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Hello 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s that time of year again – time to look at the goals I set for myself last year and set new goals for this year.  Last year, my goals were:

  1. Read 40 novels.  Success!  I read forty novels, a bunch of graphic novels, and a bunch of comics!  2017 was a great year for reading!
  2. Write four polished short stories.  Yeeeah….partial success I guess?  I did write one.  But that was it.  I did start on a second one, but I discovered that Imezza isn’t in as good shape as I thought; I got a bit bogged down in worldbuilding, and the story ended up really blah as a result.
  3. Work on Tears of the King. This was nice and vague.  I worked on it a bit this year (it’s no where near being finished).  So partial success?  I don’t know if I built another third, but I did make some progress.

I apparently also set a fourth goal, which I managed to forget about (it was to spend an hour a week on writing).  😦

2017 saw me start two new RPG Maker Games (oops): Memories and a second one I haven’t actually talked about on here yet (oops, I’ll have to remedy that).  It also saw me working on a freelance project which I’m still unable to talk about, which was very exciting.  It also saw me slowly and unexpectedly move away from my second job.  So for 2018, I’m going to work on freelancing a little more than I have.

So with that in mind, here are the goals I’m going to set for 2018:

  1. Read 25 novels.  Well, novel-length books.  I know that the 40 novels from last year was my only really successful goal, but I need to back that off.  I found that 40 novels was a lot of pressure while I’m trying to accomplish other things.  I also found myself shying away from any books longer than around 300 pages, so making this goal less should help me tackle some of the longer books I’ve had for years and have ignored.
  2. Write two polished short stories.  I wrote one, so this year I will aim for two.
  3. Finish a bloody RPG! Like I said, I currently have THREE RPG Maker games on the go.  So this year, I want to get SOMETHING finished!  lol I also have to not start another RPG Maker game until I get something finished!

A couple of final notes for the upcoming year:

  • next weekend I’m going to be participating in my first ever game jam!  I’m really excited for it!  I’ll have to blog more about it. 🙂
  • I am not going to make a goal for “so much time writing” this year.  Instead, I’ve currently got one guaranteed afternoon off from work, so I’m going to try to use that time for working on things, be they writing or researching (although it’s also a time I use for other things like vet appointments, because I know it’s a time I don’t work).  Depending on how the year goes, this can change, so I’ll have to be flexible with it.

So that’s it.  Hopefully 2018 will be a good and creative year, giving me the flexibility to work on different things (and actually get some stuff finished!)

So what about you? Have you set any goals for the upcoming year? 🙂


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Autumn Update

I’ve been rather quiet on here since talking about refreshing my writing space  and submitting that short story (omg I forgot to mention – it was accepted!!!) The reason was that I was working on a big freelance project that came my way.  Once it was over, I had to deal with a couple of personal things (and honestly rest my brain!)  I read four books over the last week, which was great (I hadn’t read any fiction since early September); one of them, Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, was absolutely fantastic!

Today was a day spent catching up on email and whatnot.  I went through all the Duotrope emails I’ve ignored over the last few months, looking into a few more listings that sounded interesting.  I also signed up for my very first game jam, which will happen in mid-January.  I don’t have a team yet (as far as I know, I’m the only local person who has signed up so far); I figure I’ll just make a small game on RPG Maker or Twine if no one else signs up (since I do not have the coding know-how to make an engine or anything fancy like that).  I’m really excited though – I’ve always wanted to participate in one, and now there’s one being held locally (previously this particular game jam was held only in Sudbury – that’s not too far away, relatively speaking, but the time of year is so iffy with the weather).

So now I’m not quite sure what I want to be working on.  I have two RPG Maker projects on the go (both Tears of the King and Memories), so I wouldn’t mind working on one of those.  But I also wanted to write four polished short stories this year (and to date I’ve only written one).  With just over a month left of the year, it’s looking like I may have to sacrifice one in order to achieve the other.  So I’m going  to take some time to decide on what exactly I want to be working on through December.

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Short Story Submitted!

I submitted the short story I was working on last week today!  😀

It took me a bit longer to edit than I had thought. More than anything, I had a hard time finding the time to actually sit down and edit (I was exhausted all week for reasons unknown). But thankfully I managed to sit down, edit it, and submit it today.

The market I submitted it to says they try to respond within one month of receiving a submission.  So I’ll report back once I hear something. 🙂

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Holy Crap, I’m Actually Writing a Short Story!

One of my goals for the year was to write four polished short stories.  To work towards that goal, I signed myself up for Duotrope a few months ago (I subscribed to them years ago, but ended up unsubscribed because they stopped accepting Paypal).  My goal this time was to keep an eye out for markets that sounded interesting (and hopefully ACTUALLY submit something somewhere).  I found a few markets that seemed to fit the bill at the beginning of the month.  Well, the month is almost over, and yesterday I realized I had done no short story writing at all!  So I took another look at the markets I was planning to write for, chose one, and wrote about 100 words of a story yesterday.  They were crappy words, but they were words all the same.

Today I sat down and thought a bit more about the story (specifically the characters, but also the setting – this is not set in one of the worlds I built).  Once that was done, I set to work revising the bit I had already written.  Draft 2 is now over 700 words long, with things (obviously) fleshed out a lot better in this draft.  I doubt it’s going to get much longer, so I’ll be editing and revising it over the next few days before hopefully submitting it by the end of the week.  Wish me luck!  🙂

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Memories Currently on the Backburner

I should have written this post a few weeks ago, but I had to put Memories aside for a bit.  I’ve thought about it long and hard, but I still don’t know how the game is supposed to end.  So on the advice of my brother, I’m putting it aside to work on some other things for a bit.  Hopefully with a bit of distance I’ll be able to figure out where the story is supposed to go.

I honestly feel a bit like a failure.  I was really hoping to have the game done by now.  But that’s not how it’s going, so time to focus on something else!

Life is pretty busy right now (when is it not?) but over the weekend I pulled out a short story I’ve been wanting to edit for quite awhile.  The story was written as part of my NaNoWriMo blob.  I originally wrote the story for a friend after his dog passed away, but I never felt right giving it to him (and let’s be honest: it was a super rough first draft that was crap – I wouldn’t want anyone to see it until it’s rewritten and edited).  I came up with some editing ideas for the story last March, but never got around to implementing them until today.  Even if the story doesn’t stay the way it currently is, I’ve added 300 words (it was originally about 600 words and is now over 900), and it is shaping up a bit (it’s definitely stronger than it was!)

I had a pretty fun couple of hours working on it.  First I brought a notebook outside with me (it was a beautiful day!) and started writing.  But after a page and a bit, I ended up grabbing my laptop and bringing that outside because I needed to be able to move some things around and expand on other things a bit.  I took a break to go for a walk, then worked on it a bit more.  I’m thinking tomorrow I’m going to print it out so I can do another editing pass on it (I prefer to edit on paper, at least for the first while – it’s satisfying to mark things I need to change up with pen!)

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Writing update – March 9th

First of all, work trip pics!!!!

Sudbury Makerspace Trip Feb-Mar 2016//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

(I don’t know how well the embed code is working, so just click on the picture to go to the Flickr album).  I had so much fun touring the various Sudbury makerspaces!  🙂  I’ve been back since last week but things have been super busy (that seems to be a usual thing for me, doesn’t it?) so apologies for not posting here sooner.

On that note, I’ve decided I will not be entering the local writing contest I mentioned on February 27th.  I have a few much bigger projects on the go right now (least of which is working on Tears of the King), so I decided I do not want to be stressing out over this as well.  I’ve also got a lot of reading I need to be doing, so one less project feels like a good thing right now.  I can always work on that story later this year and possibly enter it next year.

I’d also like to mention one of the things that has kept me busy this week: it’s Fund Drive at CILU, Thunder Bay’s local campus radio station!  The on-air portion of Fund Drive wraps up in a few days, so things will be a bit less hectic once it’s over.  🙂

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Writing Update – February 27th

Ok, before I say anything else, I have had the Meta’s theme from Red Vs. Blue, “(When) Your Middle Name is Danger” by Trocadero, stuck in my head all week.  It’s a fantastic piece of music that I’ve listened to quite a bit in the past.  But I recently just re-watched Red Vs. Blue seasons 6-8, and yeah.  Here it is, for anyone who isn’t familiar with it.

So anyway, this week has been a crazy one with me trying desperately to get everything I need to before I’m off on an adventure next week.  My work is sending me on a four day trip to tour the Makerspaces of a nearby city.  I’m really looking forward to it!  🙂

Of course, that meant getting the next interview ready before I go, since I’m trying to run them at the beginning of every month, rather than on the second Wednesday of every month (which it was before – that just happened to be the day when the first one was posted, so I went with it).  But now I’m pretty much at the point where I just need to pack.  I feel bad to be leaving my Merlin (I always do), but he’ll be in good hands while I’m gone.


For the trip, I’m attempting to pack light.  But of course I’ll be bringing a notebook two plus my Kindle.  I’m currently reading Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, but I’m hoping to finish it tonight or tomorrow because I don’t want to bring it with me (it’s my brother’s book plus it’s hard cover).  I want to revise a story I wrote in the NaNoWriMo blob for a writing contest.  Unfortunately it’s nowhere near the 2000 words it needs to be, so it’s going to take a heck of a lot of work.  Including some background work, fleshing out the characters a bit more and whatnot (not the world, since it’s taking place on City of the Dead).  I’m going to take what I have and hopefully do some of that work on my off time while I’m away.

Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, last night was pretty exciting – my friend Scott of Guilty Pleasures Cinema asked me to reprise my role of Death.  I went to his place last night to shoot a few lines (Death was off duty, so I didn’t need all the makeup).  At the end of it all, we were talking about a movie idea he has, throwing some ideas around.  He told me I’ll have to come back so we can actually write some of this up.  So I may be involved in a local movie project in the near future!  🙂

So that’s everything.  Life continues to be busy, but at least for this week it was mostly a good busy.  🙂

Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, I have been replaying that Youtube link of “(When) Your Name Is Danger” as I’ve been writing this.

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