In lieu of a chapter: How about a bad dream?

Hey there. As expected, the chapter for this week, isn’t. So, you’ll just have to hang on that cliff for a while. 😛

Since I don’t have anything else, though, I thought I’d dig into some of my unfinished work and pick out something to share. This, for instance, was meant as a prologue for a fantasy novel with multiple points of view. However, I stalled on the very first chapter. :\

But, even in the absence of the story that is supposed to go with it, maybe you’ll still find it somewhat interesting. I hope so, anyway.

Just think of it… as a bad dream…


The world was wrapped in flames. They raged from horizon to horizon, under a sky roiling with smoky clouds, lit a terrible red from the flames below. It was a view of a world consumed by calamity, bereft of hope. The flames had consumed everything, but they remained even in the absence of fuel and life, burning eternally. Continue reading

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Wind on the Lowest Plane, Part 4

In case you missed them: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. There will be one last part. (I think.)


“A-alright. I’m sorry,” apologized the woman. “Um. I am… or I was an important person back on my original world–”

“A queen, or nearly so. And an oracle, of sorts,” interrupted the shadow. “Though I wonder… just where did your prophecy originate? Was it truly a likely possibility, or was it simply manipulation by an outside power?”

“That’s…” The woman hesitated, flustered.

“Never mind, never mind,” said the shadow soothingly. “It certainly doesn’t make a difference. It’s merely that prophecy more often than not, leads straight to Tragedy — and here you are. Interesting, isn’t it?” Continue reading

Wind on the Lowest Plane, Part 3

It’s been a long time, so, here are Part 1 and Part 2. Or if you want to wait until the last part is complete, I’ll be posting the whole story on its own page, so you can read it all at once. Fyi. 😉


The shadow gazed at the woman, and she gazed back. After a moment, the shadow spoke to her. Its voice was low, and surprisingly gentle. “Hello, little one.”

The woman swallowed, and stuttered as she responded, “H…hel…lo…”

“Hmmm,” said the shadow. “Well, first of all, you should probably stop sitting on him.” 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. 😀

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. 😉

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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… 😛

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. 😉

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. 😛

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

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? Not really? It happened, though… 😉

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! 😛 )

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… 😀

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. “Just… ignore her for the moment, please. Now. I presume you l0lo5yd gkjki     m4njnm mn nmdu  vbb bnnhbmnnnhgcvrnbv bvvbvvnv    kk vm         .bivcdbm po k  yv6 e5 v vxxz”

I think it makes as much sense as anything I’ve ever written, don’t you? 😀

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. 😛

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. 😐

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. 😦

Highlights of my collection include:

From the Atelier series: Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, Atelier Meruru, Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, and 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. 😦

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. 😉

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 complete 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. 😛

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 😦 ) 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. -_-;

Hi how are you I’m OK

Alright, guys, let me level with you: I still don’t have a new chapter of A Living Will to share with everyone. I have no excuses, just an explanation: I just can’t get into it. The whole chapter isn’t working for me, even after attempting three different ways to start it. So I’m going to take a break. The next ALW chapter will come when it comes. 😐

I don’t want to leave everyone with nothing, though. As I may or may not have mentioned, I’ve been reading a lot of translated Chinese web novels lately, and I’ve been… well, inspired is the wrong word, but, slightly motivated to write something in a similar style. So that’s what I’ve been working on, instead of ALW. It’s not what I would call good, but it might be entertaining. Just think of it as a bad fanfic, that doesn’t happen to have any IP to base itself on. Anyway, it’s not at the point where I can post the first chapter, but I’ll be working on it tonight, and I’ll try to post it as soon as possible.

Let me warn you up front, the names may look like they’re Chinese, but I assure you that they are just random, simple syllables. So don’t look too closely at them, ‘k? 😛