A ball of lightning flashed across
the sky, tracing nothing to be remembered by.
The following are miscellaneous writings from 1991, 1992, and 1993, all of which were written for and posted to the Usenet newsgroup talk.bizarre. I graduated from college and moved to Texas in 1992, yet continued posting. In 1994 when I moved and entered the games industry I stopped contributing; then I started again in 1998 or so.
I wrote a lot more than this; this is just the better stuff.
The best stuff (in my opinion) appears in boldface.
- short bits of "fiction"
- longer bits of fiction
- long fiction
- The Art of the Flame
- More (1995, written after a long abscence; the main person in the story is named after t.b'er Ron Echeverri, who went by "rone" on t.b but also had "5150" as his "real name" field; I've added a sentence to the story mentioning the "rone" nickname because the story is incomprehensible without it)
- I before E: on the inappropriateness of spelling flames (1998)
- structured free association
- (shorter) The following posts were constructed by two people taking turns adding a word.
- (longer) The "construction/evolution" series was generated by a complex process
where a new line was added once a day, prompted by a random line of what
was already there; then at the end the lines were reordered manually.
- manipulations of form; constrained writings
- Lipograms (avoidance of letters of the alphabet)
- Anagrams (letter rearranagement)
- Palindromes (reading the same forwards and backwards)
- Word-length constraints
- games: the mysterious powers of pyramids
- poem: another tour de force
- Story-length constraints
- Economies of Scale: vaguely inspired by the
traditional talk.bizarre form "one-hundred-word-stories"
- brief non-fiction, strange, with manually aligned right-margins
- horoscopes for talk.bizarre regulars (hence steeped in in-jokes)
- musings: programmer's free verse
- silly lyrics
- foretelling the future of the Internet: