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A Long-Overdue Update

GeneralJason L Blair10 August 2015

Wow. It’s been almost a year since I last updated. I really left you all hanging. Geez.

In addition to zero updates, I’ve slacked hard on fulfilling orders in a timely fashion and following up on rules email and such.

That’s not good. And I know that.

So I’m looking to correct this moving forward.

This year has been insanely busy at the day job. Pair that with working in exercise and family time and I’ve spent nearly every hour I’ve been give since the calendar turned. Unfortunately, fitting in any extracurricular stuff, such as Little Fears and Streets of Bedlam, has been tough.

As the time has passed, my stress levels spiked off the charts and I hit a wall. I was anxious, depressed, and unfulfilled as well as agitated and uncertain about what I wanted out of life. The past month and a half have been particularly hard.

Thankfully, my wife is there for me when I am not and she booked a family vacation for a weekend out in the woods. So it was I spent last weekend holed up in a cabin surrounded by miles and miles of not-much which, aside from having to drive twenty minutes for groceries, was pretty spectacular. Normally I would fill my time with work, either day job or my own writing, or spend all my energy dealing with large crowds of people which is hugely exhausting for folks like me. And I’d come back from the “vacation” even worse off than I started.

But not this time.

This time, I did nothing but let myself be surrounded by trees, friendly roaming creatures, a bull-headed cat, a super-friendly chocolate lab, and walks in the woods.

It was amazing. And relaxing. And clarifying.

I don’t want to undersell that last point. “Clarifying.” My head has been so filled with static—work work work obligations obligations obligations—that I just ran head first from one task to another until I dropped. Like I said above: Every hour was filled. And, while I love my job and family, none of it was focused on my personal writing, which is one of the few things that keeps my anxiety demons at bay.

I thought maybe I could handle this. That maybe I could find time to fulfill my obligations to Little Fears and Streets of Bedlam in my spare time but make other things my top priority focus. But I couldn’t. I didn’t have “spare time.” No, I needed to make the time. I need to carve hours out of my day and dedicate them to my, shall we say, “ambition writing.” I needed to make my own writing a higher priority than it was. Yes, my day job is awesome and pays the bills, but my ultimate happiness relies on me putting out words that were wholly my own. That were my characters in my worlds doing my things. That were available to fans of my works, works that I love to support and grow. That had the potential to be books with my name on them put out by publishers who were not me.

And here it is, the Monday after and I still feel that way. I need to always feel that way. I need to make my own writing part of my daily routine. I need to fulfill my obligations.

Which is why I’m writing this to you today. Because I’m on a path to make things right.

Step One: More Timely Shipments
The money you pay for your hardcopies pays for the time it takes me to sign, package, and ship the products. I need to turn this around faster. I have let months go from initial order to final delivery and that’s not acceptable.

Step Two: Better Communications
I have some emails in the queue that need answered. I have fans on social media that deserve better support.

Step Three: More Product
Right now, the most outstanding product in the Streets of Bedlam line is SoB Stories #2. Which is almost done. Speaking of:

My Schedule

Starting tonight, I’m getting back into my own writing. I will have two nights each week to dedicate to writing and time outside of that, here and there, to do it as I can. But those two nights are nothing to sneeze at. There’s no good reason I can’t crank out 3-4k words each week. That’ll help me start to dig out from the hole I’m in and that’s good. It also gives me clearer goals as to when I can get stuff out.

First on my plate is the aforementioned SoB Stories #2. I am about 2-3k words away from finishing it. I will get that done this week and out next Wednesday. Then, I want to get back into Little Fears by finishing up Campfire Tales #8: The House That Wasn’t There. According to the latest file, I’m at the 33% mark there, which puts me about 5k words until done. I already have the art, so quick math check, I will have that finished next week.

I normally put in words like “should” or “aim to” but not this time. That gives me too much room to fudge. Instead, I’m dedicating to it. And not fulfilling that promise means I failed.

After that, I will decide whether I’m going to put out SoB Stories #3 for Streets of Bedlam or focus on The Wolf Pact novel for Little Fears. In fairness, SoB Stories #3 was promised first—and thus is later—but I would like to do some fiction. I’ll make that call soon enough.

Anyway, that’s where things are at. I am truly sorry for dropping the ball as much and as hard as I have lately. I am going to work to correct this and do better in the future.

(You’ll notice a similar post over at LittleFears.com. Figured it was better to write this once and change some details than spend time restating everything.)

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The Year in Bedlam

GeneralJason L Blair07 January 2014

Happy (belated) 2014, Bedlamites!

Things have been quiet around here for a while so I wanted to give you all an update as to where things stand in the world of SoB.

Kickstarter Shipping

All Kickstarter packages have been sent out. You should have received yours in mid-December at the latest (speaking to you international folks) so no shipments should be lagging. If you have not received yours, please let me know!

Sounds of Bedlam

Work continues on the soundtrack to SoB. I hope to have an update on that soon with a release early this year.

SoB Stories

Okay, first and foremost, I’ve reached out to the Kickstarter backers who opted to influence a future scenarios. I’ve gotten most of the responses in and I’ll be working on them throughout the winter and spring. My hope is to have a half-dozen 6k word scenarios out through end of Summer. That might be a bit aggressive but I am making these a priority. The current list is:

“A Priest + A Rabbi Walk Into a Bar”
Two members of the clergy are found dead on the floor of Durbin’s Bar + Grill. The scene was obviously set up to look like they offed each other but some key clues point the trigger finger in another direction.

“Live Nude Girls”
The ladies of Bricktown have enjoyed relative peace since Queenie ascended the throne. But somebody in town has taken some fungirls hostage and is using them as leverage to get something from the head Valkyrie. Something she’s not eager to part with.

“This Town is Gonna Kill Me”
One year ago, a well-meaning citizen talked a mild-mannered accountant out of throwing himself off the roof of his apartment building. When that same citizen goes missing, the accountant looks for help in finding the man–not knowing just how many people wanted his savior to disappear for good.

“The Devils from Dublin”
When word comes down that a couple brothers are in town looking to collect the debts due to their dear, departed father, the authorities launch a manhunt. But the truth is the brothers are looking for more than money, they’re after a high-ranking member of the Bedlam aristocracy and are more than willing to murder their way to them.

“The Ol’ Karaoke Landmine”
Mr. Muramoto’s new club is the hottest thing to hit Bedford in a long time. But when the mob families discover the Yakuza is backing the man’s venture–and using it to nab businesses that used to ally with the Mafia–the family heads threaten all-out war. If the situation can’t be resolved, the entire city is gonna burn.

“Canary in a Coal Mine”
A stoolie for the mob is found bobbing in the drink one hot summer night. His body is marked with warning to other would-be squealers. The next day, a key witness for a multi-year organized crime op reverses her testimony. A prosecutor on the rise isn’t about to let this stall his career, and he decides to enact his own plan to get the mafia to ease off his witness.

Secret Project Chingon

I currently have a writer working on the first big SoB supplement which I’m really excited about. I’ll have more details about this as it nears completion.

Alright, that’s where everything’s at! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a great start to the new year.

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Shipping Update and Moving Forward

GeneralJason L Blair07 November 2013

Shipping Update
My hope is that, by now, almost all of you have received your physical rewards (books and dice). If you pledged $60 or less and have not received your reward, please let me know!

Most of the $100 and $200 backers should have their goods as well though I did just discover that ten international orders didn’t make it out due to being hidden in the spreadsheet. *sigh* But I’m fixing that immediately. I have a stack of packages ready to go out tomorrow morning.

Moving Forward
Latest word from Ed Lima is that the soundtrack is coming along well and should be wrapping up soon. I’m very excited to get the rest of the soundtrack out to you folks.

For those who have been wanted to pick up Five-Story Drop, I will have the book added to the online store tomorrow.

Last major bit to wrap up are the backer-influenced scenarios. If you’re one of those backers, expect an email next week to get the ball rolling.

Streets of Bedlam has had multiple bumps in the road since the Kickstarter launch. I fumbled some major aspects and I sincerely apologize to everyone. I will endeavor to wrap up these last few bits in the coming months.

Early next year, expect word on the next book in the series. I have the writer contracted and will be moving forward with that soon. Stay tuned.

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The Big Ship

GeneralJason L Blair22 August 2013

Everything is on hand so now it’s just a matter of shipping everything out. I’m sending out the packages in waves. About a third of you have your rewards en route. Another third will go out tomorrow. And the rest should go out Monday or Tuesday of next week.

My Other Kickstarter

I’m not going to use StreetsofBedlam.com to promote my new Kickstarter but I did want to put one message out there.

For those of you familiar with my work on Little Fears, I’m currently running a Kickstarter to fund the art and production of a new full-sized Little Fears Nightmare Edition supplement, Blessed are the Children. Much like Among the Missing, the focus is on new character types/options, new aspects to the LFNE universe, new monster, a new episode, and more. If you like tabletop horror, please check it out.

Here’s the link.

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Five-Story Drop is Here!

GeneralJason L Blair05 August 2013

Looks like I have some shipping to do!

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Five-Story Drop: Now Printing

GeneralJason L Blair29 July 2013

Hello! Just a quick update that the revised Five-Story Drop cover proof has been accepted and the books are now cleared for print. I should have them in my hand in about two weeks, I reckon. I’ll let you all know when I do!

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Five-Story Drop: Almost but not Quite

GeneralJason L Blair23 July 2013

The Five-Story Drop proof came in Friday! Here’s an action shot:

The interior looks good but, unfortunately, there’s an issue with the cover. As you can see, the red spinal column overlaps part of the front cover. Not the biggest of big deals but it’s enough of an issue that I’m going to upload a new version of the cover. Since everything else works, I’ll do a digital proof this time which will cut the processing time down severely. As soon as this issue is fixed, I’ll order the books!

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5SD: Printing and Proof Update

GeneralJason L Blair16 July 2013

Hey everyone, just a quick note that Five-Story Drop has gone through the print pre-processing and I should have a proof in my hands either tomorrow or Thursday. If it’s good then I’ll sign off on it and place the order. I’ll post pics once the proof is in my hands.

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Five-Story Drop: PDF and Print Update

GeneralJason L Blair05 July 2013

The files for Five-Story Drop have been updated on DriveThruRPG. I’ve included two versions of the interior. One is lo-rez (web) thus smaller in file size while the other is hi-rez (print) but bigger in file size.

The plan is to send this off to the printer on Monday, July 8th. PLEASE! If you find any issues, errors, whatever, let me know! Send me an email at JasonLBlair@gmail.com or use the contact form on this website.

Thank you all for your support and patience. To those of you who have waited to the longest: It’s almost over!

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Five-Story Drop – Updated This Friday!

GeneralJason L Blair02 July 2013

Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the updated PDF of Five-Story Drop will be out this Friday. Moving house and then having family in town caused some bumps but the book is on its way. If you have any notes or errors or anything you’d like to see addressed, please let me know!

That means the file will get uploaded to the printer on Monday, July 8th.

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