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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Shut up and write

A Selenoth fan would really like me to finish the extended edition of A Sea of Skulls:
Please Vox, for the love of all that is Good and Beautiful and True, PLEASE try and find the time to complete TSoS extended edition. I have read (ahgmm.. “listened”) to AToB 3 times and read ASoS once. This is quality stuff that serves as a gateway to many truths people would otherwise never be exposed to. If I could be so bold as to give you feedback from my time in Selenoth, it would look like this:

I first listen to A Magic Broken, then AToB, then the Last Witch King Collection, then read Summa Elvetica, then most recently read ASoS. I'll spare you any fan boy text walls but I have to explain what I love as well as what don’t understand so far. I listen a A Wardog’s Coin weekly on my daily commutes. It is a wonderfully balanced tale that never gets old and would be the first thing I recommend to a new reader.

You said on a Darkstream once that you didn’t expect the strong response to Lodi. He is hands down my favorite character. Maybe this was overly influenced by my reading A Magic Broken first, but I LOVED his story line in AToB and was left wanting much more in ASoS. Lodi is without a doubt the first character you would pick if you needed a buddy in a good ole-fashioned brawl. Ironically, a Big Bear, if you will.

I really don’t understand the importance of Severa and her character arc. At first I assumed it was because she was a strong female personality so most likely I just didn’t relate to her. But after the second and third pass at AToB, I can say with confidence that Fjotra is one of my top three favorite characters so Severa remains an enigma to me because I'm not sure what I want from, or even for her going forward. My shot in the dark prediction is that Severa actually personifies you in a way, born into more privelege than most but the powers, that be take her father, and life forces her to unforeseen places. Still, assuming that to be the case I don’t understand her place in the story.

Again, thanks for all you do and please forgive me for carrying on so long. God bless and keep crushing! I pray that you will not grow weary of the path laid before you. God equips those He calls. Conflict may be the air we breathe but no one is having more fun than us!
Believe me, I would very much like to finish ASOS and move on to the next book in the series. But my time is finite, and so every time I need to hunt down someone's failed credit card or respond to someone else's deplatforming, or deal with someone who has failed to utilize a coupon during the allotted time is a distraction from even starting to write anything. That doesn't mean those things don't need to be done, but it's not possible to do them while getting into the right frame of mind. I wish I could simply switch gears at will, but apparently I don't work like that.

I appreciate that people enjoy my work as much as they do, indeed, the overall response to the Arts of Dark and Light has significantly exceeded not only my expectations, but even my hopes. I do find it a little strange, however, when the some of the very people who really want me to finish various works don't seem to grasp the obvious consequences of asking me to deal with various other things that often have nothing to do with me.

Anyhow, I am determined to finish it during the first half of this year. The extended delay is on me, not anyone or anything else, and I'm neither excusing nor rationalizing my tardiness. But I am not apologizing for it either, because I'm absolutely not going to allow the quality to decline just so I can call it complete and get it off my plate. To the contrary, I am determined to make the remaining sections better than the previous parts.

But Selenoth fans should be pleased to know a) Chuck Dixon is working on the six-issue comic of the Legion-Goblin battle and b) there is serious film/TV interest in ATOB.

UPDATE: After thinking about it and talking with Spacebunny, I'm going to put myself on an alternate-day schedule for the Darkstreams until ASOS is done. That should do the trick.

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84 Comments:

Blogger Capital6 January 16, 2020 8:54 AM  

Thank you, Vox, for your efforts. Looking forward to it.

Blogger Nate January 16, 2020 8:55 AM  

no apology necessary homie. just know that for all your days there will be occasional jokes made at your expense. Vox RR Day...

And I mean lets be honest... this is really the best outcome from those of us in it for the entertainment. We will eventually get the books.. and bonus.. we get something to bust your balls about too.

roll damn tide.

Blogger Rebel Shoat January 16, 2020 9:07 AM  

I read ATOB again in December '18 to have it fresh in my mind for a spring release in '19. I'm going to have to read it a 3rd time now.

While I can appreciate everyone's love of Tolkien, I think ATOB is better. I prefer character based stories so that's probably just my personal bias.

But I'd rather wait indefinitely for a next great book than get a mediocre book now.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 16, 2020 9:10 AM  

You don't have an assistant for grunt work?

Blogger JC January 16, 2020 9:12 AM  

I read AToB in 2013 and have the original hardcover print. I'm looking forward to ASoS and I won't start reading it until I have the hard copy. The only thing I'm really worried about is how well it will match the first one on the shelf.

Been waiting longer for Half-Life 3

Blogger VD January 16, 2020 9:16 AM  

You don't have an assistant for grunt work?

Assistants often require more time than the work does.

Blogger Iron Spartan January 16, 2020 9:24 AM  

AToB and ASoS have both helped me to open peoples minds to other works. I can't tell you how much I a looking forward to the next installment

Blogger Sam Spade January 16, 2020 9:28 AM  

I liked Severa's character very early. She is a very well written young woman, and that's uncommon. I am currently reading War and Peace and Tolstoi also had that skill.

It's unfair how people tend to say that RR Martin writes morally gray characters when he only writes evil-stupid, evil-smart and good-stupid ones. Maybe Jaime Lanister and The Hound escapes that.

Severa is really gray and seeing his age, good traits and circumstances you understand and empatice with the path she may be tempted to take, and you fear for her. Nice job Vox.

Blogger Brett baker January 16, 2020 9:32 AM  

But boss, It's A Great Idea! We're gonna get rich if we do my bright idea!

Blogger Brad January 16, 2020 9:41 AM  

Maybe a shock collar?

Sits down to finish book 2, begins thinking about UATVDSAH...BZZZT!

Blogger FUBARwest January 16, 2020 9:46 AM  

You are coming for all of GRRMs lunch. AODAL is going to rob GRRM of any lasting power he had.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 January 16, 2020 9:53 AM  

there is serious film/TV interest in ATOB

Awesome.

Blogger sammibandit January 16, 2020 9:54 AM  

That closing paragraph is morale boosted. Preach. Quite lovely.

God bless and keep crushing! I pray that you will not grow weary of the path laid before you. God equips those He calls.

Blogger Scott January 16, 2020 10:08 AM  

I was reluctant to read ATOB because I prefer a series to be complete before starting it.

ATOB is good, and works just fine as a stand alone novel. Looking forward to the extended edition of book 2.

Blogger Cynic In Chief January 16, 2020 10:12 AM  

Considering the stuff on Vox's plate, upcoming non-fiction books, and the pace at what he writes when he's not solely focused on it, I doubt ASOS Extended will be done this year at all. At this pace and upcoming stuff, you're more likely to see Hot Dish 2: Wok'n'eggroll be done before ASOS Extended edition.

Blogger Jose Miguel January 16, 2020 10:18 AM  

@6

Spoken truly like an UHIQ. I have two good friends, successful businessmen who are definitely under 110 but consistently higher young assistants who are far smarter than them. Both swear that assistants always make more money for them and save them a ton of time. One has three employees with iq's over 130, who see him as slow but the best boss ever. Alpha/deltas working together fluidly.

Maybe finding someone at your level is just part of it, as sigmas don't have the "spend time directing subordinates" drive that both those men have.

Blogger D.J. Schreffler January 16, 2020 10:23 AM  

Glad to see ASoS getting finished, and looking forward to reading it and any sequels that come.

Also looking forward to the sequel to No Gods, Only Daimons and Hammer of the Witches.

Blogger Sean January 16, 2020 10:23 AM  

I absolutely loved ATOB. I loved the strict Roman like discipline in a magical world. Didn't care as much for ASOS. It was still better than most, but I didn't feel it came close to the bar that was set by ATOB. I need to dig into the additional books and stories. The world Vox created is awesome.

Blogger Janus January 16, 2020 10:24 AM  

"But Selenoth fans should be pleased to know a) Chuck Dixon is working on the six-issue comic of the Legion-Goblin battle and b) there is serious film/TV interest in ATOB."

I'd say 'Take my money!' again but at this point I may just need to mail you my checkbook and bank account info and leave it at that.

Blogger Pax_Romana January 16, 2020 10:28 AM  

Alright, TV/movie!?!? That'd be fantastic. Hopefully a solid guy like Adam Baldwin signs on.

Blogger Rajadog20 January 16, 2020 10:37 AM  

I thought that's what the kids were for? 😜

Blogger lynnjynh9315 January 16, 2020 10:41 AM  

Realistically, we only have your pen for so long, Vox. If the series went unfinished, that would be a tragedy.

Blogger jmzf January 16, 2020 10:45 AM  

+1

Blogger xevious2030 January 16, 2020 10:50 AM  

Thank you for the great work you do and the joy you find. Whatever you set out to do, awesome. A time for work, a time for joy. The ride never ends.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 16, 2020 11:18 AM  

"Assistants often require more time than the work does."

It takes me six to nine months to get mine up to speed - before any sustainable enhancement of team capability becomes evident. And I have access to major college talent in my field.

Blogger Gregory the Tall January 16, 2020 11:23 AM  

While the Evil Legion of Evil delivered another volley of eight and nine figure claims against various converged corporations the Dark Lord marched on with a satisfied smile, squashing troll skulls under his feet with every step, swatting orcs to the side left and right with his bare hands, all the while dictating the extended version of Sea of Skulls into the speech recognition software of his smart watch.

Blogger cheddarman January 16, 2020 11:24 AM  

One does not tell the Dark Lord what he should do, but i humbly suggest that you Do the Deus Vult.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 16, 2020 11:25 AM  

VD wrote:You don't have an assistant for grunt work?

Assistants often require more time than the work does.


True enough, though it depends on the assistant.

One of the firms I did consulting for -- not a huge firm, with a couple of hundred employees -- had a chief operating officer. I always thought a COO was a useless position, but he convinced me otherwise. He told me that the two partners were the brains, and he was the brawn. I'll never forget what he said: "Everybody who isn't line reports to me. I make sure the shitty work gets done."

Systems, HR, Finance, all was under him. Content, products, sales, he had nothing to do with.

Probably Vox's empire is not yet big enough for such a role -- though not necessarily in people but perhaps in scope -- but maybe some day, IF he wants it to get to that scale, of course.

Blogger artensoll January 16, 2020 11:33 AM  

I will not allow myself to step foot in Selenoth until I hear from the Dark Lord ASoS is complete.

What I really want to know: will the Big Bear play Sam Vimes?

Blogger Edjamacator January 16, 2020 11:33 AM  

"...deal with someone who has failed to utilize a coupon during the allotted time..."

We've been converged. There be Karens amongst us

Blogger Fargle Gumpshite January 16, 2020 11:40 AM  

Why do 130+ people have such difficulty delegating?

Blogger VD January 16, 2020 11:47 AM  

Why do 130+ people have such difficulty delegating?

The same reason normal people have a problem delegating to those with 70 IQs. The delegatees can usually be counted upon to do something stupid and it takes more time to fix what they screwed up than it would have to handle it yourself in the first place. And that's when you don't have to teach them something just to get them to the point they can even screw it up.

Blogger binks webelf January 16, 2020 12:02 PM  

Vox has said several times how hard it is to get diligent & trustworthy helpers on all the various projects. Enthusiasm is great, but doesn't necessarily embrace the grunt, the drudgery, the git 'er done.

Blogger InformationMerchant January 16, 2020 12:11 PM  

As has been said many times before, you need an assistant. The time saved on brainless grunt work a year would be enough to comfortably write several short books.

You're getting involved in more things as time goes on, you'll inevitably have to get one eventually unless you cut down on game design or writing. As you say, your time is finite.

You can either sink some time into getting a good assistant now and save time for the next X years before you'd have got one anyway or you won't save time for those X years and still have to sink time into getting a good assistant later.

Blogger Bernard Korzeniewicz January 16, 2020 12:12 PM  

@VD
You are fighting reality. We here all know how much work you do every day _on stage_. I fear to think how much prep work it means backstage. Day has 24h, every hour of your time counts more because its multiply by each and every one of your followers.
You have to employ help or you are wasting the potential of your network.
Best regards.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 16, 2020 12:21 PM  

@28: "I always thought a COO was a useless position, but he convinced me otherwise."

Truth. Chief Operating Officers are like platoon sergeants. Connector pins who ensure that Intent gets translated into Action when it should, as it should.

Blogger Servant January 16, 2020 12:25 PM  

Vox I have experience working for political figures and in restaurant management. I always saw my job as allowing the people above me to focus on whatever they want to focus on. My SAT score puts me at three SD above.

My goal in life is to run a homestead and grow my own food. To that end I own two acres and a house, a fixer upper my brother helped me get off the ground. I'm getting chickens to start with.

The idea you are the one to track down credit card shit is almost offensive. Let me help you

Blogger John Regan January 16, 2020 12:28 PM  

I'm constantly amazed at how productive you are. There are only so many hours in the day.

Blogger Gregory the Tall January 16, 2020 12:35 PM  

VD wrote: "I'm going to put myself on an alternate-day schedule for the Darkstreams until ASOS is done. That should do the trick."
And you may consider finding a way to delegate the handling of failed credit card payments to someone else.

Blogger Gregory the Tall January 16, 2020 12:40 PM  

I can do about 70-80 percent of the tasks in my small company quicker and in quite a few situations better than anybody else. Still I am happy that my employees are there and are doing a pretty good job because I can come in late, go home early, spend half of the day speaking to important clients, rewrite parts of our website, and - yes (!)- prepare documents for our lawyers without too much other work piling up as my colleagues are there to help me.

Blogger PJJP January 16, 2020 12:41 PM  

I eagerly await the release of more books in the arts of dark and light series my girlfriend can not get enough of them. Personally I can't wait for the Summa Elvetica audio book to come out.

Blogger RC January 16, 2020 12:54 PM  

Every leader organizes his business the way he wants it organized and not one of them wants unsolicited advice.

Blogger pdwalker January 16, 2020 12:55 PM  

> To the contrary, I am determined to make the remaining sections better than the previous parts.

A bold claim!... backed by actual execution.

Bah. That's not helping my impatience to read more, new stories in the world.

Time to read them all again.

Seriously though, I'm surprised you've had any time to even think about writing the continuing series, much less have time to write.

Blogger Ray - SoCal January 16, 2020 12:55 PM  

One of my favorite quotes by T.E. Lawrence

Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly.

I understand all to well the challenge of delegating, the frustrations, the travail of finding the right person, not to mention trust issues.

I’m very happy right now not dealing with the headaches of employees, But due to growth in my new business, I’ll probably hire an assistant soon, so I can focus on the $100 and more level work, and delegate the minimum wage stuff. I just need the time to set up the processes / instructions to effectively delegate the repetitive stuff to make an assistant a value add, and not a net negative.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 16, 2020 1:04 PM  

Thank you Mrs. Spacebunny.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 16, 2020 1:16 PM  

I know what Vox needs.
Whereas alphas might have a bravo or beta as an assistant to handle the minor distracting tasks, what does a sigma get, a "Tau"?
I'm not applying for the position myself though. I suspect a sigma is more challenging to work for than an alpha. Probably not so many meetings.

Blogger JohnofAustria January 16, 2020 1:18 PM  

Aw man, looking forward to that so much. I go back and re-read the two major books as well as Summa Elevetica and the associated stories quite often.

Blogger weka January 16, 2020 1:19 PM  

This.

Blogger Ahărôwn January 16, 2020 1:41 PM  

I'm looking forward to it!

Blogger Ska_Boss January 16, 2020 1:48 PM  

Sounds like you could use a manager. Or an administrative assistant.

Blogger Azimus January 16, 2020 2:00 PM  

Alternate day plan for Darkstreams is a great idea. BB will easily be able to make up the difference - though his stream titles might get longer if that's possible.

Blogger Crazy Dave January 16, 2020 2:06 PM  

What is a good proper reading order? By publication date?

Where can I find the list.

Blogger Kiwi January 16, 2020 2:12 PM  

The most annoying comments I've seen on here: "When are you going to finish that book!"

Alt days? Good, that means I have to work more too.

Blogger nyan January 16, 2020 2:13 PM  

@46 Neat idea. I imagine it would be both incredibly challenging and consequently rewarding.

>After thinking about it and talking with the wife...

Now there's the wise play. Wives often have just the insight men need.

Blogger Scuzzaman January 16, 2020 2:14 PM  

This is rockin good news.

-A big fan.

Blogger Richard_III January 16, 2020 2:33 PM  

Great idea on the alternative day schedule. The dark streams are great, but ASOS will be even better. Happy writing!

Blogger Zaklog the Great January 16, 2020 3:14 PM  

Okay, someone get to work on cloning Vox so we can have all these projects running simultaneously. It's the only reasonable solution. Also, it's very Supreme Dark Lord-ish.

Blogger Pierre January 16, 2020 3:24 PM  

Let's crowdfund an assistant's salary for Vox!

Can we do this on Patreon so the assistant can also sue them when they deplatform him?

Blogger idprism January 16, 2020 3:27 PM  

May your supremely evil hand be pithy and guided by the Lord of All in this endeavor.

Thank you for sacrificing what I would consider the most satisfying stream to further the Seleno...-thic? -thean? -i? texts. Bless you, sir.

Blogger L.Fairchild January 16, 2020 3:38 PM  

I'll just chime in that Fjotra is my favorite character by far. I very much enjoyed her personality as well as that region's storyline.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope January 16, 2020 3:46 PM  

Struggling with similar issues. UHIQ, still stuck in the weeds because it takes longer to delegate and train. I end up with consistently spending 12-16 hours per day with work and exec type responsibilities and then can't pursue the more important strategic things, along with managing homeschooling etc.

This weeks commuting audio book has given me hope and a plan. It is called the E-Myth Revisited. It is about why small businesses fail and what all businesses can do address their common fail points. The last bits have been about how to properly find someone and turn over things to them. I have not been doing it in a way that addresses MPAI and that is my next step. I'm already feeling a sense of relief even before getting results.

I'm very resistant to unsolicited advice so I'm not offering any myself.

I will say that saying you should hire a smart assistant is NOT the direction the good advises, and would be useless advice to high IQ people anyway.

Blogger Akulkis January 16, 2020 4:14 PM  

"Why do 130+ people have such difficulty delegating?"

Let me give you an example from elementary school:

Overall subject: Michigan History

Class is divided into groups, of about 4-5 students, each assigned to a different decade. We are given 1 hour for 2 days to research, plan, and execute presentation materials. On day 3, (a) member(s) of each group will give a brief (2-3 minutes) presentation on their assigned decade.

My group is assigned the 1940's, and they (3 boys, 1 girl) unanimously draft me to be the group leader. We go to the library to do our research.

At the library, I find a book with some decent line-drawing illustrations for the two main cultural things of that era: 1 Detroit is the "Arsenal of Democracy" stuff: Tanks being constructed at an auto plant and B-24 being built at Ford's Willow Run plant; and 2) Detroit baseball, football, and hockey teams took a number national championships.

So, I get these illustrations to the librarian, who makes some photocopies. When we get back to the class, I remember the classroom has some "Old English" lettering stencils, so I get the teacher to find those so we can put "1940s Detroit" over the illustrations. End of Day 1.

Day 2: As we start the time allotted for history, we move our desks together to form up our groups. I explain the plan:

A Color the photo copied line-art to make it look better. Please use the right colors for the tanks and airplanes (green) and for the sports uniforms.

B1 Trace the stencils for the needed characters onto manilla folders because it's nice card stock.

B2 Cut out the stenciled characters

C Hang everything up in an orderly fashion on the wall.

D (Optional) Write a short, 2-3 sentence caption to attach to the bottom of each of the illustrations. If we don't get done with this in time, nobody will know we didn't get done all that we wanted to get done. It won't look "half-finished"

E We Get done ON TIME.

Now, mind you, this was not a group full of retards. I got lucky, and none of the kids in the group were obvious dummies [In retrospect, Peter, whose favorite activity was eating the paste, might have been easier to lead than this group.]

Within 15 minutes, one of them is up, complaining to the teacher that we're "not getting anything done" (maybe he expected to be standing around while people handed things to him to hang up??).

I deliberately took the illustration route because I didn't trust any of them to write more than 2 sentences without making glaring spelling or grammatical errors, so I just wanted to completely sidestep all of that.

Some other group was building some 3-D model of something, using cardstock, staples & paste, and coloring it with magic markers.
Another group was mostly writing a wall of text. You can imagine the problems with both of those approaches, given the minimal time that we had for research, planning and execution (1 hour/day for 2 days), with the 3rd day devoted to short presentations by each group.

Now do you understand?

Blogger JovianStorm January 16, 2020 5:42 PM  

If Vox could get an assistant who was basically himself, it'd work.

But he's right; he cannot delegate because at this critical nascent stage, any drop in quality could be fatal. He's going to nurse this convoy along until it can achieve self sufficiency.

It's what a real leader does. I'm sure that once idiotproof systems are in place, he'll be more than happy to delegate.

Then .... THEN THE BOOKS WILL FLOW FORTH

Blogger Unknown January 16, 2020 5:45 PM  

Loved ATOB, feels like such a complete work on its own. Severa was actually one of my favorite characters, though I still can't tell where her arc is taking her. It's interesting to see the contrast between the way you write male and female characters. Refreshingly realistic.

Just finished ASOS. Also a great read, happy to hear you're working on the extended version.

Blogger Karen took the Kids January 16, 2020 6:09 PM  

Good idea.

Except that you'll miss all the brilliant plot suggestions in chat.

Blogger Azimus January 16, 2020 6:55 PM  

VD in my humble opinion the completed AODAL saga will be your lasting legacy to the world. It is your contribution to the good the beautiful and the true. This may be a bit over the top, but the replatforming and the lawfare and so forth are the frontier wars that make space for good things to flourish, they aren't the good things in themselves. AODAL is just as important as the fighting because it fills that hard won space with things worth fighting for, and it is more uniquely yours than your many other creative projects. I agree whole-heartedly with the Emailer - write!

Blogger Akulkis January 16, 2020 7:02 PM  

No committee has ever written a good novel, no matter how brilliant their various plot suggestions.

Blogger Kiwi January 16, 2020 7:23 PM  

"Why do 130+ people have such difficulty delegating?"

Hard to find the right people.

One of the best finding techniques I witnessed was years ago when I went for a job interview. I was asked several questions about how I would handle some very stressful scenarios (including a poorly mannered boss), that might occur in a work place.

I got that job, and it turns out those questions weren't hypothetical haha

Blogger Gunnarvoncowtown von Cowtown January 16, 2020 7:27 PM  

I was content with Vox merely finishing ASOS.

Then this......
"But Selenoth fans should be pleased to know a) Chuck Dixon is working on the six-issue comic of the Legion-Goblin battle"

My cup runneth over.

Blogger Nate January 16, 2020 7:48 PM  

"Assistants often require more time than the work does."

preach. Nothing wrong with a maid or a chef. they have a job they know their job. the issue with assistants is their job is to help you do your job.. and they can't do your job

Blogger Renbo January 16, 2020 9:48 PM  

Boom best news of the day and I have had a great day! Thanks for writing uplifting stories with real heros worth rooting for.

Blogger Off The Wall January 16, 2020 10:57 PM  

Darkstreams are interesting in the abstract sense, nice to see the Dark Lord relaxing in his dungeon, and possibly a good mental exercise in speaking extemporaneously, but for me they are a waste of time. The data rate is too low. I’ve got better things to do and I suspect Vox does as well. Give me more blog posts and books please!

Blogger Azimus January 17, 2020 12:48 AM  

@ Off the Wall. Its a lair, not a dungeon. In a volcano. In the middle of a vast verdant valley hidden high in an unreachable corner of the Julian Alps unknown to modern man and forgotten by the ancients.

Dungeon...(insert incredulous English scorn)

Blogger McChuck January 17, 2020 1:26 AM  

But when are the rest of the Alt*Hero and Avalon comics coming out?

Blogger Jon D. January 17, 2020 1:31 AM  

Love the update. Can't wait to read.

Blogger Das67 January 17, 2020 1:48 AM  

I have to agree with all the praise for the Selenoth works. Must have been a great satisfaction to have out written a certain manboob whose work is painful to even hear about, much less read. Eagerly waiting for updates.

Blogger VD January 17, 2020 5:34 AM  

But when are the rest of the Alt*Hero and Avalon comics coming out?

When they are completed. Don't bother asking about time frames. We don't do time frames anymore. The illustrators, colorists, and letterers and production people are working on them. They will be done and released when they are done.

Blogger McChuck January 17, 2020 5:45 AM  

@77 VD - You can't rush perfection.

Blogger CostelloM January 17, 2020 7:03 AM  

You got distracted and we got Alt Hero. Then you got distracted again and we got Unauthorized TV, the Junior classics and The Missionaries in goat leather. At this point I think we should consider hiring mercenaries to distract you more not less

Blogger Avalanche January 17, 2020 7:55 AM  

@72, @73: To: Off the wall

Azimus has well-described the small piece we get to see of the Dark Lord's lair – and added: *Dungeon...(insert incredulous English scorn)* The dungeon is where the Dark Lord goes to ruffle the fur of his VFM; to slip his favorites an SJW knucklebone or, if one has especially pleased, maybe even an entire femur!

As for the Dark Streams -- if they are "a waste of time," perhaps you're shorter than you might need to be? The "data rate is too low"?! Do you think Vox Day, the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil -- and of the Evil Legion of Lawyers -- is a news reader: giving you the information our foreign overlords WANT you to be interested in?

The Dark Streams are our Dark Lord deigning to share some of his thought patterns with us, his followers: we who cannot fly to his heights of understanding and synthesis. Vox provides us examples of how to deal with insanely frustrating gammas (and idiots: often but not always the same people) firmly, clearly, and directly; without malice or any tinge of butthurt revenge; which examples go a far piece to both teach us to recognize and fight gammas and, perhaps more important: help us tame our own gamma tendencies. His "wait three days" advice smoothes out the false and emotional manipulation that is part of the "conflict we swim in." He has taught us not to fall for the manipulation and to look deeper for what 'the other hand' is doing that they don't want us to see.

If all you want is good and great fiction; he has posted book lists which will give you that. If, however, you wish to grow into the kind of Ilk the Dark Lord can rely on to some level or other, start paying closer attention to his Streams and try to recognize his subtext and examples, beyond his surface information. Disassemble the lessons he is teaching by parable; the 'how to be a man' lessons he demonstrates without teaching, maybe a bit of the: how to synthesize what you know with what you're being told by our enemies. (Talk about brilliant gifts for us!)

As fantastic as Vox Day's books are, both fiction and non; the value of his EXAMPLE, which he has kindly overcome his own distaste for providing, is worth more. Do try to get taller, won't you?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 17, 2020 9:42 AM  

Nate wrote:the issue with assistants is their job is to help you do your job.. and they can't do your job
Assistants are for things that require attention, but not your attention.

Blogger Charlie the Chaste January 17, 2020 11:08 AM  

Godspeed, Dark Lord.

Blogger idprism January 17, 2020 6:36 PM  

I think the data rate is much higher than some realize, and, perhaps, it goes over the heads of those too short for the ride.

Sadly, the SDL often must stoop down and lift up the shorter among us as they flock to his feet, and he spends quite a bit of time doing this during just about every stream.

Avalanche wrote:@72, @73: To: Off the wall

As for the Dark Streams -- if they are "a waste of time," perhaps you're shorter than you might need to be? The "data rate is too low"?! Do you think Vox Day, the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil -- and of the Evil Legion of Lawyers -- is a news reader: giving you the information our foreign overlords WANT you to be interested in?

Blogger Josh Randle January 18, 2020 4:19 PM  

So freakin excited, Vox. Absolutley love AODAL. Cannot wait to finally get book 2. And I will die if you actually get it made into a movie/tv show. Cant wait for the comic books too. This is the most exciting news I've heard in a while.

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