The Anubai Hero, Chapter 8

Chapter 8

The Balkiri Continent was truly a prodigiously large area of land. Within its long shorelines, it held uncountable numbers of forests, plains, mountains, swamps, rivers, and every other sort of natural environment. Beneath the surface, leylines of spiritual energy twisted everywhere like the veins of an enormous dragon, crossing and flaring up seemingly at random. And wherever the spiritual energy became particularly strong, humans would gather like bees to honey.

It wasn’t that humans could directly interact with spiritual energy — only a few esoteric monstrous beasts could manage such a feat — but high concentrations could greatly affect the efficiency of a human’s cultivation, literally bringing twice the results for half the effort. And so over the course of time humans would seek out the leyline nexi, and build their homes and palaces, towns and cities, where the benefits to them would be the strongest.

Of course, not every area with great spiritual energy would be fit for human habitation. For every mighty forest citadel raised by human hands, there was a deep black jungle that would devour any mortal foolish enough to step within; for every grand mountain aerie where ancient experts meditated in peace, there would be a frozen highland of ice and death; for every verdant plain nurturing ten or even a hundred villages, there would be a vast, endless swamp filled with monstrous beasts and poison. Continue reading

Sunday Digest: 0% Productivity level edition

Yeah… I’m sure you noticed, but I didn’t finish any chapters of anything this week. Somehow it turned into “replay Arkham City week” for me, instead of doing anything productive. Sorry. 😦

Oh, and I started Disgaea 5, too. Good stuff. πŸ˜›

I did get started on Anubai chapter 8, though, so I have a bit of confidence in getting it done by Wednesday. We’ll have to see how that goes. 😐

Now if only I had something to help me increase my productivity… to help me build a road to success…

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Like a Motor Grader. πŸ˜›

Sunday digest: Go thank your mothers, you ingrates!

Happy mother’s day, everyone! Make sure you treat your mothers nicely everyday, not just today, though. πŸ˜›

Anyway, in a strange and unusual occurrence, I got a whole 2 chapters of Anubai done this week! I know, I’m shocked too. But let’s not get used to it; after all, the first of the two was supposed to be released last week, after all. :\

Anyway, I’ve got the first two sentences of chapter 8 written, and a pretty good idea of where I’m going with it, so it should be ready sometime this week. Assuming I don’t get too depressed; bad things have been happening in North Pine City while the nominal MC has been dead. 😦

Meanwhile, OhMario has been attempting to get me to continue ALW… ugh, I’m having a hard time getting back into Zedda’s head. Well, no, that’s a lie, I understand Zedda, I just don’t know how to present the next section… sigh… 😐

Ok, enough whining! I did manage to finish one more thing this week… remember that secret model project that I mentioned a few times?

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Yup. Got it done. πŸ˜€

It was definitely a challenge to build, with lots of spiky bits to deal with, but I had a lot of fun. Doesn’t it look cool? I love dragons. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, for next week, I’m going to finish Anubai 8, and I’m really, really going to try to do something for ALW. Well, even if I get something, though, I’m probably not going to release it until I have a few chapters to release at once, plus I want to post a “story so far” for it, since its been so long since I worked on it. Fortunately, the chapters are generally shorter than I do for Anubai. I’m not sure if it makes it easier or not, though. :\

Oh, and I’ll probably make another model. I like models. πŸ˜›

Like this guy.

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The Anubai Hero, Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Tai Mei was a young girl, living in a small village that was only notable due to it’s unfortunate proximity to the Cerulean Abyss. She was neither especially beautiful nor especially clever, and therefore did not differ from any of a thousand other young girls spread around the Balkiri Continent. Girls in peasant villages were seldom allowed to learn cultivation, and only boys were habitually taught to find their dantian by their fathers and elders. Tai Mei was no exception, and she did not have the slightest thread of Qi throughout her whole body. She was, in other words, a perfectly normal young village girl.

If one was to force themselves to find an aspect to compliment her on, it might be said that she had a strong filial respect for her parents, and always gave all her efforts to support her family. That this strength of hers was never directly acknowledged was an unfortunate, but understandable truth: Tai Mei was the third of five children, and since she was neither excellent nor difficult, she tended to be treated as part of the background by one and all. Continue reading

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 6

Chapter 6

I stood on a rolling, hilly plain, covered with high, crystalline grass. I had never seen this scenery before, I was certain of that; but it had a peaceful, nostalgic feeling to it. The sky above me was a pale blue, and a bright white sun blazed down from its noon-time height. It was a beautiful, calming scene–

β€œAh, there you are, young pup!”

A loud, exuberant voice sounded out behind me, and I flinched, startled. Before I could turn, an arm wrapped itself around my neck, and a hand began ruffling my hair. In surprise, I turned my head, only to see a black-furred jackal head grinning at me with open amusement.

It was the demon woman, Marah. Continue reading

Sunday digest: Didn’t finish the chapter. :(

As title. Sorry, everyone, the very last part just isn’t coming together for me. I’m going to sleep on it, and finish up tomorrow. πŸ˜•

I did some models, though.

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The would be the Empire State Building on the left, the CN Tower on the right, and a CH-47 Chinook in the center. The Chinook in particular I’m happy with, it turned out well. As for the towers… well, if you look closely at the top of the ESB, you might see the bit where I had to glue the damn thing together after it suffered a catastrophic failure. Oh, and the second to last step for the CN Tower was more or less impossible to actually complete, unless you happen to be Ant-Man… πŸ˜₯

Anyway, I’ve finally began work on my “secret” model, and I am pumped! I just hope I don’t blow it, it’s the most complicated model I’ve attempted so far (with the possible exception of the CAT dozer). πŸ˜…

Have a good week, everyone, and I’ll have chapter 6 of the Anubai Hero ready for you soon! πŸ˜‰

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!Β πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜‰

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… πŸ˜‰ )

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. 😦

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!

 

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 him… 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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜‰

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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… πŸ˜›

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜›

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

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?Β Not really? It happened, though… πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜› )

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… πŸ˜€