As December dawns upon us, and we enter the Christmas season, I’ve made some decisions as to what to do with this site. For the most part, I intend to do more. Not hard when you haven’t updated for a few months, but as to the ‘more’, well, let’s just say I don’t intend for the type of content to change very much, at least not at first. I will still talk about my writing, and my hobbies, but I’m making plans to expand into other areas, such as photography and marketing. Stay tuned in that regard.
To start things off, I’ve decided what I’m going to do with my Games Workshop models and sprues I’ve collected over the years, and one thing stands out clear to me. It’s time to cut the fat. Over the next few months I’m going to be selling sprues and models that I’m never going to work on, and have no intention of doing anything else with. I plan to expand my hobby range outside of Games Workshop, and to do that, I need to make room from all the Games Workshop ‘swag’ just lying around my modeling area. Watch Ebay if you’re interested. I’ll post what I list as each item gets listed.
As for the hobby portion of the website, it’s going to change. It’s no longer going to be about just showcasing my models, (though that’s still going to be a major part). Instead, I will be focusing more on the hobby itself, and what it actually is for me, and what it should be for other people, in my (perhaps futile) attempt to undo some of the damage done by Games Workshop and other modelling companies. To start, the game itself has taken too much of a precedent, and people buy kits, not to build and paint them to the best of their ability, but to field them, unpainted, in a system that has grown to become more akin to ‘gotcha’ videogames than to personal enjoyment. I’ll admit, that’s one of the reasons I got into it, at first, but over time, it’s become, “You must buy this to field this. You must drop $200 to do that. You must replace all of your armies with brand new models because we tell you to.” That’s what the hobby is becoming, and people need to know that’s not how it has to be. I know people aren’t going to agree with me. They’re going to argue that the companies need to make money too, but I’ve heard all the arguments, and done my own research, and I’m telling you now, those excuses need to stop.
As for “The Last Chronicle of Azurden, The Journey Made Twice” it is coming along, but I also intend to try and release some other stories I’ve been sitting on in the meantime. These have been left in an unfinished state, and so will need some editing time, but I intend to start shopping them around to publishers soon. Again, stay informed by subscribing to this site, either through Word Press, or by marking it as one of your favorites in your web browser.
As for social media. Well, it should be clear by now I have reservations about it. I grew up in the 80s, in ‘the long ago time’, before ‘The Great Web’ and my preference for personal interactions developed as a result. Part of the problem, is that I haven’t had much luck with social media, as the algorithms are set up to reward activity, instead of content, and I am a very content centric sort of person, but tend not to post a lot. I have a Facebook page, but like this site, it’s a little dusty, and needs some brushing off, which I will do later today. I also intend to expand my social media presence; however, this site will remain my primary outlet for news, lore, and information.
Welp, that’s all for right now. Need to save the writing for the books. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Or just say hi. I’d appreciate that too.
Just for fun, here’s a picture of a Cthulhu model I painted for a friend from the DnD model line some time ago.