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˜€

Sunday Writing Digest 8.75: The “Just kill me” edition!

I ask myself: What have I written this week?

I answer: Well, about 1/3 of a chapter of my web novel, which I subsequently deleted. No part of my major novel, which was meant to be my main focus during this period. And a couple entries of what can only be termed “Random pieces of nothing.”

Just kill me. 😦

Anyway.

What else have I accomplished?

Well, after three days of closed cultivation, I have reached the first level of Body Refining–that’s not it.

I marathoned through another 300+ chapters of a Chinese novel. I’ve really got to stop doing that, especially if I’m not going to drop a few of the novels I usually read; I had nearly 50 tabs of unread chapters at one point. Well, but it was a good novel though. πŸ˜›

Oh, and my daughter turned 3. It was kind of a big deal. πŸ˜‰

So, will I do more writing next week? Hell if I know. Come hell or high water, I’m going to get a chapter of ALW done, though. Or die trying.

…Why is my life suddenly flashing before my eyes? πŸ˜›

Have a good week, everyone. πŸ˜‰

Sunday non-writing digest: The pre-Sunday edition!

So yeah.

Remember how I mentioned I picked up Tales of Berseria?

That may have been a mistake. From the standpoint of my writing schedule. 😦

Well, I spent most of today feeling horrible too, and blew a lot of time this week reading another translated Chinese novel, so there’s that as well. And tomorrow is going to be very busy, so I won’t have time to post this then. So I’m doing it now. My writing stats this week: 1 chapter of ALW. That is all. 😐

I’m not sure if I’ll make my Wednesday deadline with the next chapter, either. I’m gonna try, but… we’ll see. 😐

Incidentally, I’m loving Berseria. πŸ˜›

Oh, hey! Remember how I said I’d post links to other interesting original novels, then immediately forgot? Let’s fix that! Go read Wizard with the flower blades, byΒ k.linH.Β It’s an excellent VR-becomes-reality novel, with a likable (albeit gender-swapped) main character. k.linH writes a few other novels, as well as translating a few novels from Japanese, so check those out too! πŸ˜€

Sunday writing digest 7: The “Ninja” edition!

Why the ninja edition?

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Sorry, I don’t have a pun to go with it. Setting that aside. πŸ˜‰

So, as for progress on my novel… 649 words. Pathetic. But at least I have a motorcycle. 😐

But hey, I’ve got some good news. In addition to the chapter of ALW I posted on Wednesday, as usual, I have completedΒ another chapter for this week, just because! I… actually intended to have it done yesterday, but I ended up having to go on a rescue mission to pick up someone who had gotten themselves stranded half way between St. Cloud (where they live) and the Twin Cities (where I live), which is a long freaking drive. Oh, and driving conditions were rather horrible, due to a thick fog, which further robbed me of my mental energy. Thus, my writing time got eroded away. #RLHappens

So, yeah. I finished the extra chapter, and I’ll post it sometime later today. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

So, what have I been doing this week, instead ofΒ writing? Well, I started both Final Fantasy XV, and the online card game Shadowverse. As for FFXV, it’s one of those games where you can screw around a lot, rather than advance the actual plot, so yeah. I spent a significant amount of time playing a pinball-esque minigame, and got a Platinum Bangle. So there’s that. πŸ˜›

As for Shadowverse, it’s a pretty fun free-to-play collectible card game, a la Hearthstone. There are seven different deck styles, and a lot of cool artwork. I’m not very good at it, but… so far I haven’t spent a single dollar on it, so I can only say I’ve gotten what I’ve paid for. πŸ˜‰

And… I’ve broken down and preordered Tales of Berseria, which comes out in two days. Bad me! But I love the Tales games so much… 😐

OK, enough. I really need to get back into novel writing, somehow. Maybe I need to self-ration my games… Nah, that sounds painful. πŸ˜›

 

Sunday writing digest 6: the “Mills of God” edition!

In case you’re wondering, the quote is “Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small.” In my case, of course, the emphasis is on “slowly.” As in, I am slowly beginning to get back into writing my novel. Sadly, only to the tune of about ~1500 words, but it’s a start, right? I even deliberately moved out of the scene I was stuck in to a more pivotal one, but in the end I kept procrastinating… and here we are.

I also didn’t manage to get the piece I wanted to do on Friday done… again, mostly because I got hooked on another translated novel with hundreds of chapters. I just don’t learn… But hey, I got the weekly chapter of ALW done. So at least there’s that. πŸ˜‰

(Note to self: don’t admit that you wanted to do a second chapter this week. It will only depress you. 😦 )

As for what else I was doing this week… I picked up another metal model. Sigh… It’s a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, and it looked really cool, so don’t judge me! I should have it finished by next Sunday, so look forward to that. I guess. πŸ˜›

Other than that, I lost most of today in a trip up north to a gathering of my wife’s extended family. I was going to type in the car… but ultimately ended up reading instead. Damn you, translators! (I’m kidding. I love you guys. πŸ˜‰ ) Of course, that means that I didn’t get to do my “help others” stuff today, too. Sorry, Jack, I promise to find some time tomorrow to finish up with your project. *dozega*

Oh, and one other thing… I lost some more time after wandering into the livestream of renaissance man and aspiring writer ohmariowv (whom you might see commenting on my posts fairly frequently) and dropping a Panda-mic of bad puns on his head. As a pseudo-apology, let me take a moment to recommend his original web novel, Let’s Go Devil King! It’s a fun little parody of certain Japanese novel tropes, so it’s very tongue-in-cheek at times, but well worth the read. (He has another novel started, but I haven’t read that one yet. Eventually. πŸ˜› )

Actually, I’ve been thinking about recommending the original web novels I read, as there’s only a few of them. I think I’ll do that. OK, from now on, a recommendation at the end of every digest! In case you missed the link (which is very possible, I think this theme doesn’t distinguish them very well. I still like the theme, though…) here it is again: ohmariowv’s Let’s Go Devil King!

Sunday writing digest 5: The Mini-tank edition

Why the Mini-tank edition?

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Because my productivity tanked this week! Get it?

*crickets chirping*

Tough room… OK, seriously, I didn’t work on my novel this week either. I really regret it, OK? But I was trying to catch up with the translation of Er Gen’s “I Shall Seal The Heavens,” among other pursuits. (And I failed. But that’s another story.)

I did, however, manage to finish and release this week’s chapter of ALW, so that’s one thing. And today I did a little instructive editing for a guy who’s trying to write a story, so that’s another thing. So I’m slowly getting back on track.

So what was I doing? Well, setting aside the usual Real Life(tm) shenanigans, I found time to put together the T-34 in the picture there. I’m really kinda liking these metal models… I saw one for the Sydney Opera House at the store, which I really want to pick up at some point. At $15, it’s a lot more affordable than the Lego version of the Sydney Opera House, which is $320. (I still want that one too! πŸ˜› )

Oh, and because I had temporarily stopped reading the web novels I usually follow to attempt a marathon through ISSTH, I ended up with over 40 tabs worth of novels that I spent most of today burning through. Right before I sat down to write this, I had reduced this to zero, but then I fired up WordPress and ended up with another 13 tabs… I really need to reduce the novels I read… 😐

Ok, so, this upcoming week, now that I have my depression somewhat under control, I’m going to dive back into my novel. Fight on, me! The goal is attainable! There will be a chapter of ALW on Wednesday as usual, unless something horrible happens. And I’ll try to think of something I can do for Friday, just for fun. We’ll see. πŸ˜‰

Sunday writing digest 4: The “OK, it’s 2017, time to get to work” edition!

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2017. To everyone who hated 2016 as much as I did, let’s all stay positive, right? It’s a new year, so let’s try to make it better than last year. *pumps fist*

Right, got that out of the way, moving on. I completed one chapter of ALW this week, and nothing else, making this more of a bullet point then a digest, but what the hey. At least I’m finally reintroducing Irene into the story, and the next chapter will be her POV and some of her backstory, I think, so look forward to that. πŸ˜‰

Other than that? I’ve been visiting family and friends a lot this last week, so that was fun. I’ve also been playing theΒ remakeΒ reimagining of Rachet and Clank on my PS4. I also picked up Final Fantasy 15, but I’ve been putting off starting it. I’d better get my writing habits in line first; it looks like a giant time-sink, from what I’ve seen so far… πŸ˜›

Anyway, I’ll be resuming my initially proposed writing schedule (3 days of novel writing, 1 day for ALW, 1 day of whatever, 1 day for editing my things, and 1 day for helping others) starting tomorrow. I might rearrange it after a week or two, in order to put all three days of my novel writing next to each other, but I kinda want to see how my schedule works currently… Well, whatever. 😐

Thanks for reading, and have a great new year!! πŸ˜„