Greetings to you
all. Again I return to write a post.
So, another week
passes, and here I am at a loss as what to speak of. So instead of
hunting for ideas I’ll just speak about my week. Heh.
Well, last week on
my second scheduled day of writing I woke up with a migraine and felt
rather ill. Instead of getting up and beginning to write I lay abed.
Hence no additional writing was done. However in the days after I was
able to ponder what I felt was missing from my book. It led to
several ideas, and instead of simply continuing the story as I’ve
usually done, I’ve gone back to make some changes. This will likely
be an endeavorer that will take a couple of months to rectify before
I can begin to continue the story. However I have high hopes that it
will make the book that much more entertaining to read.
Other than that I’ve
discovered another genre of books that I enjoy. They are still
considered fantasy, but this sub-genre is called Wuxia. Though I’ve
heard it also called “Cultivator” by others, the two aren’t
mutually exclusive. It takes martial arts and mixes it with fantasy.
It tickles the martial artist in me, and my enjoyment of old kung-fu
movies. My favorite part of such stories is the same that I was
getting from lit-rpg. That being the thrill of a person getting
stronger and learning new ways to use that power.
That all being said
I’m currently in the third book of a series that was translated from
Chinese. Poorly. It’s simply awful how badly it’s written. To me it’s
like someone used Google-translate or something and just published
it. Even through all the horrible grammar and constant silly use of
words I’m still having a good time. Weirdly, it’s really helping me
discover what I enjoy about this genre. I’ll likely continue, even if
I think it’s so poorly written. I hope it’s not as terrible in its
original language. In the end it’s like enjoying a bad movie. Sure
it’s terrible, but it’s a ton of fun. I honestly can’t give them good
reviews given how poorly they’re written, but I can’t stop reading
Well, that’s about
all I have to say this week. Nothing much else has happened in my
life, I’m simply reading more books and trying to get a handle on
fixing up my new book before I continue.
Hello there. Here I
am with yet another one of my weekly posts.
So, I’m not sure
what to talk about, but I’ll try. I’ve been writing this current book
for a little while, and while I think there’s some great stuff going
on I feel like I’m not doing as well as I did with You Must Be Drunk.
I think the real reason is that I’m not having as much fun. There was
humor behind even the most serious idea in that book, but currently
I’m writing everything straight. I think it might be time to have
some fun with it.
A few weeks ago I
did write something amusing, to my mind, and it was fun for me. But
the next time I wrote I just went back to writing just the story. No
flair, no fun, no anything that couldn’t be just the story. Also I
think I need to rely on more time skips, instead of writing
everything that a person does in a day. Yes it adds a bit more to my
word count, heh, but it isn’t necessary. I’ll probably be getting rid
of a lot of that when I start editing the draft, but really it’s not
important to the story.
I don’t know why I
do this. It’s something that we were able to avoid with the last
book, and time skips happened more frequently. Meaning you don’t need
to hear about every meal, or if you do it doesn’t have to be more
than a line or two. I think it’s an issue with the way my mind works,
I need to know all the steps, so I write them all.
Sometimes it feels
like there are many things I want to say, and I have everything
worked out in my head, but when I sit down to write my brain just
goes blank. Then I just write random things based upon what I vaguely
remember. It’s frustrating. Perhaps I should find a way to write when
I have these ideas. I’ve done it before. Mostly I write an email to
myself with a scene or idea in the past, but I’ve not done much of
Maybe I’m just
getting bored. Not with the idea of the book, I still very much like
it, but with myself. I think I’m rather uninteresting, even if some
eventful things have happened in my life. Yet I cannot seem to get
worked up about anything. I’ve noted when I’m angry I write better,
maybe I should find a way to illicit that emotion before I write. It
That’s what I think
I’m missing. Emotion. I’ve been able to put a bit of that in the
story thus far, but now and again I’m just void of any feeling, which
makes the story humdrum. Or maybe that’s just me, and I can’t feel
anything at the time. Heh, I guess I’m just devoid of much feeling
most of the time. Or perhaps I’m just down right now. It’s hard to
tell. When I’m down I tend to forget how I feel at other times, nor
can I really read what I’ve written as anything other than bland. I’m
sure the anniversary of my son’s death isn’t helping me.
Sorry that this
week’s post is not a happy thing. Rambling about my problems helps me
a bit, and maybe it’ll help others. I’m doubtful, but hopeful.
Anyway, I’ll leave you here. I hope you all have a great week, and remember to check out my latest book I wrote with my wife.
Hello to all of you.
I’ve returned, as is made plain by this post.
So what have I been
up to this week? Well I attended another session of D&D. Fun was
had, but I do think my character suffered greatly, and may have
become a bit unhinged.
So after gathering a
few supplies from the town, my little gnome borrowed a crossbow from
the Firbolg. Now the group set out to hunt goblins in a cave, in the
hopes that they could clear it out.
After a short ride
on a wagon that someone was using to transport goods to town and back
home, we found the cave. There were several crows eating the corpses
scattered about the entrance, and the teifling decided to try to make
friends with one. She rolled a natural twenty, and it became her pet.
A vanity pet, not something that helps in combat, but it rests either
on her shoulder or in her antlers now.
Because my gnome had
antagonized the Firbolg, he cast a spell on me. I now glowed, and he
picked me up to use me as a lantern. The gnome thought it was funny,
so let it happen. He apparently likes being carried. It makes a bit
of sense, his legs are too short, and likely gets tired easily trying
to keep up with the larger folk in the group.
Of course stepping
into the room, while playing a song, goblins spotted him. He tried to
persuade them that he was just a lamp, but of course that failed and
they shot him a few times with their bow. Since my gnome is the
weakest character they chased after him, even as the others tried to
guard me. I healed myself a bit, and the elf, firbolg, and teifling
all set about destroying all the goblins easily. I tried to help, but
I failed to do any damage with my crossbow.
Onwards! The elf
scouted ahead to look for traps, and we found a number of them.
Spikes launched from the ground each time, but since the Firbolg
decided to carry the corpses of the goblins he just threw them on top
and we were able to get over them without injury.
Soon enough we found
another room. This one was filled with goblins and kobolds. Well, not
good for me. The goblins of course would attack me first even if
there were others in the way since I’m the weakest, and the kobolds
would do the same, since they hate gnomes. Yay fun, I’m going to take
Since I’m a bard, I
cast inspire. And the others took care of the room, while I attempted
to use my crossbow again. Luckily, after a kobold was already
weakened by someones attack, I was able to kill it. Everyone else did
huge damage, good rolls, while I ran away until I couldn’t be hit
again. I’m not built to tank.
After the fight, my
gnome decided he’d leave, but wound up being too afraid to go on his
own. Since the others wanted to continue, he was given no choice but
to stay. The Firbolg took the corpses and stuffed the stairwell at
the end of the room to make sure nothing would attack us from that
direction. There was a hole in the middle of the room, so we went
back and grabbed a door to place atop it.
Taking a long rest
to heal our wounds, we settled about. My gnome was too frightened to
lay down by himself, and the tiefling took pity on him and allowed
him to sleep in her lap. When waking up I heard what I took to be a
voice coming from the hole in the room, and upon inspection we found
someone claiming to be a wizard.
The rest of the
group decided to get him out, but my gnome was suspicious, and
frightened. As he talked, someone asked if he had a spell book. He
said yes, and for some reason my gnome decided we needed to get it
away from him. Maybe to help them not die, maybe to stop the wizard
from attacking them, and so he stalked forward and pulled his dagger.
Aiming it at the wizards kidneys he demanded the book. The teifling
seeing the situation was about to come to a fight, she grabbed me and
pulled me away to try to calm me down. She said I could ride on her
shoulders, so I did, but I pulled my crossbow and rolled intimidation
and rolled a 19. Thus threatened, he gave me a book, and I gave it to
the elf in hopes she might be able to use it. It didn’t give her any
further insight. Oh well.
The firbolg lifted
the wizard, and we decided to head down the stairs, only to find
another room filled with goblins. The wizard seeing he was about to
be attacked, as he was being held in front of all of us, cast a spell
that caused an illusion of whatever the goblins feared most. They all
ran away, though the elf was able to kill one of them.
Letting the wizard
go now, the elf was able to charm him enough to get his autograph,
and the location of where he would be later.
Noting another door
at the end of the room, and after I cast Inspire again, the Firbolg
rolled for sneaking, and was able to enter the room unnoticed. Then
casting Thunderwave he killed two of the three goblins there. The
leader was much weakened and started pleading for his life, offering
to work for him. This wasn’t persuasive enough for the group, and he
was easily dispatched by the elf.
We gathered and
separated the loot, this was it for this little area. We were much
richer, though the gnome is now scarred by this adventure. He never
wanted to do anything but play music and enjoy his life in taverns.
He desperately wants to get out of here and drink something strong.
But that’s were we
left off. We killed a bunch of monsters. Intimidated a prisoner, and
freaked out the gnome. All in all a fun time. We’ll see if someone
can convince the gnome to go out adventuring again.
I’ll say this is how
I remember it, but I’m sure I’m missing things that the others in the
group remember. But that’s just how it is, we tend to remember things
differently, or mostly from our perspective.
Anyway, I’ll leave
you here. I hope you all have a great week, and remember to check out
my latest book.
You Must Be Drunk is
published and ready to purchase. I’m happy to see several have
already done so, and I look forward to hearing what people think.
It’s the best thing I’ve written to date, in my opinion, and also the
longest I’ve taken to work on a book. So hopefully it shows and you
all enjoy it.
So what else is
going on with me you might ask? Uh, I dunno. I watched the first
couple of episodes of The Dark Crystal. I liked it, but if I were to
have a complaint I find it a little slow. Don’t get me wrong it’s
entertaining, but I found myself doing other things while I watched.
That could just be down to having drank a couple of cups of coffee
before hand. That tends to make me a little more irritable and
distracted, unless I’m focused on writing.
What I’m really
enjoying lately is a couple of anime. They work in tandem in a way,
though one really is a weird mix of perviness and inventiveness. Are
You Lost is something of a mixed bag. A group of girls are stranded
on an island. Partial nudity and perverted shots abound, but that’s
not why it’s worth watching. One of the girls is a survivalist, since
her father was into it and trained her since she was young. Watching
her explain things to the others is what makes it worth your time.
I’ve learned several things I wouldn’t have thought of about living
off the land.
The other anime that
works in tandem with it is Dr. Stone. Our modern world is suddenly
swept with a curse, or something, that turns everyone into stone.
Thousands of years pass and eventually a few people are freed. The
world has changed, of course. One such person freed is a scientific
minded young man. He wants to bring our modern conveniences back, and
each episode goes into detail about his inventions and the like. It’s
quite enjoyable, and I find the episodes go by quickly. Watching both
I learn something each time, and interestingly certain things that I
learn in one play into what the other does. Such as with lightning
rods. I won’t spoil it, but it was fun to see what each one did. I
will say watching both has lead to long conversations with Samantha,
and we are always excited to watch the next.
I’m of course
watching other anime, as is my want, but nothing else is as
entertaining. However my reading lust might be overshadowing my
enjoyment. Instead of watching several episodes of anime when I get
off work I tend to read. It might be why I’m sleeping better, as I
can more easily find a stopping point rather than waiting for an
episode to end. Of course sleep still isn’t perfect, likely due to
the time I am in bed. That being the day time.
I’ve read seven
books since last week, and I’m up to 157 books for the year. We’ll
see if I make it to 200 by the end. I’m not sure why I’m aiming for
it, but it gives me something to work towards. I like giving myself
little goals, and this one seems doable. It’s how I get any writing
done as well.
Each time I sit down
to write I make sure I get my word count for the day, and the book
grows. Speaking of which, I’m more than halfway through the first
draft. As expected I got discouraged, especially as I compare my own
writing with things I read, but as is the case, the next time I sat
down to write those worries disappeared and I was able to continue.
My advice to writers, or to other creators, don’t give up. Just keep
pushing. You may not think it’s perfect, but nothing is. But the more
you do something the better you get.
Anyway, I’ll leave
you for now. Remember to give You Must Be Drunk a try. I don’t think
you’ll be disappointed.
Welcome one and all.
Today is the day. That’s right, You Must Be Drunk is published.
Well, it’s being
processed for publishing. It takes awhile. It’s my fault really that
it isn’t exactly available as I write this. I could have started to
put it up last night, but I hesitated. I wanted to give Samantha time
to put any changes in place, or add things. She didn’t, so I suppose
that was just me being hesitant as it’s not just myself who is
responsible for this book.
Likely the book will
be ready to download in a few hours after I put this blog up, though
perhaps if we’re all lucky as soon as I hit publish on this it’ll be
available. Wouldn’t that just be my luck, I’m complaining about
myself being hesitant, and in the end it isn’t even noticeable to
Anyway, here’s the
Midgard, a land made by the Norse Gods, filled with legendary heroes and monsters. A realm where the brave can carve their name into the pages of history.
Sig, the wandering drunk, has no such ambitions.
His tale begins in a
tavern, as most good stories do. Begging the locals for a drink, he
finds himself seated across from a strange, smiling man. He speaks of
a wondrous drink, the rainbow mead of the Gods. Enticed by the
bounty, Sig undertakes the quest for the perfect brew.
Heading out into the
fantastical world of old Norse lore, lacking in supplies, skills, and
good sense, he stumbles his way through the realms of Yggdrasil.
He’ll drink with fairies, elves, dwarves, magical beasts and Gods
along the way, traveling to the end of the universe to find his
With that, I’ll leave you. Take a look at the book, and if it sounds interesting, give it a read. I’d love to hear your reaction! Have a great week.