2 Dec 2016

Its starts with the first page...

This post has been a long time coming. Funny as the subject of the post is about finally getting into something.

I wrote the first page I hope to write more.

Life has not been easy these past months. Work, and work, illness and death in Lady Bear's family, my health scare, an offset schedule, Remembrance Day, tight wallets, getting behind with the cottage dream, and the horror of the upcoming Winter Season Holidays (a bad thing for someone who loathes Christmas).

Last night it happened. While Lady Bear was deep into her first binge of a tense sci-fi TV series (Orphan Black), I finally wrote that first page. I've tried in the past to put it on paper. I've drafted synopsis, characters, backgrounds, settings, events... the whole shebang.

I've never written the first page.

It took me an hour to get through it, to find the voice between the idea. To have the words start flowing. Once I got the engine warmed up, I wrote that page. Then I re-wrote it and after an hour I was happy with my page.

I've been inspired by the efforts of others and the lazy stance I've had all this time.

Lady J has asked that I read her first draft of her book. It took me three hours to read through what she had. My notes were put on my phone's notepad/quicknote function. Afterwards I pasted them at the end of an email where stream of consciousness took over at eleven thirty pm to give her my full attention.

I've read and was at the book release for Maynard James Keenan's Biography. He insights and experiences were interesting as Alan Cross moderated the event asking questions and littering the events with humor, depth, and notes of history. Maynard was sick and it ended quite quickly, lasting only two hours, but I was happy and inspired by the event. Inspired... more ashamed that I haven't gotten off my ass to write what I want to write.

The folks I work with suffer through my rambles and the reply when I decide to take in oxygen is always: "You should write a book." A slap to my ego's face every time I hear that. I want to scream, I've always wanted to. I've got ideas. I've got a few ideas primed and ready. The words should have been - every time, I'm writing one right now.

That would have been a lie.

So the first page is done. My next step is the second page. A few steps after that I'd like to finish the chapter. Once that's done I'd like to write another chapter.

I'm writing. I'm finally writing.

It all started with a first page.

- Cheers


25 Nov 2016

Hearing the call of the Creed

Well Assassin's Creed has a special place in my heart. The last game Assassin's Creed Unity did not leave me with a great taste in my mouth.

So Black Friday happened on my XBOX Live account and vola all of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, all of the DLCs - everything for only 30 odd bucks. So I picked it up and let my XBOX spend close to 24 hours downloading everything to do with the game.

Assassin's Creed - Syndicate
If you don't know, I've wanted an Assassin's Creed game in Victorian London since Assassin's Creed - the first game. The idea of hanging out during the time of Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Jack the Ripper, Alex Bell, Birth of Scotland Yard, the London Underground, the construction of Big Ben and the "Square".

It was a time of invention and wonder. It was the stepping stone that led to the 20th century, the modern 20th century. London was at the center of the whole Empire and it was a place of great innovation and change.

First lets talk about Steam Punk, not my favorite sub-genre of science fiction/fantasy, that's Cyber Punk. It has been the technological level in a few of my favorite settings, Warmachine, Dystopian Wars, Dishonored... but I like not the science but level of creativity that found in those settings. Assassin's Creed Syndicate has a wee bit of Steam Punk... just a smidge and that's perfect. Anything else and it would have lost me. The time and place are already rife with innovation lets not go any farther into the rabbit hole.

Spoiler alert - I love this game.

24 Nov 2016

Where the duce is Dozer?

Well work and life have been pretty crazy recently.

I've got some job applications for other positions while my current job twists and turns. My second job which I havn't been able to attend due to my main job is chugging along without me because I've got a great team of folks who've done a bang up job of keeping the fort while I'm away.

So I'm here but I'm not free enough to write anything down... hell I want to but when I'm starting my day or coming home, its Lady Bear time or brain dump time.

So expect some new material in the future... but not too soon of a future.

- Cheers


9 Nov 2016

It happened

The demagogue has left the stage and taken over the town hall. As per the ongoing and pending lawsuits this man who's business practices are described as criminal will now lead one of the world's most powerful countries. By reaching out to the common denominator he has claimed the seat of power along with the other two branches of government.

Maybe this was the people deciding that their hopeful leader was not enough. As much as he wanted, Obama's success were moderate in great part to conflict with the other branches of governments. This election result could be the culmination of frustrations. To just get something done without all the pissing around that's hampered the American government the last eight years.

This is coming from an observer who's from Canada. Both of my parents are poor baby boomers who made themselves educated and successful. I am a middle class, educated, white male. My family even though educated never cross the portcullis into the fortress of academia but compared to many Americans my education may create a divide between myself and my southern neighbors.

I expect many changes. Maybe these are the changes that will burn it all down and the United States will rise from the ashes. Canada and Mexico will be challenged as will the rest of the world. Their is a shift in world power.

I hope this does not go like the Brexit. Where folks interviewed were filled with a buyers remorse. Many who voted were commenting the next day on social media that maybe they made a mistake.

In the end we are now awaiting the coming of President Trump. His leadership will hopefully make some progress. I hope the cost of this progress is not as high as I fear.

I'm afraid. So are many in the business world as financial markets react to his election. There is a great unknown ahead of us and that fear is also exciting.

This will be interesting.

- Cheers