Writing Partner: Repurposing Inspiration

Hello all,

When we left off with this latest batch of writing partners, we had a group of half-finished ghosts and skeletons but a completely finished writing project. Usually, I choose to stop painting at the end of a writing project, but these guys needed just a bit more work, as you can see below:

half finished warhammer ghosts and skeletons

I wanted to finish them, but I knew they wouldn’t last for an entirely new project, short story, or otherwise. So I worked on my podcast instead!

My wife and I have been working hard on this project. We’ve been playing more games, collecting materials, writing blogs, and building up the website. It’s still a work in progress but take a look. Here is a link to our home page, https://heplayssheplays.ca/

Now back to the minis. Here they are in a “finished” state.

Skeletons and Ghosts Group shot

I’m trying to not let the perfect kill the good these days. While I’m working harder and harder on my editing, I also want to finish things. This last year has been my best year of writing. Beyond the hand full of pieces I had published, I think my overall standard is improving. I’m happy with all of my short stories and ecstatic about the progress with my novel. Part of that is taking my writing more seriously; the other is constantly setting and completing manageable goals like publishing at least one podcast a month or working on my rust effects.

I think these took longer than usual because there isn’t much of a consistent theme. I couldn’t apply any batch painting strategies beyond the most basic colors. This is also something we have found to be an issue with podcasting as well. Each recording has unique challenges. Maybe these will even out in time, but we have to apply very different strategies for more relaxed episodes like our first episode discussing our favorite video games or a more energetic episode like our Final Fantasy 8 Episode.

If these spooky ghosts are your thing, you should check out our spookier podcasts. You might like the Halloween Special or our extremely disrespectful breakdown of Supermassive Games (we love them, really). We primarily discuss RPGs, but I try to pepper in a bit of horror when Daeva allows it, haha!

The point I want to get across is to set realistic goals and stick to them. It really helps productivity. Also, if you like reading my blogs, you really should check out the podcast. It’s more a comedy show than an editorial or review podcast so give it a chance if you need something easy to unwind to.

In the next week or two, I want to build up the archival side of the website. These pages will make it easier to find content on particular topics and blogs and resources to pair with the podcast. I’ll make another post here when those resources are up.

Now, if none of this is your speed and you just want me to get back to writing and painting, you’re in luck. I’m currently working on a new short story and a really impressive writing partner. I’ll have a post of that up this week, but you all should be delighted with this one. Stay tuned.

He Plays She Plays Season 2!

He Play She Plays Podcast

Hello All!

I just wanted to announce that season 2 of my podcast He Plays She Plays has just launched. You can check it out on our brand new website, heplayssheplays.ca.   

For anyone new to the podcast, it is an audio journal my wife, and I use to record our experiences with videogames. It’s less about the games and more about the banter.

This season kicks off with a retrospective of our experiences with Bloodborne. Why now? Two reasons: the first is we’re playing through the PS5 Demon’s Souls remake, the second is we finally got our Bloodborne board game! We were all-in Kickstarter backers about two years ago now, and it has finally arrived.

Look at this:

Bloodborne Board Game All-In Kickstarter
Look at that lil plague doctor squishable photobombing on the side!

This is easily a few years’ worth of writing partners.

Bloodborne Board Game all minis unpainted

I guess I’ll have to finish this book so I can move on to new projects! I may have a plan for that… but you’ll have to wait a few months before I unveil any of that.

For now, I have some ghosts to finish!

3 Stories, 3 Submissions, 3 Updates

Hello,

I managed to finish the two stories I was working on in time to submit them to their competitions. It was down to the wire, and if I’m honest they could have used more time, but I’m happy I pressed myself and finished. Better yet, that strange story I was working on in Writing Partner: Working With a Group, Part 2 has now been submitted to a contest as well. So I’ve started the year off running. I managed to get 2 shorts published last year; I want to at least double that this year. I think this is a good start toward that goal.

Next on the agenda is finishing this edit of my book. I’m still putting together the writing partners for this work, they are really fiddly, but I can’t wait to show them off! After that, it might be time for a professional editor to take over. I was thinking of using one of the resources on Reedsy for that but if any of you have experience in this realm, leave me a comment. Any information will help.

For now, though, I’m going to spend the weekend on my podcast. He Plays She Plays has been on hiatus for too long. Like everything else, I’ll give you a full update when we finish what we’re working on.

He Play She Plays Podcast

Talk to you again soon!

Closing Up 2020

D&D Red Dragon Mini

Before I start discussing my plans for the rest of 2020 I want to close two remaining loops.

What happened to that other story and writing partner?

A few posts ago I mentioned writing two short stories and finishing two painting projects by the end of September. That didn’t happen sadly. Work is still extremely busy and I only managed to complete one short story. The other got an outline and its writing partner is still as sad as he began. I think part of the problem, at least on the painting side, is that I have already completed a better version of it. I was trying to fix a brass dragon with red accents but I have already completed a red dragon with gold accents.

Here is my sad brass dragon:

D&D Copper Dragon mini
Woof…

And here is the Red Dragon I completed months ago:

D&D Red Dragon Mini 2
D&D Red Dragon Mini
This mini has a bit more detail to work with.

So, suffice it to say that even if I did fix the brass dragon it could only pale in comparison to the red dragon I already have. Have you ever had projects that just haven’t come together? Ones that you know you probably could fix but even if you did they will never be great? That’s my brass dragon.

Back in the drawer with it!

He Plays She Plays

He Play She Plays Podcast

I wanted to post something about the podcast because a couple listeners have asked me about its status. Even though we are a couple weeks late for our next episode my wife and I are hard at work on the series. Most of the credit goes to my wife as she does the audio editing, but we have made some major ground in refining the podcast.

We are a bit late because we have had some technical difficulties after upgrading our equipment. Basically, we’re experiencing our first growing pains. We should be back on schedule soon, just bear with us a bit longer. We’re working on a website for the podcast so in the near future we’ll be able to post status up dates there to make sure our listeners know what’s going on.

Plans for the rest of 2020

When I started this blog I mentioned I was here to do the ground work I had been neglecting as an author. I hadn’t really built up a base of publications and I hadn’t attempted to build any kind of online presence. While I’m still working on the publications (it has been a slow year for responses) I have built up a fair back catalogue of short stories and poems this year. In a lot of ways I think it has brought back my voice in a way I haven’t know for years. Now it’s time to bring that voice back to my main project, my novel.

I have mentioned my novel a few times since my blog was established. My novel is a murder mystery set in a fantasy world. It would be classified as urban fantasy but I’d like to think it’s a fairly unique addition to the subgenre. It has been my main creative outlet for a few years now. However, I put it down a while ago so it could cool. Now that I’m focused again I want to return to it and finish my third draft.

I expect there will be five drafts before it is truly finished but this one will focus on the punch up of the key tentpole chapters. I want to strengthen the dialogue as well as the central mystery but my focus is on making sure each chapter pops on its own.

For the next few months my blog posts will focus on this work. I plan to post about my goals and challenges regularly while continuing to pick writing partners to add a visual component to these updates. I would hate to neglect anyone following me for my rather pedestrian painting skills, haha. It also, honestly, helps me focus and I’m going to keep trying to pair new minis with the chapters I’m working on. Much like the short story pairings, this will also help me discuss the plot of my story without giving away any details.

Well, that’s my plan. If you have ever worked on a long piece of writing before please share your experiences in the comments. This is only my second book so I’m still learning how to focus and stay committed to such a long process. If you have any strategies, no matter how novel (loves me some puns), I would very much appreciate the advice.

Talk to you soon!

He Plays She Plays Podcast: We’re up to 8 episodes!

He Play She Plays Podcast

I have mentioned a few times that I have been recording a podcast with my wife titled He Plays She Plays. We’re now up to 8 episodes! I haven’t been creating posts for every episode, I know that would probably get annoying. I have, however, embedded a player on my home page and left links for various players in my “About” page. From here on I will only post about the podcast when we hit milestones, for example: if we ever finish the Chocobo Challenge.

On that note, I have embedded a player below where you can find our most recent episode. I go on a rather fun rant about halfway through. If you enjoy it please pass it on to a friend or loved one. We’re still growing and learning so word of mouth and feedback is extremely helpful.

HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village) He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva find out just how much damage a hand can take. Spoilers for Resident Evil Village.
  1. HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village)
  2. HPSP S2 E4 – Great Game, Terrible Trophies (Final Fantasy 9)
  3. HPSP S2 Bonus – E3: Thoughts and Reactions
  4. HPSP S2 E3 – The Mystery of Secret Boots (Star Ocean: The Second Story)
  5. HPSP S2 Bonus – The Death and Instant Resurrection of the Playstation 3 Store

He Plays She Play Episode 3

He Play She Plays Podcast

Check out the third episode of He Plays She Plays in the player below! It’s mostly about FF7 but expect the usual amount of banter.

HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village) He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva find out just how much damage a hand can take. Spoilers for Resident Evil Village.
  1. HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village)
  2. HPSP S2 E4 – Great Game, Terrible Trophies (Final Fantasy 9)
  3. HPSP S2 Bonus – E3: Thoughts and Reactions
  4. HPSP S2 E3 – The Mystery of Secret Boots (Star Ocean: The Second Story)
  5. HPSP S2 Bonus – The Death and Instant Resurrection of the Playstation 3 Store

He Plays She Play Episode 2

He Play She Plays Podcast

Check out the second episode of He Plays She Plays in the player below! We’re having a lot of fun making this series and are happy to see people are enjoying it.

HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village) He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva find out just how much damage a hand can take. Spoilers for Resident Evil Village.
  1. HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village)
  2. HPSP S2 E4 – Great Game, Terrible Trophies (Final Fantasy 9)
  3. HPSP S2 Bonus – E3: Thoughts and Reactions
  4. HPSP S2 E3 – The Mystery of Secret Boots (Star Ocean: The Second Story)
  5. HPSP S2 Bonus – The Death and Instant Resurrection of the Playstation 3 Store

He Plays She Plays

He Play She Plays Podcast

I just wanted to make a quick post highlighting a project I’m working on with my wife. We just launched the first episode of our podcast He Plays She Plays. It’s a gaming podcast where we discuss the games we play together.

We’re treating it like an audio journal to chronicle the fun we have gaming together and share our stories and anecdotes. It’s sometimes informative and analytical, but more often, pretty silly.

If that sounds like the kind of thing you might be interested in, you can give it a listen using the player below. We’re still learning, so let us know what you think!

HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village) He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva find out just how much damage a hand can take. Spoilers for Resident Evil Village.
  1. HPSP S2 E5 – Big Ladies and Bloodied Hands (Resident Evil Village)
  2. HPSP S2 E4 – Great Game, Terrible Trophies (Final Fantasy 9)
  3. HPSP S2 Bonus – E3: Thoughts and Reactions
  4. HPSP S2 E3 – The Mystery of Secret Boots (Star Ocean: The Second Story)
  5. HPSP S2 Bonus – The Death and Instant Resurrection of the Playstation 3 Store