Argh Monday

Day 8. 114 pages, 49,902 words.

Overslept this morning and was left with barely an hour of writing time before I had to come to work. Still, I guess I needed the sleep after the weekend. As mentioned, the weekend went well.

As I have not yet mentioned, the weekend also involved a pub quiz. I didn’t get a chance to scan it and may do so later, but it was fun. And this time, after many trials and tribulations and frustrations, our boy Mr. BRKN won the day. Scraping past with 11 points, to beat Kristiina’s 9.

His prize was a magnificent limited-edition variant cover version of Molran, or as I had redubbed it, Molran: A Tale of the Final Fall of Man and Sexy Times in Space.

In the style of Spider-Woman variant covers (and we’ve all talked about them before on this blog…), I asked the vastly talented and humorous M.A. “Cat Protocol” Tyrskyluoto to create a variant that was hilariously sexually exploitative and sleazy. We settled on a scene from one of the editors’ favourites in the book: Waffa and Contro “looking for toffee” in the transpersion core.

"Ha ha ha! Honestly!"

I sent sketches and descriptions to Cat, and we fine-tuned this a bit. I think Contro is a little more manly and rugged than he would actually look, but this was because Cat tried the picture with as-is Contro and the whole thing suddenly looked super child-molesty. So this was the beautiful compromise.

Amazing work. I am only including the image here, where the cover also included the title and stuff. Obviously.

It is also worth noting that, had anyone actually read the note at the end of Molran, they could easily have won the quiz. The first page is multiple choice and you can score 15 points there, and the second page has four bonus questions that are short-answer. Two points each for an easy 8 points. Add a couple of points from the multiple choice section (which most people who take the quiz get by just guessing[1]), and you would easily have beaten the pathetic[2] 11-point winning score.

[1] There’s usually a clear cut-off, with most quiz-takers getting between 2 and 4 points (props to Bella this time around for getting 5, despite only being on Drednanth right now) and the editors getting between 9 and 12.

[2] Did I stutter?

Anyway, this time around I had put the answers to the bonus section inside the note at the end of the book. Anyone could have found them.

Hopefully this will keep people on their toes for next time.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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6 Responses to Argh Monday

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    I read the note! Damnit this is so unfair!

    Almost as unfair as what happened later to Waffa. Almost.

    • stchucky says:

      Mr. BRKN is of the opinion that what happened to Waffa only happened because Watha hasn’t bothered to read the books yet. He may be right.

      Since Contro has only just started Drednanth, we’ll have to wait and see about him. Actually, one thing I forgot to mention from the party was that someone found some chalk, and among the penises that got drawn, there was also a list of the ten Trampsters (plus Boonie), with selected names crossed off. I may or may not have amended the list with strikethroughs just to fuck with people.

      Oh! And another thing I just remembered. Jean was apparently super-psyched about my books because they reminded him of the Mass Effect games. He was extremely impressed and excited when I said I’d never played them and knew next to nothing about them.

      We’ll have to do a quiz next summer. You can win it and walk away with a signed and boxed hardcover set, with dickbutt flipbook animation.

      • aaronthepatriot says:

        Dude you did not just forewarn me to study for an exam where I can win shit, did you? I will study this shit so hard I’ll be quizzing YOU! LOL

        No but seriously I hope you weren’t offering hardcovers as part of the prize, because I’m definitely buying those. I’m sure you weren’t…I’m just…making sure sure. Because, you know, I already have proof you agreed to the signatures and dickbutts. So I’m not clear what I’m winning!

        As for Contro…I have to say he better shape up, because you did him a massive solid with this backstory. Let’s just hope he handles it with all the elan he can muster. He doesn’t know what happened to Waffa, as you elaborated upon, so he doesn’t even have that warning! Aw, but I’m sure he did his best!

      • stchucky says:

        Yeah, the hardcover set will probably be ready by the end of the year or early 2016, I’ll have to thnik of something new for later quizzes. A whole new book series, for a start.

  2. Heheh, ’twas a pleasure, my friend. I probably wouldn’t put this on my CV — for reasons I’m sure are obvious 😉 — but it was a lot of fun to do!

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