Journal 8: 26 October

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So much for regularity! It’s been a couple of months since the last post, so I’ll dive in with a quick round-up of posts.

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I have been slowly working my way through the LifeBook course and reviewing my coaching course materials from Mindvalley. Still some work to do, but nearly there. I also rebranded my Restaurant Blue Book site so it’s focused on professional consulting to independent restaurants (alongside the blog of articles), and also launched its own Facebook and Instagram pages.

I am also getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2020. It will be my first attempt at a novel and I have an outline of a modern-day supernatural piece which I plan to use as my guide to try to hit the magic 50,000-word count in November. Unless I switch to fantasy or sci-fi at the last minute.

I’m still working on “The Gift” and have further polished my earlier drafts. The short story is at about 4,000 words and I have penned a few through lines for story development as it lends itself as an introduction to a larger story. If I had more ideas here, this could be the NaNoWriMo project – maybe next time.

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    About 40 years ago, I discovered role-playing and Dungeons and Dragons in one of the after school clubs. It revealed a universe that allowed me to flex my storytelling muscles and enjoy a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and feed the escapist dreamer inside.

    Over time, I played (and story-led - marked with *) many systems including Call of Cthulhu*, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons*, Middle Earth, In Nomine*, Bushido, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chill, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Gammaworld, Hawkmoon, Stormbringer, Immortals*, Marvel Super Heroes, Paranoia, RuneQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade*, and a couple of systems my own devising (Medieval* and Parody*).

    I explored live-action role-playing – eventually running my own club and creating my own LARP systems (Fools Gold and Dream Conquest) – and usually found myself in script-writing or game-master duty, writing over 500 individual live adventures over the period (usually weekly), many linked into the world events of the fantasy land we created. I also volunteered for Curious Pastimes and Lorien Trust at their main LARP events (special effects at the Ritual Circle), and did a little script work, cameos and improv for Curious Pastimes. I was also the South East's Editor (UK) for the LARP magazine The Adventurer. The biggest event I ran was a 10-month modern-day "murder mystery" LARP set around parts of Kent where characters were "always-on" and could get updates and interactions at any time outside of scheduled events. That was in the 1990s.

    I was also the artistic director for English Heritage for their live Halloween Horrors events at Fort Amherst in Kent from 1998-1999.

    Now, I write as the mood takes me with occasional competitions and challenges, and this year (2020) I will be taking on #NaNoWriMo.

    Here's to the future!