Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IWSG January 2014

IWSG, brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, occurs once a month and exists for writers to voice their insecurities and offer advice. The official website, has been a priceless commodity in my studying and research of late. I encourage any one interested in writing to have a look!

**I'm sorry I haven't come to see you guys lately, I have the flu and am limited to my time on the computer. I'll get to your sites soon!**

 First of all, I have no reason to be insecure. I just finished a successful Kickstarter. And amongst the obvious results of having my book funded, there are indirect implications it has impressed upon me, including that I feel like nothing in the world can stand against me. 

I took that attitude with me to MagFest last week to help promote a video game that some friends produced independently (I've mentioned my secret life before). We had a booth alongside a dozen other indie developers at what has to be one of the biggest video game festivals in the world. And people were loving the game. It felt a lot like winning at life. Between you and me, we sold the crap out of that game. 

The game is called Default Dan. Here's a link to its webpage (where you can actually download it right now!)... But far more impressive is this link which leads to Youtube search results if you type in Default Dan. The first two videos on that page have a combined 5 million views! And the videos of random people uploading game footage goes on for pages and pages! (I'm about to add to those videos)

So, MagFest. I suck at taking pictures at events like this... I'm always just running around with my eyes wide. I did better at taking pics at Dragon Con. But at least I got some pictures. And all the games you see were free to play.

All made out of Legos! I want to do this!

Arcade games

Vendor booths

Modern-ish gaming consoles

Vintage gaming consoles (Including DOS machines with Oregon Trail!)

More arcade machines

Noah from Bit Brigade playing Mega Man 2 for a charity auction of some sort.

More arcade games
Now to mention my insecurity. I've just opened Pandora's box of opportunities for myself with this Kickstarter. If my current book goes live and sells even a little bit, I'll have money to set aside and fund the editing on the next... illustration too depending on how that goes for A Sawmill's Hope.
But do you know when the last time was I actually wrote? ... Me neither. I finished the final draft of A Sawmill's Hope late fall and began planning and prepping for the Kickstarter. I literally haven't written creatively since then. And it's a bit frightening. What if I've lost it? Yes, I could get off my arse and continue with the next book... But ... but... 

Ok, I guess there's no but.


  1. I have the same project issues. Dead writing space while working on the tail ends of something else. I really don't like that.

    I'll get my kid to check out the game. I don't have time at the moment.

  2. If there's one thing that I've learnt since I started writing, David, it is that you never truly lose your ability to tell great stories, no matter how long you've been away from a book, project or the art form. So I'm pretty certain your next book would turn out okay. :)

  3. That's awesome about your game! You do have a secret life.
    I only recently started writing again, so I know the feeling. Don't panic, David. One day at a time.

  4. I am hearing more and more about the merits of Kickstarter. A good plan, I think :)

    1. Andrew, send your kid to the website, the alpha version is free to download!

      Michael, I'm very glad to hear this! I have faith

      Alex, I'd forgotten you were in a similar hiatus (although you already have THREE books in print!)

      Huntress, it seems to be really taking off! I'm watching a video right now on the projects that came to life in 2013 because of Kickstarter. It's not easy, though!

  5. It never leaves. It will be there waiting for you when you are ready. I am still so happy that the kickstarter went well. Good luck on all the work and hope you enjoy much success.

  6. Sometimes a little distance is just what we need, and the financial security of a successful kickstarter is something most of us would kill for! LOL

    I wouldn't worry. Once you sit down and immerse yourself in the text, it will all come back to you.

  7. It can be quite amazing what can happen if you just sit down and put your fingers on the keyboard.

    1. Brandon, thank you very much! I need to stop making it wait

      Bob, I think you're right about that... Especially having my expenses covered for the first book... The reality of it is still setting in for me.

      Wendy, you're right. When I get in a pattern, I can knock out some words and paragraphs and pages!

  8. There is no 'but' to getting off your 'arse'. Nice play on words. Obviously you haven't lost it.

    Congrats on the Kickstarter.

    Leanne ( )

    1. Hahaha Leanne, I didn't even notice that. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. That is so awesome you met your KS goal!! Good for you!
    Wow that con looks like so much fun. And way cool about the game. Nice work.

  10. Thank you, Pk, it was pretty close!


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