gavortnik

Click here for good stuff. I'm 34 as of writing this in the dying days of 2005. I was born in Chicago, Ill., but have moved to Indiana, New Jersey and now Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. So I guess my soul was born to wander, if not my body. I've been a reporter, tech support technician, fast food cook, cashier and temp worker. I post stories mainly because I promised myself I'd get published before the end of 2005, so I guess I sort of kept that promise. In my spare time, I play roleplaying games. I'm also writing a comic book. I'm also making my own roleplaying system. Yes, I am a geek. Why do I write? I was the lonely kid with glasses in school, and so I read. My favorites were Isaac Asimov, Harry Harrison (go, Stainless Steel Rat!), Andre Norton (especially Victory on Janus, an obscure novel that nonetheless was probably the biggest influence of any book on me), Arthur C. Clarke (espcially Rendevous with Rama), Alan Dean Foster and Robert Heinlein. I've always known that I would write someday. And so here I am. › » UPDATE « ‹ 6-10-06 Me put Leilani up! Me get MoDerator's Choice for Leilani! Me happy! Me do psychotic happy dance! (Two hour pause for psychotic happy dance, to the beautiful, the beautiful, the hideous piping of the flutes) Ah man, what a boost to one's self-esteem. And brother, do I need it nowadays... I'd like to thank the mods that gave me the MC and everyone who's stopped by and left me such nice comments. Unfortunately, I could only get Parts 1-5 up. Part 6 was uploaded today. The way things have been going, you should get it sometime in July. Boo ya. › » UPDATE « ‹ 7-3-06 Well, the sixth and final chapter of Leilani went up about two or so days ago (thank the gods!). Those of you who were waiting on tenterhooks for Part 6 and who want to know what "tenterhooks" are — I sure as hell don't — can finally achieve closure. What is the ancient threat that Leilani must face? Can she defeat it? Will she be able to disarm the bomb? Can she escape the Xyll Overlords and their Dreadnought of Pain? Will there be a hot sex scene between Leilani and Jack Bauer? Does this have anything to do at all with the story? Read it and see! I've also put up two more poems: The Siege of Stonehaven and Brother of Rat. Marijke Maheiu was kind enough to make The Siege of Stonehaven her pick-of-the-week-give-or-take! Boo ya! › » UPDATE « ‹ 5-25-07 Yes yes yes, I know, I haven't been updated in a while. I just haven't had much to update lately.But I do now!I just got another Moderator's choice for A Fairy Tale of New York! This is most excellent, because it means that my first one, for Leilani, wasn't a fluke. He got the action, he got the motion, yeeeeeeeah the boy can play.Oh, I also have another very good story up, Concerning the Case of Private Hardy. Heidi Hecht has selected it for her tour "The Best of Short Stories". When a reader says you're one of the best, that's as good as any Mod's Choice or award any day.   @ @ @ @ GOOD STUFF @ @ @ @ That makes me feel happy and warm and fuzzy inside (And if you're not in this list yet, don't worry, you probably will be soon) Prose Neil Alexander Insurance Peter F. Blair The Dragon's New Diet - Original Version Marijke Mahieu The VA Club (with Katharina Prinz) Alexadru Moisi Exit Mundi May Virginia Oskan The Vampire in a Condominium K. Sinclaire Threshold Alice "Muffin Girl" Smith Send a Letter When You Get There Poetry Ricky N. Barnett, Jr. Lady of Light Kazz W. Leer Witchcraft Marijke Mahieu The Senses Ernest Murashka Hero's Fate  Artists Tom Buggey Some of the best wood carving I've ever seen. Norielle C. Cunanan Imagine a cute little chibi magic girl with her magic happiness razor blades and hopped up on crank, whiskey and angel dust. That's Norielle, and I love her. Lawrence A. MacCaskill Very retro style that reminds me of the interior illustrations for Analog and Asimov magazines (but much better). Billy Mosig Billy bucks the general "Look! I made Generic BESM Manga Girl #85,173,812!" trend of Elfwood with a strong Rennaisance and Neoclassical influence. Damn good stuff. Danny Staten Excellent fantasy art, much of it based around J. R. R. Tolkien's work.

A Fairy Tale of New York - Part 4

My first story from my new roleplaying system! I call it Witchgun, and it's set in New York City in 1936, in an alternate timeline where vampire bats (called chiroptim) and humans have evolved side by side. It's partly a reaction to modern depictions of vampires, which are ultra-hip, ultra-stylish, ultra-powerful and ultra-amoral. Characters like that just stick in my craw. I wanted vampires that had real problems - family, jobs, paying the bills, raising the kids, enduring prejudice - and who weren't immortal and who weren't all powerful. This is the fight in the Benthic Hall. Ack! I can't stand the suspense!

How the Hell Did I Get Here? - part 1

This is my first story on Elfwood about one of my two favorite races, the calerre. Take a wacked-out Discordian Taoist Zen lunatic, take away his fear and any concern he has for the opinions of others, then give him a dragon's head and wings, make him immortal, and you have a calerre. They've been with me since college, and I love them with all my heart. This particularly story concerns a calerre who'd just come to the planet of Gideon. It's a great start. The problem is, I had no idea where to go with it for the longest time. Suggestions are deeply appreciated.

A Fairy Tale of New York - Part 3

My first story from my new roleplaying system! I call it Witchgun, and it's set in New York City in 1936, in an alternate timeline where vampire bats (called chiroptim) and humans have evolved side by side. It's partly a reaction to modern depictions of vampires, which are ultra-hip, ultra-stylish, ultra-powerful and ultra-amoral. Characters like that just stick in my craw. I wanted vampires that had real problems - family, jobs, paying the bills, raising the kids, enduring prejudice - and who weren't immortal and who weren't all powerful. Sebastian and Jacob are joined by two allies. One makes a big impression - in the Benthic Hall. The other leaves our heroes nonplussed.

What a Superhero Thinks About at 3 a.m.

Even superheroes feel the weight of years in the false dawn. One of my favorite poems.

The Siege of Stonehaven

The destruction of the dwarven hold of Stonehaven at the hands of bloodthirsty orcs is one of the most moving in all of dwarven history, and its chronicle, 'The Siege of Stonehaven', one of the most moving in all dwarven literature. I challenge you to read it and not be affected.

Brother of Rat

One of the most popular bar songs in Tayassam, a chiroptim ghetto in New York City and the scene of my upcoming roleplaying system. It's like 'A Fairy Tale of New York' to chiroptim. Imagine the guys singing one chorus, then the ladies, then everyone all together in the final chorus.

A Fairy Tale of New York - Part 5

My first story from my new roleplaying system! I call it Witchgun, and it's set in New York City in 1936, in an alternate timeline where vampire bats (called chiroptim) and humans have evolved side by side. It's partly a reaction to modern depictions of vampires, which are ultra-hip, ultra-stylish, ultra-powerful and ultra-amoral. Characters like that just stick in my craw. I wanted vampires that had real problems - family, jobs, paying the bills, raising the kids, enduring prejudice - and who weren't immortal and who weren't all powerful. Will Jacob, Sebastian, Sehora and Hiller survive the Battle of Benthic Hall! I can't take it! Read on, quick!

Leilani - Part 5

This story was originally going to be a baby shower gift for someone I worked with named Leilani. Then Leilani got fired, then it morphed into something that you just don't give an expecting mother. One thing led to another and this got put on the back burner for two or three years. Then I got a better job with less stress and better pay, and I finished my story. Boo-ya. Part 5 of 6

Chandler's Boy

Starships meet stunted minds and bigotry meets biotech deep in the heart of Texas.

Leilani - Part 4

This story was originally going to be a baby shower gift for someone I worked with named Leilani. Then Leilani got fired, then it morphed into something that you just don't give an expecting mother. One thing led to another and this got put on the back burner for two or three years. Then I got a better job with less stress and better pay, and I finished my story. Boo-ya. Part 4 of 6

Leilani - Part 1

This story was originally going to be a baby shower gift for someone I worked with named Leilani. Then Leilani got fired, then it morphed into something that you just don't give an expecting mother. One thing led to another and this got put on the back burner for two or three years. Then I got a better job with less stress and better pay, and I finished my story. Boo-ya. Part 1 of 6

A Fairy Tale of New York - Part 1

My first story from my new roleplaying system! I call it Witchgun, and it's set in New York City in 1936, in an alternate timeline where vampire bats (called chiroptim) and humans have evolved side by side. It's partly a reaction to modern depictions of vampires, which are ultra-hip, ultra-stylish, ultra-powerful and ultra-amoral. Characters like that just stick in my craw. I wanted vampires that had real problems - family, jobs, paying the bills, raising the kids, enduring prejudice - and who weren't immortal and who weren't all powerful. The title, of course, is from the Pogues song of the same name, which is of course from the J.P. Donleavy novel of the same name. This song was a favorite of one of my friends, and you'll see how appropriate it is as you read.

Leilani - Part 2

This story was originally going to be a baby shower gift for someone I worked with named Leilani. Then Leilani got fired, then it morphed into something that you just don't give an expecting mother. One thing led to another and this got put on the back burner for two or three years. Then I got a better job with less stress and better pay, and I finished my story. Boo-ya. Part 2 of 6

Leilani - Part 6

This story was originally going to be a baby shower gift for someone I worked with named Leilani. Then Leilani got fired, then it morphed into something that you just don't give an expecting mother. One thing led to another and this got put on the back burner for two or three years. Then I got a better job with less stress and better pay, and I finished my story. Boo-ya. Part 6 of 6

Concerning the Case of Private Hardy

This is an episode from another project that got funneled into a short story. This is a response to science fiction's techno-fetish... you know, 'Gee golly whiz, wouldn't it just be neato keeno to have cybernetic implants!' Well, not really...

King Joe Eats Breakfast

A tall tale that got transmitted into my brain one day at work from my alien handlers.

A Fairy Tale of New York - Part 2

My first story from my new roleplaying system! I call it Witchgun, and it's set in New York City in 1936, in an alternate timeline where vampire bats (called chiroptim) and humans have evolved side by side. It's partly a reaction to modern depictions of vampires, which are ultra-hip, ultra-stylish, ultra-powerful and ultra-amoral. Characters like that just stick in my craw. I wanted vampires that had real problems - family, jobs, paying the bills, raising the kids, enduring prejudice - and who weren't immortal and who weren't all powerful. Our men Sebastian and Jacob plan their next move in this segment.

Leilani - Part 3

This story was originally going to be a baby shower gift for someone I worked with named Leilani. Then Leilani got fired, then it morphed into something that you just don't give an expecting mother. One thing led to another and this got put on the back burner for two or three years. Then I got a better job with less stress and better pay, and I finished my story. Boo-ya. Part 3 of 6

Safe

Maybe lettin' 'em civilize ya ain't such a hot idea after all.