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Grinding: Diablo 3, Knitting, Writing… LIFE — 17 Comments

  1. That sweater is absolutely gorgeous! I was going to offer to ‘test drive’ it for you, WE GOT COLD! But you said you’d had cool enough weather to do it yourself.
    Love the analogies, too. And they are right on target. Without a goal, like NaNoWriMo right now, I just flounder a lot. I needed to write a 3rd in one of my series and couldn’t seem to get started. So I’m doing it in NaNoWriMo. Even having to go out of town for 3 days, I wrote enough ahead of time that if I didn’t get any writing done I wouldn’t get behind. That’s a first. Can’t wait for The Owner’s Tale also.

    • It was warm. 😀

      Got through most of The Owners’ Tale bugs yesterday. Hoping to finish today, but first I have to do my live writing of the next chapter of Dead Man’s Party for the How to Write a Novel class.

      That story is going in some STRANGE directions.

  2. I love it when you use gaming to explain things, and I’m looking forward to that Owner’s Tale!

    (btw, you don’t need to go through the campaign when you start a D3 season, you can go directly to bounties and rifts 😀 )

    • I always start with a new seasonal character. So I always end up doing the campaign. 😀

      And thank you. I’m glad that’s useful for you. I love video games (well, some of them, anyway). Because I play enough, and am deeply familiar with a lot of different games, they’re a good source of relevant analogies.

  3. the sweater is beautiful. as an artist, I appreciate the colors and how they work.
    With my own series, Gehenna, which I wrote book one, Gabriel’s Lines, to honor mom, I was missing a big mystery. I found it when I finished the book and realized who Dr. Bitten was wasn’t the mystery, (Well, it was in book one) why he was chosen is.
    Has that ever happened to you?
    Anyway, I set objectives for things and finishing them always makes me happy. Even if it is a painting I finished six months late because of the passing of a parent.

    • With my own series, Gehenna, which I wrote book one, Gabriel’s Lines, to honor mom, I was missing a big mystery. I found it when I finished the book and realized who Dr. Bitten was wasn’t the mystery, (Well, it was in book one) why he was chosen is.
      Has that ever happened to you?

      Constantly. It’s what I call “dancing naked on a rooftop” — the experience of writing what you see as fiction only to recognize once it’s published that, although you’ve done a good job of changing all the details, because you LIVED it you can still recognize the real story behind the fiction. And you didn’t even know you’d included that part of your life in the story.

      It’s something both Becca and I discuss a bit in Episode 19 of Alone in a Room with Invisible People: What Motivates You to Write Fiction?

      And I’m sorry for your loss.

      • thank you. My mom had lived with lupus for thirty years and she made me promise, once she passed, I would stop cutting my fiction and art so gehenna 1 was written in her memory. 96,000 words, I did not edit to be nice and I included what I wanted to see as you say I am my first reader.

        Tempo Keeper, once I finish the revision has a lot of me in it, too. another story/character I did not realize what I did in but it works.

  4. That’s a beautiful sweater. And I really want to read the finished book. And I loved your explanation on goal setting. Very well said. I might have to try that game😀. I know where you can find some cold and snow.lol

    • Oh, I so want cold. And snow…

      And it’s a good game. Gets a bit repetitive, but the rewards are fun and frequent.

      Still waiting to hear back from a couple of bug hunters on the book, so I don’t have a release date yet.

      And thank you. I love the way it turned out.

    • Thank you. Wearing the sweater now — with the windows open, it’s actually cold enough here, so I’m taking advantage of the weather while I can.

  5. Interesting post, but a bit odd definition of “grinding” from a gaming perspective–it’s normally used to refer to doing repetitive tasks over and over again, typically to level up. If a game requires grinding in order to complete it, that’s a negative thing to most people. For example, you have to kill 1000 easily dispatched enemies in a dull and mechanical way in order to level up, and only then are you strong enough to fight the boss.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grinding_(gaming)

    • Yup. That’s grinding.

      In writing fiction, Ray Bradbury’s estimate was that you need to write a million bad words before you get to the good ones.

      I’m guessing that you need to knit about a million bad stitches to get to the ones where you start understanding how to design on the needles, how to get a garment to fit without knitting swatches, and how to do all the other things that knitters who don’t work from patterns do.

      And in Diablo… you have to kill a LOT of shit to get a Disembodied Hand.

  6. I’m soooo excited about the Owner’s Tale! Can’t wait!

    And, OMG, that sweater is gorgeous. I crocheted for a while, but I didn’t persist long enough to get really good at it. Seeing your stained glass makes me think seriously about getting back into it. Because, seriously, that is really cool. And cooler still because you made it for yourself with your own hands and brain–there isn’t another one like it anywhere.

    • 😀 Thank you. That sweater gave me my Ph.D in Applied Profanity.

      I tried a ton of different things, then ripped back over and over, until I got it to the final version.

      There’s this amusing image of knitters as these quiet, calm, timid little women sitting patiently with their sticks and strings.

      Can’t speak for everyone, but for me? Nope. Not that.

  7. Wow! Three objectives you really wanted. And you got them. Gives me a little hope that I’ll be able to scale my wants down to the three most important. (And yes, one is to get my current book straightened out in Scrivener and start writing more.)

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