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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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!

 

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. πŸ˜‰

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 wifeΒ 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. 😦

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. 😯

…It’s not. They’re not to scale, sorry. But mining trucksΒ 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. 😑

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. πŸ˜›

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. πŸ˜‰

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

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. 😐

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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜›

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… πŸ˜‰

Finally, and since I haven’t made a fiction recommendation in a while, go check out DragomirCM’s web novels atΒ 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? πŸ˜‰ ) 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. πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜€

Sunday Digest: The “Got chapter 2 done somehow” edition.

As titled. I hope chapter 2 of the Anubai Hero was interesting for you, but the chapter IΒ really want to write is the next one. Hope you enjoy it! Oh, and since I haven’t set up a TOC for Anubai yet: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2

OK, other news. I just download Torment: Tides of Numanera, which I backed for a digital copy way back in the day. I kinda want to spend some time on it, and also on finishing Tales of Berseria; in addition, Persona 5 comes out on Tuesday, and I kinda want to play with that a bit as well. On the flip side, I really haven’t been inspired to work seriously on my novel, or ALW. So, rather than fight with my feelings, I’m going to stop trying to write chapters to a schedule, and write about my gaming experiences instead. Hopefully I can make that somewhat entertaining as well. πŸ˜›

Oh, incidentally. I fired up TToN just to test it out, and I managed to kill my character within the intro. Within three decisions, in fact. And the first decision was just choosing my gender. (I chose female. Don’t judge.) I laughed so hard… πŸ˜€

Ah, yeah, in other news, I’ve completed a few more metal models, including Himeji Castle, and I was asked to post a picture:IMG_20170326_205938

Incidentally, that’s a Japanese WWII Chi Ha tank sitting next to it. …I’m pretty sure that they’re not to scale. Or maybe tanks in Japan are just ridiculously huge. Probably so they can fight off Godzilla. Yeah, makes sense. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m going to finish chapter 3 of Anubai before anything else, so please look forward to that. I hope it ends up half as cool as it seems in my head… Have a good week, everyone! πŸ˜€

Sunday Metal Digest: The “Slightly Apologetic” Edition

So yeah. I promised to get Wind on the Lowest Plane done this week. Didn’t happen. Sorry. Didn’t really get much else done either. Well, at least I got my chapter of ALW done on time, for what it’s worth.

What else have I been doing this week, you ask? Well…

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Do these things look familiar? πŸ˜›

I actually finished St. Basil’s Cathedral, to the upper left, just today. It was a challenging build in some respects — those little offshoot enclosed stairways to the front left and right ended up being the bane of my existence, for example. :\

The other models I haven’t introduced yet on this site are the ferris wheel, the lighthouse, the German Tiger-I tank in the center, the B-17 “Flying Fortress” in front of the lighthouse, the USS Arizona on the far right, and the Mars Rover on the front right. Along with the three I’ve shown before (the T-34, the Apache, and the Ninja motorcycle) I have completed ten models. And before you ask, no, I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with the damn things right now. πŸ˜‰

I actually have two left on my shelf to put together, a CAT bulldozer, and the golden Kinkaku-ji temple that I keep putting off, because I want it to be the best… 😐

Oh, for those interested, the Metal Earth catalog can be browsed atΒ www.fascinations.com, and can be ordered online atΒ www.innovatoys.com. I usually buy them at a couple of hobby stores not far from my house, but their selections are slightly limited — there’s some awesome stuff I might want to order online sometimes, like the M1 Abrahms tank. If you like building stuff while being meticulous, it might be a fun hobby for you. I need to cut back, though… :\

…Wasn’t this supposed to be a writing blog? 😯

 

Sunday Gaming Digest: I don’t care, as long as something gets digested.

Hi. I’ve been playing games, instead of writing. Therefore, my writing projects will never get done. 😐

OK, I haven’tΒ only been gaming. My collection of metal sheet models has jumped to 8, for instance. It will be 9, just as soon as I finish putting the bottom on the USS Arizona. I was thinking about putting up a picture of them all, but eh. Too much work. Next time. πŸ˜›

Oh, and as always I’ve beenΒ reading web novels gathering materials. So in the future, I will be writing more.

Hey, it could happen. πŸ˜›

In the mean time, I’ve been playing games. Well, mainly Tales of Berseria. It’s probably my favorite Tales game since Tales of the Abyss. NowΒ there’s a game I’d buy again in a second if they ported it to the PS4. One of the most moving, realistic-seeming fantasy character arcs I’ve ever encountered. Wonderful stuff. But yeah, ToB is pure awesome, and I love the main character. She’s tryingΒ so hard to be the bad guy, but she’s just got this one weakness…Β cough shotacon cough πŸ˜„

Sitting on my list of games to start playing again, once I’m finished with ToB: Atelier Sophie, and FFXV. I also picked up Nights of Azure, which seemed interesting, and Disgaea 5, which I finally found in store when I actually had money to buy it. A wonderful coincidence. I also have the remaster of FFX I want to replay, and I downloaded Wild Arms 3 off the Playstation Store. So yeah, lots of games.

Oh, speaking of downloads. I have to use my mobile hotspot for internet on my devices, and I have a 7 gb limit per month. *shakes fist in rage* Anyway, when I connected my PS4 to download WA3 (about 2 gb, by the way), it naturally started downloading updates for the games I already had. Most of them were reasonable, but FFXV?Β 13 freaking gigabytes! That’s nearly twice my monthly limit. What the hell, Sqeenix, did you even finish the game before you shipped it? 😯

OK, enough nonsense. New chapter of ALW sometime Wednesday, and I plan to finish Wind on the Lowest Plane by the end of the week. I hadn’t realized how long ago I started that… I lose track of time so easily… :\

Today’s fiction rec: Stop Calling Me A Demon King by BakaGrappler. A grittier take on the “Summoned Hero” plotline, with a jerk-but-understandably-so main character, and a lot of people who probably deserve what’s happening to them. I find BakaGrappler’s synopsis to be succinct and informative, so go read it here! πŸ˜€

Sunday digest 9ish: The “Empty Hands” edition!

…’Cause I got nothing.

Well, OK, it’s entirely my fault, I kept putting off my writing, and then I got sick. I managed to write part of the next chapter once I started feeling better, but then my enthusiasm tanked when I realized I was going to have to fill in more setting information. Damn it, if only I had switched back to Zedda… 😦

Well. If I can grind through it, I’ll be in a good position for going forward, but… Metria’s viewpoint is so different than Zedda’s, I’m nearly writing two stories at the same time. Admittedly, that’s kinda the point, but it’s still difficult sometimes, especially when my enthusiasm is already flagging. Sigh… 😐

OK, enough whining. What with one thing and another, I haven’t done any other writing this week either, but I am going to start writing a little speculative piece right after I’m done with this update. Not fiction, just a random, nostalgia-inspired… I don’t know, something. You’ll see.

And if you’d like to read something, how about checking out Lily Ex Machina by ExtantLily.Β Its a really interesting romantic fantasy, with a nearly entirely female cast. Yes, that does mean the romance is between females; if that bugs you, well, I have nothing to say. But if you don’t mind, it is a wonderful story of a strong woman overcoming many personal tragedies to become…well, a strong woman. Eh, I’m doing a horrible job describing it, just go read it, it’s good, I promise. πŸ˜‰

Because my theme is too subtle, here is the link again: Lily Ex Machina. πŸ˜€