Moving Forward

Just a quick drop in since I didn’t post this past week. With the team I’m working for the game, it’s really moved along. The basic story is agreed upon and, although there might be changes, we got the basics. Now I have to work on the characters, races, classes, etc. I’m trying to make a chart so I keep everything organized. I also have to create a character creation sheet so that the team can make their own companion characters.

On a side note, I’ve been editing and writing here and there with Phantom Blade and Crimson Queen. Both of which are on wattpad.

The website had a change and I even added a writing samples page. I’ll be adding more documents on that later. Plus, there are a lot more changes coming to the site.

More information on that later.

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Games and Development

8a500bfef7a18b89fc3a68b5409a6ab0A couple of things happened this past weekend and they were all good. I had family visiting and they took up all of my time. It was nice to take a break from work and everything else. I got to show them around the city and enjoy the zoo.

There are two huge pieces of news that I want to share or maybe three. Well, they aren’t huge per say but I still consider them big news.

First, my review on Crickle has been posted. You can find it here. Basically, it’s like Scrabble but on mobile and you can play it by yourself.

Second, I have joined up with a group of developers and programmers, artists, composers, etc. (all minor league here) to develop a game. I’m helping out with world building, setting, characters, dialogue, etc. You know, plot and the other fun stuff. We had a meeting this Saturday that never really ended. The planning is still going on.

I do have to say that it’s exciting that I get to work with so many other people. While I’m the ‘writer’, it’s nice hearing feedback and other ideas from everyone else. It’s been a while since I have worked in a group. For now, we’re just naming the setting and a few other things. I realize that writing for a game is way different than writing a story but despite that, I’m looking forward to the experience.

Lastly, I will say that I have finally built my desktop. Over the course of like six months, I have bought every part to build it and today I was able to pick up from the store. Now, I have a faster option to surf the web. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for my laptop but I needed an upgrade and my desktop gave me that. Well, I’m still keeping my laptop but it’s nice to have another option.

When the Excitement Leaves

(if I had a lot of friends who are writers)

There was some progress this week regarding one of my stories on Wattpad. This particular story has been in and out of my head for a while now. While it is published on Wattpad, its taken me a long time to upload new chapters. It’s not like the story has stop being interesting but sometimes I’m not sure how to procede forward.

Perhaps this is poor planning on my part. However, there are times where I plan stories out detail by detail and all the excitement just leaves me. It was as if writing a detail outline had somehow substituted the need of writing it out on paper. 

It sort of sounds like an excuse but that’s the only way I can explain it. It’s probably the reason why I have multiple side stories I jump to on occassion. It’s one way for me to keep the excitement of the main story that I’m working on. Sometimes I don’t always write other stories. I turn on my console and start binge playing a game or sometimes I just binged on a T.V. show. It depends on my mood. 

The most important thing for me ia that at least I don’t abandon a story midway. Sure it takes a long time but I finish it. With this particular Wattpad story and even with all my other stories, I hope to one day finish them. It’s part of my yeay goals dor myself. 

Camp NaNoWriMo

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It’s the start of March but Camp NaNoWriMo is just a month away and I’m debating whether or not to participate. While I’m still revising and editing Phantom Blade, my NaNoWriMo project, I can’t help but feel like I should write as many stories as I can this year. It’s not exactly a New Year’s resolution but I always promise myself that I need to write more and not to quit.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a lot of ideas swarming in my head. All of them have be jotted down in my idea notebook. A handful of them have almost everything planned out to write the novel. So it begs the question, should I put revising aside and write a new novel ( and start on my writing goal) or should I continue revising and finish up Phantom Blade?

A part of me thinks this is one way that I’m subconsciously trying to put off revising and editing. It’s a fine line that I’m navigating here. It’s not like I’m going to just keep writing and never get any editing done but I also want to keep my goal. If I do plan to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this year then, I need to start organizing the story now. During that time, I can still revise and edit so that won’t be an issue.

So what’s stopping me? The usual. Doubt. Afraid that I’ll quit midway. Or that I won’t like how the story will turn out. Every fear that I have when starting a new story. I also feel like I’m somehow abandoning my other stories. In part, its true but on the other hand, I always go back and work on them.

Another goal of mine is to become a published author. At this point it feels like I won’t ever become one because I keep wanting to write other stories. Sure, I’m getting a novel ready to send out to agents. I’m just waiting for my last beta reader to finish with the feedback before seeing what I need to change and sending it out (This kind of feels like I’m making excuses).

I’m torn.