New Fiction: Revitalizing

April 29th, 2012 by jkastronis

A new story for this week, Revitalizing, about a hero fighting a villain with a common power with uncommon consequences.

This story takes place in a fictional universe I explored before in an old webcomic my roommate and I worked on called Home Base Comics. The webcomic is sorta-archived here, though not everything works properly and this story takes place continuity wise a good deal after the final page in that comic (which ended abruptly when my roommate lost interest in it). While I don’t plan on updating the comic any time soon, I do believe I’ll be coming back to the continuity from time to time and fleshing out what’s happened in between.

 

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New Fiction: Equality

April 22nd, 2012 by jkastronis

A new short story for your pleasure. In Equality, a man must deal with a chatty corpse which just wants to come back to life.

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How I write: Readers aren’t idiots

April 19th, 2012 by jkastronis

Here’s the first of what I plan on being a series of posts about how I approach writing. For the most part, I believe the rules and guidelines I give myself make my own writing stronger. Some of them probably won’t help others write, or only help few others, because they’re unique to me. Others I think are worth universal application. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m as articulate in discussing how I approach writing fiction as I am when actually writing fiction. But as they say, writing is the best way to get better, so I hope as I continue to put these together, I’ll get better at doing them!

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New Fiction: The Boy Hero

April 15th, 2012 by jkastronis

This week’s story, The Boy Hero, is up. In it, a young boy finds himself in a magical world and resolves to become a hero by taking down a rampaging monster.

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Review: The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

April 12th, 2012 by jkastronis

This my the first of what I hope will be many book reviews for this site. This is the first real book review I’ve done outside of stuff for school years and years ago, so it may be a little rough and I’ll probably be revising the exact format as I try things out. Assume light spoilers unless specifically mentioned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mass Effect 3’s ending, the Indoctrination Theory, and why great writing can’t save poor design

April 10th, 2012 by jkastronis

The Mass Effect 3 ending has gotten a lot of negative reaction for a variety of reasons. I won’t really touch on those here; while I agree that the ending taken at face value is bad for a variety of reasons, others have covered the topic in depth and there’s no real reason to rehash it now. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m terrible at hellos

April 8th, 2012 by jkastronis

Welcome to the grand opening of Golden Daydreams! “What is Golden Daydreams?” you’re probably asking (assuming you did not read the front page first). It is what I hope you will agree is a collection of some of the best fiction on the web, all written by me, John Kastronis. Who am I? Well, you can check that out on my About page. But in short, I’m someone who has been writing for fun for quite a while. I’ve had a few short stories published in some niche magazines, and enough people have told me that my writing is good that I want to share it with a wider audience.

 

Right now, I am aiming at adding a new short story to the site every week. There is already a fairly extensive collection of my writing available currently, though the majority of it is essentially fanfic written for the various MMOs I’ve played over the years.

 

However, I have also added the first of my weekly stories to the site. It is titled True Love and is about a young man who is heading to the most important meeting of his life… receiving his true love from the government.

 

Expect future stories to be in a similar vein as that one. Stories that are not quite ordinary and take a slanted look at things both mundane and fantastical. I hope you enjoy it and all the future fiction I’ll be placing up here!

 

Additionally, this blog will serve as a place for me to post about any other sort of thing. I’m aiming at using it to ruminate on the craft of writing, review books, movies, and TV shows I’ve watched, and perhaps talk about a few other things I find interesting.

 

Feel free to leave comments in reply to this post and any future posts. If you enjoy what you’ve read, spread the word to your friends!

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