JOSH SAND JS
Writing
about

Writing fiction is another urge of mine that fills in the cracks of my free time. I have no aspirations to become a full-time writer, but ideas keep popping up involuntarily when I take showers and lie in bed at night. I read regularly and can be stalked on my Goodreads profile. I currently have some short stories to share, and descriptions of some works in progress (complete with Markov chain samples).

short stories

I Should Be Alive

2014. 14 pages, 5,875 words.

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An inept paranormal investigation show, its cameraman, its psychic, TV, and the years.

Mangosteen

2014. 24 pages, 5,472 words.

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Stylistic parody of school-assigned coming-of-age stories.

Saint’s Bones

2014. 8 pages, 2,261 words.

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A medieval church hordes the Lord. Written for a college short story contest. And won!

essays/guides

A Skyrimbaby’s Guide to Morrowind and Oblivion

2015. 3,355 words.

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A review/guide for The Elder Scrolls video game series for people who hopped aboard late (like me).

So Random!: How to Build Attachment to Random Generation (and Not Be No Man’s Sky)

2016. 4,273 words.

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A look at the history of random generation in video game design and how it can work, from the context of No Man’s Sky’s release.

novels

Old Shame

2012–onwards

Near-future sci-fi with neurotic aliens and mental retreats. In development hell, but happening.
Proof it exists (Markov chain paragraph)

The North

2013–onwards

A fantasy novel I wanted to write for the heck of it, not worrying about what I was doing so much. It doesn’t have a lot of those things, but it has some of those things. I like it enough so far to send it to people who are interested.
Proof it exists (Markov chain paragraph)