MagFest was freaking glorious. This will not be my last trip. Too much fun. So much fun, in fact, that it makes returning to the analog world a bit difficult.
But here we are. Not time to retire just yet.
Check out the pic-centric blog I posted about MagFest HERE.
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
NaNoWriMo is over. Did I write 50k words? Heck no. Far from it. But I made significant progress.
So here are some pictures from my Athens, Ga book-signing in October (links to my Facebook page). Enjoy!
I’m officially done with the current draft of the first third of Turesia. And yes, that’s as simple as I could phrase that. Here’s a breakdown:
What has been accomplished?
- The story has a beginning, middle, and end, with motives and arcs for all significant characters.
- The system of magic, Consonance, is complete and so is the job class hierarchy.
- The map is fleshed out, as is the story’s central theme, and the backstory.
What is left to be done?
- Research Hawaiian flowers, fauna, ancient history to enliven garb, medicine, food, and custom. (I actually made significant progress on this yesterday)
- Capture a theme in each individual scene. Select and order words in a method that makes the book unique and delightful.
That’s no small task for me.
While we’re on this subject of writing, I just can’t proceed without mentioning some music I’ve been listening to on repeat while writing. If you’re into cello music, give it a listen. A fellow named Sebastian Freij took some songs from a SNES game and turned them into olfactory gold. It is superb. This is not the last time I’ll mention this. Here is the playlist on Youtube. And here’s its home on OverClocked Remix, where you can download all the songs to have for your very own.
I read Fight Club. This was long overdue, considering it’s one of my favorite films. I’m interested to know how different it would have been to experience the book before the movie, considering the infamous plot twist.
It’s very unique writing. Gritty and personal. I apologize for not having a formal review. I’m not the best at reviewing books. I’d rather just discuss them.
I’m currently reading Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia (which, as of this writing is free for Kindle). It’s cool so far. Lot’s of guns and tactics and undead. Also, Monster Hunter International (MHI) is adequately distinct from the Giant Hunters of Silexare (the Noble Army). I needed to make sure of this before I continued creating them.
I have several other books I’m reading less actively. Go to my Goodreads page if you’re interested to see what. I’m down to talk about whatever I’m reading so hit me up! Add me on Goodreads and we’ll do all the cool things people do on Goodreads… I’m not really sure what that entails. I just use it to keep up with my books reading / read / to read.
I can’t buy Fallout 4 yet. I’m afraid it will derail my productivity.
I’m still playing Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. Patiently awaiting Afterbirth to release on PS4. I kind of love this game. Also I’ve been playing Marvel Lego’s with Boyo (who is 4). It’s a fun game and very educational for someone like me, who doesn’t know crap about super heroes (it’s just not my thing).
You know what I’d love? I’d love it if Duck Tales: Remastered released on PS4. But if it doesn’t, it’s still a game I’d like to buy on Steam and record and upload to Youtube. The original for the NES was great.
Speaking of posting videos, there are now four videos in my ActRaiser playthrough! Check ’em out! (links to Youtube, dur)
One blog post this month. It refers to the pros and cons of the print-on-demand company IngramSpark. Niche audience for this one; writers who are looking for a printer and are probably self published.
I want to have this book ready for alpha readers. I want to have several more ActRaiser videos posted to Facebook.
I hope you guys have a good holiday season.
Talk to you in January.
No shave November!
This works for me because I hate shaving!
This works for me because I need to be writing anyway. I’ve been doing a good job of averaging 1,500 words a day lately. The struggle is to keep it up until completion. *chuckles*
It’s Halloween month. I love spooky crap. My wife doesn’t. But Boyo does. And so does Firstborn. I am not alone!
For the first time since I can remember, I’m almost glad to see summer go. Glad to think about it cooling off. Maybe because this summer was so hot. I didn’t go kayaking nearly enough. The thought of snow is almost welcome.
This has been a long month. And not because of anything I’d consider to be productive.
Trials and tribulations, more like.
Therefore, instead of news, I’m uploading a bit of nothing.
If there’s anything I’d like to communicate to you this month it’s this,
Don’t let them get away without hugging them or telling them you love em.
(10/1 – I’m editing this to include this link to a relevant blog post)
I’ve been writing a good bit. At this moment (day, week, month, year), that’s what matters. You’ll notice a lack of content from the blog, FB, Twitter, and the Compendium. That’s because those distract me. I’m busy with what matters. The steak. Fixin’s can come later. If it’s not for actual published novels the blog, FB, Twitter and the Compendium are all pointless.
I’ve had a breakthrough with Turesia (current story in progress). Certain aspects of the plot weren’t working. I didn’t like our protagonist. He was frightened and, frankly, boring. I didn’t like our antagonist. His motivations weren’t realistic. He felt cliche-wizardy. I wasn’t in love with the magic system, largely because it wasn’t definable enough. It was too hocus-pocus. Too “Expeli-plot-us.” Too “You shall not pass.”
But I’ll be gorram’ed if I didn’t have a brainial breakthrough and discover Consonance.
I can’t wait to show you.