Enjoying Nature & Writing

It’s been a while since I’ve updated.  I’ve been rather busy with the end of my 7th year of teaching coming to an official end and some amazing personal things going on in my life.  I’m officially taking some time to recharge the ol’ battery with a trip out to Rockport, Massachusetts.  I can honestly say that the trip is not only needed physically, but it’s been a great thing mentally.

As part of that mental recharge, I’ve been able to get some creative work done between sitting around on the beach, browsing all the little shops, and having some amazing food.  In just one day, I’ve managed to get a lot accomplished while still having a ton of fun.

I’ve written a total of four poems today.  I’ve been so inspired that I think I could probably produce another chapbook just on my trip alone.  They’re rough drafts, and I’ll try to include one on my blog sometime this week while I’m here.

Aside from that, I’ve been working on a RPG-related project.  I’m taking the lead from people like Stu from the Happy Jacks RPG Podcast and am trying to build a bit of a RPG game.  Unlike Stu, I thought better of starting from scratch and instead am using the OGL 3.0 license and rules to build my game.  I know it’s been done before in many different ways, but I’m working on a system that will do a battle monster sort of game.  Think Pokemon or Digimon or any other anime in that genre.  The rules are somewhat rudimentary at the moment, but once I get some more concrete material, I’ll post that as well.

I’ve been doing some other small creative work these last few weeks as well.  The biggest thing I’m currently writing is a rough draft for what could become a narrative podcast.  I’m thinking of using the name Shadowvane, and the premise would be to do a story arc of 10-15 episodes.  Think Welcome to Night Vale or Sayer for the type of storytelling, but it will be a bit darker.  The first story comes from a game I ran with my friend Sam’s help for a gaming convention.  It will follow an outsider and insider look at the medical facility at Progenix Laboratories.  More on this near-future thriller as my work begins to unfold.

And with that, I should probably go for now.  It’s nice to get back to being creative, and it’s nice talking to each and every one of you out there.

Before I forget!  How about a quote from the man of Massachusetts himself, Henry David Thoreau:

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden


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