Hello World

Image Courtesy of Windell Oskay via Flickr Creative Commons

Image Courtesy of Windell Oskay
via Flickr Creative Commons

Let me introduce myself: I’m Jade. I’m an RPG writer and (most recently) a novelist.  Some of you have probably come here via a link from my old sites: rpgGM.com and Evil Machinations. And you’re wondering why I would start a new blog when I’ve got two that haven’t been updated in a long time. That’s because this blog will be an entirely different animal from my earlier ones.

I got burned out on gaming. Well, not on gaming itself, but on writing about it. I ran out of ideas and got to the point where I felt like I was doing more idea rehashing than solid game writing. Most of my focus was going to learning to write a novel. Well, three years later and I’m still trying to write a novel. But I’m learning a lot along the way and I thought I might share the journey as I move from struggling writer to (I hope) published author. That’s not to say there won’t be any RPG content here; gaming has been a big part of my life since I was twelve and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I really want to explore the border between tabletop RPGs and fiction writing. I’m not interested in syndicated game fiction (at least not right now). My focus will be more on the writing tools for each, how they’re same and how they differ.

This is going to be a much more personal blog than any of my previous blogs have been. This will be much like my style of cooking: open the mental refrigerator, see what’s there and then throw things at the pot until it tastes good. I plan to post about how my writing is going, as well as what I discover about writing itself along the way. There’ll be game-related posts, probably about the 1st edition AD&D game I’m running. There will be posts about the craft of fiction writing and my current writing projects. And if all goes well, there will be–dare I say it?–show notes from my podcast. Because that’s my two main goals this year: finally finish the first draft of my novel(s?) and start a podcast.

I’m hoping to be able to get interviews with both tabletop RPG writers and SF/F writers, particularly those who self-publish. If anyone is doing a blog tour for their book, please email me at jade(at)rpggm(dot)com. I’d be very interested in hosting you here. There’s going to be no set posting schedule: I’ll post when I have something to say. That may be twice a day, twice a week, twice a year. In addition, you’ll be treated to other things I’m interested, especially where they meet with RPGs and SF/F. I’m an avid knitter and crocheter (so, yes, I’ll publish a link to your crochet Dalek pattern), as well has having an interest in costume history and, well, history in general. So anything might turn up here. You’ll just have to keep checking back to find out. 😉

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