Sunday Update: No text, but some cakes.

As title. I really, really wanted to sit down and write this week — I even had some time set aside for it. But… nothing came to me. I literally blanked out completely… edited the very, very small amount of Anubai 31 I have written already, and ended up with less words than before… I might have to scrap the chapter entirely, and start again. 😦

On the other hand, my wife has made more cakes, and actually sold them for actual money! (At a ridiculous discount, but still…) She’s been agitating for them to be added to the page, and I finally got around to it, so, yeah. Cake. πŸ˜‰

So yeah, she’d like to know what my readers think, so although I’ve added them to her cake portfolio, let me post them here, as well:

So… what do you think? πŸ˜‰

Oh, I’ve got a new video to add to my YouTube channel, just as soon as I can get somewhere to upload it. So, look forward to that? The game this time will be: Don’t Starve Together. Only it won’t be together, since I have limited internet. Boo… but I like the game. So, yay. I’ll post a notice when I finally upload it. πŸ˜€

Have a good week, everyone! πŸ™‚

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Sunday Update: Nope, no progress.

Ehhhhhhhh…. sorry. I’ve got nothing.

On the gaming front, I got frustrated with Dark Souls, cleared all the open world areas in AC: Origins, started cleaning up the sidequests, then got bored and drifted back to Dark Souls again. Frankly, nothing even worth recording. I have a certain plan, however… πŸ˜›

Anyway. My family is well. My wife has taken onΒ way too many cake projects for other people. She’s getting paid, but still… she does too much sometimes. My daughter has an additional summer school class starting tomorrow, so that ought to be… interesting. ^^; And my son has started in a local summer golf program, and his next lesson is on Thursday. I don’t play golf, but my dad does, and it’s nice for grandfather and grandson to have some bonding time.

I’ve written less than a page, mostly yesterday. Got to push myself, especially on Anubai. I want to finish before my inspiration completely disappears… assuming it hasn’t already. :\

Ok, I’m going to try to write a couple more words today. Have a good week, everyone. πŸ™‚

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Sunday Update: Progress?

Hey, at least I wroteΒ something this week, right? It wasn’t anything but a review of a game from a few years ago, but it’s still pseudo-relevant, right? Right? πŸ˜›

I still have open tabs for Anubai 31 and The Paladin of Pain (working title), but not much progress is being made. Still. I’ll get there. :\

(I think I can, I think I can…) ^^;

Other than that… nothing? I don’t have anything? What have I been doing all week? Hmm…

Read some books (thatΒ I have read before), watched some videos (mostly from Outside XBox and Eurogamer), took care of my kids (played some Overcooked with my son, which was fun). Slept.

…Strictly speaking, it was a good, comfortable week. I just don’t have much to show for it, I guess. 😐

Well, whatever. Onward and upward! I think I have a candidate for new game play videos of an old game… and the best part is, since the game itself is humorous, I don’t have to be! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, have a good week, everyone. Keep in touch. πŸ˜€

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And never forget to take the time to relax. πŸ˜‰

Sunday Update: Nothing. I’ve got nothing.

I’ve got two tabs open with different chapters that I am supposedly writing. One is Anubai 31, the other… isn’t. Neither are getting done with anything resembling speed. I haven’t recorded any videos either, so I have literally nothing to show for this week. But, I’m not severely depressed anymore, so I’ll call it a win nevertheless.

(On the other hand, my wife had a rough week at work. Today was her day off, so we went to a Japanese restaurant without the kids so she could vent to me for a while. She said she was feeling better after that, but I’m still worried about all the stress she takes on herself… 😦 )

So what have I been doing? Well, other than taking care of my kids (which is, y’know, more or less my job πŸ˜› ) I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins. I don’t know if I want to do a full review, but in short: I’m playing it exactly like I played AC: Syndicate (that is to say, I am ignoring the plot missions) and I’m enjoying it more. It still lacks something when compared to Dark Souls, however, which I am also playing the hell out of.

As for Dark Souls, I think I said this before, but if you haven’t played the game before, the remaster is a good purchase and worth the current price; if you aren’t sure if you will enjoy the game (and you might not, let’s be fair) wait for the price to drop before you pick it up; and if you already have a copy of the previous version, the minor graphical changes aren’tΒ that amazing, and so the only reason you’d want it would be if you want to play with the improved framerate.

So if you want to blame my playing video games for not finishing any chapters, well, I guess you could. But I assure you, even if I wasn’t playing games, I still wouldn’t have done any writing. …Actually, forget it. I’ll get a chapter done soon. Maybe even this week. We’ll see. πŸ˜›

…I guess I have nothing further to say. And my eyes are shutting… think I’ll take a nap…

…zzz…

Sunday Update: I feel somewhat better.

Well, let’s see, Sunday was yesterday, wasn’t it… well, let’s just call this the Sunday update anyway. So yeah, I feel much better than I did a week ago. I’d like to thank everyone who offered me words of support. It really does help, you know. πŸ™‚

On the other hand, I haven’t written more than about five words since then, and those five words haven’t even been for Anubai. So I can’t tell you yet when chapters will resume. Soon. Very soon. ^^;

Oh, and I uploaded three episodes of my Evil Within play through yesterday. So, that’s a grand total of seven episodes, covering the first three chapters of the game. Plus, I added a little Bloodborne character creation at the end of episode 4, and a little game play at the end of episode 7. So there’s that to look forward to, if you do chose to watch it.

I’d appreciate feedback, actually. I was experimenting with what sort of videos I could produce using only the free software from Sony, and the equipment I already had. The biggest problem I find is that I can’t seem to record commentary from a second microphone, meaning I’d need to buy a different mic if I wanted to record commentary with a second person. That, on top of my difficulties with internet, make it difficult for me to make videos with other people’s perspective, which I believe would be more interesting than mine alone. But I digress.

Anyway, no new videos for the immediate future, unless I find something else I want to test (like recording commentary on a different device, then adding it later? not sure.) I’ll get back to writing soon, as I said, but no ETA as of now.

On the plus side, my daughter has been happy and talkative at her school, and my son is being more or less helpful at home. So my actual life is running fairly well… although my wife is currently getting stressed with her work. Such is the reality of being a dialysis tech, I suppose. :\

Anyway, hope everyone is well, and I’ll check in again with y’all soon. Have a good week! πŸ˜€

Sunday Update: Thirty chapters down!

…and an unknown number left to go! Less than thirty, we are coming to the end of this book,Β finally. I have some thoughts for a second book, but… well, I’ll need to think about that. For one thing, Gan Zhu would almost be a side character for Book 2, rather than the supposed MC… Eh, never mind. ^^;

So, no new videos on The Evil Within this week, since I literally haven’t touched the project since Dark Souls Remastered came out. I’ll try to finish up sometime this week, and get the videos up. I’m not going to finish TEW, it just doesn’t grab my interest… but from the point of view of getting experience making videos it worked just fine, so I’ll chalk it up as a qualified win and move onto something that IΒ do want to do.

Now, let’s talk about the Faded Ash clan.

When I created the characters of Black Robe and White Robe, I knew a lot about the role they served in the story. I knew that they had been assigned to serve Fan Bin at the behest of their true master; I knew that their ultimate goal was the destruction of North Pine City; and I knew that Fan Bin was cooperating completely willingly. Continue reading

Sunday Update but can’t stay, need to Dark Souls

I exaggerate. But only just. Playing the original again makes me happy. I decided to start with the thief class this time, and I’ve been rocking most the original equipment all the way into the Depths. I switched the Bandit Knife for a standard Dagger right at the beginning, though — I like having the option to thrust. (No Freudian subtext here, nope.) πŸ˜‰

Anyway, got the stuff done this week that I was supposed to, one chapter of Anubai on Friday, two episodes of The Evil Within earlier today. I will say, no one seems too interested in TEW, so I’ll probably hang it up after the next chapter (3 episodes). Oh well, it was just for experience anyway. πŸ˜›

As for Anubai, I’ve spun out the talking as long as I could, time to see if I can write major battle set pieces. I have my doubts… :\

(Yeah, that’s a lie. I didn’t spin out the talking as long as I could, I rushed across the top as fast as possible. πŸ˜› )

But, we have at last arrived at the climactic battle of North Pine City, in which I will be attempting to tie all the various threads back together. I have my plans, but that’s turned out so well in the past… ^^;

Well, anyway. I’ll see you on Friday for the next Anubai chapter, if I can tear myself away from Dark Souls long enough to write. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a butterfly to hunt. Peace, y’all. πŸ˜‰

The Evil was Within the Sunday Update!

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you had a good week. Me? Well, a lot happened… and therefore, I posted the latest Anubai chapter yesterday instead of Friday. orz

But hey, got it done. And I managed to prep a couple videos in my spare time (i.e. when I wasn’t watching other people play Dark Souls) and I’ve completed the first two episodes of my playthrough of The Evil Within!

Click here to find the Evil! It’s Within! πŸ˜›

So I hope you enjoy that… I wanted to have more than two episodes ready for today, but Anubai ended up being late. The unfortunate bit is that I can only upload videos at my parent’s place, and each half-hour episode takes about 90 minutes to upload… I’ll try to update with two to three episodes each week, probably on Sundays, for as long as TEW can hold my interest. And as long as it doesn’t interfere with chapters of Anubai, which is priority #1.

Well, that’s all I got. Just got done swimming with my son and daughter, so I’m a bit tired… guess I’ll go take a nap. Have a good week, folks. πŸ˜‰

Sunday Update: Writing, videos, and the art of becoming Anjanath Kibble

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you all had a good, productive week. My week was moderately productive, though not nearly as productive as OhMario, my fellow amateur web novelist, who managed to produce chapters for all three of his current writing projects. (Sure, they’re thematically linked with characters shared between them, but that’s still three different titles.Β I’m impressed, anyway. πŸ˜‰ )

As for myself, well… I got the requisite chapter of The Anubai Hero done, anyway. I was thinking about the story a bit — as in, what I had already written, not what I intend for the future — and I realized that I really haven’t made any effort to integrate any of the various plot threads together until now, especially when it comes to the supposed main character. Gan Zhu met Sun Lan exactly once, never interacted with Tai Mei, and barely spoke to Mien Bi’er. He never had any onscreen interaction with Dolgo Mehek, never met the Weaver, and has no interaction with anyone from either the Red Reaver Sect or the Green Wildness Sect.

Partially, this is because most of those plot lines came out when I expanded on originally throw-away characters and elements; but mostly, he’s just been experiencing a completely different story from everyone else. Which was kind of the initial idea, of course; but I’m a little surprised how it all played out. In any event, he’s about to crash back into the rest of the story — and I do meanΒ crash — and even I don’t know how it’s all going to turn out. Which is cool. I think. ^^;

I also tried started writing a new project, but bounced off the very first paragraph. I managed to get a bit further by switching to first person… but still, slow going. Might have to rethink that one. :\

Well. There is one other thing I managed to get done:

As it turns out, it takes me a long time to put up a video, so don’t expect me to update my channelΒ too often. But I’ve got a Let’s Play series in the works… though I’m keeping the game a secret until I can release the whole series serially. I’m not against creating more MHW videos, though, so if my weird stream-of-consciousness style appeals to you, just let me know. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I hope y’all have a good week. New Anubai on Friday.

Sunday Update: List form

Things I did this week:

  1. Posted chapter 26 of The Anubai Hero. (Yay!)
  2. Updated software, and downloaded SHAREfactory, on my parents’ internet.
  3. Played a lot of Agents of Mayhem. Giggled a lot. πŸ˜›
  4. Got a new pair of headphones with a boom mic. Cheap, but comfy. πŸ˜€
  5. Paid rent. 😐

Things I failed to do this week:

  1. Make extra progress on TAH, or any of my other writing projects. 😦
  2. Figure out how to monetize my talents. Such as they are. :\
  3. Develop a cohesive and common sense philosophy to form the nucleus of a new national political party capable of drawing in those members of society disaffected with the extremism prevalent in the two-party system.
  4. Achieve world peace.
  5. Achieve personal peace.
  6. Complete Agents of Mayhem.
  7. Finish editing a new video to post on my recently established YouTube page.
  8. Set realistic goals for myself. ^^;

But if I achieve any of those things next week, I’ll be sure to let you know. The only thing I’m going to guarantee, however, is a new chapter of Anubai on Friday. See you then! πŸ˜‰