Accountability Goals 1/20-1/26

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Hi all,

Another Accountability Post here – I’ll keep it straightforward this week.

1.) Get to 27,000 Words in Last Gladiator.

2.) Write at least two other blog posts for D&D or other writing.

3.) Tweet at least twice a day, and Facebook Post at least once a day.

It’s a really crazy week for me (end of the quarter) so I’m attempting to keep my requirements straightforward and easy to achieve.

Ciao!

Accountability Progress 1/19

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Greetings! Welcome to another accountability post! Here are this last week’s goals.

Goal: 24,000 Words in The Last Gladiator. 

Goal: Order cover art for The Last Gladiator.

Goal: Register for an event – The Gaithersburg Book Festival!

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So You Want to Homebrew a D&D Campaign – Part 2 – Expand the Background

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DM Daniel here, and it is time to expand your background building. Coming at this from a novelist perspective, there’s so much we can do here! So let’s take a deep dive into the idea of world building – country and culture edition. Click beyond the line to learn more.

Rough Draft of Map

Hey look, a homemade map!

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Year of Accountability – 1/13-1/20

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The Year of Accountability rolls on. Now to take the next step! IronTributeIllo2_08_15_15

After the success of our last accountability post I’m really liking how the community helps make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing!

Onto this week’s goals:

Goal: 24,000 Words in The Last Gladiator. This will put me roughly 2 weeks from an ETA on completing the novella.

Goal: Order cover art for The Last Gladiator.

Goal: Register for an event – The Gaithersburg Book Festival!

To be fair, this last one is sort of cheating, as I’ve already sent in the paperwork, but I’m still waiting to hear if I’ve secured a spot.

Ciao! Let’s get typing!

Accountability Progress 1/12

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Progress, once made, cannot be unmade. Thus it was, that the results for this week’s goals are now live!

Goal: Get to 21,000 words in The Last Gladiator:

Status: Completed! I managed to finish the big battle scene, and this is a big turning point in the novella.

Goal: Get a Square.

Status: Complete! I can now start taking online payments through Square and am looking to add a purchase tab to the blog (Yay!) Which will make it easier for people to order signed copies. I also should be receiving my free swipe reader any day now, which means that I can use it at my next event!

Goal: Decide which tablet to purchase.

After some online research and a load of discussion with family and relatives, I finally decided to not purchase a tablet. While a tablet at this point would really help me do more at events, I think I would do better to spend money on a banner for advertising at an event. My phone can use the Square app with the card reader, so a tablet isn’t critical.

Also, as my book proceeds are the thing directly funding this purchase, I’m somewhat limited in what I can and can’t purchase at this time. So was the goal met? No, but I’ll say that it will be shelved for a while until it’s need becomes more apparent.

Ciao! Look for a new Weekly accountability post tomorrow!

– Daniel

 

So you want to Homebrew a D&D Campaign – Part 1 – Game Pitch & Background

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Hi all,

DM Daniel here, wanting to wish you all a very happy new year. With this new year comes new ideas! Such as creating this homebrew D&D Campaign setting. This will be my first Homebrew campaign (also my first non-starter set one) and I don’t want to give away too many bonus details in case my players read this (You know who you are!) So let’s get to it – background time!

The pitch I gave my players was as follows.

You’re soldiers in the royal army. While defending the capital city from an overwhelming attack, you are drafted by your commanding officer, the leader of the Royal Guards, to lead an escort out of the city. Your traveling companion – none other than the six year old heir of Telin. Your mission – get the prince to the southern city of Kurlinburg – no matter the cost.

So there’s the pitch! Read below the line for some more spoilers and background information. This is only part one, and I know that some DMs think more or less information is appropriate for their PCs. I’m not inclined to give them all this information, but writing it out helps me spin my ideas and gets the creative juices flowing. Click the Read More to see the actual background information.

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The Last Gladiator – 20,000 Words!

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Howdy! Another checkpoint, another snippet from The Last Gladiator! Remember, if you like what you read, then get my first novel – Brass Legionnaire – and explore the world of the Steam Empire Chronicles! Only 99 cents at Amazon and Barns and Noble! (Affiliate Links, FYI).

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2020 – Year of Accountability – January 5-12th, 2020

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Good morning! Welcome to a new series of articles where I’ll post my goals to be accountable with my writing and share the results! What’s the final goal? Two novellas before summer? Are you sure you can do this (asks the little voice in my head). Yes, I am. Here we go!

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Tackling the D&D Introduction Campaign Solo (One Player!)

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Greetings, and welcome to a long post – People seem to enjoy my fictionalization of the various D&D campaigns I seem to be getting drawn into, so forgive me if I lean into that a bit. To start the new year out right, I’m currently working through the beginner campaign – The Lost Mine of Phandelver – with my fiancee, brother, and a few friends. This will not be the most impressive write up, nor will this post be focused on  the actual story – rather, my impressions on running it as a first time Dungeon Master and how it works with a single player character, rather than the usual group.

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Recommendations on Tablet to take to shows?

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Hi all,

I’m looking into purchasing a tablet in order to use at conventions or shows, and am looking for people’s recommendations!

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Ideally, it needs to be able to access both WiFi and 4G, in case of failure of the WiFi (or lack thereof). It also should be able to work with Square (which I’m sure is flexible and useable with most tablets). I’d also like it to last a long time and be pretty durable/hardwearing.

Any ideas? I’d love to get one pretty soon, so any advice would be awesome!