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posted Aug 15, 2012, 11:35 PM by Douglas Sun
Originally posted: May 13, 2009

A couple of years ago, I remember Ken Hite posting to his LJ after an epic battle with the deadline monster; he said something to the effect that it was good to know that he could still write 4,000 words in a day if he had to, but it’s not an experience he’d care to repeat too often.

Well, that pretty much describes my weekend — or really, the last 4-5 days. I had fallen behind in writing the ruins of Otosan Uchi chapter for what will probably be the last 3rd Edition L5R RPG supplement (Locations of the Empire is the working title, I think), and needed to make up a lot of ground in a hurry. So beginning Friday morning, I settled in for a long siege, to be punctuated by microwaveable meals and a lot of iced coffee. 9,000 words by Monday morning, and not a slack sentence to be found? Sure, I could manage it. I’m a pro.

Well, I almost made it. Whatever was in that cold-brewed Colombian Supremo had me churning water like a shark deep into the wee hours of the Saturday-Sunday overnight, even with the periodic bouts of referring to old L5R books to make sure I had my history right. Another solid day on Sunday and I’d be fine.

But then I woke up about noon on Sunday sick — not swine-flu sick, but with bags under the bags under my eyes and feeling like my upper digestive tract had been hollowed out with an ice cream scoop. In my younger days, all of this would have come with a bit of frisson about how I was giving my all for the sake of my craft. Now, I just felt sick. Needless to say, everything got done, but a day later than I’d planned.

And I suppose this is as good a time as any to state that the book we sent off to layout, The Vacant Throne (which is scheduled for publication in August) was actually my last as line developer. With L5R 3rd Edition playing out its string and Shawn Carman set to take charge of 4th Edition, I have handed the reins over to him. Obviously, I’m still contributing to the product line and I will gladly continue to do so, at Shawn’s pleasure.

Another item for the Transactions column: When I congratulated Jeff Tidball on turning out a hit with FFG’s “Battlestar Galactica” boardgame, I had no idea that he was just about to leave FFG and return to the wonderful world of freelancing. Welcome back to the mercenary’s hiring hall, Jeff. Good luck.