“- When you began writing in your adult life, it felt like coming home. Back then, it was less like work than happiness, a return to the sunlit playground. That innocent pleasure has faded with the need to earn a living but even now, on a good day, there is nothing quite like it.
- You are alone. When you started out, you might have gone on a creative writing course which peddled the myth of teamwork, consultation and “feedback”. You have discovered, as you grow as a writer, what nonsense that is. Yours is a private project. If anything, sailing your rackety little boat as part of a flotilla actually increases the chance of it sinking.
- You are unreliable, a spy in the house of those you love. You may believe that you do not use the real world, sometimes with unattractive ruthlessness, but you do. Sooner or later, the stuff that really matters to you will appear in some form in your writing.
- You have an interest in stationery that borders on the obsessive. You may have developed a similar fascination with the new technology, but you would probably be wise to guard against that.
- You write a book, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. It turned out not to be the perfect work you once envisaged but, for better or worse, it has reached its destination. If you are lucky enough to be asked to talk about it months later when it is published, you will see it from the outside, almost as if it has been written by a stranger. Your mind is on what you are writing now.
- You know that your best work is in front of you.
- You wake up one day and discover that the excitements and disappointments involved in being published have become little more than a sideshow which, if taken seriously, will drive you round the bend. Success and failure very often involve things over which you have no control: luck, fashion, timing, being published by a marketing genius (or moron).
- You find yourself, rather shamingly being rather sparing when you write letters. You are not being paid. It is not part of your work. Words are your capital.
- You may not be terribly good socially. Because much of your most intense experience takes place in your writing, you can have a semi-absent air about you which others may, with some justification, find irritating or rude. This personal dysfunction can mess up your marriage, your family, your life. Sometimes you worry that one day you will be alone with only your words for company.”—
It just keeps going. You should read the whole thing. Wise words by Terence Blacker (from his ENDPAPERS column in the Society of Authors Magazine, THE AUTHOR), for anyone who is, who loves, or wants to be an author. (via neil-gaiman)
”- You never, if you write fiction, talk about your work in progress. You learn quite early that, once the steam is let out of a story through talk, it can never be recovered. When a would-be writer tells you every turn of the novel they are planning, you know they will never write it..”
This. This very much. This is why I never want to talk about what I intend to write - and why I never want anyone to read my work in progress. Once it’s out of my head, it’s gone forever, so I prefer to use this one opportunity to put the words on paper, where they belong.
(I’m not an author, though, I’m a writer, because while I do write stuff, I really need to work on self-discipline necessary to actually finish anything. Bah.)
I hate it when you just randomly get hit with crippling embarrassment over something you did years ago and you’re writhing with your hands over your face trying to tell the memory to go away omg shut the fuck up
There have of late been a few requests for scents that do not fall under the Dragon Age/Mass Effect umbrella. Unfortunately, not all of these are possible due to an unfamiliarity with the source material.
Scent of a Warden is looking at undergoing a major expansion effort in order to accommodate more of these requests than are possible at the present time. Although there are a wide range of areas in which expansion is a distinct possibility, priority will always be given to arenas where custom perfumes can be created for people’s unique player characters. Therefore, what follows is a list of games that I have played and other fandom arenas for which I would be able to produce perfume blends:
Star Wars: The Old Republic
World of Warcraft
Silent Hill (predominantly 1-4)
Tabletop Role-Playing Games
Mage: The Ascension (‘Classic’ World of Darkness)
Vampire: The Masquerade (‘Classic’ World of Darkness)
Werewolf: The Apocalypse, including Changing Breeds (‘Classic’ World of Darkness)
Changeling: The Dreaming (‘Classic’ World of Darkness)
Mage: The Awakening (New World of Darkness)
Werewolf: The Forsaken (New World of Darkness)
Changeling: The Lost (New World of Darkness)
The Dresden Files
The Hunger Games
A Game of Thrones
This list will likely grow as time goes on and I gain further experience with other video games (the list of impending video games, for example, includes Baldur’s Gate, Elder Scrolls, Assassin’s Creed and Knights of the Old Republic), but please feel free to ask about anything you do not see on the existing list. I may not be able to produce it immediately, but all queries regarding further scent blend possibilities will be added to the list of potentials and help to expand the scent base further.
I will likely be starting a Kickstarter page for this project in the near future, so watch this space.
Signal boost and a possible note to self, once I get some cash.