Sunday digest: technically, it’s Monday again, of course.

Hey, everyone. It’s me. I really didn’t write anything last week, and technically I only started writing chapter 12 yesterday. A little after midnight yesterday, actually. So yeah, it’s only about [checks quickly] a quarter done. Eh, I’m really kinda enthused about the scene, though I am slightly worried about how to get certain people out safely… Well, never mind. I’ll get it done soon. Soon-ish. We’ll see.

In other news… well, my daughter has been officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so yeah. That kinda sucks. We suspected it, of course, and it isn’t as bad as it could be… but, she’s going to require a lot of help to catch up to other kids her age, and I can’t help but feel a little helpless about it. We already have her in speech therapy and occupational therapy, and we are on the wait list for a couple classes that will be very helpful for her…

I suppose the good news would be, insurance should pay for most of it. Small blessings, right?

Ok, enough of that. I completed the engine of my train… hang on, let me go grab a picture quick…

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There we go. Let’s see, the description on the packaging is:

EMD GP40 Diesel Locomotive – Is a 4-axle diesel-electric road-switcher locomotive built by the General Motors Electro-Motive Division between November 1965 and December 1971. The engine can generate up to 3000 hp.

So yeah, I’m not sure what any of that actually means, but it sure sounds cool, right? Next week will be the gondola car.

Thanks for reading, and please bear with me, the chapter will be done soon, I promise.

Well, soon-ish. :\

Sunday Digest: The more things stay the same.

Thanks to my usual commentators for their responses to last weeks question. As you can see, I haven’t chosen to implement PatreonΒ yet, but I reserve the right to sell out at any moment… πŸ˜‰

(…Anyone want to buy an IP? πŸ˜› )

Setting that aside. I finally sat down and wrote Anubai 11, which turned out ok. I was slightly tempted to timeslip back to when Gan Zhu actually returned to NPC for chapter 12, thus delaying the first major fight scene even further… but don’t worry, I decided that was too much trolling, even for me. πŸ˜€

So the timeslip will happen after the fight instead. Don’t worry, it will all make sense eventually. πŸ˜‰

On the metal model front:

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Well. At least I got started. πŸ˜‰

…Hey, it just occurred to me that this model train actually has five cars. Meaning, I can reveal one car per week, and stretch this model out over five weeks. Heck yeah! πŸ˜›

…Not counting this one, obviously. orz

Well, anyway. I hope everyone had a good week, and take care of yourselves! I can’t afford to lose any readers! πŸ˜€

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 11

Chapter 11

β€œMy, my, what have we here?”

Sun Mia heard a voice behind her. It was a slightly nasally and unattractive voice, but it was filled to the brim with arrogance and self-confidence.

Startled, she turned around to find a fat young man in a green robe staring straight at her. Her eyes involuntarily widened when she saw the emblem stitched onto the front of his robe: this was a member of the Fan clan! Sun Mia felt her heart sink, and a frisson of fear went down her spine. Continue reading

Sunday Digest: Decision time (and bears!)

Hey.

I got a few things to get through today, and I’ve been it off until now, so lets just jump straight into it. First, you may notice that I have not posted the next chapter of Anubai, or anything else this week. I’m sorry, I have no excuse.

Or rather, I have plenty of excuses, but I’m not going to burden you with them, since it’s a lot of same old, same old. One fun story though: I spent a great deal of time thinking about how the various parties are going to be entering this fight, and I have a good solid progression in mind — but when I sat down to write, I realized I didn’t have any idea at all about how to actually start the conversation at the beginning of the chapter. I got a few words down, and then I set it aside to work on it later, and never came back. Writing is hard. 😦

Anyway, once I finally get concentrated on it, it should flow more smoothly. I think. 😐

Second thing: I built Notre Dame. πŸ˜›

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You see those pseudo-arch like things around the building? Those were time consuming. It turned out fairly nice though, with one major error which is completely unrecognizable unless you know exactly where to look — and I’m not telling. πŸ˜‰

I have exactly one model left in stock, which is actually five models: the train I showed you in an earlier post. After that… well, I’ll probably take a break from models. At least until the metal Gundam models come out. πŸ˜‰

Thirdly… well. I’d like to talk about my family’s circumstances for a bit. Feel free to skip to the end, if you don’t want to hear about my life. πŸ˜› Continue reading

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 10

Chapter 10

The next day.

The mood on the streets of North Pine City was tense. For as long as any normal citizen could remember, two clans had ruled over North Pine: the bloodthirsty Fan clan, and the cold-hearted Sun clan. These two forces had forever been at each others’ throat, providing both danger and opportunity for those who lived in their city. In fact, a great many individuals were able to maintain a precious neutrality, not swearing loyalty to either great power, and refusing to engage in the eternal contest between the clans.

But those days had finally come to an end. The Sun clan had fallen, and the Fan clan stood unrivalled. The situation of the followers of the Sun clan went without saying; if there were any left in the city, they kept a low, low profile. On the other hand, those who had been close to the Fan clan now found their status elevated to an extreme degree! They now had the backing to do whatever they please, suppress whoever they wished — and the natural target of this new sense of authority, was obviously those who had not sworn loyalty to the clans in the past, and had remained neutral. Continue reading

Sunday Digest: Unsurprisingly, there is nothing.

Yeah, after my wife got in that car accident, my motivation to write kinda tanked. Some old guy in a big truck pulled out right in front of her as she was driving up the hill about two blocks from our home. Destroyed the bumper and the hood, but hopefully there was no damage to the actual systems? We won’t know until tomorrow at the earliest, though. Oh, our car is a 2005 Prius, by the way. We had just replaced the main battery on it recently, too. And the rear suspension.

I am not happy. 😦

All the insurance stuff has been taken care of, and the other guy’s insurance is taking the price of the rental car. (We still have to cover the optional full coverage insurance, of course, but we’ll take what we can get.) But the damage will likely exceed the value of the vehicle… So yeah. It sucks. :\

Anyway, I’ll try to get my mood together, and work on some more Anubai this upcoming week. I got an idea of the scene I want, but the lead-in is giving me trouble. Eh, writing is tough.

My model excavator is only half done, so no picture this week either. So did I just make this post to complain, then? Yeah, pretty much. Sorry. 😦

I hope everyone had a better week than me. For those whose week was worse (looking at you, ohmariowv) I hope next week is better. Good luck, everyone. ^^;

OK, how about one picture:

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Ugh, I did an awful job framing that picture… Anyway, this is my son, at the picnic of a certain volunteer organization (I think I can get away with calling it that), participating in a watermelon smashing activity! I am unaware of why they made the blindfold cover his entire face, however… Oh, and the plastic bat was deliberately used to make sure everyone got a chance to attack the poor defenseless watermelon. Apparently. It certainly was (in)effective. πŸ˜›

T.T

No chapter this week.

…

My wife got into a car accident. She’s ok. Our car isn’t. And we only have the one. 😭

Life has been a bit rough, lately. I mean, I know others have it worse, but money worries are money worries, you know? 😞

Sunday+1 Digest: One chapter, one toy.

Hello! Welcome to Taco Tuesday! I have no idea why I said that, though, since its neither Tuesday, nor are there tacos.

Actually, it’s Monday, and I’m doing yesterday’s Sunday digest. So yeah, I’m late, I suppose, but yesterday was Father’s Day, and I ended up going over to my dad’s for dinner. There was some sort of golf tournament on TV, too. I believe Kafka(?) won. πŸ˜›

Anyway, so, I got a chapter of Anubai done on Saturday — go, me! Sadly, it was a chapter highlighting just why the Fan clan sucks, but I guess you’ve got to have chapters like that, especially if your hero isn’t that great a guy either… Well, we’ll see, maybe I’m short-changing Gan Zhu a bit. πŸ˜‰ Next chapter should be sometime this week, and the start of an action sequence, I believe — look forward to it! πŸ˜€

Moving on, my wife and children got me a new toy for Father’s Day:

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Yup, it’s a marble run. Love these things. As usual, it has certain issues, causing marbles to be thrown off in random directions, but I’m sure if I cared to tweak it a bit, I could reduce the incidents a bit. Maybe. But who cares, it was fun to put together. Although I think my daughter is hiding lost marbles somewhere — I started with 10, and currently have 7 left after one day. Such is life. ^^;

Anyhow, this would have been out earlier, but my wife got stuck at work, and it threw off all my plans. Damn you, work! πŸ˜›

Well, I’ll get back to my own work, now. Really really want to get chapter 10 out this week… πŸ˜€