Monthly Archives: June 2017

Oddtale – Writing with strangers

So to take a break in my writing, I decided to start a new project. It was first supposed to be an Easter project, but it turned out to take a lot more time than I first thought. It’s a game called “Oddtale” where anyone can register with their name and email (no password needed, yet) and write a chapter in the current story. Authors are picked at random from the current pool of registered users, and the one who gets picked can write as little or as much (there are limitations, but they are big enough to write an okay chapter) as they want. Each author, except the first one, gets a hint from the previous chapter, to make things a little easier.

One story has ten chapters, and when the current story finishes, it gets automatically published on the site for everyone to view. A few hours later, the next story starts and people can join and write on that one as well. I’m planning more advanced features like private/public writing groups for people who don’t want to wait to get picked in the main one, as well as more advanced writing tools like a wysiwyg editor with the support for bbcode tags. There are more features planned, but these two are the biggest ones that are currently in the works. I wont publish a new version for a while though as I want to see if the main idea with the site in its current state, can draw any attention. The game is pretty pointless if no one wants to play.

The address for the game is:

Oh, and we also have a mascot (who you will see a lot more of if the game gets an active player base). The mascot was made by Nicole (Bunnico) on Fiverr.

Stranger – Chapter 4 – There’s a snake in my boot

August 8th, 2016

Some of the dates are a bit mixed, but I write them down as they come to mind or as they happen. Most of these are written down in my journal.

I have to consider removing those curtains. They tend to play a big role in my nightly adventures. This time they did not turn into battleship cannons however. This time they turned into snakes. Blue snakes in fact. And they seemed determined to bite me, probably killing me in the process. Naturally stranger is always fast to act. He swiftly dashed out of bed and quickly moved towards the door. My wife woke up and asked what the hell I was up to. Foolish question though, and Stranger paid her no mind as he made his escape. His plan might have been to use her as bait to further increase his chances at escaping the pursuing snakes. I woke up in the hallway. Came to my senses rather quickly actually and decided to visit the toilet as Stranger had gone through all the trouble of bringing us out there. After that I went back to sleep.

Stranger – Chapter 3 – El Stockholmo

(This happened in 2016, on the 24th of August, for the record).

Last week I was staying at a hotel in Stockholm because of an assignment at work.
I’ve never had any incidents or adventures during a hotel stay before, and I do stay at hotels quite often when I’m working.

This time was different however. In the middle of the night, Stranger gets out of bed and walks around in the darkness. He notices something odd. I don’t see it, but then again I don’t get close to his legendary observation skills. He notices that in fact, the light in the bathroom, is switched off. Now obviously the only logical conclusion that he could come to here, is that there are burglars inside of the room! I would never have come to that conclusion. But then again, I don’t have the crime solving mind of Stranger. Realising the immense danger of the situation Stranger devised a plan to get rid of the burglars. He goes over to the other side of the room, and opens the window to allow the intruders to leave. He then sits down on the bed until he is sure the room is safe once more (shoo! shoo little burglars! Get out of here!).

Another night, another crisis averted. Well done Stranger!