Coming on the Ides of March…

Priorities have changed…

“Ladies and gentlemen, give yourselves a round of applause.  You are pioneers.  The next generation of American defense, and the reason we are going to stay at the forefront of power in this world.  In the age of nanotechnology, laser guidance, and artificial intelligence, one thing has slowed our progress more than any other.  The human mind.  All of this technology has been limited by the people who operate it.  For years, scientists, engineers, and what-have-you have striven to automate.

“They’re trying to take you out of every task that they can.  Remove fatigue, impatience, attention spans, and reaction time from the equation completely.  The human mind is a liability to them.  I want to change all that.  There was a time when the human, not the technology, was the driving force behind our success.  I’m going to make you all stronger, faster and smarter.  You will be the first in an army of supermen, revered by your people and feared by the enemy.  You will be the very hammer of democracy.” – Director Patrick Hall

The Primer, Book 5

In 2002, in a remote US Army outpost in Paktia province, Afghanistan, the first human trials of the Rattenfanger program began.  The next great advancement in military technology—delivered directly into the minds of two platoons of highly-trained soldiers, deep in hostile territory.  Lieutenant Harris Hayes was left in charge of the operation, and completely in the dark.

He had orders, sure.  Top Secret ones on official letterhead, coming directly from the Pentagon.  But there were no specifics.  Hold the base, wait for the experiment to run its course, and stay out of the way.  They were easy enough to follow, until the changes began.  The new technology brought forth a new chain of command, and a new idea of who the enemy actually was.

I’m not dead!

Hello.

I’m not dead.  I’m just terrible at blogging.

I’m still hard at work, though.

Announcements are coming.

Extra line breaks make this post look longer, right?

In the meantime, check out Dark and Bitter.  Burn things to stay warm.  Rescue feral cats and then clean up the horrible things they do to your basement.  Make vegan sausages.  You know, normal stuff.

It’s #NaNoWrimo time!

November has begun again, and I’ve once again dropped everything I was working on in order to dump infinity words into a Word doc in thirty days.  The goal this year is pretty simple: 138,000 words (or thereabouts).  That’s what it will take to finish the (approximately) nineteenth installment of the NaNoWriMo project I started way back in 2006.  Someday I’ll finish the whole thing.  Maybe three years from now.  And then I’ll start editing it.  By then, it will likely be the longest coherent novel ever written.  That probably sounds crazy.  But it’s November.  Sanity is for the other eleven months of the year.  These words don’t count towards the 138,000…so I’m off now.  Got writing to do.

The first post of 2017

Is a disappointing placeholder because this week has run me ragged!  Yay! I was going to write a thing about fantasy football, …

I have no words.

November marches on, I was supposed to write 50,000 of them. I don’t have any.

Blerg.

I was going to do a post. It was going to be on politics. I had a whole bunch to say. I …

Murder sucks

Hate crimes suck.  Terrorism sucks.  Whatever this was, it sucks.  It doesn’t seem like the kind of week for a lighthearted blog …

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