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  • A Proper Introduction

    A Proper Introduction: Looking at my previous posts and this site, I realize I have not properly introduced myself, so this is your proper introduction to N. Larl. Yes, I have told you some things about me, without telling you why I may seem familiar to you. I had to change my online name and my website due to copyright infringements. I would rather not be sued for “stealing” even if I have been known under the name for many, many years. They do not care about those things, only which of us got to the copyright office first. I used to role-play on many unofficial UO shards. I have always had a multitude of characters on any shard I played on, but the one I thought of as home, was “The Genesis Shard”. Most there knew me as either Andromeda or Rommie and this is the avatar I used: I am sure some of you just left and cancelled your subscription to this blog. Good for you, way to hold a grudge. Have a wonderful, happy life (No sarcasm intended). For those of you still with me, “Hi!” It has been a while, I am glad to see you […]

  • Personal Growth & Changes

    New for me Anyone that knows me, knows that I am always reading, studying and learning new things. This has led to personal growth & changes in me as well as my writing. I will not bore you with all the gory details of this process, unless you request them. Just a few of those responsible for my insights are: Jeff Goins, Bryan Hutchinson as well as J.E. & M. Keep The Old I have read through my old blog posts. To be honest, they are beyond boring. I found myself not really caring about what I wrote. That is sad and I am sorry if I bored you. Let me rephrase. I care about the things I have blogged about thus far. I simply find it ho-hum in a world filled with millions of such posts. The New I love to write. If I do not write every day, I feel off, wrong, cranky and not myself. I need it almost as much as I need the air I breathe. Since I need to write, isn’t that what my blog should be? Me writing? From now on, that is what you’re going to get, my writing. You may or […]

  • Guilt

    Guilt: Guilt is the thing that holds me back the most. I’m not talking about religious guilt, although some days it does play its part in my world. I’m talking about the guilt I feel when I write instead of doing things with family or friends. The guilt of sitting here writing instead of doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom or any of a million household chores I think I should be doing. Every day: I feel guilty for not role-playing with my friends the way I used to. Guilt plagues me when my better half is out working his tail off while I sit here and write. People I used to talk to every day I now only talk to a few times a year, MAJOR guilt there. Family has drifted away and apart leaving me to feel guilty for not taking more time to nurture those relationships. A Real Life Story: To help you understand the level of my guilt, let me share a story with you. I took the kids shopping for some much-needed shoes (a never-ending expense for most parents). They were having a wonderful sale, so I bought myself a pair of boots while I […]

  • Reading Challenge

    October Reading Challenge I have decided to read a LOT in October. With the writing challenge looming over my head for November, I thought what better time to read than now. Not only am I reading, I am going the extra step to post reviews on Goodreads. I usually keep my opinions about books to myself. This is new for me, but that is the fun in life. Doing things we have not done before. I do not expect anyone to really care what I think, like or dislike about their books. The idea is to actually absorb the story/information and give an honest unsolicited opinion about it. I have always been an avid reader, sometimes to the point of distraction. It is high time I let the authors I enjoy know that they are appreciated with words as well as cash. I will try to share what I’m currently reading as well as a copy of my reviews on the Library forum here in the Lair. I finished a book called “Led into Temptation” by: J. E. & M. Keep and Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story “A Descent into the Maelstrom” that is part of “The Essential Tales and […]

  • NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo For those of you that do not know what NaNoWriMo is, I will try to explain it to you. Share with you the attraction and hopefully inspire your creative genius. Don’t balk at that, everyone has one. NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writers Month which is November. Writers the world over gather at NaNoWriMo.org to encourage each other. Learn about their craft. Challenge one another and otherwise socialize with other writers. We do all of this while trying to knock out a whopping 50,000 words in the month of November. For those scratching their heads at the math, that is 1,667 words a day. I confess, the first time I saw that number I thought it was a daunting task. I did not see how it was possible for a mediocre typist to accomplish this task. Me being me, I had to try it. I desperately wanted to get my first book finished. I was amazed at how easy it became with the community and accountability that NaNoWriMo provided. Write Ins These are very simple. Writers gather online (virtual write in) or in person. Then they write. Usually with a topic or idea and a set amount of time. While […]

  • US Politics & The Green Party

    US Politics & The Green Party Politics in the USA Politics are not something I usually discuss, because most people’s opinions are based on loyalty and fear, not intelligent research. I did say most, not all. With yet another presidential election looming on the horizon in the USA, I felt an obligation to share. For those not aware of how our presidential elections work, this site may be helpful: About the Electoral College. If you think the USA only has two or six political parties, you are very wrong. Here is a list of an insane number of them: Political Parties List As you can see, the political process in the USA is a very complicated thing. Even before you get to local matters, lobbyists and money issues it is convoluted. Personally, I believe it gets more complicated so that fewer people will vote. That is my personal opinion and I have no proof, just a gut feeling. One thing drives me buggy about most politicians and their parties. Ask “how” they plan to fix an issue, you get political double talk or smoke blown up your skirt. Neither tells you a thing about how they will fix the problem. […]

  • New forums update:

    All about the new forums: I just installed new forums today so there is very little in there. I am working on adding to them, but wanted to let everyone know what I’m up to today. The setup is fairly simple and straight forward which always helps. I will connect the forums and my posts here shortly so you can all have your say about things once again. Users: So far it seems to recognize all of our current members. If you have a problem, please post it if you can or e-mail us at: Support@nlarl.com. What to expect: There are going to be private a specialty areas for those of you with darker desires and the inclination to play rough or that wish to role play. Working on the FAQ section and general information as well, to help everyone have more fun. We will also have a suggestion area for you. Completely unrelated: With the presidential election in the U.S. right around the corner, I will post something about it here in the near future. I promise it will not be another boring opinion on the two lousy candidates from the Republicans and Democrats. Comment

  • Remodeling? Feels Like We’re Moving

    Landlord says remodeling, but it feels more like we’re moving. The good news is: In about two weeks, the landlord is replacing the old, nasty carpet that has been here for over a decade. This is great news, the place has needed new flooring since before we moved in. The bad news is: As we look at what there is to move, we realize, not only do we need to go through everything, there is no place to put the large items from the living room, bedroom and office to give easy access to the floors. It is amazing the amount of stuff we have accumulated and acquired over the last ten years and how much this small apartment actually holds. The solution: We realized that we are going to need a storage unit until this is all said and done. It looks like we’re moving with boxes, packing materials, tape, markers and scissors scattered across the living room. My darling husband works his ass off no less than eleven hours Mon.-Fri. and at least six on Sat. That leaves the majority of sorting and packing up to me. The reality: I am one person, we have accumulated an insane […]

  • Revamping A Few Things

    I am revamping a few things that have been annoying me. I got rid of BuddyPress and the bbPress forums. They are not user-friendly and did not do what I wanted them to do. I will find a compatible forum that has the features I desire. It might take some time, but I know it is out there somewhere. I am not sure I will replace BuddyPress since it is a wonderful target for the spam-bots and nobody needs that.

  • Synopsis

    The fact that I do not have a synopsis for my first book speaks volumes about my inexperience as a writer. It also speaks to the lack of information budding authors are given by the so-called “professionals”. Synopsis: such a simple word that gave me monumental stress. It never dawned on me to describe one of my books in a brief, no frills short. Since I learn by example, I set out in search of examples online. It was a daunting task sifting through the millions of results. After many hours, I did it. Something to keep in mind when looking for usable examples and information: if you have more than one protagonist, this becomes significantly more complicated. A HUGE thank you to: Writer’s Digest & Chuck Sambuchino for providing exactly what I needed. For more synopsis resources, check out “Places I Prowl“. After many, many false starts, I finally have a rough draft of a synopsis for the first book. I am planning to spruce it up and have it to the editor by Monday morning. I am excited an anxious about this new territory I am exploring. Thrilled to learn new things as well as anxious about my […]