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In finally decided to just go ahead and post this story, since the anthology I was aiming to get it in isn't going to happen for a while if at all.

“Slime Story” is a setting I thought up while playing Maple Story (the side-scroller MMO from Wizet). Although the game is free, you can spend real money to get cosmetic items based on real-world stuff. So I had my character running around in a raglan T-shirt, pleated skirt, red sneakers, and headphones, hitting monsters with a big spiky club. This image was what led to Rita, and the Slime Story world. It’s sort of a mashup of suburban randomness and repetitive MMO monster hunting—Sidescrollers (the comic by Matthew Loux) meets Maple Story—where there are cute monsters running around and teenagers hunt them to get spending money. At some point I want to put together a tabletop RPG version, but first I have to figure out how to make the teenage boredom/angst part interesting.

Although I love Rita as a character, she’s too self-confident and well-adjusted for me to really get into her head, hence I decided to tell the story from Doug’s point of view. Her “Monster Show” was in large part inspired by The Show with Zefrank, and I’d like to think its final episode would be every bit as wonderful and tear-inducing as Ze’s. It won’t be too long before I have to do some growing up and moving on of my own.

Hallelujah, it’s a brand new day.
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A new work! Huzzah!

Have you ever read Epic?

This story reminded me a TON of that book in several rather huge ways, but if you hadn't read it I won't spoil it. Let's just say this almost summarizes the whole book in one page! I may comment more later...tired now.