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 S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva try to explain their love-hate relationship with Supermassive Games. Jacob says "ludicrous" a ludicrous number of times. Happy birthday, bro!Spoilers for Until Dawn. Hidden Agenda, Man of Medan and Little Hope. 
  1. HPSP S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games
  2. HPSP S1 EP 11 – Halloween Double Feature
  3. HPSP S1 Ep 10 – Sinking City: Descending into Jank
  4. HPSP S1 Ep 9 – Playstation 5 Feels: Better Late Than Never
  5. HPSP S1 Ep 8 – Final Fantasy 8 and the Sea of Missed Opportunities

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 S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva try to explain their love-hate relationship with Supermassive Games. Jacob says "ludicrous" a ludicrous number of times. Happy birthday, bro!Spoilers for Until Dawn. Hidden Agenda, Man of Medan and Little Hope. 
  1. HPSP S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games
  2. HPSP S1 EP 11 – Halloween Double Feature
  3. HPSP S1 Ep 10 – Sinking City: Descending into Jank
  4. HPSP S1 Ep 9 – Playstation 5 Feels: Better Late Than Never
  5. HPSP S1 Ep 8 – Final Fantasy 8 and the Sea of Missed Opportunities

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 S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva try to explain their love-hate relationship with Supermassive Games. Jacob says "ludicrous" a ludicrous number of times. Happy birthday, bro!Spoilers for Until Dawn. Hidden Agenda, Man of Medan and Little Hope. 
  1. HPSP S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games
  2. HPSP S1 EP 11 – Halloween Double Feature
  3. HPSP S1 Ep 10 – Sinking City: Descending into Jank
  4. HPSP S1 Ep 9 – Playstation 5 Feels: Better Late Than Never
  5. HPSP S1 Ep 8 – Final Fantasy 8 and the Sea of Missed Opportunities

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 S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games He Plays She Plays

Jacob and Daeva try to explain their love-hate relationship with Supermassive Games. Jacob says "ludicrous" a ludicrous number of times. Happy birthday, bro!Spoilers for Until Dawn. Hidden Agenda, Man of Medan and Little Hope. 
  1. HPSP S1 Ep 12 – Little Hope and the Journey of Supermassive Games
  2. HPSP S1 EP 11 – Halloween Double Feature
  3. HPSP S1 Ep 10 – Sinking City: Descending into Jank
  4. HPSP S1 Ep 9 – Playstation 5 Feels: Better Late Than Never
  5. HPSP S1 Ep 8 – Final Fantasy 8 and the Sea of Missed Opportunities