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Writing Update: Scorpius Port

I was working on Scorpius Port the past couple of days, but most of that work was in 3D modeling concepts that I have been making as I try to get a good feel for how the station looks. These will eventually be used as the cover art for the novel, so it is time well spent while I think about what to write in the story.

As for what to write, I am up to 29,716 words of rough draft in the novel. It is frustrating trying to get things done without reliable access to the Internet, however, and I am still a little uneasy on if I will get together the money needed for the electric bill or not, so those two concerns are leaving me stressed out and distracted a lot of the time.

For now, I am still making good progress and will be posting more updates when I am able to.

Happy Valentines Day

I’m not much for relationships, but I’ve always kind of liked Valentine’s Day, I think it’s the hopeless romantic in me. Maybe I’ll spend the day plotting out some mushy romance story to never get around to writing… hmmm… or a horror story about those little arrow toting cherubs and hearts… that could have potential.

The cherubs look all sweet and smiling on the cards, but the reality is they are some ancient things that have nasty sharp teeth and used to hunt people for their hearts.

Okay, so maybe the hopeless romantic in me is more of a pessimist about romance and all that. Feel free to write some kind of little variation on the above prompt and share it in the comments though. I would love to read it.

Update on novel progress: Scorpius Port

I’ve been working on Scorpius Port and it is now at roughly 25,000 words of rough draft material and still going strong, with the rest of the story planned out in small snippets of what the scene should have in it and accomplish. I revised the story a bit from the original plan, making what had been first planned to be two minor characters into the lead characters instead and have found the story works much better with that change, I also have settled on a solid antagonist, who surprised me, since they had started out as one of the characters that was supposed to be a good guy in the story. I am hoping that, because of the tilt from good guy to antagonist, their motives are able to be made feel real and the character can be transformed into a solid villain rather than being one who is only there to be the bad guy.

I’m going back through the How to Think Sideways and How to Write A Series courses as I work on the story, since I am hoping that this can be a stand-alone that could start off a series.

Gameplay videos on hold due to YouTube policy changes and loss of Internet

Because of changes in how YouTube’s video program is going to work, and a now limited ability for me to get online,
I am being forced to revise my business scheme for the videos that I was going to be making. Rest assured that I still plan to create the videos, I simply need to take some time to go over the new rules that YouTube is implementing.

On top of that is a now limited ability to access the Internet. In the wake of losing my job, I have had trouble keeping all of the bills paid, and the Internet is one of the major ones I have been forced to let go for at least the next month or two. I am still working on my writing, however, and trying to get my old computer to do video editing and 3D models so I can be ready to go when I am able to get back online.

Hopefully by March I will be back in a position to be uploading gameplay videos.

Here it is, the first of my Fallout 4 Let’s Play videos

In this special 4 part set to kick off my Let’s Play series for Fallout 4:

Tristan Hawke, a former military special forces sniper, finds his life devastated by the onset of nuclear war. Tristan flees his home in the suburbs with his wife, Nora, and their infant son, Shaun, to seek out the safety he has been told awaits them in the latest of Vault-Tech’s survival shelters – Vault 111, but is it really the safe place the Vault-Tech representative claimed it to be? Or does Vault 111 harbor dark secrets and hidden dangers?

 

 

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This is a Fallout 4 Let’s Play video – the first in a series of Let’s Play videos for Bethesda’s Fallout 4, that I am making as my starter project in learning how to make game play videos. This is not only the first in my Let’s Play Fallout 4 series, it is also the very fist Let’s Play gameplay video I have ever made.

This special starter set of videos totals about an hour’s worth of gameplay, and has been divided into roughly 15 minute blocks. (Think of it like the hour long premier of a new series set in Bethesda’s Fallout setting.)

I am playing the Game of the Year Edition of Fallout 4, so I have all of the Add-ons.

The Add-ons included with the GOTY edition are:
Automatron
Wasteland Workshop
Far Harbor
Contraptions Workshop
Vault-Tech Workshop
Nuka-World

I am also using Bethesda’s Fallout Pip-Boy app on my cell phone

The Mods I have installed are:
[PS4] OCDecorator
[PS4] STC – Base Game – Scrap That Commonwealth!
[PS4] STS – Base Game – Scrap That Settlement!
Gone Hunting/Fishing
[PS4] Simple Camping
[PS4] Posters of the Commonwealth
[PS4] Static Baskets and Bins
Postwar Workshop
And can be found at Bethesda’s Fallout 4 mods site.

I can’t include music in my videos, but, if you want to listen to the game’s music you can find it over at Amazon, I highly recommend it, the game has awesome music.
Fallout 4 (Original Game Soundtrack)

And, it figures that while I am snuggled in my coat to stay warm I should find:
Fallout Fleece Blankets
I want them all. lol

[Note: Some of the links included with this video are affiliate links]

Permission to create this video and monetize it has been kindly granted by Bethesda

Changes under way

Phantascene is undergoing some changes, but don’t worry, they are for the good and my writing is not going away, although it will most likely be moved into a sub section of the site. Not sure on the end result yet, but I know major changes are being plotted in my notebook. And… this video will explain them, or if you want to read the transcript I have it in Changed Announcement Transcript under Hello World up there in the top menu bar.

Writing is about perspective

Last night I had a talk with a friend of mine about the story I am working on and getting it written. We talked about a lot of stuff, and there was a lot of things I could not explain about the story; such as how it was going to end, or what it was that the protagonist in it was fighting for. Somewhere along the way the idea of giving him a pet raccoon was added into the mix of things we talked about. The conversation wrapped up with a bit on my struggles with the right way to end a story, and the feeling I had like I had forgot how to finish a story.

It was a good talk, and I am still arguing with the character about why I do not want to give him a raccoon.

As I started working this morning I was still thinking about the things we had talked about (and arguing with the character on why he could or could not have a pet raccoon). I was also contemplating the way writers approach a story, how structure is determined, and I saw a few quotes that I liked. I dug out my old green artist’s journal to record them. This old green book is based on the book from the novel Illusions, where I open it at random, read the quote that is written on whatever page I open it to, then get back to work. Today I added three more quotes to random pages because of how they resonated with me on the current struggles I was experiencing:

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

~ George Orwell

 

The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.

~ Philip Roth

 

Before I wrote the Potter books, I’d never finished a novel.

~ J.K. Rowling

 

After I had those quotes written, I flipped through a few pages and found the only entry that I have included that is a quote I myself made at one time. It was in a chat with a friend, the same one I was talking with last night, back in August of 2003.

So far I got this page worth of text… well… a page with text on it… one letter… an e… but it’s a capitol e!

And there is, to me, a good example of perspective in writing. It did not matter to me at the time that I was staring at a page, and had been for some time, on which the only writing was a single capitalized letter of the most common letter in the English language. I had something on the page, it was no longer a blank page, I could work with that, I could write something from that. Would I keep that E in the finished work? I have no idea, I do not even recall what I was trying to write at the time, but whether or not I kept it does not matter. I had started working on whatever I was writing and from that meager beginning a written work was born.

Writing is all about getting started. Begin with a single letter and from that build a word, transform that word into a sentence that becomes part of a paragraph and keep building outward into pages and chapters and into a finished story. It all begins with a single letter on the page.

I still have not figured out that elusive ‘how does one end a novel?’, but for the moment, I think I will take my cue from the King in Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland:

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop”

Wind in West Nursery Rhyme

Last night I was reading an old nursery thyme book online and as I paged through a few more pages today I found this little rhyme…

WHEN the wind is in the east,
‘Tis neither good for man nor beast;
When the wind is in the north,
The skilful fisher goes not forth;
When the wind is in the south,
It blows the bait in the fishes’ mouth;
When the wind is in the west,
Then ’tis at the very best.

I like to think that is a good sign, since on January 1st there was a steady wind all through the day here that blew in out of the west. So, maybe 2018 is going to be better than 2017 after all? One can hope I suppose. At the very least I still have power and internet as of my posting this, so there is that at least.

2018 Resolutions

It is now 2018 and I have decided that I should probably think up a few resolutions for the year, so… here goes, my resolutions for 2018, in no particular order:

  1. Publish a non-fiction ebook on Amazon
  2. Publish a fiction novel on Amazon
  3. Write at least one scene for my novels every day
  4. Continue daily exercises – nothing major, just stuff to get me moving rather than sitting at desk all day working
  5. Earn enough to pay at least the phone and electric bills each month by the end of the year
  6. Keep my desk clean by cleaning it every day after I finish work for the day
  7. Keep my trailer clean by cleaning and organizing it once a week

Note thatfor my book publishing I am limiting myself to just one non-fiction and one fiction book. I actually hope to publish more of each kind, but I am only resolving to one of each for the year, just so I do not get completely discouraged by something like ‘1 per month’ or something.

Provided I have access to the internet and electric I also want to…

  1. Post at least 1 video to my YouTube Videos  every week during the year
  2. Start a podcast
  3. Post daily to my website (here)
  4. Post daily to my Patreon page
  5. Get back into working on my social media networking that I’ve let go stale for far too long
  6. Built up my Wyvern’s Crest website
  7. Create, sell, and share 3D models and projects

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Do you have your own list of resolutions? I would love to see what they are if you want to share them in the comments.

Happy New Year

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2018.

 

Happy New Year!