Eternal Scholar

Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger...

Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger...

One of the things I’ve come to accept is that as a writer, you’re basically a scholar of everything.

Biology, economics, philosophy, ecology. Survival and technical skills, medical knowledge, the list just goes on. What’s different from most professions is the variety. In my other job, I focus mostly on programming and technical skills while working with financial contracts. I specialize instead of generalizing.

But when I write, I find it useful to be a jack of all trades. Some knowledge on tracking here, a little first aid know how there. A little knowledge of everything goes a long way. And Google has become my best friend in this.

If I need to remind myself of the term for that particular muscle or bone, I check out a diagram. If I can’t recall the architectural word, I look for it. Writing is all about keeping the mind sharp.

The brain must grow. Or die.

Anyway, I’m at 7185 words in the past 7 days, putting me a little better than a thousand words in a day. I’m looking to wrap up at least one submission this week, but I’m hoping for two. I’ve noticed that there are long, long waiting periods between submission and hearing back from a publishing company. So it seems I have to keep something brewing at all times. Put together the submission, fire it away and get started on something else. Stay busy at all times.

By the way, have you checked out the Left 5 Dead comic at HALOLZ? That is why I can never, ever go back to Resident Evil. Seriously.

So Exhausted

Kupotos! God of War! Is what I wish I felt like...

Kupotos, Mog of War, is what I wish I felt like right this minute.

I have not been sleeping well.

Mentally, I’ve been taking my work home with me. Over the weekend I can’t help but think about the code and find errors without even looking at it. Hence my Mondays are spent squashing bugs before they ever see the light of day.

I guess it’s the stress coupled with allergies, coupled with reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which have caused some sleepless nights. Only 30 pages left in the book so I’ll be finished with it this weekend.

Narrativium jokingly asked the rest of the Bolthole not to write for a while longer. Most of us haven’t, as we hit obstacles for various reasons. In my case, I’ve decided to just go with one story for the September submission window. But I’m staring at my summary and haven’t worked on the rewritten version in the least.

To be blunt, the week has been a pretty drastic failure. I wrote a to-do list of things, such as working out, taking care of various odds and ends around the house. Working on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) so I can give my blogs a huge update soon. I hit Monday hard and did everything. Then the rest of the week fell apart.

Aurelian comes out in little over a week. Fascinating as it is, I’m not getting it. Not when the price is $50. Much as I love Warhammer 40k, I have self respect enough to wait and be patient for the price to drop after it’s re-released at least two years from now. I’m just not convinced it’s a good deal for me. But I’ve no doubt that there are least 3,000 people who desperately want to know and understand what happened to Lorgar.

Time to get out of here. Got to work out, shower and go to a farewell party. I’ll get my story finished next week. Peace y’all.

Irene and How-Your-Social-Life-Can-Survives-a-New-Game Guide

This is why I love

This is why I love

So D.C. took another round of natural disasters with Irene. Granted, Irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall, but she still inflicted some damage on homes and infrastructure. It was worse than the quake, but we’ll make do.

While the storm hit, I spent the weekend at a friend’s place for a hurricane party. We brewed pumpkin pie ale and enjoyed pizza, guacamole and good beer while chatting and playing a card game of Would You Rather…

Games like that are always interesting, because on one hand you want to say what you would do and on the other hand you have to think in the shoes of the person who asked the question. There’s no real win or lose either, and such games like Apples to Apples are meant to curb any competition for a social aspect. You don’t have to speak to one another for chess. But Would You Rather… is all about conversation.

Cool thing though was that at the party, I got to know a gent I had met before. As it turns out, he and I had a lot in common, including both being Team Fortress 2 advocates as well as Warhammer enthusiasts. If you haven’t got Team Fortress 2, get it. It’s free on Steam and upgrading your account is a one time cost of $1 if you find yourself liking it. Anyway, this guy collected a Warhammer Fantasy army of Dwarves. I’ve considered a Fantasy army, but would want something I can use in the 40k universe as well. You can use feral Orcs or crazed Marauders in 40k in some capacity, but not Astartes in the fantasy setting.

Moving along, Space Marine is due out in 7 days. On one hand, I might want to make a crew of the Bolthole gang. On the other, my buddy will probably want to do an Angry Marines clan. I’ll figure out which soon enough. Now, if you want your social life to survive a new game that you will probably have to make for some preparations.

  1. Clean your house. Because you’re not going to be doing this for a while.
  2. Pay your bills. Too easy to forget to do this, so do not procrastinate.
  3. Stock up on quick meals. If you’re like me, you may want to consider some healthy food options if you’re watching your waist. But quick meals save time, and save money that would otherwise be blown on expensive pizza deliveries.
  4. Hang out with the friends who don’t play. You’re going to disappear for one, possibly two weeks. So hit the happy hours, buy them a round, laugh, smile. Be a good wing man. Make the most of it.
  5. Treat the girlfriend nice. Make or take her to dinner, be romantic. Do something wonderful. Or she won’t be around when you get back.
  6. Work out like a champ. Alright, your body is going to suffer from a wee bit of atrophy from sitting there for a few days. To prevent this, you may want to work out hard core so your body actually needs you to rest. What’s that, body of mine? You want me to take it easy? I can do that…
  7. Get a list of who is playing. Find your friends, get them together. At least they know where you’ve been, because they’ve been playing themselves.
  8. Figure out your time off. You would have had to prepare for this ahead of time, but a day or two can really make a weekend rock. If you have flexible hours, consider taking a few hours off a day for a week, so 6 hours work days for a week while using 10 hours of time off. Play it right and you can beat traffic home, giving you even more free time to play. However, I do not advocate working from home because you wouldn’t actually be working.

This is probably the most eclectic batch of tags I have ever posted.