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

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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