Sunday Update: I want to play with Spiders.

Nah, I actually want to play Spider-Man, but I can’t get it yet. Such is liff. [SP]

I only managed to finish one La-Mulana 2 entry this week, but on the other hand, I actually finally finished editing the 3rd episode of myself playing Don’t Starve. So there’s that. Posted atย ๐Ÿ˜€

In other news… well, not much. Depending on how things go, I might have to withdraw my daughter from one of her classes, which is tough, but I’ll find out more tomorrow. Other than that, we’re all doing ok at my place.

Yeah, that’s all I’ve got. Gonna take a nap, now. Have a good week, everyone, and I’ll have a new Eg-Lana Diary tomorrow. Promise. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Sunday(?) Update: I’ve got to stop losing interest in my projects.

Hey everyone, happy Sunday!

…What do you mean, it’s actually Monday? ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, it was a really busy day for me yesterday, what with Go club, a trip to the library for my kids, and a friend’s daughter’s birthday party, for which my wife made the cake, and I helped a bit with the finishing touches.


Yes, this was the wand cake that my wife prototyped earlier. Not bad, eh? The little girl and her family really liked it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, and if your wondering what my wife’s hands look like after making a cake…

Something like this. Food coloring stains like nobody’s business.

Well, setting that aside, I find myself growing a bit bored with my La-Mulana 2 project, which is why my written persona is slowly going crazy. And it doesn’t help that WordPress introduced some sort of error in their editor that causes it to leap to the top of the document whenever I insert a screenshot. I’m going to have to look into that, because it is very, very frustrating. Be that as it may, I’ve got all this time to write, so I’ll postย something over the course of the week. I just don’t what, quite yet. I’m also working on a project that won’t get posted at all, until it’s done — at which point, it should be an actual book. I hope. Again, we’ll see.

Other than that… well, Twitch is causing me to make questionable choices. Rather, I was watching someone play Dragon Quest XI, and it made me want to play a classic JRPG — so I loaded up a new game of Final Fantasy IX. (9999 damage is the best cheat ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) And then, I was watching someone playing Monster Hunter World for the first time, and it made me remember how much I love that game. So I started a new character.

In other words, I restarted two giant time-sinks at the same time. Oh, and I still want to play Spider-Man, and I still can’t afford it. I am an idiot. :/

Oh, well. I have more fundamental problems, but I don’t need to talk about them here. How is everyone else doing? If you ever want to chat with me, I’m often available on Discord these days. Dark Jackel#4324. I accept criticism, but not rudeness. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, that’s all from me. Have a good week, everyone! Have a happy Sun– I mean, Monday! ๐Ÿ˜€

Eg-Lana Diaries, Day 3x

Bears a striking resemblance to Amenominakanushi, one of the key Kotoamatsu gods of Japanese mythologyโ€™s creation myth. Said to have been the first of the Kotoamatsu race, making them one of the first of any race to exist.

-Archaeology Dictionary: Amenominakanushi Statue, Room of All Creation

Wow, the dude on this muralโ€™s one handsome son of aโ€ฆ bitch! I get distracted for one second andโ€ฆ

-Skeleton, 8th Child: Kyaptain Ryohei, Room of All Creation

<<<Back to Day 1

Day 3x: Smash ALL the walls! Don’t let the walls smash YOU!

Well. I feel well rested, butโ€ฆ how many days has it been since we entered these ruins? Iโ€™m starting to lose track of time, I think. La-Mulanaโ€ฆ no, this is Eg-Lanaโ€ฆ Huh.

Actually, this is Takamagahara Shrine.

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Sunday Update: Stabilizing toward a new Normal

Happy Sunday, y’all. Starting next week, I’m going to have large swaths of time to myself as everyone else is at school (or work, in my wife’s case).ย ย I probably should be using that time to look for a source of income… but I’m probably going to spend at least part of it writing, so production should go up. We’ll see.

Speaking of production, I haven’t posted any further coverage of La-Mulana 2 since… Wednesday? Thursday? Something like that. Let me explain… I’m actually running two simultaneous playthroughs on different save slots. The first one is where I explore, and determine where the next logical or interesting progression would be; the second is myย official playthrough, the one I’m pulling my screenshots from.

The point is, my exploratory playthrough has a lot of things I haven’t grabbed yet for my official playthrough (and there is some cool stuff coming up, let me tell you) but it turns out I made a… well, a minor mistake when I was exploring Takamagahara Shrine the first time, which made it much, much harder than it had to be. And I discovered my mistake only after I had started taking screens for my official playthrough… Basically, I had to scrap my suggested progression and start a different one, with a different path, so I ended not completing another entry this week.

TL;DR: In order to avoid another “Glove” incident, I took a little extra time to prepare. ^^;

Anyway, I’ll have another entry around Tuesday, unless I really rock the wordsmithing tomorrow. I’m also trying to get Anubai started again, but no promises. A Living Will needs some restructuring, so that’s less likely. But we’ll see.

Other than that, I’ve been much more talkative on Discord and Twitch recently, especially on ChainmailLiam’s stream. Have I shouted out Liam yet?ย Check him out, he’s a good guy, with a good community. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, hope everyone had a good week, hope everyoneย will have a good week, and thank you for reading! Have a good one, y’all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Update: Hey, did you know school is starting up soon?

Our schedules are all messed up at my place, making it tough to release content in a consistent manner. Until things settle down, I’m not going to guarantee updates to La-Mulana 2 every day. Not that I really guaranteed that in the first place, but let’s just say I did, just so I can now say that I’m not going to do so anymore. ๐Ÿ˜

…Did that make any sense? I’m a bit tired. :\

Moving right along… Hm. Maybe that’s all I’ve got. Um, hum. Picked up Dead Cells for the Switch, and as expected, it’s super fun and super addicting. It also represents all the discretionary spending I have for the month, so no Spider-man, no Tomb Raider, and no… anything else, I guess. But Dead Cells! That’s good, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I leave you with cake. I’m just a nice guy like that. ๐Ÿ˜€


Sunday Update: Getting stuck is hard on my motivation

And that’s my excuse for posting yesterday’s post today. ๐Ÿ˜›

I don’t have a heck of a lot to say today, really. My wife starts school this week, my son starts school next week, and my daughter’s school schedule changes the week after that. Logistics is getting harder… :\

Anyway, I’ve found what I missed, so I can go back to posting every day, I hope. Er, possibly not tomorrow, though. ^^;

Let’s see, what else? Resident Evil 4… well, I’m past the big thing in the lake. And the giant. And I’ve rescued(?) the president’s daughter. But that’s about it. Not really prioritizing the playthrough. ๐Ÿ˜›

Oh, and I’m about to add a cake to the cake page.


This is a prototype for a cake my wife will be making for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. Not bad, eh? ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Update: Things are becoming less clear… Yay!

Hey, there, everyone! How was your week?

My foray into chronicling La-Mulana 2 might be hitting a rough stretch — the Gate of the Dead is confusing as heck. I’ll do my best, but… Well. I might not manage to have an update every day, if I can’t figure out the way forward. But we’ll see.

I also picked up Resident Evil 4, since I heard it was pretty fun. My initial impression was… pretty bad, actually. I was extremely frustrated by Leon’s sucky aim, the not-zombies’ ability to shrug off head shots, and a gauntlet of bomb-throwing baddies that killed me at least five times, before I learned I could blow them up if I shot their arms. I was also quite annoyed that they tracked my accuracy over the course of the chapter, since it was basically sabotaging me. -_-

But then, I found a box of bullets for the TMP. I initially hadn’t been interested in the weapon… but the box of bullets was branded “Jackal.” Naturally, I immediately went, bought the TMP, threw a stock on that bad boy, and things started going much more smoothly for me, since I can actually hit what I aim at. Just goes to show that jackals are the best. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Setting all that aside, I am going to try to keep writing even on days I don’t post, because that’s what I need to do to actually get stuff completed. Like Anubai 31, for instance. I’ve been thinking that I need to rewrite that from the beginning… It doesn’t work the way I started it. Bleh… Oh, and I’m also in the less-than-enviable position of having to re-read my own work to figure out where I was going with it (A Living Will). So yeah. The Dark Jackel is bad at writing, is the takeaway here, I think.

That aside, my kids are good, my son’s golf tournament is on Wednesday, school starts in less than a month for everyone in my household except me, my daughter can draw letters in the air, and my wedding anniversary is on the 25th. Or the 27th. I have a tough time with that one. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m a bit busy, is what I’m saying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well, and I’ll be back tomorrow with coverage of my foray into the Gate of the Dead!


Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Digest: And the diary continues…

Happy Sunday, y’all! I’ve been pretty good about getting an Eg-Lana diary out every day, although I’m not sure if that’s something I should be proud of. Nevertheless, I feel that it’s a step in the right direction. >.>

I think I’m going to start putting a link back to the first entry at the beginning of each entry. I suppose I should add previous/next buttons at some point, but for the time being it’s possible to use the normal WordPress back/next post buttons. I’m also not going to make a TOC page until I’m completely done.

Anyway, the game is really opening up, so I’m starting to have troubles deciding what to do next. It’s a bit hard to tell where I can and can’t make progress… But, well, that’s part of the joy of the game. At least I haven’t run into anything too mind-bendingly non-intuitive yet, like the unmarked intangible walls from the first game. That was just complete nonsense… -_-

Other than that… What have I been doing? Hmm, other than taking care of my kids, I’ve been watching a lot Twitch streams lately. Or, leaving them on in the background while doing other things… Alien:Isolation is probably my favorite game to watch other people play that I will never, never play myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, that’s about it, I suppose. Have a good week, everyone! Try not to get trapped on a space station — that never works out well. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Update: Shocking mid-course swerve! In other words, La-Mulana 2!

Hey, there, y’all! Happy Sunday! Now, on to business.

First, my lovely wife has been agitating for me to add a certain cake to her gallery, so I finally got this one placed:20180729_203210

Doesn’t it just look delicious? ^^;

Second point: Anubai is on hiatus for a while, until I can figure out where I went wrong and fix it.

Third point: I love La-Mulana. And, since I’m enjoying La-Mulana 2, I thought I’d continue writing those diary entries for a while. Bear with me? It’s not a story, but it’s something, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fourth point: I’ve been watching a lot of people on Twitch lately. Mostly Dark Souls et. al., but also some other stuff, and there are a few people I’d like to shout out:

theDemodcracy: Souls stuff and lots more. Currently, he’s playing through all the Arkham Batman games. [ ][ ]

Seewaah: Currently playing Darkest Dungeon, I think. A very kind person. [ย ]

BBgainz: At one point, she was playing through Dark Souls and doing various exercises per death. That’s one way to stay in shape… [ ]

ThePickle: He’s… hmmm. He has an awesome beard? ๐Ÿ˜‰ [ ]

They are all good people, so if you like to watch Twitch streams, give them a try! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok, that’s all I’ve got for this week. I’m going to try to have a new diary every day, unless I get stuck, so the next one will be tomorrow. See you then! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Update: Are you hungry?

Well, if youย are hungry, perhaps the second episode of my “Don’t Starve (Together)” playthrough will show you some tricks about such topics as: cooking carrots vs. capturing bunnies, avoiding moist tentacles and frogs with mouths on their backs, and the nutritional benefits of eating petals (none, incidentally). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Other than that… yeah, I don’t know. I just have felt like writing anything lately. I have three different titles open on my workbench, here, and nothing is coming to me on any of them. I feel worst about Anubai, since that’s the one that’s actually closing in on being sort of finished, and it’s the one I’m supposed to be focusing on. But… I just feel soย bleh about everything… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Well, enough about my ennui. I’m going to bank on having more time to myself once my son goes back to school, because peace and quiet with no one else around really seems to help. Sometimes. But someday, someday, I’ll get something finished… ;_;

Here’s a picture of jackals, just because.


…Me too. Zzzzzz…. -_-