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Website Changes and Questioner’s Shadow Trivia

I’ve made some changes to the site in anticipation of the release of Questioner’s Shadow, the first book in the Lords of Genova series.

What?! Another series?! Why don’t you finish A Wizard’s Work, first?!

That was my original plan. But if you know me at all, plans never work out the way I want them to. Here’s what happened.

I finished the draft of Shattered in the middle of September, 2010. I didn’t want to go right into the second book, because I didn’t want to have to make changes to the second book because I made changes to the first.

However, I needed something to work on at a workshop I had registered to attend. I spent weeks trying different things. First, it was a space opera type story (that I will write someday, it just wasn’t the time for it). Then, I came up with a story that I’m planning on writing, but I needed to do a lot of research to even get it off the ground, and I just didn’t have time.

One night, with about four weeks to go, I challenged myself to write the most provocative first sentence I could. I was pretty happy with it, but it didn’t have a story.

And then, with about a week and a half to go, I realized I could put that first line together with this other story idea of mixing Jack the Ripper and Beowulf together, and that’s what ultimately kicked off Questioner’s Shadow.

At this time, Questioner’s Shadow was only a single story, and I was really excited to write it. However, as I started to get into the first scene, and started to learn about my main character, I discovered that he was in real trouble that extended beyond the arc of this single story.

Thus, I ended up starting another series before Shattered had even seen the light of day.

My Reading List

For whatever reason, I feel like pointing out a couple things about my reading list. It’s a list of books I’ve read from beginning to end. If I finished it, it’s on the list. If I couldn’t finish it, for whatever reason, it’s not on the list.

The list is NOT a list of books I would recommend. The vast majority are books that I liked, for one reason or another, as I did finish them. But there are some that I didn’t care for, but finished anyway. Sometimes, I finish a bad book because it’s like watching a train wreck or a magic trick gone horribly wrong. I wonder if the magician, despite being unentertaining, can escape the underwater cage surrounded by sharks without having any breathing apparatus and having his hands chained behind his back.

So if you see a book on the list and decide to read it and hate it, it’s not my fault. It’s just a list.


Perhaps you can see that I’ve made a couple changes. The reading list got long enough, I decided to move it down the page a bit and move categories and links up so you can see them. I also added progress information for my current projects. They will mostly be writing projects since I’m bound not to talk about most of my game projects until after they’re released.
Anyway, for a quick update on my writing progress, last week was a good week with nearly 15,000 words written on Wizard in Waiting. I made my 2000 a day target every day. I’m sure it’ll require a rewrite when I’m done. When I started this WiW in November, I pretty much just threw ideas onto the paper, and was figuring out who the characters were as I wrote, and I’m still doing that, which leads me to believe that there will be many ‘out of character’ behaviors from each of them.

StoryBox Weekly #4

This week has been a little slower, though still productive. I’ve had a lot going on with the paying gig, and that takes precedence, unfortunately. I alos received notice that my host was shutting down my server, so I’ve had to quickly move everything to a new host. This included recoding some of the Laughing Dragon Games site to use MySql instead of Microsoft SQL Server.

Progress on StoryBox, though included a new home at It’s not linked because it’s just a placeholder at the moment.

I added a single level outliner, so if you don’t like working with index cards, you can work in the outline. It will become multi-level eventually, but I wanted the basic feature in so I can start getting some feedback.

Project wide search went in this week, also. Eventually, I will add options for only searching document bodies, synopsis, notes or tags separately or in any combination, and the option to search in any particular set of documents.

One other last change was to swap out the ribbon bar for a regular menu and toolbars. Why? Well, it turns out if you want to use that ribbon bar UI, you have to get a license from Microsoft, and then follow a bunch of guidelines. You also can’t use it on anything that directly competes with any of the Microsoft Office products, including Word. I do not know if they would consider StoryBox as a direct competitor to Word, and since I’m in a hurry to release this thing, I don’t want to go any further with the ribbon bar only to find out later that I can’t use it at all, even if I did want to follow all their technical requirements.

I’m on target, I think, for an October 1 pre-release release. What that means, is that you’ll be able to buy it early for quite a bit less than what I’ll be asking once I tag it with Version 1.0. I haven’t settled on exact final numbers yet, but the pre-release will be right around $25. Once version 1.0 rolls around, it will be significantly more.

So what’s the plan for this week? Mostly tightening up the features that are already in and working on the website.

Hello world!

Ah Yeah – new blog software here, too! Unfortunately, lost the comments, but what the hell, there weren’t that many anyway. I’ll get the music back up here, too, in a bit. I gotta do real work now, though.