Monday, 30 December 2013

Getting Back Into It

Last week was a pretty damn lazy week for me. In my defence I spent a large portion of it depressed because someone I really care about seemed to just fall off the world. I didn't from them for three to four days and that can feel like quite a long time in the right circumstances. If there's someone out there you really care about then make sure you tell them, kay?

Still, they're back and it's a new week and even though it's still the holidays I have work to get done. I need to edit The Beast for that guy for a start. It won't take long to do either. I've just not really felt up to it. Plus it's a pretty awesome piece of writing. I don't want to look through it and think "Damn I was awesome." or, worse "Wow, what was I smoking when I thought that was good?" I've gone back and looked through my old work before but not something that old. I wonder what it'll be like to go through my original first novel. I remember starting writing, and then writing something else when I realised I wanted to build my skills up before tackling something like that. I got an idea so great, and put so much effort into it, that I wanted to do it the proper justice.

Before I can even start working on that again I also have to work through Immortal Space and get that finished at last too. Which is of course going to take quite a while when you consider that I'll be going through it and essentially making this a second edition.

I guess that's the plan for now then really; The Beast, Immortal Space, random fanfiction, then see where things take me. I also have to write Caspian. Remember that? I do. I read somewhere that the worst thing for a writer to do is run out of ideas. To finish something and not have something else to move on to.

I guess I won't have to worry about that for a while. For fiction writing at least. As far as blogging goes I'm a little screwed because I always seem to run out of ideas.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Well Well Well...

Romans, lend me your ears! Non Romans too. That includes you. Yes, you. And you. I've blogged before about how I was a member of a freelance website. It includes things other than writing too so I just describe it simply as a "freelance website". I also said that I didn't have much luck there and was then advised to go and give it one more go. Have another look, and see what there was.

About a month ago, almost exactly a month ago, I did find something to apply for and applied for it. There was someone who was looking for stories to compile into an ebook. The rules were that it was over 2500 words and I did actually have a story that fits into that. Many moons ago I started a second blog to post my writings on. It was actually seven months ago. Sheesh. One of my original plans for that blog was to post a story a month and then compile them into short story collections. That didn't go very well as I only posted two stories on there. That's where I plan on posting Immortal Space chapters by the way. One of those stories is called The Beast and it's based on a poem I wrote. It's about 7500 words long.

I submitted a proposal to the guy a month ago as I said, and then after I didn't get a reply, I thought that I had been quietly rejected. About a week or so ago they finally got back in touch with me and asked for a sample of my writing. I sent him a sample and again, it took a while to hear back from him, but it was good news. He said that he really enjoyed what I wrote and asked me if I could revise and reformat it. He gave me a new format to use and I plan to get to work and get it all sorted for him.

I'm going to try and contain my excitement but, my friends, I may be published again sooner rather than later, and it won't be Immortal Space.

Also, yes, Immortal Space is STILL on hold. Hey, it's not going to take long to go through a 7500 word story. It's not like I'm writing a 180,000 word story.


Thursday, 26 December 2013

I'm Almost Beginning To Feel Bad

About how long it's been since I've done a podcast that is. It's been about a month now. I'll have one for next week most likely. In the meantime, if you're really wanting to hear my voice, then check me and four other guys out on Bored Wrestling Fan. We have a review up after every show and I even write the one that goes up on Friday. Every week at 2PM EST (or 7PM GMT) we also go live on the air on Ustream. Join in the chat, or just listen in. Lastly, we're even available on demand through iTunes, Stitcher, and the website.

Well it's still the holidays so enjoy just the cheap plug for now. Wow the holidays have really helped my schedule out this week. Hey, at least it's something non-Christmassy. Almost every blog right now is Christmassy and it's bound to get annoying after a while.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Freakin' Christmas

I know I don't normally post on Wednesdays anymore but I'd be very remiss if I didn't stop by to wish you all a merry Christmas. Have a good one folks and I hope you all get something nice. Coal can be nice too you know. It can keep you warm during the cold winter nights.

I specifically asked for this. A lot. I hope it happens. A plush version that is.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Shopping

I have absolutely failed at Christmas shopping this year. I have only bought 6 presents, of a possible...18. I don't think anyone really would expect me to get that many presents though. If they did then they don't know me that well. I'd like to say I feel a little bad but I'm not going to until I see those disappointed faces.

There is actually one person I bought three presents for and all of them went missing. Joy of joys. I sent her some mail and ordered her a package, neither of which she got despite them being marked as delivered. Then when we found that out I bought her another present, which also went missing. We have no clue what happened and have been forced to conclude that someone stole her mail. So, whoever did that, fuck you. Fuck you in the ass with a rake. With a double edged rake. I will do it personally. I really don't swear much but damn, that really annoyed the both of us.

Well anyway, yep, I failed massively at Christmas shopping. I'm not very good at shopping for Christmas in the first place because I'm so disconnected from my family that I have no idea what to get any of them except my dad and brother. I barely know what to get them either. I bought my dad a gift subscription a few years ago and now I just renew that and he accepts it as a present. It's pretty expensive too which helps. I found something my brother might like too and was able to pick it up. Now to hope that he doesn't already have it. Since he got his job he buys himself a lot more stuff so I don't know if he does or doesn't. If he does, then hey, I just accidentally bought myself something. Yay.

Even though I usually take Wednesday off I'm going to stop by to wish you all a merry Christmas on the actual day itself. I hope your shopping exploits have been more successful than mine and that your mail isn't being stolen.

Friday, 20 December 2013

I Need To Start Being More Organised

As far as blogging goes at least. I think this is the third time in as many weeks that I've had a late post, or thought that I didn't have anything to say. I think I should probably try and pick a subject and switch things up around here. Maybe have a single focus so that I have something to post about. Like the news. There's always news, right? I think there is anyway. The problem is finding something worth talking about.

I do know that I need to do something though. I need some kind of security or the only option is that I would have to stop blogging because I'd have nothing to blog about. It's not like I lead that interesting a life and have much to blog about as far as personal experiences go. I've probably made almost every personal post I can out of my past.

I do have a few topics I've thought about for next week but I'm not sure what to do after that. I suppose I'll see. I'd like to continue blogging but I can't continue with it like this, which massively sucks.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

More Technical Difficulties

Sorry about there still being no podcast. I didn't realise this until I tried to record something but the microphone on my computer isn't very good. I'm going to need to buy a new headset. It's also going to have to be a USB one because I don't think this new computer has a microphone jack. I'll check the tech specs and see.

At least I do have something to talk about. My pony fanfiction writing days are over. For now. A seven month project spanning not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR stories has come to an end. Thankfully only the second one was 180k words. The third was about 20k and the first and fourth were about 5k or so.

It feels really strange that something that has been part of my life for the last seven months is done. It's something that has been one of the main focuses of my life actually. I updated it with about 2k word updates every two days. I never missed an update either except for when I went on holiday and that was because I had no internet. I even managed to post one update that week. I'm pretty awesome.

I'm going to take the rest of the week away from writing. I might take next week off too because I'm just that mentally drained, but I do plan on going back to Immortal Space now. My plan for it is to start again from the beginning. I don't think I'll be rewriting it, or changing much at all, but some things might change. In effect I'll be writing the second draft. I've never written a second draft before. I would even post updates to things as soon as I'd written them. Barely ever had a complaint about the quality of writing either. I don't think I ever had one about the quality of writing.

I also really need to get my Christmas shopping done.

Monday, 16 December 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, advertising is dead. Well, not really, but it's taken another blow thanks to a kickass service I only found out about recently. It's called Patreon It's sort of like Kickstarter and Indiegogo except instead of making a one off payment to support someone, you become a patron and give them a certain amount of money each month to support them in whatever it is that they do. As with Kickstarter, there are also incentives just in case wanting to help something you enjoy isn't enough.

First of all, there are the different incentives for each donator amount. Now, I've only actually seen one thing on there so far and it's a webcomic so I'll be using that as the example. At the lower end of the spectrum you get access to comics early and it gets better as you go along. The top tier reward is actually a blank book. Each month you pick your favourite comic and the creator prints it out in high quality, doodles on it, and mails it you to put in the book so over time you fill it up. That sounds pretty awesome.

You also have the milestone goals where you pledge to do a certain thing when you reach a certain amount of money coming in each month. The guy who runs the webcomic has pledged to remove advertising when he reaches enough money and has already hit a goal to remove one of the adverts from his site. I think advertising might be one of the most popular choices for that kind of thing.

I think this is a pretty cool system, and I really wish that there was a way I could make it work for me. I'm well aware that I don't really have the userbase though, or anything I can actually do. I can write, but I'm not sure how well I can really apply it here. Sure, I can offer the incentive for a printed book when it's finished and I can allow people access to read it as I write it, but that's it.

It, much like Kickstarter, is another way to bring the power back to the hands of the people. Especially the content creators too. Maybe it's something I can look into some other day. Sheesh, I really need to be building up my userbase right now more than anything.

Well I need to be writing too. That's pretty important.

Friday, 13 December 2013

An Update On My Cat

That has to be one of the simplest titles I've ever written. Cut me some slack as it's quarter past three in the morning here and as soon as I've done writing this I'll be getting off to bed. As I said on Monday my cat has a bit of a problem with his eye. He sees fine and hasn't mewled or yowled about anything, but there was some black patches there and you could see the pink of his skin too. That's not a very good sign. At first I suspected it might be a battle scar gained in combat with our female cat, but my dad suspected conjunctivitis. Garfield has actually had this before so we knew he'd be okay at least. Still, Monday night when my dad got home from work, he called up the vet and away we went on Tuesday morning. He went in a pink cat carrier but I doubt he minded. He doesn't have his manhood anymore so I doubt he can feel emasculated.

We took him in and on the way I began to wonder if maybe it was actually a cut that got infected. I didn't voice this so I can't claim any credit for my idea. You see, that's what the vet confirmed it was. He gave him a look over and dropped something in his eye (so glad I didn't have to do that) and came to that conclusion. It was pretty cool too because the eye drop discolored his eye. He had one orange eye and one green eye for a while. The vet also weighed him. We think he's a little chubby like most neutered cats but the vet didn't say anything about his weight. That suggests he's probably actually doing okay. All I know is that it was 4.4 kilos. In the end the vet just gave him a quick jab and said he should be good in a few weeks. He's already looking a lot better so I doubt we'll have to take him back until the next incident.

There was a police dog at the vets too. A proper police dog, complete with handler. I wasn't allowed to stroke the dog though. It made sense seeing how I was holding a cat at the time. It would have been nice to stroke a proper police dog I must admit. The vet bill wasn't too expensive either. It generally comes to around £50 which is, by my estimation, about 70-75 dollars. That's pretty standard around here for something routine like that. There are various animal charities here that subsidize vet fees and do complicated and expensive procedures for less money. But, obviously, with optimal quality. They actually saved Garfield's life when he was ran over. He's a pretty awesome cat. Even if he is expanding.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

No Podcast Due To Technical Difficulties

Yes, I remember that I'm supposed to have a podcast. The technical difficulties in question are me acquiring a new laptop. Christmas is coming up and, while my old laptop functions very well (probably a record setting life for a laptop owned by me) it couldn't really keep up as I was using it for more and more things. So to that end I decided to buy myself a new one. I realise I'm also saving up a large sum of money for some kind of secret plan, but worry not; all of that is still going to go ahead. As I said, it's a Christmas present. For once in my life my dad is going to be paying ME back rather than it being the other way around. All in all I should still have all the money I need to go through with my plan in the original revised estimates.

There's one major problem that comes with acquiring a new computer and that, as anyone who's bought a new computer knows, is the transfer of files. For the majority of today I will probably be spending my time transferring files. I only got as far as moving half of my music collection, giving up, and then realising that I could add music to my computer through my homegroup (I've lost my external hard drive so I'm transferring the files through my home network) and then have iTunes' handy "consolidate files" option create copies for me. I have iTunes load up the files through the network and then use it to make it's own copies on my computer. After that I can worry about moving across all the other stuff.

I've managed to get a good amount of software over at least. I've had no difficulties and I can really tell that this computer is a lot faster than my old one. One thing I'm going to be using it for is playing games. They're games that are a few years old now so it didn't need to be top of the range. The computer guy was the one thing I never really expected a computer guy to be; he was nice and honest. I went in there expecting to buy another computer and when I asked him about it, he asked me what I was going to use the computer for. When I replied gaming and running a lot of different things at once, he pointed me in the direction of this computer. It was exactly the same price but a better machine for what I was after.

In any event, I hope to be finished with all this soon. Transferring the files over the internet is actually going at about the same speed so it's not been bad at all. I just have a lot of stuff to transfer. I should really invest in a proper external hard drive. Screw cloud storage. Why pay a monthly fee for something I can get in a single payment?

All I know is I'm in for a long and boring day because I'll probably have to use neither of my computers for much to keep the transfer speed high.


Monday, 9 December 2013

My Poor Little Kitty Cat

As you should be aware; I have two cats. I believe both are tabby cats as I've come to learn that tabby does not mean female cat, as I was once lead to believe. A female cat is called a Queen Cat. Yep. I have one boy cat and one girl cat and that is actually how I usually refer to them.

They got in a big fight on Saturday night and then when I saw the boycat (also called Garfield) he had a pretty nasty wound around his left eye. There's a lot of black there now and if you look closely you can even see the pink of his skin. I'm fairly certain this is a war wound. At least, I really hope it is. His eye is fine, or appears to be. He moves it just fine and he's yet to howl in pain or discomfort. I'm hoping it'll go away on it's own in a day or two as he heals.

My dad works on Monday's so I can't take him to the vet today but if it doesn't clear up soon then I will of course be taking him post haste. I really hope it's not some kind of illness he'll need eye drops for. It would suck if he was sick in general and I don't want to administer antibotics to a cat. It was bad enough when either of them needed to be given pills. They run if I spray them for fleas and don't reappear for hours. I dread to think about what they'll do if I try to pry their eyes open and then drop stuff in it.

It's hardly the first time they've fought, and doubtless it won't be the last. They've really been getting along and rarely fight anymore. When Girlcat (also called Kadie) was first brought to the house they'd fight a lot. She was way scrappier so she'd always win too. Plus he'd been fixed at this point so he was basically lazy. Actually when they fought was when I saw him move the most.

When I think about it, I think he's actually had something like this happen before. He got some black stuff around his eyes before and it did go away on it's own.

I just hope the little guy's alright.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Cutting Down

Don't worry, I didn't oversleep. I just didn't write anything in advance of today because I stayed up too late last night to set one up. I do have something though so that's a good sign and means I can just go write ahead and write something.

One good thing that came out of seeing my doctor last week about not having diabetes was that he referred me to their on staff nutritionist. I went to meet her properly on Tuesday. She was pretty nice and managed to condense about an hour long thing into half an hour. She said I kept looking at the clock which was a sign I was bored and didn't want to be there. That wasn't true though. I was checking the clock because I was waiting for a message from my dad saying he was home, could pick me up, and I wouldn't have to walk home. I didn't get that message until I was walking home.

Well anyway, the nutritionist told me that I was actually eating for two. Legitimately. As in every meal I had (well, not every meal) was enough to feed two people. She suggested I literally cut my food intake in half and see what happens. Also I need to replace that half with more liquids as they can help, and are pretty necessary to weight loss. Not that I really needed more liquids.

Now I'm kind of undereating but I'm doing fine as far as things like hunger go. It's only been two days so it's still very early days, but we'll see what happens. When I've lost a little weight and I'm feeling more comfortable, I can get back in the gym and watch it just fly off like it was the first time I went there.

I'm due to see her again some time in January when hopefully I will have lost a little weight. It's a long journey but heck, gotta start somewhere.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Quitting While Ahead

I had a pretty strange sensation recently. As recently as yesterday actually. I was writing a chapter for a story and as soon as I wrote a certain line, I felt that was it. That was the line that would spell the end of my story. As I kept on writing, I did indeed wrap the story up and give it a nice finish. I'm not 100% done with the story yet because I need to write an epilogue or two (yes I write two epilogues) but the bulk of the story is done. It's pretty short but it felt like it was done. The fans of the story aren't totally happy that I decided to end the story out of the blue. It was out of the blue; I had no real plans to end the story, it just happened. But one commenter was pretty cool and said that it's the mark of the master to know when a story is finished and wrap it up, before things drag on too much. I basically did all the staples of a story too. The bad guy showed up, was defeated, and then the guy got the girl in the end.

I think one problem people might have had with the ending coming so abruptly is that it was, as I said, short. Especially compared to my last story. The last story I wrote took me seven months to write and I think I've been working on this for, what? Three weeks? It's also a ninth of the length, coming in at about 20k words (when completed).

Still, the universe lives on and I think that's something the fans are getting. That particular story had to end but the universe it was created in lives on. I'm sure I'll write other stories in that universe as time goes on. Just like if I wrote Immortal Space, and there was more to it, I would write a sequel. It doesn't mean that things are done, just that little story.

Our lives are full of little stories. Me writing that story was a story in my life. I'm still alive though. I think. I'll have other stories too. Maybe one day I'll tell them to my kids and they'll make stories of their own.

To be honest I have no idea what the point of this post was. It just felt really odd to have a moment of "Well, this is done." Now to begin questioning this decision.

If you're wondering, no, you can't read this story. It's a fanfiction about colourful little ponies, complete with a surprisingly high dose of sociopaths, psychopaths, and drunks. I write an amazing psychopath. I don't really want to dwell on that.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Late On My First Day

I am indeed going to be late on my first day back at volunteering. At least I still want to go, so that's actually a good sign of things. I'm pretty late with this post too because I didn't set anything up before I went to sleep and overslept. I did that thing where I fell asleep after waking up again at least. My body really sucks sometimes. Still, being late for there is kinda what I do best. It's just so in form with how I left them really.

I always figured I'd be kinda late to work anyway. I'm going to be working in the afternoons which means I'd have to try and get in by about one, and that was always going to be a close call. Today of course I had a pretty delayed start to my already delayed day. I could actually just tell myself that I'm going to be working from two. They have two different lunch breaks. One at 12, and one at 1.

I also lost my ring in my sleep which definitely, definitely sucks. I really hope it turns up after some searching. I've not had too much of a chance to search for it yet. I haven't even had my breakfastlunch yet. Technically the first meal I have during the day is breakfast but it's at lunch time thanks to my sleeping schedule. Heck, you could say I'm supposed to still be asleep right now because I'm supposed to be working a night job.

If you're curious about that one then I was contacted recently by them. They're still undecided. Yep. They called me up to ask me some things and asked me to go to my doctor and that they might need to talk to him themselves. Unfortunately my doctor kind of sucked and I blogged about that last week.

In any case, I need to get things found and go and do stuff in town, part of which involves working. Voluntarily.


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