The Order of Play, Version 1

(I’m a geek with some computer science in my background. I start counting at 0.)

I have a confession. While I write short stories (and so far have a little more luck with them than long form), they’re as much about working out how a world works as anything else. When an idea hits me, it’s often as a combination of facts and characters that eventually work themselves into a scene, so writing is just … Continue reading

All the other reindeers’ games

You may have noticed that I have a thing for werewolves going on. Mostly, this is dog related. I have a dog, I enjoy having a dog, and I’m fascinated by the way we try to make our lifestyles overlap. It’s arguable who gives up the most. I knowingly compromise and do my best to look after my companion / child-replacement, while Finn was effectively born into a compromised role because of … Continue reading

If Werewolves, Then…

On the original Alex Jones’ page in the previous incarnation of the site, I mentioned the “If Jesus Then Aliens” trope [External Link] (last mentioned in “The Order Of Play” post). From a world-building point of view, I’m applying the idea as a short hand for “if werewolves exist, what else can be true?”

However, anything I add to the Alex Jones’ world has to fit in. I … Continue reading

The Order of Play

With the new site layout and the recent publishing of “Dog Handler”, I figure this is the sort of thing best done as an occasional repost. The current order of play for the Alex Jones short stories is as follows:

  • Half-Breed (Short)
  • Heart’s Desire (Short)
  • Dog Handler (Short)
  • Possible future stories are:

    • Values Dissonance
    • Alpha Male
    • Another Me

    I’m quite taken with the idea of doing an “If Werewolves, Then …” in … Continue reading

    The rules of the werewolf game

    For reference, the rules of the werewolf game are currently:

    1. It’s magic

    The first werewolf of any lineage will be someone who messed with magic, wanting the strength and speed of one of the world’s greatest predators for himself. He probably has something to prove / rivals to get rid of.

    2. It’s an infection

    It can’t be inherited. It only spreads by bite. And your odds of surviving a bite are actually pretty … Continue reading