New Year Updates

So, new year brings new news, yes? Well, sometimes. Actually, I just thought I should get on that totally hip ‘New Years Blog Post’ band wagon. Yeah, I could have found some cool stock images of fireworks and giant disco balls descending on polls amidst a flurry of confetti, but all that is so very 2014. Not cool. Not hip.

What is hip, you ask? Why, let me tell you, via this handy-dandy-what’s-hip-countdown list:

10) I updated my book review page with the new (improved) cover art for Imminent Danger. Whoo.
9) I just finished the latest edits/revisions of interior content for my wife’s first two books. And I’m just beginning the formatting and layout for her third book, releasing this year. Double whoo.
8) Giraffes. Giraffes are always hip and never out of season.
7) Top Ten Lists. Everybody uses them. Am I wrong?
6) We’ve also started revising the cover art for the series, so hopefully that settles a few peeves with the original versions and sets the tone for the rest of the series.
5) Cookies are great. Doesn’t matter what kind.
4) Mustaches. They are very much in, beards are starting to phase out. For better or worse, I don’t sport either one.
3) A cookie’s just a cookie, but Fig Newton’s fruit and cake.
2) New Years Resolutions – at least for the next 27 days.
1) Self-published authors. Definitely hip.

~ Meredith Purk

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…

(Warning – this is so stream-of-consciousness-y and journal-esque it makes me shudder, but its healing. Read if you dare)

So here I am. Just a little over three months since my last post. Three months. 3 MONTHS. It sort of echoes, cuts through and around you. I feel submerged in that thought.

I could make up excuses, right? I did take a new job, one doing what I want to do, what I went to school to do. And that’s exciting. I’ve been doing customer service and retail for fourteen years of my life, and though I’m still working in the service industry and still interfacing with customers, it’s with technology, with computers. It’s a reasonable reason (are we ever reasonable when it comes to reasoning?) not to be on here working on my projects, right? Getting used to a new change takes time and energy. I mean, that’s only human. But the truth of it is, it doesn’t matter how many excuses I try to make.

I haven’t been writing.

That’s inexcusable.

But my wife has. And book number three is waiting for my edits. Then off to the next person, and the next. And I still have interior art and maps and layout and formatting and cover art… I don’t feel buried by it, not by any stretch. But she’s also trying to tell me I need to focus on my projects. My writing.

Oh, right, only I haven’t been.

So tonight I sat back down to continue with my pass on her edits. Then I can send it off to two more people for their turn. And while that is happening, I’m going to:

Write.

verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; written or (Archaic) writ; writing.
6. to produce as author or composer:
“to write a sonnet; to write a symphony.”

Wright.

noun
1. (now chiefly in combination) a person who creates, builds, or repairs something specified:
“a playwright, a shipwright”

Rite.

noun
1. a formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use:
“rites of baptism; sacrificial rites.”

Right.

adjective
4. fitting or appropriate; suitable:
“the right solution; the right answer.”

~Meredith Purk

Noble Beginnings: Beta Draft

So on Wednesday evening of this week I got my first complete rough draft tossed together and off to my first round of readers. I thought it would calm my nerves, and as it turns out, I was right. To some extent.

I promised myself I wouldn’t look at my draft until I got something back from my readers, so I was on my way to work the next day, listening to Tank! And The Real Folk Blues in my car, when I started realizing how many big mistakes I left in my draft. It’s funny…I know it was rough, and I warned them it would be so. And I didn’t even need to read through it to start remembering what it looked like.

I don’t fear the criticism at the moment; it’s just the feeling of everyone pointing out the same errors when they finish reading that I’m not looking forward to. I attribute it to the same feeling I have when I proofread my blog posts 2-3 times, then post it, and immediately notice a spelling error or mangled link.

Yes, its a Dead Link.

Has anyone else felt like this before? Er, regarding my draft going off to the beta readers. Not like poor Link, here.

~Meredith Purk

House Cleaning – Project Wise, I Mean

So, several times now I’ve tried to consider ways in which to put my many (and I mean many!) old projects to rest. If it wasn’t bad enough to be a writer, and thus have numerous unfinished manuscripts and portions of prose tucked away in my file cabinet, the game designer in me has nearly as many folders of goodies tucked on my hard drive. Er, and in my file cabinet. And my desk drawers, and back at my mother’s house, and… well, you get the picture.

Since I’m very much a hoarder when it comes to my ideas and word-babies, I can’t simply give them the axe or the paper shredder. So there they sit.

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Speaking of Kickstarter…

Aside

Double Fine Adventures isn’t breaking new ground by being a crowdfunding project for a video game. Nor, from what I can tell, are they really doing too much different in their approach to it. (With the exception, perhaps, of the inclusion of a behind-the-scenes documentary of course.)

In August of 2011 the folks behind the Octodad game successfully raised a hint over their $20,000 goal to develop Octodad 2.

And possibly intrigued by the hype created by Double Fine’s project, Obsidian Entertainment and Planescape: Torment designer Chris Avellone recently poled fans to see what they would want to see if Obsidian were to Kickstart a game project of their own, and the thread got 1000 hits per second. (Not surprisingly, Planescape 2 was at the top of the wish list.)

Lastly, if anyone is interested in seeing other game kickstarts, IGN posted a little piece entitled Five More Video Game Kickstarters to Fund.