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Theater Thursday: Jack the Ripper

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

The third post in this series will explore my first large-scale production in Brainerd Community Theater's Fall of 2013 show Jack the Ripper: The Monster of Whitechapel, in which I played Dr. Forbes Winslow...

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Theater Thursday: Dearly Departed

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

For the second post in this series, we'll be looking at my first on-stage performance as the character Ray Bud in the show Dearly Departed, which was put on in the late summer of 2013...

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Theater Thursday: Acting 101

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As someone who constantly downplays his own successes and skills in an effort to never deny the opportunity to improve, I do recognize that I am composed of some measure of talent when it comes to performing on stage. And as I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought.

And so this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside. Every Thursday for the first couple months of Spring, 2018, we'll be looking back at my history with Brainerd Community Theater, and how it has helped to shape and define what it means to be Nicholas Kory.

For the first post in this series, there is no better place to begin than my final semester of my two-year degree at Central Lakes College, in the Spring of 2013...

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Check-In: Let's Talk About December...

Hey folks! It's been a while since I've checked in, and an even longer while since I've written about my writing. Truth be told, 2017 was a year full of challenges unlike any I've ever experienced before, not in their gravity but in their overall impact to my day-to-day life, and that of my family.

That being said, it's not like I haven't been productive to some degree. I assisted with the production of Street Masters from Blacklist Games (which I should be getting my copy of hopefully before the holidays!), I wrote a short story to add to a science-fiction anthology of an author friend of mine, I've launched Season Two of The NovelCast, and I've written the beats for the next three books I'll be penning. So while the amount of work I've completed is a far cry from what I know I'm capable of in a calendar year, it is still things I am proud of, and things I've never done before.

But enough about that, let's talk about the future.

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Another Story Revisited, Another One Left Behind

Creatively speaking, my life took a small leap forward this last week. Feeling bad for having not embarked on any writing projects since we moved earlier this year, I decided to recover from this two-fold. First, I began laying the groundwork for a new horror novella, especially since Behind the Locked Door did so well in its first few days of release. I wrote the beats and got the pre-work established for this new book. Then, I followed it up with starting work on Season Two of Enter the NovelCast, including recording chapters for the new audiobook and starting a Patreon to help make it even better (you can find the Novelcast Patreon HERE).

But I wasn't prepared for the two opportunities that would come my way via social media nearing the end of the week last week, both of which will help spur along my career as a self-published author and game designer.

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Dealing with One Star Reviews

Today I got a notification email from Smashwords alerting me that ASTRAL TIDES: RIMWARD - EPISODE ONE just got a review. And not just any review, it was a review with a rating, the first official rating for any book in the Astral Tides series. I was excited and also terrified, and when I clicked the link in the email my heart was in my throat with anticipation and anxiety.

Click HERE to read the review, and then check out the rest of this blog post.

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Baby Kory

Wow. The last week has been crazy. My wife's due date was Thursday, April 7th, so our entire week of the 3rd through the 9th has been hurry up and wait. We've been expecting to go into the hospital every evening starting that Sunday, and had my mother-in-law sleeping over at our house to help ensure that our six-year-old is still on her normal routine should we rush out of the house in the middle of the night. My mother-in-law was here every night, and as the due date was finally upon us, we assumed that it was now or never.

And then Thursday slowly came to a close and we were all left wondering when this little surprise would decide to arrive.

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Back in the Saddle

It seems I am destined to question myself.

A few months ago, as I was over the halfway point of Astral Tides: The Shadows of Uhmakhet, I started to have doubts and concerns with my ability, creativity, and drive as a writer. I took some time off of writing, focused on other endeavors, and winter turned into spring, 2016 came into its own, and, most important of all, my wife's due date swiftly approached.

Now we're less than two weeks away from what I have been affectionately referring to as Babyfall 2016 (despite my wife's frustrated protests which claim that title makes no sense), and as we consider our careers, income, costs, and maternal/paternal leave over the course of the coming summer, I came to a realization:

I not only want to get back to writing, I NEED to get back to writing.