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.
Hello again. Here I
am, writing another blog post. What a weird thing to do, though I
suppose it’s something like a journal. Every week I write down what
I’m thinking about, and I suppose I could always look back upon it. I
rarely do, so maybe it’s just another thing that helps me write.
Anyway, what have I
been up to? Hrm, I’ve read another eight books since last Monday. I
think when I read ten books it was because a couple of those were of
the shorter variety, still eight is a decent number.
I formatted the
book, for the most part. The only thing that remains on that front is
to link chapters to the index. A frustrating task sometimes,
especially with the number of chapters we have in this book, at least
in the way I did it last time. I think I found an easier/quicker way
to do it this time, as last time I built a table to do it
automatically, but it was a bit janky. This time it should be a
little better looking, if not as functional.
As for the other
book I’m working on, it’s moving along at a good pace. I’ve had no
delays with it, which is nice. It grows, and thankfully I find
inspiration each time I sit down to write. I’m sure it helps that I’m
consuming books daily. It has been said, “If you don’t have time to
read, you don’t have time to write.” Well, all my free time is for
reading now, for the most part.
I haven’t really
watched anything, or at least my consumption of such things, like
anime, is way down. At least on my own. The co-author and I, when we
aren’t working on things, have taken it upon ourselves to watch a
number of anime. Dr. Stone has taken one of the highest spots for us,
but that may just be because we are both fascinated by the idea of
where one would start if you were dropped off into a new world, and
yet had the skills and knowledge from our modern society. After
watching the first few episodes we talked for several hours about
what was done in the show, and what their next steps should be. It’s
tons of fun.
Fire Force is
gorgeous, so there’s that. We’ve also been watching the remake of
Fruits Basket, and boy have they done a great job of it. I think
there’s only been one episode where we weren’t entirely enthralled,
but all I can say is that so far is Arisa Uotani is best girl, at
least for me. Former delinquent, and all around tough girl. She loves
Tohru, and is her best-friend. Her back-story is filled with emotion,
and it was quite fun to find out more about her. I am looking forward
to finding out more about her other friend Saki Hanajima, the goth
girl with psychic powers. These two are my favorite from the show. I
liked them immediately when they showed up in the first episode. Also
it doesn’t hurt that the show has great character design and
And now to this
part. I’m not sure if I have much to add to the conversation, but
there was a tragedy that happened to an animation studio. Kyoani, or
Kyoto Animation. I won’t go into it, you can look it up if you don’t
know already, but it was shockingly terrible. The reason I mention
it, besides myself being an anime fan, is because some of my favorite
shows have come from this studio. Violet Evergarden, a show that made
me cry nearly every episode, was one. And just last night I watched A
Silent Voice, a movie they made, and it was excellent. We lost many
people who worked on many amazing animations, and it’s devastating to
know they won’t be able to bring their visions to us anymore. A part
of anime is gone with this loss, and that will affect us anime fans
for a long time, not even mentioning all the family they leave
behind. There’s nothing we can do, and that’s the hardest part.
They’re gone, but I will strive not to forget, and I will continue to
enjoy what they’ve made. Thank you Kyoani.
With that sad note,
I think I shall take my leave. I continue to wish you all well, and
hope your week is filled with happiness.
Greetings to you.
I’m here, as you might surmise by the text you are reading. Now for
me to try and write something you’d want to read, or at least list
the things that are running through my head.
Today marks an
anniversary. A birthday if you will. Ten years ago my son was born.
The happiest day of my life, even with many wonderful things having
happened before and after. The wonder I felt when I first saw him,
and the crushing emotions that filled me when I first held him. I’d
never felt anything like that before or since.
That happiness and
fulfillment lasted the entire time he was with me. But as this is a
tragedy, he was soon lost to me. The details of this I relive
everyday, sometimes with such vividness that I find it hard to think
of anything else, other times with detachment, touching that memory
like a bruise, seeing how hard I can push it before it becomes too
painful. But even with how hard it was to live life after, I’m still
glad he was in my life, even as short a time as I had with him.
I credit him for my
books. I’d always wanted to write, but I’d never taken the time to do
so, other than the odd short story or idea that I’d work on in my
head, or rarely in random notebooks. I write because it’s something I
can create, and because he never will make anything. I write so that
even if he never got the chance to do anything, at least he made a
change in the world, even if it’s only me that he changed.
This is why I had
listed today’s date as a possible day for the publication of my
latest book. Even if I knew that wasn’t likely, there’s so much more
to writing than just writing and editing, but we grow ever closer to
releasing it. The cover is coming along, and the formatting should be
finished soon. But in the end, all my books are because my son was in
my life. I’m thankful that I had the chance to know him, and that
makes the pain easier for me to deal with.
We all deal with
loss differently. But we all have loss in our life. Thankfully most
of you won’t have to feel the loss of a child, and for that I’m truly
glad. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, even if I had one. But
we all lose someone we love. The only thing I can think to offer as a
means to get through it would be that no matter what, even if you
forget them somehow, they were there. Nothing can take away the past.
If you focus on the negative this is a terrible thing to remember,
but if you embrace all the good that came from it you can still
smile. Smile for all the happy times you had, and make the world
better because of it, even if it’s only better in the small corner of
the world you call home.
With that, I shall
leave you. I’m sorry it wasn’t a cheerful story to tell, though I
hope it can help a little for anyone going through loss. I’m not the
best at talking about emotions, but I wished to share in hopes that
my story might help others.
May your week be
filled with happiness, and if it’s not, then remember the good times,
and try to make the world one in which you wish yourself and others
Time for another installment of “I don’t know what to talk about.”
So this week was
filled with fun. And by fun I mean yet again a tire went flat on my
car. Yay, right? Well luckily the spare was holding air this time,
and while I did have to drive much slower on my way to work it didn’t
impede me too much. The tire was eventually replaced, though that
apparently is a hassle when it comes to getting them. They had to be
ordered specially before they could be installed. And of course the
price is always high for such things as tires, especially when you
aren’t expecting it.
Otherwise it was
just a normal week for me. I read… way too much I’m sure. Ten books
since last Monday, a bit much I think. My appetite is voracious I
suppose, which has gotten me up to 104 books read this year so far. I
wonder what my final count for the year will be. I love Kindle
So anyway, the book
is basically done, as I’ve said before. The cover is looking good so
far, though the artist is thinking of going a different direction as
the last time I spoke with them they were worried it wouldn’t look
good as a thumb nail, though I think it looks outstanding in its full
resolution. The synopsis still needs to be worked on, though I’ve run
through a few things myself. The co-author and I need to finalize
that, and maybe I can persuade them to do their own author’s note,
mine already being mostly finished. I kinda need to have all of the
written things together before I can finish up on formatting, but
it’s all almost ready to be published. However the way things are I’m
thinking August for the release now.
Side note, my hair
is growing thin… Sigh, the troubles of being a guy. I’ve had long
hair since around 2000, but it looks as though it’s about time for
that to change. Though I’ll be keeping the long beard, the shaved
head look will be upon me shortly. I hope I don’t have a weird shaped
skull underneath all this hair. But luckily I like hats, so even if I
look like some odd alien under my head of hair, a hat should hide
that. Ah, aging, why must you do this to me? At least I had a couple
of decades to enjoy having long hair, even if it was a hassle now and
again, I thought I looked good with it. Ah, to be able to be vain for
life. If only, heh. Oh well, change is the only constant.
Anyhow, I hope your
week has been wonderful, and may you have yet another glorious one.
Well hello there.
What brings you by? Oh, it’s just been another week. But wait, I have
things to tell you.
So, first off, I’m
happy to report that the book the co-author and I’ve been working on
for the last two years, and several months, is finally finished. I
should clarify, the edits are done, therefore no more of that
anymore. We still need to format, get a cover together, and work on
any afterword or such. From what I know, I believe it will be out
sometime in late July or early August. If I have my way I’d say
August 5th, for reasons, heh. Or if everything comes
together quicker than I expect, July 22nd. Sorry for the
vagueness, but the co-author and I have other things that take our
time. But don’t worry, when we can we’ll be working to make sure you
all can read it soon. It’s been a long journey, but I think it’ll be
forthcoming, but for now the Title- You Must Be Drunk-
That’ll be your
Anyway, the other
thing I wanted to talk about was my first real D&D experience.
This weekend I was invited over to my friend’s house. He DM’d, and
along with his wife, another friend of mine, and the co-author we set
out on our journey. Of course it all started in a tavern, but things
didn’t play out like I think anyone expected.
had a rat problem in the basement, a traditional first quest, and was
offering a reward for clearing them out. I, being a bard, really
didn’t feel like fighting, as I was already set up to get free room
and board for playing some music. The anti-social Firbolg cleric, the
Timid Teifling Monk, and the haughty elven wizard on the other hand
were looking for some coin. Unfortunately the Firbolg took the
request literally, and went to the basement and used his animal
speaking ability to tell the rats that they should leave or they’d be
killed by someone soon.
They rushed out in
an understandable hurry, but unfortunately for them the Elf didn’t
want to lose out on the reward, as no one was in a party yet, and
rushed after them, cutting them off with a summoned familiar, a cat,
and cast burning hands, roasting the majority of them. Thus earning
the name Chaos Angel, or Fire Elf, by yours truly, the gnome bard.
tavern-keeper was overjoyed, and rushed out to collect the burnt
bodies. Then offered us all some stew and coin as a reward. All the
while making it obvious to my character that he’d make sure I’d get
the best food and room, implying heavily that the stew he was serving
to the others was made of rat. Why was he being so friendly to me?
Well, I might be overly charming to barkeeps, and having exceedingly
high charisma didn’t hurt either, heh. I think he was on the verge of
inviting me to bed.
Anyway, another elf
showed up and tried to give us a quest to kill the mayor of a town
nearby, but none of us were really having it. Save the Tiefling, who
accepted when she was told he was a bad man and tyrant. She’s very
trusting. The Firbolg on the other hand simply wasn’t having it, and
went to bed. The Elf and I wanted to get paid first, and after some
very poor charisma rolls, we eventually got him to give us 40% of the
reward up front, which we split between us two, without letting the
For some reason
though, the Firbolg started casting spells in the night towards the
Teifling, and a disembodied voice kept speaking quietly in Infernal
to her. Which since she is afraid of her demonic nature taking over,
started scaring her into believing she was going mad. As the night
went on he kept it up, and the poor monk, who really is just a sweet
and innocent thing, blamed herself.
Thus enriched, we
went to bed, only to set off the next day towards the town. We all
decided to travel together, though none of us have yet to party up.
Arriving in town, I of course headed to the closest tavern, and set
myself up as entertainment, enjoying free room and board again, while
the others wandered about trying to figure out the lay of the land.
While that’s not
everything, that’s basically what happened. I didn’t mention the Elf
stealing the Teiflings map that she’d been working on, only to return
it and receive thanks for finding it. That Teifling really is too
innocent for this world. But yeah, it was a ton of fun, and I’m
looking forward to the next session.
It took more than an
hour before we were ready to play, even with us all rolling
characters before we arrived, but now we should be able to jump right
into it. I think this’ll be a fun campaign.
Well, that’s about
it for now. I hope you all have a good week. Until next time,
Howdy folks. I’m
back again, as usual. Aren’t you just all plum excited?
Nothing much to
report, save the co-author and I are relatively close to finishing up
our final edits. We’ll likely finish up with another session or two,
so things are right on track. Afterwards we’ll need to finalize the
cover, and format the book itself. Shouldn’t take too much, at least
formatting. It’s been mostly done as we went. Ah, and then we need to
work on the hard part, the description. Not something I can say I’m
good at. I’ll likely lean on them a bit. It’s hard for me to write
one, as I don’t want to spoil anything at all, and yet you need to
know what you’re getting into I suppose, heh.
Writing my new book
is going well. I’m a third through the first draft, for one. However,
as I write and think about this book I realized I was missing
something. Motivation. Not for myself, I want to write, but for the
characters. Now I’m not saying that I didn’t have a goal in mind for
each character, I just mean that something was missing.
While reading, which
I’ve said before I’m doing an awful lot of, I noticed that there were
emotional scenes that really got to me. As to the reason they did,
well, they were based upon what the character was going through, and
their emotional core. Heh, whoops. I seem to forget that people have
them, and was writing a logical minded individual, mostly without
emotion. The kind of person that I present myself as, at least in
public. I forgot there’s usually some emotion going behind each
action. But luckily I’m taking that into account now as I write, and
will be doing a bit of reworking on the first part of this book.
Don’t worry, the co-author made sure these emotions were taken care
of in the book we’re editing, I just don’t think to write them on my
own… I guess.
So I guess what I’m
saying is, don’t forget the emotional attributes your character will
have. Otherwise your main protagonist won’t be entertaining… or at
least they’ll be a boring emotionless robot. I got a big list of
motivations now for mine, and the side characters too. Yay me. Of
course they’ll have goals, but they’ll be set by their emotions. So
remember that. It’s important. But I’m sure you all knew that, I’m
just the weird one that tries to not let them rule me.
Um, hrm… I
finished 6 books since last week, so there is that. Not sure if that
means anything to anyone, but I think it’s neat. The only thing is
that it’ll likely get harder to find new books to read here soon,
since I finished reading everything yet another author has written.
When I try to
explain that reading, at least the way I do it, is an addiction,
anyone I talk to seems to wave it away. They mostly say things like,
“Isn’t reading a good thing? How can it be an addiction?” Well,
I’m not really doing anything else, save writing. I’m not even
watching shows I kind of want to. I wanted to finish up Jessica
Jones, and yet I’ve mostly haven’t felt the desire to. It’s not a bad
show or anything, I’d just rather be reading. But since there’s a
game I have on my phone, one that I’ve been playing for years, that
has events that renew early in the morning I tend to put up an
episode while I do my daily’s. Since I read on the phone, I can’t
read and play the game at the same time. Unless I break out the
tablet, which I’ve done a few times. Mostly I run the game and do
dishes or make some food instead of watching anything, as it only
takes a half-hour or so to work on the events.
I don’t even know
why I keep playing. I’m already max level, but there’s so many other
things to do in the game. Just in case you’re interested the game is
called Summoners War. I like the art style, and the gameplay can be
left to itself while you run around doing other things, especially at
higher levels. Took me awhile to realize that. I like it, but it
could just be because I invested so much of my time into it. I’m not
the best, but I’d like to think I’m decent… heh. But it’s mostly up
to your monsters and how you rune them.
Anyway, enough of
all that. I hope you all find something new and exciting in your
life. May you all find things you love doing, and enjoy working at
it. Have a great week.
Hello to you. I’ve
returned, and I’m here to do this blog thing. I’m sure you’re all
So the question is
again what have I been up to? The book nears the end of it’s editing,
and my other book is progressing. Everything is right on track.
Again I did more
reading. That’s mostly what I’ve done with my free time. I did watch
another episode more of Jessica Jones, and some random Youtube
videos, but mostly my nose has been in a book. Or books I should say.
I think I finished six books since last I posted, so yeah, been
really getting into reading again.
When I was younger I
remember reading only three books a week at most, and that was during
summer vacation. I think the speed in which I read has really
improved, heh. Of course that memory is from middle school, so I
guess that’s not really a surprise. And yet the years just fade away
so quickly, it’s hard to comprehend how much time has passed. Though
thinking about it more, there’s a chance that those books were
slightly longer. It’s hard to compare an actual book’s length to that
of a digital version without having the word count, or some other
means that can be illustrated.
Oh dear, I just
checked, I think I’ve read somewhere around 30 books since last
month. Oh Goodreads, you reveal my addiction to the world. I thought
I was bad last year, but I’m almost to the same number of books read
as I did all of last year. Admittedly I had a bit of a late start,
and I also wasn’t reading as much. Still, I think it’s neat.
I’m sure no one
really cares how many books I can put away, but I’m proud of it. Even
if all these books aren’t masterpieces, I’d like to think I’m
learning as I consume them. Sure, they’re fiction, but to me there’s
so much to discover in them.
First of course is
finding what I like about each one and try to put such things in what
I write. I’m always trying to improve myself, and discovering
different ways to tell a story helps that. The second is somewhat
seeing into the mind of the author. Yeah, I know, just because we
make a character doesn’t mean they are us, but it gives a glimpse
into how you perceive people, and the world, even if it’s a
Nothing else is
really coming to my mind right now. I mean I’ve been writing a weekly
blog for years, eventually I’m going to run out of new content,
especially since I live such a boring life. I generally don’t go out
and do things, partly because I work nights, the other reason being
I’m a bit of an introverted homebody.
Though I did finally
get to visit my friend’s new house this weekend. It’s a nice enough
place, though it’s vastly different from their previous home’s.
They’ve generally lived out in the country somewhere, but now they
are smack dab in the middle of a housing complex. Heck, there’s even
a home owners association. I’ve never liked that idea. My house, my
property, leave me alone. I can’t see myself living in such a place,
even if they usually don’t have too many unreasonable rules. But who
am I kidding, I live in an apartment. Plenty of rules here, though
since I don’t have to worry about a yard or what the place looks like
outside it’s less invasive than a HOA. At least here if I have any
issues I can call up maintenance and not a plumber or whatever and
have to pay directly from my pocket.
Back to my visit.
We’d talked of starting a DnD campaign, however we never got around
to it. It had been months since we’d seen each other and we had
stories to share. That and rolling up a new character takes time, so
I think I’ll suggest we make them before hand next time. Then we can
just get to it. Apparently selling and buying their new house was a
long drawn out process. Of course it was. It was a real hassle for me
last time too. But at least they got through it, and seem happy with
the new place. Though it’ll take time to get used to it, but at least
they’re closer and we should be able to see each other more often.
rambling. Maybe I’ll try to be more interesting this week so I have
more to tell, but I don’t think I can keep from reading long enough
to do that, heh. I hope you all have a good week, until next time.
Howdy to you all.
I’ve returned to report on my week… I guess.
So what has little
old me done? Well, I’ve read a few books. D’uh, I suppose to all of
you who follow along here, or over at Goodreads. Uh, what else? I
dunno, I worked, I wrote, and I edited. Just a standard week I
suppose. I guess I’m boring.
I did watch Ralph
breaks the Internet. I thought it was fine. I even could say I
enjoyed a bit of the humor, but it wasn’t outstanding. I don’t have
much to say on the matter, so I guess that’s it. I also watched a few
episodes of the latest season of Jessica Jones. Same fare as the
previous season, so decent.
The only thing new
is one of my friends moved closer to me. So what’s so different about
that? Well, his wife and him want to start running a frequent DnD
campaign. I’m excited by this. I’ve only played a few sessions in the
past, but it sounds like tons of fun to me. I’ve played many a video
game based on the rule set and universe of the Forgotten Realms, and
I’d like to try my hand at the true pen-and-paper experience. I
understand that many an author has started from such game-play. Heck,
the book I’m working on with the co-author has its origins, at least
in part, from one such game. Our protagonist, along with another
character, are based on the characters we played as. At least a
little bit. I think it’ll be fun to see what we come up with next.
Oh, another thing
I’ll share, though it’s not yet finalized, is the co-author/cover
artist is working on a new cover for my Deathship book. They wanted
to have some fun with it, and I can say it’s quite amusing. I’ll
likely change the old one, though I like the original very much. But
it’s neat to see what they’ve done. They’ll be doing our cover as
well, and have already started on it, though it’s not yet finished.
Speaking of our
book, we did do some editing, but with my sleep schedule being a
little messed up this week due to longer hours at work, and life
getting in the way as usual, we only did a small amount. Usually we
can get a few sessions in a week, but I think we only did it once. We
might work on it later tonight, but it just depends on if we have
time. There’s always something going on, and we both find ourselves
tired when we have time together. They’re part of the usual day
shift, and I’m of the night. So when I’m awake they are readying
themselves for bed, and I’m usually just getting up. Or vice-versa.
This wasn’t an issue while writing, as we’d give it over to the other
to work on as we never were working on it at the same time. Like
handing off a shift, heh.
Otherwise, my new
book is progressing at my normal rate. It looks as though it’ll be
another thirty or so weeks until the first draft is finished, unless
I get into a mood and write much more than I usually do for my
sessions. Could happen, but not likely. So on average, if nothing
changes, my books will be coming out every couple of years, as
editing can take just as long as writing a first draft due to me not
only fixing mistakes, but also fleshing out the story. Slow even by
my own standards, but with work and a life I think that’s all I can
handle without going crazy, or losing even more sleep.
I suppose that’s it
for now. I urge you to create even if you only have a small amount of
time to do so. Life will get in the way many times, but give yourself
some time for yourself. Make something, even if you never show it to
anyone else. It’s fun, and creating is its own reward. Have a great