It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and for that I apologize.
I live in an area with a relatively short motorcycle riding season, so my partner and I like to make the most of the time. We will take two separate vacations in the summer, one in June and one in August. So, Winter is my main writing time. Summers are mostly spent playing. Heck, even in college I never took a summer class because summertime was the season to recharge and re-energize.
Both of us have full-time careers that demand much, so when we have a chance to get away, we tend to make the most of it. We take those get-aways every summer for at least two weeks. One week in August we spend at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The rally pretty much marks the end of the vacation season – at least until Thanksgiving.
Anyway, I’ve been working on a fantasy story for a very long time that just never came together. The idea presented itself when I returned from deployment while serving in the US Navy. I wrote about a quarter of a novelette before I met someone and put the story aside. Over the years, I kept coming back to it but it just kind of meandered without a purpose.
But those characters never let me go. I went to college and got my degree in Technical Communications and began my career as a professional writer. Over time, my career settled into a rhythm and my evenings were spent either reading or watching television. I like keeping my mind more active than TV allows, so I turned to my computer and discovered online role-playing games.
As I got hooked into online games, I kept trying to play those characters I wrote about so long ago to get a feel for them. I played one multi-player online role-playing game after another trying to find the flavor of those people that keep running around in my head. Then I met a group of guys in an online game who also like to write stories about their characters. So, we collaborated and wrote about our characters, those characters’ personal quests, and their interactions with each other.
Over time, I began to realize that the characters we play in the game are very similar to the characters I wrote about in my original story. I asked permission of my friends to rewrite our story into the world that lives in my imagination. A world that I use when playing Dungeons & Dragons with my kids and grandkids. They said yes, and have agreed to help me with the project.
I have a hand-drawn map of my world (the continent of Adara) that will go up soon, and I am working on a map of Port Freehaven, the city in which the characters will be based.
In the next few weeks, I will be rolling out this rewritten story in installments. I want to get a bit more of a handle on some of the changes I need to make and get them noted so I don’t trip myself up in the future. I also get a few more installments written so that I have something to post even if (when?) time turns back into a four-letter word.
So, stay tuned for more stories. And thanks for being patient.