Happy Halloween Month. I’m digging this cool weather.
Big month coming up! Got my birthday, wife’s birthday, our wedding’s birthday, Drew’s birthday, Brandon’s birthday, and more people’s birthday!
Let’s get right into the neeews.
Last month I mentioned having a look back at this website’s origins, what it has aimed for, and what it has accomplished. Let’s see if I can do all this succinctly.
Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Happy Independence, fellow USAians! And Brits, too, I guess?
Been vacationing in St. Simon’s Island for the past few days. It’s probably my favorite beach on the East Crust. It’s got a small town feel but there’s still plenty to see and do. When it comes to beaches in the southeastern USA, I prefer the Gulf of Mehico over Atlantic Beatches because you can see through the water. One time I ate a brownie.
Last month I said we’d skipped Spring. I spoke too fast. This has been a prolonged Spring for us Georgians. By that I mean it’s lasted weeks instead of minutes. But temperatures are on the rise. Water levels are on the decline. This will be a hot year, they say. The hottest, they say. We’re doomed, they say.
But enough about politics.
This one’s long! If you don’t think you can fit it all in right now, just get somewhere comfortable where you can really take your time with it. It’d be a shame to get started only to bail out before completion.
Georgia has a way of skipping Spring and burning straight into Summer. I’m ok with this. I’d rather be hot than cold.
This’ll be a quick post. I have writing to focus on.
I hate spring time.
Spring might be my favorite season.
It’s warming up.
Bugs and birds and trees and squirrels are all getting happy all over the place.
Just good times.
Some friends and I were supposed to get a booth at SC ComiCon on the first weekend of April. My friends do cosplay stuff. I’d have brought books and Silexare swag. Unfortunately, we (more specifically, ALLEN!) didn’t reserve the booth in time. Oh well.
This happens a lot; I begin to write details here on the monthly update and realize I should create an entire blog post for the subject instead of trying to summarize here. So in my current story, I’m writing in the Silexare universe, on the island nation of Turesia, on the western island – Ausgan.
Details are on the blog!
Bitterseeds was great. I’d recommend it for fans of alternate history, steam punk, and science fiction. Check last month’s news for more on it.
I’m reading a book recommended to me by a friend at work. It’s called the Celestine Prophecy. Currently (about 25-30% into it) the story isn’t grabbing me and pushing me to read on. Feels more laborious than “an adventure” (as it says on the cover) should feel. It honestly feels more laborious than “literature” should feel, but I don’t think entertainment was the priority in creating this particular work of fiction.
My friend vouched for it and said he’s read it several times and learns something new with each read. I figure I should muscle through it. Give it an honest try. But, the gamboling ruffian within my heart yearns for punching and fighting and blood.
What’s next to read?
Good question. I have a lot in my “To read” pile (here’s a link to my GoodReads if you’re interested). What I need right now is a “wrapping up the final draft” book. One with amazing voice and style. Character arcs and the story in general aren’t crucial for my next read book. I’m leaning toward a Joe Abercrombie book (not that he’s lacking in story or character arc.)
Spoiler: Between when I started writing this post and this moment I went ahead and grabbed Half a King by Abercrombie, despite that Del Ray stuck a price tag of $12 on the ebook. Cutthroats.
Boyo, Firstborn, and I finally got 100% on Lego Marvel Superheroes! But Boyo still wants to play it (shoot me).
Boyo’s also been playing Disney Infinity on the Wii U. I don’t know exactly what else that game is but it’s definitely a convoluted clusterf__k. Some mystery voice is constantly telling you more things to do. There are a billion little creatures to talk to that tell you things to do. I never know if I’m in the ‘toybox’ or somewhere else. I don’t actually know what the ‘toybox’ is… Or the point of the game. You can change a little plastic figurine out to play as different characters. Whatever. Boyo’s figured out how to punch things so we’re good.
Nintendo has a bunch of older games available in the Wii U’s store. So, Firstborn and I have been playing the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (originally for SNES). This is not the first time I’ve replayed it since the days of the SNES. I kind of love it. Firstborn recommends I play Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds, for the 3DS. I’d like to. But in my mind, if I’m playing a handheld device, I should be writing on a laptop. Also, those handheld devices were intended for micro-hands.
I’ve yet to upload more Let’s Play videos to my YouTube channel. But that’s only because EDITING VIDEO SUCKS AND I HATE IT!
I mean, that’s not entirely true. I just shouldn’t have made my initial videos with elaborate thumbnails, outro animations, and on-screen handwritten text. I backed myself in a corner, straight off the rip, upping expectations from my very first vids. I should have started off plain and built up over time.
Oh well. Live and learn…
(and suck it up and finish the videos)
The song that is currently my morning alarm
One day I’ll be on my own schedule. Until then…
It’s dawned on me the first song I hear in the morning needs to be a special one. It needs to be energetic but not frantic. Something to get the blood pumping but not the head pounding. And, obviously, a tune I can hum along with. In fact, it should be a tune I can’t help BUT hum along to.
So here’s my song at this moment.
Bell of Battle – Bravely Default OST (links to YouTube)
I haven’t played Bravely Default. But Revo produced an awesome soundtrack for the game and it’s currently among my favorites.
I’d like to have posted some pics and videos of MagFest by then.
I need to be finished with the ActRaiser Playthrough. I have other games to video.
Where will the book’s progress be by then? Hard to say. Hopefully much farther along than it is now.
See you next month,
2015 is over. Time for 2016. What’s this mean for me? It means I now have four years to complete my plan of conquest and domination. By 2020 I’ll be working for myself, no one else. Never again to tuck a polo into khakis and punch a clock. Never again to sit silently absorbing frigid fluorescent light for hours innumerable. Can I do it? Sure, why not? If it works for me, I’ll let you know how I did it.
I’m excited about my story. That’s a good a thing as you can ask for when writing. Better than any amount of “spare time to write.” Because when passion is fueled a way is made.
I’m reading Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis. My friend and ASH’s editor, Jamie Cain, recommended it. It’s a story about Nazi super-soldiers and the warlocks who fight them. It’s way cooler and grittier than that summary. Each time I write about a book I’m reading, I can’t help but think: I’m terrible at reviewing books. Maybe it’s because I read different books for different reasons, and if the book serves its purpose I finish it. If not, I put it down.
Since I’m in the later drafts of my work-in-progress, I’m reading to experience a variety of styles and voices and prose and thus boost my repertoire. This book was a good deviation on what I’m used to. It has explosive action scenes, written in gripping detail, and situations that made me question the world. I’m in the last 25% of the book and it’s got me unable to put it down and go to sleep at night. Frankly, I can ask for no more.
Boyo got a Wii U for Christmas. Spec-wise, it is the least powerful of the three current-gen consoles. Some might call it the most gimmicky as well, considering you hold a small TV in your hands to play it. But Nintendo has always had, and hopefully always will, a magic that Sony and Microsoft just know nothing about. There’s just something sunny and brightly colored about Nintendo. I had gone too long without it.
Boyo, however, is still all about Lego Marvel Superheroes on the PS4. We’ve unlocked 98% of the game, including some 150 playable characters.
I’m making him some levels on Super Mario Maker.
The only blogging I did this month was in the last couple of days. It’s called Contemplating Death and it’s the opposite of sunny and brightly colored. Consider yourself warned.
Next Month / Next Year
In 2016 I’m going to publish Turesia. I’d like to write, or at least extensively plot, another story as well. This will be, unless something else comes up, a story of Giant Hunters, airships, monstrous olympics, and of course, war, war, WAR!
I’m going to finish editing and uploading my Actraiser play-through to YouTube. I don’t see me embarking on another play-through until I just have more time for it. Right now if I come across the time to edit a video, I’d rather be writing. I don’t like that I have to choose one and neglect the other. It’s not fair to would be readers of my books or watchers of my videos, despite how few their numbers.
On the subject of time, when I get of it I’m going to throw more effort into music recording, practicing at art, and developing games. But that might not happen until 2020.
See you next month