Pravda - The Journal
October 3, 2004
Deadlines Day and
nothing's finished as predicted. Mad Donna now running at a little
under 54,000 words. I can't believe Bill King writes 2000 words
a day on average. On the bright side I feel my writing's
improving as I go along. Now I just daren't look at the early
chapters in case I want to re-write them. I figure out some stats
for Skinnies in Starship Troopers as a break from Mad Donna. They
look like they'll be kind of fun but desperately need more troops
entries than 'Skinny with Constrictor rifle.'
September 26, 2004
This week's quarrying
has produced a new set of engagement rules for Starship Troopers,
Air combat rules and units for same and another 5,000 words for
Mad Donna. Not so bad in a week which included my dear departed
gran's funeral (she made 92 and was a lovely woman, we'll all
miss her), followed by trying to fit inherited heirlooms into
our already chaotic household. Also my editor at Black library
was very understanding, 'just send the Chapters as you finish
them,' he said – a momentary but very welcome reprieve.
September 19, 2004
and I spend twenty minutes making a handy little map for ww2 online
air navigation. Fun, but not very productive. Check word count
for Survival instinct, its running at 44,000 words with less than
two weeks until deadline. I need 26,000 more words in 11 days
and I have to work on Starship Troopers as well. I'm screwed :(
Later that day...
Woot, 2000 words today! I am still screwed, just less so.
September 6, 2004
After some prat-falls
and confusion over meeting times (not mine I hasten to add) I
hook up with Jervis Johnson and Matt Keefe in Nottingham's very
quaint Ye Olde Trippe to Jerusalem (yes it really says that on
the sign) – a place which has been proudly serving intoxicating
beverages to psychotic world travelers since the crusades.
They're both very keen to have me do consultancy job on BFG 2.0,
continuing work I began late in '03 when I was still with GW.
Woot! Says I, I'm very pleased to be able to keep a hand in BFG's
development – it’s the one thing I can really point
to at GW and say, 'that's my game.' They also try to tempt me
with some Epic work, which is a boon because I really like the
new edition of Epic even if Big Pete does persist in beating me
at it (though I got a draw last time. A DRAW!). The first supplement
they'd like me to do is Eye of Terror lists – Black Legion,
Cadians, Ulthwe Eldar. Meh. My ardour cools perceptibly at the
thought of reiterating the Eye of Terror campaign yet again. Verdict:
still in negotiation.
Sometime in Early September
Well, it's almost
4 in the morning again and I'm forced to conclude that starting up
Red Star Games has certainly forced me to push my boundaries like
nothing I did at GW, it's tough working solo a lot of the time.
On the other hand it's great to test your boundaries, and find
that they extend further than you thought they did, they actually
go a hell of a long way it turns out. Main thing is I get to do
what I love, which is writing shit. :)