Last Saturday was four years of blogging for me. I just posted my 50th silhouette post. I even managed to reach Pundit level. But there is another milestone coming up. This post is my 973rd. That means, at a rate of a post about every other day, I'll be at 1000 in 2 months.
I know there are folks that have more posts than that or have been around for longer, but for me and my personality it feels like a big achievement.
I've had an idea for a while now that I would make some sort of publication on my 1000th post. I figured I would let you know rather than just spring it out of nowhere (though I hate even announcing it because I can feel the fear welling up inside and the desire to procrastinate this off to some other unspecified time).
I love the blogs as an ongoing conversation and don't like the idea that to be a part of our hobby seriously you have to publish something. That being said, there is a time for looking over all the conversations you've had and trying to build something from the whole. A second level of making. And with 1000 posts I think there should be plenty of meat here to make something larger than a sum of the separate posts that make it up. So, that's what I'm aiming for.
The idea is a book to help DMs get a game going on a Friday night. Tools basically. And probably aimed more at the newer DM (experienced folks have probably already crafted similar tools out of necessity). My current plan is to put it up on Lulu as a free download and a hardcover at cost. Maybe someday I can revise this and get some awesome art and charge for it, but for now I just want to get a solid draft out the door.
There are still a few tools I don't have worked out yet. I hope to address them in the coming months. But whatever the results, I'm putting a book out on the 1000th post. No excuses. I suppose I might start trying to dodge the bullet by delaying posting, but I have to get this done by mid August because that is when my work ramps up again and I'll be out of time.
I feel odd to announce this when everyone is talking about Jack Vance's passing, but what better way to commemorate him, and Harryhausen, by making something fantastic?
Okay, wish me luck.