Posts Tagged ‘ rambles ’

The Technical Side of Creative Endeavors

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Keeping a handle on everything is a thrill a minute. No, it’s not. Not really. Strange how we live in an age of so much information and disinformation and people still want to speak in opposites, isn’t it? Keeping a handle on some things is pretty great. And an eye on other things isn’t so bad, until something gums up the system. And this happens from time to time. Presently, we’re dealing with some technical issues on our forums. And have been for quite some time. I’ve now stepped in and am seeing what my ISP can do. They’re generally [...]

As Good A Day As Any

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Above me, at this very moment, a trapped wasp buzzes angrily. He thinks he kisses the sun, but he kisses a neon tube that, could it emote, would likely be quite annoyed by the wasp’s attentions. It is April 1st, Fool’s Day, and I thought about resuming my posting yesterday, but I was too bound up within the lush languidness of a gentle spring day. I wrote. I reflected. I researched. As I have been doing since last we spoke, yet some of the footfalls weren’t meant for your ears at all, though I’ve made progress down the roads to [...]

Everything and Nothing

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Today, I climbed mountains in my mind. I wandered deep valleys teeming with mist hidden dangers. I traveled to faraway places. I trapped myself in dream. I wrote. I sat. I went nowhere. And, yet. And yet. I did everything and nothing. Challenge your own perceptions. Find your faith in your art. Enjoy the act of creation, never minding whether it is for more than an audience of one. Until next time, I bid you, dear reader, adieu.  

AFK + RL (Grist for Mills)

Jan 14th, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Most writers write. Or should be. Or are thinking about the writing and the words. Admittedly, I do. Yet real life intervenes, as it is wont to do. It comes snarling and demanding for attention, be it vehicular entropies taking their toll or the necessity to get food stuffs to feed our frail forms. Fear not, my friends, it doesn’t mean the creating has to end, just because you’re away from the keyboard (AFK) and must face real life (RL). Don’t live in a fantasy land–that’s definitely not what I’m advocating–but allow yourself to experience the experiences. Put yourself in [...]

Uncertainty Principles: Reaching Beyond the Barriers

Jan 13th, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Writing is the act of stringing one word after another in a way that makes some sort of sense. Sometimes, however, the act can feel like a struggle. And you face the Wall. People call it all sorts of things, but, ultimately, I think it comes down to outside distractions seeping into your brain or your uncertainty of how people are going to react to whatever you’re working on. We’ve likely been in one or both of those places. If you’re facing a deadline, you can even fall into the death spiral where the more you need to get things [...]

Beastly and Beautiful: The Writing of Dark Things

Jan 11th, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

I enjoy writing all sorts of things, but a lot of the stuff I come up with tends to go dark quickly. As a youth, I loved weird literature and swords and sorcery and anything I could get my hands on. I’d eat it up like  a starving child. And my house was the perfect environment for exploring the nooks and crannies of imagination. My family was a family of readers. My mom had her craft books and read much about the occult and space aliens and the like. My brothers collected old pulps and all the science fiction and [...]

Up in the Morning with the Rising Sun

Jan 7th, 2014 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Naturally, I tend towards the nocturnal in my thoughts and activity when I’m allowed to follow my natural biorhythms. I am no base animal, however, and appreciate the discipline required to get up early. And that’s generally how I run my life. With discipline. At least, I try to do so. The past few weeks, things were a bit out of sync for me regarding my sleep schedule, though I largely rectified it this past weekend. Monday, however, was a busy, busy day, and I was tucked away in bed, slaying demons on the 3DSXL for a brief time, while [...]

The Writer’s Dilemma

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

Today, my role as writer was largely overshadowed by my responsibilities as a publisher. At least, the first part of the day. I dealt with some contracts. I did some Karthador cover mockups. I spoke with my distributor several times, as we ironed out details for fulfillment of KS stuff. And I got the opportunity to chat with my academic friend, KW, for awhile about some nonsensical stuff. I then got to spend the afternoon writing, while the evening was comprised of chatting with some of the Blurry Ones about cover tweaks for Karthador. As I mentioned, I did get [...]

Fingers on Keyboards as the World Whips By

Jul 1st, 2013 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

The summer heat threatens to swallow us whole, promising only to spit out baked, blackened bones at some future date. This year, I am ready. I am lost in other worlds, wrapped in distant vistas, and faraway places, caught up in my own thoughts and those ephemeral, transcendent transmissions of imagination. It’s a good place to be. The flurry of the physical fulfillment of the tremulus KS is well in hand. We still have deliverables to complete, and get to our backers, but things are moving on at a good clip. I have been busy, despite the quietude of the [...]

Concrete Details and Other Grey Spaces

Jun 6th, 2013 | By | Category: The Razorwise Report

People’s sensibilities differ. Some like sweet. Some savory. Others a mixture of the two. As with food, so it goes with detail. A question every writer faces (be they a creator of comic scripts, technical manuals, books, stories, or RPGs) is “how much is enough?” We’re going to focus strictly on how to handle this with RPGs. I’ve struggled with it from time to time and the truth of the matter is it differs depending upon what you’re trying to accomplish, though there are a few general rules to keep in mind. 1. Make easily digestible chunks. Within each chunk: [...]