Sunday Digest: “Hah, finished the chapter” edition.

Happy Sunday, y’all. Don’t got much for you today — EXCEPT A NEW CHAPTER OF THE ANUBAI HERO!ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Ahem. Sorry about that. Check out the TOC on the menu bar for the new summary, and I’ll be adding Previous/Next links on the chapters sometime tonight, for your reading convenience. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, I don’t have anything else to report on the week; all the models I’ve finished recently, I posted a couple days ago, and I haven’t been advancing my writing efficiently. Mostly I’ve been wasting time reading researching. (Nah, I’m never gonna get tired of that joke… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So, for next week, hmmm… I’m going to busy with certain RL situations, but I also plan to review my work on A Living Will, and try to get a handle on where I want to go with that one… I can’t say I expect to get a chapter of that done by Wednesday, though. I will try to get Anubai 6 done sometime this week though… Urgh, probably. :\

Hmm, what can I recommend… I’ve already forgotten the novels I’ve already mentioned… Hmm. There was a novel I wanted to recommend, but… the site it was posted on was taken down. So never mind. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Oh! I think I haven’t mentioned this one: Whisper of the Nightingale by SnowyFeffe! Go read it! It’s a little… well, extremely dark, actually, but it’s really good!

 

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The Anubai Hero, Chapter 5

Chapter 5

Gan Zhu looked around. He realized that he had awakened in a moderately large cavern, formed entirely of familiar crystals. They glittered in the dim light, forming beautiful patterns in the air; but Gan Zhu had no patience to admire them now. He was caught up in his memories — memories of his own death!

That abominable swordsman, Li Stahn, had cut off his arm, saying that he had a better use for it than a mere cripple. Since that moment Gan Zhu, whose survival had already been extremely precarious, was completely pushed to the edge! Where he had held his own against the various dangers of the Abyss until that time, from then on he could do nothing but retreat, and retreat further, until he was finally caught out on that precipice and could retreat no further.

He had been cornered at last by three Wolf-headed Bears, the strongest type of monstrous beast in the upper levels of the Abyss. The slavering creatures had detected the scent of his blood and proceeded to chase him down to the dangerous third level, before trapping him on that ill-fated cliffside. He had managed to slightly wound two of them, before his sword had finally snapped, and then they had been upon himโ€ฆ He could remember nothing after that. Continue reading

My wife loves me.

 

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So. My wife got me that. A five car train model. I love my wife. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, I’ve finished a few more models. These first two are Taipei 101, a tower in Taiwan, and the Sydney Opera House. Incidentally, the SOH is the older model, judging by the dates stamped on the plates, and you can tell that it isn’t is polished, if you forgive the bad pun. The instructions aren’t as clear, and there are a few errors in the etchings. Still a fun build, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had… issues… with the tower, but it turned out all right in the end. Just wish I had payed closer attention to a certain step… ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, I also did a one sheet model, this SR-71 Blackbird:

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Technically, I completed it in just over an hour, with most of the work getting done while I was at my monthly counselor appointment. Simple models are good, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, on the story front, I’m chipping away at the fifth chapter of Anubai. Expect a good deal of backstory on our MC. From, y’know, back before he died. ๐Ÿ˜›

Oh, and I have scheduled the first (non-)appearance of a very, very important character, so look forward to that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Special Announcement: Lily Ex Machina complete!

Hey, everyone! So, remember back in February, when I suggested that you go read the excellent web novel Lily Ex Machina by ExtantLily?ย Not really? It happened, though… ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, as of yesterday, EL has posted the 150th chapter, along with an epilogue, officially closing out the novel. So, many congratulations to her! I’m extremely impressed, as a writer who officially can’t finish anything… T.T

Cough, anyway. Since the novel is officially done, now would be an excellent time to read the whole story, without worrying about little things like cliffhangers, or the wait for the next chapter, which plagues us all. (“Especially on this site–” Shut up, you! ๐Ÿ˜› )

So, click the link above and check it out! Or this one, and go straight to the prologue!

P.S. ExtantLily has already started work on the sequel. This should be good… ๐Ÿ˜€

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Two lines of characters hung in the dark. He thought at first that he had never seen anything like them before, but then he began to feel that he was wrong — a strange, nostalgic feeling like a half-remembered dream. And so he looked at the strange characters, until they began to seem familiar. Eventually, he started to believe — no, he was certain, that the line was a very simple message:

Good morning, hero.ย Itโ€™s time to wake up.

And so, he woke up. Continue reading

My daughter’s first collaboration!

Hey, everyone, I just wanted to share something with you quick. Earlier today, my daughter (3) popped open my Chromebook, which happened to have the chapter I am currently working on open. She added a bit of dialogue, which I wish to share with you here:

“The silver-furred man sighed again. โ€œJustโ€ฆ ignore her for the moment, please. Now. I presume you l0lo5yd gkjki ย ย ย ย m4njnm mn nmdu ย vbb bnnhbmnnnhgcvrnbv bvvbvvnv ย ย ย kk vm ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย .bivcdbm po k ย yv6 e5 v vxxz”

I think it makes as much sense as anything I’ve ever written, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜€

Numbers! Everyone loves numbers, right? :P

So! I just (finally) finished putting my PS3 games into a storage unit, so I could get rid of all those jewel cases and save some space. This is something I did previously with my PS2 collection, incidentally, and probably something I should do for my PS1 collection as well, which is currently sitting in a box. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to run the numbers on my games, just to see my completion percentages. So here we go:

I have 90(!) discs worth of PS3 games. However, two of the discs are DanceDance Revolution and Zumba; since those two are more like exercise platforms than games, it makes the question of completion really nebulous, so let’s exclude them, and say I have 88. :\

Of those 88 games, I have successfully played through to completion (of at least one ending, at least one time) … 29 of them! That’s an approximately 33% completion rate, which is… actually a lot better than I expected. Huh. But we’ll get to the reason for that below… It’s still pretty pathetic, all around, I think. ๐Ÿ˜

There is another category I’d like to introduce: games that, despite buying, I have never once inserted into my PS3! There are five games on my list I never so much as touched!

…Yeah, I’m reflecting. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Highlights of my collection include:

From the Atelier series:ย Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, Atelier Meruru, Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, andย Atelier Shallie. Do you get the impression that I like the Atelier games? Because I love the Atelier games. Sadly, I don’t seem to complete them: the only one on this list I’ve completed (once) is Ayesha. And, since Rorona, Totori, and Meruru are a chronological series, I never played Totori or Meruru, since I wanted to complete Rorona first. I just… never did. :\

From the Lego games: Lego Batman 2, Lego Batman 3, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego Movie Videogame, Lego Lord of the Rings, Lego Hobbit, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 & 5-7, Lego Jurassic World. Yeah, I really like the Lego games, too. And since they’re seriously easy to complete, these ten games raise my completion rate by a really significant degree: if I exclude them, my completion drops to 19 out of 78 games, or 24% — a huge drop. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Games that I had played through on a previous system: Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix, Jak & Daxter Collection, and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection. All of which are games I played to completion on the PS2 (with the exception of Symphonia, which I borrowed a friends GameCube to complete), none of which I completed on PS3. I was a little unsure about whether I should count them as completed or not, but since I bought them individually for the PS3, then didn’t finish them, I decided they belonged in the uncompleted category. All great games, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, it’s not really what I’d call a highlight, but I was uncertain whether to count my Genesis Collection disc as a game I could actually complete, seeing as it’s actually about 40(?) games. But since I didn’t completeย any of them, I suppose it’s fine to just count it as another uncompleted game. It doesn’t sway the total that much, anyway.

Unless I count every game on the disc separately, of course. But that’s way too much effort. ๐Ÿ˜›

Ok, enough of that. My resolution is to maintain a much higher completion rate for my PS4 games! I’m currently sitting at… 2 out of 13. (Rachet and Clank and Song of the Deep, incidentally.) So the current rate is about 15%, but I am in the last dungeon of Tales of Berseria (which is huge, incidentally ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) so pretty soon that will jump to 3 out of 13, 23%.

…Yeah, I’ve got a ways to go. And I need to stop buying games. -_-;

Sunday digest: Why write, when you can make a mining truck out of metal sheets?

Hello, everyone. Happy Easter, for those who care about such things. So.

Somehow I barely managed to open my Chromebook at all this week… I was going to write up a little piece on Tales of Berseria, but I eventually just played more of the game instead. I’m at 90+ hours, and I’m trying to clean up everything possible before the endgame. Mostly because, after I beat the boss, I’m going to turn my attention to the other games in my collection. Especially Persona 5, which I have neglected for far too long. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for my fiction, ALW and my novel are both at a complete standstill. As for Anubai Hero, I’ve written… the first paragraph of chapter 4. I was going to work on it during OhMarioWV’s Destiny stream, but unsurprisingly I can’t multitask in the least. (Apropos of nothing, my wifeย always has something running in the background whenever she’s doing anything, usually something off the food network, or Dirty Jobs or Mythbusters. I have absolutely no idea how she can concentrate with that nonsense in the background.) Anyway, I’ve got a fairly good idea of how chapter 4 will go, so it should be out… soonish? I don’t want to give a deadline, because it depresses me too much when I miss them. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Oh… While I’m thinking about it, I should put up a TOC for it. I’ll work on that after this, I guess.

So what have I been doing?

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Well, these guys, for one. That’s a CAT mining truck on the left, and the Javits Convention Center in New York on the right. And yes, a mining truck is definitely big enough to completely run over a convention center. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

…It’s not. They’re not to scale, sorry. But mining trucksย are pretty huge — that’s literally a stairway that runs up the front grill. It was a complicated model, which I like, but since it’s complicated there is a greater chance for stuff to go wrong. For instance, I misread the instructions and ended up breaking a piece on the undercarriage, which makes me sad and angry. It wasn’t something I could fix with a bit of glue, either. Grrr. ๐Ÿ˜ก

On the other hand, the Javits Center was much easier, with big, easy to handle pieces, and only a bit of complicated folding to make things difficult. It just ends up being less satisfying to complete something easily, I guess. I’m not a masochist, though. ๐Ÿ˜›

By the by… I highly advise you to Google a picture of the actual building — it’s made almost entirely of glass, and it looks awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰

OK, as for next week… I don’t know. I’ll think of something. Have a good one, everyone. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Digest: The “…Wait, it’s Sunday!?” Edition

Yeah…kinda forgot that the day after Saturday is Sunday, somehow… I was planning to write a bit about Tales of Berseria, but yeah, that’ll have to wait now…

Anyway. On the writing front, I completed the third chapter of the Anubai Hero, as I intended. So for the time being, chapter releases, whether of A Living Will or AH, will be sporadic and unscheduled, while I try and figure out how to make ALW fun for me again. ๐Ÿ˜

I haven’t decided whether to make a TOC for Anubai yet, or just toss it under my Other tab with the rest of the miscellaneous stuff. We’ll see how motivated about it I feel in the future… In the mean time, if you haven’t read the three chapters yet, here is Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s see, what else… Ah, how about some models?

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Although I realize now that the lighting in this picture is a little bad… Ah well. The boat in the center is the Black Pearl — the historical version, rather than the Disney version, incidentally. The crawler crane in the upper left I made a while ago, actually, but I forgot to put up a picture. The car in the lower left is the iconic New York checker cab, and incidentally the easiest model I’ve built so far. In the upper right is a (generic?) ferryboat, while you might recognize the lower right as a scorpion.

The cab, scorpion, and ferryboat were all single sheet models, and the cab and ferryboat were both surprisingly simple. Actually, the Black Pearl was relatively simple too, although I had some issues with the sails. The scorpion had a number of small pieces, like the legs and the segmentation on the tail, so it was a bit more difficult. The crawler crane had about the same difficulty as one of my tanks. Unlike the tanks, though, the crane can actually swivel around, if a bit clumsily. I have mixed feelings about that. ๐Ÿ˜›

For my next model, I either have to stop procrastinating and put together my gold Kinkaku-ji temple, or else my super secret model that I’m not telling you guys about yet. Haven’t decided, but probably the temple. We’ll see… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, and since I haven’t made a fiction recommendation in a while, go check out DragomirCM’s web novels atย http://thesylthorian.com/. I especially recommend reading “I was reincarnated as a Magic Academy!” That is not a typo; the MC actually reincarnated into a Magic Academy. (Well, technically he’s a dungeon core, but he’s being used as an academy, so that’s fine, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) It’s a slightly off-beat story, with lots of comic moments as well as tragic ones. I also read DragomirCM’s “100 Luck and the Dragon Tamer Skill” and “The Blessing of 118 Gods”, both of which are very cool, so check those out too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

All right, no promises for chapters over the next week, but I will post about my gaming experiences, so you can look forward(?) to that instead. Have a good one! ๐Ÿ˜€