Dungeons & Dragons on Discord!

I think I have officially thrown in the towel on board game design. With work days being longer than they were in Guelph, and not having my Guelph game design friends here in Saskatoon, I just don’t feel up to it anymore.

And I’ve found a really great group of people to play Dungeons and Dragons with, so we get together 1-2 times per month. I’ve been playing a gnomish wizard and enjoying the experience quite a bit! I don’t normally play spell casters, but had a fun idea for a cowardly wizard who only wants to have a store to sell magical items that he makes. He’s grown more brazen as he gains power, but still prefers it if other people do the heavy lifting. That said, one of the players called him the MVP of one of our previous games because he dished out serious amounts of pain with a lot of burning hands spells!

But I miss DMing. Our DM here in Saskatoon is good, but his game is pretty old-school. It’s been 100% dungeon crawls up to 4th level, and we got rail-roaded into staying there longer than we would have liked.

So I got to thinking that I want to run something as well. As often happens, it started with a map…

Kingdom of the Sun

Nothing fancy, just a small slice of a world, as is my usual way of starting out. When I thought about actually running the game, I got an idea for a split campaign… starting players out with level 15 heroes of the realm who are investigating something peculiar. The Forest of Woes sounded like a nice place to start, and I began generating ideas for NPCs in the Lordship of Invenny, and a kernel of a quest popped in my brain.

Here we are, a few weeks later, and this map is just one of several. The entire first adventure for the level 15 characters is planned out, and I’m happy with how it came along. The plan is that they’ll play one session as the heroes to learn about the setting and back story, and then think about what they want to do to create their own level 1 characters who will start off far to the north of this location. I’ve even got some ideas of how that second session will start out, but it will be much more free form. I prefer it when the players help me discover the world, rather than having a campaign on rails that they need to follow.

I popped the idea online, with the added idea that Patrons who support me at $3/month would get a guaranteed spot at the virtual table. I didn’t get any bites on that, but that’s okay. I’m just looking forward to DMing again! But if anyone ever does decide to back me, the funds will go back into my book writing.

There’s some debate about the DM-for-hire model, but I figure people used to pay $5 every two weeks to sit at my table when I ran a game in Guelph, so $3/month for a game wouldn’t be too much of an ask. Could be some people will decide to donate later, but even if no one does, I’m feeling energized and happy, forging another world in my universe! I’m going to ask the players if they’d be okay with recording the session as a podcast, so you might just be hearing about this some more later!

February Recap

Since I did a GenreCon-specific post this month, I didn’t feel the need to do a two-week post, but rather another monthly one. Plus, our house has been a plague outbreak centre, with two weeks of flu, followed by a stomach bug.

I’ve sent off an 1800 word piece of nonfiction to a CBC contest. It’s my first piece of nonfiction, but it’s about a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart: narcissism. After years of being under the thumb of a narcissist, I felt the need to share my story to give other people hope that there is a way to deal with toxic parents. Special thanks to Karen Conlin for squeezing me in for editing, and T. Pascal for taking a look at it and giving me such glowing feedback!

Also, I’ve finished the first draft of Dark Ones, a short story about a monk named Eshe who has her life torn apart when an army of barbarians led by a dragon sack her town. That’s being submitted to Baen for their short story contest. I’m interviewing editors right now, sending out samples. If you’re an editor and interested in auditioning, get in touch with me so I can send you a 500 word sample to go through. My aunt already went through it, so I know what’s wrong with it. May the best editor win my undying devotion, and years of editing work. 😉


I’m excited to announce that I have a new Patron this month! She came in the middle of the month, which was a big surprise because I only ever talk about Patreon at the end of the month … and it was Patreon that sent her my way. She’d just supported another artist, got a suggestion to check me out, and did! So that was exciting.

If you’re interested in becoming my Patron, just click that link. I’ve added a new perk for the $2 level, where you’ll receive sneak peeks at pieces I’m working on. For instance, this month you’ll receive the full short nonfiction piece I put together for the CBC contest I mentioned earlier. Patrons helped me cover the editing costs for it, so I’m sharing it with them exclusively! If it doesn’t get picked up by the CBC, I’m not sure I’d self-publish it. So this might be your only chance to look at it!


I’ll be attending Gryphcon from March 3rd to 5th. The Saturday is going to be grueling, at 14 hours long. I doubt I’ll go for that whole time… 8am startup is a bit too early for me! Maybe 10am-6pm, depending on how busy it is. But it’s not like it’ll be roaring busy at 8am or anything. It’s a smaller con, with about 300 people in attendance last year.


I had my best week ever on Amazon Kindle Unlimited this month! Over 1300 pages were read. Often I’ll have one person read something in a month, sometimes two, but this month the stars aligned and two people read through both A Noble’s Quest and A Wizard’s Gambit at the same time. I love looking at this graph, so I thought I’d get a screenshot before it disappears in a month!