I have abandoned the Dread fleet. The black flag flies no more, instead lying tattered and frayed upon sands stained with elven blood. The dark cloud of Ninth Age 1.2 has done what no player or foe has done before now. It has robbed my Dread Elves of their claws and has broken my will to lead them. The Dread Elf dream is dead. Why? A fair question.
I’ve now finished my first novel! And by ‘finished’ I mean I wrote the end and most of the story has been drafted out. I think I have 10% more to do, corridor and elevator scenes for the most part, to match everything up and then I’m ready to submit it to places! How very, very exciting!
Amongst all the excitement that’s brought on I have to say my grand finale, the great and climatic action sequence that brought everything to an end in an exciting crescendo of violence, action and heart pounding excitement, was actually pretty difficult to write. And that’s because it involved violence, that key part of most films and books people think is easy to write, easy to make exciting because it’s something that gets the pulse pounding – indeed, our pulses were designed to pound when we needed to do something violent. So why was it so difficult?
So I’m now 15 stone. That’s 210lbs. And it ain’t pure muscle, or even a desirable percentage muscle. I’ve been keeping pretty well to the diet, and the switch up for breakfasts has really made me feel more awake in the mornings. So where’s my failing?
Since my last post, I’ve done three runs. That’s in about three weeks I think. I need more exercise in my life if I’m realistically going to lose weight and shape like I want to. My flatmate is going to the gym pretty regularly and I want to start going a long too, but it costs money. Running doesn’t. The weather’s getting warmer and the morning drizzle isn’t so frigid, so I’m running out of excuses.
“It’s easy once you get started.” “Just make it up – how is that difficult?” “Write anything you like.” Ever heard these reassuring phrases before? Perhaps when you’ve asked people how to start writing something, or improve it, or what makes for good creative fiction. Fat lot of good they do when you’ve asked, “How… Continue reading Get Writing – Starting Fresh
Some of you may know I’m a bit of a Star Wars fan (in the same way Stalin was a bit of a tyrant). Others of you may be aware of the X-Wing Miniatures game, and that I play it. If you’re not, check it out – it’s a great hobby if you’re into space-combat… Continue reading Wars in the Stars, on a tabletop.
Since I changed my job role slightly and got very involved with that, and a few other things, my old writing blog fell by the wayside sadly. But my writing didn’t! I am now thirty thousand words into my novel and going strong – and still writing bits on the side. I’m pretty damn chuffed… Continue reading The War with Words Continues
2016 begins with a fresh chance to lose weight! As does every day, if you’ve got the right attitude. After losing five and a half stone (cue much rejoicing) I put two stone back on over a year and a half. I don’t have a reference for this except possible the noise made by… Continue reading Yet Again, Into the Breach
I cannot believe Draps found this. It is horrifically mundane and mildly dull as a principal – people can literally do that thing where they pretend to be a train conductor anywhere they like. On the bus, at the office; hell, even the gym! Train-conducting fantasists could be lying in wait for a signal and… Continue reading Pocket Trains: Is that the X-O’clock to nowhere?
The Ninth Age Battle Report – 2,400pts, Dwarves (Chad) Vs Warriors of Definitely-Not-Chaos (Jason) The Ninth Age is upon us! Or at least, those of us who are trying out the fancy fan-made rules that were cooked up by a group of gamers based on the Fantasy rules. For those of you who don’t… Continue reading First Foray Into the Ninth Age
Greetings! Having had several diffuse blogs on several diffuse subjects, I’ve decided to compile all future works here. It will be a collection of lifestyle, dieting, writing and gaming tales which I hope you all enjoy! A few will be published considerably later than they were written – hence the dates in the posts. I… Continue reading And So The Pages Creak, Long Closed From Human Eyes