Just a quick update (I have been doing those a lot lately, but its for a good reason I promise), on some more nonsense I am working on.
In writing news, I just sent some things off to a (first round) editor. So He will tear my writing to shreds and send it back to me.
While I am trying to get this rough outline done by the end of the month… AND trying to pass both of my classes… Writing updates are going to be slow.
In the meantime, please enjoy what I do in my free time to stay creative but I don’t want to write since I do it 14 hours of a day.
A Mad (Overlord/Magazine) look at… The Road! (Which is a great book if you haven’t read it.)
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Hey hey Mad Minions!
I just wanted to let you know.. I *am* still writing. And I am taking a few online classes from UCLA. A Narrative Design class (so I can become more proficient in my job) and a Novel writing class… since my sentence structure needs help.
Hmm. After writing this… maybe I should post the work I have been doing for those classes here. Would that be interesting? I guess I will post it and let you decide.
In the mean time, please enjoy the following nonsense.
Hey! Where have I been?
My poor Alienware of 6 years died a few months back. *Places hand over heart* and so I had to get a new computer.
Which was a CHORE because, living in China, I did not want a computer from here since the government likes to add a lot of… lets just say “Special modifications” just in case President Xi is watching.
So I now reveal… well, not reveal but that is what I am using to type this…. my DELL XPS 15! Its a great machine with six cores and this thing rocks the socks and then some. I have a lot of things to talk about not to mention getting back to writing. But with out further ado… A video that gives a hint what is going to start happening. I sound like a goof because this was the last day of GaryCon and I was super tired and losing my voice..
Thanks for hanging in there my fans during my technical difficulties.
As I get around to finally posting about GaryCon X (a month late, yeah yeah), one of the things I got to do is speak to Jim Ward about the first science fiction Role Playing Game, Metamorphasis Alpha. It was a precursor to Gamma World, (honestly my favorite RPG – Sorry D&D) and it was filled will all sorts of fun, weird stuff. Some people I know are looking for an IP to base a game off of and I immediately thought of Jim and MA. In this video I am talking about what makes MA so great and why it stands out.
Jim, if you eve come to my little corner of the internet, Godspeed sir, you are one of the good ones and one of the main influences on my writing.
With out further ado, here is the video.
Oh, and since this post was not up to my normal levels of weirdness, I just wanted to add…
Wiffle ball bats.
Another quick update on whats going on… the pictures of GaryCon X are coming… as well, as the D&D adventure based on Castle of Blackwood Moors.
I am going though the book, bit by bit to cut out a lot of the “You see this” and, “you see that,” and “Why are my shoes on the wrong feet?” To cut it down for a D&D style audience. It’s taking a bit… the book *IS* over 500 pages after all. But I am hoping to have this off to the editor by mid-April. After that, off to the next project!
One thing at a time Ax, I know, I know.
SO! In case you were wondering JUST how bad my handwriting is… here are some pictures of the rewriting!
Until next time,
In the USA, there is always a line of women outside of the restroom… and no line out side the men’s room….
In China, there is always a line outside the men’s room. Because men usually smoke, talk on the phone, play video games…. what ever while doing their business.
These picture were taken on three separate days.
I only thought to take a picture of the empty ladies room on the last day.
More stuff coming soon… including my Garycon 10 photos and what I am working on.
As the year of the Rooster heads to the KFC, the Year of the Dog is about to begin (no they do not actually eat dogs in China).
The company I work for has their big holiday party! Where they give you lots of food, and tell you how great the company is doing and they make you watch hours of acts (The entire event takes about eight hours. Yeah, eight… ending at about eleven in the evening), some of them are really good, some of them are really lady-filled. Make of that what you will (Mad Overlords kick that whole Political Correctness thing in the head. If you want to be a REAL Mad Overlord, you should as well). One of the acts made me swear and question my will to live.. so I guessed it was an attempt by the forces of Good to break this Mad Overlord’s will… BUT NO SUCH LUCK HAHAHA!!!
There are 15 parts of this…. I included all of the footage I shot… some of it might be boring, but I left it in since some folks have asked me many questions about what life is like here. Leaving in the stuff in Chinese is the best way to show this.
PLEASE DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR.
If you take things too serious, are offended by women dancing around in tiny clothes… or me making fun of people who really cannot sing. Then click elsewhere.
So without further furtherness, On with the show!
Part one: Outside the building. Wondering about our seating arrangements.
Part Two: Inside the building. Wondering about our seating arrangements.
Part Three: Where the heck are the seats!!!
Part Four: SEATS!!?! Where are you?!
*In best Chuck Barris voice*
Don’t go away, we’ll be back with more stuff!
I heard about the CRPG book project a while back and being an avid RPG overlord and writer, I wanted to see if I could write an article or two (i.e. Use my vast world dominating network to crush any opposition to the book) so I hunted down Felipe Pepe, the editor. A lot of my favorite old games had already been taken, but I saw that no one had volunteered for Ultima 7 yet, the most influential RPGs ever. You can see its far reaching influences in modern Zelda games, or any game made by Bethesda or Bioware.
I inquired why no one has taken this amazing game yet, and he replied that he wanted to get the CEO of Larian Studios, but he was unavailable too because he was busy working on Divine Divinity 2. I jumped at the chance to write this article, The Ultima series holds a special place in my heart and to this day has a heavy influence on my life. Luckily Mr. Pep said yes and off I went to write it.
I wanted to say so much I wrote a very in depth story with like of my typical humor and wackiness while keeping with the serious nature of the game and how a game like this is even more relevant today then when it was released in the early 90s. I turned it in feeling proud of what I wrote.
My first draft was rejected.
Like the peoples of Magincia (a little in humor for those in the know), my pride destroyed me. It was only a two page spread and I had to talk about Ultima 7 AND the add-on ‘Forge of Virtue’ AND the separate game Serpents Isle. All in two pages. Out came the scissors. Snip. So long clever jokes. Snip. So long interesting backstory. Snip. So long in depth view on how the game altered the foundation of the industry.
After swallowing that last bit of pride, I resubmitted the article and it passed. The sad thing is, I deleted the old version, I would have liked to post it here. But ah well. C’est la vie.
Feel free to check out Felipe Pepe’s book. If you are interested in RPG’s or history or both, it is worth a look see. It is a great look at how the industry started and how the CRPG industry became what it is today.
Thanks for reading.
Hey there Mad Minions! Well, there is not much to say about this post. Just watch.
This weekend I am working on a way to try to record and write at the same time. We will find out if my idea works.
Tune in next time!
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Hey Hey Mad Minions!
Another quick post about life in China. Today I will be showing off the long, long, lines outside the US Embassy… (if no one told you, there are a LOT of people in China. A perfect place to hide during my plans of…
WORLD DOMINATION!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!)
But this line of people are all trying to get into the USA, and I took this video at 9:45 am 15 minutes before the Embassy opened. Note at the end of of the video, they let me right away. BECAUSE I AM A MAD OVERLORD!!!! HAHAHA!
The second video, is me eating my favorite Chinese food… Hotpot. I like to get it as spicy as I can. Xiabu Xiabu is a chain, so its not the best… but it has an English menu so beggars cannot be choosers.
If you are curious about what real Chinese food is like (there is no sweet and sour pork, Kung Pao chicken etc.) if not, this might be a boring video for you.
Stay tuned, something veeeeery interesting (or goofy) is coming soon.
Until next time, Be good!