Onto the New Adventure

The new book is pro­gress­ing nice­ly. I have fin­ished two chap­ters so far and slow­ly mov­ing onto the third. I’m still ques­tion­ing my san­i­ty about mak­ing this a tril­o­gy though. May­be I’ll return to the orig­i­nal idea of it being a sin­gle large book. Any­way, again this is going to be a free write, with no solid out­li­nes or any­thing. Don’t tell me about plot points or a cli­max or what­ev­er. I don’t want to know, or I will nev­er get there. 

Book One got its first round of beta reads. Or, should I say, alpha reads. The­se are dif­fer­ent, I shouldn’t have called them betas. But I call every pre-edi­tor read­er a beta. My two usu­al betas were doing fine, sug­gest­ing me what could be improved, but the new ones I man­aged to find sucked might­i­ly. The next time I will try a new beta read­er, it’s going to be a paid one (or two), and I’m going to make sure the match will be ide­al or near ide­al. Thus no one would have to be frus­trat­ed and dis­ap­point­ed. And more impor­tant­ly, no time wast­ed.

Also, since I’ll be hav­ing funds for my projects this year and beyond (I got a new job!), I’ll be look­ing for cov­er illus­tra­tors. This means my books will be get­ting some neat cov­ers. I just need to fig­ure out what I want on those cov­ers.

I’m still think­ing of whether I should par­tic­i­pate in A-Z blog­ging chal­lenge this year. I haven’t got my the­me yet and not that I’m par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in blog­ging late­ly. So the fun chal­lenge could eas­i­ly turn into a bloody chal­lenge to pro­duce any sort of con­tent. I wouldn’t want to inflict that on myself, though I would like to have new blog­ging friends. I still have no desire to fin­ish my world­build­ing arti­cle series, though I’m get­ting a lot of requests about them. I’d rather pour those words into books.

Still, this is going to be a promis­ing year. 🙂

When Things Get Done

2016 was a long year for me. It was also a tough year (I’m sure it was for the most of us.) I’m final­ly hap­py to announce that the first book in the new Rjg tril­o­gy is com­plet­ed. I no longer have to stare at the blank page and think, “If only…”

Yes­ter­day, 2000 words short of the end­ing, I was feel­ing elat­ed, I had so many things to say in this blog post. Yet it didn’t feel right to write about my small tri­umph with­out actu­al­ly fin­ish­ing. Now, done with the book, I for­got every­thing I want­ed to write here. 😀

Many things changed through­out that year and I moved away from the idea of writ­ing a sin­gle large nov­el and went for a tril­o­gy of small­er nov­els instead. Three books @ 90k each is bet­ter than one @ 250 000 words. At least to me.

Pos­si­ble cov­er for Book One, Rjg: Blood Threads

Since I’m done with book one, I can speak a lit­tle about the sto­ry with­out spoil­ing any­thing. The main char­ac­ter of Rjg is Yaren, the noto­ri­ous grand­fa­ther of Fala­ha and Eyu­ran from Falaha’s Jour­ney, who had lived a very long life. This is a tale of his youth, when he is bare­ly 24 (human) years old and span­ning years of his and his people’s strug­gles. A sto­ry of slav­ery, war, and love, it also fea­tures sev­er­al oth­er promi­nent Falaha’s ances­tors, name­ly War­mas­ter Saga, one of the prog­en­i­tors of ken­nar Far­gann, and Gen­er­al Tel­garo, who is also Baro’s ances­tor and the rea­son Fala­ha is short. 😀

It took a while to get it into shape, and more work is ahead of me, with all the revi­sions and edits, but here is a res­o­lu­tion for the year 2017: I want to write every day, even if it is only 50 words a day. With this I feel I can accom­plish what I have start­ed.

I was hop­ing to fin­ish book one before the new year. I was late but I still did it, sev­er­al days into the new year. Now, onto the new adven­tures of books two and three.

Also, this year I will pos­si­bly par­tic­i­pate in A-Z blog­ging chal­lenge. It will be my third attempt, when the oth­er two had mis­er­ably failed. Now I only have to think of a good the­me for my blog posts. I will keep you updat­ed.

This is all for now, and a belat­ed Hap­py New Year. 🙂

Happiness is… Writing Again

I’t’s been a long time since I have been pro­duc­tive. I pro­cras­ti­nat­ed and pre­tend­ed that every­thing was fine. But it wasn’t. I knew it wasn’t. Skyrim has been the out­let for my frus­tra­tion and sad­ness and a method of avoid­ing the work I should have been doing. I couldn’t even blog prop­er­ly. Yet some­how mod­ding the damned game made my cre­ativ­i­ty flow again. The win­ter just arrived to this hemi­sphere but in my head the win­ter is over. *Hap­py Dance*

With­in the past few days I wrote two and a half chap­ters worth of sto­ry, and I’m only a few chap­ters away from fin­ish­ing Part One (which is more of a Book One, to be fair).

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Blurred out to be spoil­er-free 🙂

It wasn’t a per­fect piece of the sto­ry, but at least it was some­thing. Some­thing that can be edit­ed and built upon. I don’t real­ly care now what it is as long as I’m putting those words out and fin­ish this year. I can see my goal clear­ly again! Then I will be edit­ing a bit and going through a few beta-read­ers before set­ting out to write Parts Two and Three. Those are bare­ly in devel­op­ment yet, though I know what I will be doing there. Writ­ing mul­ti-POV books is hell, I tell you. Writ­ing epic-sized mul­ti-POV books is triple that. And no mat­ter what I do, it takes me a year to write a medi­um-nov­el-sized book (~90k). I hope to cel­e­brate the New Year with one of my goals com­plet­ed.

It is too ear­ly to say if I will be releas­ing the sto­ry in three parts or as one piece, but it won’t hap­pen until all of it is writ­ten. There is a pos­si­bil­i­ty that I will han­dle fin­ish­ing the next two parts faster. I’ve been doing this before.

At least I no longer feel guilty to be called a writer. I’m writ­ing, after all. 😀

{Procrastination Post} Modding Skyrim: Custom Male Followers Get Custom Weapons and A Small Quest

I’s been a few days since I wrote my last post about mod­ding. Today we’ll have anoth­er one and this time I final­ly fin­ished what I want­ed to accom­plish with my small Skyrim mod. I learned to make basic quests. 🙂

I had some issues with the Cre­ation Kit. First, there was a bug with my quest dialog not appear­ing. A save and reload fix­es that issue, but it is not a fault on my end. It hap­pens because of the CK patch.

Anoth­er issue I had run into was with scripts. I mis­spelled a func­tion name a couldn’t fig­ure for some time WHY wasn’t it work­ing. And the com­pil­er was like, I got noth­ing man. I’m glad this silli­ness is over. It’s how it always hap­pens with cod­ing. Either a lost brack­et or a let­ter. 😀

There is anoth­er issue that per­sist for now (voic­ing), but I will talk about it lat­er. From tech­ni­cal stand­point the quest is per­fec­tion now.

You’ll have to talk to Dren­nan and he will ask you for help. You agree­ing to help him will start his small quest to get him and his broth­er as fol­low­ers. The quest is reeeeeal­ly tiny, but it is here for immersion’s sake. You can’t just approach peo­ple and they’d agree to be your fol­low­ers. You have to but­ter them up, even if just a bit. 😉

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Appren­tice Tongues starts

With mod installed the broth­ers and their house are there from the begin­ning of the game, but the dia­logue for the quest becomes avail­able only after you com­plete Drag­on Ris­ing. It’s bet­ter to vis­it them before you leave for High Hroth­gar, because it’s where Dren­nan will send you any­way. So two birds with one stone.

You task will be to retrieve Drennan’s jour­nal.

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Read­ing it will briefly intro­duce you to the back­ground of the Sil­ver-Eye broth­ers.

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First pages

Return the jour­nal to Dren­nan and he will reward you with 2000 gold.

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Almost done

After that both broth­ers become avail­able as fol­low­ers, so you can ask them on a date. 😉

drennanfollower

verodfollower

One more thing to say about this mod’s improve­ments is that I added some cus­tom weapons for the guys. Yes, those are one-kill weapons, yes, the broth­ers are over­pow­ered any­way, but you can always take their things away from them and give them some­thing sim­pler and less dev­as­tat­ing. It’s up to the player’s taste. But if you prefer to have two guys killing every­thing for you, that’s what they will do. 😀

Now let’s talk about that issue I men­tioned ear­lier. As the mod cur­rent­ly exists, all the dia­logue is said in my girly voice, so obvi­ous­ly I won’t be shar­ing this ver­sion with any­one. I need to record emp­ty voice files (while keep­ing the LIP files I cre­at­ed from my wav files). As fol­low­ers, Dren­nan speaks with Male Brute voice, and Verod has Male Even Toned voice. And I’m per­fect­ly fine with it. The quest dia­logue will be silent (for now, until some­one would record male-voiced lines for it) but lip-synched.

As for the rest, I’d say mis­sion accom­plished. If one day I’ll decide to make a quest­line for the­se NPCs, this lit­tle quest will be a per­fect place to start. 😉

As soon as I fin­ish clean­ing up the voice files, I would prob­a­bly share the mod on Nexus. I still have to learn how to pack the mod for shar­ing. 😀

UPDATE 25 NOV 2016

The mod can be down­load­ed here.