First off, I need to too my own horn for a minute.
"The Forgotten Years: The Call of Chaos" is finished! And I must say that this brings mixed emotions.
On the one hand IT'S FINISHED! After it is edited it will be ready for publishing. I will not be ready for publishing as this is the part of the whole writing endeavor to which I do not look forward. It's a lot like throwing a party--if I actually did that. Throwing the party is awesome but paying for all of the supplies really stinks...like wet cat and feet. Also, there may be a hangover involved with publishing. Since I've not had anything non-journalistic published, I'm still a bit foggy on this.
That aside, I'd also like to say how happy I am that Midwest Geekfest 2014 was a success! Planning the event has its ups and downs every year (well, both years) but, in the end, I really enjoy seeing all of the awesome people who want nothing more than to show up and have fun. And Midwest Geekfest 2015 will be even better! Pinky swear! Is that still a thing?
Gaming...yeah, poor gaming. My infatuation with writing the first book has left my inner gamer a bit neglected. In fact, I think my gamer self is sitting on his bed throwing paper airplanes at my head and trying to get my attention.
The fact of the matter is, yes, I am in the middle of a huge writing blitz. I am enjoying every minute of it. I view it a lot like running a game of D&D, only a lot less interactive for the player/reader. But the process itself is very similar. In D&D I have always had to think more quickly and improvise no matter how deep the story. In writing I have more time to think up concepts, characters, and plot. And, shortly after, throw them all to the wind and do whatever my brain comes up with on the spur of the moment.
But I do promise to return to my gaming roots. I just got Saint's Row IV (thank you, Steam!) so that might happen. Come to think of it, I have about a billion Steam games waiting in line to be played. But, really, it's going to take a new game to kick me back into the habit, most likely. I do still have this nagging in the back of my mind that wants to play through all of the Halo games again. I started a while ago and got through Halo: Reach, then played a bit into Halo: CE. But I may take a 24-hour chunk of time (when I nobody's around) and play through the remaining titles.
In fact, it seems that most of the games I want to play are older titles--Halo, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, L4D and L4D2. Maybe even some Civ V. I'd like to fire up Black Mesa and check out the updated game. I'd like to play through the three seasonal DLCs for Borderlands 2 as well.
So what games have I been playing? It seems I always return to "FTL: Faster Than Light". Though, for the next week, Diablo 3 is offering better chances at awesome loot, so maybe I'll hop in.