Mental

Good Monday to all and to all a good morning.

I am facing quite a challenge today (To tackle as soon as I stop yawning every five seconds). Today is the first day of a new attempt at a work schedule. The schedule? Eight AM to Eleven AM will be writing time on weekdays.

Three hours. Three hours of writing all in a row.

That may not sound like a lot, but overall it means about 4000 words if I stick to it with enthusiasm and discipline.

I would love to do that many words, that much story, each day. I will love it, is how I should write that.

The work of a few hours a day will really add up fast. And my current project, the sequel to Hunter and Seed, really needs to get done.

In related news, I am editing a much longer book into a pair of smaller books now. We will see how difficult that gets, especially because I have to give priority to the sequel I mentioned above. My hopes for getting two series out this year are high.

But right now, it all feels a little mental, as the Brits might say.

Hence the title of this post.

My books can still be found on Amazon and elsewhere if anyone is interested.

Thanks for reading.

Zen Game Mastery

I meditated a little before running an RPG for the Of Mooks and Monsters Podcast yesterday.

By this I mean, yes, I sat down on my meditation pad in the lotus position and focused on my breathing for a few minutes. I’m glad I did. And not just because I procrastinate far too much on meditation.

I thought it a little, odd, but I did this because I was nervous.

You see I wasn’t just game mastering an RPG, I was recording it for broadcast, with players I had never gamed with before. And that made me nervous.

It got me thinking about the Samurai, because wouldn’t it do the same to anyone?

Seriously, though. There was a reason.

For much of their history, the Samurai of Japan practiced Zen Buddhism as part of their training.

It once baffled me how a warrior culture could practice one of the most peaceful of all religions. Once, I had a professor describe to me that the Samurai benefited from the acceptance of reality in a way that also is a taught by Buddhism.

That acceptance is that eventually, everything is impermanent.

You must act in the moment, and accept the consequences. In battle taking no action is not an option.
Same for running an RPG in person.

The game is alive, and the players make choices you cannot predict. I simply put the tools in their hands, sometimes from the beginning, sometimes because their questions earn it. This is the power of the game master. But I was worried about messing up.

Turns out I really didn’t need to be. That session will air on the podcast in a few weeks. I really enjoyed it, and the players seemed to feel the same way.

I’ll be back soon with news on Tenlyres and its upcoming release.

Thanks for reading.

Shift 2017

Happy New Year, everyone!

I am back after a good break for Christmas and New Years. I drank more than in any prior holiday season but kept sober most of the time. I had some fun with my siblings, and travel did not prove overly irksome. And on New Year’s Eve, my father turned 60, so I celebrated with the family and still got to bed on time.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. At the same time, I have also been thinking about my writing, especially the last part of Tenlyres, which is nearing its completion in rough draft. It seems strange to me that this series did not exist in prose form AT ALL last year at this time. It took most of my work time in 2016, but in 2017 I want to be more dedicated, because next up on my list in the second Maker Mythos novel, “Spurring the Beast.” I’m excited about that one, and I got some words in it done last year too, so it won’t be long.

The time has come to get back all the way to having fun while I write. For too long I have seen it as important to think things through as I go. Well, this year I have a new mantra to go with the ones my professor gave me on my trip to India six years ago.

Back then my mantras started with “I’m glad I don’t walk faster.” And, “I’m a very lucky person.”

I think both of those are still true. I’m going to add a third personal mantra as of today. “I have fun writing.”

This is not meant as an affirmation, necessarily, but as a reminder. Because it is absolutely true. Even when the writing gets tough, the work is satisfying. And that is a fact I swept under the rug years ago. Time to get it out again and dust it off for its rightful position on the mantelpiece of my mind.

I don’t have any resolutions for this year, but I want to keep getting better at the things I’ve been striving toward. Health, productivity, and independence.

Health is off to a good start, as I have already been walking quite a bit for two days. My food intake has been reasonable as well. I will do my best to cultivate a healthier mindset for publishing and working too.

Productivity goes with my new plan to make a habit of writing three sessions per day instead of just one bigger session. Wish me power to form that habit successfully over the next month especially, if you will.

Independence is another serious movement for me. This is not just making more money, but also forging a sense of doing things by myself and getting my driver’s license (I still don’t have one, obviously).

Those are my three prongs, but the first two take priority for the most part because they require the most time commitment (For productivity) and mental effort (Health). So, without further ado, I think it’s time for me to switch to writing fiction for the day.

Good luck, and happy new year.

Thanks for reading.

And while you’re at it, give the opening of “Hunter and Seed” a try!

https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B01AKC5T7Q

Of Mooks and Monsters takes a break for the holidays

Happy holidays, everybody!

Just here with a brief announcement that the podcast, “Of Mooks and Monsters” is taking a break until January. Hope you all travel safely and stay warm through winter months (Or endure whatever weather our part of the world dishes out in its place).

Take it easy everyone, and have a happy new year.

Happy Holidays (And a Sale)

Dear readers, we are approaching the end of 2016, as I’m sure you are all away.

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately. I have been writing a lot of fiction and preparing a lot of outlines for more fiction.

The work is going well. The words are flowing.

In related news, there is currently a kindle countdown sale going on for my book, “Hunter and Seed,” the sequel of which should be out in March. Follow the link below to get the ebook for 99 cents American.

Amazon

The price will rise in a few days, but as long as you get in before the 22nd, you can get it at a reduced price.

Thanks for reading. Happy holidays.

Announcement: ofmooksandmonsters.com

Hey everyone, the site is working again!

While this place was having technical difficulties I created a new place where soon you will be able to listen to every episode in Of Mooks & Monsters, and eventually read articles about Game Mastering.

Once everything is running smoothly there, this site will only link to the podcast site and will return to being a place primarily for my fiction.

For now, though, I will be putting up the latest episodes of the podcast on both sites.

Thank you for your patience.

Here is ofmooksandmonsters.com. It’s still wet behind the ears but should work more reliably.

Level

There will not be a chapter of Tenlyres this week or next week. This is a revision of my previous notification.

I’m very sorry about missing Tenlyres again, but I need to recharge. Doing a chapter every week has kicked my ass all year, but I will be back with another chapter before the end of August. I hope you all understand, but I do the serial for free because it is fun. However, I underestimated how long the story would run. Evaluation for this is in-process, and the serial will definitely continue.

Thank you for your understanding.

Late Chapter this week

Travel has slowed my writing this week. I hope you’ll all understand. The next chapter of Tenlyres should be out tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

This serial is a lot of fun to make, but I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment so its tough sometimes.

Edit: I will also likely be posting Chapter 28 on Saturday or Sunday next week due to another upcoming family interaction.

Rem’s Dream has launched!

Rem’s Dream is out on all platforms. I’ve been looking forward to writing that.

Just to start off, here are some links:
Amazon
Other Distributors

This book is about coming of age in the near future, when dreams are fuel for the world, and also the home of the greatest threat to humanity. Nightmares abound and they have teeth.

Do us both a favor and give it a read.

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Oh, and Tenlyres will be back this Friday, with Chapter 26. Don’t think that means I won’t still be talking about Rem’s Dream for a few weeks. And thanks to everyone who reads here.

As always, thanks for reading.

Rem’s Dream – Cover!

Tomorrow Rem’s Dream will release.

I’m excited to see what people think of it.

It’s a pretty big book compared to what I’ve released so far, and I think it also has the best cover of anything I’ve released yet.

And here it is.

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Check out the book tomorrow. It will be available wherever fine ebooks are sold.