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Gone Camping

Last November I saw a friend of mine posting on Facebook about doing some writing, for this thing called NaNoWriMo. The term looked vaguely familiar though I couldn’t place it, mostly I was just happy to see someone on facebook talking about something more interesting than their cat or their latest video game obsession. It was probably sometime in December that I asked him about it and was directed to the website, where I found a forum and promptly made an account and started replying to people’s post. Took about two weeks before I realized the festivities only took place in November, and things were pretty dead on the forums until then. Annoyed that I was going to have to wait just shy of a whole year to join I went ahead and spent some time dicking around on the site, where I discovered Camp NaNoWriMo!

This brings us to today, the fourth day of the event, with me at just over 6k words (I get a different reading between my word processor, yWriter, and the NaNoWriMo word verification software). I’m keeping pace, though I’m a little behind where I’d like to be, and I’m using a lot of placeholder names which I’d like to have sorted out before the end of the month.

Continuing on with the steampunk kick I’ve been riding Iron Church is set in a fantasy world that I’ve been kicking around sense junior high or high school, medieval in nature, with lots of wrought iron, hammered brass, clock-work tech and misunderstood magic. It’s been fun to write so far, watching events unfold and seeing where the main characters are headed in their development. I managed to slip in a few cameo’s from a couple old D&D campaigns, some more subtle than others.

Anyone else out there doing Camp this year, or planning on taking part in the regular insanity this November? Back to work for me, planning on getting up to 8k by midnight tonight…

Well, that’s all I have this time, now what do you have for me? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

I Told You I Was A Liar

Considering the name of my blog I hope this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to people. I don’t have an excerpt from Sidewinder today, but a history lesson that shows a little about the future. Sidewinder is still being worked on, and I’ve updated the word counter to reflect that. But I’ve got something else in my tangle of synapses that needs to come out.

When I was young I didn’t have much interest in reading. The stories that were available bored me to death, and for a long time I was too lazy to find anything else. History was pretty low on the priority list too, though I eventually came around here as well, it just took a little longer. Video games and movies were where it was at with me, the more violent the better. Oh to have back the quarters I put into the Mortal Kombat franchise alone…

The drastic change between elementary school Austin and junior high school Austin is probably worth its own blog post, so I’ll leave that for another time. The important part is I’m much more open minded these days, and my tastes aren’t quite so juvenile (I shudder at memories of the Bevis and Butthead phase), they are still full of violence, conflict, and brutality, but I think I’m on a much deeper level than I used to be (I should hope so anyways, I’m only talking twenty+ years of maturity).

My views on history I think represent some of the most drastic change. I’ve never been good with dates and getting all the facts straight, especially when I couldn’t find a reason to be interested in the information to begin with. Couple this with the majority of the history I was learning about in my formative years being stripped of nearly all violence (and a fair bit of truth, must keep up appearances), and you have me, fast asleep at my desk, face in a growing puddle of drool. It took a while, an embarrassingly long while if I’m going to be even a little honest, but I’ve developed a strong interest in history, and all the rich conflict it has to offer.

Large scale military action is often too abstract for me. Things like Risk are too far removed from the excitement. This is why I play Warhammer instead. One particularly famous skirmish has become a source of inspiration for another WiP of mine. I don’t know how much of the history will be visible after the story is finished, or how surprised people would be to see it presented in medieval steampunk format, but this tale took root in the Alamo.


This is the beginning of Born to Lie, my writing blog. I’m Austin by the way, just another imaginative-guy-meets-keyboard-and-falls-in-love story. Here’s hoping the story is more of a comedy than tragedy?

I’ve always been a little…let’s call it “loose with the truth”…though growing up my parents tried to play it off as imaginative. Call it what you want, I love creating stories, whether they include me getting fired from work for offering sexual favors to the manager for a raise (this is what I told my mother when she came home and found me hanging out with a friend on my first day off of my first job), or a gambler turned airship captain trying to convince her passengers she has at least some idea of what she’s doing when in fact she’s playing this hand blind (the situation my protagonist is dealing with in my latest WiP)

Said WiP is a western steampunk piece, with a little horror, and maybe a little satire, though I wont bore you with the details just yet. The important part is the goal, least that’s what they tell us right? The goal was to Sidewinder for this years NaNoWriMo. I had a bout of impatients though, and began my little venture early. So the new goal is to have the first story (I’ve three planned out with recurring characters) finished and thoroughly edited/polished/fluffed/puffed by the end of the year. Leaving a subgoal of coming up with a new idea for November, though I’ve the faint stirrings of an idea that just might work.

As is often the case, one thing leads to another, and this goal leads to my second, which is to have this first story electronically published by end of January of 2013. Continuing on I’d like to see the second and third pieces finished and edited by the end of 2013, and will consider myself quite accomplished if they are published that year as well. Afterward I’m going to look into Kickstarter to see if I can connive people into funding a print release, but that is deep into the fog of the not-present.

I’m hoping to have an exert from Sidewinder ready for next time.