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Tossing Grenades At Windmills

100 EpisodesProduced by Rhombus TicksWebsite

A podcast about the writings of T.C.Ricks. The show will be done in two formats. The first will be comments on writing and the works displayed, and the second will be samples of actual work. We will be starting with the Steampunk Western, "Forever West."

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Project Nimby - Kat and Mause

January 28th, 2023


Mause the uplifted Mouse and Kat the Cartoon Digital Intelligence Cat live together in a tiny storage unit in the future.  Rent is due and they have no immediate plan to pay it until the Block Party has a poetry slam …

Heir of Sunfire - Introduction

January 21st, 2023


Bron is not the protagonist of this story.  As a random peasant near an enchanted wood, he would be fine with that, but while he is not the …

Project Nimby - Project Nimby

January 14th, 2023


First of seven stories about Post Humanism from the Chapbook of Water and Glass.  Ted was a human and Bob, his Cactus owner, had to make some....alterations to get him on Planet Metmetmetrion.+

2023 Realignment

January 7th, 2023


I discuss plans and status of writing and podcast projects for 2023.

Swamp Castle - Closing Comments

December 31st, 2022


I talk about my experience with the writing track at SFWA and World Con 2011.

Swamp Castle - Unfood

December 24th, 2022


Freight is trapped on a ship designed for weight loss and while he can eat illusionary food to pass the time, his body needs a minimum caloric intake to survive.  Body horror and definite trigger warning as he does what …

Swamp Castle - Dietötungderkünstlermachtdasglücklichekleinebäumemitdemglücklichenkleinenschnurrbartenstein

December 17th, 2022


Franz tells his younger self to kill a Time Traveling Goebels who is going to hire him in the future.  Franz does this but his problems only start then.  

Swamp Castle - Curse Breaker

December 10th, 2022


A young woman helps her father build air rifles that will end the curse planted by fire mages that makes guns illegal.

Swamp Castle - Mr Hamburger

December 3rd, 2022


Ham didnt understand why he was being tried thousands of years in the future for eating a hamburger.  He was some kind of symbol and the penalty for …

Swamp Castle - Waiting for the Monsters to Die

November 26th, 2022


Madlan investigates the death of a man who had been keeping the most hated people on Earth alive while the rest of humanity waits for these people to die so the aliens will let them join the greater Galactic Community.

Micronation - Chapter 20 & Epilogue - End Game

November 19th, 2022


Chester makes a final sacrifice to save Hler from the rampaging world powers bent on its destruction.

Swamp Castle - Mr Missile and Molly

November 12th, 2022


An earlier draft of Mr Missile and Molly (previously read as a standalone podcast episode) including commentary about why this earlier draft didnt …

Micronation - Chapter 19 - Reckoning

November 5th, 2022


The Gang of Four reunite under tense circumstances.  Chester finally gets the chance he has been looking for and unleashes one meme to rule them all.

Before the Coup - Active Resistance

October 29th, 2022


You wanna LARP Wolverines against the most powerful weapon in the history of mankind? You wanna be Batman? Well there are some obstacles you should …

Before the Coup - Passive Resistance

October 22nd, 2022


Practical Advice on preparing to be a passive resister to the coup.  Includes protesting, preparation for protesting, protecting books and movies from the regime, creating an underground railroad (and how not to get …

Before the Coup - Run Rabbit Run

October 15th, 2022


This podcast episode is practical advice for those who realize the coup attempt is inevitable and plan to flee the United States.  When do you go? What do you need to do get a visa? Where will you go? How much do you …

Before the Coup - How Not To Hide

October 8th, 2022


Practical advice and understanding for those who are considering hiding from the MAGA regime that will result if the inevitable coup attempt is …

Emmit's Corner - Blaspheme for Blaspheme

October 5th, 2022


Blaspheme for Blaspheme, Me Myself and Not I, No it Doesnt, My Lunatic Uncle, For Want of a Nail, Covenant at Gunpoint, Maybe

Before the Coup - A Declaration of War

October 1st, 2022


A new series discussing practical preparation for the coming coup.  The next four episodes involve practical advice for how to prepare based on your …

Emmit's Corner - My Octopus Lover

September 28th, 2022


If I were You, Pay to Play, Reset the Police, My Octopus Lover, Precious Bodily Fluids, Deliberations, The Trial of a God, 

Swamp Castle - Gatekeeper

September 24th, 2022


Hastur had a tough job to do, working for the Interdimensional Immigration Service determining whether witches, gnomes and enchanted teapots get into the USA (Unicorns get in automatically).  Then he is given an ominous …

Micronation - Chapter 18 - Memememememe

September 17th, 2022


Amberlove is rescued by a flood of tiny little cars that also take her on a (larger) car chase.

Swamp Castle - The Architect of Cool

September 10th, 2022


A mysterious human disrupts daily life in an alien marketplace to benefit all of humanity and the local Warden is determined to find out why.

Emmit's Corner - Turtlyng Glymer

September 7th, 2022


The Muse is Dying, Silencing Dissenters, Avoid Tongs Discord Server, Zucker Suckers, Useful Idiots, One Big Happy Beiging Games, Lover's Kiss, The …

Micronation - Chapter 17 - Meeting with the Council

September 3rd, 2022


The Meme Wars start to get ridiculous as nations begin adding surgically altered Nacroleptics to their executive retinues to protect them from Hler's …

Emmit's Corner - Ghost Fighters in the Sky

August 31st, 2022


Maybe a Miracle, Burn the World, It Almost Happened Here, Ode to Twitter Support, Here Eyes Are Obsolete, Ghost Fighters in the Sky, Poor Hobo Joe, …

Swamp Castle - Derpgod

August 27th, 2022


A worm is spared by a normal human but the worm turns and helps the human, albiet extremely reluctantly.

Emmit's Corner - The Knight of Dreams

August 24th, 2022


Poems: I have a dream, There is a difference, Good vs Evil, Meta Meta Meta, Hierarchy of Values, Knight of Dreams, War Crimes Soufle, Not Leadership

Micronation - Chapter 16 - Return to Hler

August 20th, 2022


Chester returns to find out that he has a son, and a very very angry mother and populace as he becomes a celebrity and deals with the consequences …

Swamp Castle - Castles in the Air

August 13th, 2022


Elery is chosen by the elves to learn magic among the poverty and squalor of Spielglass full of humans, but instead they treat her as a glorified …

Micronation - Chapter 15 - Planning and Execution

August 6th, 2022


Watson and Amberlove take down the Cult of Innocence by using their own paranoia against them.

Swamp Castle - Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Direwolf

July 29th, 2022


In an alternate timeline the assassin of Lincoln runs into a four legged suprise he did not expect.

Emmit's Corner - Sunbonnet Tiger

July 27th, 2022


Sometimes Words Make Me Stupid, Sunbonnet Tiger, Failure to Comprehend, Double Standard, Tiny LIttle Toy, The Insecurity Council, Patriarch Kirill, Deworming Deplatforming

Micronation - Chapter 14 - On the Run

July 23rd, 2022


Chester is on the run and decides to turn the tables to try and investigate some information on the Col.

Emmit's Corner - Two Red Wolves

July 20th, 2022


Not Ash, Two Red Wolves, Pointy Red Shoes, Joker's Punchline, Dumbo the CEO, Did You Read The Bill, Eary Edition, Maga Schizophrenia, The …

Swamp Castle - The Great Zamboni Napping

July 16th, 2022


Two girls steal a Zamboni to save their house from the bank.  All according to prophesy.  Super super super twist ending.

Emmit's Corner - Prophet's and Sundry

July 13th, 2022


Prophets and Sundry, Crumbling Marble, Cramps to Zuckerberg, The Most Dangerous Time of the Year, the Magic Mirror Gate, All Hail Lord Icecream, Poetic Worship IV - The Voyage Home

Micronation - Chapter 13 - Hallelujah

July 9th, 2022


Watson returns to the United States only to find out being Duke of Hler has....complications.

Swamp Castle - Earth

July 2nd, 2022


Mirthy is the last of his caravan to survive and now he must make his way home in hundreds of miles of hostile supernatural forest.  He discovers a secret that is not meant to be found deep in the woods.

Micronation - Chapter 12 - Old Friends, New Friends

June 25th, 2022


Watson runs into someone from Prison who REALLY REALLY wants to work for him.  There is an attack, and the consequences are deadly.

Swamp Castle - Wood of the Wyrm Tree

June 18th, 2022


Vance has been cursed with undeath until he makes up for what he took from the World Tree.  He recruits Stick to help him infiltrate an impossible fortress and take out his final target.

Micronation - Chapter 11 - Battle for Freedom

June 11th, 2022


Russia makes a move on Hler but Prow is able to see it; barely in time.   Prow and Chester have a more...permanent rupture.

Swamp Castle - Snail Summer

June 4th, 2022


Opsa lives on an isolated rural planet and her cousin Kili is sent to visit her to "build character."  After some friction the two get along but …

Swamp Castle - The Fires of Prophesy

June 4th, 2022


Nax just wants to survive the war with the Fatebinder, not be a hero.  But the Fatebinder is determined to stop the prophesy no matter what it takes and Nax might be in the way of that.  Someone is getting a big …

Micronation - Chapter 10 - Growing Pains

May 28th, 2022


Watson and Prow are back on the case, and Prow finds something that attracts his attention.  On investigation, they discover that "Klingons" are not pleased at their activities and they almost cause an international …

Swamp Castle - Jeebers Mcjosephat

May 21st, 2022


Captain Cracen is desperately trying to find someone, anyone, inside the alien city of Sundial Chicago to help him get the shield down to help him win the war.  He finds the most UNLIKELY of allies.

Micronation - Chapter 9 - A New Employer

May 14th, 2022


Chester and Prow are pardoned and hired by the very conspiracy that Prow dedicate his life to uncovering.

News of the Four Worlds - West Virginia Is An Illegal State

May 11th, 2022


In shocking news today the Supreme Court on Terra overturned Virginia vs West Virginia upsetting 150 years of Stare Decisis to Declare West Virginia and thus Senator Joe Manchin Illegal.

Swamp Castle - The Perfect Pie

May 7th, 2022


A man with a fantastical company that can search for anything the right client wants in an infinite number of worlds gets mired in a political …

Emmits Corner - The End of the Moral Majority

May 4th, 2022


Poems Include: Why is there no Rotten Tomatoes for News?, Social Media, Lazy Scammers, Germany Drops the Ball, The End of the Moral Majority, Lance of Shadows and It Happened.

Micronation - Chapter 8 - A Cunning Plan

April 30th, 2022


Prow realizes that he needs Chester's help to solve the Muffin Conspiracy and is willing to go to insane lengths to get it.

Swamp Castle - Water Changes All Things

April 23rd, 2022


The Last Colony on Mars has been out of contact with Earth for a 100 years and lives under strict Protocols...until a ship from Earth lands.

Micronation - Chapter 7 - Virtual Children

April 16th, 2022


Darla, Amberlove and Prow investigate a series of strange muffin selling "children" using drones in Europe.

Swamp Castle - Last of a Kind

April 9th, 2022


The Church of Theatrical Explosions, the last free movie theater in a conservative holier than thou USA has to defend themselves against a government …

Emmit's Corner - Dark Overlord

April 6th, 2022


Emmit Other Reads: Lazy Scammers, Social Media, Why is there no Rotten Tomatoes for News?, The Ritual, Hypothetically, Dark Overlord, Deactivated My Twitter Account, Cactus Barbie for 2024, President Charlie Brown, A …

Micronation - Chapter 6 - Mememaster

April 2nd, 2022


Chester (Watson) is in prison and volunteered for a government experiment on memes that goes berserk.  Can he stop it?

News of The Four Worlds - President Charlie Brown

March 30th, 2022


Robot 1 and Robot 2 deliver more good news from Terra! On Earth....not so much.

Swamp Castle - Gratitude Begats

March 26th, 2022


A young woman from a medical ship must deliver a set of vaccines to a dying population on a poorly terraformed hell world light years from Earth all …

Emmit's Corner - Vampires Hate New Years Eve

March 23rd, 2022


7 Poems - Vampire Hunters Hate New Years Eve, 2021 Can Die, 2022 Contract, The Stone Cutters, Happy Treasonversery, One Day More, You Must Speak the Forbidden Words

Micronation - Chapter 5 - I am Watson, I am Moriarity

March 19th, 2022


Watson sets up Prow to take a fall with a fake man from the future and a fake case.  It doesnt turn out how he thinks it does.

News of the Four Worlds - Windmill Cancer

March 16th, 2022


Donald Trump's stories about Windmill Cancer cause the podcast to give cancer on Terra so that fact is put to use.

Swamp Castle - Long Time Passing

March 12th, 2022


A lost soul isolates himself on a beacon light years away from everyone for a thousand years for love; only to find things do not work out at all as …

Emmit's Corner - Biden Gets a Puppy - A Very Special Episode

March 9th, 2022


Emmit's Corner Poems: Biden Gets a Puppet - A Very Special Episode, Finding Your Solstice Center, On a Mission From God, Live Every Day Scrooged, …

Micronation - Chapter 4 - The Dog, the Nutjob and the Potterybarn

March 5th, 2022


Watson, Darla and Quiessence go back to Alaska to figure out why soldiers on an army base and to acquire a dog.

Swamp Castle - To Define Humanity

February 26th, 2022


My Oldest Story in my Writing Career (as compared to rando stuff before that) with appropriate commentary.  1000 words so short, Drat accidently wipes humanity and has to figure out how to get it back.

Emmit's Corner - Ode to The Sex Bot

February 23rd, 2022


Team Incompetent for the Loss, Inertia of Self, Ode to the Sex Bot that Followed Me This Morning, Illegitimate Farce, Shadowbanned on Poetizer, …

Micronation - Chapter 3 - Memesync

February 19th, 2022


Our three heroes take a case in a shiny high tech unicorn start up department store to investigate why all of their customers are suddenly acting like characters out of sitcoms.  The answer may surprise you!

Swamp Castle - City of Monuments

February 12th, 2022


Washington the 23rd is determined to renew the American Empire through one means or another; starting with the destruction of the City of Momuments.

Micronation - Chapter 2 - The Case of the Cockroach Robot

February 5th, 2022


Quiessence and his Watson get another case involving a mysteriously malfunctioning combat drone and are tasked with trying to figure out why it isnt …

News of the Four Worlds - Paul Goes to Russia

February 2nd, 2022


Sir Paul McCartney goes to Russia to convince Putin to not attack Ukraine (on Terra) and needs...HELP.

Swamp Castle - Savior Unto the Last Generation

January 29th, 2022


A set of aliens want to say hello to Earth but our media of aliens scares the crap out of them.  So, in a near future dystopia they create a child to be raised by a caregiver posing as humans with amazing abilities that …

Micronation - Chapter 1 - Watson to the Nutjob

January 22nd, 2022


Quiessence Prow hires a snarky assistant to take him around the world with his bodyguard and girl Friday, Darla to solve mysteries.  The first …

Mommeries - Chapter 32 - A Ray of Light

January 19th, 2022


Josie meets and dates Skip.  Skip meets the family.  They court each other and eventually become common law spouses.

Swamp Castle - Darwin's Cellphone

January 15th, 2022


I wrote this story back in 2006, and read it and then offering a writing critique; the Spirit of the 20th Century convinces a waiter to steal a priceless fake artifact to accelerate the demise of a corrupt society.

Emmit's Corner - Both Sider Freak

November 28th, 2021


8 Poems by Emmit Other including Both Sider Freak, Modern Prophesy, Gut Punch, Crack Suicide Squad, Games Should be Fun, Defending ZZz, The …

Emmit's Corner - Tulipmania

November 21st, 2021


8 Poems including Tulipmania, Petty Karma, Arsonist by Voyeurism, Climate Rape, A Little Every Day, Debate with a Spagetti Strainer, and the West …

Emmit's Corner - Conjunction

November 7th, 2021


8 Poems by Emmit Other including:


Is that really a good idea?

To My Beloved

Saving Christmas (Again)

This Too Shall Pass

Prince Polonium


November 1st, 2021


The podcast will focus more on my writing for a few months and in this podcast I talk about past, present and future plans.

Mommeries - Chapter 31 - The Darkest Hour

October 26th, 2021


In this Chapter we cover the 80's in Denver Colorado after the divorce but before she met her life Partner Skip.  The Bitening.  Crap Jobs.  Abuse …

During the Coup - What to Expect

October 10th, 2021


In 1993 as an LDS missionary in Venezuela, I was in a 3 day coup attempt that was stopped.  I will leverage my personal experience as well as …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Epilogue: Where do we go from here?

October 3rd, 2021


Finito.  Fin.  Done.  Many episodes later, I have finished what I started and exposed and analyzed the corrupt culture of Silicon Valley and how …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - OK, Tumor

September 29th, 2021


At the penultimate episode in this series we conclude with a few things; culture matters and its the root problem of the tech companies, and that …

Saigon 2 - Electric Boogagloo

August 13th, 2021


Saigon 2 (Khandijar edition) isn't just about the tragic pending enslavement of millions of Afghani women to the truly despicable Taliban, its about …

Putin is Secretly Flintheart Glomgold

July 23rd, 2021


So we saw all kinds of scary scary articles about Russia's new fighter called the Checkmate this week only it turns out its a paper shell that may never actually get MADE because Russia might not be able to afford to …

Thank you Twitter Support!!!!

July 1st, 2021


I just want to thank Twitter Support for sending me a personalized note about their concerns about any suicidal thoughts or self harm that I or anyone else might have and that they totally don't mock mental illness or …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Uber and Lyft - Driving Ms Duncy

June 30th, 2021


Both these companies flagrantly lie about what an employee is and engaged in Phillip Morris level deception in a recent referendum in California on driver rights.  I also share two person experiences about the arrogance …

Mommeries - Chapter 30 - Separation and Divorce

June 21st, 2021


Separation, Divorce, ACT, Lockey Lawson's Funeral, Dark Days

Drunkenly Reading Different Versions of the Gettysberg Address

June 3rd, 2021


In which I read (drunk) various versions of the Gettysberg Address

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Blocking Max

May 26th, 2021


Who is @MaxNordau and why is @twittersupport unblocking them every single day when I try to block them?

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Crypto Carny Jack and the Real Reason for Twitter

May 20th, 2021


Jack Dorsey is a luke warm CEO that arguably hates his job.  So why does he do it? I make the case that the reason he stays on track on Twitter is to increase the value of Bitcoin by using the social media company to …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - The Largest Illegal Experiment in the History of Mankind

May 13th, 2021


Signing a EULA is not going to meet (I believe) APA guidelines to participating in a Psychological Experiment.  Facebook doesn't ask ANYBODY when it …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Facebook - Peter Thiel

May 5th, 2021


The worst of all facebook's crimes is Cambridge Analytica and the data it fed them and Palantir and the center of all of it and so many other data misuses of data is Peter Thiel.  This misuse leads to lax security and …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Facebook - The Worst of the Worst

April 29th, 2021


Facebook is worse than any other company in this series by four or five orders of magnitude.  Everything I talk about with evil for the other companies before or after applies to facebook.  Facebook does more harm to …

Mommeries - Chapter 29 - Israel, Egypt, College

April 25th, 2021


Chapter 29 in the autobiography of Josie Burgin Lawson.  The trip to Israel and Egypt made a huge turning point in her life where she seriously started to question the LDS church and also the circumstances of her …

Mommeries - Chapter 28 - ERA, Right to Life and the Genealogy Trip

April 15th, 2021


In this chapter we discuss her time with the Wyoming Right to Life organization, the things that she learned about it, the ERA and the LDS church at the time including a number of inconsistencies and lies that started …

Primary Manchin - Without HR1 we are Toast anyway

April 8th, 2021


The primary argument against primarying Manchin is that no other democrat can win in West Virginia.  OK...but without the filibuster there is no HR1 and with no HR1, there is no winning for democrats in Red or even …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Amazon - Walmart on Steroids

March 30th, 2021


Everything people have complained about Walmart applies to Amazon on steroids.  They treat their workers like crap (white collar and blue collar), …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Google - The Fish Rots from the Head

March 26th, 2021


Google does a much better job than the other four "horsemen" of the tech world 'keeping its nose clean' (by standards not set by lying conservatives) but it still has some problems, the most prominent of which is its …

The $ins of $ilicon Valley - Apple - The Company Store

March 14th, 2021


Just because Apple built something new and only controls HALF the mobile market place doesn't mean that it should also be able to take a cut of or …

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