Reading: I picked up the Gotrek and Felix Omnibus and I’m finding it entirely charming. I like the Warhammer wink-and-a-nod humor to counter the world’s initial bleakness.
Planning: Finishing the move out of the old place and cleaning it out.
Wearing: Green jeans and a button down.
Writing: Lots of threads for the upcoming Forgotten Realms BW game. Here are the BW forum’s threads and here’s a question I asked on Candlekeep that led me to re-discover/remember named levels. Holy shit, named levels rock.
Reading: yet another Stephen Hunter novel. I am pretending it’s research for Hollowpoint.
Planning: I am not planning. My iPad comes today.
Wearing: Grey work trousers and a blue Threadless shirt with elephants putting out a fire.
Writing: Soft Horizon AP and an LDP for a configuration management tool that could be wired to a robot that shoots cowboy net techs that don’t test and document their changes.
Reading: Richard K. Morgan’s Th1rte3n, or Thirteen, or The Black Man depending on your edition. I must admit I’m not big on his fantasy stuff — finished The Steel Remains a while ago, and on the whole found it offputting — but the man can write punchy transhumanish noir mystery like a champ. Altered Carbon’s next on the menu.
Planning: A weekend with the boy whilst his mom networks at the ALA conference in DC. No schedule, no stress.
Wearing: Fake fatigue shorts and a Conservation District T-shirt. Keens. A PASA hat that really needs to be retired.
Writing: Deathmagus. I broke 90,000 words, and it’s only taken me what, four years? Go me.
Altered Carbon and Black Man are splendid.
Congrats on breaking 90,000 words. What is Deathmagus about?
Would you be surprised to hear it’s about a necromancer? I thought not. The short version is, hm. A third son of a minor noble with no prospects is shipped off to a collegium to learn the ways of wizardry. There he discovers he is the only deathmage in the world. Being a basically nice guy, Our Hero attempts to leverage this power for good, but in the end pretty much everything he attempts falls apart in fire and ruin.
I envision another 40 or 50K before I get to the business of pliers-and-a-blowtorch editing, and I hope to come up with a more evocative (and unclaimed) title somewhere in there.
Reading: “Best Served Cold” by Joe Abercrombie and a whole stack of papers about oxidative stress response in bacteria. The papers are less messy, but not as entertaining.
Planning: Experiments! And a trip to the grocery store.
Wearing: A shirt with a monkey on it and shorts.
Writing: Cryptic scrawls on dozens of post-its.
reading: “How the Mighty Fall” by Jim Collins. The third heavily-researched business book that he and his team have written. Not as intriguing as the first two, but some important insights have been learned.
planning: a movie night/barbecue for my girlfriend and hopefully a nice gift for her too.
wearing: my Captain America shirt which I don’t really wear in public as much because I don’t like the design as much as I used to.
writing: jotting down the first draft of the infinity club.
Reading: Nothing right now. Taking a break after pouring through 3 novels in the last few weeks. I might pick up another 4E book, in which case, I’ll be looking through that.
Planning: PTA game tomorrow! The Star Wars that never was. The rest depends on the weather (it’s been cold out here in the Bay. WTF)
Wearing: Button up, slacks, suspenders. Been rolling with the 40’s look lately.
Writing: Nothing in particular at the moment. This week has been stress, and my brain is mostly shut down. Considered writing a bit about resource caps in games, and how stuff like Wand of 50 fireballs completely breaks normal economy.
The 4E equivalent is alchemy – “Hey, I’m first level, and I’m tying 10 vials of explosive fire stuff together in a bundle and throwing it at someone – 10D10 damage! Whoo!”