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So, yeah. You should go check it out.

~ Ian


some small consolation

Posted: April 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

No matter where you go, no matter what decisions you make…

…your love life will never suck as much as this guy’s.



That’s rough, buddy.

~ Ian


Who exactly is “Victoria”, and what is the secret that she is concealing?

~ Ian

So, after resisting it for about a year, I’ve finally decided to get a tumblr.

This is something that I’ve been thinking of doing for a while, now. I guess you could call it “Ian jumping forward into a blog type that is used by people under the age of 30”, if you were feeling cynical. Not that there’s anything wrong with WordPress– it just didn’t seem suited for what I wanted to do with Blog #2.

So, what did I want to do with the new blog? Well, I’ve always kind of fantasized about being a radio DJ/podcaster/vlogger-type person, and while I don’t have the training required to be a DJ, or the time to really maintain a podcast or a vlog, I still wanted to do something that would:

1. allow me to share some of my favorite music with the world, and

2. not take a lot of effort.

So, I decided: what takes less effort than taking a song posted on YouTube and reblogging it on Tumblr?


That’s what 24-Hour Nothing Hour is about. It’s sort of my own personal radio station, where I can post the music that I like, and maybe share introduce some people to that music. I’m going to be trying to update it daily, and if you want, you can request a song from the DJ (that is, me).

Be aware, though, that 24-Hour Nothing Hour is not Axolotl Ceviche. I’m very public about who I am on Axolotl Ceviche, for one thing, and I think you all have a pretty good idea of who I am and what I’m doing with my life based on this. 24-Hour Nothing Hour is different. I won’t be talking about myself on there. I won’t be sharing my thoughts on things, or stuff that happened in my day-to-day life, or any of my writing. That’s not what 24-Hour Nothing Hour is about. It’s not about me, but the incredible music, and I’m going to reflect that in the writing style that I use there. I tend to be snarky and rambly on Axolotl Ceviche. On 24-Hour Nothing Hour, I’m going to be much more terse and laconic, reflecting the more anonymized style that I’m going to be using there.

Axolotl Ceviche’s not going anywhere, of course. Axolotl Ceviche and 24-Hour Nothing Hour are both two very different side projects, and it wouldn’t make sense for me to turn one into the other. If anything, I’ll probably be posting fewer YouTube videos of songs and things on Axolotl Ceviche. I got pretty annoyed with myself for doing that over the last few months, because it felt like I wasn’t saying anything. So now, I can just post those videos to 24-Hour Nothing Hour, where I don’t have to say anything. Because, after all, that’s not the point.

Go and check it out if you like. I’ve already posted a song there (The Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored”), and there’s probably going to be many more coming.

In any case, it’s a new thing. And new things are important, if you want to live an interesting life.

~ Ian

It seems that the band of misogynistic trolls that roam the internet have found a new word to dismiss any male who does not share their belief that women are only good for making meals and sexing them up. They accuse them of having a “mangina”. Which is a not-very-clever portmanteau of “man” and “vagina”, as I’m sure you can guess.

The question I have to ask is: why this term? Obviously it makes them feel clever and witty, because as we all know, insults = debating prowess on the internet. But the whole problem with the term is, simply, the targets of the insult don’t find it insulting. Why would they, after all? If you don’t believe that it’s shameful or demeaning to have a vagina, then why would accusing someone of having one be shameful or demeaning?

The trolls are not well known for their logic or creativity, but if I may, I suggest a new insult for them that’s far more clever than accusing someone of having a vagina. It is: “Cromulent Shitwaffle”. No, it doesn’t make sense. But at least if you use it, then you’ll find that you might actually insult someone, rather than just leaving them shaking their heads and sighing.

~ Ian

One year ago today, Axolotl Ceviche began.

I remember where I was when I began this blog. I was at Kirkwood, sitting at the bottom of a staircase, trying to get the page set up while practically everyone in the place yelled at me for blocking the stairs.

I’m at Kirkwood now, and it seems strange to me that I’m here again. It’s like coming full circle, a snake eating its tail.

2012 was a long year for me. A hard year, too, in many ways; but then again, all years are hard in their own particular way when you’re an Aspie in the world of neurotypicals. (I haven’t really talked all that much about my Asperger’s Syndrome on this blog, have I? I’m going to have to rectify that at some point.) But it was a year of huge progress for me in my writing.

I got my first rejection letter, and felt slightly relieved.

I wrote the first draft of “Cassandra” (which I’ll really have to finish up one of these days), which I suspect might be the best thing I’ve ever written.

Plus there’s the fact that I’ve written 100,000 words of a novel, and I’m within spitting distance of finishing the first draft as we speak.

A lot happened in 2012: some of it good, some of it not so good; some of which I shared with you, some of which I kept to myself. (After all, I do have a personal life, and not everything that happens to me goes up on this blog.)

I think 2013 will be the year when I’m going to keep refining. I’ll finish The Lotus Imperiate, and hopefully get a large chunk of the second draft finished. (My goal is to sell tLI by 2018, which I think is completely doable.) I’ve got an idea for a YA fantasy novel that I think is really cool. And I hope to do all those things that are in many ways more important than writing: I’ll go to school, and get a job, and hang out with friends, and (hopefully) get a girlfriend, although I think I have to master other things in the social universe before I get up to that level.

2012 was long, and it was wild. I don’t know what 2013 will bring, for any of us, any more than anyone else.

But for me, and for all of you, I hope that it will be awesome.

~ Ian

(Pink Floyd, “Outside the Wall”/”In the Flesh?”)

With that in mind, here is a list of every song that I’ve ever stolen lyrics from for the title of a post.


Blue Öyster Cult: “This Ain’t The Summer of Love”

Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”

Darren Korb “Build That Wall (Zia’s Theme)

Dream Theater: “Pull Me Under”

Europe: “The Final Countdown”

Gorillaz, “November Has Come”

Howard Goodall/Jenna Russell: “Red Dwarf Theme”

Jack Norworth/Albert von Tilzer: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

Jonathan Coulton: “First of May”

Jonathan Coulton: “Good Morning Tucson”

Jonathan Coulton: “Today With Your Wife”

Joss Whedon et al: “I’ve Got A Theory/Bunny Song”

Joss Whedon et al: “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Joss Whedon/James Marsters: “Rest In Peace”

Led Zeppelin: “Stairway to Heaven”

Muse: “Uprising”

Nobuo Uematsu/Masahiro Sakurai: “Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme”

Pink Floyd: “Echoes”

Pink Floyd: “Have a Cigar”

Pink Floyd: “Outside the Wall”

Pink Floyd: “San Tropez”

Pink Floyd: “Time”

Pink Floyd: “Welcome to the Machine”

Ron Grainer/Delilah Derbyshire: “Doctor Who Theme”

Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier/Calixa Lavallée/Robert Stanley Weir: “O Canada”

The Stone Roses: “Love Spreads”

Yakko Warner: “Nations of the World”


Incidentally, it’s my grandmother’s birthday today. And my mom’s birthday tomorrow.

Also, today is New Year’s Eve.

But holidays are less important.

~ Ian

I am no longer in dog form. The transformational spell wore off on its own.

Not that you guys helped at all.


~ Ian

During the month of November, while I’m doing NaNoWriMo, there will be no updates to Creative Writing Wednesday.

I really don’t have time at the moment other than write The Lotus Imperiate, so therefore I’m not going to be sharing anything else at the moment.

(I could share snippets of tLI with you… but no. It’s in seriously rough shape, so I’m somewhat embarrassed about it. Maybe when I finish Draft 2.)

~ Ian

It’s November now. Which means it’s National Novel Writing Month.

Feel free to check out my account on

And to all those of you out there participating, good luck.

~ Ian