Sunday digest: technically, it’s Monday again, of course.

Hey, everyone. It’s me. I really didn’t write anything last week, and technically I only started writing chapter 12 yesterday. A little after midnight yesterday, actually. So yeah, it’s only about [checks quickly] a quarter done. Eh, I’m really kinda enthused about the scene, though I am slightly worried about how to get certain people out safely… Well, never mind. I’ll get it done soon. Soon-ish. We’ll see.

In other news… well, my daughter has been officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, so yeah. That kinda sucks. We suspected it, of course, and it isn’t as bad as it could be… but, she’s going to require a lot of help to catch up to other kids her age, and I can’t help but feel a little helpless about it. We already have her in speech therapy and occupational therapy, and we are on the wait list for a couple classes that will be very helpful for her…

I suppose the good news would be, insurance should pay for most of it. Small blessings, right?

Ok, enough of that. I completed the engine of my train… hang on, let me go grab a picture quick…

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There we go. Let’s see, the description on the packaging is:

EMD GP40 Diesel Locomotive – Is a 4-axle diesel-electric road-switcher locomotive built by the General Motors Electro-Motive Division between November 1965 and December 1971. The engine can generate up to 3000 hp.

So yeah, I’m not sure what any of that actually means, but it sure sounds cool, right? Next week will be the gondola car.

Thanks for reading, and please bear with me, the chapter will be done soon, I promise.

Well, soon-ish. :\

Sunday Digest: The more things stay the same.

Thanks to my usual commentators for their responses to last weeks question. As you can see, I haven’t chosen to implement PatreonΒ yet, but I reserve the right to sell out at any moment… πŸ˜‰

(…Anyone want to buy an IP? πŸ˜› )

Setting that aside. I finally sat down and wrote Anubai 11, which turned out ok. I was slightly tempted to timeslip back to when Gan Zhu actually returned to NPC for chapter 12, thus delaying the first major fight scene even further… but don’t worry, I decided that was too much trolling, even for me. πŸ˜€

So the timeslip will happen after the fight instead. Don’t worry, it will all make sense eventually. πŸ˜‰

On the metal model front:

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Well. At least I got started. πŸ˜‰

…Hey, it just occurred to me that this model train actually has five cars. Meaning, I can reveal one car per week, and stretch this model out over five weeks. Heck yeah! πŸ˜›

…Not counting this one, obviously. orz

Well, anyway. I hope everyone had a good week, and take care of yourselves! I can’t afford to lose any readers! πŸ˜€

Sunday Digest: Decision time (and bears!)

Hey.

I got a few things to get through today, and I’ve been it off until now, so lets just jump straight into it. First, you may notice that I have not posted the next chapter of Anubai, or anything else this week. I’m sorry, I have no excuse.

Or rather, I have plenty of excuses, but I’m not going to burden you with them, since it’s a lot of same old, same old. One fun story though: I spent a great deal of time thinking about how the various parties are going to be entering this fight, and I have a good solid progression in mind — but when I sat down to write, I realized I didn’t have any idea at all about how to actually start the conversation at the beginning of the chapter. I got a few words down, and then I set it aside to work on it later, and never came back. Writing is hard. 😦

Anyway, once I finally get concentrated on it, it should flow more smoothly. I think. 😐

Second thing: I built Notre Dame. πŸ˜›

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You see those pseudo-arch like things around the building? Those were time consuming. It turned out fairly nice though, with one major error which is completely unrecognizable unless you know exactly where to look — and I’m not telling. πŸ˜‰

I have exactly one model left in stock, which is actually five models: the train I showed you in an earlier post. After that… well, I’ll probably take a break from models. At least until the metal Gundam models come out. πŸ˜‰

Thirdly… well. I’d like to talk about my family’s circumstances for a bit. Feel free to skip to the end, if you don’t want to hear about my life. πŸ˜› Continue reading

Sunday Digest: Unsurprisingly, there is nothing.

Yeah, after my wife got in that car accident, my motivation to write kinda tanked. Some old guy in a big truck pulled out right in front of her as she was driving up the hill about two blocks from our home. Destroyed the bumper and the hood, but hopefully there was no damage to the actual systems? We won’t know until tomorrow at the earliest, though. Oh, our car is a 2005 Prius, by the way. We had just replaced the main battery on it recently, too. And the rear suspension.

I am not happy. 😦

All the insurance stuff has been taken care of, and the other guy’s insurance is taking the price of the rental car. (We still have to cover the optional full coverage insurance, of course, but we’ll take what we can get.) But the damage will likely exceed the value of the vehicle… So yeah. It sucks. :\

Anyway, I’ll try to get my mood together, and work on some more Anubai this upcoming week. I got an idea of the scene I want, but the lead-in is giving me trouble. Eh, writing is tough.

My model excavator is only half done, so no picture this week either. So did I just make this post to complain, then? Yeah, pretty much. Sorry. 😦

I hope everyone had a better week than me. For those whose week was worse (looking at you, ohmariowv) I hope next week is better. Good luck, everyone. ^^;

OK, how about one picture:

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Ugh, I did an awful job framing that picture… Anyway, this is my son, at the picnic of a certain volunteer organization (I think I can get away with calling it that), participating in a watermelon smashing activity! I am unaware of why they made the blindfold cover his entire face, however… Oh, and the plastic bat was deliberately used to make sure everyone got a chance to attack the poor defenseless watermelon. Apparently. It certainly was (in)effective. πŸ˜›

Sunday+1 Digest: One chapter, one toy.

Hello! Welcome to Taco Tuesday! I have no idea why I said that, though, since its neither Tuesday, nor are there tacos.

Actually, it’s Monday, and I’m doing yesterday’s Sunday digest. So yeah, I’m late, I suppose, but yesterday was Father’s Day, and I ended up going over to my dad’s for dinner. There was some sort of golf tournament on TV, too. I believe Kafka(?) won. πŸ˜›

Anyway, so, I got a chapter of Anubai done on Saturday — go, me! Sadly, it was a chapter highlighting just why the Fan clan sucks, but I guess you’ve got to have chapters like that, especially if your hero isn’t that great a guy either… Well, we’ll see, maybe I’m short-changing Gan Zhu a bit. πŸ˜‰ Next chapter should be sometime this week, and the start of an action sequence, I believe — look forward to it! πŸ˜€

Moving on, my wife and children got me a new toy for Father’s Day:

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Yup, it’s a marble run. Love these things. As usual, it has certain issues, causing marbles to be thrown off in random directions, but I’m sure if I cared to tweak it a bit, I could reduce the incidents a bit. Maybe. But who cares, it was fun to put together. Although I think my daughter is hiding lost marbles somewhere — I started with 10, and currently have 7 left after one day. Such is life. ^^;

Anyhow, this would have been out earlier, but my wife got stuck at work, and it threw off all my plans. Damn you, work! πŸ˜›

Well, I’ll get back to my own work, now. Really really want to get chapter 10 out this week… πŸ˜€

Sunday Digest: My tooth hurts.

Ow.

Oh, and separately disappointing, I didn’t finish Anubai 9 this week. I’d like to say the failure to get it done hurts as much as the toothache.

It doesn’t. Toothache sucks. 😦

Anyway. I’m about… a third(?) of the way through the chapter. So, assuming I can find some time to write this week (not guaranteed), it should get done. Yeah, I’m not perfectly content with it, but… y’know. Fan Bin. What can you do? :\

Oh, hey, while I’m thinking about it, OhmarioWV (the guy in the comments around my site, and probably on this post too… πŸ˜‰ ) is streaming a Fallout 4 run on Twitch Fridays and Saturdays. Probably best to check his site for details… He’s also posted the videos on his YouTube channel, I believe. The interesting thing is, he’s playing as an expy of one of his own original characters, a gunslinger known as Lost Justice. It’s interesting because he was inspired to make the character after playing Fallout New Vegas, so there’s this weird echo effect going on. Well, I find it interesting anyway.

Oh, and here’s a Humvee.

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I’m not 100% sure why its driving over my tools. Oh, and interestingly, while on the box it’s explicitly called a Humvee, the instructions inside call it “4WD Military Automobile.” It’s like they printed the instructions before getting the license or something… >.>

…Ow. See you next week. 😦

Sunday Digest: I want to be the wind, Masu.

Bonus points if you catch the obscure reference. Well, obscure due to lack of context, anyway.

Hi, happy Sunday, everyone! I was thinking about doing a little piece on the difference between a straight man and a tsukkomi today, but I didn’t feel like doing the research, so maybe next time. πŸ˜‰

What did I manage to accomplish this week? Well, despite a busy schedule on days where normally I’d be able to do some writing, I pushed out two more parts of the short story Wind on the Lowest Plane. It will stay a short story. It wants to creep out further, but it can’t. Bad short story! πŸ˜›

…Well, of course I still have one(?) part left to go, but it won’t grow any further than that!

Probably. :\

Anyway. On the model front, I put together a carousel, or merry-go-round if you prefer.Β Pictured here with my ferris wheel model, because I like themes. πŸ˜‰

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Also pictured is my Mourning Cloak butterfly model, which is from a brand new line that, as you can see, is nicely colored. I’m also working on my Humvee model, which probably won’t take too horribly long once I actually start working on it. Unfortunately, the instructions are a little substandard, which makes it slightly more annoying… :\

Anyway, next week! Anubai Hero 9: Fan Bin is Definitely a Bad Guy! (Not an official title.) Hopefully by Wednesday so probably Thursday.Β Look forward to it! πŸ˜‰

Sunday Digest: I’m not sure what happens next edition

Well, OK, that’s a lie. IΒ do know what happens next, but I’m having a hard time explicating it in prose. It’s similar to writer’s block, but it’s more existential. Or, y’know, not… >.>

Anyway. Anubai chapter 8 has been posted, and chapter 9… has one line so far. So, my best guess of when I’ll have it done is “maybe sometime this week?” which doesn’t really satisfy even me, so I can accept some skeptical looks. :\

As to what’s been holding me back (setting aside ennui) I just picked up Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel for my PSVita. And I’ve been having fun. So yeah, slow on the writing front. On the other hand, I have effectively dropped a third to half of the novels I was previously reading every day, so there’s that. Eventually, I’ll get something done. πŸ˜›

Well, I did write one short piece, but… it’s the introduction to another series, supposedly. I’m saying it doesn’t stand well on its own, but… when I went to write the first actual chapter, I pretty much blanked. So, no release for that in the near future either… 😐

…Is it just me, or is this a list of things that I failed to accomplish this week? Enough of that.

Here’s a picture of a wheel loader to improve the mood.

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Well, it improvesΒ my mood, anyway. πŸ˜‰

I actually committed a huge error when I was putting this together, to the point where I would actually be unable to complete the last step, because a certain piece was flipped the wrong way. I had to carefully unbend a bunch of tabs, with… mixed results. 😦

Still, it came together in the end. And thanks to where the mistake was located, you have to look very closely to see the damage I did repairing it. You can’t see it in the picture, for example. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, that’s four out of five in the CAT line of models. Next in queue, I have a merry-go-round (as a sort of palate cleanser from the difficult models), followed by a Humvee. Oh, and I have to start that train model at some point — it looks like a fun build too. πŸ˜‰

Thanks for visiting, and I’ll be posting something on Wednesday. Not sure what, yet, but I’ll find something… πŸ˜€

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˜›