Muse Monday: Side Stories

The original version of Twisted Magics started roughly 2 years before the final version. I still have the files (it was horrible). A few people were unfortunate to have been exposed to it, but not all is lost. The rough ideas are still there.

And I’ve started digging them back out to rewrite. I’ve been considering posting completed pieces here, but I’m not sure how interested people would be. The current one I’m working on is from Lockonis’ perspective.

That’s not saying that I don’t have a bunch of others started and possibly close to completion. I toyed with the idea a little early on, but didn’t start really kicking off doing these side stories until I needed to write sections of Shattered Illusions from another perspective.

Would you read side stories or something from another character’s perspective?

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Game Night Tales: Olympics

Before I start, no we didn’t have a special Olympics event.

However, our fail ninja did actually manage to look spectacular in front of other people for once. Usually Sarla only pulls off epic feats when no one is looking and and soon as other PCs are watching her, the dice hate the player.

In trying to get back to Karameikos the ship they were on was attacked by pirates. Qadif, the party’s wizard, tried to sink the ship before it got close enough. It wasn’t enough. Pirates began boarding in two areas.

Savanas held one group while Brunnhilde tried to perform an epic jump to the other ship and couldn’t make it over the railing of the one she was one (full plate might have made that an issue…either that or paladins can’t jump). Most of the others began holding the other area.

Eventually the fodder died enough to allow our party to start jumping to the other ship. Sarla, in an epic twist of fate began performing Olympic-level acrobatics to get around enemies to kill them.

Savanas held her position after creating a small corpse wall – unsure of the footing with all the blood spilled on the deck. After some harassment from the DM, I had her cast Jump on herself and far outdo Sarla on acrobatics (to which then started the discussion of who was in what place for what medal). This also included jumping with both blades pointed down onto the boss on the deck below.

And that is how we celebrated the Olympics in game (and now Savanas has a ship).

Game Night Tales: Need a lock Pick

Stuck in a very unfriendly area that requires papers to basically exist (seriously, papers for everything and fines in the thousands of gold – bribery is rampant). My bard (Lindale) sneaks into a smaller town to the south to try and get an idea of what these papers look like so she can forge them. The party was unfortunately dumped here from another plane so they didn’t exactly arrive legally.

A few hours later and some of the rest of the party decides to go to town. Our wizard (Qadif) and cleric (Dorgan) go, end up at a tavern that makes a deal with them to get into the assessor’s office and then they will help the party get off of the island. My urban ranger (Savanas) decided to sneak into town at the same time and find Lindale.

Both Lindale and Savanas are now outside of the closed assessor’s office, hidden and looking at their options. Neither one has disable device.

In the meantime, the remainder of the party outside of town gets robbed and our druid (Delisa) helps get our rogue (Pick) out of the major city to the west. Pick has been busy lifting papers off of people, but he hasn’t exactly been trying to match the party.

Eventually everyone ends up at the tavern. Lindale begins talking to the people willing to get them off in exchange for getting into the assessor’s office and the worst pun of the night comes out: “We forgot our lock Pick.”

Grab Pick, get in, get what we need, and get our butts off of that island.

Burnout? #IWSG

I did some pretty heavy revisions to Shattered Illusions (Terra Chronicles book #2) during Camp NaNoWriMo last month. Managed to pour a lot of energy into it and called the revisions good fairly early so I could have it printed to work on while out camping.

And then never touched it. I still haven’t. About the most I’ve done is put it in a binder and find a red pen along with some loose-leaf to go with it. And wonder why the paper seems so thick because that wasn’t what I ordered, but I won’t complain. Might gripe about the turn around time this new place I tried took, but they came in way cheaper than where I usually go.

But no actual editing. I keep telling myself I need to get back on it. I need to have it done to go into beta in September. Which isn’t working.

My brain wants to work on anything but that. Including trying to figure out how I’m going to start book 3.

*sigh* If I keep trucking the heavyweight around everywhere, I might eventually get some work done on it, right? About as fast as I seem to be picking up Scrivener for iOS. (Okay, so I initially held off in hopes of getting a coupon for it from Camp NaNo.)

Now onto the IWSG question for the month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Like my very very very first piece of writing ever? That is wonderfully long gone. It was a place for me to escape and I never really put much effort into it.

My first really serious attempt is somewhere in my Dropbox still. I kept trying to write Kage’s story for a few years off and on. I had some things I liked but overall it never worked. While Kage gets a brief mention and cameo in Twisted Magics, I haven’t revisited any version of the story yet. Though from the ashes of one of them sparked a general idea that eventually took off into my current series. I do plan on looking back at some point so I can get a feel for Kage again as it gets closer to her return.

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Muse Monday: Intimidate

How does one make a character that is not physically strong or large intimidating? I bring up large for the reason that even though I’m quiet, people find me intimidating due to my height. Really, I’m probably more afraid of you.

But getting ba2016-07-12 06.47.36ck on topic. I have a number of characters who can come across as intimidating through force of personality alone. And it isn’t even that they have to be loud or forceful. Once in game, I had Lockonis standing behind the people in her party talking just playing with magical fire in her hand. The slightly crazy look on her face probably helped seal the deal, but you get the idea.

Then there are the ones that the potential threat they pose is intimidating. Usually they are already opposing the one who is intimidated in some manner, even if it isn’t directly. The true power behind it comes from what they can be capable of if they go from being passive to active. Because you know someone is eventually going to piss them off enough to act.

It’s an interesting dynamic to consider when dealing with these widely varied characters. I’ve only considered a couple here, but I’m sure there are more ways to intimidate someone.