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Do you even Roleplay, bruh?

Multi-tasking ~ the performance of many jobs at one time.

So, I’ve been doing a bit of multitasking here and there over the past 9 months or so. I wouldn’t consider all of them jobs, though. I’d say about 50% of them are jobs. The other ones would fall into the Hobbies category.

Nevertheless, I’ve been super busy and barely feel like I’ve got time to breathe. But such is life, right? Let’s see if I can keep track of everything I’ve gotten into and these are in no particular order.

Over the past nine months I’ve: 

  • Started a new job at CCBCC as a Delivery Merchandiser driving a Goose Neck Tractor Trailer (Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated for those of you who don’t know.)
  • Became a Father to this handsome little man.

 

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  • Published two short stories with my writing group, the Just-Us League, on Scribophile.
  • And I’ve been Roleplaying.

Right…before your mind goes to weird places, let’s back up for a minute and let me explain.

I like to play video games. It’s one of the many hobbies that take up my spare time. At this point, I’m hooked on a particular game called ARK: Survival Evolved.

It’s a survival game based on a fictional world(s), or maps, that are swarming with prehistoric dinosaurs. You can tame and ride these dinosaurs. You can build houses and civilizations. And you can start and participate in tribal wars.

I play this game, and many others, on my Xbox One console. It’s common to have games that utilize online gameplay to build communities and increase interest in the game itself.

ARK has online servers that are managed by the game developers.

All I’d have to do is join one of the hundreds of available servers and get my game on. But I was looking for something different than a stale old server. I wanted something MORE. 

And I found it on a server called ARKdownunder.com

This is an Australian-based server community managed by Reconic and Foxes Soxes. A played on the server for about a month or two before they decided to start Roleplaying. The game itself is already pretty impressive, but the roleplaying aspect opened up endless possibilities.

I’ve been Roleplaying my game avatar as a half-giant by the name of Allaric Redstone who wound up on the mysterious ARK. My character was born into a society of warriors who test their new soldiers in a place they call the Gauntlet. Allaric believes the ARK is this Gauntlet considering that it has impossible living conditions and predators that ravage the weaker lifeforms on the Island.

I’ve played on ARKdownunder.com during these nine months, and my character has lasted through 3 separate server seasons. But despite that, Allaric and any of the other Survivors on the ARK are trapped and can’t leave until the “The Formers,” or overseers of the ARK allow them to escape.

But this season may be the end of Allaric’s story. I haven’t decided yet.

Yet, Roleplaying as Allaric Redstone hasn’t been the only fun I’ve been having with the ARKdownunder.com community. During this time, I suppose I made a good impression on Foxes Soxes and Reconic, so they decided to give me a shot at a Staff position they needed to fill. From my experience, there’s so much more to managing a server than what’s on the outside.

Primarily, Staff helps maintain the community and keep the Order strict and the chaos in check. New players must apply to the server, so as a Staff member, I must assist in processing and grading the quality of Roleplaying stories that come through. If necessary, we help the Survivors in editing their story to match our standards.

We also use an application called Discord that allows us to communicate with the growing membership that we have on the server. One of the other parts I enjoy is the opportunity to write. I suppose you could all me the Game Writer for ARKdownunder.com. It’s funny to say that out loud–gives it more meaning, I guess. We write what we’ve come to call the server Lore. As a whole, these are the events and circumstances of the server that we explain creatively. Such things as what map we chose, why things are the way they are, and why the Survivors were sent here are several questions we try to address. Writing the server Lore is a great way to unplug from writing short stories and novels.

At first, I joined the server to have fun gaming, but it’s turned into something else entirely.

I’ve come to care for and respect the Hosts, Reconic and Foxes Soxes, as well as the player community in general. At this point, I can’t say where the server is headed or how my role in its management will evolve; I do hope that I find out soon.

If you’d like to check out the server and the community itself, please visit www.arkdownunder.com. If you do visit the site, please read through some of the Lore and let us know what you think!

Thanks for reading everyone, and I hope to post again about Roleplaying soon.

 

 

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Rough Pages #5 – 9/27/17

Good evening Wordsmiths! Hope you’re all having a good writing day! That goes for reading as well. Man, I can’t remember the last time I read a good book. Anyone have any suggestions?

I wanted to mention that I’ve posted another few rough pages from one of my WIPs called Wayward Divine. I’m especially excited to work on this project even though it’s in the early planning stages.

This rough draft was a test. I wanted to see if I’d enjoy writing the story as much as I’ve enjoyed imagining it. So far, the test has been successful. I’d like to move forward, but I wouldn’t mind having some feedback. That’s where I hope you guys will come in.

I’ve also decided to make all Patreon posts related to the Rough Pages of the Wayward Divine public for everyone to read. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

Before I go, has anybody seen the featured image for this post? It’s exactly what I picture when I think of the Dust Bowl Bar. It’s perfect! I’m hoping that I can get an Illustrator working on images for these stories very soon.

Thanks for tuning in and I’ll see you guys during the next post!

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Rough Pages #4 – 9/25/17

Hey, how’s it going Wordsmiths? Hope you’ve all been having a productive September!

I’d say this month is shaping up fairly well for me. I’m working on a Co-Authored project with another writer from the Just-Us League group as well as working on short stories and planning my novel.

It’s been super busy, but I’m having a great time. I just wanted to stop in and mention that I’ve posted another few pages for a Rough Pages post on my Patreon page. If you’re interested in what happens next in the Specter story, head on over to The Write Nerd and see for yourself.

Thanks for tuning in and have a great night!

Photo credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/waynerd/6706303601/”>Wayne Stadler Photography</a> via <a href=”https://visualhunt.com/re/99dd38″>VisualHunt.com</a&gt; / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”&gt; CC BY-NC-ND</a>

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Just-Us League Anthology #3 – Horror

Good evening everyone! If this is your first time here, Welcome, and if you’re returning–thank you I’m glad to see you.

Thanks for tuning in tonight; this post will be small a feature that discusses the upcoming Just-Us League anthology, Whispers in the Shadows. I’m not featured in this collection, but a lot of other great writers are. If you enjoy reading horror and suspense stories and you support self-published authors, this collection will be perfect for you.

Below, I’ve posted the back cover blurb for the anthology as well as the book cover reveal. As always, the book cover is perfect and captures the theme in just the right way. Show these excellent authors your support and buy the book when it comes out on October 13th. Wait a minute, isn’t that a…Friday?

 

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Even when we think we’re safe, our biggest fears can be revealed, our worst nightmares brought to life.

For some, death is inevitable: a suspended detective and killer play a bloody game of cat and mouse; a girl risks her life to save her friends from an urban legend; a doctor’s daughter works to uncover the curse on their wayward ship; and an old lady’s cats are hungry…very hungry.

For others, death would have been an easier fate: a reflection isn’t meant to talk, let alone free itself; a priestess must renew her people’s magic, but that ritual carries a terrible price; and a famous boy rejects a lovesick girl…and lives to regret it.

Through life and death, the only constant is our fear of the unknown: bloody footprints continue to walk around a lighthouse; Grandma’s warnings of the Autumn People are finally heard loud and clear; and a girl moves into a new house to find a bloodstained carpet…that no one else can see.

Keep the lights on and brace yourself for ten creepy tales of horror and misfortune.

Thank you for reading, Wordsmiths! Until next time.
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Rough Pages #3 – 9/23/17

Apocalyptic landscape

Hello Wordsmiths! I hope you’re all having a good evening/day wherever you’re from. Thanks for tuning into this post.

I’ve published another Rough Pages post on my Patreon page, and I hope you’ll check it out. It features a second WIP that I’ve decided to pick back up. The picture above is what I think of when I read the pages I’ve written so far.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…What are some words that come to mind when you see this picture?

If you’d like to see what’s going on in today’s Rough Pages, I’ve posted the link below for your convenience. I want to thank you all for reading and tune in tomorrow when I do a post featuring some work by some writing friends.

Patreon Page Link:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/14521884

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Rough Pages Post #2 – 9/21/17

Hello, Wordsmiths! If this is your first time on Terraform, WELCOMEif not–then thanks for joining me again.

Today is just another shoutout for my Patreon page, The Write Nerd; so far it’s been a blast posting every day of the week. If at all possible, I’d like to post at least four times a week depending on my work schedule, baby duty, family time, and writing time.

It’s a huge expectation that’s for sure! I know that some writers don’t have near enough time to themselves and sometimes I can’t find the time either. All I can say is that I’m blessed to have as much time as I do have.

Right. Let me bring things back to the reason why I’m posting today…another Rough Pages post on my Patreon page. It’s a continuation of my first Rough Pages post; however, with a small difference.

To read it, one must sign up for a pledge amount. I’ve decided to keep some information I post Public and some information for Patrons and Pledges ONLY. Naturally, I think that’s the way of things.

Here’s the link to the post!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/14493265

As always, comments and questions are welcome here!

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Rough Pages Post #1 – 9/20/17

Hello, fellow Wordsmiths!

Just wanted to mention that The Write Nerd has a new post with rough pages from one of my story poll ideas. I’ve given a hint as to the content of the post, so if you’re interested in what’s there, please click the link below.

Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/posts/14477927

If you like what you see, consider becoming a Patreon and donating. Comments and questions are always welcome here on the blog or on The Write Nerd Patreon page.

Anyway, thank you for reading, and I hope you’ll check out the pages.

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First Patreon Post! – 9/19/17

Hello everyone! I just wanted to mention that my Patreon page, The Write Nerd, has a new post, Creator Poll #1, that’s ready for viewing.

If you get a chance, check it out and vote in the Comments! Thank you for your support. I’ve included the link below for easy navigation.

As always, any suggestions are appreciated.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/14477887