Sorry I kinda disappeared after my computer came around and I said I’d be more active. I’ve been doing my yearly ritual of getting shit in order. Medical check-ups, dentist (which I hate so much). And just generally trying to make sure I’m still doing okay.
That and my niece and nephew are off from school, so… I’ve been playing a lot of board games with them. >.>
But I already have my next Disney review all planned out (I also might have someone collaborating with me on those moving forward, which will be a first).
I’m also actually thinking of how I want to get things done with the blog from now on. I mean, I understand that my fan fiction commentary, at this point in time, are my most viewed posts on this blog. As in, I haven’t posted one in ages and they still get regular views today. And I know that a good rule for life is that if something works; stick with it, but the truth of the matter is those take a lot of energy to put together. A post with half a chapter’s worth of This World And The Next was draining my sanity to a near breaking point. And don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy making those, as crazy and pissed of as they make me feel, but while I’m still trying to finish episode one of Shadows Rise I just can’t afford that level of mental burnout. So, while I do intend to go back to those, I’m gonna save them for when I get episode one of SR under my belt. And I’m only four chapters short of accomplishing that, so it shouldn’t take that long now.
Twilight won’t be that long coming back, but I did lose my copy of the book wit my laptop. I had it saved as a pdf and not on my Kindle like every other digital book I own, but I’ll find another copy soon enough, no worries.
But I do want to talk about some shows I like and make a few Top 10s again like I used to. So this blog shouldn’t be left abandoned again this year. 🙂
For now though, I still have some real life issues to tend to. So, I’ll see you guys soon.
So, after bit of a struggle and some waiting. I have my new/used computer. It’s not so different from my old one and honestly…. I’m quite happy about that. 😀
New computer is on the left, plugged in. My old one is on the right. Also, yes that is my messy bed. Apologies. >.>
It’s not exactly the same as mine. It’s a generation newer and a little bit better. Right now I’m setting up what I need on it. Then later in the week I need to see if I can plug my older one to a screen and see what other files I can salvage from it. The essential stuff is all backed up, so it’s no great loss if I can’t but I’m still gonna try.
Compared to my previous one… It runs a lot smoother. It heats up a lot less which I think is fantastic. I need some cleaning fluid to wipe the screen with. Mine ran out some time ago. >.>
See, it totally works and everything! 😀
Either way. I have some readjusting to do, but I’m officially back in business now!
Thanks a lot to everyone who showed support in one way or another. I know there are a lot of people with bigger problems than not having a computer, and I wasn’t really expecting the amount of help that I got. I really, really, appreciate it.
To everyone here who donated something and/or expressed support. I got the amount I needed.
It’s really late right now and I don’t have the energy to write anything extensive. I just wanted this up here so people know I no longer need help with this.
When I have everything set up I’ll try to revitalize this blog again.
I also have some non-computer related updates I’ll come talk about when I’m more awake. It’s past two in the morning and I’m really dead tired.
Thanks again, guys. You’re the best. 🙂
Shadows Rise has been coming along okay. I’ve kind of gotten distracted from it with the whole computer thing, but I’m just three and a half chapters from a finished first episode. And I’ve been very mixed between feeling optimistic and terrified about that.
I haven’t had much time to actually grow Written In Shadows. We have about ten followers at the moment. Right now I have a few people reading along as I complete chapters; prior to them being edited, and the feedback has been encouraging. So I’m hoping once the content starts getting posted and we’re actually active on there, those numbers will improve. All we really want is to share our world with people so, the writing being done (or this first section of it at least), gaining views becomes our main goal.
Funny enough that’s the part that worries me more. It used to be having people see my stuff or it not being good enough. And now… My biggest fear is that it’s sitting there unread. I don’t know if that’s better or worse. You guys tell me.
I put up a counter on the side bar there *points to the right* to keep you guys posted on how the whole computer thing is coming along. When I do have a new setup, I definitely intend to continue some of the stuff I started. Especially the fan fiction commentary. As much as it pains me to read some of that stuff, I did commit to it. And it is the most viewed stuff on this blog hands down… So someone’s enjoying my pain. 😛
More Twilight too. Because yay. 😐
First and foremost, I apologize if this is not the best written post on my list, but I’m not on my computer right now and… I can’t quite get along with the keyboard on this one.
That being said, the main reason I haven’t been around this time was computer troubles. As mine is dying and I’ve been jumping around from laptop to laptop the past few months. I sent it in for repair, but other than being dirty they didn’t find anything wrong with it. I got it back and after a couple of days it started failing again.
It’s a six-year-old laptop. I gotta start facing the fact that the issue may not be fixable, however… I can’t afford a new one. I can’t even afford an old one right now. Getting something that’ll last me until I can save up for a new one will cost me the equivalent of 200$ (700 Brazilian Reais). And I’m currently
9065$ short of that amount.
When I put up a donation button on this site it was meant to sit there in case someone wanted to do me a kindness. I didn’t intend to ask for anything, but… December is a dead month for me as far as freelancing goes and even then, what I can do on borrowed computers is limited. So. This time I’m actually gonna ask for something. If you’re reading this and you’re able… Donate. Anything helps. If not, please reblog this post. I wouldn’t be asking for help like this if I didn’t absolutely need it.
Any amount you donate, if you have something you want me to review, leave it on a message with your donation and I’ll do it. It might take me a little while to get a decent setup going again and come back, but I’ll absolutely do it.
Either way, guys, thanks for reading as always.
Why in the actual fuck does this search term lead to my blog!? Google… I need to have a serious talk with you!
There is no such content in this blog. Not even in passing. What the hell!
I need about fifty showers now. Excuse me.
I don’t know why I’m suddenly getting so many views from there, but it’s the first time another country beats the US on my view counter.
Well done, Aussies. 🙂
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Disclaimer: I’m not a professional critic. This is strictly my (clearly biased) opinion and if you like this book; hey, good for you. Don’t read this unless you know you can take a punch and laugh about it. Also… Strong language ahead probably. I hate Twilight with a fury.
Twins help me. It’s this thing again. *sigh* Usually I’d say something like ‘better late than never’, but this is Twilight. I’m not fooling anyone with that.
Still… A promise is a promise is a promise. And I agreed to do this. When things are a little more stable concerning doing actual work and producing better-written things than this tripe, I’ll try to get these chapter reviews out more frequently. After all, we have a lot of ground to cover in this goddamn series.
The bright side is, I talked to the friend who asked me to do this and she agreed that asking me to be ‘nice’ about it was too much. She changed that term of our agreement to ‘be objective’, which as much as I curse this book, I always try my hardest to be. So no problem there.
I still need to try and point out a positive at the end of each chapter though. So. Ha. 😐
With that out of the way, let’s move on to Twilight chapter two, expertly titled…
Okay, whatever, I’m not good enough at titles to properly express my thoughts on that.
I’m moving on.
Nothing. Absolutely fucking nothing. -.-
It’s been a long while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, but I had to prioritize some things. Even then I feel I’m not making the level of progress I want as quickly as I want. Such is life.
Shadows Rise is headed for an opening post soon. I’m not done writing later chapters, but we will be releasing earlier chapters as fast as we can edit them to an acceptable level. This was one episode out of five. And I’m hoping it will be well-received. Or at least read enough that it doesn’t feel like a wasted effort.
That’s my one gigantic fear about all this… That despite all the interest people seem to show whenever we discuss Valcrest and this series, when it comes to actual readers, it’s not gonna go that well. Doesn’t help that I’m shit at advertising my own writing and I know it. The RP had a lot of give and take. Both with fellow writers and with occasional readers. And it kept us wanting to move forward and do more. It pretty much brought us to think “Yeah, making this into an even larger project seems worth it!”. Because we’re insane, self-important, idiots. Bless us. 😛
Real life is eh. Working is eh. Lack of work is worse. I have plans and, hopefully, those come through for me, but I’m not optimistic, to be honest. I’m getting by trying not to think about it.
Focus on what is possible, on what is real right now, and let the future be whatever it has to be.
Anyway, that’s it for now, just a little update. Hopefully, when I come back I’ll have some concrete good news to share. 😀