Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Not-So-Accidental Blog Tourist Hop: C.D. Gallant-King

I blame everything on Philip Overby. Except for my addiction to WWE Supercard. That's not his fault.

1. What am I currently working on?

WWE SuperCard for iPhone. It's an addictive time-sink game app that sucks away so much productivity I'm just embarrassed. Amazingly, despite the dozens of hours it's stolen from me in the past week alone, I haven't spent a cent on it yet nor do I feel inclined to. I have no idea what the point of this game is. Aren't these things supposed to try and trick you into spending money?

Seriously though, if you want to know what I SHOULD be working on, the list looks like this:

- Splatter-Elf the Role-Playing Game
- Finishing the editing on Ten Thousand Days

I was about to list 20 more projects I've started, thought about and/or fiddled with, but if I focus on those two things I think I'll get farther ahead. I have the game nearly to the point I can stop tinkering with it for a while and just play it and test it, while Ten Thousand Days has been sitting in The Closet for ages and really needs to come out. Then I can work on something else.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

If I can help it, I want my work to be as genre-anachronistic as possible. The Splatter-Elf table-top game is setup to be a pretty simple joke game, but there's a depth underneath (I hope) that you can turn it into a long-term campaign if you wanted to. Ten Thousand Days is a somewhat conventional modern/urban fantasy with a touch of humour, but everything else I've worked on is all over the place. My ideal series would be one where every book is a different style (the first is a hardboiled detective mystery, the second is a western, the third is a Vonnegutesque satire and so on) and the main character dies in Chapter 3 of Book 1.

To be fair I honestly have no idea if there is a market for this kind of contet.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Because I have to. I have the stories in my head and I need to do something with them. If I was a better artist maybe I would paint. But words are all I have.

4. How does my writing process work?

Do I have a few minutes?

Is the baby asleep?

Does the lawn need to be mowed, the dishes washed, laundry folded?

Then, as long as it's not 2:00am, I can write.

I used to be able to write for hours and hours without break. I've never had writer's block. I could write 10,000 words a week easily. I once wrote a 40,000 word novella over a long weekend. I don't have that luxury of time anymore. I'm definitely on a low-swing of my writing productivity. I tinker with games and blog as a way to keep writing something every day (or almost every day, depending on if I'm in a tournament in SuperCard).

When I do write, I usually just sit and write. I don't really create outlines or plot much in advance. Like I said, the story is usually in my head, I just need to put pen to paper (well, fingers to keys) to get it out.

5. Have you participated in this type of blog hop yet? If not, consider yourself tagged!
If you decide to the blog hop, please tag me and let me know as I'd like to check it out. (Standard terms and conditions)

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