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Planning and Passing

Planning and Passing

I have been tackling my editing duties with a determination of purpose rarely seen round my way. As I planned to have writing done by the end of December, I now have editing targeted for the close of play this weekend. Assuming all goes well with the publishers, we might have a green light for layout, art, release, etc., so there really isn’t any more time to ‘fanny about’, as they say. While I’ve reserved evenings for editing, I have…

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Reasonable Resolution

Reasonable Resolution

The new year swings around and I had a wee dram o’ whiskey, so no need to worry about a hangover or anything this morning. Mind, a week off work has gone me out of my routine, which likely won’t make this week any easier. I’m relieved I managed to meet my deadline of a draft of my Maelstrom supplement for the end of the year. I sort of cheated, by sketching some of the content with the intention of…

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Beggars – Day Fifteen

Beggars – Day Fifteen

If I consider my working velocity as 1,400 words a day, it might work. In 10 days time, I’ll have 17,800 words done – and I’m thinking that’ll hit the mark as a ‘shitty’ first draft. I had high hopes two weeks ago. Two weeks later, my velocity has slipped from a less than ideal 1,400 words a day to a feeble looking 715 words a day. Yes, I have managed to write 10,003 words (as of yesterday evening). However,…

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Beggars – Day Eight

Beggars – Day Eight

I gritted my teeth for much of the weekend, as despite the best of plans I failed to write a single letter for my game supplement. Of course, I didn’t waste the time either. I did a lot of family-related stuff, like helping with the Christmas Tree (hefting the box from the attic and unpacking/hanging the decorations) and attending a presentation on Saturday afternoon (for the benefit of my personal education, and entirely unavoidable). I also managed to help with…

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Beggars – Day One

Beggars – Day One

I aimed to write a lot about beggars this weekend for Maelstrom. I managed a little, but not a lot. I started with slightly over a thousands words already written – and got up early on Saturday to get house stuff and chores out of the way. I did the same on Sunday, squeezing in vacuuming, washing up and helping with the cooking. However, in the end, I only managed to raise the word count to 3,800 – a pitiful…

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Conventionally Done

Conventionally Done

I attended the Kensington-based Dragonmeet convention at the weekend. I’m verging on being a regular, having attended for the last four years, but never been before as the guest of anyone. On this occasion, I attended as a guest of Arion Games owner Graham Bottley. Mind, I would not get to sit around and freeload… No, I had to run a demo game for the Maelstrom system. I have been roleplaying since I was about 12 years old. However, aside…

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Book Piles and Gumshoes

Book Piles and Gumshoes

I have been reading like a demon of late. In the last couple of weeks I have finished reading three books – Life in a Medieval Village, FlashForward and The Esoterrorists. Admittedly, I had reached the halfway point in one and another amounted to only 88 pages; but, I’m impressed even if no one else is. I have reasonably good cause to read each of these volumes. I have far too many books lying around the house not to have…

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