Writing | mariteaux

This is a collection of my fiction/fantasy writing, stuff that formerly went on the Gopherhole and now finds a separate home here on my site. It's been a long time coming (37 years!), but I'm finally comfortable enough with all this to pursue fiction regularly. I mainly work on our group shared world, Pennyverse, but ideas outside of that slowly pile up with time.

I write a whole lot more than just fiction, if you're curious; I maintain my own blog for rambles, and occasionally infect the group blog with it too. I'm also currently working on an updated Tesserae, a site about web design.


Pennyverse

Pennyverse is the story of a coastal town of brightly colored animal people and the things their messed up heads do. Pennyverse is intended as sort of a tribute to the cartoons of my childhood, but with a character-heavy, occasionally surreal tinge to it. Caby's the other half of it, and borb helps.

I'd strongly recommend you look at the world and character pages on toyhou.se, especially given that we've rewritten a ton of it. Everything's still in early stages, plus Caby's art is just lovely to look at anyway.

Stories are listed in the reverse order in which they happened, split up by character arc (or lack thereof). Most of these are narrated by the lad in question (Seb or Colton, generally).

Seb's Arc

An angry armadillo lad looking for peace
Title Date Finished Summary
The Observer December 31, 2019 On New Year's Eve, Seb meets a strange, peaceful girl—and the peace turns out to be contagious.
Sebastian vs. the Guardian September 9, 2019 Sebastian's visited in a dream by an apparition sent to keep him in line.
Told Me So March 2, 2019 The trio arrives in Apricot Bay and find strangeness around the edges.
Darkpenny January 17, 2019 An orange kitty goes missing in an old, cruel city and leaves no trace. It's up to her close friends to find her, regardless of who stands in the way.

Colton's Arc

Abandoned guitars for abandoned raccoons
Title Date Finished Summary
Orchard Peak July 11, 2019 Colton and the Guardian eat fruit. Things get messy when the conversation drifts back to Penny and Sebastian.
Colton's Adventure September 2, 2019 Colton arrives fresh in Apricot Bay to hunt down Penny. (A proper text adventure here—you decide the ending!)

Greater Apricot Bay

Folklore and maniacs in action
Title Date Finished Summary
Classifieds October 31, 2019 Seb and Kevin travel deep in the forest to buy a computer from a cryptid.
To Exhaustion October 24, 2019 Gonzo's out for something. Blood, perhaps. The Guardian decides to tail him.
Kevin's Nachos August 11, 2019 Kevin goes looking for snacks and adventure in another dimension.
Character Shorts July 8, 2019 A day in the life of Apricot Bay's residents, told through vignettes.
Malt and Malaise Incomplete A frenzied mongoose bartender realizes what he's missing at the end of a busy shift.

Miscellaneous

These are stories that aren't tied to a greater world. One-offs, generally.

Stories

Title Date Finished Summary
The Fatal Commons Incomplete A strange library of books about people and a rather unfriendly bookkeeper to go with them. It's up to Felix to find a way out before he learns what he shouldn't.
Quiet Whispering January 20, 2020 Getting lost with the comfiest girl I've ever met. One of the things written for our first anniversary.
Eternity Together July 20, 2019 Written for my beloved forest spirit. It's horribly gay and feely, so fair warning~
Future Perfect January 18, 2016 What if you lived a fantasy world in someone else's head?