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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIV

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 17 December 2018 · 46 views

Well, I did it.  I would not have believed it, but I was there, and I saw it, so I know it to be true.  I did it.
 
I finished the story.  Phew!
 
It now stands at a full 15 chapters plus the short epilogue, for a total of 83 pages.  Here are some statistics, straight from the word processor:
Words : 29,615
Pages : 91
Lines :...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 09 December 2018 · 57 views

I just finished writing chapter 14, the penultimate chapter to the story, where the final climactic confrontation between Carol and her foes takes place.  I'm quite happy with it.  I think I need to re-read it a few more times and tighten and polish the narrative a little here and there, but overall, I'm satisfied with how it turned out.
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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 03 December 2018 · 59 views

As I wrap up the ending of the story, it occurred to me that it may be a good idea to offer a brief introduction, like a short blurb describing the world to be found therein.
 
Then I thought it may be even better to offer it as a short letter to the reader, inviting them to believe in the world they were about to enter.  You see, to me, Christm...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXI

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 02 December 2018 · 48 views

Uh-oh!  The unthinkable has happened.
 
No, I did not play again with the fonts and the paragraph layout (although I did that last week just to see how it would flow in different formats).
 
Also no, I have not finished the story yet (although that act should not really be unthinkable at this point, having written more than 13 whole chapter...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXX

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 26 November 2018 · 67 views

I can't believe I've made 30 entries on this topic since I started this blog.  I probably wrote as many words on them as I did on the story itself!  Talk about procrastination, with an emphasis on pro .   :grin:
 
Anyway, in this entry I have some good news for anybody still reading along (yeah, I know, 30 entries can get exhausting)....


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXIX

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 22 November 2018 · 69 views

Phew!  We're good.  We can finally unclench now -- it's all good.
 
As mentioned in the last entry on this topic , my [s][s]grand-stepson    [s][s]step-grandson    [s][s]grandson-step   --  Aargh!  You know what?  Let's call him Timmy.
 
So, 9-year-old Timmy came to visit last week-e...


Cruisin' On Auto-Pilot - Part III

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Game Development, Intellivision 18 November 2018 · 90 views

We will continue with the technical discussion on the Auto-Pilot soon, but first I want to talk about something I've come to regard as The Great Auto-Pilot Hack .  It's the one change made to the Auto-Pilot framework which enabled some of its most creative uses.
 
I liken it to having started out with a nice and sleek sports car, souping it...


Cruisin' On Auto-Pilot - Part II

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Game Development, Intellivision 17 November 2018 · 94 views

In our first part of this series on the P-Machinery Auto-Pilot , we reviewed the general circumstances that prompted its creation, how and why it was created, and an overall idea of the infrastructure that supports it.  Central to that infrastructure was the concept of a Sprite Object Record , the data structure representing a game sprite, which is...


Cruisin' On Auto-Pilot - Part I

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Game Development, Intellivision 15 November 2018 · 125 views

I mentioned in a previous post that the Christmas Carol game employed a sequencing or scripting engine I created to handle cut-scenes, the so-called "Auto-Pilot."  I though I'd give some details on that for those interested in such things.  I'll try to not get too technical, but anybody curious enough to wander into this blog and wanting further...


Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXVIII

Posted by DZ-Jay, in Christmas Carol, Short Story 13 November 2018 · 70 views

I have some exciting news.
 
My [s]grand-stepson    [s]step-grandson    [s]grandson-step    [s]step-son-grand-step    [s]step-step-grandson    [s]step-grandson-step    [s]grandson-step-squared  ... the step-son of my step-daughter is paying us a visit next Friday.  He will spend...






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