Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

First of all, I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and a happy New Year's Eve celebration.  Mine was okay, and I'm kind of glad it's all finally over.  The week of Christmas was busy, which included attending a wedding the Friday after Christmas.
I've been thinking about what I wanted to do about this blog, but I think I will keep working on it, even  if my posting is infrequent.  I don't want to make any promises, or write about any ideas I have, because that seems to doom them to oblivion.  So I plan on keeping any plans I have a secret, until I can implement them.
2013 was another dry year as far as gaming goes, but I remain optimistic for gaming in 2014

The Half Price Books near me closed last year, as well as the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the mall.  Rumor has it that Half Price Books intend to open a another store in the city, but somehow I doubt it will be close to me.  Oh well...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NaNoWriMo A Success!

Last night I exceeded the 50K word count goal for NaNoWriMo so I'm happy.  I was so engrossed in the writing that I never considered that I wouldn't reach the goal.  I never had any trouble with writers block, because of some advice I read, which was, 'Write what you would want to read.'  Which is great advice. I had a blast working on this novel, so it never seemed like work.

Most days I probably only wrote for a maximum of three hours, sometimes less, and I never had a problem reaching the word count goal.  If I had tried I could have probably reached the 50K a lot sooner, but that wasn't the point of my first attempt at NaNoWriMo.  All I wanted to do was reach that 50K mark by the end of the month. The fact that I reached it early is icing on the cake.

Of course the novel still needs work.  In fact, I'm sure I'll write many more words for it, but I've got a great start on the first draft. I've got a beginning, alot of middle and an ending.  Now all I have to do is flesh it out.  From what I understand about this process, that's what NaNoWriMo is mostly about.

The working title of my novel is, The Mozaic: Shattering the Veil.  It's a fantasy, but there are no elves, or dwarves, orcs, or other such fantasy races.  There are lizardmen, and Saurians, but the rest of the races are intelligent animals.  There's also magic, because what's a fantasy novel without fantasy?  Well, I guess it would be a fantasy novel without magic.

Anyway, me am running out of good words.  So until next time Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NaNoWriMo Update

My first attempt at NaNoWriMo is going well. As of last night, my total word count is 35,052 which puts me a couple of days ahead of schedule. So far, I haven't had any trouble with writers block, or any trouble motivating myself to write. If anything the opposite is true. I have to get up, and do other things, otherwise I might write all day.

I can't let other things go by the wayside. I also have trouble with what I call the idea dust bunnies. I came up with the name after learning about plot bunnies at the NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at the public library.

 Idea dust bunnies are ideas that come to you as you work on a project, but you don't have a place yet to fit them in. So they pile up, like the literal dust bunnies under your bed. There kind of annoying because I want to use them, but I just don't know when or how I will.

One of those ideas is a flower I came up with, it's called a Skull Blossom. When it closes up at night it looks like a human skull. I thought it was a good idea, but really didn't have a use for it in the novel. So one day I just started writing a section with a herbalist tending to his garden, and one of the things he does is cut off some of the Skull Blossoms to use as a healing herb. Then he sat and watched as they closed up for the night. The bonus of writing the section is that I also came up with a new, quirky character. One idea leads to another, and another... an idea cascade, or I guess an idea avalanche.

I had told one of the other writers at a Write In about the idea, and she thought it was cool. So the next Saturday at the Mid-Way Party,she asked me if she could use it in a book she is writing. Of course I said it was okay, and she wrote my full name down. So I will get credit for the idea. I really like the idea of Skull Blossoms being in more than one book.

So far NaNoWriMo has been a great experience. It's been really motivating going to the Write Ins, updating my word count on the website, and just meeting other writers. In fact I've gotten so many other things done since I started the novel. I don't sit around watching a lot of television. I'm getting things done! The sad thing it only lasts for the month, so I will probably look for a writers group to get involved in.

Once I finish the first draft, I'm not sure what I will do with the book. I thought about self publishing, probably first in an eBook format, but that's still a ways off. If I can find a publisher great if not, it's not that big a deal. I'm basically writing something I would want to read. That's probably why it's been so easy. The first draft is going to need some polishing, and I will need to make it longer. 50,000 words is a short novel.

On a side note, I finally came up with a somewhat better title:  The Mozaic - Shattering the Veil.

Well, that's all for now. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 4, 2013


This year I've decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. I've been writing like a madman, and have kept on schedule, and in fact I've been ahead of the suggested 1,667 words per day. I may post some excerpts here on HDWT, or I may not. I haven't decided yet.

My novel has a lot of fantasy elements, but not most of the usual fantasy tropes. So there are no dwarves, elves, or other such fantasy races; except for lizardmen, or more like dinosaurmen/saurians. There is magic, and also many intelligent/sentient animal races. I've come up with a lot of great ideas I can use in gaming, and the whole idea behind the novel might make a good game world. I've decided that if I can't get any gaming in, then writing fiction is the next best thing. I'm gaming in my mind as I write. It really helps the creative process.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a good Halloween. Mine was underwhelming, but that's okay, next year I plan on having a heck of a Halloween party.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What the WHAT???

So I was surfing the net, and found something that made me go whaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Over on the Games Workshop website, they are advertising an entire chapter of Space Marines for sale, the Astartes Ultra. For only $11,500 you get close to 1,200 miniatures. Really? Even if I had that much money there are so many other things I would rather purchase.

Now if I had money to blow I would consider making the purchase, but then I would have to paint them! UGH. That's a lot of minis to paint. How much primer and paint would that take, and brushes? I really wonder how many, if anyone will buy this? I would have to win the lottery, to even consider it.

I also noticed that like on most website's where you make a purchase there's the quantity option. So yes, if you are so inclined you can buy up to 10! HEH... 10 chapters of Ultramarines. Over 10,000 minis! HUZZAH!

Okay, I just noticed that the Ultramarines Paint Collection is $156. I wonder if that's enough for an entire chapter of Ultramarines? Maybe you would have to purchase two of them?

Oh yeah, you can also add this to your gift list. Maybe I need to start a gift list on their website? What are the odds?

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I'm going to try and post more often.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope every one's holidays were great, and I'm looking forward to 2013.

It should be of no surprise to anyone that the world didn't end, on whatever date some people thought it would.  Of course, the power to my bedroom went all wonky, as in... I have no power, so it's been a sort of "little apocolypse' for me.  The rest of the house is fine.  I don't know what the problem is, and I've replaced the breaker.  Not that big a deal, just limits my Internet time.

My laptop has also been giving me problems.  I think it's time to break down and get a new one.  I was using it to back up some files, and suffered some kind of failure, and I lost some files.  I was transferring them from my desktop, and unfortunately I deleted some of them, but due to the power problems I haven't checked what all was lost yet.  I have some files backed up on Cd's so the loss shouldn't be so bad.  I reinstalled everything, and it's working, but it's still kind of acting weird.

I really hope this doesn't indicate what this year is going to be like.  I'm ready for a good year.  With all the problems I've been having I put all my gaming/writing projects on hold, until I can get this chaos under control.

I really hope I can get some gaming in this year.  2012 wasn't a good gaming year for me.

Friday, December 7, 2012

'Tis the Season

I continue to have Internet connection problems, and it's irking me to no end.  Hopefully,  I can stay connected long enough to get this post up.  It's been a while, but wanted to post something today.

Hopefully today I will finish putting up the Christmas lights.  It's a chore I never enjoy.  Bah humbug...

When I do get connected I've been viewing YouTube videos, and wow, are there a lot of them!  I've been watching videos about making terrain, vblogs about wargaming in general, batreps, and other things.  Watching certain videos has really been synergestic and has given me some ideas.  ( Not like I don't have enough of those already! )  In fact it's inspired me to want to make videos to post on YouTube!  Of course this is going to be a project for next year.

On Black Friday, I want to Half Price Books, and picked up a copy of WarLord Core Rules, it's a ruleset for miniature gaming created by Reaper Miniatures.  I've skimmed through the book, and it seems okay.  A few interesting ideas, and I'm intrigued by the campaign system.  The nice thing is that the book cost me just a little over 50 cents, thanks to the $5 gift card for being one of the first 50 people in line.  Some lucky person won a $100 gift card.  This was my second year getting up early to go do this.  This year I was the second person there, but when more people arrived, I didn't  like the idea of being second in line so I hung back.  Oh well, maybe next year...

Since I've lost the connection once already I will close for now, and get this posted.  Again posting is going to be sporadic for the remainder of the year.  Partially due to computer problems, and partially because I want to get a good start on next year.

I received some bad news yesterday, and it's really put a damper on what little holiday cheer I had to begin with.  Needless to say I trudge onward.