And for Sunday, 3 Favorite Things

I have well and truly gone off the deep end with the word count, as I’m approaching 80k on SatWW 4. That in itself isn’t that big a deal, because most novels are that size, but it’s a big deal when the projected size of the book was around 50k.

This always happens to me. I don’t know the meaning of the word “quickie”. It’s a longie or nothing!

And so, because I really need to sit down tonight and get to the end of this novel while doing some judicious cutting from the beginning, I present you with 3 favorite things.

Favorite Video Game



It’s a series, really, and by series I mean (quite seriously) steampunk legacy. Myst (and the sequels: Riven, Exile, Uru, Revelation, End of Ages ) was a trailblazing game, the precursor and model for much to come. Many other franchises, everything from games (Schizm, Syberia) to social platforms (Second Life) to film (Lost) would succeed in imitating it – in elements, form, artistic style, theme – but nothing ever equalled it. Myst was a labor of love from Robyn and Rand Miller, two brothers who worked together on every single aspect of the first game, creating a fantastic universe where the written word could not only create worlds, but people, animals, and civilizations. But if books could create worlds, then books could also twist them. Contempt of nature resulting in perversion of spirit infuses a great deal of the themes of the Myst games and novels, making it (among other things) a truly Pagan game at heart. As Anna says to Atrus when he’s still a boy: “You must remember what you have learned here, Atrus. I have tried to teach you the mechanics of the earth and stars; the ways of science and the workings of nature. I have tried to teach you what is good and what is to be valued, those truths which cannot be shaken or changed. This knowledge is from the Maker.”

I have all the Myst novels, soundtracks, and games, and the worlds of Myst are some of my most favorite things ever. If you’re curious about the fabled music and graphics of this series, you can check out one of the Myst worlds by playing Myst Online: Uru Live. It’s not a big CPU drag to run on your computer, and the price is pretty good: Free.

Trivia: The main character of Atrus in the video above is played by Rand Miller.

Favorite Comic

Dude, this guy:

I’ve lost count of the series and their order. There was King Conan, Conan the King, The Savage Sword of Conan, and Conan the Cimmerian. I read them all. Or at least, every one I could get my hands on. Robert E. Howard’s Conan is still one of my most beloved fictional characters. He had the sword, the attitude, the destiny, and the muscles to back it up. He’s… just… so…. COOL! Conan will always be cool. If our planet is ever invaded by hostile aliens bent on our destruction, we can just show them Conan, Cimmerian, the unapologetic slayer and lover, born to tread the jeweled kingdoms of the earth beneath his sandaled feet. Then they will go: “Gnak froo mabalaks kliklkilk!” Which translates: “You know, Conan is just so cool. Maybe these Earthlings are really okay, after all…”

Hey, it could happen.

Favorite Thing of the Week

Okay, that’s cheating a bit. 🙂 But the alternative was choosing my favorite fictional character of all time, and Roy Batty teamed up with Maximus and immediately tried to flush Conan out the airlock, which didn’t work, Conan having countered with a roundhouse camel-punch to the jaw until they were both shut down by Boromir and Cap’n Tightpants. With a wrench. In the landing bay.

And that was just off the top of my head. Don’t even ask about Picard.

Anyway… favorite thing. Pastel Portal. Just go. Check it all out. There’s some awesome stuff there, brought to you by author and artist Mateusz Skutnik.

About Kirby

Kirby Crow worked as an entertainment editor and ghostwriter for several years before happily giving it up to bake brownies, read yaoi, play video games, and write her own novels. Whenever she isn't slaying Orcs or flying a battleship for the glory of the Amarr Empire, she can be found in the kitchen, her vegetable garden, or busy writing her next book. Kirby is a winner of the EPIC Award (Best Horror Novel) and the Rainbow Award (Best LGBT Novel). She is the author of the bestselling "Scarlet and the White Wolf" series of fantasy novels.
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4 Responses to And for Sunday, 3 Favorite Things

  1. Kirsten says:

    I love Myst! I played Myst and Riven, then I gave up computer games for years. I didn’t know about the further sequels. I don’t know if I should go down this road again or not 😉

    ‘No one will know if we were good men or bad, why we fought or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many.’ Oh, Conan, I love your philosophy.

  2. Kirby Crow says:

    @ Kirsten

    I just downloaded Myst for my iPhone. 🙂 By all means, play Exile at least. It’s the last really “Myst-Like” game that Cyan made. The sequels are still good, but the atmosphere changes between Exile and Uru. The wonderful thing about Uru is that in the beginning of the game you get to visit Atrus’ boyhood home that’s described in the first novel. That was so awesome; to get to explore in a game a place you’ve read about so often. Must be why I still play LOTR.

    I could never give up computer games! Not even for a little while. They can be a time-suck, that’s for sure. They’re like alcohol to me: I have to be really careful to play in moderation. If I don’t, I just get lost in the world and days fly by. This is always a risk with creative types. XD

    Robert E. Howard’s works are in public domain in NZ and Australia and the UK, I believe, but the status is sketchy here in the US. Good thing, too, or I’d hop on that. I couldn’t do something like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, because Conan fights the Undead all the time! It’s nothing to him!

  3. Lunedor says:

    I still remember that marble puzzle from Riven…shivers* and it took me quite a long time to get all the animals.
    I think Exile was a walk in the park compared to that xD, but I enjoyed it too, mostly because Saavedro wasn`t THE bad guy like in some other games and his story was quite touching.

  4. Kirby Crow says:

    @Lunedor Riven was a difficult game in that not all of the puzzles made sense in an organic, logical way. Not to me, anyway. 🙂 It does have the best soundtrack, though.