I’m truly grateful for all the support I have received during this dire process. I’ve made friends in unlikely places, and been contacted by people I should’ve been closer to all along. They know who they are. Much has come to light, I’ve even shared my experiences with many. In studying, I have managed to accept none of this has been my fault. I have been the victim of NPD, and will in my usual nature try and make positives out of negatives through the correct channels
Yep. 100% this! Time to run.
One of the loveliest things about a WordPress blog is you can see where your visitors come from. It seems lots of you like my post on weight loss, and the recent one about gaslighting. As an amateur author, it shows me how many come here for researching books, or general interest too. For the latter, I have a second short story set aside for inclusion in a future Savage Realms anthology. The Tavern On Gallows Hill is also submitted and will be part of a kickstarter campaign next month, and general release should be in the new year.
Dedicated to the 7 people in the North whom allowed this thing to happen. I don’t blame you though, I was fooled for years! https://youtu.be/nJ6x5BYigus
My first attempt at writing a proper story for a book comes to fruition in TroyAnthony Schermer’s fabulous anthology, Symphony Of The Damned. I was drafted in quite late but took a six day hiatus from my Savage Realms adventure to type up a quick idea. Should it be well recieved I would consider future projects like this rather than solely focus on interactive literature.
Amongst the other guest authors you may see familiar names associated with me such as Victoria Hancox, David Lowrie, and of course Pat O’Neill who provided the filler art for my book The Druids Of Pneuma, now turning debut writer. So if you like chilling stories, give this a try! Jam out!
Many of you will now know I have started writing a book for TroyAnthony Schermer’s incredible Savage Realms gamebook series. With the first draft just 70 references away from finishing, it means I’m happy to share a little info about it. The title is The Tavern On Gallows Hill, and the first quarter of the book or so is set there. There is much you can get up to here, which may or may not effect your progress later on in the book. The choices you make in this section will very much reflect your decision making ‘skill’ as an individual reader . It is set in Ataraxia, the Savage Realms staple world but largely in places I’ve created, which in turn help grow ‘the map’. There are several little Easter eggs thrown in, and familiarities one might expect from gamebook authors such as Stephen Hand. Watch out for the obligatory namedrop which has been something of a calling card of mine since writing gamebooks. There is also a character based on someone I use to know but only I and one of the dedications will know who (and the person in question if they are bright enough – recent revelations suggest not). It is illustrated by the amazing Luiz Prado, who’s art I fell in love with straight away. In my honest opinion, his style is hybrid of FF inklords McCaig and Langford. You will also be treated (or mistreated) to monsters I have conjured up myself for the world of Ataraxia. It’s a small homage to FF book Scorpion Swamp (how I’d have done it). This is about all I can divulge at this stage, watch for posts by Mr Schermer himself for updates. Jam out!
Did you know…?
In 2015 gamebook author Jonathan Green launched his very own ACE Gamebook series with a little experimental Kickstarter. The classic children’s story Alice In Wonderland became interactive fiction under Green’s experienced pen. It was a successful project, and those whom backed at a higher lever reward received a gorgeous white-cottoned hardcover special edition, decorated wonderfully with Kev Crossley’s art in golden foil. Very few of these actually exist, possibly only 50 copies although an exact amount was never divulged. In 2021, an American gamebook collector paid in excess of £1000 for a copy. This trumps the much sought books 55-59 from the Puffin Fighting Fantasy series and Grailquest book 8 put together! How lucky was I to back the project at the time, not just at the level needed to get one of these rarities, but also attend a public demo at The Asylum in Lincolnshire before the books release.
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Thought I’d given a poem a try. I know it’s the 21st century and you can’t say anything anymore but whatever.
I’ve never thrown myself on a hand grenade to protect my fellow team,
Nor charged into enemy fire as my dying friends all scream.
I’ve never transplanted organs to keep a terminal child alive,
Or worked around the contagious not knowing if I’d survive.
I’ve never put my life in danger whilst trying to rescue another,
Made history as a famous first with worldwide media cover,
The funny thing is those receiving knighthoods do not either,
In these days awful luvvies and MPs are the receivers.
So you need exercise to improve your health, but need a motivational kick? You can help others as well by taking part in sponsored walks. Libra and I are helping Children’s Hospitals Across Scotland throughout February by taking part in their 280,000 step challenge. Look around and see what you can do to benefit others as well as your own fitness today! https://tinyurl.com/ykz8mpkz