My first short story. I am proud of finishing! Would love feedback! Thanks for reading!
Welcome back, everyone! I hope you are all having a magical day! This year I have read the most books I have ever read in one year. Which by readers standards isn’t much. I have only read about eleven. for comparison, my wife has read over fifty. Yeah, yeah I am a slow reader. I think I could have read a lot more but too many books I read this year were just bad to me. So I am going to talk about the one that stood out the most!
My favorite read of 2018 is definitely an older one. shes about twenty years old. at that book is Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. If you don’t already know, Tom Clancy writes military fiction. His books have spawned multiple video game franchises, and arguably one of the biggest shooter style videos games based on this book.
This is a big long book. and for me quite a daunting read. How daunting you ask? well, I have owned the book for about ten years and never read it. It’s 900 pages!! That’s huge to me. Some people love epic novels. But my sweet spot is in the 400-500 page range. probably due to the speed in which I read books too.
So, This year I finally got up the courage to read it. Honestly, It was how I expected it to be. You don’t become a famous author by writing trash. ( Well back then anyway.) But there were spots I didn’t expect. like the multiple times, I was bored. where some scenes just seemed to carry on, even without contributing to the overall story. I also Expected to have high tension throughout the book or excitement but that was just an unrealistic expectation.
The story felt a little predictable. You Knew how it would end. But it was fun and interesting to see how it got to the end. I enjoyed the villains they were very interesting and it really shows how people can believe so hard that they are doing the right thing that nothing else matters. How the cause itself almost seems bigger than humanity. In all honesty, I understood the villain and A lot of their views mirror mine. Just not to the crazy extent of theirs, obviously.
My final thought on Rainbow Six is, it’s great. Definitely will read again. It did prove to me that my ideal page range is 400-500. But rating it out of ten I would give it a seven and a half. The length definitely brought it down a peg for me.
I love great stories. I love Video games. And I love when both of those are mashed together. All of my life I have been a passionate gamer. I loved living different lives and saving the world. My favorite game growing up was Halo. Master chief was a new and different hero. and after the first game the stories became very interesting with and ever expanding lore, with books, movies and shows.
Up until a couple of years ago I would have pegged Halo as my all time favorite video game. But a couple of years ago I came across a demo for Darksiders. I downloaded and played the Half an hour or whatever it was they allowed me to play and that was it. The demo didn’t hook me. Essentially I didn’t know what the game was about and that left me uninterested. So I never bought it.
As time went on I would continually see the game in the Xbox store and it would always pull me in. Eventually it went on sale and I had to buy it to kill the curiosity about the game. Boy, am I glad I did, it will definitely go down as one of my top five purchases. It checked all the boxes that made a great game for me. Interesting story, interesting world, Monsters, Cinematic and interesting characters.
So, why am I talking about a game that came out in 2010? Well mostly because it is a grossly underrated Game and I think more people should know about it. BUT there is also a third installment of the series coming which is really big news become fans of the game thought its chances of survival diminished with the collapsed of THQ. This news has me beyond excited! so much so in fact that I orders the most expensive version possible………. I told you I was a fan.
So, for those who haven’t had the pleasure of playing any of the Darksiders games I will give you a brief synopsis. The game is based on the Biblical apocalypse. The seventh seal is broken and Heaven and Hell bring death and destruction upon the Kingdom of man. you play as one of the four horsemen. War. Who is sent to earth to restore the balance. but the seventh seal was not broken and now you are to blame for the annihilation of man. You spend the game searching for answers and fighting Heaven and Hell alike.
The second game you play as Death who’s quest is to protect war at all costs. 3 games, 3 different horsemen. Each game has its own feel and helps progress the story. The horseman for Darksiders 3 is Fury, who just so happens to be a HorseWOMAN. Which is defiantly a nice contrast. Shes pretty bad ass see for yourself!
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The Witcher has become a household name for avid gamers. It won the game of the year and gives you 100 hours of gameplay. The world is immense, The characters are funny and interesting. There are monsters to hunt, some of which happen to be human. There is lots to do and lots to explore. Making it a well rounded and balanced game.
To be honest I had never heard of The Witcher until the recent installment. and when I got to fist fight a bear I thought my love for the game was forged forever. I have thought time and time again about getting the older ones and playing through those but I could never really justify buying them on the tight budget I was on at the time. But I was gifted a box set which we thought was a trilogy.
After completing the third book I realized it was not a trilogy. I also realized that the story I was being told through the books was the exact same as The Witcher 3 the game just earlier on in their lives. The Main character is in search for a girl who is like a daughter to him and she has the power to save or destroy the world. There is a Love triangle. (Mostly cause the main character can’t keep his dick in his pants.)
So If the books are so close to the game that I love why do I dislike them so much? Well because they are -insert excessively aggressive curse word here- BORING! For three books all that happens is walking and talking. not even interesting conversations either. FOR THREE BOOKS!!! I mean there is some background to the witchers which is interesting but that’s it. there was probably all of five paragraphs of action combined in all three books.
Maybe the books that followed these three are better, I don’t know. All I know is I will not read them. I have lost all interest. I mean how can such an action based game be based on such boring books? Maybe it’s just me. If you have played the games and read the books leave your thoughts in the comments.
To add salt to the wound. The Author Andrzej Sapkowski is now demanding Cd projekt Red to give him millions more in money. He wants more money because it wanted an upfront cheque instead of royalties because he thought the games would flop. Maybe he thought they were going to make it just as boring as his books.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts on the witcher book series and game series. Hope you enjoyed ———–RANT OVER————
Every writer has something that inspires different pieces of work. Some have different routines or triggers that get them in the mood. That is because we are all unique and different. What inspires you to do what you do? I am sure you have some quirk that drives you!
My quirk is Music. Music can put me in a trance. When I listen to certain songs I get lost in daydreams. I am taken to different worlds. I become someone new and live out an entirely different life. Much like when we read. I have always daydreamed, but as I have gotten older they have grown fewer and farther apart.
Now as a writer, I scramble to jot down my daydreams! They could be pure gold. Who knows but I must hoard them! Just like regular dreams when I sleep I believe them to be incredibly useful and creative. If I could remember all of my dreams, be it day or night I would already be a billionaire. But, alas this is not the case.
So, what kind of music is it that gets me sword fighting a demonic angel? What music gets me into a weird love triangle between an ogre and a dwarf? Well, that genre of music would be Power metal! Most if not all power metal is based around fantasy worlds or mythology and as someone who wished to be a fantasy author obviously, it strikes a chord with me.
Now there are other genres that spark creativity in me. Good classical music puts me in a royal setting. Folk music puts me in a medieval village setting. When I write or think about my stories I like to really get into the mindset of the characters and feel like I am in there world. what better way to do that, than with music.
Losing yourself to your imagination is one of the greatest gifts we have. Being creative is who we are. ever since I started writing I have looked for different forms of inspiration. I have become very passionate about writing, but I have always been passionate about music. Now they seem to be blending perfectly together for me. What drives your creativity? Let me know in the comments!
BONUS!!! Here are some songs that inspire me!