Epiphany~

Last night, I had a major epiphany.

I was up really late last night, thinking about story elements for Keepers of Balance, and my possible upcoming college courses. I’m eager to soak up all of the knowledge that they will offer me, and apply those lessons to KoB. This led me to making an important decision that I probably should of thought of ages ago:

I will NOT try to publish Keepers of Balance until I’ve completed my degree at Full Sail University (or whatever school I choose).

I’ve thought this over a lot, and once I decided to take this vow, I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my chest. With that out of the way, I have to make another announcement that I think will be better if I put it like this:

  • Arc 1: Awakening = 15 Episodes
  • Arc 2: Pursuit = 15 Episodes
  • Arc 3: Equilibrium = 20 Episodes
  • Final Episode Count: 50 Episodes

Yep, you’re seeing this right. After a lot of thought (and slight loopiness from the lack of sleep), I decided that 30 Episodes just wasn’t enough to build proper character development (especially building the relationship between the characters), and the more I thought about it, the more ideas that started flashing by inside my mind. Plus, some of the Bonus Episodes I had planned seemed to do much better as regular Episodes, giving me more to play with and mold. I still want to have some extra content, but they will probably just be random one-shots either going into a character’s past or a a day in the life of Ian and Rach. This means now…now, Arc 1 isn’t complete anymore, and I’ve got a lot of work to do, changing episode numbers and the like. I feel daunted, but I think this will work out for the best.

Always remember: Everything works out in the end. If it not, then it’s not the end yet.

~Arrivederci!!~

 

Drained

Hey all.

I had a good night last night. Spent time with Niax and pals, and got some writing done. I even managed to help him out with his story, a little. Didn’t wake up too well, though…and I’ve been drained all day. Unable to think straight. Maybe I pushed it a little too much last night.

I spent a good part of the day yesterday working on Firaggi and McGill’s backstories.

I think I’ll put this down as my shortest post yet. Yeesh. Oh well. Good night, everyone.

~Arrivederci~

Taking things to Second Base

Reason for the title: I’m currently at a bar called “Second Base”. So far, I really like it. It’s small, but cozy. The bartender is nice, and they even have a pool table. Granted, I wish they had more than one, but most bars that I’ve been through only have one pool table.

The food here is delicious. I’m a sucker for mozzarella sticks (and fried cheese in general), and they have some pretty good ones. Soon, Niax and I are gonna try some of their pizza, and maybe a burger.

I honestly like bars. Not so much for the booze. When push comes to shove, I’d rather drink at home, anyways. No, I like them for the food, and atmosphere. Bar-hopping would be a hobby of mine, if I had the cash to go to a new bar every week. I find them relaxing, and very casual.

Anyways, enough about the bar. I wanna talk about what happened during my D&D campaign. Last time, we were sneaking into a bandit stronghold through the sewers, and we managed to get into the mansion where the bandits (who were terrorizing a local town) were hiding. They’re not very smart, though due to some bad luck, my character took a bad blow to the shoulder. The mansion is actually important to my character, but I’m not saying a damn thing until it’s been all played out.

I’ve started editing work on Episode #3 for KoB. Mostly reworking the beginning, for now. I’ve always had a hard time starting and ending a story in a way that leaves the reader wanting more. I lack a decent hook, for the beginning, and I’m not sure how well my endings and cliffhangers will do. I normally try to avoid cliffhanger, but I also try to foreshadow what’s to come. Honestly, if there was a seminar of sorts to help writers build a 3-act structure for their stories, I would pay a pretty penny to go to one of those. Even local writing classes would be great, but there aren’t a lot of those in my area…and I have to focus on bills and adulting, anyways.

I’m just hoping the weather in Michigan makes up its damn mind. Seriously, it was nice the other day, now it’s cold and rainy. Michigan’s bi-polar attitude to weather deserves a blog all on it’s own.

~Arrivederci!~

Of Comix and Games

Lately, I’ve been getting into comic books.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member (and if you have the Kindle app installed on one or more of your devices, then you have the opportunity to read certain books for free. Amazon Prime has a fair bit of comics available to read for free–but not as much as Kindle Unlimited. I can’t afford the extra $10/month for Kindle Unlimited, so until then, I can only read for free through Prime Unlimited, or if I buy the comics I want.

I’ve made it through the 2015 edition of Howard the Duck and greatly enjoyed it. I also downloaded the newest version of Ms. Marvel and delved into the origin stories of Star Lord/Peter Quill, Deadpool, and Black Panther. I’ve got my eye on a couple of other series (mainly both Marvel Civil War series), but for now, I’ve got enough to read.

Honestly, if it wasn’t for Kindle, I may not have truly gotten into comics. I usually prefer manga…which, as some people would argue, is just the Japanese version of comics. Which is true. I favor the art style of manga (and to an extent, anime) a lot more than comics. I dislike realistic styles, and usually lean towards more “cartoony” styles of art.

I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but I’ve always wanted Keepers of Balance to be a graphic novel of sorts. However, because of my own limited skills and resources, I have written the series so it can also be a light novel series as well.

Anyways, I want to have a stream tomorrow night. I will most likely be streaming Skyrim (new file w/ mods), but if the mood strikes me, I might change my mind and stream Kingdom Hearts II instead. It’s been a while since I’ve played. One thing is for sure: I will be streaming on YouTube instead of Twitch.

Anyways, I hope you all have a good day. I know I missed the mark by about 20 minuets or so…but regardless, I’ll talk to you all on Friday!

~Arrivederci!~

Of Cat Baths and Accidents

Ugh…If there is one thing I hate about Skyrim, it’s the long quests. For those who are unfamiliar with the game, it’s a very open-world. You can go almost wherever you want, and if certain skills are high enough, you can do whatever you want, and even get away with it! Recently, I gave up on a “vanilla” playthrough of the game and decided to add mods to my current character. I got a very special follower (who shall remain with me for all eternity, and all hail Sithis). and started the main quest…but decided to drop it and went with the “Dawnguard” DLC quest line instead. Both the main and Dawnguard quest lines are long, drag on forever, and have little worth in rewards. The only reason why I’m considering doing the Dawnguard quest is because of the sweet, sweet bow I get close to the end. And even then it’s still not entirely worth it.

I also decided to give Annabelle a bath. He wasn’t very pleased with me. Though now he is dry, and has decided to stop ignoring me…for the most part.

I’ve gotten OBS Studio to work for me again. Still having problems streaming to Twitch itself, though. I still might be able to

Niax (my husband) and myself have started the first part of our Dungeons and Dragons adventure. So far, we met in a fighting ring. I wandered in there to place a bet, while he willingly signed up to get some answers about a rumored underground animal abuse ring. We were forced in the team brackets together, and fought two rounds. Well…let’s just say, the dice weren’t entirely in my favor…but I did manage to almost kill nearly ever opponent I faced. It’s not recorded, but that’s mostly because of technical difficulties. We’re gonna try again next week.

I spent a few hours the other night trying to come up with an emblem for myself–let alone a good banner for this blog.

Anyways, sorry this took a bit. Another project decided to rear its head, so I gravitated to that instead. Until next time, everyone!

~Arrivederci!~

Just a Quickie

Hey all. Another Thursday post? Well, this one will be short.

Last night, I managed to come up with concepts for Episode #3’s cover image, and I started branching out on social media…sort of. I have a Twitter now! How I got it is kind of a funny story…I was making the account when it said that my e-mail was taken. I guess somebody had made an account using my e-mail by mistake (it says I’ve been on Twitter since last May, but I know for a fact that’s not true). So I reset the password and molded it into my own. If the person who did this is reading this, then I’m sorry, but next time, check your e-mail before you set up an account. You can’t steal what wasn’t really yours in the first place, and the e-mail you set it up under certainly didn’t belong to you. If I could’ve made another account, I would have, but again, my e-mail was already registered with Twitter (and I REALLY don’t remember setting up a Twitter account in May…), and I’ve had my e-mail since 2015. ‘Tis just a misunderstanding, and honestly, I’m kinda grateful.

To go along with the Twitter, I also have a Twitch account, now. My “gift” should be arriving in the next week or so, and when it does, it’ll make streaming a lot more fun and entertaining for us all. During the Skype chat, my buddy suggested that I try to do a stream once a week, major projects pending. To relieve some stress, I think I’ll try to do weekly Minecraft/Skyrim episodes after I get done with my major stream I plan to do in March.

I think that’ll do it for now. Again, I’ll see you all tomorrow!

~Arrivederci~

Well, this did not go as planned…

The night, so far, has been good. Both my PC, and my husband’s PC, is up to date, and I organized photos and music onto my system. I even managed to finish a crucial part of Keepers of Balance. Sadly…it’s not the Kickstarter.

Let me explain: I had planned on using the Kickstarter to gather funds to be able to publish Book 1 in March of 2018. However, what they didn’t tell me is that you can’t have a project that lasts for more than 60 days (approx 2 months). I was planning on gathering funds for all of this year.

As much as I’m ashamed to admit it, the Kickstarter is, again, gonna have to wait. I did my best to launch it as soon as possible. Hell, I even had the project description written out. I completed KoB’s logo earlier this evening. *sighs*….Until I figure out what to do for now, here is the logo, and the link to the preview down below that.

keeper-of-balance_logo

(Kickstarter Preview)

This night was good, but not what I was hoping to be. Maybe I can make up for it tomorrow night. No all-nighter, but I can still stay up late to get some KoB things done.

~Arrivederci~