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Journal of Peter Greenwell

Month: December 2017

Dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg

Or rwy’n dysgu Cymraeg – I’m not certain which one is more correct. In plain English it means I am learning Welsh. Just started mind you, but so far I’m having fun with it. Yes, the “ll” digraph is a horror to get right. Nonetheless, it’s all good stuff and someday, I’ll actually contribute to this blog in the language. Wouldn’t that be something?

A new grimdark fantasy story – some basic facts

I always have ideas for new novels germinating in my head. I guess most writers do.  There’s quite a few false starts in my repertoire of tales; a few excerpts and doodlings that haven’t gone beyond the 5000 word mark. Lots of incomplete material that I occasionally cannibalise for other projects. What I’m about to put down here is one such thing.

This is “high-falutin'” fantasy, full of big words, purple prose and passive sentences. It’s a self-indulgent workout, but it’s fun to do. It’s set on a world I haven’t named but gods and dark magic rules. It’s definitely “grimdark” to use a modern term, and the emphasis is on grimness and darkness. An assassin’s spirit gets resurrected inside the body of a powerful woman who died several thousand years prior to events in the novel. Ostensibly, she is raised to hunt down another woman, but that’s a front for something far more sinister.


Tila – I’d used this name in another story, but am appropriating it for this one. The other Tila will need to search for another name. The assassin who is reincarnated; the protagonist.
Sosophra Ikananyar – the body into which Tila is resurrected. Sosophra was the last Empress of Girsadea, and her war with the alien alfen race almost destroyed the world.
Chieftain Quana of the Yssusois – the ruler of Quscec. An evil, tyrannical necromancer. I’ve taken this name fro ma character in another story..
Ydrys – the god of secrets and shadows. Ydrys is a transplant from my Fels milieu.
Maorth – the goddess of death.

There’ll be more characters but these five take up the first parts of the novel.


Quscec – once the holy city of the Empire of Girsadea, now the largest city in the world. A grim, horrible place where millions struggle against the evils of crime, sorcery, the undead, and poverty.
Blackfire Abbey – the abode of Maorth, the goddess of death. It is a dismal place.
Felltower – the stronghold of the Chieftain of Quscec, the ruler. Aptly named.
The Craeft – the realm of the Mages, the sorcerers of Quscec

Some action also takes place in “extraplanar” realms, such as the one of Ydrys.

I’m imagining this story as a precursor to a more traditional fantasy I have in mind for this milieu, that I’ve written about 7500 words for. It’ll be less wordy, more character driven than what I’ve outlined above. Anyhow, stay tuned!

Mass Effect 2 – crashing after Stolen Memory mission

Once you’ve completed Kasumi’s loyalty mission – Stolen Memory, and gotten the mission rundown, your game may crash. This is what worked for me (Windows 7, 64 bit, Origin edition).

In Windows Explorer, navigate to the ME2 folder – the default is C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Mass Effect 2\ and go into the Binaries folder. There, make a shortcut to ME2Game.exe on the desktop and in the properties of that shortcut, add -nomoviestartup to the end of the Target section. Make you sure you put it outside the quotes.

Load the game and it should work. If not, try the above with MassEffect2.exe instead.

Edit: this fix works for the crash at the end of the Lair of the Shadow Broker mission too.

Thanks to the various posters here for the tips.