About Me

I'm Phil! American living in Japan. Teacher. Ex-independent professional wrestler. Student of Japanese. Traveler. Article writer for Mythic Scribes. Also written four manga, novels, and various short stories and poems. For my fantasy-related blog, check out http://www.philipoverbyfantasy.blogspot.jp/.


Drill Bits: random thoughts, bloggy stuff
Japan Hammer: topics about Japan
Story Time: stories I felt like posting

Thursday, August 25, 2011

National Novel Writing Month: Confessions of a Jobber

It's still several months away, but I've been discussing National Novel Writing Month on the Mythic Scribes forum and it's already got me excited. The last three years I did fantasy stories:

2008: Wall of Dead Unicorns
2009: Kingdom of Buzzards
2010: Drink the Wyvern

All three years I hit the 50,000 word (175 pages?) mark. However, none of these novels are really finished. Because they need heavy, heavy editing.

But that's besides the point. NaNoWriMo is more about challenging myself and hitting a goal than getting something ready to be published. It's fun and uplifting and depressing and soul-destroying all at the same time.

This year I've decided to take a different approach. No fantasy. I'm going to try to write a wrestling story. Yes, that's right. Wrestling.

Tentatively titled, "Confessions of a Jobber," it will be a semi-autobiographical adventure into the weird, wacky world of professional wrestling. It follows an unnamed wrestler (don't know his name yet) that travels all over the world for over 25 years, but never wins a single, solitary match. His goal? To finally just win one match.

Some of the things detailed in this story will take pages from my ACTUAL experiences on the independent scene and years of reading about and watching wrestling.

Things to expect;

1. Being passed over for championships
2. Being a hated heel and getting turned babyface for being too good at it
3. Doing matches he didn't want to do
4. Communication/Miscommunication in the ring
5. Backstage politics
6. Fan clashes
7. Ring rats
8. Dirt sheet writers
9. Rookies/backyarders
10. Kayfabe
11. Masked gimmicks
12. Tag team wrestling
13. Crappy shows
14. Reality vs. wrestling
15. Wrestling a bear

These are some things that will be covered in the book. And I have plenty of source material. This story is entirely FICTIONAL and will only be loosely based on things I've seen and experienced as a pro wrestler.

Coming in November! NaNoWrimo 2011!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Drill Bits: Drinking Elf Blood (Or Stuff I Like)

I thought the title of this blog would get some attention. I don't really like drinking elf blood. I prefer ghost blood. It's tasteless and low-calorie.

Anyway, here is a list of things with my stamp of approval:

1. Kizuna: Fiction for Japan.

An awesome charity book with over 70 authors in it from all over the world. Personally, my interest is in the Japanese writers in this book. You don't know how many times I've wandered around book stores in Japan and dreamed that I could read Japanese more. This anthology gives me the chance. Lots of great authors in this, some known, some unknown, but all working for the common good of raising some money for those affected by the Tohoku disaster.

Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Kizuna-Fiction-charity-anthology-ebook/dp/B005GFID4O

Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for different devices (Kindle for PC specifically and I think they have an app for Android and Blackberry or some other devices I'm not familiar with.)

2. terribleminds: Blog by Chuck Wendig (www.terribleminds.com)

For writing advice, Wendig does a great job of making it entertaining and inspiring at the same time. I recently bought his book Confessions of a Penmonkey which are collected essays from the site. Really funny (and often weird) stuff. Highly recommended. And he would probably approve me drinking elf blood.

3. Bizarro Central: Revamp (www.bizarrocentral.com)

I really like the new re-vamped Bizarro Central. Always cool articles, pictures, or news over there if you're into weird stuff. I prefer this version of the website because it seems more focused in the shared-blog format. Kudos to whoever spear-headed this one!

4. Mythic Scribes (www.mythicscribes.com)

As fantasy forums go, this is a good one. And not just faeries and dragons and all that crap most people think I'm a dork for liking. But other "edgier" stuff too. Really good community that don't troll each other.

5. Game of Thrones TV Show

I recently finished the first season of the TV series Game of Thrones based on George R.R. Martin's book series. I have to say, I'm very impressed. Great actors all around and Peter Dinklage is definitely a highlight as Tyrion. Love me some Tyrion. Can't wait for the next season.

6. The Laugh Factory Youtube Page

If you love comedy, seek out some of the stand-up acts listed on their page. Some are hilarious and familiar, some hilarious and unfamiliar, some not so hilarious and not so anything. But hit or miss, it's good for some mindless entertainment.

7. Salad UK

A guy that does excellent dubstep videos on his Youtube page. Lots of great mixes of film, Youtube junk, and cartoons for hard-hitting dubstep cream corn action. Pump up the volume.

8. ALL TOGETHER (New Japan/All Japan/NOAH)

A big wrestling show I just got tickets for this Saturday in Tokyo. A big, big show. I can't even explain how excited I am. And all the proceeds go to charity, which is also super bad ass!

9. Fat-Pie.com (David Firth animations)

This my have been around for some time, but I recently just saw some of David Firth's incredibly creepy and weird cartoons floating around on Youtube. His most famous is Salad Fingers, which is funny, creepy, and sometimes sad. I highly recommend any of the Fat-Pie animations because they will probably make you pee.

So that's it for this edition. Mata ne!