Monday, May 13, 2013

Questions and Ponderings

Friday's game was decent.  Most of it was travel time, with a good RP encounter in a sacked village that involved a group of Were (think tall wolf-men) of questionable allegiance.  They had helped in one way, but hindered in another.  Created some tension, and put the party in an interesting predicament.  Ahnuld didn't get to do much besides help investigate a temple to his god that was spared destruction for some reason.  However, next session promises to start with a roll for Initiative.  Sweet!

I also recently started a Facebook page for my Orc RPG.  Invited a bunch of friends and posted a download link to the playtest version.  It's more or less a complete game.  I just need to fine-tune the rules, and make any changes that playtesting comes up with.  Then it will need illustrations and artwork, and it will be pretty much ready to go.  Not sure how I will sell it.  Probably offer it as a PDF, but I might also do Print On Demand through Lulu or someplace like that.  We'll see how that goes.  First things first, though.  I need people to play it and give me feedback.

Earlier this weekend, Charles Gramlich asked me on Facebook where he could review my latest story, Blood from Sand.  And I honestly didn't know how to respond.  It is currently not available in any format, so there is no Amazon or Smashwords page to review it on.  I suppose he could review it on his blog, but what about people who read the review and wonder where to get the story?  Right now the plan is to re-publish the story, along with revised versions of both Pekra and Severance in a collection showcasing some of my better female protagonists.  That will happen in just under two weeks, after Severance gets out from under Amazon's KDP Select program.

I'll have to ponder that for a bit more.  In the meantime, I am down to one more discussion topic and a Term paper for this class.  So, my next couple of weeks will be focusing on that.  Probably won't get a whole lot of writing done, but that's nothing new.

I did start something that I am hoping to keep up with, though.  I have a tall bookshelf in our room that has been relegated more for clothes than books.  However, I cleared a shelf off so I could put some books there a while back.  Yesterday I organized the shelf with books that I would like to read over the course of the next year.  There's some new stuff there, some relatively new stuff, and some classics.  It's all various genres and lengths, but the main portion is Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery.

The first in queue is Orcs: Bad Blood by Stan Nicholls.  The direct sequel to the first Orcs trilogy, Stryke and the Wolverines are pulled back into conflict.  I had started reading it a while back, but had to set it aside (no doubt for school reasons).  So, when I picked it back up yesterday, I started right where I left off.  After just a couple of pages it all started coming back to me, and I am once more right in the thick of the story.

Had a good Mother's Day yesterday.  Made breakfast, went to church, had lunch at Red Robin, chilled at the house and watched The Dark Knight Rises (finally), and then just lazed the rest of the day away.  Michele says it was a great Mother's Day.  And, as long as she's happy, I'm happy.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Let me know when Blood from Sand is available again and I'll review it at that site. Liked it!