Thankyou for many requests for me to publish - this is a bit on what has stopped my publishing so far - and why I have 3+ manuscripts sitting about...
These are some things that make me angsty...
I have a learning disability
I mix vowels, ignore grammar, repeat words, miss letters. When I read my writing my brain fills in blanks and autocorrects on the fly. Great for me sucks for everyone else. Just like I have seen lizards in my periphery since I was at least 4. This is very handy when reading translated epics, Sumerian fragmented text, Icelandic sagas and other archaic styles and foreign grammar styles. I sometimes wonder If I have picked up some non Anglo grammar from Estonian or welsh family. I am better than before I had 3 degrees (philosophy, art and archaeology). Im better at editing other people because I don't predict what they are going to say and Im probably better than many high school graduates when I try. I am quite good at faking styles especially archaic styles which is why I like HPL. Editing myself takes ten times longer than doing it for others and I can be very self critical when Im trying hard.
I have other health factors that effect my moods and mobility a bit too.
Speeeeeed! How Fast How Dense?
If i spend time editing and working on this stuff my blogging will slow down lots. I enjoy getting new ideas out more than grooming same old ones again and again. I do most writing on book ideas and compiling blogs when bed ridden or in Adelaide for xmas. Id like to publish some game stuff and perhaps work on a novel next year.
English, American or Australian?
The bulk of my audience are American by far. I use Australian English which is more like UK English. I like colour more than color. I like colourisation more than colorization (too many Z's). Some Americanisms make sense like Jail instead of Gaol. Most Australians dont know we spell Goal so tend to say prison more which in Australian law is a different thing.
I prefer metric (have considered retooling all stuff as metric but i kinda like oldschool measurements for fantasy).
I am more comfortable with UK English. American English would make me more dependant on American editors and take a bit of control away. But for plenty of proof readers American is fine for basic readability, style and content.
Legal and copyright Issues
My Redbrick book is written fairly system neutral for any fantasy rpg with orcs, goblins, elves etc. My monsters are all found under Wikipedia under folklore and not trademarked. This project is 99% written, play tested and really at proofing and layout stage.
Compilations of rules will fall into legal territory I'm not very familiar with. I found layout of system reference book unreadable as I do most of last 20 years over designed hardback books with textures. I chose to stick with DnD because in part it is the most popular RPG but this also drives off the "only indy games are good" kids even though oldschool fits in between both really.
Idea of my Elfmaids and Octopi Rules (EMO DnD) would have this issue. Ive been bogged down in re writing this a few times. Psychon could be written with less trouble but certainly I like some classic Gygax monsters and it is a bit dependent on my EMO book or is intended as a companion piece.
So can either edit out stuff trademarked or edit to fit in with the system reference book or refer to labyrinth lord or other clone. Some advice on this or edit on legal alone might be needed. I could be an anarchist and say fuck it and just make a bootleg edition.
Anyone with any tips on this or know any good resources for system reference issues sing out. Even just a permissible monster list.
I have started EMO re-write about 4 times and get stuck or bored. Seeking perfection is a great way to procrastinate. Spitting out new ideas easier than polishing old ones.
I am a veteran layout artist and I want to design stuff that does the things I like and does not repeat the things I hate in RPG design. Id like to think I could design stuff for other people.
I have published 3 years of newspapers, a graffiti newspaper, over 30 zines and self published books. I have been a art director and managing editor and have worked in commercial art studios and comic studios. So I have most of the know how of putting edited books together and dealing with press.
I can do some art and graphics and maps. I know commercial Illustrators and own two pieces of art for these projects I can possibly colour. Id be willing to get some more.
My imagination is an unstoppable freight train with no breaks.
As a visual artist since 1999 I feel bad asking for help if I cant pay. USA post rates one prohibitive factor of sending gifts. My current poverty other. Im only fit for about 3 hours a day work due to my mobility and am working lower paid job. Ive shut down my art business and practice at moment as my health made me not able to manage them. Possibly writing long term might be a way around my health. Id like to do 2 rpg books a year and start some fiction later.
Readers I could give final PDFs and some preview stuff and other things.
A contributing editor who really adds to work and stuff and helps some of my issues I could offer hardcopy, multiple PDF's (and copies of any future gaming ones), art prints, other zines and stickers. Possibly could do better.
I would certainly credit any helpers.
Thanks to all my blog readers who have followed me, linked to me, mentioned me and given me any "+". You are my spinach.
Some Feedback Please!
Anyone have any tips for dealing with Drivethrough RPG, LuLu or recommend other other print on demand companies. Some demand US bank accounts and Tax details.
Anything on my style? I flip from brevity of Icelandic saga to long winded sentences. Or anyone explain my style to me. A few comment it is difficult initially but good once you get it. Clockwork Orange is a great book but does style put too many off or is it a strength?
Anything people would like to see me do more of?
Have had some offers to read my stuff so thanks.
As world does not need another 1980 BX based clone (even though none do what I do) should I write setting neutral or imbed setting everywhere to further differ my rules? Example things to get stumped on recently:
writing up character classes again. Thief and Rogue went fine. Cleric
description has me worrying about should I include detail on specific
religion (variation by exact gods in setting) or focus more on styles of priests
and abilities to be adapted anywhere by anyone (types like Templar,
Hospital, Inquisitor, etc) ? I could do both or try the latter with gods described elsewhere.
Send me a email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a draft of my Redbrick Dungeon Zone book to look over and my guidelines.