Thursday, 7 June 2012

Thursday Tips - Camp NanoWrimo

NanoWrimo tips So I'm having a hell of a time with Camp Nanowrimo this month. So I'm taking a few minutes to look back on my practices from past Nano making some notes on what has worked for me to try and remind myself of what I need to do.
I think this might become something of a regular thing. Thursday tips, so check back often and see what I'm writing about each week. If you have suggestions or requests for a tip list then just comment and I'll see what I can do for you.
  • Write in chunks, 3-5 times per day. 
  • The minimum is 1,667. We all know the magic number and so many of us struggle to reach it some days. Always try to build in some padding to your word count. Instead of shooting for that aim for 2,000. That way when you're short one day you have that back up. 
  • Buy yourself a reward and don't let yourself touch it until you hit that 50k 
  • Turn the TV off. If you have to cook/clean/do other chores, make them brief. 
  • Limit yourself to checking your emails & Facebook with meals and for no longer the. 30 minutes at a time. This one will be different for each person as everyone uses Facebook and email for different things. The important here is set a limit and stick to it. 
  • If you have spare time and for whatever reason can't work directly on your novel then use the time for outlining. 
  • Take the time to read the encouraging emails sent out by Nano. They offer a variety of tips and suggestions.
  • Find local group, it is great motivation to be writing along side other people with a similar goal. 
Well that's it for now I have a lot of catching up to do at this point.  So back to the word mines.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Camp Nanowrimo Update #1

Wow, Campnanowrimo is off to a right shitty start for me. I capped out at about 1k on Friday.  Saturday was a complete write of as I was busy getting ready for this years Zombie LARP. Then Sunday was recovering most of the day and a little bit of clean up followed by a 60th Wedding annivarsary.  So the long and the short of it is that I am now at the end of day four and I'm at 1k when I should be at 6,668 words.

It is depressing but certainly not something that I can't recouver from.  No doubt there is a formual online someplace that would tell me the minimum number of words I need to write each day in order to catch up.  Maybe I'll try and figure it out/find it tomorrow at work when I can't be writing.  In the mean time, I should be writing.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

I Surprised Myself

Well I’ve gone and done it again. I’ve made a rash decision that is going to affect my entire month of June.  Thankfully I don’t regret this decision for a moment and in fact I’m looking forward to the next month now more than I have been in months.  All because I’ve gone and signed up for Camp Nanowrimo.

So I’d heard about this thing on twitter from a friend @rhondaparrish  she’d mentioned it and was wondering if anyone else was going to do it.  At the time I’d never even heard of it. When I looked into the site it seemed like just the thing I needed to some focus and drive back in my writing.  So of course I promptly forgot all about it, which is the way things seem to go in my life.  This afternoon it thankfully popped into my head so I rushed back to the site and signed up.

Now here is the plan. I have two projects I want to work on.  One of them is an Adventure for Epic d6 and the other one is a piece of erotic alternative history.  Yes, I know you are only supposed to work on one project during these things but the adventure is a project I’ve already started and the deadline for it was May 1st.  Since I’m a little behind I’ll have to make up the time with extra work in June. 

Finally the reality of this summer being what it is it looks like Camp Nanowrimo might well be the only camping I get to do this year.  So I’m going to follow another of Rhonda’sideas and try to really embrace the Camp theme. Like her my walks are going to become hikes, as an added benifit there are some trails close by that I can use. I'll try and write outside when I can and the weather permits.  Assuming I can keep up on my word count I may even spend some time sitting around the fire.  It all sounds like an ambitous plan, but we will do what we can to make it happen.

Here are the synopses for the two projects.

Carrying a Torch:
In ancient Greece entire tribes of shape shifters have been put to the sword, their woman and children killed out fear, and whole villages left to burn.  It was the fear of something different and unknown that drove the governments to these acts of genocide. Now years later most people have forgotten or put it out of their minds.  By some it was viewed as a dark time in their histories, to others a horrible mistake. Now the few remain shifters trust no one as they struggle to survive.  Despite that it is a time of celebration in Greece it is time for the Olympics.  Two shifters for different tribes have gotten into the games. Both with dreams of using the prize monies to help rebuild what’s left of their tribe.  They never thought for a moment they would also be competing for the love of a local priestess.

During the last leg of cruise, the Wave Horizon drops anchor to give the passengers a once in a life time opportunity, swim and play in the middle of the ocean.  But the spot wasn’t chosen at random, things are at work on board the ship.  As the last group of passenger frolics in the waves jelly fish from the depths come up and begin attacking passengers. Hours later you are among the last survivors of the Wave Horizon, and possibly the only people who can stop this infested ship from reaching the main land.
Using the new Epic D6 system from Final Sword Productions you will have to battle the infected and put together a plan to stop the ship anyway you can.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Zombie LARP

I was asked to share the link to an old blog post. Since it was no longer on an active blog I wanted to re-post it.  You can find the original post and the comments here Hopefully we will see you at the next Zombie LARP planned for June 3rd.  For more details you can visit their site at

It’s Sunday morning as I sit at my computer for a few minutes trying to keep my thoughts clear in a body that is in pain.  So far this weekend I’ve played 2 different games that I’ve never played before.  It’s been a wonderful way to kick off the October and Play a New RPG month.  This report will focus on the second game I was in. I want to get this out before I forget, because I wasn’t able to take notes during the apocalypse.
Our zombie Survival team

The arsenal.

The Steinbach LARPers Society hosted a Zombie Apocalypse game.  People were encouraged to come out with your favourite Nerf Gun, LARP baseball Bat or whatever else might be found during a modern day Zombie Apocalypse.  Our own group collected a variety of weaponry;
  1. ·         A purple royal crown dice bag (that I stuffed with foam) to simulate a dice bag.
  2. ·         A knitting needle case the was filled with straws to simulate knitting needles
  3. ·         A spray bottle filled with water that was supposed to be a mixture of peroxide that would blind a zombie
  4. ·         5 different style Nerf guns.
  5. ·         A couple of foam knifes
  6. ·         And more Nerf Ammo then you can shake a stick at.

Hey, long time no see

Well it is time to get this whole blog thing going again. It going to be a repository of all things I enjoy and that are affecting my life. That’s could include projects I'm working on (mostly writing and game design), games I'm playing, events I attend, and pretty much anything else that catches my fancy.  You can be certain that you will see a lot of things about writing, role-playing games, board games, my struggle with weight loss and maybe a bit about spirituality and polyamory.

No promises about the regularity of posts, I went done that route once and failed miserably. This time around I’ll be doing my best to keep this place active.  The best way to encourage me to post is to comment.  If you see something that is interesting in here let me know and I’ll be that much more likely to write more.

Anyways, I’ve got to get back to other projects right now so I’ll post more later.