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Prey by Arkane Studios

May 12, 2017 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Atmosphere, The Craft  0 Comments

Me: No. Nope, nope, nope.

Son2: It’s just a ventilation duct; what could possibly go wrong?

Me, Later: WHAT?! What happened to his face? His face! Just nope. Nope, nope, nope!

Son2: Dad…

Me: I’m just going to go over here instead… THE TRASH CAN IS MOVING THE TRASH CAN IS MOVING…

Son2: Um Dad…

Me: You! Bad! Thing! You! DIE!

Son2: Dad, maybe this game just isn’t for you.

Me: Yanno, I think I will just go to bed.

Son2: LOL.

Anthony Pacheco’s Libertarian Eggnog Recipe

November 25, 2016 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Anthonyisms, Awesomesauce  0 Comments

Once again, it is time for the annual eggnog recipe! This is an eggnog recipe perfected by me. It is a cooked eggnog recipe.

Now, many consider cooked eggnog blaspheme. And I would tend to agree. However, I would assert that people just get sick on the holidays. This way, they can’t blame your uncooked egg yolks!

Hardy-har-har. Actually, adding heat into the process departs a delicious nutty flavor. The egg whites remain uncooked, so exert caution and only use Grade AA or better whole eggs.

I am often asked why this is a Libertarian Eggnog. Usually by non-libertarians.

Decadent eggnog does not exist in a non-capitalistic society. Only free-willed people can produce such a holiday beverage goodness. I’ve had people argue this with me. Trust me here folks, they don’t drink eggnog in North Korea and Venezuela. And those European social paradises touted in my mailbox derive their wealth from capitalism, and the less free they are with it the lower their standard of living.

But I digress. This eggnog is liberating!

Anthony Pacheco’s Libertarian Eggnog

Makes 10 to 14 servings.

8 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 pints whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg, with some nutmeg added later
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated cinnamon, with some cinnamon added later
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
8 egg whites
18 ounces of Kraken Dark Rum

Carefully separate the egg yolks and egg whites.

In a large mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk until slightly lightened. This is a non-frothy eggnog recipe, so cowboy up and use a wire whisk. Do not over mix. Once the yolks have turned a slightly lighter color, gradually add the 2/3 cups sugar. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.

Now add the milk, the heavy cream, the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the ground cloves and the vanilla and almond extract.  Whisk until thoroughly mixed.

Pour the yolk/milk/cream/goodness in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally and bring to a mild boil. Do not overcook and burn the milk. The flavor of the eggnog will also change if you bring to a hard boil and not in a good way. Pour into a large measuring (mixing) bowl and refrigerate until cold. Set the egg whites aside in the refrigerator.

Once the eggnog yolk half is cold, it is time to mix in those egg whites.

In a clean mixing bowl, add the egg whites and brown sugar. Simply beat with a whisk until mixed. The goal here is to mix the whites and the sugar. Forget about peaks, froth, what-have-you. Just mix it, Baby!

Now whisk in the egg whites/brown sugar mixture to the rest of the eggnog. Serve chilled.

Serving Instructions

This recipe adds the rum after the fact, and also adds extra flare for both presentation and taste. For the kids, skip the rum.

In a glass, add the eggnog and 1 ounce to 1 1/2 ounces of Kraken rum. Stir until mixed. For a strong  drink use the 1 1/2 ounce option. Adding more will change the flavor of the eggnog and mute the complex flavored goodness you just created.

On top of the eggnog, grate fresh nutmeg and less of the cinnamon. You don’t want to overcoat it, but you do want to add a punchy nutmeg flavor to the top. If you do not want to add nutmeg to the top of the eggnog. then change the recipe to 2 teaspoons of freshly ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

But I do not recommend that. Because this recipe will rock the socks off. Serve to family members and 17 to 22-year-old nubile Christmas Girls standing under the mistletoe.

Merry Christmas!

Eggnog Martini

Recipe originally published on December 21, 2013.

Book Status

October 26, 2016 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  0 Comments

Draft 2 of Book 3: halfway done.

First draft was fun but, ultimately, too rough around the edges, as first drafts are wont to do.

Get’n done.

Hey look, this isn’t a post about politics. Pffft!

Congratulations 2016 Dragon Award Winners

September 04, 2016 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

Dragon Con is giving out their own awards, now, and what a dozy their first year was!

I’ve read/seen/played almost every one of these and they are really fantastic. Wright’s story is utterly brilliant.

Unlike the Nebula and the Hugo, this is an award where you can snag the winner and have a very enlightning, enjoyable read.

The 2016 Dragon Award winners:

Best Science Fiction Novel
Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)

Best Fantasy Novel
Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)

Best Alternate History Novel
League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Best Apocalyptic Novel
Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)

Best Horror Novel
Souldancer, Brian Niemeier (Self-published)

Best Comic Book
Ms. Marvel

Best Graphic Novel
The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
The Martian

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th Edition) by Chaosium Inc.

APPENDIX N: INSPIRATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL READING

May 15, 2016 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

Anderson, Poul. THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS; THE HIGH CRUSADE; THE BROKEN SWORD
Bellairs, John. THE FACE IN THE FROST
Brackett, Leigh.
Brown, Fredric.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. “Pellucidar” Series; Mars Series; Venus Series
Carter, Lin. “World’s End” Series
de Camp, L. Sprague. LEST DARKNESS FALL; FALLIBLE FIEND; et al.
de Camp & Pratt. “Harold Shea” Series; CARNELIAN CUBE
Derleth, August.
Dunsany, Lord.
Farmer, P. J. “The World of the Tiers” Series; et al.
Fox, Gardner. “Kothar” Series; “Kyrik” Series; et al.
Howard, R. E. “Conan” Series
Lanier, Sterling. HIERO’S JOURNEY
Leiber, Fritz. “Fafhrd & Gray Mouser” Series; et al.
Lovecraft, H. P.
Merritt, A. CREEP, SHADOW, CREEP; MOON POOL; DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE; et al.
Moorcock, Michael. STORMBRINGER; STEALER OF SOULS; “Hawkmoon” Series (esp. the first three books)
Norton, Andre.
Offutt, Andrew J., editor SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS III.
Pratt, Fletcher, BLUE STAR; et al.
Saberhagen, Fred. CHANGELING EARTH; et al.
St. Clair, Margaret. THE SHADOW PEOPLE; SIGN OF THE LABRYS
Tolkien, J. R. R. THE HOBBIT; “Ring Trilogy”
Vance, Jack. THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD; THE DYING EARTH; et al.
Weinbaum, Stanley.
Wellman, Manly Wade.
Williamson, Jack.
Zelazny, Roger. JACK OF SHADOWS; “Amber” Series; et al.

Business Business

May 15, 2016 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random  0 Comments

I’m still writing my little heart out when I have the time. Did not mean for things to go so dark on my blog.

Part ownership in a new business, a technology start-up, is now a new add to my already over-loaded schedule. It’s exciting! But now I have three careers: my day job, which is related to the new business, the new business, and my writing career. I may be crazy, but it’s a productive type of crazy. Unfortunately my brain just turns off when I do a lot of writing in my day job, and right now I’m typing a lot of–stuffs.

Last year I doubled my book sales. I’m in this for the long haul. My imprint, Deep Mountain Studios, is all set to feed readers and listeners and is a viable business. I simply need to give it quality content.

Book wise, Death by Lingerie has seen big improvements in the re-write of the opening chapters. I’m eager to finish the book and get it to my editor.

All the best,
Anthony

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Grand Marnier Injected Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

December 17, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, Not Exactly Random  0 Comments

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking the title of this post is chocolate porn.

You would be right.

I had these at a restaurant and I went home and came up with my own recipe.

Grand Marnier Injected Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

20 clean and dried strawberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 shot glass of Grand Marnier
1 lb quality dark baking chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Purchasable from Amazon or a drug store (ask the pharmacist), obtain a packet of 8mm (or longer) needle-size syringes.  You do not need a prescription to buy these, at lease in the United States.

Pour a shot of Grand Marnier and fill your syringe with this liquid goodness. Being careful not to stab yourself, inject each strawberry with Grand Marnier by inserting the needle from the top of the strawberry near the stem. Stop injecting each strawberry when the Grand Marnier starts squirting out the pours of the strawberry.

Chop the chocolate into small chunks and in a glass bowl, melt in the microwave with the butter for 1 to 2 minutes (or use a double-boiler if you are unsure of how to melt chocolate in the microwave).

Once melted, add the heavy whipping cream and stir thoroughly (but not so long the chocolate hardens).

Dip each strawberry by the stem and set on wax paper. Let harden in a cool, dry place.

Enjoy. The blissy look most women will give you when eating one of these is classic.

Bliss

Good Whisky

October 25, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Anthonyisms, Awesomesauce  0 Comments

What does good whisky taste like?

Good whisky tastes like smokey victory with the duality of being slowly sensual while at the same time, being overtly punchy. Good whisky is your date that wears matching panties and bra. Good whisky is the everliving “fuck you” to every communist piece of shit that dragged an economy down to where they couldn’t get toilet paper, much less the dream of a good whisky.

Good whisky isn’t the timid kiss on the lips from your high school sweetheart in the form a a fruity cocktail. Good whisky is your wife letting you know its ovulation time, she’s ready to get down to business and to get the extra pillows. Good whisky is the large woman at the opera with the historically inaccurate horned Viking helmet singing the universe out of her throat holding a bloody sword while standing on the corpses of 95lb ballerinas.

Good whisky is distilled masculinity in a glass and the woman who likes a good whisky isn’t saying she’s a man, she is saying she loves men. Good whisky is the tears of hipsters mixed with the aging sweat of Baby Boomers who voted for every progressive economy draining flophouse politician and now realizing their government paid-for nursing home is going to be hell on earth.

Good whisky transcends not a damn thing. In your mouth, it’s the apex of civilization. It’s the drink of men who wear hats and an overcoat. It’s not the nectar of gods, but the drink of men who defy gods. A good whisky is the bond between men who are brothers from another mother.

Good whisky tastes like the human condition: abrupt, powerful, complex, straightforward, and gets better with each sip.

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The 2016 Barnes and Noble Death Spiral

October 16, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random  0 Comments

Barnes and Noble is closing their flagship Washington D.C. store in December.

Borders was the herald of the mega-bookstore apocalypse and everything after it is simply the end-game, including the inevitable B&N death spiral.

Borders and their other chain stores used to be the place you can go where you had local people buying and selling books of regional interest and popularity. At that one magical moment in time, they were just the right size with all the wonderful books. I could browse for hours and frequently spent $100 or more.

That gradually changed when the older bookworms were all fired because they cost too much and replaced by hippsters who would look at you funny if you asked for help. If you could find one to ask for help. Soon the store was stocked with books that didn’t mean anything to the people who used to shop there. Then they added DVDs just when digital distribution of movies started to take off (dudes, really?) and toys. Toys.

While the staff at the local B&N is actually friendly and bookish, Amazon remains a very reader-centric place to buy books. Barnes and Noble is not. They have a horrid frequent-buyer’s discount card that cost money and while they are less prone to the Borders centralized stock list, the B&N’s around here don’t stock and display their wears like the indie bookstores with their reader-centric focus on book clubs and regional best-sellers list.

And the problems with their customer service, especially with the Nook, is legion.

B&N can’t compete with Amazon’s “buy any book you can find and you can find anything.” They can’t compete with prices, and they can’t compete with the indie bookstores and their personalized customer service. It is just a matter of time, and if I was a landlord I would boot B&N out of my space as soon as their lease was up, too, because at some point they won’t be able to pay the rent.

It’s not just the landlords who need to plan ahead. If anybody has a business model that relies on B&N, now is the time to really start planning an exit strategy.

This is all very sad. And predictable.

 

Prettah Prettah Warp for The Wælcyrie Murders

August 29, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

Cover art by Duncan Long.

Cover layout by Katie at Dwell Design & Press.

Before immortalizing it in print, I sent it to a professional proofreader.

The hardback will go on sale soon. You’ll be able to order it by click from lots of online places like Amazon. If you visit a bookstore, they will be able to order it from their catalog.

Mah prettah, prettah covah!

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