Sunday Update: I have accomplished nothing.

Well, that’s an exaggeration. I have finished recording raw footage from Kholat, and I’ve downloaded VegasPro15 onto my computer. My next step is to see if my poor old computer can actually run it, and just what kind of product I can make with it…

So yeah, don’t expect any videos quickly. πŸ˜›

There isΒ slightly more potential for a chapter of Anubai Hero, however. I’ve found a couple new (relatively speaking) Xianxia novels that have yet to bore me — as long as I skip every segment where random unnamed antagonists talk crap about the main character. Some tropes get old more quickly than others. >.>

In any event, I’ve got a little more ambition to finish off Anubai, as long as I can get myself toΒ stop reading Xianxia for a while. So far, no luck, but I have hope for the future! πŸ˜›

My wife, on the other hand, made a new cake:

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Er, ignore the mess in the background…

Lots of people ask her why she’s becoming a nurse instead of a confectioner. She just likes helping people, I guess. πŸ˜€

Take care, everyone, and have a good week! πŸ˜‰

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Huh? What’s this site?

Oh, yeah, this is the place where I’m supposed to be posting the things I write. So let’s see, what have I managed to produce since my last post…

…A couple paragraphs of Anubai 32, and a couple paragraphs of an unnamed sci-fi fantasy story. Forgive me for not posting such empty content.

So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve been recording my playthrough of the spooky mountain walking simulator, Kholat. Not to be confused with Chokholat, sadly. It’s not the most gripping gameplay ever, but it should provide me with enough material to test if my computer can actually handle Vegas Pro 15 editing software. To be continued. πŸ˜›

I guess the most hopeful news is that I’ve found a couple Xianxia novels that I’m enjoying, after the ones I previously read started to bore me. It very much helps me find motivation to work on Anubai — although, it unfortunately is inspiring me as to the shape of future arcs, rather than finishing up the current one. But I shall persevere! πŸ™‚

Anyway, thanks for everyone who still checks this nonsense occasionally, and I hope your day and week go better than expected. πŸ˜€

Yeah, that’s about enough of that for one year. Next year will be better. Maybe.

Hey, y’all. By the time you read this, it’ll probably be 2019. Meant to post something yesterday, but some stuff came up, as it does. So, here’s my well-wishes for the New Year. Hope it goes well for everyone, including myself.

You’ll notice that despite saying that I was going to update more (did I say that?) I haven’t really managed it. Partly because I feel that I can’t really pursue my writing while my kids are home from school, partly because I just feel severely demotivated. It happens. 😦

IΒ will finish Anubai Hero, even if it means cutting out some scenes I want to include, but I’ve learned my lesson about including a time frame. Same with A Living Will, it’ll be done when it’s done. Sorry if you’re looking forward to it, but I just can’t keep to a consistent schedule. Also why I’ve never set up a Patreon or anything like that; I just don’t think I can deliver content on a reasonable basis. :\

I do have a couple plans for the new year; I picked up Kholat for cheap on the PS store, and I plan to record myself playing that. I want to stop editing in ShareFactory, but I need to find out if my current PC has the chops to render video. We’ll see about that. I’ve also got another casual writing idea, but I haven’t written a single word about it yet, so it’s about as formless as it gets.

Well, that’s it for the year, folks. I’m gonna keep trying to make this writing thing a thing, but I’ve gotta start thinking about how to bring in money once my wife starts nursing school proper. Not a pleasant prospect, but its gotta be done. Hope you and yours are having a wonderful New Year’s, and keep a casual eye on this site for whatever I eventually manage to produce.

But for now, I’m going to try and push through the rest of Resident Evil 4.

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I wonder if I have enough healing items?

Sunday Update: Yesterday was my birthday. I’m 37 now.

I’m not old! Compared to older people. I’m very old compared to younger people.

I basically did very little all week, besides attempting to start the next chapter of Anubai. I’m struggling, because emotions are tough. That is the say, managing the emotion of the scene is tough. Basically, I anticipate that I will consider the next chapter a failure. But, practice, practice, practice.

So, I’ve been playing a few different games this week (and a few games I’ve played before, like Doom and Just Cause 3.) I finally picked up Celeste, on my Switch, and OMG was it worth it. Think of it sort of like if Super Meat Boy had a moving story about dealing with depression. I highly recommend it. πŸ˜€

I’ve also been playing Hitman. That is, the most recent reboot of Hitman, but not Hitman 2, which is the most recent Hitman… y’know, never mind. You get it. Anyway, I watched a lot of gameplay of the game, and it looked like something I would enjoy. So I picked it up, and lo and behold, I like it. #ForegoneConclusions

I’ve also continued to play Slime Rancher, because my kids like watching me play that. Unfortunately, my daughter seems to have decided that any time I play Slime Rancher, she gets to play Lego Harry Potter afterwards. I don’t look forward to disabusing her of this notion… 😦

Let’s see, what else… Ah, yeah. If you have any interest in video editing software, you should check out this deal:

Humble Software Bundle: VEGAS Pro

I picked it up myself. Now I just have to figure out how to download it. And whether it will run on my computer. Regardless, if it means I can stop using ShareFactory on the PS4, I’ll be happy. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got this week. I’ve been thinking about the future lately, in terms of needing to make some money… but I’ll leave that for a different post. Have a good week, y’all! πŸ˜€

Sunday Update: Warning, Slime Ranching is surprisingly addicting.

Have you played Slime Rancher? For such a simple game, it’s extremely fun. There’s always something to do, so “one more task” time slippage sets in. And my son loves to watch me play the game, so there’s that. I forgot to grab the screenshot I wanted to share today, though… Oh, well. πŸ˜€

Despite this, I have officially taken The Anubai Hero off hiatus, with the long-delayed chapter 31! Woo! There are some major problems with the chronology of the backstory, incidentally, but it remains to be seen whether this is a bug or a feature. Meh. But, Fan Bin explains a little bit of what’s been going on, so there’s that. πŸ˜›

Incidentally, I counted the word count for the first 30 chapters, and it turned out to be over 100k words. Holy carp. O.O

So, I’m going to attempt to post at least one chapter a week until the volume is done. No set schedule, but I’ll keep making these Sunday Updates to let you know how things are progressing, with Anubai and any other projects. Watch this space! …so to speak. πŸ˜›

Anyway, thanks for reading, everyone, and have a pleasant week! πŸ˜€

P.S. Check out this comic, it’s really good! http://www.lunarbaboon.com/

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 31

Chapter 31

Despite their worries for the future, the ordinary residents of North Pine City were absolutely unprepared for the city itself to suddenly break beneath them. Buildings collapsed, roads turned into impassible ravines, and cracks in the ground suddenly began venting devastating black flame into the air. Many weaker citizens died in the first few minutes of chaos; and perhaps, they were the fortunate ones. But North Pine City had plenty of cultivators as well, who reacted with great alacrity to preserve their own lives, and perhaps even those weaker than themselves, and so the initial casualties were lower than might have been expected.

After a period that seemed like an eternity to the residents, but was truly less than a minute, the earthquake rocking the city subsided. Screams of pain and cries for help echoed in every part of the city, as the survivors began to understand the disaster that had befallen them. Meanwhile, the black flames continued to burn: on buildings, on corpses, and even on the ground itself. The fires were obviously unnatural, as in addition to their deep black color, they seemed to give off no discernable smoke, and even seemed to be less hot than even normal, natural flame. But those experts with the presence of mind to take note of the phenomena, had no idea of what it might signify. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo status: Fail

So, not long after my previous post, I… crashed? I’m not sure what to call it, but although I had a good idea of where I wanted the story to go, I couldn’t make myself sit down in front of my keyboard long enough to write it. Kinda frustrating, but there’s nothing I can do toΒ force myself to write… 😐

Anyway, my final word count for the month was 31,440. Which, admittedly, is still a huge chunk of writing, but it doesn’t make the NaNoWriMo goal of 50k words, let alone my personal goal of 60k.

So now what, you may ask? Well, this project is on hold, but I’m not tossing it away. (That’s what I said about my previous NaNoWriMo project too; it’s still waiting for further attention. 😦 ) Nevertheless, I’m going back to my webnovels for this month; specifically, I’m going to reread what I’ve written so far for Anubai Hero, and aim to release a new chapter by next Friday. Assuming no major catastrophe in the meantime, of course.

Now. If you are interested in reading the Google Doc for my unfinished project, I’m going to post it below. Just be warned:Β the novel is unfinished. The story dead-ends with no conclusion. There has been no editing. There is no resolution to anything. Everything is subject to change.

If after all that, you are still interested, go ahead and give it a look: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RXGbZ5_3O9Zuj1-fmiOOM_WL22w6DLwCwoF_awB7x7U/edit?usp=sharing

As for other things, well, I may or may not post a few more gameplay videos this month. Webnovels come first, though, so we’ll have to see. Have a good one, y’all, and have a great holiday season. πŸ˜€

Mid-NaNoWriMo Update!

Er, um. Hi, everyone.

Look, let me just say, I entirely meant to continue posting every Sunday, letting you know how things were progressing. Only, I somehow missed posting on the first Sunday in November… and then I somehow missed the second Sunday as well. Listen, timeliness is difficult, right? 😦

Anyway, my friend Izerio caught me hanging out on Twitch, and kinda reminded me that there are, in fact, people who check my blog. So, this post is for you, friends.

(Oh, and I hope your surgery went smoothly, Ize. Get well soon.)

So, yeah. I’ve been writing a little every day, most days, for the past two weeks. Well, I say a ‘little’; while it’s not a huge amount, I think most people would agree that 2,000 words a day is pretty significant. Especially after 14 days, which has added up to… 28,110 words, or nearly half of the 60,000 I’m aiming for.

Now, I hear what the more mathematical minded among you are saying: but D.J., today is the 15th! Shouldn’t you have finished a full 30,000 words by today?

Well, yes, you’re right. The truth is, I spent today completely ignoring my keyboard. Frankly, it wasn’t writers block or anything reasonable like that; I just couldn’t bear sitting down to write. Which leaves me with a bit of a hole to crawl out of going forward, but I got some good advice, which was “Don’t burn yourself out,” so I’m just going to accept that today was a wash, and work a bit harder the next few days.

That’s the plan, anyway.

Anyway. I’m not going to go into the details of my story right now (it is, in fact, an updated version of “Sharpening the Fang” promo that I’m pretty sure I posted at an earlier date) but I will say a couple words about how I arrived at the seed for the story idea.

Now, I’ve read a fair amount of otherworld fiction, both English and translated Japanese, and it occurred to me that there was always some sort of causal relationship that the transposition happened. I.e. the MC was summoned as a hero, the MC was hit by a truck and reincarnated, the MC was kidnapped by a god, whatever. But, what if there was no obvious reason, or cause and effect? What if the MC just… wandered away?

And so, that’s what my main character did. For the second time. πŸ˜‰

Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you at the end of the month. πŸ˜€

Halloween Update! Happy Samhain!

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Boo! Scary Monster picture! πŸ˜€

Happy Halloween, everyone! Extra spooky points if you can pronounce “Samhain” properly. πŸ˜‰

As a Halloween bonus, I’ve added a new video to my YouTube offerings. It was originally supposed to be Murdered: Soul Suspect, but due to some technical difficulties the game was switched at the last moment to The Witch and the Hundred Knight. Which, to be fair, is probably more Halloween-esque than M:SS… ^^;

…Needs a better thumbnail. Oh, well. Thanks for bearing with me, and have a good November!

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Happy Halloween, from the entire Jackel Family! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Sunday Update: Everyone should take a vacation once in a while.

So, I didn’t do anything this week.

Well, that’s an exaggeration, of course: I’ve been taking care of my kids, and convincing my wife to let go of some of her stress. But I’ve haven’t done any writing, or video recording, or any other creative pursuits. It was… remarkably relaxing. But I’m ready to get back to work, I think.

As for my “special” project for Halloween… well, it’s not really coming along. But I’ll put some effort into it on Monday, so maybe I’ll have something by Wednesday. We’ll see.

As for my writing project for November, I’ve decided on a mixed fantasy/sci-fi setting, a little less serious than my previous projects, but not to the level of being a comedy. I’m also going to work on describing the scenery more explicitly, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m going to aim for 2000+ words a day… It’s more than the contest calls for, but I’m really interested in having a full story by the end of the month.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. Have a good week, everyone! πŸ˜€