Monday, February 29, 2016

TV talk and movie mutterings - February 2016

Time for another post full of new to me movies and TV shows!

As with the similar posts from the past couple of months, I've not written very detailed reviews, but instead just given my opinion of the movie or TV show in question, so I've included links to where you can find out more about the movie or TV show, if you want to... Just click on the title of it, and you'll go right there.

So...

Sharkzilla (movie):
This was a pretty good movie, though could have been even better with a little work. I mean, I was more worried about whether the special diving suits would keep working than about the monster... If you're going to make a scary monster movie, at least try to make me afraid of the creature. Just saying!

That Darn Cat (movie):
This is a sort of old movie by movie standards... It's almost 20 years old. But I don't remember ever having seen it before. Anyway, it was an "OK" sort of movie, with a few entertaining scenes, but I didn't think it was that great, even though it's basically a mystery centered around a cat, so you'd think I'd have enjoyed it.

Big Hero 6 (movie):
This was by far my favourite movie from this month. It wasn't blow my mind amazing, but it was entertaining, I became interested in both the storyline and the characters quickly, and stayed interested until the movie was over; the sign of a good movie. I'd been looking forward to seeing this one for a while, so I'm glad it was worth the wait.

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (movie):
This one was a bit disappointing. From what I'd heard about it, it sounded amazing, but it wasn't. I loved the message behind the movie, and the ending was fantastic, but the first half of the movie wasn't much good; the plot in the first half moved way too slowly, and was a little confusing. I think I was about 45 minutes in to the movie when it started to pick up enough that I was beginning to enjoy it, and it was only about the last half an hour of the movie that I thought was really good. So, yeah... I liked it. But I certainly didn't love it.

Agent Carter (TV show):
In case you can't tell from the details linked to above, this show is more or less "Marvel's Agents Of Shield" set just after WWII instead of in the present day; one of the main characters is even Iron Man's father. Anyway, it's pretty good, though not as good as the original version.

I also watched a couple of nature documentaries that I'm not sure on the names of. One was about giant squids, one was about sharks, and the other one was about elephants.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Zeena is still answering questions... But not for much longer

Zeena the faerie dragon - from my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series - is still answering your questions right now on the Smashwords Authors group over on Goodreads.

But she won't be doing so for much longer, since we're almost out of days in February.

Click here to follow the discussion, if you haven't been doing so already.

Have a question for Zeena, but aren't a member of the group, or aren't on Goodreads at all? No problem! Just post your question on this post... Zeena will answer you anyway, since she's a nice faerie dragon.

So, ask away.

Go on... You know you want to!

But hurry, because February is almost over, so you're almost out of time.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Furkid Friday - February 26th 2016 (FD)

Hi humans, rodent types, and anyone else reading this.

This is Jasper the degu.

Know what one of my most favourite things in the world is?

NIBBLES!

I love eating nibbles, love the smells in the air when the humans make their nibbles, and love watching those TV shows where some humans show you how to make different kinds of nibbles.

You know what's a shame though?

Degus have to stick to strict diets, and there's an awful lot of stuff I'm not allowed to eat; no matter how good it looks and smells. I especially have to watch my sugar intake.

And, you know what?

There aren't any TV shows that talk about recipes for nibbles that are OK for degus to eat. At least, none that I've ever seen or heard of.

There are some recipes for degu friendly nibbles on this internet thingy though. Like these ones.

Mmm... They sure sound tasty... Don't you think?

Squeak soon,
Jasper

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - February 24th 2016

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

Read aloud to someone, or even to yourself if you don't have a willing audience... Or an unwilling one... And enjoy some oral storytelling.

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I've always thought that roleplaying was a good option for writers, since it encourages creative thinking, and also gives you the oppertunity to really put yourself in the shoes of another character for a time, while getting feedback from others as to how people would generally respond to interaction with that sort of character. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so, since I recently read an article on how video games can transform your writing, which talks about the benifits for writers of the roleplaying aspect of some video games.

The author of the above article is talking about a slightly different version of roleplaying than I play, since she means the roleplaying aspect of video games, where as I mean actual roleplaying games like Dungeons And Dragons, Call Of Cthulhu, and that sort of thing. But the principle is the same.

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When you're writing, it's important to add in little details to bring your story to life, but it's also important to get the facts right. After all, even fantasy stories need to contain some facts that help the story to feel realistic to the reader. For example, here's a post on what writers need to know about archery if you have characters in your story using bows and arrows, the fantasy writer's guide to horses in case your story contains horses, and 10 things writers don't know about the woods in case your story takes place at least partially in the woods. After all, adding in those extra little facts and details is the secret to vivid writing.

Foreshadowing can be important too... Especially - though not exclusively - for mysteries. So, here are the 8 laws of foreshadowing you'll need to bear in mind when writing your story.

Getting the pacing right can also increase the reader's enjoyment of your story. So, here are 7 tools - or tips, if you prefer - for pacing a novel. Pacing is especially important during your exciting climax, so don't let this sloppy technique ruin the climax of your story.

Always remember though: while it's a good idea to know the "rules" when it comes to writing, what matters most is that you write like you; let your own voice shine through in your writing.

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Need some prompts to get your creative juices flowing? Or simply need some inspiration on blog topics to post about? Well, whichever is the case, here are 500 prompts for narative and personal writing. OK, officially they're prompts for use by teenagers - very obviously in some cases, since many have a huge focus on school. However, a lot of them can easily be used by adults too, so I figured I'd go ahead and share them.

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Interested in attending writing events like confeences and festivals? It can often help with marketing, if you're in a position to attend.

Here's a list of 10 must attend writing events for those of you in the UK, or who are able to make it across the pond.

I don't have a similar list for other countries, but I dare say a few moments with Google - or your prefered search engine - would produce one.

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Don't forget...

Zeena the faerie dragon from my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series is still answering questions on this thread, though questions can be asked on this post too.

If you have a question for Zeena, and haven't asked your question yet, now's the time to do it.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Yet another loss since 2016 began

There have been a lot of losses over the past couple of months. Several famous people have died, and I know of a few friends who lost loved ones since 2016 started.

One of the people who left this world was someone I knew, though not very well. Her name was Helen, and she and her husband, Tom, were the people who took in our little Yorkshire Terrier, Lucy, when we couldn't keep her any more.

Lucy was about four and a half months old when they took her in, and had almost nine years of being pampered and loved by them (Lucy died shortly after her ninth birthday). In return, Lucy adored them, and was a great comfort to Helen whenever the struggles of life got to her; as they do with most of us at times.

It was almost a year and a half ago that Lucy went to sleep and never woke up, and it broke Helen's heart (Lucy died about a month and a half after Kero). Then, at the start of February, Helen went to join her beloved dog, who - I have no doubt - was waiting patiently for her on the other side of the rainbow bridge, just as I know Kero and Chance are waiting for the day my time will come to join them too.

Like I said, I didn't know Helen well; she was a close friend to one of my online friends. But I know she was a nice person, and I also know she adored Lucy, which is enough for me to feel the pain of her passing. Though, I dare say, not nearly as keenly as those who were closest to her, like her husband, Tom, or our mutual friend, Corinne.

Rest in peace, Helen.

And, to those of you who have lost someone close to you recently... My sympathies and thoughts are with you, and I'm sending you hugs across whatever distance seporates us from one another.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Furkid Friday - February 19th 2016

Hi humans, rodent types, and anyone else reading this.

This is Jenks the degu.

While she was browsing this internet thingy, the Mummy human spotted something recently that said it was going to be "if pets had thumbs day" on March 3rd, which we thought was funny. But it got me thinking about what I'd do if I had thumbs.

So, here's what I'd do if I had thumbs:


  • Claim the TV remote as mine (the human caretakers sometimes pick good shows, but not always).
  • Play video games so I could make things go "BOOM!" (I like explosions... Some of my rodent siblings don't, but I do).
  • Help myself to nibbles whenever I want to (packages are so much easier to open if you have thumbs; cage doors too).


Squeak soon,
Jenks

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - February 17th 2016

In case you missed my post on Saturday announcing it... Not to mention my previous posts about it coming up, and all my social media posts about it...

The eBook version of "Zeena And The Mermaid" (Zeena Dragon Fae, #3) is now officially available!

Click on the book's title above to go to the Smashwords page for it, where you can buy it in multiple eBook formats, such as mobi (for Kindle) ePub (for Nook and some other eReaders) and html (for reading using an internet browser). Other formats are also available.

Or, you can look for it on the websites of eBook retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Kobo, among others.

Both "Zeena And The Dryad" and "Zeena And The Gryphon" (books one and two in the series respectively) are also available from the above mentioned eBook retailers, if you don't have copies of them and would like to read those first.

The first two books in the series are also available as paperbacks via CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, but the third is not available in paperback just yet. It will become available as a paperback in the near future though. In fact, the paperback version has already gone through part of the reviewing process, and is just waiting for me to arrange for the proof to come to me, and to have Kelly take a look at it before I will "hopefully" be able to approve it for sale.

Book four will be a while. I am working on writing it, but it's still the first draft I'm working on, so there's still a lot of work to do on it before it will be ready to be let loose in to the world.

***NOTE***
Reviews are always welcomed and appreciated. Remember: reviews not only help other customers decide whether something is right for them, but they also help authors. So, if you'd like to leave reviews for any of my books - old or new - I'd be very grateful. You can do so on any of the retailers they're available from (though some of the retailers will only allow it if you've brought the book from the retailer in question) as well as on Goodreads. If you do leave reviews - or have done so in the past - then huge thanks go out to you from me.

Posts helping to spread the word about my books are also very much appreciated. Posts like the shout-out Carl gave me on his blog last friday, for example. Or the post Kevin did on Saturday, which Chris re-posted about the release of my new book. Speaking of which... Thanks for that, Carl, Kevin, and Chris!

Monday, February 15, 2016

#Giveaway and blog tour: Strings by David Estes (LBE)

"A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story…I simply couldn’t put this book down." 
Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND





Strings
Written by David Estes
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Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.

Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.

As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.

If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.

Giveaway


About the author

David Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he's not writing, you'll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.

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Strings Excerpt 1:

The strings are as black as polished ebony, twirling down from the viscous ceiling, which moves like dark waters lapping on a bleak and empty shore. Almost like it’s breathing: in and out, in and out. Not solid, but molten like lava; the dark ceiling flows from room to room throughout the entire compound, allowing my strings to move gracefully and unfettered without getting tangled. According to Papa, the gelatinous ceiling was invented late in the 21st century under the name dream oil. Basically the thick liquid substance can float within designated electromagnetic fields (like a rectangular ceiling space) and yet create enough internal friction to secure various fixtures, such as lights or ceiling fans (or strings). The ceiling controls the strings, sometimes seeming to read my mind before even I know what I’m thinking. Pulling me right when I’m about to turn left. Raising my hand when I’m about to drop it to my side. Bending me to its every will and whim, which most of the time feels like exactly the same thing.
The strings are connected to me in fifteen obtrusive places. One in each thumb, one in each hand, one in each foot. My elbows and knees are connected, too. One in each hip and shoulder for balance, and one final string plugged into the crown of my head, forcing me to look people in the eyes, even if I don’t want to. There are thin silver circles implanted in my flesh where each string enters my skin. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to pull the strings out, unless some kind of special tool is required. So long as I do what’s expected of me, the strings mostly leave me alone, sort of like they’re a part of me, moving as I move, staying out of my way. But if I veer off course for even a second, they’re always there to pull me back in line; I’m a marionette maneuvered by a skillful and indifferent puppeteer, jerking me around without regard for the pain it causes.
Like the mangled scissors I tried to cut my strings with, I’m bent. Not literally—my strings are as taut and tight as ever—but inside, where no one can see. I’m bent like a cracked toothpick.
Bent.
But not broken.

Strings Excerpt 2:

Happiness is perched on a branch outside my window.
A robin, resting in a nest with two blue eggs, their matte curves as perfect and unmarred and cloudless as a cornflower sky. The mama bird has been tending to her unborn babes for days, keeping them warm. I can’t wait to see them hatch.
Watching the bird and her eggs each morning while braiding my hair is my moment of peace. It’s a single pinprick moment where I can forget the world and smile without letting reality ruin things.
I often imagine that my window is on hinges, and that I can push it open, reaching my hand into the empty expanse, feeling the breeze on my skin, offering friendship to the robin and its family. The mama would land on my arm and cock her head and sing songs of life to me. She would change me with her melodies.
But the window is just a slab of thick glass, slightly blurring the view that is already ruined by the hardy metal bars rising from sill to ceiling.
A prison.
Our home.

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I managed to get my hands on an advanced review copy of this book, so I've already read it. Since that's the case, here's my review:

Once again, David Estes has managed to spin a tale that will grab your attention from page one, and hold it until the very end, so that putting this book down before I was done felt like torture, and I couldn't stop thinking about it between reading sessions.

All of the characters are believable, the main character is easy to relate to, and the plot moves at just the right pace. On top of that, the story has a wonderful moral to it.

Five stars just don't seem enough to say how fantastic this book is; I swear I'd give it more if I could!

***Note: I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This fact has in no way influenced my opinion of the book, nor the contents of this review.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Zeena And The Mermaid - officially released today!

"The adventures of Zeena and Saarik have already taken them through the woods and up the mountains. Now they’re answering a plea for help from a mermaid named Naia. With the help of both Naia’s magic and Zeena’s own magic, the two friends head on an underwater quest to free the water fairy, Lana, and make the ocean safe once more."

That's the synopsis for my latest book, "Zeena And The Mermaid" (the third book in the "Zeena Dragon Fae" series). As you might have guessed by the title of this post, the book is officially released today, so is now available to buy.

At least, the eBook version is... The paperback is coming soon... Just as soon as it can be arranged.

Anyway, as I said, you can already buy the eBook from Smashwords in all formats they offer, as well as from the retailers they distribute to, such as Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Kobo, among others. So, regardless of your eReader of choice, you can get it in a format that works for you. In fact, Smashwords makes it available in formats such as html and plain text, so if you can read this post, you can read the book.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Furkid Friday: another Bilbo update

Hi humans, rodent types, and anyone else reading this.

This is Joshua the degu.

As you should already know, unless you're new here, my gerbil brother, Bilbo, was really sick last month, and my degu brothers and I - along with our other gerbil brother, Baggins, of course - were very worried about him. Jacob was especially worried about Bilbo, since they're really good pals. Besides, Jacob worries about everyone; he's just that kind of degu.

Well, guess what? Bilbo is doing OK.

When he first got sick, the human caretakers didn't expect him to make it to the end of January. But Bilbo is a tough little gerbil, and he made it through.

He's no longer as active as he was before he got sick, and it takes a lot more effort for him to do anything. But other than that, he seems to be fine now. Plus, he's happy enough, and sometimes even finds a little energy to play with Baggins for a few minutes, or go have a little chat with Jacob.

The human caretakers are pleased, and so are we.

Squeak soon,
Joshua

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - February 10th 2016

Zeena the faerie dragon from my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series is answering questions all month on the Smashwords Authors group over on Goodreads. Click here to follow the discussion.

Have a question for Zeena, but aren't a member of the group, or aren't on Goodreads at all? No problem! Just post your question on this post... Zeena will answer you anyway, since she's a nice faerie dragon.

Speaking of Zeena...

"Zeena And The Mermaid" (the third book in my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series) is finally finnished, and pre-released. It's scheduled for official release this coming Saturday (February 13th 2016).

I've also pre-released "Rhubarb The Red-Nosed Rabbit" - an Easter themed rabbit story. This one is scheduled for official release on March 26th 2016 (which Google assures me is the day before Easter Sunday this year).

Well, the eBook versions are pre-released, anyway. The paperbacks will be arranged as soon as possible.

The eBook versions of both books should already be available to pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Kobo, and will become available in all formats Smashwords offers on the dates listed above. They will then become available from all other eBook retailers Smashwords distributes to on, or shortly after, their official release dates.

While you wait for them to actually be available to read, why not ask Zeena the faerie dragon a question?

Go on... You know you want to!

Monday, February 08, 2016

Musical mutterings - February 2016

My Mam sent me a link to this, and I thought it was worth sharing, since the kid has a great voice... The song's not bad either...



His name is Jeffrey Li, and there are other songs of his on YouTube too.

My Mam sent me a link to more than just the one, but this one was the song I enjoyed most, hence it being the one I'm sharing.

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In less cheerful news...

You may have already heard about this by now, but... Sir Terry Wogan has died.

I remember listening to him on the radio most mornings during the years between when I moved out of my parents place and when he stopped doing his morning show. He was an excellent radio presentor... One of my favourites, to be exact.

Rest in peace, Terry... You will be missed!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Zeena the faerie dragon answers your questions

While I work on writing the fourth and final book in my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series, Zeena the faerie dragon is answering your questions all this month on the Smashwords Authors group over on Goodreads.

Click here to follow the discussion.

Have a question for Zeena, but aren't a member of the group, or aren't on Goodreads at all? No problem! Just post your question on this post... Zeena will answer you anyway, since she's a nice faerie dragon.

So, ask away.

Go on... You know you want to!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Furkid Friday - February 5th 2016

Ummm... Hi everyone. This is Skye the rat.

I'm more nervous than usual today, because the weather has been really bad, and I don't like it one bit.

We had one of those "tropical storm" things, and the howling wind and lashing rain made me so frightened I spent most of the time hiding in the wooden house me and my sister, Star, have in our cage, and refusing to come out.

I can't tell you how relieved I've been on the days when the sun has shone and given me a break from all the scary storm sounds. Unfortunately, there haven't been many of those kinds of days in the past couple of months; we've had one storm after another.

The humans say the weather should clear up soon, because Spring and Summer are usually not quite so bad. I hope they're right!

In the meantime... I'm going back to hide...

Squeak soon,
Skye

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - February 3rd 2016

January is over, and many people who set themselves writing goals at the start of the year are already struggling to keep them. So, to stop everyone from giving up, Teaching Authors is holding a 30 day productivity challenge. They're only a couple of days in, so there's still time to participate, if you want to.

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Grammar tip: sometimes it's OK to use "me" instead of "I".

Want some more tips on grammar and punctuation? Then check out these editing tips (for people who aren't editors) and these six easy grammar and format tips.

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What's your opinion of how much guest posting can help an author? Personally, I think there's no right or wrong answer to how much it can help... Just with every other form of marketing. However, there are often real benifits to guest blogging. So, my advice would be to always take advantage of opertunities to guest post, and market in any other way, whenever possible.

Author interviews are good marketing too, so here are 10 tips for doing your author interviews.

The key to any kind of successful marketing is relevance; whether it's guest posts, author interviews, posts on your own blog, tweets and posts on Twitter and Facebook, or some other type of marketing strategy you're using.

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Is it picture books you write? If so, you should know your layout.

Whether you write picture books, full length novels, or something in between, are you writing a series? If so, check out these 9 tips for keeping your series fresh.

Whether you're writing a series, or a stand-alone story, when writing your book, a little detail can make a big impression. So, remember to add those little details in; your readers will thank you for it.

On the subject of adding all those little details in... Here are 8 things writers forget when writing fight scenes. Also, here's a writer's guide to adrenaline, in case you have a character in a situation where your story could be improved by you adding details about an adrenaline rush, or anxiety attack.

Speaking of your characters... This article gives you some idea of how to create life-like characters in 6 steps. WARNING: spoiler for the movie "Frozen" inside, so don't read this one if you haven't seen that movie, and intend to watch it.

When dealing with your characters, never forget: villains are people too. WARNING: that last link contains spoilers for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Treasure Island, and Frankenstein, so you may not want to read the post if you haven't read those books, but plan to do so in the future.

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Do you find that you suffer from manuscript mental fatigue? If so, here are some tips on how to avoid it.

If you do find that you're struggling - either with manuscript mental fatigue, or just in general - try not to give up too easily; sometimes the road a writer travels is a hard one, but the reward of seeing the end result usually makes it worthwhile. Also, if you find your friends are struggling, try and be there for them. If, however, you find that a writer friend is struggling so much they stop writing, here's how you can stay positive, and continue writing, when your writer friends quit.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Roleplaying ramblings - February 2016

We had a bit of a break in our usual Thursday fortnightly roleplaying sessions during December and the first half of January. In December it was because of a combination of other commitments and holidays, but the first half of January was because of issues with the TeamSpeak server (TeamSpeak being what we use to be able to all be there talking together despite the large distances seporating us).

We're back at it again now though.

Right now, we're still playing 7th edition Call Of Cthulhu, and - despite two character deaths in the party - are still enjoying it. No, neither of the deaths were my characters. They both belonged to Gareth (a family friend who roleplays with us).

Although, I do have a new character. He's as well as the one I was already playing though, not instead of her. So, I'm playing both a female nurse and a male journalist. I usually prefer to play female characters, but with the game set in the 1920s, it made more sense for a journalist to be male. I'm not saying a woman couldn't be a journalist in the 1920s - in fact, I know they could - but I'm pretty sure a journalist who was a man was always taken much more seriously (like in most professions in those days). Besides, there are more female than male characters in the party, so another male party member made sense for that reason too. My nurse is an Irish red-head named Roisin Cormick, and my journalist is an average-looking Chicago bookworm named Thomas Wyatt.

Pretty soon we'll be taking a break from Call Of Cthulhu in our Thursday sessions to play World Of Darkness for a while instead. My brother, Carl, has been running the Call Of Cthulhu game, but Gareth will be running World Of Darkness. My character for it is already created, and ready to play. She's a sort of river gypsy, and her name is Jessie Smith.

Plus, Carl recently invited me to join him and his friends, Johnny and Ollie, in the Saturday sessions they do about once a month. Dad already joins in with them from time to time, but now Gareth and I have been invited to join them as well. Carl's girlfriend, Tory, has also been invited to join us. So has Kelly, but he already has a game with his own group on Saturday evenings, so can't join in, since the times overlap. Anyway, I said "yes" to joining in.

About the time I decided to join in with the Saturday group, I read this interview on Seeing Eye Dragon. It's a great interview between a blind gamer, and a company trying to help make gaming more accessable for the visually impaired. The interview is worth checking out, if you haven't already read it.

Because of that interview, as well as the upcoming games with the Saturday group, I got to thinking about the systems I've played, and the ones I haven't played, but would like to try.

If you're interested, this is the list of the ones I've played... In no particular order:

  • Pathfinder
  • Ponyfinder
  • Dungeons & Dragons (2nd and 4th editions)
  • Shadowrun (4th edition)
  • Warhammer Fantasy roleplaying
  • World Of Darkness (Mage The Awakening, Hunter, Werewolf The Forsaken, and the version of Werewolf before that one)
  • Star Wars (Star Wars, Star Wars Saga, and Star Wars: Edge Of The Empire)
  • Call Of Cthulhu (I've only played 7th edition, but I've read the rules for 5th edition as I nearly ran it)


I've had more experience with some of those systems than others, of course.

The systems I know I'd like to try are:


  • Mutants And Masterminds
  • Apocolypse World


As it stands at the moment, the Saturday group is still deciding which system to play next, and then we'll need to sort characters. So I'm not 100% certain what date my first Saturday session will be, nor what we'll be playing. It's looking like it will most likely be either Shadowrun or Call Of Cthulhu though, since they're the most popular choices. My vote is for Shadowrun, since we're just finnishing up Call Of Cthulhu on Thursdays, and I haven't played much Shadowrun, but would like to. I'll play more Call Of Cthulhu if that's what everyone else wants to do though.

On top of that, Kelly is trying to arrange a Mutants And Masterminds game done via voice chat with his group so I can join in with it. Sometimes his group does their games as text games (in a chatroom sort of thing) and other times they do them via voice chat. Following a chatroom is just too difficult with JAWS, so I can't join in that way, which is why he's trying to arrange a voice game so I can play too... Since I want to try Mutants And Masterminds, and Carl's group isn't really big on superheroes, where as the guys Kelly games with are. The trick is finding people who are free to game on days when both Kelly and I are free at the same time. Admittedly some of our games don't happen every week. With mine, for example, the Thursday ones are fortnightly and the Saturday ones are about once a month. But since weeks can sometimes be changed due to commitments, we're considering those days already booked for games so as to avoid changed weeks causing problems with any other games, if that makes sense.