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One of my awesome “betta” readers. ;-)

Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!

My second reader found her top gear last week, and I was overjoyed to get the remainder of her notes on the first act by Friday. With those and her prior notes in hand, I was able to get started on new drafts before the weekend as I had hoped last week. A doctor’s appointment and another commitment curtailed my writing time on Saturday, but with a productive Sunday I managed to get through chapters one through six.

Currently, my immediate focus is on finishing chapters seven and eight on or before this Friday. With those revised, the first act of the book will be into a 3rd draft and ready to be sent to my third beta reader.

Insofar as the 2nd draft of the second act is concerned, it’s in the hands of my second reader as of Sunday night. I’m hopeful that one or two sets of chapter notes will trickle my way from her by the weekend, but we’ll see. Even if that isn’t in the cards, I’m sure I’ll find something productive to do.

So that’s where I’m at on Vivian’s Last Cigarette at the moment. :-) Oh, and my wife made another cool piece of art related to it!

Artwork by the lovely Kim.

Artwork by the lovely Kim.

Besides editing, Saturday found me pitching a multi-game master mega role playing session idea to my fellow PortCon GMs. This was the other “commitment” I spoke of earlier. I mentioned back in November that I and another GM were brainstorming a session between the two of us that would be a Predator/Aliens/G.I. Joe crossover. However, that idea has fallen through as interested parties were added to our initial partnership.

What we have now is four interested GMs with no agreement and little input on what they want to do.

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It’s frustrating. I proposed an idea (the only one proposed so far), giving up four hours of my day to compose it… and nothing. No comment or discussion on it whatsoever. I’m becoming concerned that this particular event idea for the con isn’t going to materialize.

The convention is June 22nd through the 25th, and those dates and the month leading up to them roughly translates to the release window I’ve set for Vivian’s. It’s doubtful that I’ll have any spare time to cook up last minute gaming material in that timeframe. If something can’t get hammered-out soon, I may be crafting a “Plan B” game to add to the other three ideas I’ve already got.

Regardless, I’m still looking forward to PortCon! It’s a lot of fun and worth the added work. I just need to be smart about when and how much time I have to devote to preparing for it.

On a completely different and final note, I’m considering adding a new feature… and I want to gauge the interest of the writers that frequent my blog about it.

A few weeks ago I started a simple writing prompt game, Fifty Word Fantasy, on the r/fantasywriters subreddit that I co-moderate. The first two have been really well received, and I was wondering if I started them as a feature here if any of my writing readers would like to participate?

It would be a micro-fiction writing prompt where each week I announce a simple theme. Writers would then be welcome to write a coherent vignette or snippet using fifty words or less around that theme, using fantasy elements and posted as a comments. A week later, I would share the comments in a new Fifty Word Fantasy blog, along with announcing a new theme.

As examples, here is my own work for the first Fifty Word Fantasy post I did on Reddit with the theme of “Dragons”…

The dwarven teens eyed the 1954 
Ford pickup that hadn’t moved in 
decades, then dove for cover 
behind it.

Beard singed, Matt yelled before 
another fireball was belched at 
them. “What are these things? 
Turtles? Dragons!?”

“Koopas!” Mike shouted as a small 
explosion of flames and rust shook 
the truck.

… and the second one, this time with a theme of “Wizards”…

Deb crossed her arms. “Larry, 
you’re an actual, honest-to-God, 
secret wizard. Why the hell are 
you waiting in this line?”

“Hey now, J.K.’s awesome. I love 
her stuff!”

Moments later, he was slowly 
raising his copy of Prisoner of 
Azkaban to shield himself from 
Deb’s sullen stare.

So, fellow writers, would any of you out there be interested in crafting fifty word fiction for the fun of it? Speak-up if you do, because I’m willing to do this on the blog if folks have the interest! :-)

Alright, time for me to stop blogging and get back to writing editing some more fiction! Take care!

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