I Feel I Should Explain......
Purchased games have been more numerous this year than previously due to my trading in my Gamecube and games that had been relegated to dust collecting paper weights following my purchase of an Xbox live starter kit this summer. Armed with a huge credit note for my local Gamestation I embarked on a journey, experiencing all that is great and good in this year's Q4 releases. Which is part of the reason for me being a bit slack with the old blog updates. Instead, I've been shredding cars to smithereens in Burnout 3, gangbanging in GTA:San Andreas, protecting the Earth from the evil Covenant onslaught in Halo 2, running like a bastard from the forces that pursue Gordon Freeman in Half-Life 2, fighting in Stalingrad, Africa and Germany in WWII as I answered the Call of Duty (breaking off only to answer the call of nature), challenging the world in Colin Macrae Rally 2005, taking revenge for the death of my parents in the Western world of Red Dead Revolver, fighting ravaged time beasts in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and shooting Rebels in Star Wars Battlefront, while a pile of other games sit waiting patiently for me to complete them.
Add to this the fact that I am now gaming online through the power of Bill's mighty Xbrick (Gamertag: OfficerSlade) and you see why I haven't written to you for a while. In fact it's fair to say, I have been busy making new friends thanks to an excellent community of gamers at the LiveLounge where I have made myself well at home, becoming a moderator while shooting my mouth off via the site's forums on subjects too numerous to mention.
That's not to say I haven't been writing. Tone and myself have completed the Cairn script and redrafted it to a sharp point capable of making a sticky mess of man if required. Also, while going about the serious business of gaming, I met a rather smart fellow by the name of Peter Gilmore, who will be drawing a rather smart samurai tale in the New Year. Just as soon as I get round to writing up the plot into a marvel style script for him to layout before I put the words in everyone's mouths. But I did write the plot this Q4. I did mange that much.
I also decided, after much deliberation, that my novel is not what I wanted, or even much good, beyond the odd bit here and there. So I am drawing a line under it, after some halting attempts to kick it up the arse and get it moving. I am currently in the market for a decent idea. Hopefully I'll have one in time to get a head of steam up before next year's onslaught of gaming goodness around October/November. Oh bugger. Just remembered, there's Forza Motorsport in March and Republic Commando, not to mention a decent looking lightsabre fighter based on Episode III in May or indeed Lego Star Wars. Damn you games publishers, damn you all to hell.