I have good news, and I have bad news…

Okay. Lets get the bad news out of the way first.

I’m really sorry guys. I know I said I’d have the next lot of reviews up over a week ago now, but there are a number of factors just killing me at the moment. Work is getting busy again (I’ve got a pretty much day long meeting tomorrow, which leaves me wiped) and I’ve had some unpleasant stuff happening outside of work as well… today was a prime example, since first thing this morning I got to simultaneously face my fear of needles and my general fear of even minor medical procedures, and spent the rest of the day feeling like crap once the anaesthetic wore off, which left me not really wanting to write much. I’ll try to get some more done on it tomorrow if I’m doing okay after the meeting, and I’ve expanded the goal to get four movies reviewed in this update so I can get a bigger chunk out of the way. I’m pretty disappointed in myself for letting it slip this far yet again, but unfortunately that’s the way things turned out. Not much else I can say beyond that.

Now for the good news. There’s a couple of things to mention here.

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Canberra International Film Festival 2013

The complaint I hear time and time again from my friends and colleagues about living in Canberra is that there’s nothing to do. This never ceases to amuse me, because when I ask them if they’re going to various events the answer is always “I didn’t know it was on.” I’ve realised that the problem is that they never bother to look to see what’s happening, so they just assume nothing is going on. So I’ve started deliberately looking for upcoming events and passing the information onto my friends and co-workers, and I thought why not expand the audience a bit. We may not get all the huge concerts and so on that Sydney and the other cities get, but we do have a lot worth checking out.

The biggest upcoming event at the moment is the 17th Canberra International Film Festival.

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Soboj ostat’sja dol’she…

Note: Sorry for the cryptic title of the post. It’s explained further down in the post. I just felt that it sums up my current state of mind and thought patterns pretty well.

Well. My writer’s block continues. Sometimes I wonder if one of these days it’ll start and just never stop again. When I think about the fact that I didn’t write anything for nearly six years, it doesn’t seem that unlikely to me. In the mean time, I try to keep pushing myself to write to try and avoid that outcome. Nothing I’ve written in the last week or so is really worth publishing though. So instead it’s time for a bit more rambling from me.

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Sigh

Writer’s block is something I am heartily sick of.

I’ve been nearly done with the Hollowpoint write-up for almost two weeks now. I’ve missed the funding windows on most of the Kickstarter campaigns I wanted to talk about. I haven’t managed a single new word on the Reign of Winter journal. Every time I try to write something, I get a few words in, at most a paragraph, and then compulsively delete it because it doesn’t feel right to me. I try to think of new things to write about to just get me working again, and my brain gives me snippets of the work of Tennyson, Yeats and Coleridge (for those of you who didn’t go to high school with me, the last is a form of cruel torture. I hate Coleridge’s work, with the exception of Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner), and fragmented dialogue from Titus Andronicus.

Sadly, that’s all I have to say right now.

Sorry.

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Written while listening to my heart pounding and my mind screaming. Also some Chevelle, but mostly the mental screaming thing.

A brief status update

Hey guys,

Just wanted to give a very quick update on what I’m up to at the moment, since I still haven’t got the first part of the campaign journal for Reign of Winter: The Snows of Summer up. Rest assured, it’s being worked on, it’s just taking far longer than I’d hoped. I’m also having people review it as I write it, to help make sure that the writing style isn’t too painful to read.

In the mean time, I’ll be doing another Kickstarter roundup in the next few days, as I’ve seen some more projects I feel deserve some love. I’m also beginning to prepare a short run campaign using the Hollowpoint system, which is a very quick and simple indie RPG that focuses on cinematic storytelling and high violence capers. Think movies like Reservoir Dogs, and comics like 100 Bullets. As I start getting that ready, I’ll be preparing updates on the setting and basic story of the campaign as well as looking at how the system works. Other than that, I’m working on Project Helleborus again, on and off as I get time, so there may be some more Cooking the Cosmos at some point in the next few weeks. No guarantee on that though. When I have the time to put some descriptions for a few characters together, and the money to get the art commissioned, I’ll also be doing two or three more updates for The Unusual Suspects.

That’s it for my plans for the next few weeks or so. I’m not sure if Jimbles has anything in store for the blog at the moment, given that he’s been rather ill lately, so it could be a little while until we hear from him again.

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Written while listening to Dead Letter Circus’ new album, The Catalyst Fire. They’re an Australian alternative rock/metal band with a really unique sound, and I highly recommend checking them out. My favourite song off the new album so far is Alone Awake, which you can listen to here. The chorus has been running through my head a lot the last few days…

Please don’t fade,
Now that I’ve seen who you are
There’s not enough of you here today
And this world needs you
Please don’t change
Now that I’ve seen who you are
There’s not enough of you here today

The Iron Kingdoms need you! – A Kickstarter Round-up

NOTE: This is finally finished. I’ve added post project updates to the WARMACHINE: Tactics and Tesladyne project write-ups, and have added write-ups for The Agents and Primeval Thule.

Hey guys,

So I know I said I’d try to get this up on Monday last week, but unfortunately life has a tendency to get in the way. Not going into details, as it’s nothing major, just lots of little things. Anyway, I’m in Sydney for a training course at the moment and had a little while to work on this tonight.

Anyway, it’s time for the Kickstarter round-up that I promised when I did my update about Satellite Reign on Sunday the 28th of July. So, we’ll be talking about a few different projects here, some of which still have a significant amount of time remaining, others that are in their last ten days or so. I haven’t pledged to all of these yet. Some of them I may end up pledging for, others I may not. It all depends on funds and other commitments. However, with the exception of one (which has already finished), they’re all projects I feel deserve some attention and hopefully some significant support. We’ll get to the exception later though.

So, let’s get stuck into it. Welcome to The Grassy Gnoll’s second instalment of the Kickstarter Round-up!

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The Satellite Reign starts now…

Hey guys,

I’m in the process for writing a full Kickstarter round-up, but felt that I needed to get this particular project some attention as soon as possible, since it’s got less than a day to go. Unfortunately I only found out about this project a few days ago, and had been rather busy and unable to get time to write anything up until today. I also felt that this project deserved a bit more attention than I’ll be able to give it in an article with multiple projects.

So, let’s talk about Satellite Reign

Welcome to the neon wonderland of the future, where they really ARE watching you...

Welcome to the neon wonderland of the future, where they really ARE watching you…

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Welcome to Night Vale, a sleepy desert community…

Hey guys,

Bit of a random update today. While I’ve been stuck at home with this chest infection, I’ve been listening to a podcast that I stumbled across while browsing the Paizo message boards.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast produced by Commonplace Books. It’s done in the style of community radio broadcasts for a small desert town. The only way I can think of to describe it is as public service announcements in the Twilight Zone. It’s incredibly surreal, and I fell in love with it instantly. In another couple of days or so I should be caught up on it (there are 26 episodes so far).

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Introducing Professor Jimbles!

Well hello there. That’s right, I’m back.

I got stuck in China for a bit longer than anticipated, initially due to delays on equipment being delivered to the offices I was working in. Towards the end of my work there, I started to get ill. Woke up one morning running a fever, and decided that I had to push through it and get the job done. Unfortunately dosing myself up good and proper on ibuprofen and working through the weekend, I wasn’t doing any better, and the manager of the office I was in at the time decided I’d better see a doctor before flying home the next day.

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