So Fan-Girl

So Fan-Girl

I’m becoming more and more convinced that geeking out is a personal thing. Certain things make me go all fan-girl. And often they are things that other people simply can’t understand. Or at least things people around you can’t understand. The 2012...
Letters Home, 5

Letters Home, 5

Leahy Medical Center, Nurse Training Program, April 1635 My dearest aunt, My only excuse for not writing recently is that I have been unable to properly put upon paper what I have seen and done quite recently. In the past I have had more to write about than time to...
German Puddles

German Puddles

Henri really did not want to answer, but Louis continued to push the point.”Look, it’s time. We need to decide what to steal and head home,” Louis said.”Louis,” Jacob said, “you’ve been wanting to steal something else ever...
Language Societies of the Seventeenth Century

Language Societies of the Seventeenth Century

The books and stories of the 1632-verse mostly deal with up-timers and German commoners. The German nobles are sometimes only a prop for the real action (like Gretchen’s and Hans’ thoughts before the Battle of the Crapper in 1632) or serve as The Final...
Time Spike: The Swarm

Time Spike: The Swarm

The tiny, grasshopper-like insects munched on the last of the plant leaves, oblivious to anything but eating. Their mating season would be arriving soon and they consumed as much as they could so that they would be fertile. Suddenly the odor of pheromones filled the...
Fresno Construction

Fresno Construction

Early 1633 “I don’t know about you, but it bugs me that lots of people are getting rich and I’m not one of them,” Elias Renke said, over the sound of the television at the beer hall in Deborah. “That’s fine, but what are you going...
Airship Propulsion, Part One: Thrust and Drag

Airship Propulsion, Part One: Thrust and Drag

If it were not for the wind, we could use engines of quite low power. The first airship, with engines of a mere 3 hp, was able to make 5 mph in still air. While that isn’t impressive to the up-timers, bear in mind that if you can fly all day and night at that...
Ein feste Burg, Episode Two

Ein feste Burg, Episode Two

Chapter 2: DecisionsJagdschloss of the Duke of Sachsen-Eisenach, Marksuhl, ThuringiaMarch 1634 Maximiliane von Pasqualini lay in her king-size bed staring at the dark ceiling. The duchess was right. Max had left home with what at that time seemed like a life's plan....