: Davlos
* Davlos keeps a fedo perched on his right shoulder, wears an eyepatch and waves his scimitar about.


*watches as the rest of the room shifts away from Davlos*

Three cheers for the piece! Umm... except the part I think kieron was talking about... that was... yeah...
... Lets just say I moved my exotic dancers and fedos to different stations, and I don't ever want to think about anything involving sentient pieces of steak and nipples again. EVER.

Za Po
Caldari
Posted - 2006.11.29 11:52:00 - [38]
 

Great. Now I'm going to move to Sansha's Nation and get a lobotomy, in order to hopefully never have to think about fedos, nipples, heads and flashlights again.

CCP Abraxas

Posted - 2006.11.29 14:18:00 - [39]
 

Originally by: Quakefire
I quite enjoyed that, I love how you read and read and read and then at the end everything clicks together. Abraxas like most good horror type writers, you kinda worry me


Excellent. You're not the only one, either.


Originally by: Nybbas
Are you sure you listed the 20 sections in the correct order? amazing story by the way!


As far as I can tell, yeah, they should be in proper order. If anything seems out of place, let me know.


Originally by: Sakura Nihil
I'm not quite sure what just happened hear Shocked, but did it involved a dismembered head and a flashlight?


It certainly did. In intimate contact, even.


Originally by: Rorix Whitecloud
i dunno why, but your stories all seem to depress me a little by the end... this one's really sad :( and creepy, yes, but sad :(


Really? I thought "The Greatest Joke" had quite an upbeat ending, given the circumstances. And "Saccade" isn't that bad: He lives, gets a new job, and contributes to pest control. But I'll certainly admit that there's a strong undercurrent of cruelty and darkness in all of them.

Short stories revolve around some central point, some particular moment of change. A short story (my Chronicles included) is generally composed of a short preamble leading up to the central event, plus of course the event itself, and then a short fade-out that describes its aftermath.

This event almost always brings about a change involving the central characters. Sometimes the characters themselves are changed (as in "The Greatest Joke"); sometimes they remain unchanged while everything else changes around them (as in "The Shrinking Skin"). What's important, though, is that even if they manage to make something good out of the situation, the event that brought it about is inherently negative. Some thing, some outside influence, shakes them up so thoroughly that it leaves them changed forever.

Good experiences tend to leave you unchanged. They don't shake you up, nor force you to re-evaluate anything. They reinforce your view of life. It's the bad things that force you to change. Thus, while the outcome of a short story may be positive, you will always detect that undercurrent, those taints of darkness, even if it's only through the impersonal touch of cruel happenstance.

Incidentally, the next story will be one of the most positive ones I've had published so far, but even there, the change is brought about by a fairly unpleasant accident. The positive aspects arise mostly from how the accident frees the protagonist from an emotional straitjacket.

Originally by: HankMurphy
this was sick, disgusting and beautiful.


Perfect! Very Happy

Originally by: Xykanth Roldeir
I would love to read some stories that aren't always so dark, twisted and dimented. [...] But yes can we have some light sided fun to offset all these dark and disturbing stories?


You'll find that by its very nature EVE does invite fairly dark pieces. It's a cutthroat world, full of cruel people. Although I contend that "The Greatest Joke" and "The Shrinking Skin" are neither dark, twisted nor demented.

As I said above, the next published piece will be brighter; it won't be light-hearted, but it will display more hope and joy than most other things I've had published. The one after that will be a farce, but it'll be my kind of farce, meaning that the dementia and crazyness knobs get turned up to eleven.

And it will involve a hamster.

Ethidium Bromide
Amarr
ZEALOT WARRIORS AGAINST TERRORISTS
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2006.11.29 15:16:00 - [40]
 

Originally by: kieron
Am I the only one to be slightly disturbed by part 19? Just let your mind wander a bit. *shivers*


sissyVery Happy

great story!!!!!!!!! i LOVE the broken up sequence (idea ever since watching pulp fiction for the first time)

SpaceDrake Taleweaver
Posted - 2006.11.30 17:44:00 - [41]
 

Edited by: SpaceDrake Taleweaver on 30/11/2006 17:44:26
Hmm. An excellent story once again, although I felt as though the rigs were just sort of tacked on. It didn't really focus too much on what the rigs are and what they do, they just got mentioned in passing.

Still wonderfully disturbing. Fedos enjoy S&M! Penetrate a Fedo today!Twisted Evil

Oh, Brax, FYI I still lust for your jorb. Sleep with one eye open, sir. One eye open.

Wink

In a completely unrelated development, do you have an email address I could reach you at, Brax? There's something I need to discuss with you that would just clog up the forums.

Ramblin Man
Empyreum
Posted - 2006.11.30 23:28:00 - [42]
 

Originally by: CCP Abraxas
And it will involve a hamster.
Thank god, finally some normalcy.

Benco97
Gallente
Terraprobe Dynamics
Posted - 2006.12.01 21:10:00 - [43]
 

*Smiles*
This is so good, I read it to my little snuggle-chunks and they loved it too (You can tell by the way they wiggle)
I love the messedupness of it all, the story is messed up AND the story is messed up.
Just a little sad that I missed it's actual release, stupid holiday (Very very weird to see people talking about me on the forums though...I umm.. i'm glad you like me?)

Simon Jax
Gallente
Battlestars
GoonSwarm
Posted - 2006.12.02 21:08:00 - [44]
 

I though the story was outstanding, the only thing that bugged me was the part about the rigs … well, and the, er, thirsty Fedo … ahem.

The part describing the rigs was too “gameplay descriptive” than I thought it should be. I don’t recall any other Chronicle where a gameplay element was brought up in such a direct manner. Why, in a narrative detailing and primarily focused on his spiritual journey, would rigs be described when no other underlying concept is? It was as though, during the scene, he stopped … dropped character, looked at the proverbial camera to say “you see, rigs are …” then returned to the scene.

However, it did not truly detract from an expertly crafted story, the way it shake you around only to come together at the end was quite compelling and enjoyable.

mazzilliu
Caldari
Sniggerdly
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2006.12.03 07:37:00 - [45]
 

excellent short story!!! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

CCP Abraxas

Posted - 2006.12.03 15:37:00 - [46]
 

Originally by: SpaceDrake Taleweaver
It didn't really focus too much on what the rigs are and what they do, they just got mentioned in passing.
Originally by: Simon Jax
The part describing the rigs was too “gameplay descriptive” than I thought it should be.

The reason rigs were mentioned is that they are the linchpin of the story: Rigs should never, ever be installed by nonprofessionals while in-space. If they are, well, this is what happens. If the rig insertion scene was absent, there'd be no reason for the ship to get so irrevocably damaged.

The real reason rigs were mentioned is that they are what this story is about. As with everything else I've written so far, the story highlighted one of the Revelations features.

As your two quotes show, it's a tough balance to hit. Some people want more information, some people want less. I've mentioned more than once that I see these stories as stories, not as infodumps - the phrase "exploratory, not explanatory" covers it pretty well - so merely writing a fact sheet about rigs and their operation is out of the question. However, since the purpose of these stories is to illuminate the Revelations features, a certain amount of exposition is unavoidable.

The closest analogy to my approach that I can think of is in one of the Sandman collections (either Dream Country or Fables and Reflections, can't remember which): His presence is felt throughout, and can't be separated from the books, but not every single story stars him. He's there obliquely, really.

Incidentally, after the upcoming piece this Monday (which is also on rigs), I'm done with Revelations for the time being. The December and January pieces will touch on such subjects as addiction, portrait swapping, and torture among the Empires.

Originally by: SpaceDrake Taleweaver
do you have an email address I could reach you at, Brax?


Just Evemail this character.


Originally by: Ramblin Man
Originally by: CCP Abraxas
And it will involve a hamster.
Thank god, finally some normalcy.


Thanks. You owe me a new keyboard.


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