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The First Late Post

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Well, there goes my winning streak.  This blog post is late this week and arrives with my apologies–just as much to myself as my readers.  I know it is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things to be a day late, but I did make the commitment to ramble at the Internet every Monday, and I would like to keep to that commitment.  No worries.  I’m getting back on track, and the rationale behind my tardiness is as good as any: yesterday I was contacted for my first job interview. I spent the day preparing for that instead of writing my Monday piece, and today I went in for it.  It went well, I think–so now we wait.

In other news, Dex-Con was completely amazing.  The people were friendly and approachable.  The games this year were exciting and plenty.  I bought myself what I believe to be the very last copy of Shoot Again Games’ Legends and Lies before they reprint with a new design in the future.  I also got to play an invigorating game of Monopoly, a game I haven’t played since I was in my teens.

My boyfriend refuses to play it with me because he insists it ruins friendships. We’ve had to agree to disagree on that one.

The major thing I got to do during Dex-Con was join the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s League.  For those of you that don’t know, the League supports organized public play  of the system’s 5th edition, where players get to progress with their characters through an array of modules that bring them on all sorts of adventures.  The best thing about it is it is designed to be played with a random group if need be, so you can participate with any number of people who attend for the game, at different locations and different DMs (Dungeon Masters)  You have to begin your character at Level 1, and they cannot do the same adventure twice.  You can, as I understand, have multple characters, but their rate of progress is individual.  It was a blast.

I began an imprint of my character Magdalyn as a level 1 Monk.  I’ve played her as such in the 3.5 Dungeons and Dragons edition, only there she had taken on the Drunken Master prestige class.  By the end of the convention, I had leveled her nearly but not quite to 4, and met a wonderful bunch of people that share that passion with me.  I’m really hoping to find some League events locally now.

Because I did not heed to my exra time slots and instead threw myself into the fun of the convention, I’m a bit behind on my NaNoWriMo word count as well.  And I’ll probably continue that pattern for another week, as I have an important letter to start on.  Our very close friend recently enlisted in the Air Force Reserves and last Tuesday, left for his basic training.  Already we both have so much to fill him in on!

Here’s to getting back on track next week!

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Beginnings

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In the same way that a journey begins with a single step, a story begins with a single word.  Just one word.  Any word will do, if you make it count; if it is a word that begins things.  It can be hard to find that word, but once it’s found, it’s just a matter of putting one more word there, and another, and another, until you’re finished.

Simple?  Yes.  Difficult?  Oh, yes.

A Picture of Me

My name is Nikki, and I’m on the journey of beginning a lot of things.  I’ve recently graduated from master’s school, ending a long time career in college for the moment.  And here I am already, beginning other things.  As you can see, I’ve begun a blog.  I am beginning, again, a series of fantasy novels that have been wrapped intimately about my brain-space for years.  I’m also beginning a search for gainful employment.

I’ve always wanted to write, so no matter where I’ve gone and what I’ve done, I’ve written.  In college there is a lot of writing.  When I play video-games, specifically social ones like World of Warcraft, I’ve been heavily tied into networks surrounding the game to write about my experiences through my characters.  I’ve written profusely for my participation in Dungeons and Dragons campaigns.  I’ve written alone but also with friends, sometimes creating entire worlds for no other reason than leisure. So no matter where I go from here, and no matter what I do from this point, I know I’m going to be writing.

I think that is what this blog will be about: the journey, the story, one step and one word in front of the other–whatever that happens to entail.

Looking Ahead

Here are a handful of things that I know for a fact you can expect from me in the near future:

  • One blog post weekly, every Monday.
  • July’s Camp NaNoWriMo:  I participate in this event every chance that I can.  Hosted by the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a November-based event where writers are challenged to write 50,000 words within a month’s time.  The camps in April and July are unique because you can join “cabins” of like-minded writers and choose your word goal.  It’s a fun way to make oneself write a lot of crap, which is crucial to the writing process in my opinion.  You can learn more about them here.
  • Conferences:  I’m currently looking into attending conferences related to writing, games, and new media.  Any adventures I end up taking will certainly be featured.
  • Good Reads:  I love books, and I love discussing books and their writers.
  • Progress:  The good, the bad, and the ugly of how I’m doing on my manuscript and updates of any publishing I might get done.
  • Writing Prompts:  If I see a writing prompt I like, I’ll participate and share, and invite readers to join in the fun as well.

Talk to Me

Lastly, I’m imagining that this will be a very dry experience if all I am doing is shouting into the etherspace, hoping that you are listening without giving you leave to respond.  Please feel free to leave respectful feedback here on the blog, and participate in writing prompts and discussions as they come.

I’m also on Twitter as @bookjade, so feel free to follow and contact me there as well.

That’s all for now–a beginning!  One post to be followed by another.

See you next week. 🙂