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The Votes Are In

I have enjoyed the responses to my announcement of completing FRAGILE GODS. Thank you all. As ever, your encouragement and support means the world to me.

I mentioned a couple of other projects as candidates for my next undertaking, and the support for ACCELERATING THE PROGRESS OF MANKIND BY USING YOUR TURN SIGNAL has been overwhelming. I’m very excited about this project myself, and your votes have only fueled the fire.

So with all the vigor of a rabid squirrel, I will now tackle the task of reforming the world in ways that will improve life for everyone. This project is proof that I won’t merely be content to be published; no, my ambition is such that I must change the world. (If changing the world comes with a paycheck, so much the better.)

It is refreshing to write nonfiction. It feels somehow cleaner. Don’t get me wrong; I think of myself as a storyteller. But nonfiction, particularly motivational nonfiction, is like telling you a story that might become true, just for the telling of it.

Personally, I can’t think of anything more exciting.

It’s done.

crying-peonI haven’t played World of Warcraft consistently in awhile, although I have logged in now and then just to say hello to my characters, as it were.

I didn’t dramatically quit cold turkey as others have done (with varying degrees of success, I might add) but by gradually distancing myself from time played and game-related goals.

Now I have taken the final step, which is cancelling the account I no longer play.

I feel compelled to add here that I love World of Warcraft. Even as compared to other MMOs, of which I’ve tried probably a dozen. The graphics, the plots, the characters, the quest lines, the world, the holiday festivities, even the mechanics make WoW in all seriousness the single best game I have ever played. When I’m rich and famous enough that writing is my FULL time job and not my SECOND job, I will undoubtedly return to it with vigor.

The picture above is just one of several steps you need to go through to finally quit your account. It’s very disturbing to make the peon cry. Also, you’re forced to pick from a menu of reasons you’d quit, including recent nerfs or game changes, etc.

Amusingly, “I play too much” and “I don’t have enough time play” are both separate options. I chose the second, honestly, because by now I truly am treating writing like a second job and there isn’t time for such an immersive world.

It also gives me amusement that I haven’t told and won’t tell my RL friends-and-fellow-players  — coworkers mostly — that I’ve cancelled my account. This is amusing because these are people who have promised on one level or another to read my blog — and don’t.

Your focus determines your reality. My focus is a life driven by astounding insights presented in the form of memorable stories. Everything I do must be aimed to get me there.

This is my priority, now, and how I choose to spend my so-called “free” time.

Website Troubles

I’ve been mercilessly tinkering away at this site for about a week and still don’t have what I want.

Spam in my WP comments (filtered and blocked by me before you see it) has convinced me to move to forums as a means of communication. Plus I can have up project rooms with various co-authors, etc.

The trick is integrating WordPress (the blog interface I use) and phpBB. There’s a WP mod that does it, but it causes fatal SQL errors and part of the addon isn’t working.

There’s a WP theme that does it, but trying it out wiped out most of my site customization to date, which is why the sidebar looks different. Plus I don’t like its font sizes and column width settings.

There’s a way to customize aforementioned theme with my own formatting, but their instructions for doing so are vague, at least for someone with my limited knowing of .php and .css coding.

My apologies if this creates any inconvenience…after some respite I will return the site to the way it looked before, or perhaps tackle an integrated WP/PhpBB solution with renewed vigor.