This month’s new profile is… a rerun?? How about just some end-of-year plans instead?

Okay so this is hilarious and dumb. This month I was going to post a new species profile for Help Blocks. They’re not really a species but as a special type of robot I figured I would detail them. After I put it up for Patreon–$3+ patrons get to read those things early–I realized… I already had a profile page up for them! Somehow I’d missed that and typed them in as still needing one! I didn’t realize this until after writing a new one, but the new one was better so I put that up, so it’s still new in a way! (That said, it appears to have not been added to the Species page, so… what am I even doing????? Did I never make it public? Did I just not add it to that page? My head hurts. Moving on.)

So anyway you might be wondering why the font is different. WELL. WordPress used to not carry the font over from word documents, where I copy chapters and stories from, but it did take other formatting such as italics. Well now it takes the font, so either I have to start using the font I use in word documents (Corbel) or remove the font every time I post a new chapter. So this is my way of saying, hey, guess what, you’re going to start reading everything in Corbel! Uh, let me know if it’s worse. It seems kind of thinner, but that might be because it’s sans-serif, and I’ve read that it’s easier to read sans-serif on computer screens than serif anyway. Maybe at some point I’ll get around to updating older pages with the font change, and I really should because it’ll look bad being different at places, I wonder actually if there’s a way to just set it to automatically make everything the same font, in fact let me look right now… Okay it looks like there might be but it doesn’t have Corbel so bleah. To do so otherwise might be to dig through code and let me be honest I would rather brute force it than mess with code. My head hurts enough as it is.

SO. ANYWAY. I said I was going to discuss plans for the rest of the year! November 1st is not a new Wandering Fortunes chapter, but instead I’ll be posting a new short story! We’ll be visit some old friends, or enemies, or acquaintances, or something. It’s sad and lonely and lava. Should be fun! Then, in December, an intermission for Wandering Fortunes. It’s not a full chapter, and in fact it’s really short, so the end of the year might be a bit light on content, but on the flipside I’m hoping to have another one of those Top! Interruptus! scene thingies. The Wandering Fortunes intermission will actually go up on Patreon November 1st, a month early–with this, I’m going to start putting chapters up a full month early instead of half a month, so patrons get an even better bonus! (I’m also considering rearranging some rewards, but more on that when I get to it.)

Anyway, that’s about that. Might also have a small chance of a preview for another project before the year’s end, but honestly, don’t hold your breath, it’s had quite a few snags along the way–but I’m really hoping to have at least a preview by February, the one-year anniversary of Darmenzi‘s full release…

More Frequent Posting

About a month or so ago I decided, hey, I should start trying to post more often. I was about to say as much when I remembered all the times I said I would do so and then didn’t, thereby looking like a fool. Then I thought, hey, maybe if I don’t say anything there will be no pressure and I’ll be able to do it easier!

So! How did that turn out?

Not very good no one’s surprised.

How did I do?

Do blog post titles framed as questions get more attention?

I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking!

Work, Website, and Wattpad

A couple weeks or so ago I got a call from my dayjob that I’m currently on sabbatical/furlough from. I went nearly to slightly crazy at the end because I don’t do well with “normal” schedules and “holding down a steady job” or something. Of course add writing into it which is basically a second job and I don’t have much time for Things.

Anyway, the call. They were ready for me to return after just a month and a half. About maybe a week later another call set the return date for Tuesday. Monday they called and said it’s not happening. At least, I think that’s what they said, I was kind of asleep when they called, so if it’s not then I probably won’t be going back at all!

But so yeah, I spent a week or so expecting to return and then didn’t, so I got a little scuzzled. I got Slubes released and then spent the next several days not doing much in preparation for suddenly doing a lot, and then I wasn’t doing a lot. Now I’ve gotten my brain realigned and I’m doing more writing.

Actually, wait, that’s not true. I totally forgot, I spent a lot of time on Sunday editing the website. Thursday it might have been I did some editing throughout, I even updated the quotes section with a few quotes (I rarely remember to write down what I say). Then I went to town rewriting all the species pages, improving it and making it more consistent and better. By the end I was figgin exhausted. Somehow editing the website wears me out. I think it might have something to do with the fact that the site editor loads badly and acts slow and makes my computer sad? I don’t know, it’s weird.

So the last thing I wanted to mention today is Wattpad. I’ve had it mentioned one or two times and read something on there sometime ago, and I’m going to take a closer look at it soon. Early next week expect a post on what I’ll be doing. I will either skip on putting Slubes there entirely or just put the old prog version there in its entirety at once and move on to Darmenzi every week until it catches up to now. I feel that since Darmenzi is the sequel the first should be there, but the prog Slubes just has so much outdated and not-good that it almost seems counterproductive. Maybe I coul

Seriously, the WordPress post editor is like glitching out on me, it kept switching the focus from the post to the list of tags. I don’t know, I still liked the old editor better. Anyway, maybe I could just put the beginning sample of the final product of Slubes already available here on Wattpad. I’ll consider options.

Site Updates

Made a few updates around the site.

-In the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos section, I updated some pages to reflect the end of Slubes, since that is now readable. Online. For free. Old draft. Might just wait for the movie final version. These changes… actually, I think all I did was reflect The Conqueror’s real name. That’s right, it’s time to start referring to him as Conrad! Boy, that’s easier to type. I intend to update it further when the final version is released.

-Also in the CCC section, I updated the plural form of spleech. I’d neglected to do that when I had updated it all previously. It’s spleeches.

-I’ve also added a long-overdue update to the quotes section. Only a few added to Dumb Duth and Wait What?, mostly because I’m bad at thinking about writing these down when I say them. Oh well.

That’s it, really. In another week, chapter 2 of Darmenzi will be available, wherein everything is ruined.

Some More Patreon Information and Status

It’s been a few weeks or so since I launched my Patreon page, and though I have yet to get any patrons, I have been putting stuff on there. What I’ve been using my activity stream for is weekly updates on what I’ve been working on, along with an excerpt from that work. This has so far included entries from my Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos encyclopedia (showing information that will be relevant in the future or background information that may never even come up in actual stories) and information on non-CCC works (which to some people might just look like me playing a video game, but the real story is it’s leading to other people playing a video game!). I also intend to post excerpts from future stories as I work on them and anything else I may work on during the week I feel would be interesting for people to see.

I also posted the next story part on there early, about a week ago at the middle of the month, so patrons will get to read story parts ahead of time. As a notice, the next story part will be made publicly available here next Friday, August 1st.

Besides that, I’m also considering two different ways to go with the $5 reward (a monthly video thingy where I read excerpts from my writing and field questions). I first considered just doing a video stream where people talk in a chat, but I’m also considering doing it as a video chat like with Google+’s Hangouts (though I’m not too keen on doing anything involving Google+, so I might look into other possibilities).

That’s about it for now. Though I’m including weekly updates on my Patreon page, I will still post here whenever there’s a big update or I just think of something to put on here. Maybe someday I’ll regularly post whenever I find something interesting to put on here. (Though at this rate I kinda doubt it.)

Big Changes Coming Up!

So over the recent week I’ve decided to make some decisions. The worst one was saying “I’ve decided to make some decisions.” But for reals, I’m gonna be changing how I do things. I’m not going to go into too much detail right now because I have not even begun work on these changes.

I will note right now that my first novel, Slubes, will be removed from sale on Amazon at the end of the month. I’ll be looking into moving to a different self-publishing place (as you may know, Amazon.com isn’t exactly the most friendly and not-using-bullying-tactics-to-steal-a-deal-and-eat-its-competitors place), but it won’t be made available again immediately. Things will change. They’ll change in the physical form, on this blog, and in my wallet (though I am not yet sure in what direction that last one will be changing). Slubes will still be available on Smashwords, though, and there probably won’t be a break in availability on there.

I hope to be ready to explain further by the end of the month. I’ve got 18 days to prepare, and there’s quite a bit of preparing to do, so as usual, *sits down and plays video games for several hours*

Quote of the Week or So

For the past… Gourd, it’s gotta be at least a year and a half, and with how often I forgot to actually update it, probably longer than that… I’ve had a quote of the week on my site. It’s right over there to the left. See it? I never really drew any attention to it, just sort of left it there for someone to notice should they do so. They’re all quotes by me over the past… 4 or 5 years, apparently. I’ve stored them in a document titled “inspirational” for no reason.

This is the last quote I have stored. A pretty good one to end on, I suppose. Next week I’ll remove it and will just add a new page to the site where you can find all the quotes, plus some others.

WHOA I MADE A STATIC FRONT PAGE

don’t get shocked by it!

So now if you go to the site you WON’T see this, you’ll have to click on Blaargablog to see this! Instead you will see MY INSANE FACE, some other words that will usually stay the same, and what will usually be probably the cover to my latest book.

That’s really all I have to say I guess??

columns!

Whoa hey page changes done! You might even say… panges done. no, no you wouldn’t. sorry about that.

Oh hey I finished working on the new page thingies! The Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos pages should be updated! I added a Locations section and each profile (character, location, species) links to a page instead of a blog post, with some tweaks here and there to make it more fitting of a page instead of a blog post (most of the tweaks came in the character pages). I’ve also cross-referenced pages. I think I’m using that term right. Links are provided in the profiles when something that has a page comes up (say another character).

This weekend I might move the blog to its own section and add a new home page? Maybe a homage page?? Maybe a homage pomage?? Maybe a pomegranate?? Who knows! But yeah not sure what I’ll do for that yet. And if I forgot to say anything else in this post well I need to get to bed so I’m rushing this post kinda??