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  #149 New May 7th, 2017 01:17 AM
The year before last at my old job I was approached by someone who suggested that I might want to go into publishing, and that "the money is awfully good".

I bring this up because I've had a lot of suggestions of what I should do with my life professionally and personally.

It has been a constant nag and barrage of unwanted and unsolicited advice premised on the notion that I had no idea what I was doing nor any idea of what I was going to do.

So, I'm going to explain it for that one person once and for all, and maybe they can get it through their skull.

As much as I loved physics and science in general, it became apparent that I could not perform academically to compete with more skilled students. I've posted about the biochemical reasons for this on another blog. A combination of dyslexia and depression prevented it. So, as such I went into the arts, specifically film production and film writing. I had an idea of taking some of the games I played and putting them to stories and up on screen. I was not the only one to have this idea. Lots of people had this notion.

But, none of them were put on the fast track in 1987 to become a writer-producer. But, in the previous years it had been suggested that I become a lawyer, or perhaps a judge, or, the dumbest suggestion of all "You're not joining the military! But maybe you can go into the navy and study nuclear medicine like your cousin."

So....I can't join "the military" ... but I should "join the navy"?

Did I hear that right?

What the eff do you think the navy is?!

And such unsolicited, highly uninformed advice, kept coming. Including becoming a teacher. I hate kids. Correction, I hate kids in school, and I hate schools. Any comment beyond that would get an infraction point put against me. I'm quite serious about that.

Schools are predominantly a waste of time unless you're learning basic skills or a vocation. And I can't stand teachers either. And, I'm not a good teacher. Nor would I want to be.

But the point get getting hammered home, and said mysterious third party (whom I thought was my mother) even coaxed my martial arts instructor to coax me into teaching .... and tried to sell me on the values of teaching, and the rewards of teaching "the kids".

Even a doctor on another website tried to sell me this, only she suggested that I may want to become a university instructor.

And then there was the "hard work" thing hammered my way. Several times over. As if I didn't know what it meant to work.

Well, now that everything's been shattered here's what I think;
1) finish my degree
2) get a job at a place I like, preferably a book store
3) maybe work into a lead or assistant manager position
4) take that money, and dump it into upgrading my media skills
5) write for Hunter as per his promise
6) then graduate away from retail and go back into indy film/video

So now I can no longer write for Traveller. My net activity was stalked and otherwise monitored. My phone was hacked. And apparently someone thought that my dream of working up at Lucasfilm involved being a craftsperson; carpenter, electrician, what not.

Ah, no. I thought if I worked hard enough that I could become a PA as per the offer way back in 88, and learn the craft of scifi film making, and translate that to a Traveller film.

But, that's all over with.

And no, I won't go into publishing, especially now that I can no longer write for this game.

And that's where it stands.

I still like writing adventure seeds based on other properties, largely because I'm not giving my own stuff away (which will never see the light of day) and it's kind of in the spirit of "original" Traveller to take various situations and place them in a gaming format.

I imagine I could get more readers on the offiicial D&D forum, but I'm not a D&D guy ... even when I got the old basic red book with the medievalish art of the lady with the torch and the dragon on the cover. Remember that one? AND, I played a few sessions of D&D ever before I played Traveller proper, even though I had seen the Traveller books at the hobby and game stores.

So, I've spent a good deal of my life getting unwanted advice from family that I didn't want about how to succeed in life when I already had my own goals set and how I wanted to go about them.

But, thanks to them, they're utterly destroyed.

Okay, back to writing adventure seeds.

Thanks for reading.
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#4 May 10th, 2017 04:14 PM
Blue Ghost Says:
Another example; I had a writing job lined up with a social media startup back in 2009 or so, after I had finished or was nearing completion of my degree. The guy I contacted was in the south bay, and was all ready to talk to me, and wanted to set up an interview. But suddenly I can't get a hold of him. I can't get through to him, I can't get emails to him, and a ton of other communication's problems. And I kept getting steered towards "tool jobs". whoever did that.
#3 May 8th, 2017 07:33 PM
Blue Ghost Says:
I guess the other thing is that it's like these people, in retrospect, were continally of the opinion that I had "no direction in life". I did. But it was my own business. If I wanted to write for D&D back in the 80s, then they would have contacted Gary Gygax to try and guide me into a career of writing for D&D. That's the kind of people they are. All I wanted to do was share adventures for this game on the side while doing local video and film work, and thanks to them, I can't even do that now. So, I'm on strike. Check out my "The Great Star Wars fan film" entry for why, though you probably already read it. Okay, enough venting. Back to cool adventure seeds.
#2 May 8th, 2017 02:47 PM
Blue Ghost Says:
Your comments are much welcome as always, Magnus. Dude, it's like this has gone on my entire life ... well, since high school, when it became apparent that I could not be a "straight A" student. This same family that forbid me from joining "the military" but also suggested that I "join the navy" (I still shake my head and roll my eye at that) tried to get me to move to LA to join the entertainment industry when I knew computer streaming was coming. And, on top of that, they said, via the motherly parental unit, that I was wasting my time with games. Well, computer games are now the number one industry in the US and world, toppling movies in the late 90s as the #1 entertainment money maker, and regular RPGs or table top games are now mainstream, when they thought I was becoming a devil worshipper because of D&D and my friend surfing a heavy metal BBS in the 80s. They've destroyed everything I've tried to build for myself. Thanks for commenting. It really helps a little.
#1 May 8th, 2017 01:41 PM
You're welcome. Oh and as a Publisher and knowing a few, not so sure where that "awfully good money" is. I spent more in the last two years than I took in so maybe in five years but breaking in costs you. But if you dig it...

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