Argle

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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Apr 282010
 

Just discovered what could be a rather unfortunate hiccup in the outline for the work in progress. I’m not sure the material that’s currently divided up into the next two chapters is really more than a single chapter’s worth. :-?

Blah…

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Spelljammer Galactica

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 11:20 PM
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Apr 272010
 

Been reading through The Plane Above–the parts I didn’t write, mostly ;-) –and I’ve decided on a campaign I have to run at some point in the future.

Back during the Dawn War, the gods made a pact with… Something. Something from beyond the cosmos, perhaps an abnormally sane/communicative creature of the Far Realm, perhaps something else entirely. They did when the war against the Primordials looked bleak indeed, and they were desperate. The deal was for assistance against the Primordials, which they received–but the price was that they would eventually have to sacrifice several million souls (cue Dr. Evil pinky here) to this creature. The gods made this deal through Tharizdun, the only one of their number mad enough to commune with this creature.

The gods reneged. One of their reasons for imprisoning Tharizdun was to avoid payment on this horrible debt, since the deal was technically with Tharizdun alone.

But now, ages later, the maruts have somehow unearthed word of this debt. And being the enforcers of binding law that they are, they have set about to collect. They have no access to the souls that have passed beyond the Raven Queen’s gates. They cannot enter the divine dominions. They cannot just start killing mortals in the real world, because that sends most of them to one of the above fates.

But they can cull their sacrifices from the border islands surround divine dominions, and the survivors of the various shattered/abandoned dominions. It’s from the cultures of these many “islands,” the only independent cultures of humanoid souls in the Astral Sea, that the PCs come.

They are part of a ragtag fleet (here we go ;-) ) of spelljammers, planar drommonds, and the like, fleeing the burning wastes that were once the border islands. The gods cannot and will not interfere for directly; the fact that the maruts are actually acting in accordance with the gods’ oaths prevents them from doing so. A few do appear to the fleet now and again, but all they can offer is guidance, as these several thousand lost souls sail the unexplored far reaches of the Astral Sea, beyond the domain of gods or the telling of myths, seeking sanctuary from the constant ravages of the marut armies, as well as the many other raiders and hazards the Astral Sea has to offer.

Yes, I spend way too much time thinking about this stuff.

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This one goes to eleven

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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Apr 272010
 

65838 / 95000 words. 69% done!

That’s only a hair over 2k words for the day, but it’s eleven of sixteen chapters done.

Wouldn’t mind being done, but at least it’s still going fairly smoothly (if no longer as easily as it was earlier).

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Professional cradle-robber

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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Apr 272010
 

I am starting to become more than a little disturbed at the realization that so many of the people I work with in publishing–editors, agents, etc.–are substantially younger than I am.

You damn kids get off my lawn! And you’ve got it damn easy. When I was your age, we had to walk two miles in the snow, uphill, just so we could get off someone’s lawn!

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These things are important, y’know…

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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Apr 272010
 

Having trouble finding the proper writing music for today’s endeavors.

Yes, this is a legitimate problem. :-P

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Oops

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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Apr 272010
 

Sorry about the downtime, people.  :oops: I think everything’s dealt with.

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Tipping Point

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 1:10 AM
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Apr 232010
 

No matter how psyched I am about a novel, no matter how easy the words are flowing to start with, there invariably comes a point–usually anywhere from 1/4 to, oh, let’s say 5/8ths of the way in–where it suddenly get a lot harder. I’ve done enough that I no longer have the “new cool” enthusiasm to keep me going, and it becomes a trudge to reach the end.

Guess what I just hit on the work in progress? Go on, guess. I’ll wait.

Guh. :-x

Yeah, I’ll work through it. I always do. But it’s always more fun when it’s, well, more fun.

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The Wrong Idea

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 9:41 PM
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Apr 222010
 

So, in the past two or three weeks, I have come up with a whole heaping mess of new ideas. Unfortunately, the majority of them are either

A) Tie-in story ideas for properties that I am not currently, and unlikely to ever be, working on; or

B) Book titles that are completely inappropriate for any of my existing ideas, and are not providing me with any story/plot ideas to go along with them.

This, Brain, is not helpful. You shall stop this immediately, or I’m putting you in the corner until you learn how to behave…

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Work in Progress

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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Apr 222010
 

3,037 words today. Well, sort of. A few hundred of those were already written–occasionally I’ll jot down a scene that comes to mind before I get to it–but still, mostly new words.

And that brings me to…

52465 / 95000 words. 55% done!

And that’s the end of chapter nine. Seven more to go…

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*Beeeeeeeeeeeeep!*

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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Apr 222010
 

This has been a test of the Mouseferatu blog-cast system. Had this been an actual blog entry, it would have included something at least vaguely resembling content.

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