I’m Not Losing Focus, I’m Multifocusing

I’m still working on my novel and I’m still on track to have a working draft by Dragon*Con.

Stop looking at me like I’m trying to justify myself and you’re not believing a word of it.

The truth is that the novel has become a bit of a grind lately, as most novels do at some point in the writing I’m sure. There are some really exciting bits on the horizon, and even some exciting bits to write right now, but I think my brain is calling out for a break. I’m still writing six days a week, though.

So I need a creative side project. Short stories are out because that’s just more prose writing and that’s what I need a break from. TV and video games are fun, but I can only play them so much before I start to feel icky and unproductive. Providentially, the chance for a great side project has presented itself in the form of the CoolMiniOrNot Expo that just happens to be taking place next month only minutes from my house and right next door to where I work.

How is this a chance to be both creative and productive? I have, in my closet, a prototype for a dice and card game that my brother and I cam up with about a year ago. The best way I can explain its premise is with this handy visual:

How could anybody resist that, right?

Because that isn’t enough, Daniel and I have started working on an even more complicated game that looks something like this:

So, best case scenario we show off our games to some industry big shots and sell them for a majillion dollars. If not, we’ve having an awful lot of fun doing it and I think it’s just the creative break my mind needs right now.