Category: Rambling


So, just yesterday Dice Envy posted up a thing on their blog talking about how they plan on dealing with the fear of missing out effect of limited edition dice. Essentially, they’ve chosen to reprint their limited edition dice so that people who missed out the first time around don’t have to worry as much. Just ask for an alert to when they’ll be available again so Dice Envy can gauge interest.

That means that if you wanted the recent Frost Dice, you can hit a button and get an email alert when they’re available again. Either set of the Healer’s Edition infinity d4? The ever out of stock Alpha Dice?  Same deal.

It’s a really cool idea that I hope other dice shops pick up as well. So, the best thing to do is to encourage them on this. Give it a read and let them know how cool their approach to this is at the post itself.

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Nothing really to say this week. I’m still picking away at both getting a book review written and getting financial aid in order so I can go back to school. There’s dice on the way thanks to a lucky break and the Dice Envy affiliate program.

Things are going pretty much as usual.

I’ve been feeling kind of mopey lately, I admit. It’s a little like, there’s a million things I need to get done or want to get done or just could do. But it gets a little overwhelming. So I sit and watch videos or I nap or I start another crafting project and I wind up ignoring all the other things.

It’s something I need to work on. Actual work on, not just say that I’m going to and then let it slide.

But, all that aside, there’s a guest post coming this Friday.

I’m going to get a review done again eventually.

Everything else is just details.

So, standard stuff, if you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. I’ve branched out a bit and want to see what people think once I’ve got everything balanced out. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. In either case, have a great rest of the week!

12th of Spring, Year 256

Good news! We have Eclair back and Azurei seems to be feeling much better.

Less good news, Eclair doesn’t seem terribly happy about the situation with Chonck’s new vocabulary. Can’t blame her really. She’s not real pleased with the ‘sticky book’ situation either, but that at least has been taken care of for now.

We’ve convinced Chonck that, given he figures the priests stole the book from its rightful owner, then the good thing to do would be to return it to One-Eyed Jimmy. So, Azurei escorted him to One-Eyed Jimmy’s house and we owe Chonck a book with pictures. Possibly two.

With that promise secured, the rest of the trip to White Hall was quick. Though it did take awhile to get Chonck harnessed up, since he was all but dancing with excitement and kept trying to dash off to get on the way. Getting him to not bowl over the walking traffic after we got there was also a minor issue, but easily dealt with.

We’ve got both the trade agreements for Dunhill, the village we stayed in yesterday, and White Hall and, of course, the first batch of trade good from White Hall. It’ll be a good boost to Caskfire’s supplies.

We’ll be heading out in the morning. Tonight, we make like the elf and drink.

(Added in a somewhat shakier hand, presumably later)

Make a point of explaining rules to Chonck before punishing him for breaking them. Bad idea to expect he’d understand the spirit of the rule rather than the word. Bad idea Sunshine.

Late posting this, yesterday didn’t really happen. The “And Another Thing” is something I’ve been wanting to write something for for a while and I’ve been meaning to go back and talk about this since I realized it, but haven’t really taken the time to put it to paper as it were. So now seemed like a great time to get this done. This is sort of touching on an older review, you can find that here. I might make this a semi-regular thing for books that I couldn’t get to everything reasonably or series after I’ve already reviewed the books that make them up. It could be a lot of fun, this one was at least.

So, one of my big issues with Free Chocolate was pacing and information related. There would be long stretches of nothing new, of repetition, of the reader being reminded that Bo is in trouble because of the Zamite’s usually eating stowaways or of the corporate assassin calling her to remind her that he’s going to kill her family if she doesn’t get the cacao beans back and provably destroy them. Of how she doesn’t know as much about her boyfriend as she thought.

It hit me some time later.

Each chapter is an episode of a soap opera.

Each chapter.

And I missed that on my first go round with the book.

This is a thing that could have been brilliant. But I feel like it’s let down by the novel format and, as a result, becomes a letdown of a read.

One of the big things with soap operas is getting the viewer to come back every day. So, there’s a lot of characters and a lot of plot lines running constantly. Even if one plot line ends during an episode there’s still several more going and chances are that the ending of one will result in the start of another. It’s a constant cycle and characters are continually being introduced and developed and moved out of the story.

It’s a daily thing and needs to keep people coming back daily. But it’s also only a half an hour to an hour daily, so small amounts of all of this can be twined together and stretched out. But it loses something if you’re watching episodes back to back to back. Things fall a little flat because tension doesn’t work if it’s kept cranked up over a long amount of time. Plus, a lot of the repetition on a soap opera covers if you miss a day here and there.

Same thing with Free Chocolate. Since every chapter is an episode and soap operas require continual high tension it winds up being clunky. Plot lines and information are continually reintroduced. Characters are continually gone back over.

It feels like it could work really well over the course of a couple of months. Just like, post one chapter a day and have it go from there and I think the pacing would have worked a lot better.

House Keeping 3/13/19

I’ve got boundless amounts of nothing going on. Some applications in for jobs, some ground work laid to get back to school, lots of hurry up and wait.

Boundless amounts of nothing and it feels like it’s stretching out into forever. That’s clearly not the actual case, I mean, I’ve got another con coming up in June, there’s a potential gig I’m hoping to hear back about for tomorrow night, and there’s always Friday night game night. Things are happening all the time, I just need to get myself grounded in them.

So, on to more relevant things.

Review is still coming eventually, I’m just going to make myself sit down and finish it. This is absolutely not a reflection of the writing’s quality, I’m actually really enjoying the writing, it’s just a matter of getting myself to start doing anything.

Much like the review, reviews for the January and February Second Star Books boxes are also still coming, same for the box opening videos. Same reasoning/excuse there.

I’ve got a couple of article’s partially written, I’m wanting to go back and finish those and polish them up.

And new stuff!

Since I’m not DMing the current campaign for my game group, I’m going to be keeping an in-character journal for my character. So I figure I’ll post that up here once a week, I’ll probably schedule it for Thursdays so that I have time to clean it up a bit. It’s not going to be a blow by blow of things, so much as a retelling of the important bits. It should be fun and, of course, if folks have any questions I can always clarify things.

Related to that, I’m excited to announce that I’ve been accepted into Dice Envy’s affiliate program. I actually ordered one of their mystery dice bags before I found out I’d been accepted, so I’m really looking forward to showing those off. You can follow my link here to the site, I’ll include more about it when I show off the dice mystery bag early next week.

That’s about it for now. Standard stuff, if you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. In any case, enjoy the rest of the week!

A Couple of Thoughts

I find myself wanting to talk about a thing that feels like a trope but might have just been specific to one author. I know I’ve seen it from more than just the one guy, but I can’t for the life of me remember how common or not it is. Either way, it’s a great way to annoy me greatly in a single scene.

If it’s not a trope, I really want it to be.

Another thing, I kind of want to revisit a couple of books that I’ve previously reviewed and talk about things that I either hadn’t thought of at the time or that I don’t feel like I gave as much time to as I would have wanted.

That and I also find myself wanting to talk about series and how they work overall once I’ve reviewed all of them. It seems like fun.

2018 Books I Dig

I’ve put off posting this for two days, but there weren’t any entries for the giveaway.

Unfortunate, but I might could have planned a better time for it. And it isn’t like that’s going to stop me from trying again at the end of this year, so I’m going to try and make 2019 better than 2018.

That starts with planning things out and figuring what I can do, what needs to be postponed, and how to make a schedule of some stripe work for me.

In any case, everyone have a great rest of the week! Posts will resume next week.

House Keeping 9/5/18

Not a ton to talk about this week. I’m hitting the point of stress where all I want to do is sleep and binge creepy YouTube videos. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton I can do about it just now and some of it I have no control over one way or the other. So, I’m doing my best to roll with it, there may be more weeks where I’m late getting a review out or where I just don’t have one ready. But it’ll get better at some point, a lot of this comes from things changing at a rapid pace. Most of it’s good changes any way, so the stress is just from trying to keep pace rather than bracing. You know?

All that said, I’ve got a couple guest posts coming up for you all soon. One is a returning author talking a little about his other passion. The other is part of a blog tour for a new release. I’m pretty excited for both of them.

There’s a handful of things I’m going to work on catching up on. No promises on when they’ll get posted, but I do want to get back to doing more than just this and the weekly review again. Plus, Halloween is coming up so I need to start planning for that.

I also need to get started on those posts I was going to do for the lead up to the up coming World of Darkness campaign. The Pathfinder campaign ended sooner than expected, so I’m sort of having to accelerate my planning. This isn’t a bad thing, I’ve got most of the beginning stuff planned and a plot skeleton, it’s just a matter of getting NPCs stated out and some early game threads for the group to follow written out and solidified. So, I guess, look forward to the back ground posts for this coming up soon-ish.

Standard stuff, if you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. This especially with the World of Darkness stuff coming up. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. Anything from that is currently going towards a replacement video camera so that I can work on video book talks. Have a great rest of the week!

So, last week just sort of never got off it’s feet. Not sure why, but I’ve been exhausted lately. Blame it on the weather getting too warm for my preferences.

As for plans for the week, I’m hoping that I can get the things I’d planned for last week covered this week. If I can manage that, I’m hoping to add a second review for this week, so that I’m not just skipping a week. No guarantees on that, but it’s worth giving a shot.

At some point, I might post some of my notes from my game group’s next campaign. It’s going to be my first time DMing and I’m a bit nervous about it. More than a bit nervous. So, I figure I might use a weekly post here to keep track of things that happen and where the story is going. It would likely be notes taken from my DMPC’s perspective. If I do this, I’ll announce it as part of the House Keeping the first week it goes up. I figure if nothing else it’ll be a good way to stretch my fiction writing a little.

That aside, I don’t really have anything more to add this week.

Standard stuff aside, of course. If you like what I’m doing here, feel free to leave a comment or a like. And if you really like what I’m doing you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi.

House Keeping 4/24/18

So, the week of being sick did not afford me as much time to get things done as I’d hoped for. Not terribly surprising all things considered. But still, all will be well. I’ve sort of got my voice back, so I’m headed back to retail world. Here’s hoping I don’t worry anyone.

I’ve got a review planned for tomorrow, it needs writing but I’ve finished reading the book itself. It might be a twisty thing of a review, since the book itself is something of a twisty thing. I’m looking forward to digging into my thoughts on it.

Also, my Unicorn Crate arrived yesterday, so I’ll have something on that going up later in the week. It’s pretty nice, I’d definitely buy another one sometime.

General things, comic reviews are still incoming. They kind of got pushed to the side again. I’m going to have to just sit down and get them done sometime soon, since the last What Dreams May Come issue is coming in soon. Kind of sad for that, though I am hoping that the team working on the Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic is kept on for a full on going comic of the Answer the Call team. That would be pretty awesome.

Then, of course, standard stuff. If you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a like or comment. And if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction by buying me a ko-fi. Someday I’ll even manage to spell caffeine right the first time.