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Hiatus

Hiatus

The weekend is near, and I know I’m ecstatic about that! After a few crazy weeks of trying to edit and write, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to put my blog writing on hold. In other words, Caffeine is My Muse will be going on a hiatus.


Positivity Camp Epilogue

Positivity Camp Epilogue

Then end is upon us. Well, what I meant to say is that the end to Positivity Camp is upon us. There’s still a lot I’d like to add and tweak with this story, so if you’ve enjoyed it thus far, be prepared for extras and more as I work on editing and publishing this story. Editing, I’ve learned, takes a long time for me – roughly two years. (I spend about 2-3 months editing, cutting, adding, and filling plot holes. From there, I usually find an editor to search for spelling and grammar mistakes, and then I do another round of edits.)

What I don’t know is how the cover is going to look. If you have an idea of what you’d like to see on the cover, feel free to share your idea in the comments!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when it comes to saying goodbye to a story, it’s never easy for me. Just know that there is more to look forward to as I make this story more complete.


No Horse Left Behind

No Horse Left Behind

It’s been so long since I’ve written of mayhem in the different table top role-playing universes, and I must say, it’s good to be doing so again! If this is your first time visiting, welcome! I write many things and can be a bit random about it, but lately I’ve been taking the adventures of different Dungeons & Dragons players (or other similar campaigns) and writing them up. My blog Role-Playing Shenanigans explains it a bit more.

Other than that, I’ve also been writing a blog only short story called Positivity Camp. It’s a story about a camp that forbade negative words and punished campers who dared utter them. As you might imagine, it led to a revolt that ended…well, I shouldn’t ruin the ending, particularly when it’ll be coming out next week ;)

Now that Positivity Camp is coming to a close, you can expect me to be picking up where I left off on Ryac and The Dark Mage. This tale takes place in a book being read by a rather unpleasant child. What effect might the stolen book have on him? Well, you can find out in a few weeks as I take on its telling once more!

Photo credit: Philippe Heckel


Positivity Camp Part XLII

Positivity Camp Part XLII

Positivity Camp is drawing to a close, and I can honestly say, I’m very glad to see it ending. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been fun, but it’s also been a long journey. It’ll be nice to get back to the usual routine. Besides, there’s still Ryac and The Dark Mage to return to.

For those of you who are concerned over the fate of Positivity Camp, I’ll be working throughout the year to edit and revise the chapters. With a story this long, I already know there are several continuity errors that need fixing. I usually despise editing, but oddly enough, I’m looking forward to making the story flow better and to flesh out different characters more. The main plot will stay the same, but you can be sure there will be some interesting developments in the final version.

Until the final piece is done, I hope you’ll enjoy this the second to last chapter of Positivity Camp.


Ninja Mayhem - Part 1

Ninja Mayhem - Part 1

I hope you’re having a great Friday! If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Every week I switch between Positivity Camp (a camp where negative words are forbidden) and a tale of woe, epic success, or foolishness from a Dungeons & Dragons or D20 campaign (quick explanation: they’re tabletop games with roleplaying).

As you may know, I’ve been working on my book MAD Upload for over two years now. It’s back with the editor at the moment, but I’ve begun working on book 2. I’ve been doing my best not to lose focus, and I have four chapters done. Hopefully they don’t need too much work by the time I get to editing the full MS (manuscript). I can dream, right?

Without further delay, here is this week’s tale. As you may have noticed, it says, “Part I.” Yes, there are more stories of ninja to come. This story takes place after a previous ninja attack in the capital city and after Diplomacy. Check it out below!


Positivity Camp Part XLI

Positivity Camp Part XLI

Hello! The weekend is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited! I’ll finally have some time for reading the books I picked up from the library and time to play three, maybe four, D&D campaigns. You can be sure those’ll generate a story or two!

Progress on my second novel continues, but it’s slow going. Yes, I know I should work on that this weekend, but the books are calling me. As for other procrastination in the form of D&D, well, how else am I supposed to generate interesting role-playing stories of epic success or critical failures? For more on what I’m talking about, check out my blog on Role-Playing Shenanigans.

Without further delay, here’s the latest installment of Positivity Camp – a camp where counselors punish children when they speak negative words.


Diplomacy

Diplomacy

This week’s dark tale looks at why Bards should do the talking, and Knights should do the fighting and ONLY the fighting. When it comes to speaking, Bards are meant to have high Charisma. That isn’t to say a Knight can’t have high Charisma, it’s just that in Tillek’s case…he didn’t.

Photo from Maumee River Leather


Positivity Camp Part XL

Positivity Camp Part XL

Positivity Camp was never meant to go on for this long, but I’ve done it. I’ve reached part 40. In case anyone was wondering, this was supposed to be a short 5 tops sort of blog story. That, uh….that didn’t happen. Still, the end grows closer with each new chapter! I know I’m excited!

Also, in case anyone was wondering: Yes, I am going to eventually turn this into a published book. That requires…haha…finishing it first, editing, formatting, and all the other fun steps of publishing. It’ll be a while, but when it’s done, I’ll share a link for purchasing the finished book. Until then, I hope you enjoy these last few chapters!


Hodor VS Earth Elementals

Hodor VS Earth Elementals

Hodor is back, and he’s ready for a world of hurt! If you’ve been keeping up with the random short stories from different tabletop rpg campaigns (Dungeons & Dragons), then you probably remember this lovable barbarian. If not, be sure to check out my other blogs about Hodor. He’s quite a character. (For some background on these short stories, check out my blog Role-Playing Shenanigans).

As a disclaimer, I didn’t name Hodor. That’s all on Billy.

Original photo by stevegoad.jpg.


Positivity Camp Part XXXIX

Positivity Camp Part XXXIX

Celebrate the end of a week of holidays with a quick reading break! This week’s story is a continuation of Positivity Camp, a camp where only positive words are allowed. That’s right, this freakish camp forbids different words and punished campers for speaking them. If you’re new, be sure to click the link that takes you to the beginning of the tale.

Next week should be more tabletop madness as I delve into the misfortune of critical success of some D&D character. Until then, may you have a happy New Year!


Roll Perception Check

Roll Perception Check

Happy holidays! Productivity has steadily been creeping to a halt as the holidays near, but by golly, I’m going to keep pushing back and pressing forward! I may not have finished crafting the 108+ books I wanted to (I refuse to cut corners, so whatever pace I go is fine by me), but I am still making them. I’m hoping to reach the end of my small paper books before next week, so I can start on the medium sized ones. I’m really excited by the new printer I have! I’ll finally have medium books with LINES printed in them! This has been a struggle for me since I started crafting books in 2012.

Writing has been a bit sluggish, as I’m sure you Positivity Camp fans have noticed. I’m hoping to work on another installment of that today, so you’ll have a new chapter for next week. I’m also working on writing book two of my MAD trilogy. It took a year to write the first book; I’m curious to see if I can write the second in a similar fashion.

Well, that about covers the fun artistic things I’ve been up to lately. I haven’t had time to type up any of my recent misadventures or epic successes of others or myself in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, but I do have a funny true story to share that relates to it. If you’re looking for a laugh, check out the story below!