It seems that I’ve neglected this blog yet again. Something I hope to change in the future.
This time there is more of a reason for it than simply forgetting about updating it; I was out at camp… and then I forgot to update the blog.
I went away from the internet for a while to focus more on God, read a book I bought some time ago, and to plan my next story. And went on a lot of sunny walks in the morning as well as a few star filled night strolls through the camp ground.
I will have more to talk about next week when I hopefully resume the regular posting schedule.
For the next month, I’m going to do my blog thing three times a week. Everything else will be at random and unscheduled because for whatever reason I just can’t hold these things to a schedule. I’m also going to add a story written exclusively for this site, and I’ll release more information on that when I have something ready for posting.
I’ve recently picked up a few writing projects with deadlines that I hope to inform you about as they come along. I will be sure to write a word in all capitals if I ‘win’ as it were.
I, also, now have a dip-pen so I might make a couple of crude videos of me learning how to use it. I find the scratching sound it makes on the paper quite relaxing.
Alright, time for that update I promised. I have completed a rough draft for a short story that I intend to polish and post here to this website. It’s a fantasy centred around a magical ring that empowers people during heroic acts. I’m hoping that it will be the start of a series of loosely connected stories. I’m not sure when I’ll have ready to post; I’m hoping to get it up by the end of the month.
Secondly, I’m finishing up my final edit for my next children’s story. My goal is to get the final manuscript out to my partner by the end of the week. From there we’ll plan the page layout and discuss the illustrations to pair with the words.
Recently I have come across a contest that I’m thinking about entering. The deadline for that is the beginning of November. If I get picked I could get close to five hundred dollars and published in a collection with other selected submissions, if not then I will just post it up here as well.
At this point, I expect you are sick and tired of me talking about not knowing what to write, getting stuck in the middle of a story, and not knowing how to finish or how to start sometimes. If I have so much trouble with it, why do I want to do it? Why do I put the time in trying to make it into a career?
Well, to be frank, it feels like a job I’m passionate about. It’s more than just a hobby especially since last summer. A year ago I may have told you that it was a hobby that I might make some money on some day, but now I strongly feel driven to make something people want to buy.
I may be overblowing my problems, I am just that kind of guy to focus more on my shortcomings than my successes, but when I’m just sit down to write with no distractions, I get things done. What I need to do is report more on what I have written than what I haven’t written. I’ve been apprehensive about sharing what I have penned because I don’t want my unfinished work judged till my ideas are sorted out. That ends now. I want you to know that I am making progress and who knows maybe I’ll even convince myself that I’m making progress.
On Wednesday, I will give an update on two stories I am currently working on as well as an announcement regarding kids’ book. I’ll talk to you then.
Yesterday was my niece’s first birthday, which I think gives me a nice excuse to talk about the gift I got her when she was born.
I wrote her a story and got it illustrated and published. A simple book that I’m more proud of the work that other people put into it than my own contributions. The writing is good it’s just that as for me the magic lies in the pictures and what I learn in the process of getting it published. The art is breathtaking, and I’m thrilled that my illustrator has agreed to work with me on my next children’s book. We’re both a little more experience at this point, and I think that we will be able to iron out some of the wrinkles that we had last time around. The book is on sale at Amazon as well as through my publisher for ten dollars ($10).
Since at the time we didn’t know if my niece was going to be a boy or a girl, one of the focuses during the creation of the narrative that didn’t have a main character. Doing that, of course, led to there not being much room for a conflict to emerge, so I focused less on storytelling and more on inspiring. Something I had never done before. I was in a prayer meeting when it came to me, and it really does feel like divine inspiration when I think back on it. The narrative is solidly set in having dreams and sharing them with others.
I don’t know I am still trying to figure out how to properly explain it.
Yesterday the power was out throughout the house which resulted in the internet being down ultimately making it so I couldn’t post. Today I had a bad headache, so I haven’t been able to think properly. I’m writing this late at night, and I’m going to be making this short since I don’t want to bring it back right after it weakened up.
I’ve been thinking about what I should be doing with my Youtube channel. When I started it I did it because I wanted to upload something no one else had made, but mainly it was also about putting up something I was passionate about. Following that line of thought, I have settled on the idea of making a few videos about how I would like certain games to be improved. Any game I have played would be on the table regardless of the possibility that they could get these improvements. So yes games that are no longer supported by a developer would also be on the table for discussion. I don’t know when I have my first video posted, but I will let you know when it is up.
So this is the new monthly post where I look at and share some art from the website DeviantArt. I spent about a week looking at my favourites list to try and figure out what to focus on for the first go at it. After settling on a piece, I then spent another week trying to figure out what to say. Needless to say, it has been rather fascinating inside of my mind for the last couple of weeks.
This drawing is titled Fallen (small vent) by user BBb1rd1 (who I will be referring to as BB). It stands in stark contrast to the majority of her work and that may is one of the reasons that it stood out to me. And before I go any further it is important that I disclose that BB is my little sister.
Now I’m not an art critic, and my own artistic merit is a collection of subpar stick men, but I like to think I know good art when I see it. As such I will be focusing more on the emotions, I got rather than the technical aspects involved.
This came out shortly after my grandpa passed and we all dealt with it in our own ways. BB drew and posted this, which also helped me cope. To my eye, it looks like the angel is about to rise as light shines down on her. It gives me hope that when you’re feeling down, you can still get back up.
I encourage everyone to check out the art and let me know what art you think would be worth showcasing.
Things seem to be moving faster than I anticipated. June is already half shot, and I still don’t feel entirely comfortable with the new schedule. I just feel like I’m behind on everything I’m doing. But I’ll leave that for another time.
The playoffs are over, and it ended how I expected; not how I hoped but how I expected. I really got back into hockey this year. I think next year I’ll touch more on it mainly when the games are as good as some of these games this year.
I’ve actually been getting into For Honor lately. I love the game, great combat, but I hate the connection problems that plague the game. I never quite understood the importance of servers till I didn’t have them.
I’m very much toying with the idea of starting a short story series, but I have some serious miss givings about my ability to perform. I am pretty sure I said that in the past but I want to elaborate a little more on that since I honestly can’t think of anything else to write right now.
The main problem I have is maintaining a consistent amount of writing. I’m very irregular with how much I write. While my stories are typically decent, I’m not sure I can create a series of stories that are good enough to justify long stretches of time in between releases.
A secondary concern I have is that I wouldn’t want to make it to grand an adventure. I have a disposition for turning things into sprawling epics as I write, but I would want this series to be more episodic in nature mostly being made up of small-scale stories that loosely fit together. And I’m just not confident in my ability to hold to this model. My reasoning for this is that I want it written so that no matter where you start to read in the series, it makes sense without too much backstory required.
Then there is my general inexperience in writing a series of tales.
Maybe I’m overcomplicating it in my mind, but I still need to put more thought into it either way.
Alright, the first day of the new schedule. much like the first go around, the real difference will be tomorrow which has my mind’s attention at the moment. That makes thinking about something else to write about a little bit difficult.
Twelve hours later.
Yup, my brain ain’t working, and it is almost midnight now. And I didn’t do anything interesting today either.
I am playing The Banner Saga right now. It’s my second play through of the game, and I really like the story. The music is one of the best parts for me. And the lore, love that too. Honestly, I can just open up the map, listen to the music, and be perfectly satisfied with my purchase. I’ll stop there before I give it a full review here.
Well, I’ve been silent for a long time. Sorry about that. So what have I been doing in my absence from the site? I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I should be doing with the blogging, how to better use social media, and what else I can do on this website. Change in general really.I just can’t maintain the pace of two reviews a week
I’m learned a lot during April when I was attempting to post every week day. One thing was that I just can’t maintain the pace of two reviews a week, and second that at the end of the month I really start to struggle writing blogs when I don’t have a little bit of variety.
In light of this, I have devised a new plan of attack so to speak:
The Dear Someone blog will still be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Reviews will be posted only on Thursdays
On Tuesdays, I’m going to have a rotation of four different things that I hope will be enjoyable and informative: #1. Deus Vult Gratia will be my main place for writing my thoughts on the Bible and Christian doctrine, #2. De(Best)Art here I will highlight art that I come across on DeviantArt, #3. Musical Musing is where I will talk about music either as an individual song or as a full album, #4. Real Artistic Merit will be a place where we can have a dialogue about art in general and possibly answer the modern day question of what is art.
That’s the plan for the month of June at which point I’m going to reevaluate the plan.
I’m finding it so much easier to blog than write a review. It’s quicker, more convenient, and I have to admit, has less pressure involved when I’m thinking and typing. My only problem with blogging right now is remembering to do it. It has mostly become a nightly blog because of when I remember to type it.
Right now, I’m toying with the idea of reducing reviews down to once a week, but I just can’t think of what to replace them with for the other day. I thought briefly on doing an in depth analysis of a story or character, but doing an analysis would take to long I feel and I’m not sure I’m a good person for such a task. And I am certainly not going to be replacing a review day with another blog post. For a quick second, I thought about starting a short story series, but I don’t think I can maintain a monthly schedule much less a weekly one.
This last weekend I went with some family to the hot springs up in the mountains. We had a couple of picture-perfect days and one cloudy day. The mountains around us were still snow capped, and a good bit of snow persisted under any shady spot.
Occasionally, some mountain goats would come down and graze on the patches of green that speckled the area about the resort we were staying at. The only other wildlife we saw was a squirrel, but that’s nothing noteworthy.
A lot of time was spent just soaking in the hot springs; the rest was divided between eating good Greek cooking and reading. The food was fantastic and very filling. I finished two books and started a third, and I hope to have those up as reviews soon.
I got my first spam comment on this website. It was bound to happen eventually I guess; I just thought I would have more real comments before starting to receive spam. It’s a little disheartening, but I suppose it can’t be helped.
Enough guessing around, let’s move onto something a bit more interesting and less depressing.
I’ve got an idea for a podcast like show that if all goes well might turn into a monthly thing. The details aren’t hammered out yet; I’m most likely to post it on YouTube, it will be about thirty minutes long, and will be about whatever comes to mind. Like I said there are a lot of details to hammer out. There will be some gameplay to watch as well for those that care for such a thing.
Well, I’ll let you know once I have more details, or when the pilot episode is ready, whichever one comes first.