Insanity

With (nearing) two days done in May, I’m on target to complete my National Novel Writing Month (UofAEdition) novel by the end of the 31st day of the month.  If you don’t know what NaNoWrMo is, the basic premise is that a group of crazy people decide to attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within the confines of a single month.  Usually celebrated in November, some individuals at the University of Alberta decided that May was a better month to hold the event, for ‘religious reasons’.

Here’s a breakdown of the participation/completion rate.

2006 had 21 participants, of whom four finished.
2007 had 47 participants, of whom three finished.

I competed in 2007.  And by competed, I mean ‘failed miserably’.

While I’m currently on target, I don’t forseemuch (if any) work being done on any of the upcoming weekends this month.  I’ve got plans that should fill most of this weekend, I’m out of town (and without a laptop) next weekend, the third weekend is my wedding anniversary.  The other two weekends are currently clear, but…yea.  I need to get back to writing.

This weekend I’m going to be running Cold City for a new group of people.  I’m really excited about that, especially with some of the rules being clarified by the designer, Malcolm Craig.  He’s also provided me with a copy of the most recent version of the Hot War rules (a game that is the evolution of Cold City, bringing the world to a nuclear holocaust) to playtest.  I hope to be able to read through them and run it fairly soon so that I can forward my comments.

Finally, Emily and I booked a trip to Las Vegas for the summer.  We’re really excited about it.  It should be fun.  We were lucky enough to be able to score front row seats to the Penn and Teller show, which according to my good friend Paul, is awesome.  We’ve also got good seats for Cirque du Soliel’s O and the Blue Man Group.  We’ll be staying at the Planet Hollywood, which from what we can tell, should be an excellent hotel.

So, this has been around 375 words I could have dropped into my novel.  Oh well.

Various Updates

I’ve got several differing updates today.

I’ve added some more wines to my cellar and I’ve added two of my favorite recipes:

I’ve also included some recommended sides and wine pairings with the recipes. Please let me know how the meal turns out for you if you give them a try.

Also, Darren and I have started up a new website for our little game design project. Dead Planet Creations is your new source of information for our game, Extinction: Zero Point.  We’re quite excited about the project, so check out the site for more updates.