Writing Rebellion


I’m back!!!  I know I’ve been gone for some time, I know you’ve all met me so drastically and I know, despite the fact that I’m blogging for the first time in a long time, I may disappear for a while again, but such is the way of my life these days.  I want to dedicate myself to one thing at a time but I’m nothing if not the perfect Gemini, bouncing around from project to project, book to book, game to game and wife to wife.  Just kidding about the wife! 😉

My hiatus has not been chocked full of procrastination like usual, but I haven’t had much time for much of anything.  I’ve got a new career, that is going swimmingly, but it is salary pay and therefore I work way more than I ever used to.  Then my time off is spent with my family and trying to find an hour of relaxation.

But always at the back of my mind was my muse, coaxing me, “Justin… Justin… let’s play…”.

But I have so many things that I want to do in my free time.  And all involve creativity and imagination.  Whether it involved playing a game, or working on an interesting character idea for the Skyrim Blog, or just reading the hundreds of books that I am currently in the middle of.  However, through all of that not once has writing been an outlet for my creativity.  I have been thinking of several different story themes and plot, still trying to find one that just clicked in my head and said, you need to write this, but writing has lost its original purpose for me.

For too long, writing has been changing from it’s original purpose of allowing me to create and express myself, and it has slowly evolved into something much more base.  It has become little more than a means for me to save my family from the mundane paycheck to paycheck that our lives have become.  For too long, I have pissed and moaned about not being able to give my family the life I never had, that it has allowed my mind and imagination to grow stagnant from resent.  My ideas lack their own sense of purpose.  For too long, my writing has been living and not-living for me.

It is time for a rebellion.

It is time that I start living for my writing.  I remember the first stories I ever started writing, and how I wrote them simply to tell tales.  I will get back to that.  I will write to write.  I will write to let my stories live, and I will work for them.

If any of you find yourself in the same place, then join me.  Join my rebellion.  Tell me how you rebel against the oppression that is life and the inhibitions it chains you with.  Or if you have broken through this stagnation before, give me your tips, challenge me to write something new.  I’m always up for writing a new short story, so challenge me.  Or just leave a comment or a like in support of my rebellion.  Let me know that my war does not go without notice!


One of those days


You ever stop and say to yourself, “I’m gonna get some shit done today.”  I do.  Hell, today started out as one of those days.  I thought to myself, I’m going to talk to my landlord about the pot smell in my apartment, I’m going to take my kids to a bunch of fun stuff and I’m going to write at least a thousand words today.  And yet, here I am with only a partially completed list.  Sure, the day is young, but I guarantee you that the things I wanted to do are now going to be in complete contention with the list of crap that I have to do.

Oh, Hermione, where are you now with your wonderful little time turner?  (Side note, one of my friends from work has the hugest crush on Emma Watson!)  How are we supposed to deal with this?  Am I supposed to go without sleep like the bad guy who never slept in Die Another Day?  Hardly a positive looking answer.

So, I’m now implementing the Get Your Ass Moving Protocol for each of my days off.

1.  Wake up each morning by 8 AM.  (If my kids let me sleep that late.)

2.  Make them breakfast.

3.  Collaborate with wife to plan day out.

4.  Set aside time to do some exercise.

5.  Make kids lunch.

6.  Collaborate with wife again to find time to work on writing while my daughter naps.

Then devote the rest of my day to taking the kids to fun things or to helping to pick up the house.  This shall be incredibly difficult for me honestly, considering that I’m a video game junkie.  I just have so many great games with exceptional stories!  Like hunting dragons in Skyrim or pwning noobs on Modern Warfare 3… Where’s my video game controller again!  NO!  Bad Justin!

*shakes his head*  So, there you have it.  There’s my plan.  I invite you guys to give me any advice you have as to how you manage your time.  Feel free to drop a comment!


Apocalypses, vacations and Skyrim


I’m back!  For those of you that didn’t know it, I’ve been on a trip of being a lazy bastard.  I’ve neglected my Twitter followers, and you, my blog followers.  And yet, I must still thank you to everybody that has followed me recently.  Despite no new content, nobody disavowed me.  I must be doing something right.

Anywho… I have been busy, despite my lack of blogging and Tweeting.  I’ve been hammering away at my keyboard with two different tasks.  First, and foremost, I’ve been working on my story for the Grim5Next project.  I’m working on story with Jinn Nelson and Goran Zidar.  I wrote it and they are playing the part of harsh editors and critics. 😉

The story is going along swimmingly, it’s just me that’s taking longer with it.  Real life, work and exhaustion have taken their toll on me and made it very hard to stay on one task for too long.  I thank goodness for this staycation that I took from work, because the stress was starting to give me a giant migraine, seriously.

The time off has been nice.  I’m about halfway through my staycation, and I’ve been really lazy with it, just playing with the kids and goofing around with Skyrim.  I plan on finishing up my story in the next couple of days though.

And then there is my own novels that have been patiently waiting in the wings. I haven’t touched any of them in some time now, but I have been thinking about them.  In fact, once again I must pay homage to Skyrim for this.

I have recently joined a website called The Skyrim Blog.  It has been fantastic!  They have a discussion group called Character Building, and while they are all characters to be played in Skyrim, the experience has been fantastic.  A lot of the characters I am coming up with I plan to utilize in my own writing.  The ideas are actually giving me the opportunity I have been looking for to overhaul my project and put a bit more realism in them.

You guys should definitely check the website out if you love character building, or Skyrim, as much as I do.  They also have another group that is just about background stories.  It is fantastic!

My main character will be getting a different background story, though his main goal and the critical problem he will face shall remain the same.  But he has gone from a warrior skilled with a sword and a forgotten past, to a young man who as a child he lost his family to a horrific act and was adopted by the leader of a group bent on destroying the evil that plagues their world.  His choice of weapon is also going to change, but I’m going to keep that one a secret for now! 😀

And that is what I’ve been up to, in a nutshell.  I promise I’ll try to get back into a regular blogging routine again, and, hopefully, come up with some great new content on here for you guys to check out!


Skyrim and video game inspiration


At least that is how I’m going to rationalize the ridiculous amount of time it has been since I last blogged.  Admittedly, my deviation from writing did begin when my computer went and fried itself (don’t worry my works in progress are okay, I think), but since then my life has become absorbed by the world of the Tamriel, more specifically by the nation of SKYRIM!!!

Holy crap, this game is amazing!  Best game in the series, if not possibly (though I often say it is) the best video game ever!!!  The in depth story lines (that’s right lines, not line), the stunning visual elements and DRAGONS!!! I’ve never played a game where killing dragons actually made you feel like a bad ass.  But every time I drop one of those winged bastards, I’m like “YEAH! WHAT’S UP NOW, SUCKA! DRAGONBORN WHAT!”

Ahem, sorry ’bout that… So, I seriously have to say that out of all of The Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim has finally found a main plot that makes me want to play it as much as the side quests, something that Morrowind touched on and Oblivion totally ignored.  If you haven’t tried it check out the game, it is so worth the sixty bones I dropped on it, and then another seventeen when I bought the strategy guide.  Or just check out the free trailer for the game here.

Okay, now is when I drop my real geekitude on you and tell about how I’ve made easily ten to fifteen different characters.  Coincidentally, this is where the inspiration part comes in.  The vast amount of character options is so impressive, that I can’t help but come up with new characters to try out, which in turn gives me more ideas for characters for writing.  I’ve made a dragonslayer, who wades into the thick of combat with his sword and shield, a thief who sneaks up on his enemies with a bow and walks through locked doors as if they were smoke.  Right now my favorite character is my assassin that summons mystical swords before dual impaling his victims from behind.

So, while I feel inclined to admit that I have written a word in almost a month, I haven’t shut my brain off to writing, I’ve just been giving it a much needed break, while I try to get the rest of my life organized, the real one, not the Skyrim lives! 😉  I promise that as soon as  I’ve gotten some writing progress under my belt you will be the first to know it!  In the mean time, feel free to drop me a line if, like me, you have partaken the beautiful pleasures of Skyrim, if you need ideas for a fun character for the game or writing or if you just want to geek out!