October 28, 2011
Okay, so I’ve been tinkering for a long time with the idea of someday programming a text-based roguelike space-exploration game, in which you remotely-command a probe, explore, collect materials and data, and eventually upgrade with new equipment, sensors, weapons and whatnot. Anyhow, I’ve been reading about Minecraft (another game worth looking at) lately, and through that I happened to come across the freeware game, Dwarf Fortress. Quite frankly, I am amazed.
This game accomplishes almost exactly the sort of intelligent randomization that I am hoping to formulate, quickly generating a high-fantasy world, complete with civilizations, monsters, named people, not to mention its own history. Then, you get to play your own part in this world’s history either city-builder style in Dwarf Fortress mode, or RPG style in Adventurer mode. Whoa!
Now, I won’t lie. The interface and graphics take some getting used to. There are a whole lot of keybindings to learn, and it can be tricky at times to interpret what the text-tiled graphics are indicating, but if you’re interested in extremely in-depth fantasy games, then I would definitely give this a shot.
Now, for a quick update on what I’ve got brewing (no, the aforementioned Probe game is not on the list–I’ll let you know when I get to it!). My album recording may have hit the 2/3 mark today. I say “may” because I’m still debating whether or not to keep my recording for song 8/12. There were a few moments in my take where things didn’t go quite as planned, which leaves this recording somewhat organic (as I have been calling it). Frankly, I’m a bit fond of it–which is actually unusual for me in respect to my recordings; however, I’m still not 100% certain.
Furthermore, I have been outlining/developing backstory for my science-fiction novel for NaNoWriMo (if only my brain could intelligently randomize an entire solar-system as quickly as Dwarf Fortress can a fantasy world!). I’ve also been working on a map of said solar system, which I will post here when I finish it. So stay tuned if you want a sneak peak of the solar system where this story takes place!
October 23, 2011
Well, the funding deadline for my Kickstarter project has officially passed, as of 12:00pm yesterday. Thanks to everyone who participated! Over half of the copies have already been sent out, and the others are either awaiting shipping information or will be sent out during tomorrow’s trip to the post office.
What’s up next, then? I’m still chugging along on my album (see previous post). I haven’t quite hit the halfway point as far as recording goes, but hopefully sometime tomorrow I will record vocals for the sixth song of twelve, and that will do the trick. I’ve been dying to get another looping pedal (my previous one went haywire), but it isn’t really a necessity for this album (which is entirely acoustic guitar and vocals/harmonica). Still, I think I may resolve to purchase another one as a reward for finishing the album, though I’m not certain what kind I will try.
On the writing front, I am gathering ideas in approach of the outlining phase for my Science Fiction novel (which is, as yet, unnamed). I plan to start writing in November, to coincide with NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month), it is essentially a personal achievement in which one strives to write an entire 200 page/50,000 word novel during the month of November. Participants can even sign up on the official website (linked above) to help keep track of their progress.
I won’t be signing up this year, but I have decided to at least give it a try. However, I am allowing myself to possibly opt-out if I decide that the NaNoWriMo deadline is too oppressive for me/this particular project, because, simply put, I am an incredibly slow writer. But, who knows? Maybe this sort of pressure will be perfect to kick me into high gear for once! I intend to find out…
That being said, I am definitely not going into November unprepared. I intend to have a detailed outline of the entire plot, as well as a vivid notion of backstory/setting/characters/macro mechanics. And that is what I’m up to now.
Now, what is this novel going to be all about? Well, you’ll have to wait and see! I’ll offer up a little snippet in a few days after I’ve compiled my thoughts a little bit better and have a more concrete idea of names and such.
PS — This post has 425 words. Successfully completing NaNoWriMo means writing over 1,666 words every day.
October 20, 2011
Well, this is exciting! My hand-publishing project has been a whopping success so far on Kickstarter , with 458% of the funding goal raised (the excess allows me to print more books for everyone who has ordered). Remember, if you’re seeking a good ghost story or two this Halloween season, it isn’t too late to order your copy of “The Blue Wasp”! Funding ends on Saturday at noon (central US time).
That being said, thank you deeply and sincerely to everyone who has backed the project so far–I could not have imagined this level of success!
In other news, I have recently launched a new webcomic, about a brain amoeba, named Avery, who has been released into the Internet after attempting to settle in my head. It is more or less completely based on true events. Anyhow, I will hopefully be updating every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Avery also has a tumblr account which you can follow if you would like to keep up with the comics via Tumblr.
Now, as the title promises, I’ll finish with a little bit of music news. For those of you who haven’t heard, I have an album in the works. I’m still up in the air as to whether I will use it as a demo to submit to recording companies, or if I will simply self-publish it. Right now, I am recording in a very lo-fi sort of style, on a four-track cassette recorder with not-so-very-good equipment, and I sort of appreciate this feel for this particular album. However, I wanted to include this in this update just to say that: there is a good chance that I will hit the halfway mark on recording today.
Actually, that’s what I’m going to go do right now.
PS. If you want a sneak preview of the album, you can download (for free!) early recordings of several of the tracks here.
October 14, 2011
My ghost story, “The Blue Wasp”, is up on Kickstarter as of this morning. The project is only running until October 22, in order for the copies to ship in time for Halloween. This leaves only a week for you to show your support for hand-publishing and secure your copy of “The Blue Wasp”!
You can read all about the project on the Kickstarter page (linked above), so I won’t repeat myself too much here. However, I do want to say that every night I will be posting a new sample from the story (no spoilers) up on the Kickstarter page, so keep an eye on the Updates section for that.
October 13, 2011
We used to do this thing on RPG forum sites called thread-necroing, where we would dig up some ancient, pointless post, full of trolls, flaming, and general sound and fury–a post that was just about to hit the cutoff line and be deleted from the server–and bump it up to the top with a new comment. Anyway, I feel like this is a bit of blog-necroing.
I started this WordPress account a long time ago for some reason or another (because someone told me to, maybe?), and I quickly learned that I was a terrible blogger. I lacked the grace and casual fluidity of a laid-back blogging voice, and, well, it took me forever to write a post. I hung in there for a while, posting a little less than once a month, but eventually I called it quits for the sake of time.
Now I am in a predicament. I’ve been developing a whole slew of creative projects, and I’m right on the cusp of putting some of them out for the public (more on this later). However, I don’t have a stable, professional internet presence to send people to. My twitter, though witty at moments, is hardly mature, let alone professional, and my tumblr may have occasional updates about what I’m doing, but it is hardly organized. So, I think, my solution lies here; in the hallowed halls of the Wandering Ponderer (I still wander, you know? Perhaps more frequently by bicycle, nowadays).
So here’s the deal. I’m resurrecting this blog with a more focused purpose: to keep readers/subscribers/digital drifters up-to-date on whatever creative projects I have brewing. Yes, there will be the occasional off-topic post about my bird or Quetzalcoatl, but my priority will be creative works.
Well which project is coming up next? Glad you asked. For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing and developing a ghost story (illustration close-up here) called “The Blue Wasp” which I am going to hand-publish (write, illustrate, print, bind, and mail) and distribute through Kickstarter. I don’t want this to be my last hand-publishing endeavor, so I want people to have a place to go to keep up with further hand-published stories, as well as the other sorts of trouble I’m causing. Once again, that’s where this comes in. Consider this blog home base for everything I’m up to.