Kin Slayer

Whew! The work week hasn’t wanted me to get a nugget of writing updates in. I’ve been squeezing in a few words here and there, but I think tonight’s been the first in a few where I’ve gotten some time to really spend writing. It’s a bit later than I normally like to close up shop, but that’s the price you pay for your writing. I’ll get up like a zombie in the morning to do my regular run and then crash at the end of the day. Really hoping the weekend hurries up and gets here.

In other news I’m planning my Pathfinder campaign this weekend. We’re doing kind of a round robin DMing where everybody gets a turn to run their own mini-campaign within the constrains of the world. So far it’s pretty fun! I’m planning this one to be a longer one (ie. 3 weekends in length) so I’ve been having to squeeze in time to plan that in addition to my regular writing time. I love working on both, but unfortunately can’t do them at the same time. Every time I work on one I feel guilty about the other, and vice versa. They’ll both get done, but in their own time apparently.

Enough of my sleepy ramblings though. On to word metrics!

Project: Ghosts of Pikes Peak

Summary: The old, abandoned Davis Farm just outside the bustling city of Pikes Peak is riddled with malicious spirits. Werewolf detective Colton Fen has been assigned to a half-vampire partner, Rennick Dalton, to handle the troublesome ghosts, but even their combined strength may not be enough to dissuade the poltergeists from plucking victims from the outskirts of town. Is this a simple case of ghost infestation or is there something far more malicious going on in the farmhouse?

Current total words: 32,383
New words written: 2,708

Progress in Story: A new character rears her head and adds in a refreshing bit of contrast to our regular guys. She arrives just in the nick of time as well.

Total Words for 2012: 41,964

Snippet: Colton is just not having the best of days.

His face collided with the dirt, and he sputtered against it while he fought the dizziness. A weight was brought down on his back and his arms pulled up behind him, bringing his head unwillingly up. A man crouched down in front of him and held his chin up to face him.

“You will be our message to the agency. This city belongs to us, kin slayer! Your head will stand as a warning to others like you.” The man pulled something from his belt and held it against his neck. Colton tried to struggle away from it, but a second weight came down on his legs to hold him still. He felt a stab of pain as the blade dug into his throat.

More Productivity Than You Can Shake a Stick At

This weekend was pretty damn awesome. I admit when it started out I was exhausted and Friday afternoon kind of crept up on me.

Friday: Got delicious Moe’s for dinner with friends and played on Guild Wars the rest of the evening. I was so zany for the weekend, but I think my guild mates are pretty used to that from me. 😉

Saturday: Decided when my sis and I got up that we were going to work on our bed outside. So we made a trip to Lowe’s and picked up lots of top soil, mushroom fertilizer, and black mulch. As you can imagine, watching the trunk of my Corolla sink as each bag was dropped in was a wee bit nerve-wracking! Then we went about removing 4 old bushes in the back of the front bed. That place was so crowded with shrubbery that it’s no wonder they weren’t growing well.

Well they were a bit more determined than we thought they’d be, so my Dad came by and brought his pick axe to help out. I was amazed: that axe made such short work of those sad bushes! So that took a lot longer than we’d expected, then my Dad mowed our lawn for us while we went grocery shopping for our gaming that evening.

Headed over to play some Pathfinder with friends, and Tim grilled some delicious ribs and squash, zucchini, and mushroom shish kabobs. So yummy! Pathfinder was fun, and while we ended the 3-week battle we’d had with a race of underwater creatures, we set ourselves up to be in a tournament next weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing how my dual-wielding ranger holds up on her own in a one-on-one battle!

Sunday: My sis had to grade papers today, so instead of hopping onto a game I decided to write instead. Trying to get myself into the writing mode more often! I was editing for so long that I’m needing to ease myself into it again. I finished one story and ended up submitting it to Pill Hill Press’ Big Book of New Short Horror. Their forums are always hopping, and while I’ve never had a piece accepted by them, I’m eager to try! Here’s the stats on it:

Project: A Slippery Customer
Deadline: Submitted!
Commentary: A hooker for hire picks up a man that’s loaded with cash. She figures he’ll be an easy catch, especially since she has a few tricks up her sleeve. But is this customer more dangerous than he seems?

Total Word Count for 2011: 18,603

Overall, I’ve had one productive weekend! Now to get back into working mode again. =P

Wicked West, Glass Tunnels, and Pirates

So I haven’t updated over here in a few days, partly because work has been sapping my time and also because I’ve been busy editing & playing video games to zone out on. I’m up to chapter 11 with my edits on Suzie, meaning we’re well over halfway and much closer to the end. I believe there are only 18 chapters in the book.

I did finally finish my Wicked West tale and submitted it to Pill Hill Press’ Wicked West anthology. And because they’re so awesome, they allow folks to post teasers of their submitted pieces. You can read the first 500ish words of “The Night Feeders” over here. Of course it features a vicious villain (what western doesn’t have one?), a damsel in distress, and an out of town stranger who may have some supernatural qualities. 😉 There’s also lots of other cool snippets over there. Some that likely were accepted to the anthologies, some that weren’t, but all are pretty cool if you go browsing.

In other news, I’m working on a glass tunnel in Minecraft. Yesterday I was on call for work and therefore couldn’t really dedicate myself to editing like I wanted, so this game was perfect for passing the time and having fun. Going to be posting a video to Youtube of a funny experience I had with creepers and spiders. I make it with Fraps (which I purchased oh so long ago when I was still taking CS courses) and pulled out Premiere Pro to add a few bells and whistles. Haven’t gotten the chance to play with that in a long time, so that was fun. Of course when I went to upload it to Youtube it was around 1.5 GB in size, so our internet got bogged down. Going to have to upload it at some point when I don’t need to be online. When is that exactly? 😉

In other news, the Lucius Big Bang 2011 will be starting signups soon, so I’m excited about that. Last year I hopped into the fun too late and didn’t get a chance to write anything for it. After I got so much good feedback on the Malfoys in Short of a Dark Lord, I decided to write some more fiction with them in it. Lucius is one of my favorite characters in the HP universe after all, so not writing fiction based around him is… well odd for me. Time to rectify that!

We’re also starting a new Pathfinder game this weekend, and I’ll likely be playing a dual-wielding human Ranger. I considered being an elf again, but decided to be something different. Of course being a dual-wielding ranger limits the races you can choose though. Originally I thought a gnome would be cool, but they’re not really built for that kind of design. Halflings…hmm, I just can’t get into them. I love playing them in video games and reading about them, but roleplaying one? No thanks. Oh, and the theme will be that we’re pirates, so my chaotic good character is going to have to need some robin hood traits to keep from moving down to neutral or evil alignment. 😉