Sunday Digest: Because Alchemy!

Ok, first of all: The full chapter 13 of The Anubai Hero has been posted! Go check it out! Unfortunately, I ended up updating over the initial preview chapter due to technical difficulties, so it didn’t send out a notification that I posted it. Something for me to avoid in the future.

I also did some work on a different piece this week, but… it’s not ready for the light of day yet. I need to advance it to the point where people can see the main gimmick first… Oh, and it’s supposed to be comedic, but I’m already asking myself “Is this actually funny?” so let’s just take that with a grain of salt, shall we?

Second and third, I finished my train! Continue reading

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The Anubai Hero, Chapter 13

Chapter 13

Sun Mia panted as she ran, pulled along by the ordinary-looking woman who had been selling vegetables to her less than half an hour ago. The woman wasn’t running at random and seemed to have a destination in mind, but Sun Mia wasn’t sure where she was being taken. She had tried to get the woman’s attention a couple of times, but the woman was ignoring her words, and dragging her along with an unusually strong grip on her wrist.

Sun Mia had been initially grateful that the woman had pulled her away from that frightening situation, but now she was getting worried. She wasn’t too familiar with this particular market, and she had no idea where the woman was taking her. Perhaps she was still in danger…

The merchant woman paid no attention to Sun Mia’s worries, however, and quickly arrived at her destination. To Sun Mia’s surprise, this location was an ordinary meat stand, run by a tough-looking old man behind the grill. Had Gan Zhu been here, he would have recognized the old man as the one who had sold him a delicious meat skewer early: Old Mehek! Continue reading

Sunday Digest: Why is it the 6th already?

I have the hardest time keeping track of… well, time. Oh, well, happy August everyone. Didn’t get a Anubai chapter done this week, sorry. Did post a bit of possibly meaningful background data on Friday, so check that out if you’re interested.

Next week, there’s a 60% chance of a new Anubai chapter, a 35% chance of something different that’s been bugging my brain, and a 15% chance I won’t accomplish anything because I started playing Atelier Sophie again. Yes, that’s 110%. Come at me, bro. 😛

Speaking of Atelier Sophie, I was deciding whether or not to start from the beginning again, or pick up where I left off. So I checked the time played on each save. On my oldest save, on 11/28, I had about 8 hours of play time. On my latest save, 12/6, I had about 56 hours. In other words, I played nearly forty hours in a week. That must have been a good week… ^^;

In the end, I started over. Sure, that’s 56 hours down the drain, but I don’t remember any of it, so meh. 😉

In other news, I sold a large part of my book collection today. I can’t justify the space to keep them, but I was sad to see them go… ;_;

Oh well, I got some money for them, anyway. :\

Finally, here’s today’s train car:

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So, this is the “Plug Door Box Car – The plug door system closes with a final inward movement (similar to most van sliding doors) that seals the door flush with the interior of the box car to provide a much better seal than the sliding door box car.”

…Was that really the most interesting thing they could find to say about it? The doors on the model can’t even move. 😛

Anyway, I’m probably going to finish both the hopper car and the caboose for next week, so look forward to the finished train! 😀

Sunday Digest: I’m pumped!

What am I pumped about? I’ve finally got a M1 Abrahms! …model. 😉

So yeah, once I’m done with my train, I’ll get started on that, and then I’ll have five tanks! Wao! 😀

Speaking of my train…

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Here is a Gondola Freight Car, and for some reason part of a cup of iced tea. I’m not sure why the tea is there but the Gondola car “Is a close relative to the flat car but has low ribbed sides that make it useful for many types of loads. It is often referred to as the ‘do anything car’.” Hey, if it can do ‘anything’ then can it carry loads into SPACE!? Yeah, didn’t think so. 😉

Cough, anyway, I finished chapter 12 of Anubai, so if you haven’t read that yet, give it a go and tell me what you think. Personally, I wish the two characters who are supposed to fight at the drop of a hat wouldn’t spend half the chapter chattering at each other, but what can I do? There’s some history there, y’know? ^^; Continue reading

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 12

Chapter 12

The marketplace was moderately large, and in the distance could be heard the sounds of merchants crying out their wares, and customers arguing with each other over the price of various commodities. But in one particular square in that busy market, silence reigned supreme.

It goes without saying that every onlooker was shocked almost to death! One of the Fan clan’s own guards had been killed in a single blow, and not only that, the killer hadn’t even once glanced at the man. To say that Gan Zhu had not put the Fan clan in his sight, would simply be the unvarnished, literal truth!

And now all eyes were upon that young man, but he didn’t pay any of those gazes the slightest bit of regard. His own eyes were firmly fixed on the man he had named Li Stahn, apparently waiting for a response to his challenge. Li Stahn’s glare had become even more terrifying, to the point where Fan Mitsu and his allies, who were still surrounding him, involuntarily took a couple steps back. Yet, Gan Zhu didn’t seem even slightly intimidated. Continue reading

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 Patreon yet, but I reserve the right to sell out at any moment… 😉

(…Anyone want to buy an IP? 😛 )

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. 😀

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

On the metal model front:

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Well. At least I got started. 😉

…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! 😛

…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! 😀

The Anubai Hero, Chapter 11

Chapter 11

“My, my, what have we here?”

Sun Mia heard a voice behind her. It was a slightly nasally and unattractive voice, but it was filled to the brim with arrogance and self-confidence.

Startled, she turned around to find a fat young man in a green robe staring straight at her. Her eyes involuntarily widened when she saw the emblem stitched onto the front of his robe: this was a member of the Fan clan! Sun Mia felt her heart sink, and a frisson of fear went down her spine. Continue reading

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. 😛

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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. 😉

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. 😉

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. 😛 Continue reading