Whenever I plan out a scene, whether it be for my novel, a short story, a role-play, or any other form of creative writing, I feel as if I am watching a movie in my mind’s eye. I see my characters—their facial expressions, their body language—and I can hear their voices. I see camera angles, … More Do you see your story as a movie in your head?
While waiting on some feedback from some friends of mine, I tried a few other projects here and there, but nothing seemed to really stick. So, I’ve decided to dive face-first into the sequel. While the first novel was something I had planned out extensively, having worked on it in various forms for several years, … More So, I’m writing by the seat of my pants again
Let me begin by painting a brief picture of my current housing situation. Technically, I still live with my parents. However, our house has an in-law apartment that was occupied by my grandparents until recently. Now, I’ve moved in. It’s really nice! Rent is cheap and I still get to eat family dinners. However, it … More I Hate Grocery Shopping
How do you define a favorite video game? Is it the one that filled you with the most inspiration? If that’s the case, then the clear winner would be Skies of Arcadia, a JRPG for the Dreamcast that presented a bright world full of wonder and possibility. Even now, when I take a step back … More My favorite video game: Sonic 3 and Knuckles
I got asked the question in the title by a friend of mine a few days ago. At the time, I told him that there was no way to really avoid writer’s block, only a way to muscle yourself through it. When writer’s block does strike, I write through it, and I told my friend … More How do you avoid writer’s block?
As I mentioned in my last post, I was on vacation last week. And boy did I need it. I hadn’t taken much vacation time up until this point and it was really starting to get to me. No one thing was the issue, but just a set of little things making me more irritated … More Took a Vacation to Vermont
I’ve been on vacation this week, so the following is just a quick post to get myself back in the habit of blogging. Expect something fuller next week. I’ve made no secret that I finished draft four of my novel a short time ago. It’s been very exciting for me, not only to complete a … More Waiting for Edits
Last week I wrote about how I crossed one item off my video game “bucket list,” completing The Lion King. But last week actually had me cross something else off as well. The same used video game store had another precious game from my childhood, probably more precious than The Lion King. I innocently browsed … More Effin’ Finally: I have a copy of Skies of Arcadia: Legends
I’ve made no secret that my novel, Carmae, is intended to be the first book of a trilogy. I have vague ideas in my mind of what books two and three will look like, but I’ve always told myself to save those thoughts for later. I should focus on writing the first book, and once … More When is it appropriate to work on a sequel?
My first video game console was a Sega Genesis, purchased secondhand near the end of the console’s lifecycle. I remember first playing Sonic the Hedgehog and struggling to get through level one. I remember the weight and size of those first controllers, struggling to get my young fingers around all three of the buttons. I … More Effin’ Finally: I beat The Lion King