History of Rants Part Two

Here is part two of my rant history on Facebook. Looking back on this rant about ranting, I can see I was trying to find an outlet but just didn’t know what. I do know now, and the possibilities are endless.

 

5th of February 2014

It seems it has circle has turned again, and the rant shall begin! What is a rant? A rant by definition is “speak or shout at length in an angry, impassioned way”, which originated from the Dutch word ranten from the late 16th century. There are five words in German, which mean to rant, four in Spanish and only two in French. Does this make the English language is more efficient than the Germans or does it meant that our rants are just more annoying!?
The word rant was used more in the 1800’s but dropped off in use during the 1900’s. But now it is back on the rise, does this mean that we have become rantier due to the influx of social media or have we more on to becoming more dignified? I wiL lt U 2 Dcide dat 4 urself. i hOp U hav a gr8 dA & fEl d rant!

 

19th of April 2014

About end of my birthday, I guess a rant is in order. To all who message me on the one particular time of the year. The only time of the year most people would go out of their way and say “happy birthday”. Well done, I feel the love all the way over here! For all those who haven’t, well have a nice day and may all your Karma come your way as you deserve it. But I haven’t ranted about rants. O to rant, such sweet ramblings! Only if rants can go forever and, we would feel justified to the moment! But like all rants no-one care or even likes, but we do it to feel better about oneself but in the end, we are people on their phone/tablet/laptop/desktop who have no life

Merry Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26th of August 2014

Once again the feeling of ranting has pressed upon my weary mind. As in times past, I have to take a point in ranting about ranting and this too will be in the spirit of the past, present, and future. What I love about my pure ranting is, in fact, it does not explain what is going thru my mind at the moment, nor need to go on about my comings and goings.

What I also love about an unbiased rant, is the freedom from said reader to interpreted how they wish it. It is never to clearly pointed out what this rambling is about; only to allow me to for fill the need to describe a need for it, as always it is just a rant.

But again as I feel the need for this jabbering, blubbering, gibberish, wordy excuse for a rant has come to an end. As always your rants or ramblings are neither to the point or need for explanation, as it is only for the author.

Review of Angela Pennisi’s Seminar: Copy Writing 101.

Here is another step toward being an author, this targets two crucial things all writers care about marketing and finances. Copywriting can help any writer achieve this. Angela comes from a psychosocial background as well as a fictional author. All her knowledge was from experience, research and also trial and error. This life experience helped to put the chance of becoming a copywriter an achievable feat.

It started off with Angela explaining what it means to be a copywriter and that is not someone who knows the copy-write law. From her lecture, she explained that being a copywriter was to help market and advertise businesses, through social mediums and their websites. The body of the work includes blogs, emails, websites or even old school sales letters and of course another important marketable subject; you. Everything you learn about this job including promoting yourself, this again is a most useful talent. Then she went on to explain how the job comes about.

First off is the Brief. There are a few keywords that the client wants to promote their business and a very general idea who, what, where, why, when and how this is known as the 5 W’s and how. These quantities help you understand what you need to promote your client. From Angela’s explanation, this can be frustrating as most customers have little or no knowledge about this. As a newer copywriter, you need to be aware of this and plan as such. After the Brief is the Draft stage which includes understanding that you will not have all the information. The use of grammatical programs helps in this juncture. The next is the Feedback. It can be troublesome with the newer customers; Angela suggests to ask them for their feedback written and try to keep it down to one as this will cut down on your workload. Using the feedback to understand where the article or blog needs to help flesh out what the client needs. With this brings about the polished final product. From her marvellous presentation, the process seems to pretty straight forward.

After this the seminar went on to asking the question ‘what makes a good copy?’, and what you need to accomplish this. The style was the first to be tackled. The need to understand what you’re writing is reflective such as language, formal and straight to informal blog. Does this show the voice of the client, and finally that you are consistent in this style. This is where I can see the apparent overlap of copy and writing, as understanding different means of communication of your written word and how to adapt to the individual voice of your characters. Then the other consideration you need to think about, such as the guidelines for Advertisement, using cliches, language and marketing considerations. Angela showed why each of these were important, as it made you aware of the thought process of being a good copywriter, and how to keep clients happy and returning business.

To finish off was an example of a recent customer, and how Angela went through it. It was surprising from the little information of the brief but she said this was a lot of information compared to past customers. Then the draft was created. She noted that she’d keep the idea on what the client wanted but once you have feedback it could all change. As the message the client wanted was not completely in line with what Angela first outlined, but this allowed her to modify the text to suit the customer and was approved.

In the end, this seminar was enlightening and will help anyone come to understand the ins and outs of the way of Copy.  An excellent introduction on how to become a copywriter, thank you, Angela, for running this workshop.

Authors that have Inspired me: Part Three

In my previous blog, I forgot one particular author that I didn’t mention in my twenties. This author who is one of my fifteenish number ones is J.K. Rowling’s, just like Battleaxe by Sara Douglass this one was sprung on me during Christmas. A friend of the family thought it would be a great read, I been resisting reading this series as I don’t like to get into what is a fad. Again this brought me into a world of such imagination. Not only was it set in this world, but it was the world within a world. Coming up with such an idea was a masterpiece. After I had read this, I could understand why all those children picked up Harry Potter and fell in love with it. After that I became a massive fan of the books, standing in line from 7 o’clock in the morning to receive the fifth book and I did that for every future book release. Many times have I heard people insult and outright hate these novels. Every single time I hear someone say something bad, I had to retaliate with this speech “Do you know one thing that Harry Potter has brought to the world?” they always reply “What is that?”. This always gets those haters “It doesn’t matter if you love it or hate it. Harry Potter has done one thing, it has brought whole generations of children back to the written word!” How can you argue with that logic?

My thirties have been fantastic with my reading, more often than not I have been pushed into reading books by friends. The first book was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, my current flatmate keep on asking when was I going to read this. I keep shrugging it off, I wasn’t interested in some random book! After years of him basically begging me, I thought fine not reading anything right now, why not? Why did I take so long to read this book, I didn’t put it down for more than a minute, and every time I had the book in my hand, there was he, my friend giving me such a look of self-satisfaction. This had everything that should be in a book, a fantastic hero who is telling his story way after the fact, great villains still don’t know who they really are, supporting characters so well thought out. I could go on and on and on about this book, it gave me so much insight into writing and how to write a fantastic, well thought out book.

This wasn’t his last big novel that he strongly demanded, I mean to suggest for me to read. This next book has become an obsession of all my friends now. It is the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Here is another magic filled Earth, another reality coinciding with the normal ‘muggle’ world. And here is Harry Dresden, just coming out and say ‘Hi, I’m a wizard’ with a little boomstick wave. The lore in this book series, oh my golly gosh! So many different lores, legends and myths Jim draw upon to create this rich world. I have read these books time and time again, they are one of the first things I pick up, and I brought all of them again on my Kindle so I could always have them on me. We have discussed how to translate this into a game, other story lines have been kicked around for my friends and me. If you haven’t read this book, you should! A mixture of crime, urban fantasy, mythology, magic, drama, coming of age, and it is just a fantastic read.

It seems that there will be a part four of my top ones, who would think that this whole blog would be dedicated to only three authors. There is not much else I can say about Jim, JK and Patrick, each one of these novels was ‘forced’ on to me and I will always be grateful to my friends who did this to me. If a friend suggests a book, maybe it’s time to pick it up as you might be surprised.

What I have been up to.

You know what the best thing is? It is writing twenty-five pages  for my novel over two days. I can believe my motivation of late, I do know the source. Last week I had my monthly meeting for writing, and it was the first time for a while that I felt that people were looking down at me. I think that just gave me a kick up the ass and get back on that horse! Doesn’t matter the details as I wrote twenty-five pages! Tomorrow, maybe another ten or twenty, who knows 😀 ! I’m on a roll, thank you person making me feel insignificate!

Unexpected Discoveries

A couple of Saturdays ago, my friend Stephen and I were holding our first lecture; World-building: for Fictional Writers and Campaign settings. After five weeks of work and promotion; this is a lot of hard yakka! The night before I went down, rearranged seats, tables and brought chocolates with notepads for our participants. Even something small always seems to make a little difference. I woke up at four thirty am and apparently so did Stephen, my offsider. When your mind racing with anticipation, it will beat any old alarm clock. Didn’t think a suit was needed as I was wearing smart casual, but Stephen didn’t think so; typical planners, always over preparing. As this was our first lecture,  anxiety seems reasonable but that question niggles your mind. How many people will rock up? My guess was between five to ten.. There we waited. Ten am rolled around, nobody. Ten past ten, still not a living soul. At this point, one walks in… And he was the only one.

Now you see this and think, great here goes another rant about ranting or he will give some speech on ‘I put myself out there and nothing! Why even try?!’. If you think that is going to happen, read the title, Unexpected Discoveries. Shannon Wright was such a discovery.

After introducing ourselves, we asked what about his background is and wow, he was a beta tester for role playing games and had knowledge of many gaming systems. He stated why that our lecture would give some insight into the creating of worlds. First question there, what are you working on so we have some idea on how we could help. He asked me something about my world; I talked about the speed of travelling on a road in Favinonia. Then he asks a question which I couldn’t answer ‘How does know the knowing the speed of the trip impact on your story?’, after mumbling over some pathetic replies, I didn’t know.

Then he recounted a story about doing a game in a traditional system; the first kid wanted to be a typical archetype class, straight from the players handbook and that was it. The boy’s younger sister wanted to play too, and her character was a princess who can talk to animals. As there was no class representing this concept, he chooses something close to it then make up the rest. Then the next youngest wanted to play as the animal companion of the Princess that was no problem. Now it time to roll up the stats and read what all this means. As older players, that is all good but with kids, it is pretty annoying. Then he had an epiphany and this why he was here about world creation, Shannon was creating his role-playing system.

The System is called ‘Enter the Dreamscape’ and the best way to describe it is if you can think it up, you can do it. After hearing this, both myself and Stephen were excited to create characters, as we are used to other systems which could take hours. We were surprised at how quickly it was to create a character and a concept. My concept was Blood Avatar in an exo-suit and Stephen was a Shadow Imperial Chinese Dragon. Both ideas were acceptable and much more. Say if I wanted to be a clay sculpture of a Hercules that had come to life, I could. This concept is similar to the Hero System as you think it can happen. The difference between Heroes and Dreamscape is time and understanding. Took me half a day to read, choose and understand in creating a character. And that is not even understanding on how to play the game. Within ten minutes, I created a character and came up with my concept, then how to play it was instinctual. You have a Mental and Physical attributes, seven general skills, traits and powers which have a connection with these two characteristics. That is it, as they choosen at random, all that stops you is your imagination. Then Shannon levelled us up, and that took no time at all. And if we wanted to we had the option of changing our concepts or evolving them. I choose to develop, so it became Blood Avatar with Rune Exosuit as I was very Physical but lacked in Mental attribute, so the runes part change that and made me more balanced.

I spent nearly six hours with Shannon, most of that was talking about world creation and role-playing, then being excited about play testing his system. I can tell you that I have never once had this complete understanding of a system in mere minutes. As this will be a unique in the role-playing games of today. I know from Shannon that he will be kick-starting this later in the year and I will be not only one of his beta-testers but a supporter of the project.  From the young, inexperienced player to the most veteran gamer, this will be a great game to play in. Keep an eye out for following up blogs on my experience with this system.

Authors that have Inspired Me: Part Two

When I first started this blog I thought I would finish it in part one. How wrong was I. This takes off after that Christmas. My next author that grace my life was David Eddings, I started with his first book. Finding in the public library, and the name of it was Pawn of Prophecy. If it weren’t for Sara, I wouldn’t give David a second look. Later he was joined by his wife Leigh. The lands, people, and history were so precious it made me understand the how a world could be created and I thank him and his wife for that experience. Sadly, David and Leigh have passed from this world and I hope they are reincarnated in their own imaginations as that would truly be heaven.

Around this same time I found two authors Raymond E. Feist and Robin Hobbs, their first books respectively are Magician and Assassin’s Apprentice. With Mr Feist, he is one of my ‘must buy’ authors if I see one of his books I always ask myself is food really necessary. Nearly every time is a no. While Ms Hobbs, is a fantastic read and I love the character Fitz as he is that secret hero, the true underdog which everyone can root for. Due to Eddings and Douglass I found other authors like Feist and Hobbs, again I am glad I was ‘forced’ to read my present.

Now during my twenties, I pick up many authors but only a few ended up on my number one list. First off was Kate Jacoby, Exile’s Return. This is a weird choice for me as when I first read it; I couldn’t immerse myself in her writing style. So there it was sitting in a box for years, eventually, I looked at it picked it up one day, and though why the heck not. And the rest, as they say, is history.  Another particular one, Baker’s Boy by J.V. Jones. I love this series, again an underdog story with a secret hero. This theme is a type of fantasy as I think as the reader you can relate to an underdog story line more than an immortal god-type main character. These characters do have a soft spot in my heart, like Superman but there is always something about the overlooked that appeals to me.

The last two I would like to talk about in this part is Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks. Terry Goodkind wrote the Sword of Truth series and his first book was Wizard’s First Rule. These series of books strangely became better than the previous book. Each one delved into another fantastic land where there were strong male and female characters, and everything was quite balanced. Terry Brooks Demon series was the first book I read which was set on Earth instead of a different world and another thing it was set over only three days. My own book is using this type of storytelling, it was unusual but great. I love both of these authors and how they showed me again different ways of writing.

So that is it for this part. Hopefully, I finish this series of blogs in part three. See you next time.

Ode to Rant: A History of Rants.

Looking back over the years I had written a few rants about ranting I do have some others, but they are more severe, well not as fun. Each of these rants did help me to find my way through some difficult times. The last one on this blog, I think was my first indication I was meant for better things, but it still took another three years for me to realise the path. Ode to rant!

 

17th of January 2012

What does Sam Like, Sam Like ranting! The rant, a favourite thing of the average person on Facebook. Ode to the rant, such sweet rambling. Only if I could go on such random rant about rants. How can I describe such a nice lovely fixture of words?
But like all rants, this one must end as the ranter is at a loss for words. May all your rants be random and enlightening, be at peace and laugh once in a while, and think of others.

But not too much

15th of July 2012

It’s been a while since I have ranted for the sake of ranting! How can I put this new but continue rant into words? Shall I be formal? Ode to rant, how sweet methinks twas to be frank and straight wilt thee. Could only word perchance be the gift of thine has on this ball of earth? Maybe mine shrift that I am judicious, but shall I then come roundly to thee have acquaintance with my desires as this is mine rant. But enough of this ungodly language let’s be simple and direct.

RANT IS GOOD, ME AM ‘APPPY

9th of December 2012

Good morning to all my friends out there, again I have come to a new rant. Thrice before I have ranted about ranting, I have enjoyed these rants but now wish to make one that has been inspired by a book.

The two books I have just read of recent, are The Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I will not go too much into the storyline as it would ruin the book for anyone to read. The main character is a man named Kvothe (pronounced as Quothe). I will not describe him; I will not talk about his history or his happenstance in the book. Most of this are how he has affected my thinking, this, of course, is due to the excellent writing style of Mr Rothfuss.

Some of you might know of me as a cook/chef at Montezuma or some as a student at QUT. Some knew at school, some thru even Facebook. Family and friends, some very dear to my heart, even if we have little or no contact. Knowledge and understanding are my bread and butter, my need to understand all walks of life. Sometimes this is just in passing, others I throw my life and soul into existence! Gaming, cooking, and math are three of examples. Two of them are significant failures; one is an over-indulgence. But again I digress. My curiosity has gotten me in trouble many of times. My of the need to know, this is what truly drive my soul! Knowledge, no woman (or man) touch could overcome this. Even words can not encompass my real feelings. People say that I am smart, intelligent and some think of me as slow, stupid, even mentally retarded. Very few have seen every facade of my personality. Most will as always under or overestimate my abilities. The more I write on this, even I do not quite understand myself. Kvothe and the author are my new inspiration; I need to return to the path which I have zig-zag for most of my life. I need to finish what I have started! I wouldn’t like to push as this would irritate me and cause grief for both parties. Most people who might pick up this book series, will not come to the epiphany I have, some will not quite understand the character ( this is apparent with some reviews). I am 33 years old; life is supposed to begin at 30. I guess I didn’t get the email. My life has remained trapped in amber.

Again lets my life’s journey begin