WIP Edition 2: 30 May

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Writing

My Main WIP – The Gift

It’s alive! As I continue to learn more about story structure, good plotting, character depth, show-not-tell and more (as every writer should – never stop learning), the story has evolved. The short-story that began it all has become the lead-in to what is developing into a ‘Dude with a Problem’ story (based on the Save the Cat genres). Added about 1200 words to the story this week but switching between structure and story as I try to stop writing myself into corners.

In Other Stories

I got distracted by the Flash Fiction Weekend Party on a Secret Tropical Island Hideaway over on Scribophile and wrote four new pieces of 300 words. It was fun to spin the creative wheels and you can read three of the shorts I posted here on this site: Dog’s Dinner, Defalcator and Mother. The third piece was a dialogue entry which I might play with for a short story as it was kind of fun banter.

I created a playlist called “Writing Advice” on YouTube where I bookmark instructional clips which are useful. Hope you find it beneficial.

Reading

I gave up on The Savior’s Champion at about 60% (audio format). I found it a refreshing change of pace than the Fellowship of the Ring at first but everybody (and I mean everybody) swears most of the time, speaks like puerile teenagers (though they are all adults) and the ‘trials’ drag on. You can read the rest of my thoughts on Goodreads. That’s the second book I dropped out of this year. The other was Seveneaves though the writing was a higher standard in the latter.

Daily Life

I wrote 2 new posts on my restaurant blog: Life on the Front Lines: A Restaurant in May 2020, and How uberEATS works for Restaurants.

I have been asked to film a short video clip for Help 4 Hospitality also, so I am scripting this as I write. Still not wrapped this one yet.

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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!