original-fiction

Original stories, written by me. All content (excluding code snippets) in these posts is under copyright.

The BugCatcher Chronicles #2 - Pine Hills

Elena The flickering streetlamp fought valiantly, but in the end Elena was victorious once again. The green mantis/cricket hybrid that had been resisting her invocations finally gave up the ghost, melting into the virtual ground before materializing as a tiny pixelated icon in the upper-right corner of her phone's screen. The evening had been good to them so far; this was the third such avatar they'd captured. The path of broken streetlamps they'd carved through the neighborhood was a... Read more >

The BugCatcher Chronicles #1 - Jamestown Avenue

Danny Shadows flank me as I march down Jamestown Avenue toward the short, squat building in the distance. The sun's last few rays are off in the distance, casting a lavender twilight into the sky that would be beautiful if I had the time to admire it. Night will soon blanket the campus, punctured only by the streetlamps and the lights of other students' rooms as they cram for finals. That's where I should be, studying, but I can't focus... Read more >

Diary of a Death March: Terry's Story

June 2nd It went through! After all the effort the three of us put into this deal, the company we have been trying to purchase for more than a year is finally ours. They have got a great name, a wonderful team, myriad projects, and satisfied customers. And now they are ours. Song did an incredible job at the negotiations, especially near the end. He, Hannah, and I will now head up this company, and I am sure we are... Read more >

Diary of a Death March: Marisol's Story

December 1st It's a wrap! We got that custom video server out the door on time and on budget, which makes Francis happy, which makes me happy. Just another success for Engineering Team 3! Sanita, Emily, Salvador, Jack: you guys rock! On to the next project! December 9th And another project flies out the door! We've been killing it lately, not that I expected anything different. After all, we're software developers, and our company needs something done, so we get... Read more >

The Interrogation: A Short Story

The door flew open and harsh artificial light flooded the tiny room. Bob squinted, attempting to defend himself from the accursed light and struggling to make out who, or what, had assaulted his senses. Two amorphous masses lingered in the brightly-lit threshold for a second, then entered the room and locked the door behind them. Fear and uncertainty gripped Bob. As the shapes drew closer, he realized that he was not going to enjoy what was coming. He attempted to... Read more >

Diary of a Death March: Bianca's Story

September 1st Team meeting today. Management is pushing us hard to seal the deal with this customer we're meeting on the 4th. So, obviously, we're going to make that deal. The company needs it, so it's my job to make it happen. We need a win. September 4th Meeting with the customer went down today, and I gotta say, this project will be no problem. What the customer wants is a simple project scheduling system, like MS Project but with... Read more >

The Software Development Holy Wars Part II: The New Recruit

Tomorrow we ship out! First patrol in the wild, and it's gonna be a good one. Watch out, wrongdoers, because we're coming for ya! I'm PFC Manuela Ruiz-Borrego, and I'm here to take the fight to the other guys! I joined the development army to help fight the cause, protect my industry and my family, and now I'm finally getting my chance. I've been waiting for this my whole life, and now I can once and for all prove that... Read more >

HTTP Status Codes in ASP.NET Web API - A Guided Tour

Good morning everyone, and welcome to the new HTTP Status Codes in ASP.NET Web API tour here at Exception Not Found! My name is Reggie, and I'll be your tour guide today. Those of you who have taken our Exception Handling tour, welcome back! For those of you who are new to our facility, thank you for visiting us. WikCon UK 2012 Science Museum tour 6 from Wikimedia, used under license First off, I'd like to introduce my brilliant... Read more >