Priority Shift (Family Issues)

Okay, so you probably noticed I didn’t get a blog out last night. Well, originally that was because we were doing our baby shower for Tali. Well, now I’m not going to be doing one at all this week. Right now I’m in Mission Hospital with Laura. She’s got some sort of bug that won’t let her eat or drink anything without throwing up. She’s hooked up to IVs to keep her and the baby hydrated and nourished. We’ll probably be out of here tonight or tomorrow morning,

As such, everything is on hold for a bit.

And yes, I’ll even skip my Pony video for the day.

I’ll let you know more next week.

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Derailment

Well…this week…

Has turned out to be unexpected.

I mentioned last week the stress was starting to get to me. I don’t remember if I mentioned the panic attacks or not. Well, they reached a boiling point and I decided to see my psychiatrist about it. And after a brief discussion, he decided to put me on a short-term disability leave. As such, I won’t be returning to work until the second week of October at the earliest. It also depends on how I do.

Now, I should say that things have improved quite a bit since I got some time to myself. Things have been difficult though. Caitlyn’s had an attitude problem the size of the galactic core. I’m trying to deal with all the details for this leave, plus the coming baby shower for Tali this weekend. There’s also Caitlyn’s EEG on Tuesday and my own counseling session on Monday along with another OB/GYN appointment.

Fun stuff eh?

Writing

But I’m not going to waste this time. A lot will depend on my meeting with the counselor, but I have several plans. The first is to kick my writing into overdrive. And yesterday was a good start. After putting Caitlyn to bed last night, I managed to punch out 1,036 words in a new short story called “In the Sun Eagle’s Wake.” It’s been a long time since I actually wrote in a new story. I’ve done so much editing, revising and reworking that I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to actually write. And it was great, especially since I only have the roughest of outlines for this story in my head. It means I can go anywhere and do anything.

But the other matter is far more exciting to me. Starting this Wednesday, I’m going to start going to the Mission Viejo Library and spend some time alone in a study room focusing solely on writing. No internet, no distractions, NOTHING. Nothing but me and Scrivener.

It’s going to be AWESOME.

And by the way, I do plan on putting this story up on Kindle too. 🙂

In addition, sometime tomorrow morning, I will get Glimmer ready to go out on other platforms.

It’s a lot better now that I have Normandy back. I was forced to work on my iPad Mini for a short time again, though thankfully it was only 2-3 days this time. And now I have another 90 days on my warranty. I had to turn in my Mid-2010 MBP 15″ for some seriously loose hinges on the display.

Other Matters

I’ll be honest, there’s not a lot else going on. I know I should have a ton of cool writing projects going on, but at this point in my life, I have to do it when I can do it.

But, I did get something cool in the mail the other day!

Friendship Free Fall

This was my little gift to myself for getting Glimmer up on Kindle. Right now, I love it. It’s classy…and it helps that Twilight there is trying to reach a book. It seemed fitting somehow.

Laura and I have been enjoying the console version of Diablo 3. It’s fantastic to play side by side with her on something. Especially for a game that’s easy to just tear things apart after a hard day of work.

In addition, I’ve been really enjoying my time in SW:ToR right now. The game has its issues. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of things it needs, but the story is amazing, just amazing. It’s a great time.

This is probably the first -rks blog I’ve ever done while sitting at home. Every other time has been on my lunch break or rest break at work. But, just because I get some time off to try and get my head right doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore the commitments I’ve made. I know they’re more to myself than anyone on here. Let’s be honest, most days I might get 1-2 visits.

But I hope one day, someone will get curious and take a look back through these and see how I became the writer I will be.

One day. 😉

Okay…today’s random YouTube Video seems particularly fitting. Yes, it’s another PMV, but it’s a good one.

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

Glimmers in the Night

Glimmer

I’m pretty stoked to see FOUR 5-star reviews of “A Glimmer of Perspective” on my Amazon site. Three of them were from the Facebook OC Writer’s group, though I’m happy to say I didn’t ask for any of them. All of them were the honest opinions of others. And I don’t even know who the fourth is!

So people seem to like my writing. That’s good. I’m happy to hear it.

Still, please take a look!

Because I’m starting something new!

In the Sun Eagle’s Wake

This story is set in the Dreamscape universe. And I’m aiming for it to be a short. I hope. Whenever I actually AIM for a short story, it ends up long. But so far, the pieces are just falling in place without any trouble. So far I’m about 1,000 words in. I don’t really know how long it will be. I have a middle and an ending vaguely in mind, but that’s it. But so far, I’m enjoying it and the characters are just fun.

The Night

And now to the not-so-fun thing.

The stress in my life is getting…extremely difficult. The stress caused by issues at work, Caitlyn’s seizures and everything else are starting to impact every aspect of my life. I’m not sleeping well. I can’t concentrate. My writing isn’t working as well as I want to. I’m not doing well at work.

It’s getting bad.

I have a plan on what to do…but…well, I need some serious divine intervention to make it work. Now’s a good time for a miracle, God.

Gaming

I’m taking a break from World of Warcraft right now, even though 5.4 just launched. I wanted to give things some time to settle down before I head to the Timeless Isle…and then take Lyss into Siege of Orgimmar. Should be fun…though now I get the fun activity of trying desperately to hide from spoilers about the end cinematic.

So after I finished most of the campaign and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep in Borderlands 2, I decided to move on to something I’ve been wanting to play for a bit: Star Wars: The Old Republic.

SW:ToR

I haven’t written much about this since I stopped playing back in March some time ago. I feel bad for BioWare, because they had an amazing game there…but…it just didn’t hit the nail like it should have. The original issues that annoyed me greatly in the beginning are still there. Very long load times and very long travel times. I might be spoiled from flying in WoW, but it’s just difficult to judge. In addition, I don’t feel all that powerful. I seem to have to heal after every fight…and it slows things down a lot.

Sadly, there are new problems with the Free to Play model. Primarily, they shove the subscription model in your face every chance you get. Seriously…it’s EVERYWHERE. When you go into a rest area, you find out you don’t get rested XP…from a giant message along the time. Just mousing over XP bars or even GETTING QUEST REWARDS…you’re told a thousand times you need to subscribe to get this, that or the other.

With that being said, the story is still damn near amazing. At the moment, I’m going through the Jedi Knight quest line on Alderaan and I am definitely into it. I do love that my character is actually fully voiced. And the environment are gorgeous. I’m considering reupping for about a month or so to see if it’s worth it or not. But I haven’t decided yet.

Rewards

So, to end tonight, let’s talk about my own rewards. First of all, I purchased a Fluttershy and a Twilight Sparkle patch for my work bag. And a new pony shirt. (What? Did you think you were going to escape the pony thing? Ha!) I’m totally thrilled to get these. My own little present for finally getting published.

Now…I’ve thought about the videos for this week…and couldn’t come up with anything clever. So time for just some random Pony Music Videos:


 

Why? Because I like them. That’s really it. 🙂

Anyway, that’s it for this week. I’m going to put the whole “Journey to Equestria” thing on hold for a bit. I need to update it and proofread it.

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

Now Available on Kindle: “A Glimmer of Perspective”

Go check out “A Glimmer of Perspective” now!

Glimmer of Perspective Final Cover

Synopsis:

This is about our companions. Of the secrets they keep. Of the duties they perform. Of the work they do every day as we rush around in our lives, unaware of the hidden things in our own homes.

We can only see the direct result of their labors. But occasionally, our companions will allow us a glimmer into the true nature of the world.

This is one such glimmer.

(2000 Words)

——–

I’m happy to announce that “A Glimmer of Perspective” is now available for sale on Kindle.

I’ve edited the story to death, killed myself trying to come up with the right cover and gotten a million opinions, but it’s finally done.

I’m currently selling it for just $0.99, so hopefully I’ll do pretty well. The only trick is to get eyes on the story. That’s going to be the serious challenge. However, my Facebook writing group (OC Writers) has been very supportive and two of them were nice enough to actually post very positive reviews. And no, I didn’t ask them to do it. They did it on their own.

I’ve had pretty good comments on this story overall. I posted the original draft on deviantArt some years ago. The story is completely different now, but still, those comments helped encourage me to do this in the end. I won’t bore you with them though, at least not right now.

In the aftermath, I’m just tired. I worked for hours to get this just right on Saturday afternoon…but there are other things going on…

Stress

Things…aren’t going well for me right now. I’m not foolish enough to be totally honest and open about them. I’m sure I’ve caused serious problems doing that in the past, as I’ve said before. But I’m having a lot of trouble at work. And I’ve had a serious increase in panic attacks lately.

I don’t know if it’s about Caitlyn’s MRI tomorrow, dealing with leave issues with work, all the work I’ve put into Glimmer, Caitlyn generally being a bit of a lunatic lately or what. It seems like I’m under attack from all sides right now. I was hoping it would lessen when Glimmer was done, but it hasn’t. If anything, Glimmer was a good distraction for the serious problems I have right now.

I can’t say more. But I’ll ask for whatever prayers/good thoughts/what-have-you you’re willing to send my way.

Writing Goals

*Sigh* I actually tried to do some writing this week, but I got less than 200 words done. Terrible, just terrible. I can’t believe it. All of this stress has sent me into serious issues with my writing. I don’t know what project to work on. Should it be “The Last Dreamer” or should I delve back into the Dreamscape universe? I don’t know…and I won’t be able to decide today.

I don’t know…I might just have to write when I can this month. It’s going to be hell with all of Caitlyn’s medical appointments, combined with the OB/GYN appointments for Laura. Plus I’m going to need to see a few doctors this month.

I have no idea how I’m going to keep it together.

Assorted

There’s a lot of other things going on too. I’m going to try and get Glimmer up on iBooks, Kodo and Nook. And I’m also considering doing some of my older stories. However, those stories will need to be done under a pen name. And while you might try and figure them out, I doubt you’ll be able to do it. 😛

Also, because there’s like maybe 3 of you.

But hopefully, I have a few more folks coming in because of this story.

Anyway, it’s time for the weekly videos, right?

First we have this GORGEOUS song, based off “Love is in Bloom.” I beg you just to try and listen to it. Yes, it is Pony-related, but you need to move past that and just enjoy this stunning music.

 

Now this, this is just fun. I love the visual style of this video. It’s just plain old COOL. I wish I could come up with effects like this.


That’s it for this week folks.

Next week, I’ll see about posting the “Journey to Equestria” retrospective for something different.

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

A Glimmer of Perspective

…is almost here!

I admit that I’m super excited right now. Through the help of two good friends, I had some new eyes on Glimmer. I switched the tense from past to present, except where applicable. It’s funny, since I had originally written Glimmer to be present tense and switched it to past…and considering I forgot a few verbs…heh. Well, it was a bit of a tense mess. I’ve edited to the point where I just need to do a final pass before flinging my work out to the masses.

In the final hours before the deadline for the 2011 Blizzard Global Writing Contest, my wife Laura did something awesome. She read my entry “Ashes over Stormwind” to me while I paced in the bedroom, playing around with a display longsword. It allowed me to hear it without reading the words and in a new voice. It was awesome, especially since I tend to words sometimes.

…see what I did there? I’m hysterical.

Anyway, that’s going to be the last pass.

Now, I promised on my Twitter feed you would get to see the potential covers for “A Glimmer of Perspective.” So here they are!

Light pattern by http://creativity103.com

Light pattern by http://creativity103.com

In case you’re wondering, yes, the patterns of light do have to do with the story. But to find out why…you’ll have to read it!

I found the free stock images at Creativity103.com. I was surprised at the quality stock photos. I thank them for their generosity at making these images free.

I haven’t finished the work on the font and size. I need to make sure it’s easily readable as a thumbnail. But I think it’s striking and it should grab some attention.

I will likely be charging $.99 for the story on Kindle. It is only a short story at 2,000 words.

All that’s left is to write the synopsis, log lines, dedication and complete the cover. So it’s just time for the dressing and then you’ll finally be able to read my first Kindle story! Hooray!

Writing Goals

So yes, I have decided on my new goal of 1,000 words a day for the entire month. Hopefully I can bring that up to 1,500 in October. However, I will still be allowing myself Sundays off. That’s more of a practical decision. Since I’ve committed to doing a blog post every week along with the needs of church and work, I don’t really have that much time to commit on Sundays.

I haven’t decided what to write yet though. Yeah, I know. I should decide. I’m thinking, okay? I’m torn between the new idea of “The Last Dreamer” or…oh jeez, I can’t even remember what the other project was! Maybe something to do with Scribe. I need to get a full Scribe novel up to snuff.

I’ve decided to put aside “In the Corridors of Light and Dreams” for the time being. It needs an enormous amount of work and I’ve been editing and tweaking this entire month. I need to actually write something new or I’ll go nuts.

Gaming

I finished the main quest line of Borderlands 2 last night. I was fairly happy with the final boss fight, but it was actually a lot easier than I expected. That probably had to do with all the “Golden Key” guns I had which allowed me to way overpower everyone in front of me. At the moment, I’m going to be playing “Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep.” I have to admit I’m really enjoying this. I love how Tina will randomly change the environment. Such as the “Forest of Tranquility” which Tina changes to the “Forest of Trees that Want to Eat You” as the flowers and the grass vanish and several hanged people drop from the sky. It’s just…insane and funny.

And considering how hard I’ve been working lately, yeah, I need that.

As for the end…that’s pretty much it for this week.

But there will be stuff coming soon!

And you’ll have an update for the launch of Glimmer as soon as it’s posted!

And now…because we can’t end the day without a Pony video…

I’ve decided you should watch Button’s Adventures again.

 

Good luck and have fun folks!

-rks