Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 31, 2016

I know it’s popular on the Internet to look at a bunch of big celebrity deaths in 2016 and a certain election and look at it as if it were a terrible year. While we suffered some losses and disappointments, overall it was a pretty good year for me. But… it’s (almost) over now, and […]


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Josh Sawyer Interview at RPG Codex

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 30, 2016

If you are interested in understanding the mind of a professional, veteran computer RPG developer, you should head over to RPG Codex and check out this fantastic interview with Josh Sawyer. It’s lengthy, and well worth it if you are at all interested in the nuts and bolts that go into making a commercial-quality computer […]


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Time off for FUN!!!!!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 29, 2016

The holiday weekend and the days leading up to it weren’t really stressful, but they were busy. Preparations, family obligations, and of course the activities of the holiday itself. Good stuff, and I found time in the margins to get other things done, but still… somewhat busy. It didn’t help I was sick one of […]


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Leia exits, and I’m sad

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 28, 2016

I had to limit my time to the Internet when I heard the news. Carrie Fisher, the woman who played the princess that my generation fell in love with, had died. Way too young… her mother had tweeted about her status only a day or two before. I saw her at Salt Lake Comic Con […]


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Reminder: Altered States II and Cirsova #4

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 26, 2016

I thought that for today, I’d share the opening paragraphs of the two stories I have in collections that have JUST BARELY been released! I’m proud of both of these stories. Just minutes ago, I received my contributor’s copy of Altered States II, so I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some cyberpunky goodness. […]


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Back in business… Just in time for the holiday!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 23, 2016

I won’t call it a “Christmas Miracle” or anything, but I’m very pleased that my desktop (and development) computer FINALLY seems to be back in working order. I’ve had to replace some hardware, tweak some settings, but now… finally… I’m back up and running. I’m still not entirely certain where the original point of failure […]


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Altered States II Cyberpunk Anthology is Out!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 22, 2016

My story, “Doubleblind,” is out now  in the new Altered States II cyberpunk anthology. It’s currently available on Kindle. Other versions may be available soon. You can grab it here: Altered States II a Cyberpunk Anthology on Amazon Kindle Stories by upcoming and established authors, curated by Roy C. Booth and Jorge Salgado-Reyes. Introduction by […]


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Rogue One: My spoiler-free impressions

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 19, 2016

Years ago I complained about how the sequels to The Matrix were so bad that they went back in time and injected suck into the otherwise stellar original. I think I went back and re-watched The Matrix maybe once since the sequels came out, and it was sad, knowing how stupid everything turns out and […]


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Star Wars, Books, Torment, and Stuff

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 16, 2016

I’m going to be minimizing my time online today because so many people went to see the new Star Wars Story film last night, Rogue One.  My tickets are for tonight. While we already know kinda-sorta how its supposed to end (right where A New Hope begins), and we don’t know any of the major […]


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NaNo Writing Tools Book Bundle Deal Ending

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 15, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 is over. I didn’t “win” but it was a pretty good kick in the pants for me. I’m still pushing onwards. The 2016 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools book bundle at StoryBundle.com is also coming to a close in about a week. To be perfectly honest, I’m not as keen on this year’s bundle than the […]


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Rocksmith Enjoys a December Upgrade

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 14, 2016

So soon after Rocksmith 2014 was transformed into “Rocksmith Remastered Edition,” the game / guitar trainer has enjoyed a new upgrade just in time for the holidays. Many of the changes involved interface improvements to the new features added in the Remastered Edition. Being able to edit song lists from the “Learn a Song” mode will […]


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Jay Goes Cyberpunk

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 12, 2016

Last spring, I decided to write a cyberpunk story. I was actually experimenting with a few things all at once… a particular story structure, an old-school plot/idea generator from the early 1900s, and my love of cyberpunk. I wrote the story fully realizing that cyberpunk wasn’t “the thing” anymore (but maybe with the release of […]


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Video Card Blues

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 9, 2016

Sadly, I didn’t have much time before my business trip to figure out why my computer started getting flakey. Upon my return home, things didn’t get better. It looks like my really awesome and fairly new GTX 1070 card has been dying, which makes for much sadness. I tried everything to analyze and correct the […]


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Programming a Computer with Nothing

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 7, 2016

I don’t know why this irritates me, but it does. Several times over the last few weeks, I’ve seen memes like the one on the right, generally from programmers who think it’s cute.  As if it really was a mystery. But… if you are not a programmer, or you are a programmer who actually doesn’t […]


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Returning From Utah Winter Faire

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 5, 2016

I arrived back in town on Thursday night, just in time to run off to Utah Winter Faire the next day. No break for me. *Sigh*. At least it was totally worth it. Utah Winter Faire is kind of like a Christmas-themed Renaissance / Fantasy / Steampunk Fair. It’s (almost) all indoor events, so no jousting. […]


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Book Signing at Winter Faire This Weekend (and NaNoWriMo Results)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 2, 2016

Hi folks! I’m going to be at the Utah Winter Faire this weekend… or at least today and tomorrow. Yep, going directly from one show to another. I’m going to be so exhausted next week. It’s a really fun event. There are a lots of vendors with holiday / geek / general stuff for sale… […]


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