Thanks A Lot

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. 🙂

B.B

Despite Everything…

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. 😐

B.B

Looking back… Day 3.

Thank you for the help and the shout out! And it’s always great to know one of my posts inspired something; even a post of this nature. Hopefully everyone who needs it gets a little help this Holiday season. 🙂

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This time of year rhymes with generosity.

You are probably getting ready to spoil your loved ones, and that’s always great. But generosity is even greater when you give to people who aren’t part of your everyday life circle.

I consider myself to be a giving person. I don’t like writing this, because it sounds self-praising. But I think it is true. I give easily, and without expecting anything back in return…

Today I read a post published by Camilla from A Blackbird’s Nest. Our fellow blogger is trying to save the money to get a modest computer to keep her writing going on & offline. I don’t know Camilla personally, but for some reason, her post spoke to me.

Many people in the bloggosphere have a Ko-fi link or a Paypal donation button in their blogs. Some, just to give an opportunity to other bloggers to show their…

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Updates And A Small Cry For Help

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.

 Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

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.

B.B

Twilight Review: Chapter 02

[First] [Next (Coming whenever)]

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…

Open Book.

Okay, whatever, I’m not good enough at titles to properly express my thoughts on that.

I’m moving on.

What Happens

Nothing. Absolutely fucking nothing. -.-

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On Being Alive And What’s Coming Up

Hey, guys!

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. 😀

B.B

Conquering Phobias

Holy shit a ghost!

You guys know where I’ve been, I don’t need to explain how writing has taken over my life again. The past couple of weeks were rough for other reasons as well, but nothing important.

Other than Shadows Rise I actually managed to get a little RP going with two other people and, not only has it been incredibly fun… I’ve… Learned some things. 😐

Let me explain. One of the characters I’ve been playing loves arachnids; mainly scorpions. She has two pet Emperor Scorpions, but… She also has a pet tarantula. Particularly a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula, which is a huge motherfucking spider. And, as you may or not know, I’m terrified of spiders.

Now, you might be wondering why I would do this to myself? Welp, when I created the two characters I’m using for this roleplay, I used them for little band RPs back in Roleplay Gateway and I liked to throw random shit into those to see what sticks. Jo, the character in question, was your stereotypical bad girl and I decided to give her a scorpion tattoo. Since I like things like tattoos to have a reason for being, I decided that she really likes scorpions and from that, I was like “She probably likes spiders too.” Here we are many, many years later. I’m a far more experienced roleplayer and I’m looking at this character and realizing: I don’t know how pet tarantulas work. And hm… Do I want to subject myself or just half-ass it? If you know me, you know the answer.

Off  I went into the depths of Google and YouTube, hoping to learn about caring for your creepy crawly friends. And let me tell you, I was cursing myself for making a character who loves something I’m so terrified of, but… You know what I discovered?

Tarantulas are fascinating creatures.

I ended binging several different channels, watching people who care for whole collections of them talk about their spiders and, I’m not gonna lie; I love them a little bit now. I’m still terrified of them and I would never in a million years want to handle one. But I’ve gained some perspective on why people keep them and I’m definitely a lot more comfortable putting myself in the mindset of someone who owns, handles, and genuinely loves a giant hairy spider. Tarantulas are mostly giant, chill, derps who are more than happy to have a small enclosure with a nice burrow, some water, and a cricket now and then. And heck, they can be fucking cute!

I even actually subscribed to one of the channels I used for my research and, as a fellow arachnophobe, if you have issues with spiders and think you can tolerate some imagery, I’m gonna embed a video for you now and I suggest checking out this channel. Because I actually found it pretty entertaining and informative.

If you can’t handle the imagery, I apologize for the thumbnail. I wasn’t gonna embed any videos or photos, but considering the experience I’ve had of this whole venture, I felt it necessary.

I don’t know when I’ll be back. Carnaval happened and messed up my sleep and my writing schedule. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Again. But hopefully, once I’m done with this episode of Shadows Rise I can come back on a more permanent basis.

B.B