Writing courses, Linux courses

I’ve decided to sign up to the Writing 201 course over at the Daily Post.

It’s focussed mostly on editing from what I can see, but there’s some workshopping in there too.

I’m debating working my way through Writing 101 as well, starting this weekend. I should be packing for the move, but I’m sure procrastination is good for some things. It might encourage me to crack on more with the Old Crown RPG work I’ve been doing too.

I also signed up to an edX course in Linux, hoping to learn the basics. There’s a fee if I want certification, but I’m just going to audit the course for my own benefit. I don’t know if I can sign up for money later, but I don’t think I’ll have that much spare any time soon!


Well I just missed four goals in the world cup from going to do the washing up. More fool me, right?

So here’s the happenings recently:

I’ve been putting some work in on my setting. Pretty happy with how magic is forming, but I really need to sit down and get the section on the Ascended/gods done. Then I’ll be happy that I can move on somewhere.
I’ve got a few new locations knocking around my head to throw in too. The Greymarkets, and a shady organisation/gang called the Grey, are first on that list.

I’m starting to run a Legend of the 5 Rings 4E game this week. I’m converting the classic Topaz Championship stuff over to get the guys into the setting a bit before throwing other stuff at them. I’ve not used any rules since 1E, so I’m excited to see how this goes. I managed to convert my old character pretty easily though, so I think I’ll get the hang of it easily enough.
Plus I have all kinds of new hooks to add in to the story, even if they’re just to tie in to future stuff I want to do.
I’ve got a group of three Crab samurai, two bushi and a shugenja, so I might have to overhaul the tournament and throw in a bunch more contestants from each clan. Could be tricky, but we’ll see how things go.

In Linux news, I haven’t changed my distro in weeks. I’ve not managed that for about six months, so I must be happy now I’m using CrunchBang. I’ve had a bit of a play around with Conky and the tint2 panel, adding in stats I wanted to see quickly to the former and a launcher to the latter.
So yeah, the next step might be to create a second panel just for the launcher. I’ll see how that goes.

I’m looking into getting myself set up with my own website too, though I’ve not decided which direction to go with that. I’m currently weighing up WordPress vs Squarespace, but I’m still not sure which I’d use more.
I’ve a feeling I’ll end up trying them both.

Should I buy myself a domain name though? I have a nice one sitting in reserve right now. Hmm.

A moment of inspiration

Inspired by my recent move to Crunchbang Linux, I’ve decided to refresh my blogging completely.

This right here will be a blog about stuff. Lots of stuff.
From messing around in Linux to messing around in RPGs to messing around with creative writing, that’s what I’ll be throwing down here.

My old blog, Loca Imaginaria, is dead. Long live the new blog!

So, what have I been up to in Crunchbang so far?
I’ve fiddle my Conky around so that it displays filesystems and space on disks and stuff like that.
I’ve fiddled by tint2 panel to add a launcher and change the clock to display the date.
I’ve installed IceDove instead of just the Gmail web interface, which I’ve never done since signing up to Gmail back in 2004.

And in RPG land?
I’ve been steadily writing my FATE setting, grappling with a wedge of different things that need to go in, but also trying to work out what’s about to get pulled for various reasons.
I’ve decided I lacked a bit of focus before, and tried to throw up this massive canvas with loads of ideas on it. Now I’m trying to pull down tighter and look just at one major city, what it’s like, how it works, and hint at the world around it.
I did an AMA on Reddit a while back, with a few results that’ll get added in to fluff. I’m debating doing another on Google+, but that’s had limited success in the past.

I’ve just finished up a radio production course at my local training centre. I know I passed, but I’ve no idea of the grade yet. I was initially really interested, but it kind of dragged on and left me feeling like it wasn’t really for me by the end.
I can see how the skills would cross to podcasts easily, so I’ve always got that on my mind now.

We’ll see how that all turns out.

Right, that’s me signing off for now!

Condensing my blogs

OK, I’m trying to be determined to be good and actually get back into the habit of blogging again.

Of course, having a regular connection to the internet would help, as would Blogger not crashing my phone when I try and write something.
But I’ve been feeling ill and sorry for myself today, despite it being bright sunshine out here by the seaside, so I feel I should do something vaguely productive with myself.

And it means I can put off packing, because I’m moving into a new place next week.

So, here’s the current state of play:
I’m thinking of collapsing down my blogs to just this feed. The Kingsmead Chronicler was fine as a starting point for my setting creation, and sharing with the world about it, but I feel like I could throw up the posts here just as easily.
And factoring in the scope of the setting now, the push away from the town to the bigger population centres and neighbouring/competing nations, I feel I could probably ditch the focus on Kingsmead itself.
Things in the setting that are done:
RACES – done.
GODS – done, or at least at the point where there’s only minor fiddling. Relationships between the Ascended could do with a little fleshing, and a couple of them need a tweak or two.
GEOGRAPHY – done for the most part. Needs some bits adding to a couple of areas, and then dropping details across from my custom wiki to the written document. I need to add in some stuff about crime and punishment here, and maybe some of the hobbies and stuff – cockfighting, falconry, drakery. That sort of thing.
EXAMPLE AREAS – needs a bunch of work, and I keep putting it off in favour of cooler bits and pieces. Terrible of me I know, but a large chunk of this is in a wiki document and just needs porting and tidying – notable NPCs, adventure and character hooks, all that jazz.
FACTIONS – the various players, guilds, foreign agents and so forth are done, but need some more details adding. Again, a lot of this is written but not in the one place.
BESTIARY – needs a lot of things adding, but I have an idea of what’s going in and what needs fixing.
MAGIC – done, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.
FICTION – a few snippets need writing, and I’ve managed to start one for the Ascended, fleshing out the Beggar’s arrival at godhood. Needs work, but I have the thing planned out.

I also need to work out what I’m doing with rules conversions. I know I can do a conversion for FATE Core by fitting the magic rules to the setting. If I want to write a conversion for other fantasy games (and here I’m thinking D&D and Pathfinder etc.) then things get a bit more hairy, but still manageable.
I need to sit down and have a read through of the AGE rules, but I think they’d work OK from what I’ve seen (and how it was handled with the Midgard setting from Kobold Press).

I have a feeling I’ll be throwing up little snippets from what I’ve got so far, see what people think of it, whet the whistle and all that.

Other news:

I’ve finally installed Ubuntu and I’m having a play around with that. Need to actually sit down and see how it works, so far I’ve done very little with it at all, but it is a joy to use just for speed. I didn’t realise how slow Windows had gotten.

I need to set aside part of my time just to writing, since I seem to have fallen into the habit of doing something every few weekends. This must be fixed!

I want to get this done because I have a few other things stewing in my subconscious that I want to get written down. I have a very tentative idea so far titled PolyAlbion. We’ll see where that goes, and how well I avoid a Captain Britain rip-off!

And that’s that.

Incidentally, what’s going on with my blog traffic suddenly spiking whilst I’m not doing anything? Really strange!