New Project in the Works!

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, Gaming Writing, General Writing, Writing Projects | Posted on 18-09-2016

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courtesy of: www.sm4em.org

courtesy of: www.sm4em.org

Hey readers! I hope you’ve enjoyed the first few chapters of Trials of the Prey. Picking up right where Trials of The Hunt left off, this is the second installment of Prince Gannon Lupuna’s journey of self-exploration. I’m still cranking out new chapters weekly (Fridays), but I’ve been invited to collaborate on a new project. We are currently in the brainstorming stage. Next will come the research (which, as you know, I LOVE). I promise not to take too long researching so that the writing takes a back seat. Actual writing should begin very soon. I’m excited to start writing something new, with a different focus than the Trials series. This project is more role-playing focused with a large world building element.

I’m also tinkering around with the final details of the Trials series and brainstorming for a new series. Wild Royal is currently with the editor, I’m looking at more platforms for publishing, and my supreme IT specialist is hard at work managing my WordPress mistakes. Things at Wild Royal are rolling right along just in time for Fall/Winter season. I can’t wait to announce and release these new projects!

 

Recent Happenings, or why you should never delete old drafts and writing projects

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, Gaming Writing, Writing Projects | Posted on 24-03-2014

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Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Recently, I’ve been working out the details on a major project in development. Well, two major projects I guess. Of course, I always have Trials of The Hunt updating weekly, and I’ll post the Spring cliffhanger this week, so that’s exciting.

Blogroll Highlights – January 2014

Posted by Akira | Posted in Blogroll Highlights, Gaming Writing, GenCon | Posted on 20-01-2014

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I’m always thinking about ways I can improve my craft through everyday living. One of them is through hobbies. One of my favorite hobbies is gaming. I enjoy role playing games, writing adventures, worldbuilding, making new characters, writing for my characters, and just generally learning about new gaming systems and new worlds.

I have blogged about writing across genre’s to improve skill recently, and I believe writing for games is a great way to do it. Particularly, I like the way that kind of writing focuses me on a very singular task. If I’m building a new character, I have to figure out a background. I have to write about this new character within the backdrop of the world we play in and the group I’m trying to mesh with. What is my character’s motivations? What is her personality like? What does she look like? What is her family like? Does she have a family? If not, why not?

Reading and Writing Across Genres to Improve Writing Skill

Posted by Akira | Posted in Gaming Writing, General Writing, Sci-fi | Posted on 10-09-2013

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The summer is always jam packed with activity. June and July, specifically, contain two birthdays and an anniversary, then there’s a vacation in August. This year, for the hubby’s birthday, I threw a surprise Doctor Who roleplaying party using Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space game supplements as a guide. He won the supplement  in a gaming tournament, but they can be purchased on Amazon or RPGNow.com. The Player and Gamemaster books are steeped in detail and rich in full color photos from David Tennent’s tenure as the tenth Doctor. If you like glossy books for geeky play, you’ll love this set. It’s beautiful! I read through the books a couple times before I decided not to run the game strictly by the rules. I knew I was inviting new gamers and non-gamers, folks who were familiar with the Doctor and some who were not, so I had to make a story-centric but rules-light adventure to accommodate everyone invited. I used a lot of advice from the folks at the Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space forum and went from there.

The adventure was a blast to write and research. One of the things I tend to forget in my effort to get published, is the need to continue honing my writing skills. I love medieval romantic fantasy. I love reading it, watching it, listening to it, and writing it. There’s nothing wrong with having an affinity with a particular genre, but it’s also important to branch out so that skills grow and mature. Writing fantasy requires a particular skill set. Writing science fiction requires a completely different set of skills. Writing the Doctor Who adventure was an ambitious project. I’ve written for fantasy roleplaying games before, but I’ve never written science fiction. It’s a different mountain to climb. Luckily, I started the project way back in March. I gave myself plenty of time to plan and research, and plan again, and research even more, before I actually began the writing process. Even though this was a roleplaying adventure, I used my usual writing process (tweaked a bit) to get through it and come up with a polished final product.

After floundering for about a week in this new genre, I found good resources online that helped me figure out which skills needed improvement and how to improve them. Writers Write posts a good chart that I found to be fairly accurate.  It wasn’t difficult to find good quality sci-fi short stories and novellas online. Project Gutenberg was the best resource for what I needed – free, classical sci-fi. Project Gutenberg is a repository of ebooks that are free in the U.S. because the copyright has expired. Its database can be searched alphabetically by author, title, genre, you name it. Using the Writers Write chart and Project Gutenberg, I was off and running. Several re-writes were needed before I felt comfortable that the story was engaging but not too techy and the rules were fair but not too strict. In the end, a good time was had by all. I’ve posted Detroit Cybermen by Akira Washington on the RPG Supplement page.

The adventure went over well with my party, and I have developed my writing skills a bit more. At first, I was overwhelmed by the process of writing in a new genre, in the end it was a good challenge that I embraced and used to mature as a writer.

 

Upside/Downside

Posted by Akira | Posted in Gaming Writing, General Writing | Posted on 09-09-2010

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This is the week after Labor Day weekend, and it’s a tough one. Even at work I just can’t get it together. I’m slow and laggy and I can’t seem to get going. I’m just getting by and I can’t wait until tomorrow, Friday, at 5pm. The upside of having a day job is that I can slack on the writing because I don’t use it to pay my bills. Writing is still a hobby for me, albeit one that I truly enjoy. The downside is that it gets difficult to pick up where I left off if I stay away too long. The motivation to finish a project is always there. But there are times when I’m just plain tired. Right now, I’m just tired. I will finish the projects finished, just not at this moment. I can rest and relax and rejuvenate until I get my writing groove back. And in the meantime, the ideas keep flowing and the motivation will always be there.