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A Journey’s End: Chapter 05

I’m working on a short story, A Journey’s End, with help from my friend Laz (and anyone who would like to help edit).  As I complete each chapter, I’ll post it up here.  Keep in mind, that chapters posted on my blog have not been edited, and the final version may change.  Also, as a courtesy, I would ask that you notify me if you do see any errors that need to be addressed.  I hope that this story will bless your life and draw you closer to God.

Chapter 5: Spirek – Teenage Angst at Sixty-Something

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200th Blog Post – Look Behind and Forward

goalsSalutations!

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, I hit a major milestone on this blog.  With this post, I reach 200 blog posts covering everything from video games, to theology, to personal stories and challenges.

In my first post, I stated that I wished to create this blog to journal my efforts into the areas of fictional writing, specifically, for my webcomic, Wildlight.  Ironically enough, my path took some twists and turns along the way.  A company asked me to run gaming events for the entire northern Utah region, which I did for about a year.  Before, during and after, I dove into deeper studies about theologies, sharing many of my discoveries and thoughts right here.  Eventually, I did manage to write up a number of short, fictional stories.  Though it all, I focused on improving the craft of writing.  I feel that I have made significant progress along those line, and hope you agree with me.

I write primarily for myself.  Aside from practicing writing itself, I also find value in keeping a journal on my thoughts, studies, etc has intrinsic value in and of itself.  I could reach both of those goals with a private Word document or the such.  However, I also hoped by sharing online that someone may also find value in my rough drafts, rants and studies.  Along those lines, I do receive comments on a somewhat regular basis.  While I have no assurance, I do hope that these writings and discussions bless someone out there and bring them closer to God.

goals2This brings us to my 200th post, on the cusp of a new year, which makes it a perfect opportunity to talk about future plans and goals.  I did this last year, with limited success…hopefully, I will do better this year.  So, in no particular order….

First, one of the more popular sections/topics of my blog, RPGTrek, shall continue.  I originally started this as a way to remember details about my exploits through classic RPGs I worked through.  I thought about quitting once I realized that the work involved consumed so much of my free time.  However, my readers surprised me with tons of positive feedback… more than any other writing exercise I have done here.  They have convinced me to make this a permanent, ongoing part of my blogging activities.   I cannot promise that I will keep up the pace that I did last year, where I knocked out an average of a 1,000 word article each and every week.  However, rest assured I shall keep on reporting on the progress of my characters, entertaining you as I go along.

Second, as mentioned in a previous article, I will reduce the amount of theological writings I engage in.  I feel that in our post modern society, people value logical, well thought out arguments less and less.  And, while I do enjoy studying and writing along those lines, I feel that I need to shift my focus into areas which will produce more fruit.  Jesus calls us to be fishers of men… and while the Bible extols the virtues of studying God’s Word and arguing for the faith, we have a higher calling to reach out to others.  I will not quit writing about theology and Bible studies, but simply reduce the amount I do.

wildlight1So, you may wonder, if I plan to reduce my RPGTrek blogging, as well as my theological writings, will I knock out fewer blog entries?  Far from it! (Lord willing).  I plan to fill in the gaps with more fictional writing.  Specifically, I plan to priorities working on Wildlight’s next story.  I last worked on the comic nearly six years ago, so I have a lot of writing to do, and I plan to share a lot of it here, including specific information on backgrounds, organizations, setting, etc.  Admittedly, most of this will bore the average blog reader, but I hope, by sharing some of that here, a few of the fans will help me by sharing opinions, thoughts and even editorial corrections as needed.  (I have made dastardly mistakes in the past, such as changing the names of characters in the middle of the story!)

If any of you would like to see me write about anything else in particular, please feel free to drop me a line.  I penned some of my blog entries in 2014 as a response to requests, questions and comments from my friends and readers.  Regardless, thank you very much for accompanying me through 200 blog entries!

A quick update about A Journey’s End

Salutations.

Unfortunately, I fell well short of my creative goals this year, as my job asked me to step up quite a bit.  I have a number of other priorities before drawing and writing, and many of the others won out.  Aside from my job, I have focused on working out, Bible studying, and writing practice.

Things slow down for me this month, so I took a little time to review some of the things I worked on this year.  Towards the beginning of the year, I started to write a short fiction story titled, “A Journey’s End.”  I wrote a few thousands words, but completely lost sight of it as other things jumped in my lap.  So, with the extra time I have, I plan to knock it out.

You can read the earlier chapters, and the intro by following this link.  Start at the bottom with “Introduction” and work your way up 🙂

Dragon Warrior II – Part 3

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This is my last entry on our game for July 2014, Dragon Quest II.  Follow me as I wrap up this insane quest.  While a bit on the spoilry side, I’m presuming I’m safe to post plot details of the game given its age.

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Dragon Warrior II – Part 1

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ID:	150Salutations.  Aside from short reviews of the games we experience on the RPGTrek, I plan to write adventure summaries as I work my way through.  This may seem a bit self indulgent, at best, as I focus on video games instead of more creative pursuits.  However, stopping to write about my imaginary treks helps to further hone my skills.  For example, note how I nearly avoid all use of passive speech in my exposition below.  The more I write, the better I get at goals I set like that.

Now to talk about those of us on the RPGTrek are currently focused on… Dragon Quest II.  Anyway, what follows are my journeys from this insane quest.  While a bit on the spoilry side, I’m presuming I’m safe to post plot details of the game given its age.

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A Journey’s End: Chapter 04

I’m working on a short story, A Journey’s End, with help from my friend Laz (and anyone who would like to help edit).  As I complete each chapter, I’ll post it up here.  Keep in mind, that chapters posted on my blog have not been edited, and the final version may change.  Also, as a courtesy, I would ask that you notify me if you do see any errors that need to be addressed.  I hope that this story will bless your life and draw you closer to God.

Chapter 4: Drak’Nor’s Story Continues: Lookin’ for Power In All The Wrong Places

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A Journey’s End: Chapter 03

I’m working on a short story, A Journey’s End, with help from my friend Laz (and anyone who would like to help edit).  As I complete each chapter, I’ll post it up here.  Keep in mind, that chapters posted on my blog have not been edited, and the final version may change.  Also, as a courtesy, I would ask that you notify me if you do see any errors that need to be addressed.  I hope that this story will bless your life and draw you closer to God.

Chapter 3: Drak’Nor, the Dark Wizard.

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