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The Mindripper, or, You Want Me to do What With my Adventure?

In the time that I have been writing for TC, I have tried to push myself as a gamer. I enjoy many different facets of the hobby so if I have had a good opportunity to make myself a better GM or a better player, I have tried to take it. One part of the hobby that has gotten my attention recently has been the writing side of things, …

I’m building a world

Over the next few months on this blog, I will develop parts of a world in which I hope to run some Pathfinder games in the near future. I will sketch out regions, nations, cities, factions, and denizens (sometimes literally). Things will likely be fluid as I change my mind, so I may add a wiki to keep track of…

Some Advice for New Writers: Don’t Write

Don’t even think that I’m sort of expert. I’m just like so many of you out there. A budding writer chomping at the bit to get something published. But as I sit here getting geared up for a new year with new goals, I have to say to myself, “What is the most important thing

It may be time to say goodbye

Let’s be honest.  Most blogs shine when they have a real focus.  Most RPG blogs are just that: RPG blogs.  Perhaps they post interesting-and-random-but-related tidbits every now and then.   Ink Nouveau is a great pen ‘n’ blog that sticks to its mission with commendable zeal.  Some of my classmates, like Carey Pietsch and Steph Su , keep up sketchblogs and …

Nanowrimo is done & Victory is mine!

Well, two days early and I hit the mark and just at the end of the story. This little story has been clogging up brain for over a year now and its finally out and waiting to through a massive edit sometime in the future. The thing about Nanowrimo for me is that its not

Some Thoughts During This Nanowrimo

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Budding writers including myself are hunched over their keyboards ready to crank out 50,000 words in a month. But I think we should take a moment to warn our family and friends. For the entire month of November, we are going to be edgy, nervous, sleep deprived, and

On interactive fiction

Interactive fiction has been around a looooong time.  I’m just getting into it now, but I thought I’d write about how cool it is.  I know, I’m a tad late to the party. If you’ve never played interactive fiction, let me put it to you this way: you type commands or click on things, and it changes the setting you are in …

Why I love my thesis

Do you know what a thesis is?  Perhaps you’ve written one, or maybe you hope to.  If you are in the former category then you know what I’m talking about.  If you are in the latter, save yourselves now!  Don’t read, run! Now that we’ve got the disclaimer out of the way, let me just say this: I am writing a thesis.  I am enjoying …

Why I love my thesis

Do you know what a thesis is?  Perhaps you’ve written one, or maybe you hope to.  If you are in the former category then you know what I’m talking about.  If you are in the latter, save yourselves now!  Don’t read, run! Now that we’ve got the disclaimer out of the way, let me just say this: I am writing a…

Quick Hit: New Stuff, Early Success

Just a quick hit tonight, but it’s a good one! I just posted Complete Characters #7: Sir Aric Devilkin, Evil Knight, Demon’s Son up at DriveThru. I’m hoping that it will fly off the metaphorical shelves, seeing as it’s perfect for any fantasy campaign, whether it’s D&D, Pathfinder, Palladium, or whatever. It features more stellar artwork from Joseph Scott Lawn, who I have now convinced to blog…

My First Publishing Dollar

Suitable for framing “Here goes nothing.” That was my thought at about 1:30 this morning when I uploaded the file for Complete Characters #6: Noriax, Ancient Robotic Terror to the server at DriveThruRPG.com . In that mouse click was carried far more anxiety than I had anticipated, which is why I was about two and a half hours beyond my…

Free For All! Complete Characters So Far.

Rule of life: Everything worth doing is harder than it looks. I talked yesterday about getting things going with Jason Richards Publishing , mostly just announcing that such a thing exists and that you can run over to DriveThruRPG and download some great gaming materials, for free. I thought that tonight I would go a little deeper and talk about the waves of emotion that I’ve endured…

Cooking & Writing Part II

I blogged a long time ago on how writing is like cooking. Well, another little incident has brought forth another similarity. Some folks expect you to work for free. A lady connected Chef S.O. the other day and wanted her to do a catering gig. But here’s the catch, the lady only wanted to pay

On making a Great American Writer

I’m not sure just what it is that makes a Great American Writer.  I guess it’s capturing a sense of a time and place, and reflecting what others see in themselves (sometimes even the ugly bits that they wish they didn’t see).  Sometimes you reflect what others wished they saw in themselves, but that’s a rarer kind of success, since usually people just get upset…

Anglo Saxon World Building

I recently read Beowulf for the fourth or fifth time in my senior English majors colloquium, and several aspects of the narrative provoked some thoughts in my tired grey cells.  Specifically, what my professor, Craig Williamson, called the “sense that things are winding down.”  If you’ve read Beowulf, and if you’ve read anything by Tolkien (a rather important…

Armadillocon After Thoughts

Last year, I missed my favorite local convention but this year I went despite the pounding my my bank account has taken over the last few months. The great thing about this convention is that gives me a jolt to the creative centers of my brain. Being around so many creative people and hearing their

Writing A Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Adventure

The Computer I Do Most Of My Writing On. I am a bit of a G1 Transformers Fan. Over the last few years I have been reading books on management and starting a business. I really enjoy reading books on these topics and I have benefited greatly from reading them. One book that has had the biggest impact on my…

New this week [Blog]

There has been a lot of really awesome stuff going on lately, much of it gaming related, and I thought I’d share it with the lovely readers.  For one thing, I found a couple of jobs that I’d really like to have after school, so I’m going to be posting some cover letters and resumes this week.  For another, I got…

Qucik Hit: My Fantasy Writing Retreat

Ah, to be alone with my pen As my writing “to do” list picks up and the day job continues to pile on its burdens, I find myself fantasizing about getting away from it all. I’ve often wanted to just take a week off, get out of the house with nothing but a stack of notebooks and a box of…

Recommended Reading: The craft of writing [Books]

Cover of Looking for Jake: Stories Lately I’ve managed to do quite a lot of reading.  Over my time in Maine I read Looking for Jake by China Mieville , Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith , Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman , Making Comics by Scott McCloud , and a couple of other excellent reads.  I recently also finished The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson and have …