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Jan 11Schism Sneak-Peek

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So, this GheoFabulousDuk guy, some loser who used to frequent this site but then decided that some combination of school and running around beating people over the heads with foam swords was more important than the community here, is starting a webcomic entitled “Schism” in the near future. He’s posted the third page of the comic to his DeviantArt account as some sort of super-exclusive sneak-peek or something. I’ll undermine his attempt at exclusiveness by leaking the link to the entirety of DotQ. It’s right here: Schism, Page 3. I’ll post again when the Schism site goes online, and it’s got a place waiting for it in my Siblings list.

Oct 28I BUY TABLET~

Two main-site posts in one day? I’m an idiot for doing this (when I could hold for next Sunday and pretend to be punctual), but I feel the need to show you all some of what I’ve spent this weekend doing. Also, no, I didn’t buy a tablet. I just felt an irrepressible urge to refer to a certain song.

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Oct 25Tundra of Heroes Plans

I know I’m bad with schedules. You know I’m bad with schedules. It’s a fact that running DotQ has proven time and time again. But this isn’t a schedule, really. It’s a goal.

I intend to finish the preliminary writing of Tundra of Heroes by the end of this year.

This means a few things. For one, there will be no more releases of Hunter Chronicles chapters for the rest of 2007. For another, my further participation in Drawing My Heart this year will be extremely limited (which is probably okay, because I think we’ve run out of steam for the time being). Finally, I will not have time to participate in any forum-based roleplaying (not like I do any right now, anyway).

Here’s my plan: write four more chapters in the next two months, completing the story of ToH. I will then dedicate next January to polishing the total of ten chapters, getting them ready so that they may be enjoyed by someone who isn’t a regular here. By someone who might not be my closest comrade.

I’ve been running massive numbers of projects for several years now, but my completion rate is ridiculously low. The only thing I really “completed” out of all my longer writing projects was For the Pen, v2!, and that was more than two years ago???not an accurate reflection of the current quality of my writing, etc. A few months back, I finished a short story set in the Hunter Chronicles world, “Gauntlet and the Broken Angel,” but that doesn’t really stand on its own???it needs to be read by someone who knows something of HC.

Tundra of Heroes was originally some little experiment project I fooled around with for fun, kind of like all the rest of my projects. This post is my “I’m so serious” declaration. Tundra of Heroes is going to be completed, and it’s going to be good, and I’m going to show it to people and say, “this is what I can do now.”

Now, at my previous release rates of one chapter per week, maybe giving myself two months to complete four chapters seems lenient. Please keep in mind that I’m applying to colleges next month, writing scholarship application essays right and left, working a job (it’s official! more on this later), and trying to stay on top of school work. I wrote one chapter of Tundra of Heroes in the last month. This is going to take an incredible amount of devotion to do. I think I have that devotion.

I need to have it.
(Yes, for those who know about my fear of Novembers, this goal is a preventative measure.)

And now, I leave you with a sketch. A sketchity sketch.
It’s a preliminary concept for Ynthon. Please look, and if you wanna comment, do so on this post. I’m not putting the drawing in the Art section. Too rough. I should note, though, that I’m happy with how it is for what it is. Whatever all these excess words mean.

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ynthon concept art

Oct 1Scholarships, New Job, New Anime Season

Hey guys. That’s right—not only did I not have a content update yesterday, but I didn’t make any kind of news post at all. Total fail on my part, I admit. Ah well. Life is life.

Speaking of life, as I explained to KCG in a comment a few days ago, I was busy filling out scholarship applications. Flak wants to go to college, see, and partaking in such activities as filling out scholarship applications, while life-destroying, are conducive to making college less of a blow to one’s finances. So there I was this past weekend, writing essays and filling out forms and not playing with J the way I should have been. Oh well. He was working too.

School’s been kind of busy for me; especially Genre and AP Government. Genre’s got me writing some paper type thing. Government’s got me worried about the fact that I’m doing none of the reading (and will thusly get a lousy score on the notes section of my grade while acing the tests).

I started a new job, too. Some time yesterday, or maybe today. Or maybe it won’t actually “start” until I’ve signed a contract. But I’ve had contact with my new employer, and he’s given me my first bit of work, and I just completed it five minutes ago. It’s fairly run-of-the-mill site maintenance, updating a newsletter for a chess club’s website. Not my brother’s chess club this time, though I do kind of owe the job to him. Thanks D. I hope to be able to do more interesting things, like redesigning said site, in the not-to-distant future.

I’m not putting links here in case I’m not actually hired or whatever. Never know what I can get in trouble for! Anyway, will make another post with more info once I have it.

Last order of business: It’s October 1st!
This means the fall anime season, which last year brought us such atrocities as Kanon 2006 and Death Note (and by saying atrocities, I’m being violently self-deprecating when it comes to my taste in anime). Fall is never a very exciting season, but it shows some promise this year…

For one thing, there’s more Genshiken, and more Genshiken means more funny. I actually have a list of what I’m watching out for:
– – Blue Drop: Tenchi-tachi no Gikyoku :: yuri sci-fi. Next Simoun? Doubtful. But interesting.
– – Night Wizard the Animation :: anything with “the animation” in its title is great (see: ARIA the Animation)
– – Bamboo Blade :: I heard something good about this. I forget what, now, but I know it was good.
– – ef – A Tale of Memories :: apparently Makoto Shinkai did the OP for the game this is based off of, and is an art director for the show. Translation: do want.
– – Shakugan no Shana II :: watching this with J because we’re a pair of idiots. It’s gonna suck.
– – Sketchbook ~Full Color’s~ :: from the director of ARIA, slice-of-life with art students. Should be epicly unepic.
– – Clannad :: one year after Kanon 2006, Kyoto Animation gives us its next ridiculously beautifully animated tear-jerking game conversion. Apparently Clannad’s not an hgame, so maybe this will suck less? Or maybe it’ll actually be good? Still lacks male characters; they replaced the face-palming Kyon/Yuuichi character with a girl thereby fulfilling one KyoAni requirement while pleasing the Keyfans (read: Fred Gallagher) who don’t want to see anime dudes.
– – Kodomo no Jikan :: I’m watching this for Alar. Depending on its content, I may come back and delete this line from this post to erase all records.
– – Da Capo II :: I think the sequel to “shit” is “needs moar plungers. you can help by phoning Mario” but I don’t know for sure, so I need to find out. Yeah.

Fun stuff. I’ll be sure to blog my first impressions on any of those worth thinking about beyond the first episode.