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About Darkniciad

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Darkniciad

Single father, gamer, writer, nerd.

What I post here will be primarily fantasy, mixed in with some PnP gaming memories, and some pure weirdness.

Name:
Lee Cantel
Sex:
Male 
Age:
48
Sign:
Aries
Relationship Status:
Single
Location:
Local Time:
20 Oct 2020 21:41
Interests:
jRPGs - especially Dragon Warrior/Quest. Self-taught code monkey. Old DM with no time to play any more.
Favorite Books:
Impossible to pin down.
Favorite Authors:
Raymond E. Feist, David and Leigh Eddings, R.A. Salvatore, Weis and Hickman, DanielleKitten ( aka Wendy Stone ), Selena Kitt
Favorite Movies:
Everything Mel Brooks, Highlander, Marvel Super Hero movies, Unforgiven, Heartbreak Ridge, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Nightmare on Elm Street, Blues Brothers, Strange Brew... on and on.
Favourite TV Shows:
Marvel's Agents of Shield, Mythbusters, American Pickers, American Restoration, Pawn Stars, Highlander, Moonlighting, The Tonight Show ( Carson ), SCTV, Saturday Night Live ( 70s ), Night Court, Turkey Television, Charmed... To name a few off the top of my head.
Favorite Music:
Weird Al, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Phil Collins, Genesis, Van Halen, VG soundtracks from Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, etc.
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 14 Jan 2020 22:57

Yep, this working full time again is for the birds. LOL

I should really clear all the stuff I have on my plate and work on that story that I started researching wood turning for. I ended up subscribed to five different channels that I've watched every video from, and ended up falling down a rabbit hole into sawmilling, restoration, and lock-picking from the recommended videos. It's a good thing I don't have anywhere to put the necessary equipment, because I'd probably have a lathe by now if I did. Then I'd be irritated because what little spare time I have isn't enough to write or turn some wood, instead of just writing alone.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 12 Jan 2020 05:57

Thank heavens we're in a civilized place where people know to clean out the crumbs before refilling the cookie jar icon_biggrin

One last Tabletop Tale in the queue. I have 4 WIPs open in Wordperfect right now, though I'm trying to concentrate on the one for Valentine's and secondarily on my Earth Day story at this point. As slowly as I write sometimes, those are both in the danger zone of not getting completed in time yet again.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Jan 2020 19:19

I don't know about that. I'm fairly certain that if i went in now, they'd put me on the spectrum. I actually had a psychological evaluation in either kindergarten or first grade. Ink blots and such. My mom was shocked that I remembered it — even vaguely. All I really remember are the ink blots and being at the doctor's office after dark, which was weird enough to take note of, even at that age. The doctor told them that I was probably bored. I think a lot of high-functioning people like me got "ah, he'll be fine..." or diagnosed as ADHD in the generation or two that followed.

It's only now being recognized, taken seriously, somewhat less stigmatized, and part of a 24 hour news cycle that makes it look like something that's been there all along has suddenly come out of nowhere. When the subject came up elsewhere in a writer's community, there were a half a dozen people who reported being diagnosed as on the spectrum later in life.

In some ways, it's a bad thing. I think a lot of parents with kids on my barely there end of the spectrum are going overboard with treatment, and reinforcing an already difficult time of interacting with the rest of society because they're being constantly reminded that they're "other". What they really need is slight adjustments, such as not engaging in the common good-natured teasing about crushes, understanding that grades in classes with group dynamics such as music and P.E. are probably going to suffer, etc. High functioning kids can work this stuff out with minimal extra parental support and understanding. They don't need to be psychoanalyzed, put in special classes, and the like.

But, I'll digress. Probably getting a wee bit too serious for somewhere that's meant as a relaxation space :)

Working on a story in another of my "worlds" for here. Imagine a ghost trying to scare off new people invading his space, but they have cats. His every effort is blamed on the furballs and ignored. Banging noises in the night? It's the cats. Stuff knocked off the counter? Of course it's the cats. Weird howling noises? Duh.

Dead, and still can't catch a break.

Autism is right up there with Alzheimer and Parkinson and MS and others that I sure hope all this intensive work being done with DNA might give us a breakthrough to help these people. so many cases and I don't believe in "they just identified it now - they didn't before" . I don't know the answer but have enough friends and family that have gone through the struggle with not enough help.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Jan 2020 00:01

I'm just glad the boy got attached to Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and my old Transformers DVDS, rather than Barney or Teletubbies. I'd have lost my mind years ago with Barney running constantly in the background.

He's got a few odd choices as well. Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance" and the Phantom Menace being the most odd. Fleetwood Mac is at least explained by his Mom loving it and watching it frequently. No clue where Phantom Menace came from.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Jan 2020 11:42

Overnight is too slow for me when it comes to replacing a DVD player. My son is autistic/non-verbal, and though he's only watching it about 10% of the time, one of his things is having to have a movie playing constantly. Naturally, that's hard on the player. If it stops working, he can't really comprehend why, and the ensuing frustration at the break in his routine more or less lasts until a working DVD player is once again in place. After the first time, I learned to keep a new one ready to go, and immediately replace it as soon as I have to switch out for a broken one.

Same thing for the discs, but he seems to be willing to reluctantly watch something else when one of them fails.

I'm seriously considering buying him his own computer and loading it with digital copies, since he's quite competent with navigating via a mouse. It will probably be cheaper in the long run than the physical media replacements. Tried using his Ipad in that capacity, but he wasn't interested. He will watch movies on my computer though. Still a risk that it will sit there gathering dust if I buy him one of his own. You never know with him. So, I'm still mulling it over.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 12:55

I was just going to remark on that. I suspected that was the case when I saw all the avatars revive from their broken image links, and then no warning when I popped back in this time.

Topic: How did you discover storiesspace.com?
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 12:42

I actually considered doing that deliberately with one of my stories (doing two version, one for each site) but never got the one for here done.


If I had to pick a favorite story of mine out of everything I've ever written, it would be Merchant Princess. So, it was worth it. I feel like it's the best representation of my work, so I like to have it available everywhere, even if in a tweaked form.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 12:36

Well, I've put in almost 20 years in that salt mine. LOL 10 years at the job before that, split between three different locations. The last week was actually on 2020's time. I always take the first week of the year off as the final hurrah of my pseudo vacation.

It's actually the easiest time of year to get days off. Everybody else has burned every bit of vacation time, sick time, personal days, and everything else by late August, so it's constantly wide open. There are always people who schedule Thanksgiving and Christmas, but rarely any of them with hours left by the time it rolls around, so I take it. Then I schedule every Saturday, horrible days like Black Friday, etc. That's the price they pay for me showing up the rest of the year.

Other than a few awful days like Black Friday, the following Sunday, and the Sunday after Christmas, the hours are always down this time of year as well. I actually make more by staying home than I would if I showed up.

I'll take another week in April, over my birthday and my late wife's. Then I take the July 4th weekend. After that is the long haul to Thanksgiving, other than a schedule change in August which gives me 5 days off in a row.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 05 Jan 2020 08:02

:: sigh :: Back to a regular work schedule tomorrow after burning up 160 hours of my leftover vacation time between Thanksgiving and today. I haven't worked more than 3 days a week in a month, and had two full weeks off. Not going to be a fun adjustment. It's worth it every year, but going back is sooooo painful. LOL

Topic: How did you discover storiesspace.com?
Posted: 04 Jan 2020 23:50

I was in the process of trying to post Merchant Princess on the red side, and they suggested here because the violence was a little over the top. Long story short, it was too hot for here, too violent for there. I ended up making edits for both places while hashing it out, and they both ended up getting accepted.

I've built up a rather extensive notes file of stories that I think aren't well suited for over yonder, but fit here, so I hopped back into regular visits in anticipation that I'll eventually get some of them written. In the mean time, some of the categories are intriguing me, so I'm taking a crack at those with a few things.

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Recommended Read Ride No More

The sky’s blue-gray – opaque and oppressive. The clouds can’t even seem to stand up to it, because they’re ghostly – unreal – their dark bottoms devoured by that steely background. Heh. Have to remember that. Sounds like a good opening for a story. I’ve got a nice view of it, not that I want it. The narrow rock shelf I’m lying on doesn’t give me much else to look at, other than the...

Added 14 May 2013 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.6 | Views 1,466 | 6 Comments

Anew As One

The dryad sleeps in slender stems, and new green leaves. Born of two souls mingled, the dryad dreams. One died for love of the land and a friend. One passed in her dotage, but was content in the end. Xantwilla’s soul lingered where her charred stump remained. By love and fey magic was her spirit sustained. For Penny she waited — her life incomplete. She knew that one day, they would once...

Added 05 Jan 2020 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 3 | Avg Score 4.67 | Views 569 | 1 Comment

Tales From the Tabletop

There were some grand moments in my old PnP role-playing days that I will think fondly of until my dying day. This is one of them. My gaming world was one of my own creation, put together in the fashion of Frankenstein’s monster from numerous sources. It was quite the “Monty Haul” campaign, which means that loot was abundant. I balanced this by giving the monsters and other beings in the...

Added 02 Jan 2020 | Category Memoirs | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 326 | 1 Comment

Tales From the Tabletop II

Here’s yet another fond memory from the bygone days of PnP role-playing. This tale centers around one of my players creating a new character. Everyone playing the game had many characters. We just picked out characters from our portfolio according to whim every time we sat down at our custom-built plywood and 2x4 gaming table. Everyone wanted a wide variety of options, so we often rolled up...

Added 03 Jan 2020 | Category Memoirs | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 254

Tales From the Tabletop III

Wherever they are found, and wherever they have traveled, Kender evoke a common adage amongst those who have encountered them. The most dangerous thing in the world is a bored Kender. I must beg to differ in this tale. For those who don’t know Kender, they are a race of Halflings/Hobbits known for an overwhelming sense of curiosity. So great is their curiosity that they are fearless even...

Added 15 Jan 2020 | Category Memoirs | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 412

To Catch a Merchant Princess Ch. 01

Reader discretion advised.  The story you are about to read contains mature content that some may find offensive. By choosing to read this piece, you agree that you are 18 or older and do not object to content of a sexual nature.  Alicia fought to keep her eyes open, and thought that she was certainly going to lose the battle this time. Oblivious to her waning attention, Alfred continued...

Added 08 May 2013 | Category Fantasy | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,418

To Catch a Merchant Princess Ch. 02

Reader discretion advised.  The story you are about to read contains mature content that some may find offensive. By choosing to read this piece, you agree that you are 18 or older and do not object to content of a sexual nature.  Alicia awakened with the sun, as she had the day before. This time, however, she felt rested. While the dirt floor was a far cry from her feather-stuffed...

Added 09 May 2013 | Category Fantasy | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 803

To Catch a Merchant Princess Ch. 03

Reader discretion advised.  The story you are about to read contains mature content that some may find offensive. By choosing to read this piece, you agree that you are 18 or older and do not object to content of a sexual nature.  "Welcome home," Fantil declared as the wagon crested a hill, revealing the sprawling city of Freeland. The bright noonday sun sparkled on the Groen Sea and...

Added 10 May 2013 | Category Fantasy | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.5 | Views 741

To Catch a Merchant Princess Ch. 04

Reader discretion advised.  The story you are about to read contains mature content that some may find offensive. By choosing to read this piece, you agree that you are 18 or older and do not object to content of a sexual nature.    Alicia sat cross-legged beneath a cherry tree in the garden, blissfully savoring a few of the ripe fruits, plucked directly from the tree. As with the...

Added 11 May 2013 | Category Fantasy | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 802

To Catch a Merchant Princess Ch. 05

Reader discretion advised.  The story you are about to read contains mature content that some may find offensive. By choosing to read this piece, you agree that you are 18 or older and do not object to content of a sexual nature.  Alicia awakened to the sound of birds singing and the scent of flowers on the wind. Her eyes fluttered open and she smiled as she beheld Thakkor asleep...

Added 12 May 2013 | Category Fantasy | Votes 3 | Avg Score 4.33 | Views 1,071

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