In this week I’ve
done little of note, at least to my own eyes. Yes, I’ve read many
more books, only six this time though I’m almost done with a seventh.
As for any other thing, I finished the latest season of Bojack
Horseman. Sadly this will be the last, and the final episode won’t be
out until the end of January next year. I still love the show, so
that’s good. It also means they won’t run until the show is no longer
any good. Already the show is enjoyable upon rewatching, so there’s
Other than this, the
only thing of note was my car telling me that one of my tires was low
on air. All of them appeared fine, and I assumed it was just the
weather growing cooler making the pressure lower. Attempting to fill
them with air, and noting their pressure, all but one seemed fine.
However one tire refused re-pressuring. The nozzle didn’t let any air
in, and some escaped. At the dealership they said everything was
fine, and refilled the little amount that it needed. Still that
doesn’t help the issue of not being able to do anything personally if
it runs low. But as the years go by I’ve noted that the sensors are
rather sensitive to such things, and it makes a light appearing on
the dash not as immediately concerning. I suppose that’s better that
way as apposed to it waiting until the last moment to warn us.
Now as to the book
I’m working on, I’ve found little this week that I want to change.
Small little things such as using the wrong word here and there did
show up, but that’s an easy fix. However the story seems well in
place now. Perhaps it’s time to return to writing instead of editing,
I’ll have to see how I feel the next time I sit down to work. But as
time goes on I have started to like how I’ve written things again, I
guess it was a moment of doubt. Or perhaps it was that what I had
been reading affecting me, and making me want to try other things.
But now it all looks correct again, so there’s that.
Well, sorry for the
short post, but I can’t think of anything else to tell. So, for now,
I shall leave you. I hope you all have a wonderful week.
So this week nothing
much of note happened. The plan had been to visit and play some D&D
with my friends, but most of us were sick. Not myself of course, I
don’t do that, it’s unpleasant, heh. Okay, really I just don’t get
sick all that often, I feel bad enough when I get up in the morning
so I wouldn’t be able to tell anyway.
Yeah, I figure it’s
because I drink so much coffee that if I don’t have a bit I feel
rather grouchy and out of it. Could be something else, but this is
what I have. Also, I’m grouchy when I drink it, so maybe I’m just a
grump. Or maybe I drink too much when I do imbibe, and when I don’t
my body just needs it even more. Who can say, I’d rather not stop
drinking coffee, I love the taste, even black as I take it. I suppose
I could switch back to only drinking tea, but I burn through it so
quickly the cost would go up for me. Coffee is cheap, and my
particular desire for earl grey isn’t.
As for my reading
habit, I finished only five this week. I blame my disinterest in a
series I was able to hop back into because the later books just
became available for kindle unlimited. I had liked the first few, but
now I’m getting bored. I’ll try to finish the book I’m in the middle
of now, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue. I eventually had to switch
to something else because my mind would wander off and think about
other things even as my eyes continued to scan the page. I’m not sure
what is making me disinterested, but I just can’t seem to care about
anyone in the book anymore.
However I’m still
hopeful that I’ll reach my personal goal of 200 books read this year.
There have been moments when I didn’t feel like reading, but they
don’t happen often. The issue I’m running into is simply trying to
find something interesting to read. It hasn’t been an issue the last
few months, but here I am again. There’s so much out there, and while
I limit myself most times to those books available in the kindle
unlimited section, it can be difficult to find something that catches
my interest without being by an author I already trust.
As for the book I’m
currently working on, I’ve made it back to the halfway point, and I’m
actually quite satisfied with it. As I have said, there are little
things that I felt needed to be tweaked before I felt I should
continue, and it’s coming along nicely. I have about sixteen chapters
written already, and currently I’m working on chapter eight, simply
reworking as I go back over things. It’s taking about as long as I
assumed it would, so I guess I’m on track on that front. The
inclusion of a particular character really helps, but I’m still
thinking I need to rework the main one for story telling reasons.
They aren’t terrible, but either they need to change a bit, or have a
better foil as a companion. Real life influences aside, sometimes
personal motivations just don’t mix well. Having them be too similar,
at least emotionally just makes things too bland, at least for me.
We’ll see how things go from here.
Anyway, I suppose I
should leave now. Otherwise I’ll just ramble about things that no one
finds interesting, heh. Have a great week.
Another week has
passed, and I was able to read a few books. Only six for this week,
but I will claim it’s because the Coiling Dragon Saga books are a bit
longer than the others I usually read. However, I finished the
series, and can say it was pretty good, if a little awkward.
The strangeness I
would say comes from it being translated from another language, but
what makes it a little unpleasant is the way women are treated. While
there are relationships between men and women, claims of love and the
like, women are almost treated like property. They can become
powerful “Cultivators” as well, however if they are in a
relationship they are generally seen as subservient to their partner.
I’m not a fan of this, but perhaps others will just see it as a
cultural difference. Besides such unpleasantness the books are well
crafted, and the ending is satisfying.
As I’ve said before
I enjoy reading a book that deals with power growth, though I mostly
enjoy the beginning rather than the end of the journey. Mostly
because when you get too powerful it takes a bit of the excitement
away, especially when challenges can seem forced at that point.
However the series never felt that way to me, as each confrontation
was reasonable to the world. I won’t spoil the ending, as I think
it’s at least worth a read, but what you are left with is an ending
that fits exactly into the type of story these books were going for.
Another author I’d
like to talk about, one that isn’t in this same sub-genre, is William
D. Arand and his more explicit alternative pen name Randi Darren. All
his books are well written, and I’ve read all of them, but what makes
them more interesting beyond being fun is that they all are in the
same universe. While things take place in different worlds or the
like, you can expect to see someone from another of his series pop up
randomly. It reminds me of how Heinlein’s books at the end all came
together to form one universe, or multi-verse. While his books might
not be for everyone, they are in the harem-lit genre and can be
explicitly erotic, they at least are a fascinating look into how you
can write several series in different worlds and yet somehow make
them all apart of a larger story.
Other than this,
I’ve not done too much else this last week. I’m still going through
the current book I’m writing, trying to fix the narrative a bit. I
like what I have, but sometimes I feel like scrapping it all and
starting all over. Not because it’s necessarily bad or anything, but
I keep getting flashes of ideas. Thoughts about how else I’d like to
tell the story, and concerns about the personalities of the
characters I have being too similar. I’ve two that while not exactly
the same, might as well be with the way they talk to each other.
Luckily I have a fun one that I’ve thrown into the mix, but she isn’t
always around. I think I’ll have to work on the protagonist a bit,
and perhaps age him up. Thirteen and introverted might not be exactly
the best idea for him. I suppose I’ll decide when I get to the part I
thought needed fleshing out. I’ve mostly gone back to make sure the
previous chapters line up with the changes I was thinking of. So far
I’ve not had to do too much, but it still takes time. Ah well.
Anyway, I think I’ll
leave it at that this time. I hope you all have a great week.
Hello. How are you?
I’m fine. Oh, so yes, I’m here to write yet another blog post so
Another week has
passed, and I’ve read a few more books. I’d have read more, but each
book in this poorly translated Chinese series are fairly long. I
think it’s mostly because they repeat things rather often, for
unknown reasons. I’ve really no grasp of the original language, so I
can’t tell for sure if this is something common for them, yet it is
apparent that pronouns aren’t really a thing. Meaning they tend to
repeat an entire title of a person or place each time they are
Another thing I’ve
noticed that irritates me slightly is that the way they break things
into chapters is very different than I’m used to. Almost in the
middle of a thought they’ll randomly start a new chapter. Two people
will be talking, and all of a sudden in the middle of their
conversation it becomes another chapter. It makes it hard to find a
stopping point for reading, and lately I just try to find my own
At times I wonder
why I continue to read, and yet I find it fascinating. It can be a
little hard to follow at times, but I can’t stop. I’m in the middle
of the sixth book now, and I figure I might as well finish it. Of
course I’ve read other books that have been translated from Chinese,
but they didn’t seem to have this problem. Perhaps this is due to the
person(s) behind the translation. Again, to my eyes, I think they are
just using software instead of relying on a person who understands
both languages for this translation leading to the awkward way things
are worded. And yet, I’m coming to think of this series fondly.
I enjoy reading
stories that talk about growth, either in skill or power, and this
one certainly handles it fairly well. The issue I tend to have with
other series happens when an individual becomes so powerful that
there are no further threats, and yet they continue. Or the threats
they give seem artificial. However the way this book continues, even
after reaching the heights of power, the protagonist still has
challenges they have to face. And these challenges don’t seem forced,
it’s just they become more aware of the wider world and the powers
that reside there that are hidden from the weaker people he came
from. If it weren’t for the clumsy way it’s written I’d proclaim it a
great series, but as it is I can only call it a fascinating challenge
to read, even with the interesting things they talk about.
So as you can tell
this series must have something to it as this is yet the second week
I’ve talked about it. Though before it was mostly about the genre it
comes from. I do enjoy the genre, but now the thing that is so
charming is the way it’s written. I often bring up the little awkward
moments with Samantha. I’m sure she’s tired of hearing about it, but
I can’t stop. It’s so weird. And even if it’s not a great series I’m
getting something out of it. Perhaps if you are into wuxia and want
to read a blundering example of poor translation(my guess) give the
Coiling Dragon Series by Wo Chi XiHong Shi a read.
Anyway, I’ll leave
you here for now. I hope you all have a great week.
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.
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!