What to expect from this blog going forward

[image description: “strider” art by matthew stewart, which this blogger uses as a profile pic. the mysterious hooded ranger sits smoking his pipe in a darkened corner of the tavern with a single lit candle and a tankard of ale on the table beside him. he wears a sword at his side.]

Now that National Novel Writing Month is over, I figured I’d let you all know what you can expect from this blog in the near future, since last month I blogged almost exclusively about NaNoWriMo. But first let me just say welcome to all my new followers, and thank you for joining me on this literary adventure! I didn’t expect to gain so many followers so soon, so I’m grateful for that.

As I wrote in my introductory post, this is not exclusively a writing blog. In fact, the reason I chose the title Strider’s Table and a banner depicting the Prancing Pony inn from The Lord of the Rings is that this site was originally supposed to feature “Recipes & Reviews of Pub Grub and Brews”. It was intended to be a place where I could blog about my love of pub food, review the bars and restaurants I frequented, as well as any new beers I may have tried, share my own recipes, and occasionally relate my adventures in home brewing.

[image description: site banner featuring detail of “at the sign of the prancing pony” by ted nasmith with gold lettering superimposed over it which reads: strider’s table: recipes and reviews of pub grub and brews.]

But alas, that was not to be. I ended up getting a much needed full-time job with such a long commute that I barely had time to relax after work and play video games, let alone blog. Also, I was exhausted all the time, so when I got home at night I usually just preferred to plop down in front of the Roku TV and watch my favourite shows until I was ready to pass out. And then, of course, the pandemic hit.

I probably won’t be going to bars and restaurants again any time soon, but I still have beer delivered when I can get it, so I can always review some of those. But honestly, I’ve decided I’d rather have the freedom to blog about all the things I love, and not narrow my focus too much. So back in October when I decided I would try to participate in NaNoWriMo this year since I was out of work and quarantining, finally with plenty of time on my hands to be creative again, I realised I could combine two of my favourite things: Table Top Roleplaying Games, and Fantasy Writing. I wouldn’t even have to change the name of the blog.

One of the main things that TTRPG and Fantasy Writing both have in common is worldbuilding, which is something I have a lot of experience with, so in the coming weeks as I continue to write and edit my novel (as well as flesh out the fantasy world I created for it), I’ll be writing a series of articles about that. My hope is that it will not only inform, but also encourage and inspire new game masters and fantasy writers to create their own worlds. Another thing I’ll probably be blogging about somewhere down the line as well is creating for the TTRPG community. I hope to eventually publish my own campaign setting, but in order to get my feet wet first I will most likely publish some content for an existing setting, such as Forgotten Realms, since that’s the one I’m most familiar with.

I’ll also be sharing excerpts from the novel I’m writing. It’s intended to be the first book of a proposed dark fantasy series set in a quasi-mediaeval world facing its own peculiar apocalypse. The working title is “Elder Rites” but I haven’t decided what to name the series yet. I hope to finish the first installment by the end of April and self-publish the ebook sometime in May. I also write poetry, so for those of you who are here for that there is now a poetry category on this blog you’ll find along with other categories listed at the bottom of each page of this site.

And of course, I’ll be blogging about my life from time to time, sharing some of my favourite recipes with you (especially around the holidays), and anything else I think might benefit you. I’ve also cultivated a long list of quality blogs reflecting my wide range of interests, from which I will be reblogging anything I come across that I think my readers might like.

So, once again welcome to the blog and thanks for following along!

Published by striderlee

Dungeon Master, homebrewer, foodie, bibliophile, and fantasy author. He/Him

2 thoughts on “What to expect from this blog going forward

  1. Yes, by the skin of my teeth. With literally fifteen minutes to spare. My final word count as updated was 50,008 but actually I realised yesterday it’s was a bit more than that because I’d written almost a whole chapter with pen and paper during a power outage we had on Nov 2nd, and then forgot all about it. *facepalm*

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