Giving Back to the Writing Community

My fellow writers and other Internet browsers who tripped, fell, rolled, and stumbled upon my little known blog, I want to show my appreciation for all the successful writers who have really contributed to helping the rest of us along. I’m sure I don’t know them all and am sorry if I skip over any on this post. And if I do skip over someone please send me links to their help! I’m always craving to read/view/study more about our craft.

I guess the best way to go through my thanks is to walk along my journey into the writing world. The first piece of writing help I delved into was Stephen King’s On Writing. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of the horror King’s memoir (see what I did there :D). It’s not only an entertaining read, but also provides his insight on the craft. I think any young writer should read this book. It’s very well done and let’s you get inside the head of a best seller. Thank you, Stephen King,  for my first stepping block.

The next step on my journey I’ve probably mentioned 100 times; Brandon Sanderson’s writing courses. These were probably the most submersible and the biggest Kickstart for me. Sanderson’s courses have become more mainstream over the past couple of years and he has put out multiple versions. If you’re just beginning, check these out. I will never be able to thank Brandon enough for the amount he’s given back to the community and how much I have learned from those courses. Thank you, Brandon Sanderson! Oh, and he has some great books too!

R/writing is up next. Though I’m not as active there as I used to be, r/writing ,and reddit in general, is a great resource in life. I’ve spent many a days reading tips and tricks and lists posted in r/writing. And this thanks goes to all the other indie/self-published authors and lurking career authors out there that remain anonymous in the r/writing community.

My last thanks goes out to Michael J. Sullivan. Though I have yet to read his works he’s been the prime example of giving back to the community from a self-published perspective. Over the last couple years, he’s exploded onto the scene and has documented every step of the process for all to follow. No one, that I know of, has gone into the details of what to do and how to do them as Sullivan has. Not only this, but he is very active in the social media channels and, from my experience, is always open to chatting with other authors and provide advice. Thank you, Michael J. Sullivan, for the continual support!

Well, that’s it. All my quick thanks and shout outs. If you’re an inspiring writer or trying to hone your craft, check these people out. You will not be disappointed.

– Your bus riding – needing more time to get things done buddy.

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Hunting the Nightmares

Bloodborne. Yes, Bloodborne. I began playing From Software’s games with Dark Souls. I was hooked in a second back then. Dark Souls II? I played that game four about 2 months straight all day every day when I was really sick. Bloodborne? Yea, I was hooked, but I have to say it’s beginning to lose it’s flair.

From Software’s games will always be high on my list for the simple reason that they actually challenge you. This should come to no surprise to anyway as it’s their main selling point. I grew up with the classic games and like to be challenged; which can be pretty hard to find now-a-days. In fact, I find myself playing most games out of the box on SUPER-EXRA-HARDCORE-PROFESSIONAL mode or whatever and it’s still not very hard. A terrible trend we’re on that I hope changes.

So, yes. That’s the good of Bloodborne and we all already know that already. The part that’s getting old? The story is too vague. I can’t really remember if it was so sparse in the Dark Souls series, but in Bloodborne it’s almost completely not there. Sure there are tidbits here and there and if you read the item descriptions you pick up more and more, but even at that I had no idea what was going on the entire time. Just a vague reference of this huge dream thing and me being a hunter hunting demons or nightmares. Heck, I didn’t even realize it was Love Craft based until I read a great write up on it done on Reddit. I’d link to it but I feel lazy right now. Just search Bloodborne story on Reddit.

If other people have understood what was going on and such then props to you, but to me it was too sporadic to follow.  It’s disappointing really. The gameplay is fantastic, but I found myself asking constantly: why I am doing this? What do I care if I slay this beast. Sure I get further in the game but what’s my purpose? Was I actually enjoying it? Or just blindly running around murdering things.

Is it too much to ask for great challenging gameplay and a story? Maybe.

Either way, if you enjoy their previous games, you’ll like Bloodborne. But if you’re like me and thrive on story, then you’ll probably find it lacking. Still it was fun to play. So, go play it!

NOW!

-Your Noble Vileblood

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Daredevil

By now it should come as no surprise that I love superheroes. Yes, I’ve never been a huge fan of comic books, but Batman and Spiderman TVseries growing  up were great! And I really think Marvel is on a roll right now.

With Age of Ultron on the horizon, there hasn’t been much new to watch in the Marvel universe. But then I found it. As I was trawling through Netflix, I came upon Daredevil and laughed. I laughed because every single one of us thought it was that bad Ben Affleck one from so long ago. But it wasn’t.

So naturally I watched the first episode. And another. And another. Until Netflix asked me if I was still watching and I clicked yes so that I could binge watch even more. I guess you could say I was hooked.

I’ve never known much about Daredevil growing up so the entire story was pretty fresh. It was also more brutal than I thought it would be and that was a good thing. I also think that the two big forces, Daredevil and Kingpin, are very interesting together. They both have the same end goal but with very different means to an end. It’s a fantastic story. And spending half of your screen time with Kingpin was great too. You learn to feel for the guy and understand him.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. From start to finish it’ll get you on the edge of your seat.

-Your fellow hero writer

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