Two Ideas to Tinker With

Gomez Addams

So, I’m out seeing ‘Detective Pikachu’, but I wanted to put down a few ideas that came to me recently.  These stem from other ideas I’ve tinkered with in the past.  Considering how little time I have to do any writing, I don’t know why I torture myself.  Still, I guess having a bunch of stuff outlined and in notes means I can work on it later.  I’ll put down the first two ideas and see if I want to share the third, which is more possible.  It’s also fairly unique.  Let’s get moving:


This isn’t a title, but a character.  Way back, I was in an RPG with other people who weren’t in a massive one the rest of our circle played.  It was a silly, one-shot game that involved going through a dungeon in a world where such a thing is a televised sport.  I needed to go strange, so I designed BERUMBO.  He was a forest gnome standing at about two feet tall.  He was a barbarian with metal claws and teeth . . . He also ATE PEOPLE!  I played a berserker cannibal.  Berumbo also had a high charisma, which meant he was the most adorable cannibal ever.  The crowed loved him no matter what he did because he was far too cute to hate.  My favorite exchange was this:

Contest Judge– I hope all of you have had your last meal.
Rest of the Team Pointing at Me– He hasn’t!
Berumbo– Yay!

I’ve never figured out what to do with him since that day, but I remember him more than some characters I played for multiple games.  He was a bad guy in one series, but that didn’t fit.  So, what to do?

The plan is to make a few characters that I can put with him and do a trilogy or something that’s just for fun.  Berumbo wouldn’t be the focus, but he would be fun.  I’m thinking a team of treasure hunters.  I could even design a sport in Windemere that revolves around treasure hunting or group combat.  Maybe have the main character be a bard who wishes to record the adventures of this group?  I’d have to really sit down and work with this idea since I don’t want it to be too close to the monster hunting trilogy.  That one had a group of cursed individuals while this one might be miscreants.  I mean, they’d have to be crazy to have Berumbo on the team.

Something with 100 Monsters?

There have been many times where I sat down and considered doing something more for kids.  It never panned out too well, but the idea typically revolved around the same concept: a character who needs to find 100 mystical creatures.  After playing Magic: The Gathering recently, I want to think about this again.  Putting it in Windemere could work since the Cerascent Archipelago is huge and would allow the characters to travel a lot.  I could do 5 books of 20 short stories each, but I need to figure out the stakes.

A big problem here is that I keep thinking really big, but I might not want to do that if I go for kids.  Yet, my current audience is primarily adult and my writing style might not work for children if I don’t simply my vocabulary.  Unless I just write it and make it a series that parents could read to their kids.  I guess my worry is that I’d get some people annoyed if the stories are too repetitive with the heroes always winning.  Yet, a series like this tends to be that way.  Having the character lose all of the gained monsters halfway through would destroy the idea and come off as me trying to draw things out.  This isn’t even the plot issue that has me worried.

Typically, I’ve had the hero in this idea be a noble with 2-3 friends.  They either need to save their kingdom, claim the throne, or undo a mistake by collecting these 100 spiritual animals.  I considered that each one would give the person a power if they bond with it, which makes me think this is a shamanistic culture.  100 powers is a ridiculous number to balance, so maybe use this to touch on the concept of chimeras?  The hero could have the power to transform into what they catch and I might do a random drawing to figure out who to use.  This could also be done in a way that the hero can’t control the monster they turn into.  Another idea is that there are multiple people going around collecting them and the finale is a contest between those who make it to the end.  This allows me to create a rival.  What if I make them siblings or even twins?  Again, the other headache here is if I can come up with at least 100 short stories that involve monster catching without losing the audience.

Summer Project

This is something I’m going to work on during the summer.  Not really much to say here, but I’ve been keeping enough secrets here.  Need to let one of them out before I burst and this is the safest one to reveal:

I’m going to write a ‘How to Write Fantasy’ book.

People have suggested this a bunch of times in the past because they say my blog posts are insightful and helpful.  I’ve already come up with 70 topics and am jotting down thoughts on each one during my lunch period.  No idea about a title, but I’m going to make it a very casual style.  The sections will be written in a blog post style without a lot of jargon and no sense that what I’m saying will work for everyone.  Doesn’t hurt to try this.  Just need to figure out if I’m adding images, what to do for a title, and cover art.  Thankfully, I’m not going to release this until possibly next year.  No rush considering nothing is moving these days.

Well, those are the three ideas I’ve been thinking about lately.  What do you think?

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – The Art of Bantering: Not as Easy as You Think by Charles E. Yallowitz

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Today another post from fantasy author Charles E. Yallowitz who has a wonderful blog where you can find stories, thoughts on life, book related posts and poetry. I will be sharing his final post next week.  This week a look at the art of ‘Banter’ the exchange between two people… usually comedic.

The Art of Bantering: Not as Easy as You Think by Charles E. Yallowitz

Claw-Man and Web-Dude? 😛

What exactly is banter these days? I know the official definition is a ‘playful or friendly exchange of teasing remarks’. Not exactly like what you see in  the above…

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Hello, I Must Be Going. I Cannot Stay. I Came to Say I Must Be Going

That’s what today feels like as I write this.  I’m typing this up before I leave for a family event.  Last night was a birthday party and tomorrow is ‘Detective Pikachu’ and another birthday gathering.  All of this is fun, but it can be exhausting.  Especially after the week I’ve had and the one I’m stepping into.  I’m going to categorize to make things easier.  Sadly, I don’t have a writing one because no progress in the WIP or sales has been made this week.  Just too busy.


I’ve found that it’s weird to call this work since I do enjoy going and the day typically goes by quickly.  There was a meeting this week, which took up some time.  Found that I wasn’t too interested in lunch, but that might be because people keep talking about my weight as if I can’t fit through doorways.  Maybe I’m doing a little stress eating and I haven’t managed to fit in biking time for the last month.  Wow, going off topic because there isn’t much I can say here.  A coworker got me to play chess a few times . . . I’m really bad at chess.

Next week is going to be more low key since it’s standard.  I have to take a day off for the life event.  If things go a certain way, I’ll be able to name it next weekend.

TV Shows

Not much here.  With ‘Into the Badlands’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ done, I don’t have much outside of Netflix.  I’m dragging my feet on ‘The Punisher’.  Maybe I should just get Hulu and hop on all the animes that I see.  Only reason I don’t is because I want to finish the Marvel Netflix shows before they’re gone.  I’m finding I mostly use TV for background while working on puzzles.  ‘Lucifer’ Season 4 was fun and kept my attention though.


This was the second biggest event of the week.  My old car needed to be replaced.  It could run, but wouldn’t pass inspection next month.  The key didn’t always turn when I wanted it to as well.  A family friend had a 2002 Toyota Camry that they were going to get rid of and it’s in amazing shape.  So, the paperwork was taken care of and the car is mine.  My son and I spent the morning experimenting with the buttons then taking it out for a test drive.  There are seat warmers, an AC/Heater vent for the back, lots of airbags, 6 CD player that has been loaded with Rock music, lots of compartments, and a built in sun shade on the rear window.  I haven’t figured out the alarm nuances yet, so I’ll probably be setting that one off for a while.  My son is loving the digital compass built into the rear view mirror that he reads while we drive.  He wants me to try the moon roof again, but I still can’t figure out how to close it completely.  No idea why I would use it either.  Nice to have something go my way for once too.  It’s first real journey will be to ‘Detective Pikachu’ tomorrow.


This was the scary part of the week.  My son had a small cold early on and panicked one morning before school.  He gets nervous when he’s sick because he fears throwing up.  He usually calms down once he gets to school, but I guess something went awry this time.  It resulted in a really big asthma attack that involved him being put in a wheelchair as a precaution.  Thankfully, my mom was able to get to him quickly and his doctor saw him immediately.  Grandma had the magic touch to get him to relax and eat.  There was some life event drama around his medication too, but a day of rest got him back on track.  The first person to call me about it didn’t reveal how severe it was, so I’m glad I talked to the nurse and got the true picture.  Otherwise, things could have gone south and I was able to tell his doctor that he was really having trouble breathing.  It threw me off for the rest of the day, but the other teachers understood why I had to step out to take care of things.  I would have stayed home with him, but my parents are around and I trust them to take care of him.  He was in fighting shape by the end of the day and earned his first green stripe in martial arts.

Staying on the family topic, my son has a big chorus concert on Monday.  I’m excited because he’s been singing ‘Queen’ songs for months in preparation.  They seem to be doing a medley of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘We Will Rock You’, and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.  There are other songs involved, but he only cares about this collection.  Of course, this is why he insisted on both ‘Queen’ CD’s being included in my CD player choices.  I’ve got 2 of those, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, and Velvet Revolver.

The Future

As I said, the life event will be rising up as well as a few other things.  The week is going to start well and then get a little crazy.  Next weekend is Memorial Day, so I’ll be spending 3 days of fun with my son.  Depends on the weather since the big thing is a trip to the zoo and then we aren’t sure.  I have to cook some meals for the following week because I’m getting into a busy period.  Not too hard since the little guy wants to help.  Just a Penne with homemade Vodka Sauce and made cooked up a bunch of chicken filets to make dinners easier throughout the week.

Writing-wise, I have a post going up tomorrow about some ideas that I’m tinkering with when I can.  One takes more priority.  War of Nytefall: Eradication needs 5 days of all writing to get done.  I might be able to whittle away that number by using nights and get myself down to a weekend.  Really hoping this story is coming out well because of all the breaks.  We’ll see what happens.  Maybe I’ll get lucky and retain enough energy to write a section tonight after the family gathering.

Goals of the Week

  1. Teaching time!
  2. Son time!
  3. Writing time!
  4. Blog post scheduling time!
  5. Eating time!
  6. Sleeping time!
  7. Life event time . . . Ugh!
  8. Cooking time!
  9. Detective Pikachu!!!!

Oh, man!  Pandora just started playing ‘Dearly Beloved’, which is the theme from ‘Kingdom Hearts’ theme.  Making me tear up because I’ve been having these strange bouts of vivid nostalgia.  Almost like my heart and mind want to go back in time because of all the stress.  I really need to find a way to get this out of my system, but I’m not sure if texting or blogging would work.  Guess it wouldn’t hurt to try and make it a Sunday post for next weekend.

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A tiny update

Entertaining Stories

I need to get back to my writing, but an update is in order.

First an apology. I signed up for the OWS CyCon, in an attempt to reach new readers. They have a lot going on, so I could only manage so much. One of the things I did was enter several cover wars and character battles.

Earlier, I asked for your support, but the voting apparatus let everyone down. It simply does not function. You guys turned out, but were unable to cast any votes. For this, I am sorry. I hate “going to the well” in the first place, but when something doesn’t work it makes me look bad.

At any rate, the convention people are trying to remedy this by using a different service. The only thing up so far that I’m involved in is Fantasy Cover Wars. The new voting link is here.


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And another one

Entertaining Stories

The Fantasy Character Battles have also been reconstructed. If you love the root monsters, you can give them a vote here. I’m currently behind my competitor at the time of this post.

Again, I appreciate everyone of you.

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Ye Olde Bed Shoppe: Putting ‘Z’ in Salez . . . We Can’t Afford a Proofreader

Overlooking an Empty bed

Welcome to our popular bed store.  Please feel free to try any model that you want.  We have hammocks, cots, bunk beds, full, twin, queen, king, water, canopied, adjustable, futons, race cars, Murphy, trundle, air mattresses, day, sleigh, and . . . Hello?




Why does every customer fall asleep on their first choice?

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My Freelance Writing Portfolio

Nicholas C. Rossis

As part of my efforts to make writing my full-time job, I’ve taken on some freelance writing–mostly blog posts and web content. I am sharing below a kind testimonial and some samples of my work. Future jobs will be shared on my new Freelance Writing Portfolio page.

So, if you’re looking for someone to help with your blog or website, I hope you’ll consider me!

InSync Media

I have worked on a number of projects for InSync Media. These include blog posts and web content for:

Nicholas has worked on several copywriting projects for my company, InSync Media, over the last several months. I keep coming back to Nicholas because of his professionalism, quick turnaround times, over delivering on the required word count, and seamlessly including keywords to our specific requirements. Plus, his writing is enjoyable to read, even on technical subjects!…

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