So, it’s been a week now since I changed up Storming Dawn and transformed it into -rks. You may have also noticed that I have a new website name too! I was very happy to get this new title. It makes it easy to remember. It’ll be awesome once I actually get myself published.
Before you ask, I’m still working on the new page formats and I haven’t had a chance to get them all fixed up yet. Heck, I’m not even sure what I’ll be doing with all of them. But I do like the new theme. The “Daddy, Author, Gamer, Reader, Dreamer” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
I should mention that I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in some time. I’m not really sure how long it’s been. It doesn’t help that I may be in what I’ve come to call “The Week of Dreams.” You see, every month or so, I get a week where I seem to have these super-vivid dreams every night. Sometimes is actually multiple dreams each night. You might think this is awesome. It can be cool…but not when I desperately need some serious sleep. Because I wake up more tired than when I lay down. And I rarely get dreams I actually want to remember.
For instance, the dream about our entire freezer being stuffed with frozen Digorno pizzas? Yeah, not exactly inspiring.
But let’s get down to it. You’re here for the writing. The good news? I finally forced myself to do a “voice edit” of Glimmer of Perspective. I was going for a very particular tone in this story. I don’t usually think too much about tones and voices, since I usually just let that stuff happen naturally, but I knew it was important to make this story work. I like it a lot better now and I feel like I’m close to a finished product.
Yes, I know I only have a few days left until my self-imposed deadline. I’m going to focus on this for the next few days.
Which leads me to my next thing. And this? This is going to be hard.
I’m considering imposing a gaming curfew on myself.
Ugh, I don’t even like writing about it.
You see, I used to take the time to write in the morning before going to work, but that doesn’t work anymore. Caitlyn is always awake now before I leave the house. And she’s sometimes fussy or talking or playing or doing things that would disrupt my concentration. So I can’t do that anymore.
I can’t cut back at work. I already feel like I’m under a whip most days. In fact, I’ve forced myself to spread out my journals to give myself time to actually relax on my breaks instead of working all the time. And the 45 minutes a day 4 days a week during my lunches isn’t cutting it.
So it leaves only one thing. The days I have on my own…I need to start writing again.
I used to have a goal of 1000 words a day. Hell, I used for force myself to do at least a page a day. I haven’t actually written something new since Waterfall a few months ago. And it’s driving me crazy. I need to start writing again!
So this means one of two things: either cut my gaming on my days off to an hour and a half, or force myself to do writing goal before being allowed to game.
In the sense of productivity, I suspect the word count goal will be more effective.
And before you ask, yes I have considered cutting out gaming entirely. However, gaming is one of my favorite past times and an enormous part of my coping mechanism dealing with life in general. I think it would be unwise to remove that.
So, starting in September, I’m going to start a new goal of 1,000 words a day, except for Sunday. 6,000 words a week is good. And I can do that.
I’ll just need you folks to keep me honest. And I meant you human folks. I don’t really care what Google Bots think.
The Conquering Ponies
I’ve had a lot of fun playing Civilization V this week. I downloaded several My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic mods for a game. I’ve really enjoyed the fun Pony artwork, music and leaders. And considering I just whooped Sombra’s tail in a very brief war where I decided to pick out three of his cities and make them mine…ahh…it was good. Hell, Rome tried to take over Cloudsdale right as I was about to start a campaign against a particular city state, only to have the Chinese, Sombra and Nightmare Moon declare war on me in short order.
Pushed back the Chinese to Shanghai. Annihilated the Nightmare Moon forces attacking Ponyville. And defended Cloudsdale without blinking, only to strike back and take two of Rome’s cities. When I had the third, Antium surrounded, Caesar was so desperate he actually gave me Antium to stop me from taking Rome itself.
I allowed it…until Nightmare Moon crossed my borders to go after Rome and I decided to finish Caesar off before Nightmare Moon could get a foothold in my territory.
Sorry, Luna. You’d better be quicker next time.
What? I’m not allowed to conquer nations in real life. Let me do it to pixels. You can’t stop me!
This week, I started a new project called “Journey to Equestria: A Retrospective.” It details my flirtations with My Little Pony over the last few years and how the entire family came down with Pony fever. I want to make sure it’s done right, so I’ll probably post that up sometime in the next week or so. It’s going to be a multi part series, which I hope will end with the reasons why I find the show so fun and compelling…and why I think the message it gives is something that cannot be waved away.
But the other thing I found?
This amazing 5 minute short is entirely fan-made and rivals the quality of the actual My Little Pony show. And it’s one of the funniest darn things I’ve ever seen. Since I saw it a few days ago, I’ve probably watched it 20 times, if not more.
Listen, I don’t care if you like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic or not. Take 5 minutes and WATCH IT. All I’m asking is that you TRY it.
It’s not like I’m asking you to swear allegiance to Equestria or something.
Here’s the show:
JanAnimation‘s work is utterly astounding. I cannot believe the quality of his productions.
The next one is specifically targeted for the people who think the whole My Little Pony thing is a bit…odd.
I would like to mention that you are actually hearing John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Tara Strong (Twilight Sparkle) singing in this video. It’s sort of a promo for the Brony Documentary John de Lancie produced.
The last one? Because I like it and it’s fun.
Sorry, no ulterior motive here.
Anyway, that’s all for this week folks. I hope you guys and gals are doing great.
Oh, and I’m also trying one more thing. I’m going to force myself to comment on 5 different posts of different people a week. And not just random comments, but something intelligent and insightful. So if you’ve actually reached the bottom of this page, congratulations.
You get a cookie.
It’s in the mail.
Good luck and have fun!