I write roleplaying games and fiction, and I develop software.

I also sometimes post on Twitter and on Mastodon.

Here's what I've been up to lately.

Should I settle for the usual methods of monetizing this blog, like t-shirts and mugs, or should I go straight for premium subscriber rewards like personalized card readings? I could just bash together one of those neural net things, feed it a few terabytes of "genuine psychic wisdom" I scraped off the web, plug it into Patreon and turn it on.

But until then, here are today's cards: the Ace of Swords and the Three of Wands.

Tarot cards depicting a sword held aloft by a heavenly hand, and a robed figure with their back to us, standing amid three tall staves.

I promise you that both cards in the photo are right-side up.

Today's cards are Justice and the Hanged Man.

Two tarot cards, depicting a stern figure with a sword and scales, and a figure suspended upside down from a pole.

If you thought yesterday's sarcophagus card was grim, then hoo boy, do I have a card for you today.

Today's cards are the Empress and the Eight of Swords.

Tarot cards depicting a crowned woman on a throne, and a blindfolded, bound figure surrounded by swords.

I confess that I'm using these tarot readings as a distraction. If I wasn't doing this, I'd be spending all morning angrily fact-checking memes on the internet, and nobody wants that.

So today's cards are the Four of Swords and the World.

Two tarot cards, showing a knight's sarcophagus, and a woman wearing a sash while suspended within a wreath.

I took the weekend off to let my cartomancy muscles recharge. I'll probably stick to a Monday-Friday schedule for a while. To maximize my exposure, I expect I should be getting up at the crack of dawn to make these crucial predictions available to people at the start of the day, but honestly, that sounds like a drag. If you have to make a life-changing decision before I can get my blog updated, just flip a coin or something.

Today's cards--yes, cards--are the Knight of Wands and Knight of Swords.

Two tarot cards, each depicting knights on horseback.

Does anyone else feel lazy this morning? I skipped exercise and Mary Lynn walked the dogs. Don't worry, though. I know that these readings are a critical public service, and I'm on the job.

Today's card is the Nine of Pentacles, drawn upright.

The Nine of Pentacles tarot card, depicting a robed figure carrying a hooded bird on their wrist.

If I ever monetize this feature, I pledge to blow some of the money on more tarot decks. I saw this steampunk deck once that would really step up my game. The problem with the Rider-Waite deck I'm using, as I'm sure you'll agree, is that there aren't enough gears and goggles.

Though I suppose there might be some steam, or some kind of clouds, on today's card: the Wheel of Fortune, drawn reversed.

The Wheel of Fortune tarot card, depicting an assortment of fantastic figures around a wheel inscribed with symbols.

I did about thirty seconds of Googling about this stuff (not more than that; I don't want this to become Expert Tarot Reading) and saw that some folks suggest there's wisdom and insight to be found in single-card tarot readings. Who knew? I thought I was just being lazy.

In any case, today's hand-selected card is the Ten of Pentacles.

The Ten of Pentacles tarot card, depicting two conversing figures and a little child in the background, a seated old man in the foreground, and two dogs.

That glow from behind the card is the nearby trees covered in about five or six inches of snow. I know, it's out of focus here, but trust me, it's very pretty.

And today's card is the Page of Wands.

The Page of Wands tarot card, depicting someone holding and admiring a wooden staff.

Good morning, everyone! Are your dogs wondering why you're standing in the living room taking photos of playing cards? Mine are.

Today's card is the Five of Wands, drawn upright.

The Five of Wands tarot card, depicting five figures struggling over five long wooden staves.

I keep drawing major arcana, so you're getting premium service here.

Today's card is The World, drawn reversed.

The World tarot card, depicting a woman with two wands, within a wreath, surrounded by dreamlike figures.

Can I take a moment to complain about technology? It must have taken me ten minutes to get a photo of today's card because my phone wants to focus on my face, not the card that I'm holding up. So I was getting shots where the card was blurry, but my chin peeking out under the card was in perfect foc...

Let's do a few more of these and see what happens.

Today's card is Justice.

The Justice card, depicting a crowned figure with sword and scales.

Wow. I have to apologize if you're seeing this just after getting out of bed, because this is a bold look to wake up to. This is "While you were hitting your snooze alarm for the third time, I found my sword and my sca...

Since reason, logic, and facts clearly aren't going to save the world, I'm falling back to plan B: inexpert tarot card readings.

Here's your card for the day: the King of Cups.

King of Cups tarot card

Just look at this character. He's settled in. He has a nice beverage and a flashlight and he has assumed the "I will...