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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

BRAVESOULS: Preview

 It was a glorious Sunday afternoon and Michael aged 25 stood amongst the crowd of buyers and sellers at the monthly car boot sale. He smiled as his long-term partner,Carol, made her way towards him; she also seemed pretty excited at the prospect of the day and she jumped on Michael kissing him on the cheek. "Ready to go are we baby?" she asked as Michael, also known as 'Spider' to many, winced. He rubbed his back with which he had been battling for a year or two now and gave a half hearted laugh before taking out a small tin, a small packet of papers and rolling himself a cigarette. He nodded to say he was ready as he lit the thin, white stick and flicked the smouldering ambers away as Carol yanked on his arm to march him around the sea of tables that were on the green.

 "So, what are you loooooking for?" asked Carol darting from table to table handling thing after thing whilst her boyfriend just perused from afar never touching and never letting on what he was quite obviously searching for. He hadn't heard her question the first time and her second question was again not heard, So Carol as Carol only did, coupled the third attempt witha punch to Spider's arm which obviously caught his attention: "Jesus!" he yelled gasping for air "You scared the fucking life out of me!"
"Well, fucking answer me then!" yelled Carol defiantly.
Although, the whole green had seemed to turn and look at the couple now, they ignored it and carried on as normal. Carol again hit Spider on the arm; aggravating him slightly but still, he knew it was all in good fun and he actually kind of enjoyed having this sort of mock fight, sometimes it could end badly but he had a small feeling it wouldn't today so retaliated by also punching Carol lightly in the arm. "I'm not looking for anything particular if that's what you want to know," riddled Spider with a grin "I'm just looking for something I'd like."

 His girlfriend stood quite dazed and confused "So... what?"
 Spider laughed until a familiar face caught his eye and he began to wave and shout about like a mad man to gain the faces attention "Squire!" he yelled "Squire, over here!" He was beckoning towards a gangly dark haired youth, whom was quite thick set; with the youth was a small red head which he dwarfed considerably but the girl seemed to have a tight grip of the hand the boy wasn't browsing with. He returned Spider's wave before returning to look at what the girl whom had hold of his hand had picked up. Spider understood Squire didn't see his girlfriend Jennifer that often, it often caused them great sadness and tension in their relationship but all seemed to end well whatever happened and with Squire off away to University soon. Spider knew the couple were on borrowed time before it became video calls and bi-monthly returns home. A lump swelled in Spider's throat as he thought of Squire upping sticks and leaving for bigger and better things; yet, Carol was optimistic and that did lift his spirits quite a lot. "He's not going to forget you Mike," she said "He's just spending time with Jenni, maybe we should invite them round one time? Y'know? Before he leaves." Spider's eyes surveyed the tabletops that had many different wares spread across them.

 He looked harder past the hand made cards, the cakes and the second hand toys to find something special, something no one else would have realised the value of but he was having no luck on that. He simply walked towards his friend Squire with Carol and smiled "How's it going buddy?"
"Not bad," said the teen "Here with Jen picking out some Uni essentials, you know how it is!" Spider chuckled in his head as he agreed with his young friend but actually had no idea. He tried to craw parallels between moving to Uni and moving into a flat but he'd often left that to Carol, so still had no idea. "What are you looking for?" asked Carol almost dancing.
"Just bits and bobs." replied Jenni also dancing away to herself. The two girls soon got to talking for a time about the Xbox an how it almost makes them widows until they got onto a topic of what they'd seen around the sale. They continued gliding through topics with ease whilst the boys watched on in both amazement and confusion. The girls didn't even seem to pause for breathe. "My head hurts." groaned Squire as he watched the conversation unfold "Anyway," groaned the youth turning to his friend "You like your board games don't you Spider?"

 Spider's eyes widened as he took a draw of his cigarette "Yes. And if I do?"
"Well there's a game called Bravesouls down the strip there," Squire pointed in the direction he'd come from which coincidentally was the way Spider was going "Third on your left can't miss it. It is bloody huge though! Must be the size of the table it's on and-" As he turned round Spier was dragging Carol to the mentioned stand by the arm and Jenni and Squire were left scratching their heads. They didn't understand what was going on. They never would have either.

Spider approached the table like a man possesse, he move slowly towards the bearded seller who was not busy at all and instead solved sudoku puzzles in the back of the local paper whilst the game sat flat on the table in front of him. Squire ha not exaggerated the size of the box, it was grand almost ornate and id span a whole table's length. It way have not been as wide but it's size for a board game was still pretty immense. Spider rubbed his hands across the box to feel the embossed logo on the front. with that he knew it was real. "Where id you get this?" he asked the seller intrigued as it looked in near mint condition. The seller still preoccupied with his puzzles just grunted he said something about an attic but who's and when was inaudible. "I'll take it!" yelled Spider "How much!?"

 Both Carol an the stall owner almost keeled over with fright as Spider ha made his hasty and loud request. The merchant though looked Spider up and down before pricing the desired object, he thought hard to himself. He wondered if Spider knew what he was buying, whether price was an object in him obtaining the game and tried to establish many other variables. "I'll do you it for £15."
"£5."
"£10."
"Done."
Spider opened the lid to see the finely arranged pieces all still in the inner sleeve, shielded from dust and damage they were not blemished in any sort of fashion. Nor did they bare signs of usage. He counted all the cards and the number specified on the box was there. He conducted a massive apparaisal of the game before even giving his money over to the vendor. He knew it was all in order an he knew he'd made a massive steal, whether his girlfriend or the stall owner knew that he wasn't bothered. He just wanted to get home quickly and soon began to race of despite the pain in his lower back "SPIDER!" yelled Carol "Where are you going?"

 With that Spider was off, he wished to get home as soon as possible. He wanted to text all his friends, get a game night sorted out. He had big plans, huge plans and it all required a lot of time. Spider lugged the game home with Carol behind him and a smile on his face.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

BRAVESOULS: Blurb

Because Winning and Losing...
Is now Life and Death.

When Michael 'Spiderman' Mitchell and his partner Carol come across the one of a kind table-top RPG board game BRAVESOULS; they think they've hit the jackpot. They quickly go about arranging a games night so that Spider's friends can also enjoy the game with him from creating characters to taking the final quest together as a team. However, not all is as it seems with the game. As soon as Michael puts his game piece on the board he mysteriously disappears without a trace...

 Now, his friends, their partners and Carol are all panicking as they look for him with no clues, no idea and unbeknownst to them no rules.

VLOG: Update 21/08/2011

The newest Youtube video is an update about several things that are happening both in my life and on the Authorial. These are:

1) Working at Greggs, a brief talk about enjoying my job and not talking about it on the blog or Youtube due to their internet policy. it's fair enough, I have read it and it's not unreasonable; it's safer this way too.

2) Getting into uni, it's pretty cool knowing I'm leaving for another big adventure soon! Talking about results, the nightmare it was and just my excitement at going to Uni.

3) Stuff still to come; The Authorial is far from dead! Talking about what's to come, Bravesouls and a possible Video Review!

It's pretty short and sweet but hey that's life, right? If you want also check out the XJRB1 video response on the channel that's pretty fun!

Monday, 15 August 2011

MONDAY MUSING: Well, what do you know...?

 I've been slacking in my duties recently due to work and having to get through my training but as I write this musing down I look at the Authorial and find it hard to believe three things:

 The first of these is the fact that the Authorial is almost a year old. Yes, that's right on the 9th of September 2011 the Authorial will have made it till it's 1st Birthday; now, that may not be so surprising to you as readers because until recently I have always been quite active but when I look back at it myself, I never really thought that it would take off like it has. I didn't think I'd be sitting on almost 150 posts nor over 9,000 hits. In fact I always thought I'd get bored and move on pretty quickly but that has not been the case really and I'm happy about that. Without this I would never have had the input people have made nor the great time with my friends. The Authorial has been a great project and almost like a great friend helping me through tough and difficult times and other such trials. This is a nice thing and unbelievable thing and I have nobody else to be more grateful to then YOU, the reader for sharing these awesome times and adventures with me. Admittedly, I've dived in head first at some points and not had a clue as to what I was doing but as the occasion of a 1st Birthday suggests: it has worked and I am so grateful for that.

The second fact is as mentioned previously I'm currently sitting on 135 (this will take it up to 136) posts. Now there's 365 days in a year right? That means that for almost half the days of the year I was posting to you guys which is pretty intense when I think about it and probably why now that I am busy with work and stuff and never seem to have the time, I miss the Authorial so much. It is a huge part of my life and I do devote hours of my time to it and you can now see that with not just the posts but the lifespan of the Authorial. I don't just sit and write stuff, I draft, I edit, I design, I plan and much more so the Authorial does take up a large part of my life but that makes me very happy because I know if I want to reach my dream of being a published author, then a few days here and there is nothing compared to the sacrifices I'll have to make for that. Furthermore, it gets me in good practice for the future and using comments and the Authorial to get some great ideas. So all this time, it certainly has not been for nothing.

 The third and final fact of this musing is that the Authorial has way more views then I ever expected; I never expected to hit 1000 hits let alone the 9000+ that's going on. Whether you're a repeat visitor, a friedn, a fan, family or random: Thank you. That is all I can say for without you I am nothing. I need your backing and that's as simple as it gets, so please, relish in all your glory; you make yourself a tea and you relax because you've earnt it.

 So, I know this musing maybe misinterpretted; some may say I'm blowing my own trumpet, some may say I'm arrogant. It is neither of these things I assure you; it's just that seeing these three things and looking at what I intended almost a year ago; it's better then incredible. All I hope you do is continue to see, read and believe.

Monday, 8 August 2011

MONDAY MUSING: I used to watch TV...

 I remember a time when you couldn't tear me away from a TV set, y'know? That feeling of anticipation as you waited for your favourite programme or those late nights waiting for a new season premier or even that painful hiatus all shows eventually take and the empty void it leaves now one of your nights isn't complete. Yet, now I look at myself after being a huge fan of the likes of Smallville, Heroes and others; that I no longer spend as much time watching TV, no where near as much time and it begs the question why?

 Is it because all these programmes have pretty much ended? Is it because shows like LOST destroy themselves by clutching at straws in every new series? Or just the fact that I'm loosing interest in all television and would prefer to read, write or play games? I'm not really sure because even watching cartoons nowadays is pretty darn boring, my little brother of 11 would rather watch football from years ago be replayed then the cartoons of today; he calls it preference, I call it heresy! Even cartoons are boring nowadays and after I finally got a whole channel devoted to anime on Anime Central, it was taken off air! Again, more heresy!

 And it's not just me by the looks of things, I look at people and ask them and they prefer games or Facebook to TV because stuff on the tube is just getting ridiculous. Sad a truth as it maybe it's still the truth; with soaps killing everyone off to get audiences, series being cut due to disinterest or just money being the object and seeing budget cuts: we can all see Television is going down the toilet. So, what's going to happen, is TV going to come out of the ashes and stop being so crap or are we going t soon see a future without television? There are a lot of questions really but one thing is for sure; we all wish television was a little better nowadays.




Thursday, 4 August 2011

NEWS AND UPDATES: The wheels are turning on BRAVESOULS!

After a small delay work can finally start on the weekly serial BRAVESOULS which will be premièring on the Authorial AUGUST 30th. Now that this delay is over, characters are about to get under way and where the story will go I have no bloody idea but just trust me this is going to be a good one!

 If you wish to get involved in BRAVESOULS contact me using facebook, youtube or any other means.