An update on StoryMechs

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IMG_0909You may have noticed that things have been quiet on the StoryMechs front since we completed our first adventure under the new brand. I thought it would be good to give you a little update.

For those who haven’t been involved, StoryMechs is a project run by myself and Mr Mook, which provides adventure narratives that can be shaped by multiple users through a ‘play-by-crowd’ format. The project used to be called Tweet RPG, and has been running since 2011.

Why have things gone quiet? The answer is simple: life. One of the big realisations we’ve had about running StoryMechs is that it’s a hobby and we’re happy with that. We’ve tried to take a business-like approach to it, but have ended up setting unobtainable goals which require too much from us.

Don’t get me wrong, we want to have a level of professionalism with the project. It won’t be worth playing if the quality isn’t there. However, neither of us wants to compromise all the other stuff in life – family, friends, church, employment, voluntary work, etc – to make this happen. It isn’t worth it.

Don’t worry, we will be bringing you more awesome adventures to shape with friends online. In fact, we have one almost fully prepped and ready to go. However, we have some format changes to implement, and those things take time. Right now, both of us have other things to focus on.

We plan to take a more relaxed approach to StoryMechs than we have done, working it into the rest of our priorities in a realistic way. I have benefitted massively from turning my attention away from it for a while, as I’ve had time to work on Resolutions, my short story collection.

Keep a look out for news on the next adventure, we hope to get back on this in the Autumn. Thanks for all your support.

Happy adventures!

 

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Welcome!

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Thanks for visiting my new blog, I appreciate you taking the time to have a look. I’ve set this up as a place for me to share my literary exploits and to encourage myself to keep writing and pushing on with my creative goals. I used to maintain a blog over on Blogger, which you can still take a look at, but I’ve decided to move on because I needed something a bit more flexible.

What will I be sharing on this blog? Primarily I want to use it to document my progress with a few different writing and design projects I’m working on at the moment. I also hope to be sharing some thoughts related to my faith as a Christian, and anything silly or fun I find on the web.

What projects am I working on? I’m currently working with my pal Mr Mook to refine and improve StoryMechs, which is an online service providing adventure narratives to shape via a ‘play-by-crowd’ format. This has taken up a lot of my creative focus in the past couple of years, when the project was known as Tweet RPG. However, I’m trying to make some progress with some other things as well, such as a few of ideas I’ve put on hold – a short story collection and a novel idea – and some new ideas and I would like to try out.

Have a look at my pages on this blog to find out a bit more about me and my writing – thanks for stopping by!