A Little Gaming Reward

I allowed myself a couple of matches of Smite after I completed my writing. Yes, I was sleepy, but I figured a reward was in order for completing what I said I should do.

The goddess I’m playing is Hera, queen of the Greek gods, and sister-wife of Zeus.

Trivia: All of Hera’s siblings in Smite are mages (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades). She is a mage as well.

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Are We There Yet?

Yesterday had its peak moments, and steep declines. I made myself watch a TV program, not because the show was bad, but I needed to take my mind off of things. I also wrote a few pages for my group project, and hope to do at least two more before the end of this day.

That, and now that I want to get myself going, it’s time to blog. A lot of negative thoughts danced about in my thoughts, and I was more or less like, come at me. I’m still going to get some writing done. I was glad for the progress, even the baby steps, and it did feel a little overwhelming to get things done, but one word at a time. One line at a time. Keep it moving.

Also got myself back into RPG gaming. I hadn’t done that in a while, and I forgot how one can get absorbed into a story AND completing quests. My only thing is my “go to” class is mage. Typically I mix damage dealing power with some team support (healing and protections).

I leave the full damage to the team warrior/tank, and the rogues. While the team gets buffs (support), I will debuff (severely weaken) the hell out of enemies.

Thing game I went for the rogue archer (still love ranged attacks). Instead of buffing my archery skills, I went for sabotaging enemies, so I still debut. Who knew fun could be had with knives, poison arrows, poison bombs, grappling hooks, and more arrows.

I may need to get more damage going though.  I feel like the slacker in the group. Level up time.  Maybe at least the an explosive arrow or two.

Happy creative endeavors.

Awkward Family Moments Part 2

They still staring at you like you’re going to produce more food outta your pocket, which they will gladly eat because they want something fresh, not the stale shit that has yet to be cooked, or opened because, why bother with making a meal, right?

So fam is still pissed that I didn’t think of them during my lunch break, buy their meals during that time, go back to work– find a place to store it–that no one will touch it–cause work fam are food thieves–and reclaim it after my shift’s done.

Never mind fam-fam could go and get themselves some food at any time before they see me. More importantly, when they do get food, they make sure I know it’s only just for one person, even when I don’t ask them about it.

There has to be that one fam member so intent on knowing what you had to eat, they rip open your bag, and open the container  to inspect the food for themselves.  And if you walked away, you can best believe a portion was scooped out, regardless of whether you ate off of the meal or not.

By the way, don’t let the meal contain poultry, seafood (shrimp), or beef. Hell, even a salad with the right toppings is in danger of being portioned out.

\Sometimes your meal will be shared with everyone but you, because, “you already had some.”

If I ever hear, “boy, you ate all the bacon off this cobb salad,” ever again it’ll be too soon.

This his how I make a game off this mess. I order the salads with sometimes no toppings. Just iceberg lettuce with olive oil, and salt and pepper.  Eat that, fam.    BBQ wings? I lick the sauce off each piece that goes home.

Yes, it gets a bit freaky in the break room, but that’s between me and HR now. Apparently harassing wings is a thing now, as well as wing sensitivity training.

Tuesday is a Silly Day…Somewhat

Today I shall simply write, as ideas seem to pop outta nowhere, and they are outlandish. Outlandish is good, fun, and notoriously silly. They make me laugh, and then I move on from them.

I usually leave my outlandish ideas off the table for consideration to produce or publish, as my fear is no one will “get” these ideas, but today, let’s throw caution to the wind.

The fact remains that there’s a chance that any or all of my material won’t be considered for production  and published (and I have had a screenplay and several stories rejected)  and while rejection is a hard groin kicker, it’s not like that’s ever made me feel like I need to go 100% full stop. I’m a masochist for writing projects.

I must also be an optimist who believes in his work, and wants to get better. I confess every day is a learning process that I’m willing to work on and improve.

That said I have an idea—it’s silly, nonsensical, and amusing–that needs to get onto paper. Gotta go make that happen.

Happy creative endeavors.

Sixteen III

In the process of writing, I’ve found some humorous things that happened with the premises I thought I’d share for grins and giggles.

A lot of theses stories are set in Charleston, or North Charleston, a fictional variation of the two, or a fantastical/sci-fi setting.

  • A lot of people make some bad or interesting bargains.
  • My ignition is high. I’m the rational one.  😉
  • Family dynamics show up in one form or another.
  • I love science fiction and fantasy a lot.
  • I have one melodrama that WON’T leave me alone.
  • I also love dinosaurs.
  • And monsters.
  • Also mythology.

That’s enough. Gotta go back to writing, but those made me smile today. The news is on, and it’s depressing me, so I better listen to some music and write.

Sixteen II, or Tell Me How You Really Feel

Yesterday I discussed writing down modes, getting them to a premise state, and wishing to type them up, and revising them. Overnight I thought about a book I was reading, and later heard the author speak, which reinforced the ideas of how emotion can drive a story forward.

So, I have a few more questions to ask of each premise:

  • So, how do these characters feel along this journey they’re going through?
  • Do these emotions change during the course of the journey?
  • What do they evolve (or devolve) into?

For the writing of the novel, the TV script, and the idea I worked on for the blog, feelings weren’t considered as the story progressed. For the novel I know I was mean to my main character, but he was kinda mellow and things happened to him, it felt like the idea was greater than the person going through the experience.

I should be so focused all the darn time, but theres something to be said for having a methodical approach especially when the goal for these stories is for them to evolve from where they currently stand.

So todays assignment is to look over what’s written, and figure out how each character feels about their life and their situation. My theory is that they will have a different or stronger directions. There will also be a moment of clarity where the character better defined.

Happy creative endeavors.

T.I.P.R.

Tailgating off my last post on ideas becoming a premise, I took out a sheet and wrote out story title, idea, premise, and lastly research topics. This is me trying to get my concepts into some type of rotation I can complete.  For example, the novel (yes, I still work on it) has aspects of dance in them, so I have some books on dancing to take notes on.

The TV show has several topics, such as; LLC, politics, religion, dysfunctional families, corporate business, and self-confidence.  I need to read some articles at minimum on these, and maybe peep a book or two for some varying point of views.

Research plays an important part in stories, as it gives authenticity to the text, as well as clarifies points to help shape the story better.  I am sure I can find more articles.

So now I have a to do list of work to be done.  Sadly, I put this on a blank sheet of paper, and not a notebook.  it’s still attached to my clipboard. May need to buy a binder soon, to make sure I hold onto papers like this.

Happy creative endeavors.