Monthly Archives: October 2013

#26 Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn

Well met, my friends!

A few years back I was interested in how many words per day people (both professional authors and hobbyists) are writing. My google search led me to Rachel Aaron’s blog “How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day”, which contains some fantastic pieces of advice. I also recommend reading another of her blog posts called “How I Plot A novel in 5 Steps”.

Curious about her professional works, I checked out the sample chapters of her book Spirit’s End. Unfortunately I exposed myself to some spoilers, but I bought all five books in the series nonetheless, instead of just reading the final installment. Currently I am on book two, but am very much looking forward to the final installment due to that awesome excerpt.

Her latest book “Fortune’s Pawn”, which will be released on the 5th of November 2013, is a departure from the fantasy genre. As far as I understood it, it’s a science fiction story with the unusual approach of not having a villain. Of course that doesn’t mean that it’s a book about nothing, I’m sure there are other obstacles and points of conflict to keep the reader entertained and to move the plot forward. When you look at the cover, you’ll notice that it says “Rachel Bach” instead of “Rachel Aaron”: in order to differentiate between her light hearted fantasy books written as Rachel Aaron, her publisher deemed it better to use a different name for her science fiction novels. I wouldn’t have handled it that way, as I believe in a uniform brand identity – this is also the reason why I did not use my youtube channel from 2006, but started a new one with the name kaiherbertz. But what do I know, perhaps keeping genres separated does serve the purpose of not alienatíng readers.

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Anyway, right now Rachel Aaron / Bach is running a contest to win her book “Fortune’s Pawn”. The details can be found in her blog post. Since I am going to buy the book on release anyway, I plan to put the signed book, should I happen to win one, into my treasure chest as a miscellaneous prize to be won when I run a contest sometime in the future.

You can find Rachel Aaron / Bach on her website, her blog and her twitter account.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time,

Kai

#25 Gamesäge Episode 004 Nexus Ops

Well met, my friends!

So far with every youtube video I uploaded, I received a lot of useful feedback. The latest feedback “I only managed to watch half of your video” reminded me that I’ve read somewhere that the most successful youtube clips are between 2 and 5 minutes long.

Therefore, I’ve decided to imitate Rahdo’s style of having a playthrough video and a sort of verdict video. The only improvement here is that the quick discussion is the first video and the lengthy playthrough (that may not be of interest to everyone) is the second video. Here is the latest episode of Gamesäge, where I have a look at “Nexus Ops”. Let me know what you think:

Pursue your dreams and see you next time,

Kai

#24 Some NaNoWriMo news!

Well met, my friends!

There are a few news regarding NaNoWriMo:

1. Today (actually Friday the 11th of October – I passed midnight writing this…) I found out that Patrick Rothfuss, the author of “Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear” is giving a pep talk sometime during NaNoWriMo. I’m excited! In other news, today he wrote a blog post, celebrating his 10000th piece of fan mail. I commented on it on the blog post and received a reply! That actually made my day. Here’s the photo of me and Pat Rothfuss in May 2009 – I was a spoilsport and couldn’t do serious :D

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2. Tomorrow (Saturday the 12th of October) I’m meeting up with some of the German NaNoWriMo people at the Unperfekthaus in Essen. Although NaNo hasn’t officially started, it’s good to meet old and new people, put the finishing touches on “Age of Torridan” and if there’s time outline November’s novel. Once more, I am excited.

3. The third exciting news is that Chris Kelworth is running a segment on his blog called the “NaNoWriMo spotlight”, where he interviews fellow NaNoWriMo participants. I’ve already received the interview questions and will send him my answers this weekend. Once the spotlight with my answers is up, I’ll link to it here.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time,

Kai

#23 New videos

Well met, my friends!

I did not have time to review “Race for the Galaxy” in yesterday’s episode of gamesäge. Instead, I’m talking about the materials I used for my old game prototypes and about the combat system in one of those games.

In addition, I also uploaded the outtakes from gamesäge episode 002 last Thursday.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time,

Kai

#22 NaNoWriMo warm up!

Well met, my friends!

At the beginning of this month, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) cleaned up their message boards – all the old threads were deleted and the layout got a major overhaul.

For anyone unaware, the NaNoWriMo is a recurring contest: every November, people around the world (so it should actually be International, but I guess it started in the USA first and besides, InaNoWriMo doesn’t sound as nice) attempt to write 50000 words of fiction. Last year I participated for the first time, but A) I did not manage to reach the 50k and B) I broke the rules from the start by working on “Age of Torridan”, instead of beginning a new project.

Several people from the Day[9] community are taking part and added me to their buddy list. My friends from the write-ins last year have already contacted me: it looks like everybody is equally excited!

I am a bit behind on the first draft of “Age of Torridan”, but still hope to finish it this month. Ideally I would like to get the draft done a few days in advance, so that I can outline this year’s NaNoWriMo novel. We’ll see how it goes. I will be updating on the blog in any case.

One of my NaNoWriMo buddies already set up a thread on the boards regarding an early write in. Although that won’t count towards the 50k, it’ll still be awesome to meet in October for a sort of warm up.

Are you participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo as well? If so, please share the address of your blog and/or your NaNoWriMo account in the comments :)

Pursue your dreams and see you next time.

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