Summer reading…

So, spring’s been a real drag. Lots of real life stuff getting in the way of my writing time — enough that I pushed my end of April deadline to late August.

When I have time to write, the overhaul of the book is moving. Slowly. But it’s moving.

At night I’ve been working on my Lit-RPG idea — outlining, developing plot and backstory, revising my notes, etc., with pencil and notebook. The change of medium is nice since I’m drawing crude maps as I go. It’s also nice to not stare at a screen.

So far I’m creating my own RPG game system…which is totally derivative (how could it not be), but I do have some interesting twists on the conventional class tropes. IMO 😛

There is a way to use D&D 5th Edition rules via their open gaming license: check it out here. I’m hesitant to do that b/c of legal stuff…and if I spend the time reading TFMs then that’s less time making stuff up. For now I’ve decided not to decide.

Speaking of reading you can see the tome The Viking Way by Neil Price pictured above. According to the publisher’s site, the book “examines the evidence for Old Norse sorcery, looking at its meaning and function, practice and practitioners, and the complicated constructions of gender and sexual identity with which these were underpinned.”

Cool stuff.

I first came across an excerpt of Dr. Price’s work and was intrigued…and then I stumbled across a lecture of his in YouTube which was fascinating. He’s an archaeologist so his take on Norse myth is informed by dig sites, etc.

I usually try to wrap these posts up in a tidy fashion but today…I got nothing. Enjoy the summer! Or winter (if you’re on the other side of the equator)!

mattbishopwrites

Fantasy author writing a series inspired by Norse myth.

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