Meta: New story / world: Agent

Hey readers, there is a new story that’s been posted, along with a new world category: Agent. The longer description of this is in the header of the story post, but basically it’s something from a long time ago (2006-ish) that I wrote as sort of fan-fiction of a video game I was working on. The game never got published, and this is what’s left of it.

There may be some site changes in the next few days, because I think I’m going to remove the Markdown editor from the site itself, and replace it with a local “build” workflow. This isn’t a big deal because I am already having to do a build to get some new Markdown elements I wanted. I’d like to get this situated before a whole lot more is posted.

Meta: Site Relaunch

Hallo, everyone. I’m happy to announce the relaunch of the nafina.com site into its newest mutation.

The big change that’s happened (well, it’s a complete rewrite, essentially, but on a conceptual level) is really in my expectations for how the site will work and why it’s here. In the past, I’ve had expectations, or at least hopes and dreams, that one day I would have my work published in a traditional format. It’s possible that may still happen one day, but I’ve come to understand that it’s probably not going to fund me any time soon. And in the meantime, I’ve got this giant pile of stories I really just want to share with people.

That is what it boils down to, for me. I like creating, I like writing stories, and I like letting others read them and get enjoyment from them. What I was building before was more of a marketing site for traditionally published work. What we have here, now, is something more like a library of stories for everyone to read. There are a few big, book-sized stories (like Soar), but my plan going forward is to focus on writing short stories elaborating on the various worlds and settings I’ve created.

It is my intent to pull in my entire writing back-catalogue here, to be readable online with both mobile and desktop browsers. That’s a tall order, considering how many different tools I’ve used over the years. I’m focused now on Markdown, but it may take some time to get it all converted to that toolchain. Eventually, my hope is to have my Markdown be the source for many other formats that might be pullable by Patreon subscribers. But that’ll be a bit later. For now, I will slowly be bringing in stories from other collections/formats, so you’ll see more appear here over time.

Please enjoy and share and link to others. Also feel free to talk with me — I’d love to hear from you. Check the sidebar for links. (No, I am not offering up links to any of the “big” social networks, for specific Reasons, which is another post for later.)

Primary contact is Mastodon now: @mahaleia@wandering.shop

(Also: The old posts from the old site have been pulled in for historical purposes, but recategorized for the new site structure.)

Meta: Updates

It’s been quite some time since I wrote anything here, perhaps inexcusably long. (Three years!) A few things have happened since then, though:

  • A new short story compilation has been completed: Tales of Alchemy. It still needs editing and some cover art, but beyond that, it’s basically ready to go.
  • A new short-ish novel: Fractured Harmony. This is a sci-fi story about a future society with a collective consciousness, and modern-day Seattle. This is pretty much in the same state as Tales of Alchemy. About 80% of it is a NaNoWriMo novel.
  • A new co-written comic is beginning soon if I can manage to keep up with the drawing. I’ll post more about that as it comes up.

If anyone is interested in reading/editing Tales of Alchemy or Fractured Harmony, feel free to toot … @mahaleia@wandering.shop

Meta: NaNoWarmUp wrap-up

I’m sad to say that I only got about half way through, due to Circumstances. 🙂 A combination of sudden busy and sudden de-inspiration on the story I was working on. I still want to finish it though; I may turn it into another piece for the I’ll-finish-it-some-day compilation of short stories. It was on its way to becoming something more like a novella, but I already have at least one of those lined up for the short story book.

I hope everyone out there is having a happy holiday season. ^^

Meta: NaNoWarmUp

This is a cool idea by YA authors Kat Zhang and Savannah J. Foley. I’m going to try to participate 🙂

http://nanowarmup.blogspot.com/

You can follow my progress on the bar graph on the right side bar.

I think I may also look at some options for allowing comments on here. I haven’t really wanted to deal with spam in the past, but it feels kind of curmudgeonly. ^^;

Meta: Soar soon to fly free

When I wrote Soar, it was a journey of exploration and creativity for me. It’s an enjoyable story (IMO :)), but it is also something that I’d hoped would inspire and help, that would be thought-provoking and give an uplift to the oppressed outliers of society who simply want to be themselves, be they bird-people, trans people, or even just people who are afraid to be who they are in a more subtle way. I’ve heard a number of comments from friends and others (and others who became friends through reading Soar!) that it was a profound story for them.

I thought it would be neat if it could be used as a way to let me write instead of code for a living, but nearing the one-year anniversary of its release, I have to admit that this isn’t happening. And my primary purpose in writing and releasing this story is to serve those people, not to make money.

I am working on giving Soar away for free. I still have to work out the logistics, but it should be happening in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Meta: Saul Williams in the Paris Catacombs

The Stone Bench | Saul Williams in Paris Catacombs

Someone sent me this video, and it’s soooo so powerful; and parts of it feel almost like they were written for Soar. Watch and get a taste of Aile’s journey. I hope some day I can see this with my own eyes.

Somewhere beneath bone catacomb teeth
Through underground rivers where diggers dug deep
These underground diggers dug hallways and tombs
They built beneath cities, they carved new rooms
They carved in the rock, they chipped away stone
They carved routes and highways, they built a new home
They forged a safe haven with thoughts to convene
Where life could live freely, where rebels could dream

Meta: Print book completed!

The print book is completed! The finalization is happening on Lulu now, and I will shortly be posting a link where it may be purchased.

My apologies that the ebook will not be simultaneously available; the output from Apple Pages is proving to be less than perfect, and it will need some tweaking. I’m hoping to have that available next week.

For now, here is a fun video for you all. It’s an upcoming flight simulator / game where you actually fly as a bird (shape-shifter) rather than a plane. There’s a full physics model and everything; looks neat! I’m sort of laughing at birds with lasers, though.

Meta: Print formatting nearly complete

As the title says, the print book formatting is nearly complete. I have a sketch to draw for later on in the book, and it will be ready to send off to Lulu! Working up to release, here is a quote from our heroine:

Though I think we’re not the strange ones, honestly. The strange ones are the ones out there who deny that there is any seeking to be done. That all is said and done, in the world. I bet they got a surprise on Aurora Day.”

Meta: Soar editing done! And an excerpt.

Editing is done, huzzah! Paper formatting is nearly complete as well. To celebrate, a short excerpt from Soar. Facebook friends, click the link for the full text.


Somehow, Aile trusts her completely. She reaches up as if to touch the woman, and the woman reaches out to touch Aile as well. Their hands meet in a little electric spark. The woman’s hand is warm, so very warm. And Aile feels her emotions like thoughts.

Come with me, they say.

Become with me.

Become me.

Aile shivers at the enormity of the offer, the promise of rest.

Let go of your pain and join my light.

Aile and the woman start to walk toward each other at the same time…