Macabre Song Parody

Greetings, Terrans!

It’s the 20th of October on Sol III, which means that there are only 11 days until Halloween, at least in the parts that celebrate that sort of thing. It’s quite like the Aldebaran Metamorphosis Festival, in that people like to celebrate in costume and go door to door taking candy from strangers. Since there are no barkmoths on Sol III, rather than wearing the cast-off cocoons of the giant caterpillars, they dress as ghosts, goblins, or their favorite Disney princesses or Marvel super heroes. A fun time is had by all.

Even though the winter holiday known as Christmas is still two months away, stores have begun putting out their holiday decor, hoping to frighten customers into spending large quantities of currency in their establishments. It’s a joyous time of year, filled with singing and drinking and eating and other forms of merriment.

It is this strange juxtaposition of holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the other seasonal holidays, as well as the latest “Caption This!” photo posted in The Dragon’s Rocketship, that inspired me to write this song parody of the Wassail Song. It goes like this:

Here we go, a-harvesting,
To make more Soylent Green;
Feeding all the peasants,
And keeping our streets clean.
They all want to be fed,
So who cares if it’s our dead?
So chow down, ask no questions,
‘Cause it’s best if you don’t know,
That we just might be eating Uncle Joe.

Try slipping those lyrics in the next time you go caroling!

If you have ever parodied traditional Christmas carols, feel free to share your lyrics in the comments section below!

NaNoWriMo is Coming

It’s that time of year again.

This will be the third year I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month. The first year resulted in A Time To Build, the first book in The Umea Bakearen. That led to A Time To Mourn, and at least two more books in that series.

The second year, I wrote Freed’s Man, a story that described the events of A Time To Build through Tony Diego’s eyes. That book is still being revised, and will be released at some point.

This year, I’m going to be writing a fantasy tale that begins with the question, “What would you do if a stranger asked you to help her with a dragon problem?” The working title is (wait for it…) A Dragon Problem. Here’s one idea for a cover:

Dragon Problem Cover Alpha

A Dragon Problem

Since misery (and creativity) loves company, what about you? Are you taking the NaNoWriMo challenge? Comment about it below!

The Dragon’s Rocketship Presents:

Greetings, Terrans,
We’re excited to announce the release of The Dragon’s Rocketship Presents: The Ship’s Log and The Scribe’s Journal at! Both will release on November 1, but you can pre-order them now.

The Scribe's Journal The Ship's Log

The anthologies contain short stories by several of the Dragon’s Rocketship’s most talented authors, as well as our very own Rick Rossing. The Ship’s Log is the Group’s Sci-fi anthology, and The Scribe’s Journal is Fantasy. Both are extraordinary!

Rick’s short story, Asylum, appears in The Ship’s Log.