• Project Update – March 2024

    This is more a mid-month of March update rather than a full month recap. Still, it’s good to try and have a regular schedule.

    Far North

    • We’re now at 20k words and 30 pages for this draft of Book Two! I’m still only about 1/4th of the way through the plan (maybe less, tbh), so I wouldn’t expect it to be done anytime soon. Plus, there’s got to be plenty of room for the unexpected moments to happen…like the one I wrote today.
    • That’s probably going to be it for updates on Far North for awhile, a word and page count. Maybe quick little bits about surprising things. If you were around for Book One, you’ll remember what the updates on BuyMeACoffee used to look like.

    Greenhouse Museum/Nosia Archives

    • The Greenhouse Museum Complete Collection edition is all assembled into a document, waiting for some finishing touches and an export. I’m currently writing the story of how the uh…story…came to be. Why? I don’t know, it seemed like a nice little extra to include.
    • Just so you know, the part 3 posts are scheduled out through August! Once a month, on the first Wednesday of the month, you can enjoy a new part of the story.
    • After that…there will be new stories from Nosia Archive to enjoy! Think I’ve hyped this up enough in the past, so I’ll refrain from doing so right now.
    • I will say that I finally have some good momentum on the planning front. Got several rough outlines down for a couple of the characters. This series may be slow going, as a fair warning. I would definitely think about it more like your favorite web comic/fan fic than something finished. Once things get underway, we’ll find an upload cadence that works for the project.

    Exploring Spirit

    • This month the last of the Christian Science articles goes live! Again, I want to reiterate, this one does carry a content warning. While I don’t go into graphic detail about the warned content, I just don’t want anyone to be too surprised by it. They’ve truly done some depraved shit, in my opinion.
    • As for Vivekananda, there is a non-zero chance that I spend some time writing out a part one that focuses on his early life and time with Ramakrishna. There’s a lot to unpack there already, to be honest, and I think that would make for a pretty self-contained article. Will update you next month on if you can expect that or not!

    Streaming

    • It’s going to be a pretty full month! We’re back to our regular schedule and have two FF Fridays planned: April 12th and April 26th. This is pretty much going to solely be focused on the MSQ and treating it as much like a regular JRPG as possible. For the story and all.
    • We’re also, slowly, working our way towards finishing the Wadjet Eye Bundle. It took…years, at this point, but we’re down to two games left. We’re playing Resonance now and still have Unavowed to play. Once both Old Skies and Nighthawks get a release date, you better believe we’ll play it!
    • This *may* be the month we finally get around the simulcasting over on Owncast. I don’t want to promise too much though. My GPU has been having some weird issues that I’m still in the process of diagnosing. Once we get that settled and hopefully sorted, then we’ll work on Owncasting.
    • Outside of that, our ACHA fundraiser is still going! No new updates there, we’re still at $125/$500. We’ve still got plenty of time and I really appreciate those that have donated so far. Got something I’m cooking up for over there, so if you’ve donated, keep an eye on it! If you’d like to donate, or know someone who might, please send them over to our page: https://support.achaheart.org/fundraiser/5237326

    That’s it for this mid-month update! Stay safe and sane, I’ll see you on the other side of April the Fool Month!

  • Project Update – Feb 2024

    Phew. Sorry this is already two weeks later than I had wanted it to be, everyone.

    To keep it brief, towards the end of February, we had some unexpected health stuff crop up. Then in the first real week of March, we had some planned health stuff. As of right now, we’re mostly alright and on the road to recovery.

    Thanks for being patient <3

    Far North

    • Did you know that Far North: Running is released?! It’s true! You can find out where to read it (or purchase it) on the Novels page.
    • Book Two is now at 14k words and 20 pages! Can you believe it? I’m kind of shocked, truth be told. I am barely through the first few potential chapters at this point and I know there’s so much room for improvement upon first edit. This is sort of my way of telling you that Book Two might be a lot longer than Running is.

    Greenhouse Museum

    • Another ‘can you believe it?’ moment — all of the Part 3 stories are finished and ready to be scheduled! This little series is coming to a close. Expect to see those in the coming months!
    • It’s very strange to see this project come to an end. This was never something I had intended to turn into a series, but once I got into it, I really came to love these characters. It’s going to be weird to no longer step into this world and write about these boys. I genuinely hope you all have also enjoyed getting to know them and their stories.
    • That said, there’s still some work to do. While a collected cover-less version will be available on Internet Archive once the series is over, I’m also preparing a special edition. This will include:
      • Cover artwork from yours truly
      • All 12-parts in their intended reading order
      • The original Greenhouse Museum story that started it all
      • Commentary on how the series came to be and what inspired it all
    • The special edition will be for sale on itch.io for ~$5 in an epub format. Hope you look forward to it! Don’t worry, the series itself will always be free and you can read it at any time.

    Nosia Archives

    • Not too terribly much to report here. Writing has been slow going, but largely that’s because it hasn’t been the top priority. Now that Greenhouse Museum is wrapping up it will become the new thing I work on daily.
    • When can you expect to see it? That depends on when this first part is finished. I’ve largely pansted my way through this first draft and…that’s contributing to the slowness of the writing. Now that I have a better grasp on the world and the characters, I plan to go back and plot things out a bit more.

    Exploring Spirit

    • The first part of the Christian Science articles is now available! Next month, you can look forward to the second and final part of the Mary Eddy/Christian Science saga. Fair warning: the second part does carry a pretty heavy trigger warning, so please make sure to engage with what you can handle.
    • As for Vivekananda, phew. Thanks to the above mentioned health issues I haven’t had as much time as I would normally like to read. I do, however, have access to multiple sources on his life and am finally reading a more critical biography. Given that I am behind in where I’d like to be, please be patient as I put together this article and the articles on Vedanta and Raja Yoga.

    Streaming

    • Nothing special is planned for this month! After a couple weeks away, we’re getting back into our normal Thursday and Sunday routine. No FFXIV streams are planned for this month, but in April we’ll bring those back on every other Friday.
    • Our ACHA fundraiser is still ongoing! You don’t have to watch the stream in order to donate, either. We are now at $125 out of $500! If you’d like to help us reach our goal, you can find out more here. For each $100 we raise, J and I will be walking 1 mile. So, help us reach our goal of 5 miles!
    • Last, but not least, our next big streaming event is in June. We’ll be doing another 12-streams bash for the Midsummer! Please consider joining us if you want to hang out and play some fun party games with a bunch of rad people.

    Ok, that’s all for now. Stay safe and sane out there! See you again in a couple weeks!

  • #WordWeavers – 4/2 – 10/2

    Hey #WritingCommunity friends! Hope your weeks all go well. This week is my birthday week and…I just wanted to let you all know that next week Far North will be released! If you’ve been enjoying my responses to these prompts, the vast majority of them are coming from the Far North project and I would love if you would consider checking it out. More next week on where to get your hands on it (for free)!

    Let’s get into these prompts then, shall we?

    Feb 4 – What is your SC’s relationship with their parents?
    For Johann – Robert, Christophe, and Claire were essentially his parents. He was ripped away from his parents at a very young age as he was a runt of the litter. I wont get too into it because it would be spoilers for the second book.
    I will say that his relationship with Robert has transformed over the years, but that he’s incredibly loyal to him. They are very close to one another, neither one is really afraid of offending the other, and often read more as close friends these days. Johann is still deferential to Robert at times, but he’s not afraid to assert himself when need be.
    As for Emily, her health concerns meant that she had a harder time emancipating herself from her family. She loves them, dearly, and is deeply grateful for all that they’ve done for her. They don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of decisions, though, and she’s glad to no longer be living with them and feeling like she has no input. They live further south and west of where she is now, so she doesn’t see them often, but they keep in contact. I wouldn’t say they’re close knit. More that her health has bound them together.

    Feb 5 – Who is the most influential person in your MC’s life?
    For Vic, it would be her father and absent mother. Again, I won’t get too into it because spoilers. Vic is very close with her father and really does look to him for guidance…even when they’re having a bit of a tiff.
    It’s due to him that she has any interest in the North to begin with. He never told her not to ask questions, only really admonished her for dreaming the day away instead of working. He is often the voice that tries to ground her in reality…while filling her head full of scary stories about things that haunt the night.
    As for Robert, he could likely point to a handful of influential people. Christophe, Claire, Tobey, and his own rotten father. That said, the one he remembers most fondly would be the mentor who taught him antique appraisal to begin with. Without them, Robert and Johann would not have the life they do now. And Robert would not be any closer to finding the information he’s after…

    Feb 6 – What smell would instantly bring up a good memory for your SC?
    Emily’s chicken roast in the oven. Rosemary, sweet carrots, and the way the chicken juices all melt together. It’s Johann’s favorite. It’s also not a dish she makes all that often and it’s all for him. Emily maintains a vegetarian diet and generally finds cooking meat detestable, but because of what he is, she makes an exception for Johann now and again.
    Emily and Vic share a love for the outdoors, where they differ is what smell they treasure. While Vic loves the smell of grasses and sun-baked earth drifting on the breeze — Emily loves the smell of violets and peonies. She doesn’t much care for overly perfumed flora as they can quickly overpower her, but the lighter scents are a delight. The garden at Robert’s is filled with sweet, light smelling flowers that — on the right spring day — fill her sewing room with peace.

    Feb 7 – What sound does your antagonist hate?
    My instinct is to say, “what sounds does he love? I can’t think of many…”
    I know that paints Christophe in a pretty unflattering light, almost like he’s a universal Bad Guy that just hates everything. He does enjoy things, I swear!
    But since this isn’t a question about that, I would have to say he most hates the sound of crying and the wyr’s howling. The howling is a distraction, which is why he makes his wyr go off on their own to “bray and pray” as he would say.
    With the crying, it’s too familiar. It has nothing to do with weakness, per se, just that he finds it is the one thing that breaks through his guard. It means responsibility. For someone else. He’d rather if someone needs to cry that they do it far away from him.

    Feb 8 – What kind of touch is the most comforting for your MC?
    Vic finds small touches to be comforting: a squeeze of the hand, a touch that lingers on her shoulder, a gentle brushing of the hair from her eyes. She isn’t someone who finds hugs or big shows of affection to inspire comfort in her. They’re nice, but it’s the little things that bring her a sense of a person, and thus comfort around them.
    Robert is a sucker for those touches that last. Holding on to someone, being wrapped up next to them. It reminds him of his mother. Of being safe against cold nights. The longer the touch, the more comfort it brings.

    Feb 9 – What kind of touch does your MC hate?
    On the opposite side of the touches that last, Robert hates touches that seem to wander and forced closeness. Touches that dance around, or entwine like a snake, and never seem to settle somewhere. When he first met Christophe, he thought he enjoyed those sorts of touches, but quickly came to realize how distracting and discomforting they were. How sinister the motivations underneath them could be.
    Vic hates too much picking. As in, pinching or touches that fuss over perfecting her appearance. Touches that make her feel inadequate. She isn’t a generally fussy person about her appearance, so she hates it when others are. It’s fine if they’re just, for example, trying to keep her hair out of her eyes or helping her adjust something. It’s not fine when it’s done to just treat her as an object.

    Feb 10 – Does your MC have comfort food?
    Potatoes. Specifically, potato soup. Straight-forward, hardy, and easy to make in winter when all that’s really left are potatoes. Vic is just simple like that. Most soups and stews will bring her a sense of comfort, but potato soups in particular just warm in a different way.
    On the other hand, Robert has a sweet tooth. Warm, melted, hot chocolate made with cream. It was a special treat growing up since chocolate and cream were usually imported goods. He hasn’t had it in many years and misses the smell and taste of it, but on the occasions he’s been around it, just holding it and feeling the warmth of the mug is enough. Drinking it now wouldn’t be the same and would just upset his stomach, so he contents himself with just its warmth.

    Alright, that’s it for the week. See you all next week for more! Take care, stay safe and sane!

  • Project Update – Jan 2024

    It’s that time again! I missed last month, I know, I was enjoying my winter break. But here we are, the end of the first month of the year, and there’s plenty to talk about.

    Far North

    • First, when can you expect Running to be released? Well, I’m excited to say that I finally have a date set! You can expect Far North Running to be available for pay-what-you-want on February 12, 2024. It will be available to read for free on Internet Archive as well as itch.io, with a donation option if you feel inclined.
    • Now for some “bad” news: the book will only be available as a pdf for now. When I exported everything from Libre Writer, I didn’t anticipate the epub format to eat all my formatting for lunch. Once I get it all cleaned up it will be available for purchase on the website. I’m not sure if I’ll be offering the epub version on itch or not yet. At any rate, because of the extra effort involved, the epub will not be offered for free but I am still aiming to make it a fair price overall.
    • The good news: work on Book Two – Returning: Vic – is really coming along smoothly. As of right now, I’m about 4k words into this draft. Obviously there’s still a long way to go before it’s ready, so thank you for being understanding about it taking as long as it needs to. I do, obviously, intend to finish this series. It’s just that the process of writing is a marathon, not a sprint, and I need to treat it as such.

    Greenhouse Museum

    • As I’m moving away from using BuyMeACoffee, you’ll likely have noticed that all the Part One stories are available on the website. The Part Two stories are currently being posted over on BuyMeACoffee as membership perks, but I will be taking them down. Instead, I’ll be moving them over here for you to read for free.
    • The last parts of the story are almost done being written. Then it’s off for a quick edit before I schedule them for a later release. Hope you’re looking forward to it!
    • Just like with Far North, I’ll be offering the collection of stories over on itch.io and Internet Archive in a pdf format for free/pay-what-you-want. While you can always read them here for free, I’ll also offer a more nicely formatted epub version of them here as well.

    Nosia Archives

    • Ok, ok, ok. I am HYPE for this new series. It wont be out for awhile yet, since I’m still working on story one and some world building, but I can say that it’s been such fun to get into it.
    • Some teaser for you: it’s about four magically inclined people, from different walks of life and at different life stages, being brought together by the elusive Nosia Society. These beginning stories focus on how each of the characters are invited to Nosia. From there, I have plans to expand the world and the character’s relationships. It’s got magic, it’s got tech, it’s got found family, and maybe a little bit of mystery too!

    Exploring Spirit

    • After a bit of a break, I’m finally back into researching mode. J has gone to the library to find me some additional texts to use, so I think this article on Vivekananda will be an interesting one. I’ll also be taking a bit of a detour to discuss Vedanta and Raja Yoga.
    • Over on BuyMeACoffee, the Mary Eddy and Christian Science series is slowly being released. Again, I’ll be moving these over to the website. My goal is to have everything moved over by the end of the month, so just hang tight!

    Streaming

    • This month is my Streamer-versary! It’s also my birthday! I’ll be streaming February 8th through 11th and you’re all invited to the birthday bash! Festivities begin at 1830EST, as they usually do. We’ll be playing Cultist Simulator, King of the Castle, and a short narrative adventure called Dropsy. Hope to see you there!
    • Also, I’m excited to announce that this year I’ll also be fundraising for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)! My goal is to hit $500 this year. For each $100 donated, I will be hiking a mile, up to the $500 limit because I’m not that fit anymore. The fundraiser will run from February 8 till Halloween, then I will fulfill my end of the bargain before the end of 2024. If you’d like to know more about the ACHA, you can learn more here.
    • This month, our FF Fridays will be on February 2nd and the 16th. I’m finally in Dravania, land of the dragons, and we’re trying to broker a peace between Elezen and Dravinian. Here’s hoping we can manage it!
    • Lastly, I will be taking two weeks off starting February 29th (whoah, a leap year!) So you wont see me live again until March 14th.

    Alright, I think that’s it for the month! See you next month. Stay safe and sane out there!

  • #WordWeavers – 29/1 – 3/2

    Giving this a shot as a weekly warmup exercise before I get into writing for the day. Since I’m trying to post less short-form content on Masto, I figure doing these in a batch on my blog would be a much easier way to get all my thoughts out — without the constraint of a word count. Plus, it’ll be handy when I want to look back at past prompts, because sometimes I surprise myself in answering these things.

    Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into it!

    29/1 – Did you write stories as a kid?
    All. The. Time. Once upon a time, I had a couple of handwritten, hand-drawn, and hand-bound “books” that I’d made in a first grade class. I once wrote my elementary school best friend a story about herself and a tiger (which was her favorite animal) on a grand adventure. Having access to a computer and the internet at a young age, I was always writing fanfic and role-playing with friends. When even that wasn’t enough, I would scrawl scenes in notebooks during classes that were particularly dull. If I had a pencil/pen, a blank page, and just five minutes alone with my brain I would be writing. Things didn’t dry up until after college and the “real world” said it was “time to put childish things away”…

    30/1 – Has your main genre changed with time?
    In a way, I suppose I could say yes. Also, no. I’ve always written some kind of fantasy. Fairies, angels, witches, magical girls. The only non-fantasy I’ve really written was some Gundam Wing fanfic and Greenhouse Museum. I didn’t really dabble in magical reality until I actually encountered the concept in college thanks to Murakami. There were some aspects thrown in, especially when we’re talking writing magical girl fiction, but I didn’t really start embracing it until college.
    I’ve mentioned it once in the past, but magical reality is really what I’m aiming for. If I can create something that feels liminal, magical, and still somehow feel real then I’ve succeeded. Looking back, in some way I think I was always chasing that. The only difference between then and now is just being aware that it’s my goal.

    31/1 – Would you ever cosplay one of your characters? Which?
    Totally! Does that make me a vain writer? lol
    It’s a tough toss-up between Robert and Vic. Surprise surprise. Both are fairly practical in their sartorial choices, so at least it wouldn’t be too elaborate of a costume to make. Heck, if someone were already a Victorian/Edwardian era costumer they could easily pull it off. Outside of those two, there’s a character that hasn’t been introduced yet (and wont until the last book) that I could also see cosplaying. Again, it’d be simple and very comfortable.
    Are we sensing a theme? I just like writing characters with practical, comfortable wardrobes 90% of the time. That way if there’s a “magical transformation” it feels much more exciting.

    1/2 – Introduce your MC as a fighter in the ring.
    Over the speaker system, ‘Blood on the Ground’ by Incubus starts to feed in. A giant LCD screen flashes suddenly as trailing vines creep in from the sides. Standing center stage is Vic, holding a book and twisting a curl. The camera pans to her, she slams the book shut and tosses it over a shoulder before making her way down the walkway.
    “What’s this crawling into the ring?” The announcer cuts in over the music. Vic starts popping the buttons of her blouse to cheers from the audience, revealing a deep green spandex suit underneath. “The choke-hold champ, your one and only viney vixen, weaving her way into the ring. She’s studied it all, knows exactly how to pin them so they can’t get away! Give it up for Victorious Vic.”
    The crowd goes wild!

    2/2 – If your MC stayed at your place for a few weeks, what would be their favorite room and why?
    I could see Vic absolutely loving the bedroom as much as I do. We live in a long, kinda narrow, 900-ish sq ft apartment. Our bedroom faces south and so it gets the most sun during the day. It also has the clearest view of some very tall trees.
    As for why…it’s also generally the quietest spot in the apartment during the day. Perfect for reading, plenty of natural light. All the plants live back there and Vic is a green-thing appreciator. The only thing she’d gripe about is not having a proper reading chair, which is a perfectly fair criticism. Still, I think she’d find it very relaxing.

    2/3 – Your antagonist has to choose something from your wardrobe. What and why?
    Hah, he’d probably hate all of it! I wear a lot of dresses and skirts these days, which for a gentleman of Christophe’s tastes would probably not go over too well. And the couple of pairs of yoga pants I do own for walks are all some sort of polyester blend…definitely not up par with the fine fabrics he’s used to wearing.
    If he could get over the skirt issue, I could see him wearing my favorite green corduroy skirt, paired with a black long-sleeve shirt. Or maybe the one navy blue cotton dress I own. They’re definitely the best in my collection in terms of fabric, and they’re also the least showy. Everything else I own is brightly patterned in some way, which I really don’t think he’d go for. He’s flashy, definitely, but he reminds me more of a bourgeois politician than a hippie.

    That’s it for this week! Next week I’ll try to get this out on Sunday rather than Monday. Hope you all have a good week!

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