Finally logged into my Twitter account, having made it over a year ago.
Don’t know how often I’ll tweet but I intend to tweet nonetheless!
It’s @seancookeofcl – go ahead and follow for mildly interesting and hopefully witty updates!
Since my last post I’ve started the development of two (yes, two!) card games.
They both have the same general aims: fun, quick an engaging. I want to make games that have a story telling element in them. So all you writers will quite enjoy it!
I won’t mention much right now, as they’re still in the earliest of basic stages and the first draft of gameplay is almost ready for intense game testing. But, here’s the two titles: Make It Big! and Family Trees.
I’m toying around with Make It Big! as it might be a little too simplistic right now, so game testing will help figure that out. Whereas I’m quite content with how Family Trees is turning out right now, I just need to tweak it a bit more so it’s ready for testing.
Hopefully they aren’t too useless…
In my endless pursuit for projects to pursue and things to make, I’ve returned to my interest in card games.
I’m currently brainstorming to see if I can come up with anything. The card game I came up with for writers, which I posted about on here, fell through and it was probably for the best. A solo “game” wasn’t exciting enough to keep me interested. Although, I did enjoy the idea of making a card game that would help writers with writer’s block, but perhaps that’ll be revisited another day…
So I’m left with a relative blank space that needs to be fulfilled. I’d like to try pursue this joy to a higher level, with kickstart funding and proper production. I just need to figure out the important bit… the game!
So out of curiosity, do any of my lovely followers enjoy card games? Is there any specific type you enjoy or thing you look for when buying a card game?
Let me know in the comments below!
At the moment I’m spending a lot of my time and energy on college readings. The final year is heavy going but significantly more enjoyable than the previous years. However, as a result, I don’t write much (at all, really) anymore.
I do still have my writing in my plans. I intend to complete the second draft of my thriller over the Christmas break and I’m currently in the slow process of planning that edit alongside my college work. Yet, although I am excited and determined to finally get to a finished edit of a novel, I don’t feel I’m as passionate as I could be with this novel.
I still really like it. The plot is fun to write and I love the characters. The themes are interesting, but that’s where my problem lies. The novel explores paranoia, trust issues and… well that’s pretty much it to be honest. They work for the novel and for the fast-pace nature of my thrillers. But I want more…
I’ve always thought of myself as an intellectual person. I grasp things a lot quicker than others and enjoy looking at things at deep levels. My philosophy classes are thoroughly intriguing and, when compared with the Romantic literary period in English, I’ve managed to find what genuinely intrigues me. The continuous cycle of power is something that can be traced through history and I find it interesting, but it’s only this year that I realise just how interesting I find it.
I almost feel like my calling is to explore this cycle as best I can and, seeing as I’ve been told many times that I’m a talented writer, doing so through my fiction seems the obvious choice. It’s funny actually… The fantasy series that I began to develop seven years ago actually dealt a lot with the continuous cycle of power, yet I didn’t realise it until recently. In saying that, I have no immediate intention to return to fantasy. It’s a genre that I enjoy but have grown distant from, so now is not the time to return there.
I feel my heart still lies with thrillers right now. Not so much the fast-pace one I am currently writing, but perhaps a more slow-burner.
This is where I reach an interesting turning point.
I’ve often felt that when I push myself to my limits I can achieve quite a lot and fulfill the high image that I hold of my own potential. I don’t mean to sound arrogant, and I apologise if it comes across that way, but I feel that I have been gifted with a talent and I should push it to its best. Until now, I have not done so.
To do so is tough. It requires a lot of personal discipline, the type of which I could definitely have if it wasn’t for all of the other things going on in life. My relationship, college, family, finances and friends all need attention, otherwise I will end up alone and homeless. But if I want to achieve the high levels that will satisfy me, I need a strong discipline. I’m still in search of this, but I’m steadily growing ever confident of how to go about it.
For now, I shall focus my mind on both college and the new direction for my fiction. I’m continuing to read non-fiction that both motivates me and broadens my mind to subjects that are important to me. And I aim to read quite a few novels of the nature that I wish to write. I intend to enter a process of highlighting the important things to me – the things I think I should share with the world – and then I need to write them down in the format of a story.
I have a strong idea of something I would like to explore through fiction, a thing I personally refer to as Moderated Totality. Funnily enough, it’s something that would be easiest to explore through the fantasy genre, so it will be interesting to see in which direction this turning point will send me…
So apparently I returned to the blogging world. Oops!
I completely forgot that I said I’d be posting regularly. College has been hectic (it never ends!) and I had to stop doing Nanowrimo after the first day. Mind you, I stopped doing it because I realised my writing focus is still on editing my novel. Sure, it’s miles from being edited, but the fact that I have some bit of focus is nice.
Outside of college I’m spending a lot of my time reading and planning a few projects. I’m trying to expand my reading a lot and I’m delving into non-fiction for a change. I found this delightful little series of “self help” books that have a more philosophical edge to them. They’re right up my street, looking at life situations with an objective, theoretical mind instead of a “7 steps to happiness!” approach.
I’m enjoying them so much that they’re making me want to write non-fiction… fancy that!
I think I’ll randomly update this blog for some minor level of accountability or something along those lines. The posts will be incredibly boring but… hey, posts. It’s been a while.
Catch you lovely folks eventually!
This year I’m partaking in Nanowrimo. I’ve taken part sporadically over the years, winning once and failing miserably every other time. I only actually started it on two occasions, so I have a 50% victory rate…
I thought I’d return to the blogging world for the month of November, using Nanowrimo as a prompt to blog every day (more or less, due to time and internet restraints) about my progress. Whether or not this will ignite a permanent return to the blogging world… only time shall tell.
For now, you’ll have to suffer my endless word count updates. MUA HA HA HA!
Don’t know what Nanowrimo is? Check it out here! It’s a great way to help develop a writing discipline if you struggle to do so.
Eight months after its creation, 4908 views since day one, this blog has reached its end.
I set this blog up with one real goal: motivating me to finish my thriller’s first draft. It fulfilled that more than I ever could have hoped, and then some. So it is with great content that I’m writing this final post.
Over the eight months it has accumulated 288 followers. As tempting as it is to go for the 300, I’ll let that go. Some of you have been silent readers, some have you have been regular names and a few have even become friends. But all of you helped to motivate me to write that first draft. Every time I saw that delightful orange glow in the top corner of my screen it spurred me on to keep going. So for that, I thank you. Yes, even you folks who followed me within two seconds of a post going live, hoping that I would follow you back (I didn’t).
It’s been a fun ride with interesting opinions and great feedback. I can only hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and that my posts weren’t a total bore. If one post struck a chord with even one reader in any way then I’m definitely pleased with this blog.
I’m not going to delete this blog, not immediately anyway. On the off chance someone has a favourite post they want to re-read or if I come back to it someday, it’ll be lying here in wait.
Now onto the good news!
This blog has ended, but my blogging hasn’t. This blog has exceeded the goals I set for it, so hopefully my new one will do likewise. It will not focus on my writing. Instead, I’ll be writing various posts from crazy thoughts in my head to records of my latest attempt at self-motivation and bettering myself and my life. If anything, it’ll be more interesting than this blog, considering about 70% of the posts here were informing you whether or not I hit my word count goal for the day!
So, if you’d like to follow my new blog, you can find it here.
And if any of you would like to contact me for any reason, you can email me at email@example.com
Thank you all for your support and your eyes, it’s been a blast! Wishing you all the best of blogging. Here is the first and last smiley to grace this blog.
I beat my 1,000 word goal today with a count of 1,256. It was a comfortable day and it took me just over an hour of slow writing, with a few distractions and extra attention paid to the writing.
This puts me on a nice track for still hitting my 7,000 words for this week despite being away for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All I need is about 2,500 tomorrow and Sunday to hit that target. It’s going to be the most I’ve written in a long time and almost the same length as chapter 1, so it’ll be an interesting challenge. Luckily, I’ve written 2,500 words so many times before that it’s not as daunting as it should be in regards to my current writing regime!
Tomorrow will also have a mention about something new I’m trying out, but I won’t reveal anything until it does/doesn’t happen. Now I’m off to rest and sleep!
I optimistically brought my laptop away with me when I was quite sure no writing would be done. I was correct. But that is the beauty of the 1,000 word goals. I’m pushing myself over the next few days (possibly Saturday and Sunday only as I’m busy tomorrow) to hit 7,000 for the week. Doable? Very much!
As for Cats? I went to the musical with my girlfriend as a very early birthday present for her. She loved the surprise and it was a surprise how much I loved it! I enjoy theatre but I thought the strong dance element of Cats would put me off. Other than one particularly drawling pure-dance sequence, I had a great time. Although I did nearly fall asleep at that point…
So, expect a few goal updates over the next few days and a Cats review post at some point! Until then, adieu.