Well, after 31 days of consecutive blogging, the WordCount 2010 Blogathon is over. And I made it. I posted something every single day of May from the 1st through today.
And boy am I glad it’s over.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad I did it. It was a great exercise, but I will be glad that when I return from Slayage in a couple of weeks, I’ll be back to my 3 times a week schedule. And thanks to the brainstorming I tended to do every day this month, I have an extensive supply of ideas to fill out that schedule already.
First off, welcome to the first installment of “The Beej Republic,” an ongoing series where I will cover Star Wars: The Old Republic as it works its way through testing and into our grubby little fanboy hands. I had originally thought of doing this project as a separate blog, but talking it over with Syp, the idea of a regular column is much more appealing for everyone involved.
Of every MMO on the horizon, there is none that interests me like Star Wars: The Old Republic. I read nearly every snippet I can find about it because, in all honesty, the buildup is half the fun of a new MMO release.
But right now, there are two camps on the TOR battlefront. There are the optimists who believe that Bioware should be given the benefit of the doubt based on their track record, and there are the pessimists who fail to see exactly what the big deal is with their announcements.
In case you missed the hubbub and fantastic conversation with my previous (and aptly titled) GearScore post, here’s your opportunity to get in on the conversation. There have also been a lot of responses written in the blogosphere to it, and all of them make pretty valid points. I hope you enjoy reading the conversation as much as I did.
And, for those of you unaware, there is a fantastic video guide on how to win at both PuGs and GearScore. I think you’ll enjoy this.
As I round the final bend of the race that is finishing the first draft of my novel (~70,000 words and counting), I find that I want to branch out a little creatively. I have a lot of ideas, and one of the foremost is putting various short stories online for my readers to help (potentially) build a platform on which I can sell my super-awesome novel when it’s ready. Another is write a novella and post it serially on my blog, eventually turning it into an ebook.
Unfortunately, there are two camps on the matter: those who say that posting fiction online will hurt the author in the long run. And those who believe that it will help.
I can honestly see both sides of the argument.
If there are two things I love, they’re blogging and zombies. And although I thought that my life would be nearly incomplete without the combination of these two relatively unrelated things, I am pleased to announce that because of reading Mira Grant’s Feed, I can die a happy man.
Okay, well maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration (in truth I am a sad, lonely, bitter cynic whose life will be just as empty even with this combination).
In all seriousness, though, I am quite pleased with Feed, a novel I read about initially in John Scalzi’s The Big Idea. Mira Grant (a pseudonym author Seanan McGuire uses to write horror) manages to find that sweet spot that many horror writers miss: she manages to make it relevant without making it preachy.