New! Wandering Fortunes chapter 27: Fools and Love

Chapter 27 is now up! Alden continues to bemoan his falling in love with an unattainable princess, but hope springs eternal when he learns she’s hosting a party soon and Top’s Pizza is doing some catering! He now has an in to meet the princess. Will he woo, or will he choke?

I’m charging into the final main edits for Wandering Fortunes–all I have is the final chapter. There’s more editing to do after that but that’ll leave me ready to post the rest of this story over the next year. I have a lot of work and a lot of projects, so I’m always busy.

And hey, if you want to help ensure I actually have the time to work on all these things, check out my Patreon! It’s a service where you can give a certain amount of money each month (like $1 or $3) and maybe get stuff from it. I’m gonna be posting chapter 28 for patrons later today, and I give weekly updates on what I’m doing, too. I also plan, if I reach a hundred patrons on there, to make Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmail a regular thing. If you can’t or don’t want to give monthly, I also have a Ko-fi where you can give a one-time donation of $3. Every bit helps!

Now available, Wandering Fortunes Chapter 16: Conspiracy of Kindness

Got a brand-new chapter up today, and it’s the beginning of the end for our protagonists. Can’t say heroes, what have they done that’s heroic, anyway? Alden has a job with fellow Zhopian Guard members to take out a group of conspirators, but it’s not what he expects at all…

This is basically the chapter I refer to as “the one where things start to go to hex”. “and it’s a bad hex”. “like, a hellish hex even”.

In terms of editing this book, last week I finished editing chapter 20 which ends the first act of the book (as you can see by the Table of Contents… well, I think you can figure it out.) I’m on my way with this thing! Maybe someday I’ll be so far ahead in editing that I won’t be always uploading chapters that already have stuff I need to edit because of things I’ve done later. But that’s the nature of the free in-progress serial story!

Political Oligopoly yaaay

So there’s this: Wall Street donors seek to block Warren VP pick (via Politico). Basically Wall Street people saying they’ll stop donating to Hillary Clinton if she chooses Senator Elizabeth Warren as her vice president running mate.

I’m not entirely keen on the idea of Warren as a VP actually (she can probably do more good in the Senate), but based on this having her as Clinton’s VP might actually get me to vote for Clinton! Hey, if money is speech, so is no money.

After I thought of this I imagined a theoretical conversation where someone asks if that means I might not vote for Clinton to stop Trump. My answer was yes, because voting for the sake of not-the-other removes all possible leverage from my vote. It means money is more of speech than voting is.

Then I realized that the two-party system is an oligopoly. Obviously not a monopoly because there are two parties, but it’s one party away from a monopoly, and if you don’t like one of the two, you’re out of luck. A quote from the Politico article:

But more moderate Democrats in the financial services industry argue that Sanders voters will come on board anyway

Oligopolyyyyyyyy