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Author has written 13 stories for Vandread, Mechwarrior/Battletech, U.N. Squadron, Gundam Seed, X-overs, Tom Clancy, Final Fantasy I-VI, and Anime X-overs.
LATEST INTEL FROM THE FRONT LINES
(6 June 2015, 1640 EDT)
Officially, May was an abject failure in most measures of the word.
Unofficially, due to family obligations, it took me over three weeks to turn out an 18K word chapter for MMC, which will be going to Beta this evening for release on Friday. I have the next chapter of Sigma in front-end work and the next chapter of JW in back-end work, so my material is starting to ramp back up. It will be some months before I am back to normal writing pace, but I intend to continue full steam before the end of 3Q 2015.
As these things are planned, Sigma is considered the lower-priority story amongst my works. I want to get my main works out there; Sigma is something of an author tract and side story to the major works MMC, JW, and AAA. As I get used to using voice recognition again, I hope to be able to turn out 3000 words a night or so (!!!) to help move things along.
OPEN CALL: If anyone wants to add side stories to any of my series, give me a shout. I know a few of you perspective authors have ideas, now I'm offering you a platform to make them real. Send me a PM if you're interested.
Here are the present chapter stats:
Archangel's Amazing Adventures: Section 6 begins on the next chapter, planned 8 more sections several one-shot destinations.
Ops On Hiatus:
Further updates to follow. Put 'em on safe and holster 'em, unless you are about to use 'em. You know the drill, people, stay safe out there.
Name: CSS_Stravag. CSS is the name of my old gaming clan, the Crack Suicide Squad, back when I almost became a professional computer gamer. If you know Battletech, you know what a Stravag is, unless you're one of those anti-canon llamas that disavows anything after 3048 :P
Alternate Name: "Thunder God" Stravag. If you've ever heard someone fire a .357 Mag with six shots in two seconds, you would understand why.
Age: somewhere over 25. End of story.
Location: United States, Ohio, South-central area.
Profession: Computer Technician (broad grounding in computers, networking, phone, system analysis, software.) Just promoted to specialist position.
Employed: Yes, same company as before, just under different duty sets.
Hobbies: home improvement, history, reading (sci-fi, techno thrillers, some fantasy), writing fan-fiction, programming, military and combat theory, target shooting (long range and close quarters). Listed in no particular order.
Best subjects back when I was in School/Vocational/College: Computers, English, History. I am good at chemistry and math, but to do them manually does not enthrall me. More recently, I prefer writing simple programs to do the scut work of the latter two subjects.
Likes: anime, manga, well-written and cohesive (i.e. logical) fanfiction, strategy and RPG video games, firearms, and those chalky yet tangy sweet-tart knock-off candies you can get out of the vending machines in a handful for a quarter. Well, when you take the list in a cost-analysis fashion, the sweet-tart-look-alikes are the cheapest on the list, hehe. Internet connections cost out the ass, strategy games cost severely, anime and manga are never cheap, ammunition costs two chunks of cheddar out the arse, especially for my .357 Mag. Oi, expensive tastes ;P
Dislikes: Statists. Those who broker power, those who amass power, those who blindly support the power.
General Description / Comments: Edited on 22 August 2008
Inasfar as the material I write, I have been doing so since I was 12. A bit of truth: I do not even remember what the original fics I wrote were about, nor do I have an active record or archive of them, but I can say with certainty that the works I write now are descended of those first forays. The story has gotten all that more complicated, more involved, and a lot more broad than initial, and any attempt to explain a brief overview of the plot to even the most anime-knowledgable of my comrades has collapsed after fifteen minutes. EDIT: Now that I am on a writing kick, I may revive these ye olde stories, clean them up, and post them. I still have some of the source files for the old Multimage Chronicles. It will take a lot of work getting everything cleaned up, though, as my writing style has changed drastically over the past two years, much less over the past twelve.
I am not blind to the realities around me, thus I am prone to write more realistic than sensational. This may make parts of what I read seem overly dry or go against canon, but in the end reality slaps all, usually hard enough to loose teeth. Reality is my friend, though a cold one; I find myself markedly stable even in times that others would be given to flights of fancy. Kind of unusual, really, but useful. And where others are sometimes surprised by reality, I am already prepared for it. Very useful in being a computer technician.
In the almost two years since I have begun writing on FFnet I have come to love it, and not a week goes by whereby I don't come up for another fic to drop on the site. Every time I watch a show or series or play a video game I get fresh ideas, both within and outside my present story arcs. It is good, having that much available to me, and it gives me plenty of motivation to keep writing. The one downside is, writing has to give when it comes to the rest of my life, as I can't spend all day writing as much as I would like to.
And now, to do something else with my Bio:
WARNING! HEAVY METAL!
if you can stand a bit of a dose of symphony and/or opera in your Metal diet, try Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Dragon Force, or Rhapsody. You might actually like them. Nightwish is the band I recommend to just about every metalhead out there, though if you like the real heavy stuff (death metal, thrash), Dragon Force might be a better starting point for you.
I watched Sonata Arctica at the Trocadero in Philly on the 2nd of October 2007. That kicked major portions of arse. I'd do it again if I wasn't broke and they were playing there again.
These are my metal recommendations at this time (Alphabetical order only, not an exhaustive list):
Newest entries are highlighted in BOLD
Strangely enough, my diet does consists of more than just rusty nails and kickass metal music. I have one of the best recipes for home-made macaroni and cheese in the area, and Techno variants are also high only list of music entertainment.
Listed below are my recommendations for good Techno / Trance / Dance / Rave / House music. New entries are in BOLD.
Above & Beyond
Strange logic I have picked up and its sources. Authors may find some of this useful. Yes, _Art_ does count writing in its ranks as well.
Endeavor to steer the craft of your narration on a less serpentine course.
The artist in our time has two chief responsibilities: (1) art; and (2) sedition.
My YouTube channel link: http://www.youtube.com/CSSstravag
Stravag's Project Listing!
Present Stories (Still being updated or written):
Archangel's Amazing Adventures: In Progress, helluva long way to go. Due to massive fan feedback on this, I've decided to make it even longer and include more works. Min 13 sections to be executed..
Upcoming / In production:
Shadows Of Los Angeles: SWAT (movie) x Lethal Weapon Series crossover. Still in planning stages, so not much to say about it at this time.
Fury of the Jokers Wild: Set 3. 400 years later, new OC cast with roots all the way back to SEED, plenty of conflict even 400 years after the fact. And what is that dark shadow everyone thought was long gone?
Ops On Hiatus:
The Inferno That Is Chicago: On hold until it is appropriate to restructure and continue this story, given that I am rewriting the main story to which it is attached.
Legend Of The Jokers Wild Revised: Completed, 20 chapters / 470K words
Legend of the Jokers Wild: Story is outdated and is fully superseded by Legend of the Jokers Wild Revised.
Timeline and explanation of the MMC and JW series
Short explanation, the Multimage Chronicles and the Jokers Wild are two halves of the same epic crossover story, showing two different facets of a history that could be. At the core, it is a complex look at fate, destiny, life, honor and duty, told by way of the people that have to live with a grim destiny and by those trying to stave the inevitable fate of Existence. A look, in essence, on two solutions to one problem that may never be solved.
It started as a possibility, with only a few crossover elements, and blossomed into a massive story combining everything from Viking myth to Gundam SEED. The concept of the story was first designed by me in 1996, though little of that old tale remains intact outside the core concept. It has been severely modified five times, collapsed to oblivion twice, gained and lost elements by the hundreds, and has only become more bloody and gritty since the original writing.
Now, in 2009, I have planned and prepared long enough, and am finally ready to write down my take on Fate itself.
This is the general timeline of the story, as broken down into the story arcs, irrespective of the outcome of said events. As the story advances, I will update these entries with the major events of their respective timelines.
Set 1: Legend of the Founding
Set 2: The Empire of Mages
Set 3: Divine Retribution, Transcendent Journey
Set 4: The Star Empire Wars
Set 5: Years of Peace, Moments of War
Set 6: Quarter Moon, Thunderbolt of Retribution
Set 7: The Calm of Existence
Set 8: The Second Star League
Final: The Days of Ragnarok
The Jokers Wild
Set 1: Legend of the Jokers Wild (CE 71 to early CE 72)
Set 2: Flight of the Jokers Wild (CE 72 to CE 75)
Set 3: Fury of the Empire
Set 4: The Six Empires
Set 5: The Impossible is Defeated
Set 6: The Eternal Darkness
Set 7: The True Face of Fate
Set 8: Homecoming
Final: The Days of Ragnarok
Stravag's Final Word:
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