Sunday. Was there something I was supposed to do today?

…Oh yeah.

Well, it’s still Sunday, I suppose. Hope everyone had a good week. I got a chapter of Anubai out, yay. Next chapter Friday. I hope. My daughter has one day of school this week, and my son has only two. So, I have to watch them all week, which isn’t exactly conducive to smooth writing. Meh.

I should start studying Korean again. I spent the last few days reading a Korean web novel called God of Cooking (which is excellent, although I’m not sure that it’s actually about cooking ๐Ÿ˜› ) and I ran out of translated chapters, making me regret that I couldn’t read the piece in it’s native Korean. Of course, by the time I got my Korean to a level where I could read it, the translator may have finished the series anyway… ^^;

…or not. The translated chapters stand at 168, but apparently there are 676 chapters total, and it’s still ongoing. Hmm, my beginning Korean textbooks are on the shelf over there… ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve mentioned in the past that I play Go, right? The very small Go club I belong to has started up again, although we only meet up once a month. So I’ve played a few games of Go, recently, which makes me happy. Although, I’ve won them all, which makes me a little sad… losing games is good for your growth, as a Go player. And honestly, I don’t think I’ve become more skilled, especially since I haven’t been practicing, so is it just that I’ve lost fewer skills than my friends? Weird feeling. :\

Anyway, I’m tired. Have a good night, everyone, and I’ll see you later this week. ๐Ÿ˜€

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The Anubai Hero, Chapter 17

Chapter 17

โ€œThe โ€˜Oracle,โ€™โ€ Gan Zhu repeated wonderingly. โ€œWhat is an โ€˜Oracleโ€™?โ€

The woman with a warriorโ€™s appearance hummed thoughtfully to herself. โ€œThat is an interesting question, young man. Normally, I would say that I am a messenger of the gods and spirits; but there are few spirits in this world, and no gods.โ€

Gan Zhu stared at her blankly, completely failing to understand her meaning. Surprisingly, it was Lost Justice who reacted to her words, straightening up from where he leaned against the wall. โ€œHey, wait a sec. That ainโ€™t what ya told me earlier. Ainโ€™t we hiding here because ya didnโ€™t want to get caught by the gods of this world?โ€

โ€œYes, that is true,โ€ agreed the woman, smiling at Lost Justice. โ€œBut the gods of this world are not gods; they are men.โ€ Continue reading

Sunday Digest: The Digest-ening

Morning, y’all. No, I don’t know what the title is supposed to mean, either. Let’s move on. ๐Ÿ˜›

Sooo… I’m in my new place, now. It is nice. I will be expending actual effort to keep it nice. Go, good intentions. ^^;

As promised, I’m going to stop posting teasers of things I haven’t written yet, and move back into releasing chapters of my web novels… which I also haven’t written yet. Go figure. The next chapter will be on Friday, although whether it is the next chapter of Anubai or something else will depend on… factors. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

OK, with that out of the way, let me tell you a quick story. See, as I was preparing for my move, I was absolutely ruthless about culling my collection of paperback novels. Sadly, this did not completely divest me of paperbacks; most of my Terry Pratchett collection is in paperback, for instance, and I’d rather lose an arm than those books. ๐Ÿ˜›

Among the few series that I decided not to part with, was theย Bazil Broketail series by Christopher Rowley. It’s about a war between the forces of evil, and the forces of not-quite-as-evil-as-that, and it focuses on a unit of dragons in the army of “good”. I’ve had the books since high school (the last book was released in ’99, the year before I graduated), and it’s one of best fantasy war series I’ve ever read.

So, seeing that the books now had a place of prominence on my bookshelf, I decided to start reading the books again, possibly to prove that I was right to keep them.

I stand by my decision. These books are great. Well, at least the first book is, and I expect the later books won’t disappoint meย too much… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway. As I was reading, I thought to myself, “Huh. It would be fun to start my Let’s Read project again, reading through this book.” But then I thought, “But this series was published back in the nineties; I really wonder if it’s available anywhere.” Because while I would love to post summaries and analysis of chapters, it really would be nice if I could recommend that people read it themselves as well. Kinda the point, really. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, I checked whether the books were available on Amazon Kindle. And, as it turned out, they were.

Kind of. :\

You see, someone seems to have picked up the property, divided the books in half, and made each half available at the price of a full book. Furthermore, only five of these installments are available currently, which is about two and a half of the original books. The names have been changed, obviously since they need more of them now, and the covers have been “modernized” I guess you could say. Call it my rampant nostalgia, but I don’t like the covers. ๐Ÿ˜›

(Exception: The cover of Battle Dragons 2: The Doom, is pretty awesome. Even if it is the second half of the first book. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

Soooo… yeah. I’m not sure if I want to do a full Let’s Read of the series, with such a questionable digital version. On the other hand, the original paperbacks are available through Amazon (the actual store) for just a couple bucks apiece, setting aside the shipping charges, so it’s not like it’s completely unavailable… I don’t know. What do you guys think?

Oh, and incidentally… if I do decide to resurrect Let’s Read, it won’t impact the weekly release of web novel chapters. So don’t weigh that in your opinions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

No further previews…

OK, I found the piece I had been looking for. The bad news? There was less of it than I remember.

Much, much less. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Man, I remember doing so much work on the background of this story — I still have the hand-written notes to prove it, too — but I didn’t wrote more than a couple of paragraphs. I could have sworn I wrote more than this… I didn’t even get to the part where the little girl meets the giant, armored demon overlord… :\

Ahem. Oh, well. Maybe there’s a longer version hiding on one of my drives, somewhere. I’ll keep an eye out for it, but for now, consider it a lost work. Sigh… Guess I’ll see everyone on Sunday. Have a good night.

OK, let me give you something, at least. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, you know how sometimes you get little quotes at the beginning of chapters? Here’s the one I wrote for the first chapter:

โ€œThe Night Guards, who serve the Overlord of Night, in the city of Night, capital of the country of Night: a true triumph of theme over originality.โ€ย -Sergeant Elliot Blackspear of the Night Guards

Incidentally, Elliot Blackspear is a character who begins the story already dead, although unusually for me, he is nevertheless not the main character. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Preview: Waking in the deep

A lot of stories I write are inspired by imagery from various videogames. This one owes its existence to Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. Ever play it? ๐Ÿ˜‰


It was the hunger that woke him. He didn’t want to wake; he remembered a nightmare, vaguely, but he felt he had been sleeping for quite some time, and it seemed a shame to wake now. But the hunger was deep, and insistent. He’d have to do something about that. Perhaps she would have dinner ready…

His thoughts stopped, and it took him a moment to realize why. Dimly, through the hunger, he began to understand that something was very wrong. He thought of her, and realized that he could not remember her face. He remembered a smile, and a laugh; sunlight on hair, and wind; but appearance, identity, name…? Nothing. Who was she? Who was she, to him?

Who…was he? Continue reading

Preview: Discard and Draw

Yeah, ok, on my previously mentioned scale of 1 to 10 of things I want to keep writing, this ranks at 11. It’s more epic in scope than my other works (at least in theory) but I really love the few character’s I’ve created for it so far. Especially Joe, for some reason, although his personality doesn’t fully come through in this prologue. Oh, and it’s also… well, just read it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


The god found him, drifting in the absolute darkness between worlds. He had lost all sense of time, all sense of self; he didnโ€™t even realize his own consciousness. But the god spoke to him, and he responded.

<Ah, so this is where you ended up.>

โ€œWhereโ€ฆ amโ€ฆ Iโ€ฆโ€

<Mm. The wrong question. There is no โ€œwhereโ€ here — this is a gap.> Continue reading

Preview: Dead Life Phantasmagoria

This is the first chapter (supposedly) of a slightly more psychedelic story I conceived of at one time. Ideally, it would be both creepy and amusing, although I don’t know if I have the talent to pull that off. On the scale of 1 to 10 of “things I intend to return to,” it’s probably about a 3. However, I absolutely loved writing the dialogue below, so it would be a pity for it to go to waste, I guess? ๐Ÿ˜›


I died.

 

I died, right?

Continue reading

Sunday Digest: Taking a step back

Hey, everyone! I’ve been saying this for a while now, but consider this a final heads-up: no new chapters for a while. I’m really kicking the preparation for our move into gear, and there is a lot I still need to do, so I can’t concentrate on writing right now.

In fact, even this message is something I prepped yesterday, and scheduled ahead to be posted on Sunday. Yay, scheduling! ๐Ÿ˜›

That said. I do have a few more preview/excerpt/whatever things to share with you, during this period while I’m (mostly) away from my proverbial desk. I have also scheduled these ahead of time, so they should go live on Wednesday and Friday… Oh, and since next Sunday will literally be my first day in the new place, I’m not going to be posting anything that day either. As for the following week… well, we’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, if you care to comment on anything, I will try to respond in a reasonable time frame. It’s not like I’m going to the moon, I’m just busy. ๐Ÿ˜›

Preview: Sharpening the Fang

So yeah, this is something I’m definitely going to actually write someday. Despite the name of the male MC, it’s a much more traditional western fantasy than the world of Anubai Hero or Living Will. Well, I call him the MC, but the action is going to follow the elf and her party much of the time… you know what? Just read it. ๐Ÿ˜›


Chapter 0

Awaken to a New World

He awakens to the sound of birds. A cool wind caresses his face, and he can hear it rustling the leaves of the trees around him. He feels sunlight dappling his skin, and soft ground beneath him. Somewhere nearby, water is flowing over rocks, completing the peaceful and idyllic scene. He takes all this in, without opening his eyes, and forms his first coherent thought: How odd. Continue reading