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

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…’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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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˜„

Sunday writing digest 3: Let’s face it, it’s the Christmas edition

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Well, OK, first things first: Merry Christmas, everyone. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. Or as a secular spending spree. Or if you’ve never heard of it before. Or if you believe it doesn’t exist. Have a great December the 25th anyway. πŸ˜‰

With that out of the way, how much writing did I get done this week? I’ll give you a hint: if you read my stuff, you’ve already read it. :\

Yeah, I really didn’t get anything done except the one chapter of ALW. I kinda wanted to write a second one, or at least a Christmas special, but 1) I was never home, and 2) a lot of people released extra chapters over the last couple days, and of course I had to read them all (controversial statement). Actually, after the first week, this whole month has been kinda rough on my writing, huh… 😐

OK, so let’s just say that I was on vacation last week. And I’ll just stay on vacation for the rest of the year. My son goes back to school on the 3rd, so I’ll get my acknowledged writing schedule back on track at that point. Hmm, sounds like a plan. πŸ™‚

I’m still going to release a chapter of ALW next Wednesday, though. So look forward to Jack Cross being cross (or, y’know, enraged). πŸ˜›

Sunday writing digest 2: The “Metal Helicopter” edition!

So, this was a bad week on the writing front. First of all, while I finished my scheduled chapter for ALW on time, I wasn’t entirely happy about how it turned out. Exposition-heavy chapters are always hard… Oh, well, next week is a conversation with Officer Jack Cross, and an explanation for why it took Zedda a week to get to Metria’s bar, though you can probably guess the reason by this point. πŸ˜›

Secondly, my novel. Despite deliberately setting aside time to work on it… I just wasn’t feeling it at all, and couldn’t get motivated. I have a bad feeling that the current scene has diverged from what I wanted… The only thing to do is push through, and get to the next scene quickly, I guess. I only wrote 321 words this week. That’s sad… 😦

So, for my Friday project (which ended up being my Saturday project., I worked a little on my Connie Karma side project, to the tune of 1853 words. It was fun, although… I started from the very last part of the prologue, where Karnak is dropped into the Akashic Record, because I felt it was the most iconic part of what I was trying to do. I’ll be back-filling the rest of the prologue once I reach the end of that part, and then moving on to the actual story, if you follow me. In other words, it will be a long time before this project starts hitting the site. Also… I’ve been using the “table” function of GDocs to put a box around certain passages, but I’m not sure how that will port to WordPress. Worst case scenario, I might have to find a different platform to post it on, in order to present it in the way it was meant to be viewed… Well, I’ll figure it out when the time comes. :shrugs:

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Well, this, for one thing. In case you’re wondering, that’s a model Apache AH-64 made from two thin sheets of metal. I can’t decide if it was tougher than I thought it would be, or just as tough… It was pretty fun, though. Not pictured: how I had to glue one of the wheels on, since the metal got too damaged. πŸ˜›

Oh, and I beat Axiom Verge. And Song of the Deep. Good games, you should try them. Although, I’ve got to get my PS4 online somehow and see if there’s a patch for SotD — there were a couple of places where cameraΒ screw and laggy processing caused certain side challenges to be about 100% impossible. Oh, and the SFX cut out during the final boss fight. Otherwise, wonderful game.

Well. OK, then. Next week, I’m going to buckle down and dig into my novel. I need to get that done, or it will just drag me down forever. Well, it’s not like I have other projects to distract me, right…?

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…damn it. That little dude on top looks tough… 😯

Sunday writing digest 1: The almost late edition!

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Whoa, hey, I almost forgot to do this! Bad me! πŸ˜›

I got really hooked into Song of the Deep. It’s a fun game. And that’s my excuse. πŸ˜‰

So, how’d I do this week? I hit my goals for the week, so all is well! 1 chapter of ALW, which of course appeared on Wednesday, and another 4769 words, over the course of three days, into my novel which still doesn’t have a real name! Yay! My Friday project was something new; for now I’ll call it “Secret Project DLP”. 1847 words of what turned out to be mostly conversation, sort of. If it turns out to be anything, it would be the first clearly R18-type work I ever wrote. Er, for gore and disturbing situations, not for sexual stuff. Probably.

Oh, and today I helped my wife with her end-of-term composition assignment. She kept apologizing for how bad her writing was… :\

OK, so next week, 1 chapter of ALW, and more novel writing. I swear I’m going to finish that novel! …Someday.

P.S. I also picked up Axiom Verge… and some metal sheet model kits. I have way too many hobbies… πŸ˜›