Beginnings

It took only 30 days to write as part of the National Novel Writing Month challenge or NaNa WriMo as its affectionately know as. http://www.nanowrimo.org/ But almost a year to edit. Well to be honest, I was pretty lazy about it for awhile. It is finally completed and I’m happy with the way it turned out… even if it has romance in it. (I don’t like romance, but that’s how the story unfolded.) So move over to my Novel tab and see the latest story by yours truly. I hope you enjoy.

Hanging up the Cape

August 31, 2012 marks an end of an era in MMO history, as NC Soft closed down Paragon Studies and plans to end City of Heroes by the end of the year. I joined the game July 4th. 2004. A huge comic book fan, I couldn’t wait to play a super hero myself. My first Character was Stormax, and is still my favorite to this day. A defender class hero, he had weather powers with electrical manipulation. What made City of Heroes unique were the players, always willing to help, team up, or just hang out. I’ve played enough MMOs that I can tell you, no other game has the same type of players. We’re loyal to lore, expect quality over quantity content, and will voice our opinions if you try to mess with our world.  I’ve found a number of real life friends from this game. I’ve seen real life romances develop and even a few in game marriages actually arranged. It has to be one of the few MMOs that had a strong female population. In the  groups that I hung around with were married couples and even a few complete families. How unique is that? A complete family finding a game that they all wanted to share together.

That being said, there is another reason I hold this game near and dear to my heart. It was through this game and the encouragement of my friends, that started me writing. First as fan fiction for team sites, then came short stories and eventually to my full novel, Within the Brass Web. I can never express how much these people mean to me for believing in something that I didn’t see in myself. And then badgering me until I posted the next chapter. The only thing good about this end is that next year I can start posting some of these stories, as the copy right laws will no longer apply.

I’m going to miss the story arcs, the team-ups and the competitions. I’m going to miss my friends, (even though I see them all on face book, its not the same) and the stream of jokes and stories told in game. I have to thank everyone at Paragon Studies for 8 years of wonderful awesomeness and I hope they all find better things to move on to.

In the end though, we all knew, sooner of later, we would have to hang up our capes.

For now, Be Safe and Good Hunting.

Superhero fun

Most of my friends know that I’m a comic book fan, and long time player of City of Heroes MMORPG online game and I’m also an advid reader. I started writing fan fiction for my CoH friends before moving on to fantasy. So I have a special fondness for good superhero stories. So when I come across stories I like to pass them along. How do I determine if it’s a good superhero story? If it makes me want to write a superhero story of my own, then its a good story. I have a couple started, but nothing moving at the moment. Maybe once I get Griffin rider completed, I’ll go back to my roots.

So if you like superhero stories I really recommend:
Marion G. Harmon’s series Wearing the Cape available at Amazon. A fresh look at what being a superhero is really like. These were fast paced and fun books to read.

http://wearingthecape.com/

Mercedes Lackey’s Secret World Chronicle A free audio podcast series that I really enjoyed on my drive to and from work.

http://secretworldchronicle.com/

So if you like comics, then check out these stories. Break out that cape, its a bird, its a plane, its a superhero story.
Enjoy.

End of Year…

A lot has happened since I tackled NaNo WriMo in November. First I did complete not one but 2 books in November. The first was for NaNo Wrimo (I just started to edit it.) and the second was the completion of book 2 for Griffin Rider. All of that and I finished before Thanksgiving. That turned out to be a good thing as Real Life reared its ugly head and the 3 weeks after Thanksgiving were a blur of sadness. That melted into December Holiday festivities and here we are. Once again on the eve of a New Year. Book 3 to Griffin Rider is already screaming to be let out, (Two chapters completed.) as well as 2 other stories have taken to text. For 2012 I hope to release at least book 2 and my NaNo novel, plus maybe a secret project will be launched.

I hope 2012 finds everyone healthy, happy, full of laughter, and good books to read.
Brian

November

Well it’s actually Oct. 30 as I post this. November is only 2 days away and the start of the Nano Wrimo challenge begins again. The only problem is I had wanted to put book #2 of Griffin Rider to bed by then. I have maybe 2 chapters to go to where I would be satisfied (at least until editing) to leave it to rest.

I’ve been talking and planning my Nano Wrimo stories since September. I plan on an Anthology of flash fiction based on a small town I created where life isn’t quite normal… at least to us outsiders. A cross between, Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks and a touch of Ghost Hunters. I’m hoping it’ll be as fun on paper as it is in my head. We’ll see in 32 days…

To all those excepting the challenge I wish you good luck, and good writing.