I was thinking the other day about the last time I posted on Folaji.com. I don’t mean the last time I posted a Flash Imagination, or approving a Netheril Weekly Update (of which there are two new ones up today, btw), but an actual post to update everyone on the status of things. Truth is its been a while, and although I’ve been very busy with the site, I’m realizing that most of what I’m doing is behind the scenes, and not really visible to most of you. So consider this an attempt at keeping you all in the loop.
Now, where to start…?
First I’d like to point everyone to new updated maps that have been uploaded to the Chronicles of Netheril section of the site. These were all provided by Ingram, and serve to compliment the weekly updates he prepares. I do expect that this will be one of the last map updates for the Netheril adventure, the reason being the development of the new D&D adventure tool I’m working on.
The tool itself is coming along nicely, and some of you have been using the NPC page for some time now. I’ve not heard any complaints, so I assume the page is working well and am focusing on migrating quests and locations (including maps) to the tool. If the holiday season doesn’t keep me too bogged down, I’m expecting to have both new features up and ready in time to celebrate the arrival of 2011. In the meantime, if you ever do find a problem with the current NPC page, be sure to let me know in a comment or by email, because if I don’t know about an issue, I can’t do anything to fix it.
In other news, Flash Imaginations are now regularly posted every Wednesday at 12pm. I’m surprised at how many interesting pics I can take just by walking around downtown Montreal, and I’ve taken so many pictures lately that I think I may have to do something a little different in the coming weeks to get more of them on the site. In fact, its a pretty safe bet that you’ll be seeing a Flash Imagination Contest fairly soon, so keep those eyes open.
Finally, I wanted to take a moment and discuss writing. Specifically I wanted to talk (or write) about the short story I last mentioned in a post about 3 months ago. The story is on its way, although it has evolved and rounded out quite a bit since a few months ago. I believe this was caused by the decision I made to take the time and write the whole story before posting a part. Its a lot of work, but it allows me to think things through carefully, and to rewrite certain parts of the story as I see fit.
Probably the biggest challenge I’ve faced so far regarding this project has been finding the time to write. I spend a lot of my day at work, and when I’m not commuting between home and work, I’m walking my dog, letting her experience the urban jungle that is Montreal. So lately I’ve been trying something new which has been working wonders: writing while I commute.
Now before you all start telling me how dangerous that is, I should mention that I take the subway to work, so its not like I’m driving down the highway at 120km/h, writing new posts as cars and trucks drive around me. In fact, the 1-1.5 hours I would otherwise spend playing eye ping-pong with other commuters each day goes by a lot faster when I’m typing away.
Even now, as I’m writing the initial draft of this post I’m standing in a subway car, speeding towards atwater station. Don’t believe me? Well here’s a pic of us arriving at the station:
Ok its blurry, but we were going fast, and you can’t really expect more from a cell phone camera. My cell phone, surprisingly enough, is what I use to write on. Although the keyboard is small, and I only use my thumbs, I find that its easier to write in this environment than any other, mostly because of lack of distractions.
Well, I’ve just reached my stop, and should get into work. Keep an eye open for updates and contests, they’re all on the way. And hopefully we’ll also be able to start the new year off with a new short story, written entirely while riding the Montreal subway system!