Thursday, July 26, 2012

My thoughts in late July

I don't really have anything to say today. I've been trying to form a few different ideas for posts but nothing is 100% yet. I kind of want to talk about politics but I feel like right now all my political views are kind of in flux. Some of the stuff that I've believed in pretty firmly are starting to be questioned and I'm trying to figure out where I stand on the issues before I really talk about them. Namely right now due to events happening I'm trying to figure out how I feel about gun control and taxes.

Also I have some desire to write a short story. Specifically a short story about a half Orc cleric named Sark that I had the pleasure of playing in a couple of Dungeons & Dragons games years ago. He wasn't my favorite character I've ever played but for some reason his adventures stand out the most in my memory and I think a few of those adventures might translate well into short story form. The only problem is he died before anything really got resolved in the games, or in the case of his first game the game died after just one session or so. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dead Week

So I had this idea the other night. I want to put together a collection of short stories surrounding the theme of horror and supernatural events on college campus or happening to college students. I'd call it Dead Week. I did a Google search for the phrase dead week just to make sure it was well known and not just something I picked up during my college days and was surprised to find that the Wikipedia page for it lists Iowa State University first among the many schools they talk about. That was the college I dropped out of after spending to long and too much money to figure out that I really don't like large lecture hall style of teaching.

For those that don't know, and didn't click on the link above to read about it, dead week is the week before final exams at the end of the semester when students who didn't keep up on their studies through out the semester try to cram for finals.

In addition to wanting to write a couple short stories for my Dead Week collection I also want to add in stories other people wrote. First I'll have to see if any of my friends are writers and want to write a story or two for the collection. If I actually knew anything about publishing such a collection I would try reaching out to other writers and try to publish this as an anthology via Kickstarter.

When I first had the idea I also wanted to play in some modern horror roleplaying game based on the idea of strangeness happen on a college campus. Maybe I'd play some student that stumbled onto the weirdness, or as a paranormal investigator trying to make one of those cheesy reality TV shows. Or maybe I'd be an agent for some secret government agencies that hunts ghost and monsters and all things that go bump in the night. Sadly when I do get that rare chance to play roleplaying games with my friends we stick to pretty standard D&D fantasy worlds. And I don't think any of us have the books for a modern times horror RPG. I have D20 Modern but in all the years I've had it I've never actually used it sadly. That's the only modern setting RPG I have.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A new look

I decided it was time I updated the look of my blog some. I think I will also try to jazz it up a bit by adding pictures to it a bit more often. Let me know what you think of the new look. Also if you have any other suggestion on how I can change my blog for the better let me know that as well.