I'm not going to talk about the week of monstrous insomnia, or the pills I'm taking to fight it, or how shitty they're making me feel.
We are going to talk about this review of Albaster: Wolves #1. To quote my editor, "Hot damn!" And remember, if there's no comic shop near you, it will also be available via Dark Horse Digital. Just two days until the book release!
Yesterday's post listing the books I think are a good starting place for those unfamiliar, but interested, in my work, drew some intriguing (and a few annoyed and baffled comments). And this is a Very Good Thing. The feedback is useful, even if it changes nothing about my opinions. If you love a book of mine, no matter how I feel about it, then I thank you. Well, unless the books in question happen to be the Beowulf novelization (2007) and/or The Five of Cups (1992, 2003). Beowulf is the very definition of hackwork; it was written quickly, carelessly, with no love, for a good paycheck. The end. Though, by accident, it was much better than the film. And The Five of Cups is simply wretched nonsense, interesting only as an artifact on the long road to my learning how to write a novel (or anything else). I disown both (I never endorsed Beowulf; the © isn't even mine, just work-for-hire).
Now, for something just plain weird. Things have been very rough for me the last month or two. Mostly pressure. Still, my productivity level remains high (two stories finished in the past two weeks, "Goggles (c. 1910)" and "Cages I," plus the revision to "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea (1957)." But, this is no indicator of my wellness. And my psychiatrist has made a peculiar suggestion. In the short list of things that relax me (hunting fossils, swimming in the sea, etc.) is online roleplaying (but only with a visual interface, no old-style MUDs, etc.). It helps me blow off a lot of steam. It's cathartic. It helps. To that end, she actually recommended that I try to get my two Rift guilds – Watchers of the Unseen and The Hidden Variable – up and running again. So, that's what I'm going to do. Yeah, it still sounds just plain weird, but fuck it. I'm going to "bullet point" this:
1. Don't want or can't afford to commit to an MMORPG? No problem. Rift has recently introduced Rift-Lite, which is free to play until Level 20. And strictly from an RP standpoint, leveling is pretty much irrelevant. You can RP without having done much in the way of leveling.
2. I'm not looking for oodles of people. In fact, three or four would do just fine. Though, obviously, the more the merrier.
3. You don't have to devour tons of Lore to jump into the RP, just enough to familiarize yourself with the world and history of the game (and much of that's in the opening cut scenes, with lots more on the website).
4. You get to RP with ME, and how bow-tie is that? Here's a story I began last year, a very incomplete story, just waiting to progress. You can be a part of that.
5. While I'll email players a short list of "do's and don't's," I'm open to many character concepts.
6. We're on the Faeblight shard, the only RP shard (this will make sense when you download the game). Just sign up, play through the opening bit. We'll begin by playing the Guardian side (Last time, it was all Defiant side. And if this Defiant/Guardian stuff makes no sense, it will after the opening cut scene, mostly.).
7. You do not have to be a great RPer. This can be a learn-as-you-go situation.
8. You do not need loads of time. The RP will be quite casual. When people are inworld, we can pull together impromptu RP sessions. And there may be some scheduled RP events (though those didn't work so well last time, though they should have).
9. I hope to get the RP started this week, so reply ASAP (but if you can't, I'll be taking folks in indefinitely).
10. We'll pay for your first mount (which helps a lot, trust me)
11. No not-name names. That is, do not call yourself Deathskull or Hunterelf or something like that. Can't think of a name; there's a cool random name generator.
12. I am forbidden to return to the reeking cesspool of Second Life in order to find RP.
And I can't think of much more to say just now. If you're interested, just download the game, drop me an email at greygirlbeast(at)gmail(dot)com, or shoot me an ingame message (to Mithrien; you might have to add me as a friend first), and I'll get you in the Hidden Variable. You'll have to roll a character first, of course (though, obviously, you can email me beforehand, if you're interested). Spooky and I would love to have you. Please consider it, and thanks.
I have been writing so much so fast the last couple of months that my desk has developed a messy sort of annex to my left. This is what happens when we do not file:
Desperately Seeking Catharsis and Boredom Alleviation,