Happy Birthday to Me!!

It was my birthday today! I’m now 38 years old. If I want to leave an impression on the world before I die, I have less than 50 years left to do it in. Assuming I get the chance to die of old age instead of being run over, blasted by a nuclear missile, stabbed to death, fallen victim to cancer, lost the fight to my own occasionally suicidal thoughts, or a meteorite impacts the earth and kills everyone.

A little dramatic and negative for my birthday perhaps, but it’s still a thought I have. I’m not going to mope about it, or wring my hands worrying about it. I’m going to get things done! I’ve already started adding weekly updates to my work-in-progress on ‘The Haunted Story’, and created a new Patreon page to help gain support for it.

For those that don’t know I wrote a short ghost story called ‘The Haunted Story’. S0 many people liked it I decided to expand on the premise. The short story was renamed ‘Dead Letter‘, the first story in the haunted series. The story I’m working on now is called ‘Investigation’ and you can read parts 1, 2 and 3 by following the links, or by going up to the tab labelled ‘The Haunted Story’ above.

The basic premise is that Mark Anderson has studied ghosts and decided to deliberately become one. He aims to increase the strength of his manifestation by binding his soul to the story of his traumatic death and subsequent ghostly apparition. Anyone that hears the story will become haunted by him. ‘Dead Letter‘ sets up this premise, having been written as if it was the note found with Mark Anderson’s grotesquely mutilated body.

‘Investigation’ follows Detective Janet Burrows. A homicide detective who has been assigned to the case and told to treat it as a murder case, despite the suicide note. Given the horrific nature of Mark Anderson’s death, it seems highly unlikely he did it to himself. Janet needs to find his killer, but the prime suspect seems terrified of something no-one else can see, and he kills himself shortly afterward. Then she begins to see things herself.

If you think this sounds right up your alley, please follow my progress and let me know what you like, and don’t like, about the story so far. If you can show your support by becoming a patron, you’ll get email notifications whenever there’s an update, and a signed free copy of the book when it’s published. If you can’t afford to do that, you can also buy the Kindle ebook version of The Haunted Story: Dead Letter on Amazon for just 99c. A review would also be greatly appreciated.

You can still check back every Saturday to see what I’ve added the night before, even if you’re not able to contribute financially to the project. Your feedback and encouragement would be very helpful and just a valuable to me as any monetary donations. You can also help me immensely by inviting others to this website to check out my work, and sharing ‘The Haunted Story’ with them.

Don’t worry, Mark Anderson’s ghost isn’t going to show up and scare you to death. You and those you share it with have nothing to fear. It’s just a story. 😉

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My writing career isn’t the only thing I’m taking positive action on. I need to make some friends in this town. I love my family, but it’d be nice to get out of the house and play some games or just hang out with people on my wavelength.

I realised during a conversation online that I was unlikely to find fellow geeks in the local pubs. We’d be far more likely to be at home, online. Luckily, the town I’ve been living in since January has a Facebook group in which the townsfolk post public notices and ask each for favours and recommendations. So I made a post of my own, asking for help finding geeky new friends.

The response I got was amazing, and we soon had our own separate Facebook group with 40 members and a meeting scheduled in one of the local pubs I’d helped out as an odd-jobber! I’m looking forward to the first meeting, and getting to know some of the local geeks and gamers.

If you happen to be from Kidwelly in Wales, and a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, the MCU, Rick and Morty, Supernatural, Doctor Who, video games, tabletop games and anything else even remotely geeky, feel free to join Games and Geekery of Kidwelly and come along to our first meeting on 7th May at the Masons Arms. It should be fun 🙂


My birthday was fun. I got to play the card game ‘Bears and Babies‘ with my nieces, and to spend time with my sister. For my next birthday though, I hope the have a reasonable circle of friends I can share it with, and possibly be able to afford to buy my friends and family awesome presents when all their birthdays roll around.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your continued interest in my writing and my life.

Have a great day. 🙂

Subscription Buttons!

This morning I got up and made these subscription buttons. What do you think? I found all the images via Google search and added a link to each of the completed buttons to the appropriate Paypal subscription site. Please let me know if they don’t work.

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They’re a little bigger that I wanted. I was hoping that I could fit all five images onto a single line, but I realise now that would make the words hard to read. I may have to tweak them a little more so that I can do what I intended, which is to have a small row of subscription buttons at the bottom of every article.

For now I want to make the ability to subscribe available. If for some reason clicking on the book of your choice doesn’t let you subscribe, here are the same links in list form:

Primary Subscription (£1 per month)

Preferred Subscription (£5 per month)

Premium Subscription (£10 per month)

Posh Subscription (£25 per month)

Preposterous Subscription (£50 per month)

I’m basically stealing this idea from Patreon.com, an American website that also allows you to become a paid subscriber. Since it’s based in America though, the subscription options are all in dollars. I’ve also been told that there’s a heavy tax automatically added to each transaction. If you’d rather deal in dollars then please feel free to go through Patreon.com instead. You’ll also find other artists, writers and other creative people to sponsor there.

So why should you subscribe? Besides the fact that you love me and want me to be happy? As a regular subscriber, you’d get automated emails to this website only. As a paid subscriber, the emails will come from me personally. Plus they’ll include links to the latest posts from this website, The Games and Geekery website, The City of Gate group, Hermes925, my Youtube channel videos, and any other projects I may be working on at the time.

So why pay more than just £1 a month if everyone paying gets the same? High level subscribers get preferential treatment. Your e-mails will come first. In addition, should you ever require my services as a writer, high paying subscriber’s requests will be prioritised. I’d be more than happy to put my own projects aside and write you a unique story featuring your favourite people and places, that will never be sold in stores, if you’re already paying me $50 per month

You don’t have to be a paid subscriber to be a client. We can always come to another arrangement.

I don’t have a lot of expenses right now, but I would still like to save up the cost of self-publishing, so that I can get Hermes925 (follow the link for the latest update) on the shelves as soon as possible. I also feed £25 per month into my smartphone, it would be nice to have that paid for. I’d also like to have a budget for the websites so that I can upgrade the look and layout, and also buy products to review on my Games and Geekery page.

I’ve also filed my divorce petition, which will put a £550 hole in my bank account once the check clears. I’m grateful it’s not more.

Please subscribe, and have a great day! 🙂

 

Going Well

As the title suggests, things are going fairly well for me right now. I have a job, working at The Brown Cow Inn, my last post on the Games and Geekery has brought a lot of traffic to the page, and I’ve even gained some inspiration to help me write the next part of Hermes925.

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I work here now! 🙂

Let’s start with the job first. So far I’ve worked two 5 hour shifts and a roughly 7 hour shift, and now I have two whole days off. This should give me plenty of time to catch up with my writing and see a friend or two. The crew at The Brown Cow Inn have been very friendly and helpful. I’ve even received my share of the tips already! It’s only been about £14 and change so far, but every little helps. 🙂

I honestly expected it to be harder to get back into the swing of things behind a bar. I thought the established staff may treat me like an outsider until I’d proven myself. However they seemed to have taken to me rather quickly. The regulars too have already began greeting me by name. I’m very happy with the job so far. It’s only been three days, but I feel very optimistic. They let me wear black! 😀

My main worry at the moment is that I’ve developed a pain between my shoulder blades since I moved to Dalton. My Uncle Nick thinks I pulled a muscle while sleeping on my side. I’ve never had that problem before, but I’ve reconfigure my pillows to support my head better. Hopefully it will heal soon and I won’t do anything at work to aggravate it. Having just finished my third shift, I ache all over, both the pain at the base of my neck between my shoulders seems no worse off.

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Can you honestly tell whether this Space Marine is male, female of genderless?

I’m very proud of the last article I wrote for Games and Geekery. It has it flaws, as several people pointed out, particularly regarding my description of the Progenoid glands, but it got 339 views in the first 20 hours. Sadly there weren’t any likes or comments on the article itself, or any new subscribers, but it got plenty of people talking on facebook. The subject was Female Space Marines in the Warhammer 40k universe

A frequently asked question in the Warhammer 40k community, mostly by people new to the hobby, is “Why aren’t there female Space Marines?”. The short answer is because the game’s story says that the process has been designed to be compatible only with male physiology, but I take it a step further. I explain why, if a woman did go through the augmentation process, she’d be indistinguishable from other Space Marines afterwards.

I had hoped the article would generate traffic and encourage discussion, since this particular topic always seems to get people talking. I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get any new subscribers, but I’ll just keep writing the articles and sharing the links and see what happens.

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This isn’t her. This is a image I found on google that approximately matches the description of Lena in Hermes925.

Sometimes you just have to go for it, see what happens and roll with the consequences. I recently enjoyed the company of a young lady. We’d both agreed that we didn’t want a relationship, but I had hoped that it would last a little longer than it did. She seems to be happy though with the new guy from what I’ve seen on Facebook. We haven’t really talked much since. For the most part my attitude has been ‘easy come, easy go’.

Despite my decision to not let it bother me, and knowing that it’s for the best, I still find myself wondering what I could have done differently to avoid losing her to another man. I could have visited her more often, except I couldn’t because I didn’t have the money to travel. I could have called her more often, but I didn’t want to appear needy since we’d agreed that it wasn’t a relationship. He lives in the same town and can probably afford to spoil her a bit. It doesn’t help anything to dwell on it, especially since it was supposed to just be a bit of fun anyway.

Except, of course, it can help immensely to understand what Jaime will be going through (spoilers) when he finds out that Helena, Lena for short, has started seeing Psy-Man. Originally I had written in my notes that Jaime would have a crush on Lena, but was too awestruck to actually approach her and ask her out. Psy-Man swoops in and takes her before he plucks up the courage.

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In my original notes though she looked more like this.

Now I’m thinking it would be better for Jaime and Lena to have a rather impulsive and sexually intimate relationship before he finds out about Psy-Man. Not only would this give me an outlet for my feelings and be much more interesting, it would also give me the excuse to write some ‘romance’ that one or two Hermes fans have been asking for. So far Jaime has been rather gentlemanly about his relationships. This one is going to blow (tee-hee) his mind, and leave him feeling rather compelled to brag about it.

I’ll be pulling from several experiences, so don’t expect to figure out exactly what the real-life inspiration and I really got up to. It’ll be fun to show what an augmented reality interface can do to spice things up. I might even include some stuff I’ve never actually done and have little interest in doing at all, which I suspect some pure romance writers do fairly frequently. Good luck guessing which is which 😛

Have a great day 🙂

Games and Geekery

Most of you already know about the Games and Geekery facebook page. Up until recently it had just been a share dump for everything I liked online that could be loosely categorised as being related to either games or geekery. This started when I was still married. My wife wanted me to stop sharing everything on my timeline, so I created separate pages for everything I liked. That way I could still share these articles with like minded friends, without having to piss her off. 🙂

Games and Geekery has recently received a slight change of direction. Not only will I continue to share anything that I think will be of interest to fellow gamers and geeks, but it will also host original content written by either me or my friend William. William dabbles in music and video editing too, so his involvement should bring some interesting elements to the new website.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m having another friend look over this website and make it a little easier to navigate. Her name’s Jade, and she’s officially been invited to join this blog as an administrator. I don’t expect her to write any articles, though if she wants to she could join the Games and Geekery team. However I know she’s going to make the site look awesome!

Here’s the new Games and Geekery website welcome page. Take a look and see what you think. If you like it, subscribe to the blog. I’d also appreciate it very much if you’d like and share your favourite articles, regardless of who wrote them :P. If you like the website so much that you’d like to be a part of it, then send me an article to show me how awesome you’d be as an official Games and Geekery contributor.

At the moment I’m using old articles I wrote back when I was contributing for Don’t Hate the Geek as filler, but I’ve already written 3 original articles since, including the welcome page, a commentary on highway zombies, and a piece about X-Men: Apocalypse. William has a fan theory about Batman he’s going to share with us soon. I can’t wait!

This website will now be dedicated to my writing and personal experiences. Anything related to Games and Geekery will be hosted on the new website instead. Enjoy!

Have a great day 🙂