Friday, February 25, 2011

Rift Update

Talk about crazytown. Rift launched for headstart with 19 servers, most of which were full immediately. Once the serversw were full, then you had to wait in line behind 500-700 people for up to four hours to even log in at all!

Erik put me in line early, so by the time I got home from work I was in! I made my character...and then my computer overheated and crashed.


Erik got it up running after about half an hour, but by that time the line to get back on Greybriar was four hours.

But, much to my delight, they'd just put up two new PvE servers! We got into Corthana with no wait, so that's my new server. Also, character name is Archon on the Defiant side. I play a ranger and I love my ugly warthog pet. He's a killer tank. Sadly, my wolf can't hold hate for anything.

Erik and I played most of the night, but my favorite part was when a full on water invasion hit (basically, a rift between the planes of existence opened up, and the tidal armies came marching through in HORDES to try and kill the NPCs and claim the zone). Talk about chaos! It was so fun - even though a lot it involved me going: "I've got a mob, do you see it? Oh shit, my pet's dead. OH SHIT THEY'RE COMING FOR ME!!! *gurglygurglespurt*."

Good times, good times.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Closing in...

...on two things: the completion of my revisions and the headstart of Rift.

As of now, HOUND is inching closer to done, done, DONE. I have about 100 pages left to re-read and two scenes to revise on the way. I also I have to adjust some travel times and make sure they're consistent throughout the text.

But tonight I'm going to be playing Rift. It's been far too long since I've had some excellent gaming. Looks like I'll be on Greybriar, PvE server, if anyone else is playing. I haven't decided on a character name just yet, though.

Kumari in an alternate universe, perhaps?

Ugh. The servers are going live as we speak...and here I am, stuck at work.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

30% done, done.

So when revising, there's done and done, done.

Done means I've gone through Joanna's notes, made my own tweaks, rewritten, unwritten, changed, picked, verified, etc - but I have all those changes still as redlines. So...I haven't finalized them yet. Committed to them.

Done, done means I bucked up and hit accept changes.

I'm happy to report I'm done, done 30% of the manuscript. Weee!

Very happy. Hopefully soon I'll be done, done with more of it, instead of just done. :)

I should add one more done to the done, done, so I can say it like I'm dun, dun, duuuuuun!

Okay, this post is clearly done. As in done, done...duuuuuuuun!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Step 1: Revise. Step 2: GAMES!

As most of you know, aside from my fiction writing I also work full time for an internal communications magazine. Translation? Life is pretty busy now that revisions for HOUND have come back to me.

I’m writing the cover story for our May issue (yup, we’re always two months ahead at the magazine) which is pretty neat, but I also have an unpleasant thing happening at the office. I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s pretty crappy and stressful. Hopefully all that will clear up in the near future. Downside is things will likely get worse before they get better. At least my day job doesn’t exceed forty hours a week!

And when I’m not dealing with the thing that shall not be named, life is AWESOME. Working with Joanna is a dream, and I love all her suggestions for HOUND. Right now, I’m back on the revision horse and things are shaping up to be phenomenal. I have a good deal of work to do, but the best way to describe it is that I’m improving what I already have, and not really changing things – at least as far as the story and characters go. I’m not sure yet exactly how long this will take me, but I’m sure it won’t take too long!

Aside from HOUND, I’ve been doing a little work on HOUND’s sequel, which is what I’ll be taking to the Breakout Novel Intensive (BONI) in April. Right now, my first fifty pages are in the capable hands of a few beta readers until the end of February. Once I get that back, I’ll have to do a quick clean up and then ship it off by the first week of March. I’m really excited to go back to BONI. Writing retreats/intensives? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! If I can fit in one a year, I’ll be a happy writer.

Oh, and there’s of course Rift, The Sims Medieval and Dragon Age 2 to deal with. My guess is gaming will have to be under strict password protected autosave lockout timers for the next few months. Or maybe they only unlock after certain revision quotas are met?

All the more reason to get my ass moving on these revisions…I can reward myself with some EPIC nerd time when I’m done.

So I guess this pretty much means I’ll be scarce on the blog for the next few months. But I’m always here…lurking. I’ll update when I can!