Hello everyone. Gaze
upon the glorious cover for the book.
Okay, now that
you’ve done that, perhaps you’ve guessed that the book will be out
soon. How soon? I suspect at latest next Tuesday. I say this with the
knowledge that it can take some time for Amazon to approve a
submission. At latest I think I’ll submit next Monday afternoon. So
if you don’t hear from me by then, go ahead and check my author’s
page on there and you might see it before I get a notification that
we’ve been approved.
It’s been a long
journey, and I think well worth the time and effort. I hope you all
enjoy the book, I know we do. And I think you might agree that the
cover is perfect. Once you read the book you’ll note all the
references that are given there. Ah, but heck, I’m just super excited
to finally put this out into the world. It’s some of my best work
yet, and it’s only enhanced by the tireless effort the co-author put
into it. And I think we’ve only grown more excited about writing
Though we have our
own books that we are both currently working on, I think it’s only a
matter of time before we start our next joint project. Then again, as
things stand, whatever book we write on our own will be scrutinized
by the other before we publish anything, so it’s not like we’ll ever
be without each other. It’s wonderful to have someone to rely on,
especially when they know what they’re doing. So thank you Samantha
for being with me since the beginning.
With that, I’ll
leave you here. I hope you have a wonderful week, and look forward to
You Must Be Drunk coming to you soon!
Hello you. It’s yet
another week into the year, and things are grand.
So first up, as I
think quite a few of you are interested… maybe. The book cover is
completed! Now for the hard part… yet another hard part. We need to
work on they synopsis. I’ve a few ideas, but I need to iron them out
with the co-author. So it looks like we will get this thing out
before September rolls around. I’m quite happy with the cover, and
I’ll let you all see it before I submit the book for publishing, so
Other than that,
what else can I talk about? Oh, I know, we watched the new Zim movie,
Enter the Florpus. It was like no time had passed, and it truly
stands with the original series. As a long time fan it’s always nice
to see something new from Jhonen Vasquez. The animation is better,
and only one character design wasn’t quite what we were used to, but
it wasn’t distractingly so. It was awesome to see Zim and Dib back up
to their old antics, and it was an entertaining watch. Any fan of the
show will be pleased with this new offering, however I would say
anyone new to the show might not quite get it. If you’ve never seen
Zim I highly recommend watching it, but start with the series first
before you get to this movie. You won’t be disappointed.
Another thing I did
was finish watching the little series by Defunctland(DefunctTV) about
Jim Henson. I finished the 6 part series late last night. It of
course ended with the death of the creator. A sad but hope filled
retrospective. It’s probably why I’ve been so obsessed with the
recollection of The Storyteller series recently. I had many a long
talk with the co-author about our favorite episodes, and the stories
they told. I don’t know why, other than it’s a great story, but the
one called The Soldier and Death always stands out to me. Before we
watched the Zim movie we watched it along with a friend who had come
over. I think it’s safe to say we all enjoyed it. It doesn’t
hurt(wink) that John Hurt was the storyteller in the first season.
Otherwise I’ve just
been reading and writing. I’m up to 136 books for this year. As to
writing, I’m almost to the halfway point in the first draft. It’s
coming along nicely, though there are times it gets a little hard to
fill in the blanks between story beats. That’s always the case for me
though. Guiding these characters to specific points I want them to is
like wrangling cats at times. One character in particular seems to
just grab on to whoever is around and force them to do what she
wants. At least she isn’t always around to do so, otherwise I might
not ever get this book done, heh.
Anyway, I shall
leave you here today. I hope you all have a great week, and look
forward to You Must Be Drunk coming your way soon!
So first off, just
to get it out of the way, I shaved my head. If you don’t care about
that sort of thing, go ahead and skip ahead because I’m gonna talk
about this for a little bit.
I had long hair. I
began growing it out years ago, and after twenty years of having
enjoyed such things it is now gone. Had it never grown thin I’d
probably just let it keep growing, but age has its price. As is
normal for my family, eventually the baldening began to happen. So,
not wanting to go for the Benjamin Franklin look, I shaved my head.
There is nothing quite like a shorn…. oh wait, no. Um, it feels
wonderful. No longer does my hair snag on everything, nor do I have
to worry about brushing it out, let alone taking forever to wash and
condition. However it does take time to shave. I’m still undecided if
I’ll ever let any hair grow out again, but now I look like a rather
tall dwarf with my long beard, heh.
The downside is that
my head feels cold. Not too much of a problem during summer, but it
does make sleeping with the a/c on rather interesting. I tend to pull
my head under the covers now, and it tends to help. That and I
“think” I’m sleeping better. I still don’t feel rested until I
get some coffee into me, but that may just be my addiction to
Oh, yeah, and now I
have a new habit, I rub my head constantly. I love the way it feels
right after shaving. So smooth! Heh, when it comes in a little it
also feels nice. Like sand paper against my fingers. I’m convinced
I’m sanding down my finger prints doing this, but I can’t help it.
I’m not sure they
read this, but I will mention something else. I have a knitted cap
that someone made for me years ago. I think I received it for
Christmas. I’ve been wearing it every time I write, or when I’m cold.
Now it functions as my hair, keeping my head warm. I call it my
thinking cap, heh. So a very big thank you to them. I hope it lasts a
long time. I’d feel lost without it, as it’s a part of my writing
process, and now it replaces my hair, at least around home.
So anyway, I played
some more DnD this weekend. Sigh, we got into another fight while
trying to rescue a tavern owner’s son. He’d been kidnapped by
goblins, and our group attacked. And by our group, I mean everyone
but me. I was going to, but I was afraid one of them would turn
around and bash my head in.
So, we got to a
clearing, and several goblins surrounded the kidnapped dwarf. The
Teifling and Elven Wizard went out ahead to look at a boulder that
was hanging dangerously over the group. The Firbolg at this time
decided he’d cast a spell that made him look like a tall goblin and
walked forward to confront the ones holding their hostage. I asked
him to wait while I used my disguise kit so I’d look like a goblin as
well, but he ignored me. While I applied my make up and outfit, he
confronted them. Not knowing how to speak goblin, he acted
unintelligent using grunts and dim-witted expressions. They lept at
him, attacking the unknown goblin before them. He easily killed two
of the three, while the tiefling killed two, and the wizard cast
burning hands, as she is wont to do. The ones not killed ran away,
but not before pushing the boulder down at the dwarf and firbolg. He
picked up the hostage, and ran away, while I took off my disguise,
again afraid I might be attacked. Unsure if we were going to be
attacked I cast inspire at the Firbolg, and sang “Carry On My
Wayward Son” to everyone’s amusement, but to no point, the fight
The party came back
together, all the while the dwarf mistook the firbolg as a golem of
some type, and me as its master. I went along with it. It became
apparent this dwarf was annoying, as he kept asking to join our
group, and saying the dumbest things. I decided I’d just play some
music to shut him up, and it worked.
Once back in town we
delivered him to his father, and were rewarded. The other three
decided to turn in the ears they collected for a reward and went to
the town hall. I stayed behind to flirt, but once the woman I
targeted began to talk I realized how crazy her eyes were, and
decided against it and went back to share a drink with the tavern
The other three
turned in their ears, got some gold, and were making ready to leave.
That is when a man came out and asked them into his office. Trying to
be subtle he asked for their help to kill his supervisor. The
Tiefling being the good and innocent person she is called out,
shouting that the man was trying to kill someone. He made his escape
out the window as the guards came rushing towards the group.
They were praised
for their loyalty, and were ready to leave. Unfortunately the elven
wizard decided she’d try to loot the room of the would-be assassin.
While everyone was turned away she re-entered the room, and found a
chest. Apparently overcome with greed, or simply wanting to find
knowledge about the assassin, she had found a chest and tried to open
it. Using a pen she found she attempted to unlock it. It failed
spectacularly and loudly exploded alerting everyone to her presence.
Now, in this town
there is a rule. The rule is if you break a law you are to be
executed. She had been found trying to steal, so she was about to be
taken away to prison, and was facing death. This stumped everyone
there for quite awhile. They didn’t want to die, so the Firbolg
Cleric decided he’d try something, and shouted to the room that she
was possessed by a demon, and attacked her with a spell. Eventually
causing her to pass out, he then claimed the demon was gone. Now the
whole town thinks there are demons running around possessing people.
In the end everyone
returned to the tavern for sleep. I noted the passed out Elf, and
asked what happened. I was told she was possessed by demons, and
remarked I wasn’t surprised. Her use of burning hands for no reason
other than to kill things for no reason before obviously not
something a person would do if they weren’t possessed. Now only the
Firbolg and Elf know she was never possessed. And that was it for the
evening. Another fight, and I do nothing but stand in the background,
and everyone else does things. Ah well.
And that is it for
this time. I hope you all have a great week.
Hello to you all.
I’m back once more. Isn’t that just nifty?
Well today is my
birthday. Good for me, I made it through yet another year. So how do
I celebrate the anniversary of my birth? Uh, I don’t know. I’ve
nothing planned. I’ll probably read a book or something, that tends
to be what I do these days.
Speaking of reading,
it was another week where I read 10 books. Yay me. It’s nice that I
feel like I’m accomplishing something when I read, and I do like how
the time flies right by when my nose is in a book. Makes the days
pass easier. I don’t feel this way when I watch a show, for some
reason, maybe it’s because reading engages more of my mind, rather
than the passive way a show can be watched. I have to imagine all the
things described as the words scroll by, instead of being spoon fed
everything. I don’t know my dudes, I enjoy it. You all can enjoy
whatever else takes your fancy.
Here’s your update
for the new book. Everything is completed… but the cover. The
artist keeps making different ones, or at least the beginnings of
ones, but hasn’t been satisfied by any of them. Me? Yeah, I don’t get
to give an opinion of them. I’ve only seen a couple at the starting
phase. I like them, but what do I know? I’m not an artist. Just to
clarify a bit, the artist is also the co-author, so it’s no wonder
that they want to make it something to be remembered, so it’ll take
them a little more time. I’m still hopeful for an August release, but
it won’t be today like I’d thought. I could try to make a cover, but
no one would be happy about that. I’ve got a middle school talent for
drawing, so unless you all want something terrible we’ll have to wait
Hrm, what else? Um,
I got some Dungeons and Dragons related things for my birthday. A
large deck of spell cards for a bard, a starters set, and a stack of
character sheets. Which makes me well prepared for my next session
which should be coming up shortly. I’m really looking forward to it,
though I think the first part of that night will be trying to figure
out how to level my character. We all got just enough points to make
it to our next level, and while I have an app on the phone that
“could” level me up, it isn’t working correctly. So manual pen
and paper it is. Luckily our DM is helpful in all regards to us
beginners. Though he stated when we finish this campaign he’d like
someone else to DM so he can play. He’s never done anything but DM,
and well, that doesn’t seem fair if he wants to do something else. I
don’t think I’d want to DM, so it’ll probably fall upon my other
friend. He’s rather taken with DND right now, and has a knack for
storytelling, so it’ll at least be interesting to play what he comes
And I think that’s
about it for now. I should have something else for us all next week
to talk about, but right now I haven’t done much. At least now with
DND I’ll have something to report at least once a month, look forward
to that soon.