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Hey, two moth hiatus, no biggie...

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Things I learned while I was out:

1.  Working on sad/intense stories is fine, as long as you are getting good/fun/happy things back into your life somewhere else.  You can't pour yourself out in more than one or two areas without going dry.

2.  Being an ML (municipal liason) is tons of fun.  If you love NaNoWriMo and love helping other writers, it's highly recommended. 

3.  Save all your writing all the time.  Every day you work on it, back it up in three places, at least one of them cloud based.  Jesus saves, but apparently Madeline needs practice.

4.  I want to keep working on my novels in progress, but I think in the future I am going to try to focus more on interactive storytelling.  The more I play in that genre, the more I like it.


1.  I finished NaNoWriMo 2016 with 23,712 words :D and a lot more story to go.  Not winning, but considering where my brain was during that time, I'm happy with that progress.  (See Things I Learned #1)

2.  I'm one of the leaders of one of our local writing groups, BCS Writing, again this year, so I should probably keep working on my stuff so I can feel like I halfway deserve to help other people with theirs.

3.  On an unrelated note, I went to PAX South last weekend, which was lots of fun.  Hope to do a couple more gaming cons later on this year.  

Plans for this year, before NaNoWriMo 2017:

1.  Get my script for my first interactive fiction project, Her Ladyship's Last Request, finished and figure out how to post that on Episode.  (i.e. learn how to baby code) (I'll post some info on HLLR in a couple weeks) (that's enough parentheses)

2.  Get my story tree (outline) for Head Games hammered out so I can hopefully add another 50k words to that.  It still won't be done, but it will be making progress at least rather than treading water like I feel it is now.

3.  Finish The Neif first draft.  It needs a lot of words, but I have the outline down solid, so it's just a matter of plugging in all those letters and spaces and punctuation in the appropriate combinations. 

4.  To keep from getting bogged down I think I might alternate between what I work on so I can try to always be working on something "fresh".

Thanks for reading, and if you're local, make sure you have an invite to my next board game night :D


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