Well, here we are ‘Sheltering In Place”. Wow. What a different world. I couldn’t imagine this a year ago. I only had to stay at home for about two weeks before my business declared themselves as essential services. We test medical devices so it makes sense, I suppose. So I have a job. Yay! But it’s a scary world out there. Boo! Hopefully, everyone is doing their best to stay safe.
As many have likely learned, staying at home with your children doesn’t usually mean you’re more productive. I’m an introvert, so I like being alone for long stretches. While I love my kids, being alone with them for long stretches strains my sanity… and is NOT being alone. I think the entire world is learning this as well.
Anyway, as I have posted before I have my own non-WP website. It has some cheapo games under the “Rifts and RPG/Games We Play”, under “WP &Blogs” it has my site blog, which is not precisely a mirror of here. Under “WP &Blogs/Andy’s Game” is a semi-weekly blog of a D&D game I play in along with a description of the setting and gaming stuff. It may be a bit dry unless you’re into that kind of thing. Under “Community” you’ll find a link to the community page listing all the members and where you can make an see the member pages, publish your own blog or Article page (like a webpage and can be linked to other articles BUT must be approved by the moderator). There’s also a brief tutorial on the features available at the top level. Go there if you are bored.
A reader named Sean contacted me a few weeks ago. He pointed out that my contact page was borked and the optional field “webpage” was preventing the submission of… well, contact. It is a bug of course. Sharing your webpage should be a fun addition, not a requirement, so I removed it. Hopefully, the thousands of people that were trying to contact me can now do that. Or maybe not. He also suggested I publish an Omnibus for my previously published books. <Lightning Striking Head> It was a brilliant idea. Obvious in retrospect but then again the best ones are like that. So that’s what I did. People reading this likely already have read the series but I thought you should know. Sorry, its not a new book but progress has been made on book 4 despite screaming children.
The other books have hit their own roadblocks. “A Virtual Invasion” which I have been publishing on Royal Roads is mostly on hiatus due to “not enough time to split among projects”. I actually have a couple chapters I haven’t published. I haven’t forgotten it… well not completely but I may have to re-read it to prevent stupid continuity errors. I really wish I had a photographic memory.
My other book, the children’s book that I am sure you all remember? No? Um… anyway, it went well. I had the plot, drew the backgrounds with, frankly, more skill than I remembered having when I used to draw, back when I was younger. Then I hit a snag. Well, a couple but only one was critical. Drawing the main character in a cutsie manner AND making them consistent. Apparently, I am capable of drawing things as long as I don’t have to make them recognizable in the next frame. Awkward. So this will likely be put on hold until I find a partner to do this with me. I had originally planned to have this as a gift for my kids on their fifth birthday since I used to tell them a variation of this story for fun, however, they barely remember it these days so I guess that ship has sailed. On a side note, if you go to my web site and look at my profile page you can listen to a recording of me reading the original version.