The One Hundred and Ninety-Seventh Post: The One Where I Try Harder To Apply Myself…

Hello, all – day 2 of the vacation and I managed to eke out about 600 words yesterday. My back was giving me problems early on, so I decided to end it and start looking for a new chair. I might also get a new desk and try to move all of this into the study/office (right now, I’m huddled in my living room). I just need to get a comfortable chair where I can sit for hours at a time and not get backaches. Regardless of what happens today, I am going to hit the 3,000 word mark. With any luck, I can finish up this chapter and act by the end of the vacation. After all, this is the last chapter in the act and (hopefully) the most exciting. Just need to finish it… and take myself somewhere to celebrate.

Now, some of you might be asking what’s so important about the chapter. We get a payoff from the earlier stick-game chapter in that Tyro learns that she can pick up bits from the Book and absorb them into herself. This is where she gets the concept of freedom put into her and she gets the notion that she can free herself and the others. Hopefully, this won’t come across as some cheesy scene, but rather something that is a good way to close the act and carry the interest over to the next act, which is the planning and the escape. When I first wrote this outline, I was going to give Tyro some powers, but the more I thought about it, she already has one decent ability – she can get better access to her other memories than the others (which is something I will need to bring up in the chapter before the escape, just to let everyone know – and the way I can introduce it is cool!). I can’t wait to get to the chapter with the flight and getting them to freedom. This is going to be a good book.

Well, this vacation is going along well. Then again, any vacation is better than work. I’m just going to write and maybe play some games – which reminds me, I need to call Bethesda Games and see if they can fix my copy of Fallout 3: Game of the Year edition:

Get up – the mutants aren’t going to kill themselves.

The problem I’m having (maybe someone has run into this and will be able to tell me how to fix it) is that the game is not progressing past the initial load screen: the birth scene. Thankfully, I got the number to Bethesda and I am going to call them after I get my 1500 today (splitting up the 3K into two batches of 1500). Thankfully, they have a tech support line for their games – I’ve been looking forward to playing this game on the PC for a while. I got it on Xbox, but it’s hard to aim the weapon with an Xbox controller. A mouse and keyboard will be a lot easier. Playing Borderlands 2 with the keyboard and mouse is fantastic – even made a long headshot with a character that I wish I could have recorded.

Well, I got to get to Tyro and her memory issues.

Have a good day, y’all.


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The One Hundred and Ninety-Sixth Post: The One Where I Detail My Con Experience…

Well, Fandom Fest has come and gone. There were pictures taken. All in All it was a decent experience, but holy cow, were there issues:

  1. The scheduling was horrific. Events were pushed back (or in the case of the panel I really wanted to see, cancelled outright. Thanks, Stan.) or moved about to the hinterlands of the KICC (Literary panel? We have those? Seriously?). I am going to skip out of next year’s convention and try going to one that seemed to be put together a bit better and give them a shot.
  2. The people doing cosplay were very generous with their time as I was trying to get used to the new camera. There are some photos that didn’t get captured by the memory (Someone dressed up as the Pyro from TF2 – I wanted that picture badly) but I was able to find some of the people and get some second photos.
  3. Adrian Paul is impossible to shoot because he won’t stand still. Seriously.
  4. John Barrowman is hilarious. I didn’t get any pictures of him because my battery was low, but I got some recordings of him and as soon as I figure out how to get them upright, I’ll put them on YouTube.
  5. The stars there walked around in the crowd. I bumped into Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from ‘Game of Thrones’) and crossed paths with Norman Reedus five times during the course of the convention. Seriously – I think I might have to take out an order or something against him.

As you also might have noticed – I haven’t gotten a thing done all weekend. It was also the first Saturday in a while that I got a full eight hours of sleep. More than likely all the walking I did. On a scale of 1 to 10, this convention was a solid 6. It was good, but there is definitely room for improvement.

Enough of that – on to other things. I saw Pacific Rim and I don’t know why this movie isn’t getting more press. Yes, I wasn’t very happy when Guillermo del Toro said he was bowing out of The Mountains of Madness, but seeing this movie made up for it. Now, I would still like to see his version of the Lovecraft classic, especially seeing how much detail was put into the kaiju. I still hope that he will come back to it as some point… maybe after doing another Hellboy, maybe? I am planning on going to go see The Conjuring and maybe The Wolverine Friday. We’ll see. Right now, I have to get back to the novel and hopefully double my output for this week and try to gain some lost ground, or better yet, get some wiggle room.

Hope y’all have a good day.



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The One Hundred and Ninety-Fifth Post: The One Where I Am Going To Earn My Vacation…(dammit)

My workplace has training for something this week, and I got tomorrow picked for me. I’m not upset about training – hey, it’s paid time for just sitting and listening to someone drone about something that is not going to be used for another year (yes, that’s happened as well). What I am slightly miffed about is that it’s on Thursday – the day before vacation and in the morning. 9 AM to be specific. Some of you are more than likely thinking: what’s wrong with that? Nothing under normal circumstances…but I work from 6 PM to 12 AM and I come home about 12:30 AM, finally going to sleep at 2 AM. I wake up at 10:30…ish…kinda, but I am ready to go by 5:00 PM and did a post and wrote my 1,500 words. So, in order for me to get ready for work at 9 AM, I have to be up at 7. So if I want to get enough sleep, I need to go to bed as soon as I get home tonight. I still have to work at 6:00 PM – travelling back home isn’t an option just because it’s an hour to and fro, not really worth the gas expenditure. So, I’ll have some time to myself in between training and work. What I don’t understand is that why they don’t have training during the normal third shift? I’m not the only person getting the training; there are people who are normally on the floor getting the training at the same time. It’s not about losing efficiency – if that were the case, they would have a slide show presentation and a test (just like our much-needed sexual harassment training) that we could watch in between calls. Besides, the third shift is slow after 8 PM – especially on Thursdays. It’s that the higher ups seem to think that because people who work third shift can just skip a day’s worth of sleep. I would love to find one of these trainers, get them out of bed at 12:30 AM, set them down for 8 hours about terminal repair and then tell them to go to work a full day. I’ll bet someone will change their tune.

OK – enough about my one of many work grievances, on to better things. I finished the third chapter (well, the second half) and started the last chapter in the act. With any luck, I can finish it before my vacation ends and come back with renewed vigor as I get to the second act: escape. I am really looking forward to this part as I get away from the Masters and I let the ushabit loose on the big, wide and largely unsuspecting world. Everything is going to get ratcheted up. As far as the character development goes, Tyro in my head is changing slowly by the circumstances in the next-to-the-last chapter (the one I am finishing up) and I am liking it. Can’t wait to get started!


So, with that said, I should get started. I apologize about the work rant, but I needed to get that off my chest.

Have a good day, y’all.



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The One Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Post: The One Where I Have No Idea What’s Going On Before I Have My Morning Caffeine…

Maybe it has something to do with the music I wake up to in the morning? The song I am using right now, and I am thinking about changing it is “The Fire Rises” from The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack. It’s a rather loud and sudden, so I am waking up to blaring brass horns. So I am jolted awake, almost falling out of bed (a mercifully short drop) and stumbling to my desk on auto-pilot. I sit down still in a daze as I go through my webcomic / Facebook routine. I’m wondering if it’s just the adrenaline rush wearing off from the blast of music. Maybe I should try something a little softer? Then again, I don’t think I have anything softer unless I want to wake up to Origa. Come to think about it – that’s not a bad idea. I might make a change today and see what happens. First – more caffeine for me. Feel free to grab yourself some coffee.

The stick game is almost over, and I cannot be happier. While I liked the idea, it just seemed to drag on for me and that was only one half of the chapter (again, see my previous post). The first half is going to be worked on after the end of the act. I don’t like going backwards, but there are some changes in the stick game and I want to put them in before I forget them (just a reminder: stone hoops for goals about six feet above the ground). After the end of the first act, I get to move on to act two: escape! This is what I am looking forward to since this is the real meat of the story. That and more crazy Nysa. I have to admit that I like writing her dialog:

“Then I leave you to your fate. Nysa, are you ready to run?”

“Go as long as the water brings it to the fresh forged metal, the fire will.” Nysa shifted to face Tyro. Tyro whistled long and hard. The creatures lumbered towards her on either side.

Yes, I am cheating in using this website, but it works and it keeps her sounding odd enough to fit with what the character
type is.


Anyways – I am also counting down to Fandom fest: 3 days and counting. I am looking forward to the body art show and finding some cosplayers. I love cosplay, but I have no talent for it at all what so ever. If I were to take a needle to thread, I’d probably end up putting out an eye – if not mine, then someone else’s by accident. Most of the pictures I have in my computer are of people like Ya-Ya Han, Linda Le and Meagan Marie (in fact, I have downloaded a picture of Meagan Marie as Wonder Woman and using it as a visual reference for the antagonist in Tyro’s second novel. I’ll put it up here.)

I hope she’d be flattered in being inspiration for a character, but more importantly, I hope she won’t sue me.

Well, I have to try to end the stick game and get to the next act before Friday, because nothing is going to get done at that point. I’m not being pessimistic, merely realistic.



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The One Hundred and Ninety-Third Post: The One Where The Vacation Countdown Begins…

Four days remain, and I cannot tell you how happy I am to say that. My last vacation was for the release of Bioshock: Infinite (a game that I highly recommend and one that I need to replay soon) in March, so I am due for one. Also – and completely coincidental, I swear – my first day of vacation is the beginning of Fandom Fest. I got my tickets and I am calmly counting down the days. This is going to be the longest four days of my life. When I am not geeking out to the likes of Scully, Khal Drogo and Captain Jack – I am going to get some writing done. I am hoping to finish editing one novel and hopefully get to the end of the first act in the other one.

As much as I have been enjoying writing the first novel… I am so ready to finish the stick game half of the scene and write the first half of the chapter. Yes, I did it out of order because I was tired and thinking about the original outline… the one that got nuked by my writing program. I was able to recreate it in on paper and if you ask me, this one is a little better because it doesn’t have a lot of detail in it like the last one. I am going to get it loaded into the computer (Office 2010…you may begin to impress me for my amusement) and save onto a flash drive for safekeeping. Once it is done I am going to divide it up into 2K chunks and present it to my writing group for their analysis and subsequent loving demolishment. Out of that ruin shall rise a stronger novel that will get put on Amazon and hopefully earn me a few dollars – maybe enough to go full time, or at least enough to get the bathroom floor fixed. I have also begun to outline the second book in a similar fashion in my common book. I like how this story is developing in relation to the first one, but as far as the third one, I have little idea what to do beyond a single scene and a theme, but I am sure I will something will turn up soon. My second novel started with a single scene of the antagonist Siva screaming “YOU WILL NOT ABANDON ME!

I haven’t been keeping up with the summer movies this time around. I saw Evil Dead and Star Trek: Into Darkness… and that was it. There were a lot of movies that came and went that I wanted to see, but either shifting finances or just not as interested as I thought I would be, or at least interested enough to get out the door. Vacation will hopefully change that since I am getting paid that Friday and hopefully will have the time to go catch a matinee. Perhaps I should have dinner and a movie to celebrate my last day of freedom – any takers? I was going to go to dinner at Cheesecake Factory and check out the new cinema in Mall St. Matthews.

Well, I have to get back to the stick game. I hope y’all have a good day.


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The One Hundred and Ninety-Second Post: Proof of Life Behind Enemy Lines

Hello, all. I am alive, believe it or not. I am still trying to get into the groove of consistently writing both blog and novel. I am hoping to get some feedback about a pattern I have been noticing lately. I will have a good writing day (the words come steady and my back doesn’t hurt as much) and I pound out the 1500 with no problem. The next day becomes a different tale. I struggle to get out even half that amount and my back bugs me. Never fails me that I’ll have a  good day followed by a bad day or two (Tuesday is completely my fault, I acknowledge that.  Today?  No good reason) followed by a so-so day. Is it a matter of habit or just that I need to plant my rear in a chair and just crank something out?  More than likely the latter, one would assume.

On other news, FandomFest is coming here and I am a day away from (hopefully) getting the VIP tickets. I procrastinated in getting the tickets and I hope I am not too late. Since they’re advertising the event on the radio, I am hoping it is a good sign. Gillian Anderson is going to be there and I am getting a new camera for the event… not that I need a new camera or anything like that. The last time I went and used my phone’s camera the pictures of Bruce Campbell looked horrible. Since then I got a new phone and will have VIP seats. I am also taking the Friday off to attend all three days. God willing, next year I will be there as a vendor hawking my wares.

Nothing new here, to be honest. Trying to keep everything together as best I can without melting in the summer heat.  Hope your weather is a little more tolerable.

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The One Hundred and Ninety-First Post: The One Where I Reassure All of You That I am Still Here…

I know that I have been away for a while, but I assure you that I am still alive. I’ve been trying to get 1,500 words done a day on my novel, so I’ve been doing that first thing in the morning, and after that I have only enough time to get a shower, lunch and get dressed for work before I head out the door. So, I think I am going to work on the blog in the evening, when I have so much more to say… or we’ll see how this works in the long run. So far, I have been fairly good about it, only had a couple of days that I couldn’t make the whole 1,500. I’ve even managed to finish a whole chapter and my mind is still working on the character in parts (I had a really good idea about her), so I have a lot of high hopes about this novel.

On some other writing news, I got my hands on a copy of Photoshop 7 and I still have the books when I thought I could handle learning it so long ago… and I think I am going to try it again. I’m hoping that through sheer chutzpa I can figure how to use it. No guarantees, but who knows? Maybe with some trickery, I could finally become something of a half decent artist. I mean, I learned to write from practice and reading books about it (seriously, no formal training at all – just reading and writing is all I’ve done), why not this? I still have some manga books in the back room, so I can try that. After all, the worse that can happen is that I show people a picture and tell me it’s a wonderful house… and then I tell them it’s supposed to be a woman. Well – OK, humiliation is the worst that can happen and I can live with that.

As far as things over here go – there has been little to mention. Just trying to get the novel finished by the end of September and I am trying to start up correspondence with a pen pal from Canada. Other than that, there is nothing really big going on. Oh, as some people may have notices – the hyperlinks in some of the past entries have been a little hit or miss… especially with .gif files. I got that taken care of – from here on out, every blue link will take you somewhere interesting and not just the Internet shrugging its shoulders and saying ‘I have no idea‘. Go on ahead and try them out.

Well, I should head off to bed, so I can get up and see just how clever Tyro can be under the most desperate of circumstances without any spiffy ushabit powers save stubbornness and memories of other people. Have a good morning, all.


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