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State of the Union Address

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I logged in today for the first time in a while and saw that the last time I made an update to this blog was March. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if that was this past March  or March ’16, but my response was still the same.


I haven’t posted much here in general, mostly because I don’t know what to say, but I haven’t been idling. Doing so, especially in the world we’re living in now would only drive me nuts. So in the interest of posting something instead of walking on by, I thought I’d leave a brief list of things I’ve been up to. 

  • Working on a new book in a new genre under a new name that I hope to have out soon. 
  • Outlining the Noxus sequel that I’ll start working on when I’m finished with the above book
  • Playing video games
  • streaming video games which is surprisingly as stressful as having another full time job. This has been updated on my facebook page, though I’m not sure I’ll keep it there.
  • freelancing when I can get it
  • playing with cats
  • exploring when my body allows for it

There admittedly isn’t a lot here, but I thought those were the most interesting events of my life right now (and the least depressing). 

So there you have it. I’m not dead yet. Just busy-ish. 


Taking Time: a Writer’s Introspection

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 I’ll figure out what to do with this blog one day. 

I know I’ve gotta post regular content, and I know it’s gotta be interesting, but I guess maybe I’m not that interesting? I don’t know. I don’t have any strong opinions I want to share with the world or won’t feel like I’m just contributing noise. I can’t really review things as I haven’t been consuming a lot. I feel like one of the only things I can actively do to help my writing career other than actually write novels, is maintain a blog but what’s the point if it’s not informative or funny or just attention grabbing? I am not used to having to do anything to grab attention (and that’s not vanity. When a six foot woman is out walking around, people look. The attention isn’t also positive.) I’m not sure how to do it now.

Maybe I’m just too milquetoast for all this. Maybe this was doomed from the start. Maybe… Maybe I already knew that from the start. But I had an idea fling in the it would be this way. But I thought if I tried, it would work. People liked my work. People I didn’t know, who didn’t owe me niceties. But that was before money was involved. Even when they weren’t asked for money, there was something standing in the way of them giving me that little bit of time. Like now that the was a price point involved, even if it didn’t involve them, they had to reevaluate. I don’t know if that’s what happened for sure. It just certainly feels that way.

There are probably things I could have done differently, but not a whole lot that didn’t require a lot of money. Rather than try to campaign for money for short term endeavors, I tried to build buzz, to do all the things they say you’re supposed to. But what they don’t say is that none of these things work if you don’t have money.

I’m gonna keep this blog and this site. I’m gonna keep writing, whether or not it’s the right thing to do right now. And maybe some day I’ll figure out what  to do with this blog.

EDIT: I know gripping isn’t a classy move, but it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to

Dealing with Criticism

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I’ve talked about criticism before on this blog. I don’t know if it comes across, but I’m not opposed to it. It’s a crucial tool whenever you’re developing a skill of any kind. It’s necessary as people kissing your butt all the time won’t help you improve. To get better, you need to seek it out.

With that in mind, around the time the hard copies of my book came out, I sent links to my book everywhere I could think of, trying to get feedback (and I’m still looking for feedback, so if you’ve got any, lay it on me.) After about a month, I got something back from this sketch site that I’m not going to name here. This site promised a sort of “standby review” that you can link to your site, sort of like what I have in the what people have been saying section of the Noxus site. It was quite the experience, to say the least.

These comments were made by a self-described older man who apparently didn’t have much to say. He didn’t like my writing; he didn’t like my ideas, and probably wouldn’t have read Rendezvous on Noxus if he’d had a choice.   (more…)

The Real Issue With Fan Fiction is Elitism

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Fan ficton(n.) –

  1. fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, etc.
 Those who’ve never written fan fiction or had the desire won’t understand it, but I’ll try to explain. Fan fiction is, just as the definition says, a genre of writing. This isn’t to say that it’s better than any others or any worse. It just is. The difference between fan fiction and any other kind of fiction is that both the writer and the reader know up front that the characters and/or the setting aren’t of the author’s own creation. They’re borrowing it.


Pondering the Podcast

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A while back I mentioned I wanted to create a podcast for a variety of reasons. Creating podcasts seems to be the #1 advise being given to Indie writers right now, and this information’s carelessly oversimplified. It’s true that anyone can make one, just like anyone can make a Youtube video. But it takes more than just a microphone and a camera to make a good, memorable version of either.


Writing’s in my blood

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[If you know me personally and have heard me talk about all this before, feel free to skip lol]

As far back as I can remember, I loved writing, even if I wasn’t ready to call it that, yet. I used to make up stories in my head or with the few action figures and dolls my brothers and I had between us. I can’t remember when I first started trying to put this stuff down on paper, but I do recall my 4th grade teacher putting a heavy emphasis on writing. (more…)

Something New

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You guys may have noticed that that last post was something a little different from what I usually post. Well, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. I’m doing game reviews. I’m not sure how regularly these things’ll be posted. Most game review blogs thrive from talking about games that are new or popular and I don’t play too many of those these days, though this is me coming up for air from Overwatch. (more…)