April Fool’s?

Okay, so here’s the deal. Anyone following me for a couple years knows on April Fool’s Day I pretend I’m going to change my genre of writing, while writing an actual attempt of that genre. This year it’s romance.

The thing is, in the time since writing this, my ACTUAL ROMANCE (/erotica) writing accounts have taken off far more than my novels have! I’ve talked about this before, but the trajectory keeps going up.

I have… April Fooled myself. I really have made a change in my genre focus.

NEW! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 34: Courage Now or Forever No Peace

Chapter 34 of Wandering Fortunes is here! Alden barges into the Thraundlus Kingdom throne room with intention to stop the sham wedding, but unfortunately the king has a lot of guards. Alden just has one Guardian. He’ll have to think fast to deal with the king, but help from friends is always good to have.

It’s hard to tell if what Top does is actually help sometimes, but it usually is.

New! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 33: Dungeon Duel

New Wandering Fortunes chapter! Alden has reached the dungeon, only to find the princess gone. Will he be caught, or will he find where the princess was taken and get to her? He’ll need to think quickly to get out of this dungeon optimally.

New! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 32: Food Fighting

New year! New chapter! Same fighting! Well, not the same fighting, but in Chapter 32: Food Fighting, Top enters the middle of a melee in the castle. They eventually get thrown into the one place they can do the most damage: a kitchen.

2019 Restrospective

Man, it’s been a long time. It feels like… 3 years since I did one of these. As usual, I divide this into 3 parts: what I said I’d do last year, what I actually did, and what I hope to do this year.

  • Continue work on Wandering Fortunes, which I did. I finished the primary edits. I did not finish editing it in full though, nor did I get started on novel 4. More on that either in a bit or a looong while.
  • Continue Odemon: Yeah. After I started a new job though it reduced to one a week. Given the amount of new Pokemon per gen these years I should, in theory, be able to finish this someday. SOMEDAY. I also did continue the Pokecomic; I only got about 10 comics done but that’s what I expected so whatever. I’ll finish it when gen 12 is out.
  • I very much did not get all my novel notes transferred to wiki format, but I didn’t really expect to it seems. I’m going pretty slow at it these days but I’m slowly chipping away at it.
  • There’s not gonna be a Darmenzi audiobook.
  • I did get a freelance job but not much came of it, and then the website I went through changed how it works to stupid pay-for-play basically so I started looking for a regular job, went crazy, and then out of nowhere succeeded in September.
  • I legitimately can’t remember how many short stories I wrote, or even edited, and I certainly didn’t get any published.

The anaconda in the room is I started writing erotica. Have I mentioned that explicitly yet? In early summer I started thinking about stuff, about my gender and sexuality, and somehow that led to me thinking about writing “hypnosisnakerotica”. In… June, I think? I wrote a long Mastodon/Twitter thread about how I can barely be said to have a gender or sexuality, and how I don’t think about it much, and ended by concluding the internet is full of weirdos so there’s no reason to be afraid, and I shouted that snakes and hypnosis are sexy, my brain married a fictional character (the cool kids call this having a “waifu”), and I started writing erotica. (By the way, it’s made me have to think more about exactly what my sexuality is, exactly. Unfortunately it’s not meant for this Earth…)

This has gone. Confusingly well? I honestly had more traction in a few months than I did in half a decade of the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos. I mean, I guess it makes sense. A lot of people are horny. It’s also more niche, which means more people will go looking for what they can find, and if it turns out a writer who is basically trained in writing novels starts writing about it… woo. If it turns out you like that stuff or are just curious it’s all here, it’s all SFW, non-lewd, it’s honestly just erotica because it’s steeped in kink/fetish, it’s really more romance, which is actually stranger for me to think about me writing than erotica for some reason!

My new day job has been going well enough, I’m evaluating book manuscripts to see if there are legal issues (libel, copyright issues, etc.) I’m still slow at it after 3 months and I make mistakes but um. I can hope things go well.

I also released Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmail 1! The idea besides this being fun was that visual media might get me more noticed but by the time this got finished I was already getting into writing erotica and having more success there, so I still haven’t actually made a section on this website for comics. Ah well. It’s still a good comic and I love it.

Now then… what do I plan to do in 2020?

Not a lot for the CCC, actually.

  • Wandering Fortunes should be all up mid-year. No estimation on final book release, though.
  • Right now for the CCC I’m focusing on organizing my notes. I only have time to do one page a week now and there’s honestly more than 50 left I think so this is going to take a while. Probably more time than I should bother with to be honest but… oh well. OCD.
  • I don’t intend to start more editing on Wandering Fortunes or write the fourth book until I finish those notes, so that’s on hold.
  • I will have another new story in a few months, definitely not something I’ve done two years in a row now…
  • Odemon and the Pokecomic will continue at their glacial pace.
  • If not obvious yet, I’m going to spend 2020 more focused on what I’ve actually gotten some traction with. It’s fun and people like it and wow! I’m going to have a post about that at the DeviantArt I post that stuff at, so if you want to know about that check it there.
  • Also my New Year’s Resolution is to hold a snake. For obvious reasons, I think.

That’s about it. Things are weird now. It’s fine.

New! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 31: Knucklehead Goofball

The newest chapter of Wandering Fortunes is up. In Chapter 31: Wandering Goofball, Ropak fights Thraundlus Kingdom soldiers to help Alden’s path to the dungeon stay clear. He runs into Top, and the two act like a pair of mad loons fighting the Thraundlus Kingdom. The Salenth Kingdom backs them up, but only if they can deal with Top and Ropak’s nonsense.

New! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 30: A Friendly Deed

Wandering Fortunes Chapter 30: A Friendly Deed

Here we are, the beginning of the climax. Alden fell in love with Princess Serani, but now she’s been captured by an enemy kingdom. He joins the Salenth Kingdom’s military to try and save her, with Top taking up distraction duty. But Alden will find more than the princess here. He’ll have to juggle his goals until he figures out a way to make up for things.

New! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 29: Friend Missing; Love Gone!

There’s something big going down at the border of the Salenth and Thraundlus Kingdoms. In Wandering Fortunes Chapter 29: Friend Missing; Love Gone! Alden finds his search for Ropak derailed when they stumble upon a Salenth Kingdom military camp. He gets himself involved in a big mess with Top and other friends to back him up, but he’ll have to rise himself to the occasion for this challenge, both to tackle it and to even get in it.

This chapter leads into what is basically the climax over a series of chapters. We’re heading into action for the rest of this story, get ready for a ride!

Schedule Change–New Job

Small update, I’m starting a new day job next week and that’s going to reduce the time I have to work on stuff. That’s mostly behind-the-scenes stuff and my posting schedule won’t be affected much… right now.

I’m some 9 months ahead on Wandering Fortunes so that won’t be an issue and my primary focus will always be to keep up on that monthly posting.

Odemon is going to be reduced to once a week, on Saturday. It doesn’t seem like it takes much time but every bit is going to count, and sometimes I can spend quite a bit of time just coming up with an idea.

That’s about it that I’m doing publicly right now I guess? There’s the Pokemon Moon Comic and I’d like to keep my promise of returning to once a month and really I can probably do that until the end of the year but we’ll just have to see after that. (Once a month is figgin awful honestly it’ll take me like 8 years to finish it at that rate.)

New! Wandering Fortunes Chapter 28: Sorry Search

Wandering Fortunes Chapter 28: Sorry Search

Alden snapped at his friends and broke them apart. Can he pull himself together and apologize, or will they drift away? It may be night, but he’s not going to stop until he’s made up with Top and Ropak–but that may be easier said than done, and there may be something unexpected afoot…

If you want to help me continue making these, you can pledge and give some money on my Patreon or Ko-Fi! The former is a monthly pledge while the latter is a one-time gift, and with both you can see the next chapter a month early if you want to find out what these soldiers are up to sooner. I also post a weekly update on Patreon where I talk about what work I did that week and post a small excerpt, and it’s usually pretty far ahead compared to what I post publicly or even unique to it.