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Update and Rude Awakenings

There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of a grown ass man bursting through your bedroom door screaming “ODIN! HELP! HERMES CAUGHT A MOUSE!!!”

…So how was your day? (The mouse is fine btw.)

So I guess in an attempt to warm up my brain, I will update you on the progress of 13, or something like that.

Firstly, I love math coincidences, and this is what my word count looked like last night:

I was *doubly* amused by the page count DOHOHOHO. Continue reading Update and Rude Awakenings

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UPDATE THING 8/26

Progress! Sweet delicious progress. This week I have finished the Beta version of Chapter 12, then did an appropriate amount of dicking around ranching some slimes.

FYI, SLIME RANCHER IS AN AMAZING GAME AND I WILL PROBABLY RANT ABOUT IT SOMETIME SOON.

Though, I thought I have done already since I bought it early access, but I guess my brain has slipped or something. Fuck if I know.

MOVING ON! Continue reading UPDATE THING 8/26

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I’d Ship It

The panels reverberated violently to the rhythmic thuds of bass. What had started with simple head bobbing evolved gradually into foot tapping. Keystrokes were pressed in harmonic patterns. His fingers fluttered until the silky sound captured his limbs, his arms stirring the air in smooth undulations. Malik was overtaken, his torso swayed as his mind was taken prisoner by the melody, snatched away from the outside world. He glided over to the environmental controls, sliding the light down to a more appropriate darkness.

The slow tempo smoothly transitioned, elevating to a mighty crescendo. Malik slammed into the pilot seat, swiveling the cushion around in circles as he continued to make waves with his arms and shoulders. As the bass shuddered through his skull, a surge of energy coursed through his muscles, causing his movements to grow jagged, violent. The beats repeated, commanding his every move like an auditory puppeteer.

But as the climax descended, the noise relinquished its control of his body. The rhythm slowed to a small series of heartbeats. Malik eased his breath as he gently coaxed the flight settings, pressing buttons and picking at switches in time with each remaining thud. Silence returned, and he reclined in the chair, a self-satisfied smile stretched across his lips.

“I really wish you wouldn’t listen to that garbage while inside me,” Niner-3 piped in.
Continue reading I’d Ship It

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Regarding Combat

Your characters have just finished sizing each other up, and inevitably, you need to figure out how they will go about beating the ever-living tar out of each other. Below I have illustrated my thought process on how I construct these scenes.

I do have examples of my combat scenes here for your examination.

I begin with two timeline points: the start (X and Y are standing in front of each other), then the result (X has Y in a headlock). In between is a multitude of points that bring the scene together, like frames in a zoetrope. The next step would be to draft a play-by-play of how the conflict takes place.

There is an underlying flow inside every combat engagement, and decoding that flow is key to effectively communicating a scene to your readers through narration. Not every graphic detail needs to be drawn out either, just enough to create a chain of action-reaction-action steps until you have reached your result point. Continue reading Regarding Combat

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Weekly Progress Report

Not a whole lot to report on, and since this is the first post, I will just give a general impression of what I have been doing.

Mostly setting up this site, really.

As it stands right now, I have just finished the Beta version of Chapter 11, where Nara is having a wonderful fun time in Uppercity. (hint: no. no she is not.)

I am now currently working on the restructure of Chapter 12, where things start to climax in terms of final conflict. I have had to chip off pieces and smoosh other ideas together in order to make location transitions smooth. But I have all of the chapter plotted out, so finishing it should be no problem. *SHOULD* Continue reading Weekly Progress Report

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Unwelcome Visitor

For those of you who are familiar with my current work in progress, you may notice a different dynamic between these two characters. That is because it is set in an earlier place along the timeline. Another book to add to the pile of unfinished garbage I suppose. Anyway, enjoy?
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A scowl tainted Declan’s expression as he opened the door to his flat, the unexpected, expected intruder waiting for him inside.

“What did you get into now?” Declan griped at the armored figure sitting frozen in his chair.

“I have. Your pointy squish-squish,” Nara replied, addressing the little furry creature sitting on her.

“For the last time, that is a cat.” Declan pinched the bridge of his nose. “And I really don’t have the patience for your shit right now.”

“I don’t….understand it.” Nara ignored the doctor’s pleas, tilting her head in bemusement. “So tiny, but hunter?”

“Are you high and drunk again, or just high?” he sighed, grabbing tools from a cabinet nearby.
Continue reading Unwelcome Visitor

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About The Travels of Matteus

This section is dedicated to the journal entries of Matteus Il’Kalut, a traveling body artist from a wandering alien race. These are just fun little excerpts I have decided to write upon the request of fans who enjoyed the character and wanted to learn more about him.

To find out more about Matteus, check out his Character Profile HERE.

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About Odin and Other Identities

I live to consume media in all of its forms in my relentless quest for rich story content. I have experience delving in content creation myself, ranging from books, comics, and even video games. From time to time, I am also found mastering dungeons and leading innocent party members to their demise on pen and paper platforms.

My professional background is in Game Development, and with my B.A. I focus primarily on mechanics and design, as well as narrative. I have been involved in several casual projects, as well as led teams in larger scale startup companies.

Being a chronically bored individual, I also partake in other crafty deeds around the internet.

I am also a freelance Editor, so for those of you who are interested in my services, you can find them on my website at Odin’s Edits.

When I am not creating fiction, I am also drafting technical instruction manuals for my handmade jewelry designs.

Here is one of my latest pieces, if you were curious:

 

If you would like an example of my jewelry instructions, take a look at my freebie PDFs on my Jewelry Site.

You can also find me yelling and cussing at beads amid other things on my YouTube channel, where I make a total fool of myself and scatter the web with my colorful metaphors.

Find my channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/odinsmusings

Email: odins.musings(AT)gmail(DOT)com

I have also been requested to offer a P.O. Box, so here is where you can find it: