Yes, it looks like I have taken an unintentional hiatus from writing. Though there are several reasons for this, there are no excuses. I’ve had the time to read a few books for professional development. If I had the time for that, I had the time to write. The only things that stopped me were choice and gumption.
Even at times that my writing dropped to a trickle on this iteration of my blog (and it is the third iteration), it was normally a slight pause and not a complete stop like this time. Again, I have no excuses. I can only offer an apology.
Now that we have that out of the way, let me now present the (colorful) stories that prevented quite a bit of my writing recently.
The Potato Chip Disaster
Yes, you read that right. Apparently I am getting to the age that I can hurt myself doing practically anything. This injury was even more lame than slipping on a towel and crashing into a cupboard and breaking three ribs. It seems that, apparently, I am extremely prone to injuring myself when it comes to food in general. After that, I was at work, minding my own business, when I suddenly had a hankering for potato chips. Taking a break, I went to the break room at work and idled up to the vending machine with change in hand. Plunking down three quarters and a dime, I punched in the number of my desire (which was sour cream and onion ftw), and leaned over to retrieve my prize. I grabbed the bag and attempted to stand upright again.
‘Attempted’ was the key word in that last sentence.
I had a muscle decide to just up and die an agonizing death at that very moment, so instead of a graceful rise to open my chips, I ended up looking like Frankenstein rising from the darkness with my bent figure and deep, rumbling groans. At home I used my wife’s cane to get around the house because of the level of the pain that this created. Damn those chips.
A Better Book Club
Now, those that know me well enough to know that I love to write also know that I kinda like reading. If it is a good book than I can get absolutely lost in the pages. Recently, my employer has created an account with BetterBookClub.Com, and they have gathered their entire library of self-help and professional development books online so that we can choose a book to read and then check it out locally so we can read it and improve ourselves.
So far, I have read ten books. Mind you that I started getting books and reading starting on February 10. I need to slow down so I can get back to writing. Which brings me up to my last problem…
I Want To Write A VN Script
I am not in the mood to write on my short stories right now as my muses inside are screaming that I should tackle an idea in my head for a Visual Novel (VN) that I have had bouncing around in my head for a couple of years now.
Now, for those that are not in the know, here is a Wikipedia blurb about Visual Novels:
A visual novel (ビジュアルノベル bijuaru noberu) is an interactive game genre, which originated in Japan in the early 1990s, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills (and sometimes video footage). As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels.
If you can remember those “choose-your-way-through” books that were once popular back in the day, you will have a little sense of how a visual novel works. With a VN, the player takes the role of the protagonist and goes through the story, enhanced with graphics, sound effects and music. Players click their way through the story until they come upon a choice that has to be made by them. That choice can effectively affect the ending of the story depending on the choice made. In a VN, there are usually multiple endings, good and bad, and the one you get is dependent on the choices you made during the game.
The average VN script weighs in between 25,000-50,000 words. As a comparison, I have published a little over 60,000 words on this blog since its inception. That many words is a lot but you have to realize that a script like this is almost like a regular story novel in that with a regular novel you have a beginning, a middle and an end. With a visual novel, you have a beginning, multiple paths throughout the middle, and typically 3-20 endings!
Yes, it is a daunting task and much larger than any project that I have attempted in the past (unless you want to count my attempt a few years ago of writing a full length movie script for a video game fan movie, but I digress). That doesn’t mean that I want to do it any less because of it.
Sick, Sick, Sick
Also, just to throw another chunk of guilt coal onto the fire we’ve started here, I have also recently been sick, and my wife had the flu. When it comes to illness in this family, my wife is a trooper and I am a screaming, crying, wailing 3-year-old. I am a horrible sick person. I really am. I honestly wish that I was better at handling illness. Honestly, my only redeeming trait when I am sick comes in the form of humor. Many times when my throat gets congested, my voice drops through the floor for a little while, and I face the world and narrate it using my deep, rumbling Movie Trailer Guy voice…
“In a world where linemen are needed, one scrappy group of dispatchers are ready to tell them where to go.” – Me, using my Movie Trailer Guy voice
So I guess that you’re probably not going to see long, drawn out stories on here for a little while as I take a hiatus on writing short stories and begin the initial planning and drafting phases of writing a visual novel script. Sorry in advance, but I am feeling pretty strongly about this, and I really don’t think that my muses are going to shut up until I start making efforts in that direction.
Now, it is entirely possible that I may start writing this and within a week or two the muses fall silent. I mean, it’s happened before. However, I still have to try. Thanks to everyone who are supporting me right now, and also, if you have a moment of time, wish me luck (even if it is privately) and pray that I can get this massive story out of my head and onto my screen.