Friday, February 27, 2009


Okay, I had high hopes of getting lots of work done today but I only got a small amount done. While out running errands I got a tire pressure warning light so I pulled into a station to check the tires, sure enough, one of them was hissing and almost flat. I filled it up, went to the tire store next door to the filling station to be told it would be 3-4 hours before they could "get me in," rushed home to drop off the milk, back to the filling station to top off the tire, and then onto the dealership to get the tire repaired (which took almost an hour and a half but only cost $15). This was all with DS#3 along.

DS#1 and DS#2 are both in a soccer tournament this weekend so it'll be hard to get much accomplished. I have pretty much decided what I want the cover to look like for the Tavern Denizens book(s) and I believe my lovely wife can help me with it so I might have something to show on Sunday night. This will depend upon how tired we end up getting with all of the games.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Miel's Curios

Okay, Miel's Curios is out. Here is the blurb.

Miel is a purveyor of interesting curiosities, spinner of tales, and leads a secret life as a nefarious lothario. He sells a wide variety of goods, and is always willing to search for special requests. Whether the PCs end up dealing with Miel’s darker secrets, come by to hear the latest rumors, or simply come to purchase some of Miel’s sometimes eclectic goods, Miel is a memorable character and his store is certain to burn its way into their memory.

I am working on another product with the "main" title Tavern Denizens that I was hoping to have out next week for the GM's Day promotions. We'll see if I can manage that, as of right now I don't have a finished cover for it so I haven't decided exactly what I want to do with it. That isn't the only problem, of course, I still need to lay it out, but I think I might have that covered.

I am also trying to finish up several additional CS locations. I would like to have a tavern/inn compilation ready for the GM's Day sales. This would be a limited release that gets pulled back down sometime in mid-March. Ideally, I would like to have The Lantern Inn ready for inclusion in the compilation and to put out on its own next week. I will be out of town for Spring Break March 7-14. Basically, I am hoping to get LOTS of work done in a short period of time so I'd better stop blogging and start working.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Future Releases?

Okay, I actually have made some progress on typing a few things into the computer from my ever-present notebook(s). I hope to make some more progress tomorrow, but we'll just have to see how that goes.
As far as upcoming releases the future holds:
Miel's Curios (Feb 26th - City Streets)
A special City Streets compilation of some sort for GM's Day
Tavern Denizens I -Visiting The Dives- part of a new product line planned for release the week of GM's Day. This one might be pushing it, but I think I'll be able to make it.

This pretty much means I am going to be very busy this week.

I am also eagerly awaiting the revised 4e GSL to see if I can work with it. I might email Scott Rouse at WotC tomorrow to see if he is willing to send the license to me for review. He claimed in a post that the license part was done, but the SRD is still being worked on. If can see the license that should tell me if I can work with it (I'll still need to see the reference document, but if the license is cleared up a bit, I can work with that.

Wednesday, I will be talking with someone about publishing a very large book next fall. The truth is, I would like to publish it, but I don't know if I have the time to do it justice. Basically, I want to do a good job on it so I am going to want the time to do it right. Based on our last emails, I believe the creator agrees. We'll find out Wednesday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hmmm, Interesting ...

While watching DS#3 play outside earlier today, I was writing down a few notes in my ever-present notebook when I started paging back and forth through it. I realized that I have probably 2 near-complete products that simply need to be typed into the computer and edited a bit.
I am hoping that I can find some time to do that this weekend. If so, that will help put be a bit ahead of the game and give me time to work on some things for the GM's Day (week) promotion at the OBS sites. We'll see how it all works out.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Uh Oh ..

Well, I finally uploaded two of the Jules Verne books that were sitting on the other computer. Of course, I did this thinking that today was, well, yesterday. I guess we weren't supposed to be uploading files/images today due to a server change over at OBS. Right now it looks like things loaded okay, but I am guessing there is a chance I'll have to upload again in a few days. We'll see.

I finished the next City Streets release titled Miel's Curios. This means that it will definitely be ready for release next week ;). I am close to complete on several other locations as well so I believe I am still on track for a release every 2 weeks. I am hoping to have a special release ready for GM's Day the first week of March but we'll just have to wait and see how that pans out.

I am embarrassed to say that I had a website update completed a couple of days ago and I guess I was working on it really late because I never uploaded it. I am making some more changes to the website with info on the Jules Verne releases and hopefully a few other things so I am going to go ahead and work on that.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Okay, sick kids, sick me, and the plumbing leak and repairs combined to pretty much decimate the plans I had for the GreatCreators line this month. JT is in one of those times where he is out of communication for a bit so that hurts too.

The Green Dragon is still scheduled for release at midnight tonight. This is the newest City Streets release and has actually been ready for a few weeks. I'll post more about it tomorrow. You can see the pre-release blurb at the bottom of this page.

I will upload and schedule the release of two Jules Verne books for sometime next week. Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are both ready. Honestly, 20,000 Leagues was ready a few weeks ago and I was very upset with myself when I realized that I hadn't actually uploaded it for sale. We are getting almost 0 sales of the GreatCreators books right now so I am not certain how much more I am willing to put into the line right now. I thought having bookmarked and linked text would be a major convenience for some, but so far the sales just aren't there. We'll still try a few more outlets over the next few months and see how that goes.

I wanted to have a "planetary romance" month where we released some of the classic sword and planet books as well as a few of the books that sort-of started out the trend. The Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series is the most well-known but there were some others before that. This plan has largely been held up by, well, me. When I was dealing with the sick children and then foolishly got sick myself, I didn't get those projects completed and now my time is focused on new City Streets books and some other new products on the RPG side. I have the text(s) from JT and simply need to put them through layout. We have templates for this series so the layout doesn't really take all that long (though it still takes some time). I just haven't gotten them done.

On the bright side, I have been feeling much better today and I have high hopes that I'll get more work done tonight.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Very Sick

I have the bug that's been going through the family. Next year I get the flu shot!

Nothing else to report, just trying to recover enough to get some things done. As soon as I am up and going again I will have some news to get posted both here and on the website.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Grumble ...

Well, I was planning to get some website updates done, post some more news here, and even get more done on a few products, but this just didn't happen. Sick children and a water line leak have certainly slowed things down.

Oh, and yes, I did watch the Super Bowl last night. I also made a HUGE batch of chili. Fortunately, the chili freezes well (see the sick kids comment above).

In any case, I hope to have more news up here soon. The Sci-Fi channel is releasing a "Journey to the Center of the Earth" movie this Thursday so it seems to be a good time to release the Jules Verne version of "Journey to the Center of the Earth." The truth is, the release JT and I have ready is based on a translation originally titled "A Journey to the Interior of the Earth" which is considered a more accurate translation. I hope to release it tomorrow night and find a way to promote it as well. I have to deal with a number of things for high school applications/registration for DS#1 (for next year) tomorrow so I don't know how much will get done. Of course, if I have sick kids at home again (most likely will) this won't help.