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by SmoothPapaJ
Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

There was no funeral. In keeping with her wishes, Katarek's body was jettisoned out of an airlock, with no one but Brant herself in attendance. The tens of billions of mantis in the galaxy had as many customs and philosophies as Brant's people, but they were generally an unsentimental species, with ...
by SmoothPapaJ
Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Faithful readers, The next chapter of Ghosts is at 2.5k and trundling along at a decent clip. It should be ready in a week or two. While we wait, I hope it will not damage your opinion of me if I shamelessly plug one of the projects that has kept updates for this delayed: https://www.smashwords.com/...
by SmoothPapaJ
Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:30 am
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Good work as always. I like how you have developed the story. And the best part is: They're still in the one sector and the ship has barely even jumped. Most people would complain about that and ask "When are they getting to the fireworks factory?" but I think it works well here. A whole ...
by SmoothPapaJ
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Brant stretched her arms and shook out her legs. She was in the ship's tiny rec area, which was little more than a vid screen, a table, and a punching bag. She'd put on a training outfit that left her feeling a little exposed, but then, who'd care about seeing her scantily dressed? It wasn't like th...
by SmoothPapaJ
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Toh and Brant stalked out of the bridge together, weapons trained ahead of them. The corridors of the Kestrel offered almost no cover, so Brant crept behind Toh as he huffed along at a ponderous gait. The ensign was far from indestructible, but he could take a good bit more punishment than a human. ...
by SmoothPapaJ
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Once, Brant might have thought it strange how quickly Karl took to his new lodgings, and how little he seemed to dwell on the ship he had allegedly been kidnapped from. Surely, she might once have thought, a man would want to know what had become of his former comrades and try to rejoin them, or at ...
by SmoothPapaJ
Fri May 01, 2015 2:34 am
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Within an hour, they’d stripped the Cormorant of useful materials, coming away with quite a haul. At a glance of the inventory Kat and 78 had prepared, Brant thought they’d be able to boost their reactor by at least 30%, with weapons and plating enough to make the Kestrel a nasty little piece of wor...
by SmoothPapaJ
Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Fight of the Osprey - Mysteries of Abadoth
Replies: 22
Views: 18503

Re: Fight of the Osprey - Mysteries of Abadoth

Having just finished Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, I might recommend his approach: introducing each chapter with a brief snippet of a continuous back story passage.
by SmoothPapaJ
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

I rushed this section out a little. The version on fanfiction.net clarifies Brant's strategy at least a little more: she didn't know what their shipboard defenses were like. She wasn't betting on 145 actually accepting her offer. She was just hoping to distract him enough that Katarek could take him...
by SmoothPapaJ
Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Stories & Storytelling
Topic: Ghosts of the Federation
Replies: 79
Views: 126740

Re: Ghosts of the Federation

Brant braced for the worst. There was no good place for a bomb to blow up onboard, but some were worse than others. As the transport signature of an incendiary showed up, she reflected that some were much worse than others. If they flamed their O2 controls now, with ship atmosphere already dropping,...