Sep 26, 2011

Catching Up

I've been horribly lazy the last few days and fallen behind on my blog-reading. I apologise for that. I've even been spending my time playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution instead of writing. It's actually been nice to have a break and relax a bit. It also helps that Human Revolution is fantastic, evoking all the cyberpunk dystopian appeal of the original and delivering it in an updated package. So long as you can get past the fact that Adam Jensen is trying with all his cyber-augmented might to be Clint Eastwood, it's a gem of a game.

In other news, I got my eyes tested on Saturday and, yep, it looks like the headaches I've been suffering from for a long time were caused by eye strain. I spend my working day at a computer and then I'm on my desktop or netbook at home. I could easily rack up 12 hours a day on a computer during the week. So I've got my glasses, to be used when reading or working at a computer, and my bank account is looking a bit green around the gills, but if it means I won't have headaches once I've gotten used to them, it'll be worth it.

My game plan, now that I'm armed with my new glasses, is to get back into writing Nightfall this week. I'm not sure exactly how long the first draft will be, but I can cross that river when I come to it. It's the first part of a trilogy, so I may keep writing and finish it once the first book is done, but I'm unsure about the wisdom in setting out to query a second series while still getting my first off the ground. We'll see how it goes.

I haven't been cooking much, which is why there's been a lack of recipe posts. My wife has taken over the kitchen since the remodelling was done. She might let me cook for her birthday in November, if I'm lucky. :-)

Blog-wise, I may make a regular thing of posting up ghost stories and other such tales. It's fun research.

That's about it for today. Here's to a good week, and come back on Wednesday for my review of Ghost Story, book thirteen of The Dresden Files.


  1. Welcome back! :) Glad to know your headache issue may be're right about the glasses being worth it if they fix the problem. Hope getting back into writing goes smoothly for you...and I'll definitely look forward to the review of Ghost Story on Wednesday. Haven't read it yet, but it's at the top of my list as soon as it's out in paperback!

  2. Well I am very happy to see that you are enjoying Deus Ex I for one don't mind Adam Jensen trying to be Clint Eastwood it works for him what i do mind is the lack of choice's when it come's to the boss fights so far. I have taken a break to make the game last longer as I was playing it to much, if there is such a thing. I Look forward to seeing you and your new glasses I get the same problem, if I get to many headeches around my eyes I take that as a sign to spend an insane amount of money to get my eyes tested and get new glasses. Good luck with the writing, not long now till your first book is out.

  3. Linda: Ghost Story wasn't what I was hoping for, to be honest. The series is definitely changing and I'm worried a lot of my favourite elements might not be featured as strongly as before.

    John: Yeah, I knew there were four mandatory boss fights. Loved the conversation showdown at the end of the first mission. It's been a while since a game had me quite that much on the edge of my seat.

    Still about a year before my first book's out, though.

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