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Patrick O'Duffy
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I

STILL

LIVE

but probably not for long if I don't get some goddamned rest
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It's 2018, and I'm back.

2017 couldn't kill me.

But it did leave me pretty beat up, and I've been working at recovering - setting goals, lining up tasks, making plans to get things done and get books written.

How's that been working out?

<insert waggling-hand gesture>

Some good, some bad.

But sometimes the bad is almost good.
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Some heroes don't wear capes.

Some just have hoses sticking out of their faces that keep them breathing at night.

I am that hero. I am Darkman... shit, wait, this is the wrong script.

Sigh. Anyway, please enjoy this story of how I'm bravely - SO BRAVELY - working to overcome relatively mild health issues and get back to writing.
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What - another blog post already?

Yes, but this one's kind of cheating, because it's a link to me being asked questions by ace designer/author Filamena Young, as part of the launch of her new SF novel Dead Machines.

But I still talk about the usual sort of things - death, storytelling, laziness, robots - and it's a fun time.

Follow the link to follow the link to read the Q&A to buy the books to so on and you know the drill.
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Now that I've admitted to months of being in a funk, it's tempting to indulge that funk and let it be an excuse for not writing.

I'm pretty tired of my excuses, though, so I'm getting back to work on The Obituarist III, whether I like it or not.

I'm hoping YOU like it, though, and so here's the first page or so of the work-in-progress. Holler if'n you want to see more.
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2016 was a pretty lousy year. We can all agree on that.

2017... man, 2017 is here to take a shit in your mouth while you sleep and there is fuck-all you can do about it.

For me, 2017 has mostly been a year of weariness, paralysis, existential angst and not posting on the internet like I'm supposed to.

But maybe there's still a little time to fight back against that. And to remind all y'all that I'm still alive.
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You can have all the planning and organisation and good intentions in the world, yet still get half/a quarter/10% of the way into a project and realise that it's not the right thing for you.

That's what's happened with me and The Obituarist 3. But rather than abandoning it, I managed to work out what I actually WANTED to write, and now I'm doing that.

Well, not 'now' in the sense of 'this week', 'cos I had day job and social engagements and just found out Lucha Underground is on Netflix - but in the broader scheme of things, I'm into it, I'm solving the puzzles and I'm PUMPED.
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I have a desk calendar-planner, because I'm busy and I need to keep track of things. On February's, I wrote 'WRITE THE FUCKING BOOK' in the general to-do section, and underlined it three times.

SPOILER: I did not, in fact, write the fucking book.

But I did write a kinda whiny, self-indulgent end-of-month blog post where I castigate myself for procrastinating. So, um, that's something.
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Short stories set in the 13th Age by +Rob Heinsoo, +Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, +Patrick O'Duffy, and me. They're sequels to +Greg Stolze's Forgotten Monk, and my piece has a religious angle. It’s the third game-fiction short story I've had published, and it’s the best. The other two were terrible.
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We folks who enjoy genre fiction - we all like intricate and engaging world building, right? Even ostensibly 'real world' stories like romance and crime still need a setting around them - and when you get into SF and fantasy, then welooooovvvveeee all the detail that makes a world fascinating and unique. That stuff's like crack.

And like crack, it rots your teeth and you have to wear filter masks while you make it.

Yes, it's me, Inappropriate Metaphor Guy, and I'm here to talk about the joy of world building, and why for me it's a joy that's more like a vice I need to indulge as carefully and infrequently as possible, lest I spend all my time down a verisimilitude K-hole.

...that's a hell of a phrase. I should trademark that.

http://patrickoduffy.com/world-building-is-a-hell-of-a-drug/
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