This is the last installment of my Avatar (The Last Airbender) sports trilogy. Part one is here, and part two is here. In this post, we’ll look mostly at water bending sports. Some of these are my favorites. Read More…
In the last post of this series, I covered my ideas for sports that might emerge in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. In that post, I discussed a few ideas for airbending sports. In this entry, I’ll present some firebending and earthbending sports (and a combination of the two,) and in the final post, I’ll cover mostly waterbending sports.
Let’s get on with it! Read More…
During the Legend of Korra, we were introduced to Pro-Bending, a fast-paced professional sport that used three of the four elements. This wasn’t our first introduction to bending sports, either. With such unique powers, I realized that bending sports could present some very interesting sports concepts, and I was hit with a mild obsession.
That led to the following sports ideas. Some of them might need to take place in a more modern time with more advanced materials, but most could be played in the time period of the Legend of Korra or even ancient times. I thought up the basic system for the game, created a Sketchup model of an example court for each idea, and made a logo for the sport.
This is part one of a small series. I hope you find these ideas as interesting as I do. Now if only we could find a way to get someone to animate these… Read More…
I think this has been a pretty good year for the blog. This was the year I started my Short Story Week, which I intend to continue. I am quite fond of some of those short stories. I also completed NaNoWriMo for the first time, and am in the editing process for the resulting book, the Legend of Lithra III: The Legacy of Lions. I’ll add some thoughts about that shortly.
I also wrote half of another book, launched the Cinematic Addict YouTube channel, started the Radiance RPG and write-ups, accomplished some decent Photoshop and Sketchup work, was introduced to The Office, Thanks to posting on Reddit, and my Minecraft short story Iron became my most well-read post.
So I’m overall pretty pleased with my content creation this year. What lies ahead?
I will be editing Lithra III, which will be my first major experience with rewriting and extensive editing. I’ll post my thoughts as this progresses. I hope to continue the Radiance RPG and visit short story week again. I also plan to do a lot of official outlining and writing for all my half-baked stories.
In the short term, I have a short story in the works, and a series of posts with Sketchup work I think will be quite interesting. We finally got in another Radiance session and there will be a writeup shortly. Plus, I’ll showcase another Cinematic Addict video in a few days.
I’m looking forward to 2015!
Well, folks, it is 2 am and I just hit 50,000 words plus change. (I’m not up this late because I’m frantically trying to catch up, it’s just my ludicrous work schedule.) The story is not quite done yet, but that is the official word count goal of the month. This counts as at least a technical victory.
I am in the final stretch of Lithra III, finishing up the last chapter. The story is at least 90 something percent complete, but could be several thousand more words yet. I still have a couple of days left in November, so depending on my schedule I may be able to actually finish the whole thing within the month as well.
Even if not, I will soon have finished a book, so that’s a victory to me! After I’m done writing, I plan to let the book marinate for a little while well I cleanse my palate. It’s good to get a little distance from it before you start editing. And editing/real rewriting is something I’m kind of new to, so that will be an interesting adventure. In the meantime, I have some various projects burning a hole in my hard drive, including video editing for Cinematic Addict, Photoshop and SketchUp work, and more than likely some short stories. You’ll be sure to hear about those when they’re done, so keep an eye open, and before long you’ll likely see Lithra III up and running at the Legend of Lithra.
“Dustin, come look at this,” Eliza said, practically dragging him to the television. “This is so weird. It’s on all the local news channels.”
It took Dustin a moment to make out what he was supposed to be seeing. Then the cameraman zoomed out. It was a cloud, but not like any cloud he had ever seen. A massive column of soft gray fog, reaching hundreds of feet into the sky, encircled by white tendrils of vapor, blanketing the area in a thick, humid haze that painted the gray with a rainbow. The whole mass stood spiraling gently, like a languid hurricane that had decided to take a sunday stroll instead of going on the warpath.
“The air is remarkably still,” said a reporter’s voice. The camera cut to a view of her standing in front of the gray wall. Her hair and makeup did not seem to be faring well in the humidity. “We have spoken with local meteorologists, who have reached no conclusion about the origins of this unusual weather system. The fog is incredibly thick, and the area has been blocked off for safety reasons ever since the cloud appeared an hour ago. Those within the cloud are advised to stay put until this weather passes.”
“That’s MacAdam Street,” Dustin said suddenly. He walked over to the window and threw open the curtains. Only a few miles away, the pillar of mist swirled serenely, towering over the trees. As soon as Dustin saw it, a thrill ran up his spine. There was something there, he was sure of it. Read More…
As I explained in my last post, I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month, working on the third installment of my serial fantasy series “The Legend of Lithra.” We are now about halfway through the month, and I am pleased to report that I am ahead of schedule!
The standard goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month. My current total is just shy of 30,000 words. Thus far, I’m pretty sure the book will end up longer than 50k, but I’m certain to hit that goal so long as I stay on track. I may even still finish in November!
My schedule with work has been crazy, but I manage to make time to get most of the daily average every day, and on days off I’ve hit two or three times that quota. So, I’m pretty pleased. I’ve written both previous books in fairly short times, but after Lithra three I will have the new experience of doing extensive re-writing and editing, which hasn’t been my experience with the past two. They still stand largely as first typed. I am completely certain the rewriting will improve things drastically.
Anyway, this has been going so well, I might have to do another personal novel writing month sooner than next November. Maybe April. I guess we’ll see.
Yesterday was the first day of NaNoWriMo, which is the fun way to say National Novel Writing Month. Every November, thousands of hopeful writers attempt to churn out the first draft of a 50,000 word novel, which works out to a little under 2,000 words a day. Some of these endeavors have even gone on to be published.
I intended to participate last year, but I had just finished writing Lithra II: The Knives of Aesur, and I didn’t have anything planned. So this year, I will be writing the sequel. Yesterday, I started work on The Legend of Lithra III, currently titled Sands of the South. It is more accurately a prequel, following the adventures of a younger Lithra, as the recently-betrayed enchanter follows his treacherous pupil through the wild southern deserts.
I have the whole story outlined before starting, which is a bit new for me, but it really helped with the last book. It is interesting how things can emerge and grow while writing the actual story, though. In any case, I’ll be a bit busy with that and some other real-world obligations over the month of November, but I have some posts scheduled, so you won’t be missing anything. I will post again at the end of the month, hopefully with a full book written. See you then.