Category Archives: Seventh Sanctum

Why I Wrote It – Chance’s Muse

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Chance’s Muse is my first book on my principles for creating random generators. I took what I’d learned over two-plus decades of running Seventh Sanctum and compiled them into a collection of guides and theories.

I created it because of my own sense of mortality.

Seventh Sanctum started in 1999 after I’d made a few random generators. At first, it was a subsection of my personal site, but it became its own thing due to popularity. It is one of the oldest random generator sites on the internet that I know of, and obviously, an older site means an older creator.

In 2018 I realized I had to ask what the legacy for Seventh Sanctum should be. Though I am in excellent health, I will age at some point, and I won’t be here. Though I love the site, there might be a time of change that means I’d pass it on. I had to ask, “what should be next.”

This resulted in a multi-pronged effort:

  • I identified an inheritor if I die.
  • I participate in a community of randomizer enthusiasts, so I have people that may help.
  • I am rewriting the site in a more modern code base for anyone that may come after me. Plus it helps me keep up on coding.
  • Third, I decided to write things up in a book. That became Chance’s Muse.

Chance’s Muse is part of my legacy, something that will be out there when I’m gone. I’m a writer, so obviously, that was one way to pass on what I learned to others. I am not sure how much good it will do, but then again, what is certain?

There will probably be a sequel or two for it, additional legacies for the future.

This is something I want to encourage in your writing – finding a way to leave a legacy. This is part of mine, but I have talked to other people about writing down histories or experiences – one did not live to do that. This is your chance to create something to outlast and to reach others.

Steven Savage

Steve’s Update 4/18/2021

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Here’s what’s up with me!

I’m in a big giveaway with my fellow creatives! Pick up some creativity and writing advice, and a FREE copy of my first Way With Worlds Book! https://books.bookfunnel.com/saygoodbyetowritersblock/suwa6uuxdg

The Roadmap is here to help you see what my overall plans are, check out the new Roadmap – https://www.stevensavage.com/roadmap

A School of Many Futures edit is to chapter 6 out of 13, and that includes grammar checking!  I’m at the halfway point, so you can definitely expect your pre-reader copy in May. 

On the Way With Worlds series, the “Disaster Trilogy” is locked into my schedule, with the Natural Disasters book in May or June. The new covers will start coming soon, but I’m not sure when (likely with that book).

The Seventh Sanctum rewrite continues but hit an annoying roadblock on those complex generators where you pick different categories of options (like the Pizza generator). There’s an issue with filtering to avoid repetitive results that is probably due to a stupid mistake, and I need to find that.

Steven Savage

Steve’s Update 3/1/2020

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And here’s my somewhat regular update! First thing, giveaways!

I am in a LOT of giveaways

I’m really enjoying these giveaways and plan to do more – with more books!

Now the rest of the update!

  • Way With Worlds: Taking a break for now. I’ll start the next book in a few months, unless I shift things around.
  • A School Of Many Futures: Just waiting on my editor – I hope to have feedback soon. I am still tweaking the “rewrite outline”
  • Seventh Sanctum: Rewriting away. I found problems with my new code, and mostly solved it (objects/classes are a treat for isolating code), but still have a few bugs to iron out. I wish this was going faster as I’m so close to having an essential site.
  • Blog: No big plans for now, let’s see if a series strikes me . . .
  • General:  Working to improve my marketing and expand my newsletter. Hey, gives us more friends to talk to . . .

Steven Savage