Miifoto Roundup #2

Whoa, something with a second in the series? Weird. More Miifotos from Miitomo! Yes, some people still play that application. Look, I don’t have AR on my tablet because it doesn’t have a gyroscope for some reason because who needs a gyroscope for normal things so I can’t take pictures of Pokemon on Earth so this is what I’ve got. First up is something I think I have posted before, but here it is again. Miitomo: The Movie.

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Later while making a Miifoto comment I went overboard and kiiind of made a sequel.

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I play video games

Two or three months ago I started an LP (“Lettuce Play”, it’s healthy) of Octodad: Dadliest Catch, shortly after getting back into the LP scene because my microphone was replaced. Then my replacement microphone died and I had to get a replacement replacement microphone. I’ve heard the microphone I have is good, I guess I just have THE WORST LUCK WITH TECHNOLOGY

Anyway now that I got another replacement I’m doing it again, I’ll finish this game next week, and also, every single video of this series is of a length that starts with a different digit. I am the worst at timing things.

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A few Patreon updates

I did a bit of editing on the front page of my Patreon. Most notably I removed the video. I’m kind of bad at making good videos. I might make another one later, but I’m a writer first, so wouldn’t it make more sense to have writing to explain it?

There’s also a new reward. For $2 there will be a page on my website where I will put up–no, not your name, but any word you want me to. I mean, I guess you could choose your name as the word, but wouldn’t you much rather me put up maverick? Also there are a couple restrictions, mainly on size and if the word is offensive. If you want it to be unrestricted then give me, oh, let’s say $200. Because there’s no reason I should have to veto it. Okay, maybe the size thing would be an issue if you want a German word, but that’s it.

I’m still debating whether I should put back the reward for a physical copy of my books, but the reward would have to be $10 or more, so were I to do that I would want to couple it with an extra reward. I’ll keep thinking.

Review of Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

A little while ago I finished this book that I got a little over a month ago. I had a post about it; it’s a “chooseable-path adventure” version of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare by Ryan North, a sequel to the same thing but with Hamlet called To Be or Not To Be. I don’t do reviews all that often but maybe I should start. Maybe the best way to make myself better at reviews is to do more of them?? Just note that this will largely be in view of someone who read the first book, To Be or Not To Be, which I also recommend.

First thing’s first, this book actually solved a major issue I had with To Be or Not To Be, which was that in that book you had the path that followed the original play Hamlet, and it felt largely like the other paths were just sprouting off this main one. There were a few places where a totally new storyline would sprout, but for the most part you had to read through a lot of one path to find a number of endings. With this book the paths that deviate from the original early on feel more like their own stories, and there are numerous locations where you can veer off but then return to the original story, so if you want to read to the end of the normal story more than once you have option so you don’t reread a lot of things.

Another area this book improves on the first is simply how it’s designed. The first gave every choice at least its own page, which led to a lot of empty space. This one divides the choices into sections, so most of every page is utilized. There was only one spot where this was problematic, as one section had two choices listed but the second choice was on the second page, so it could be easily missed. Also: I know nobody actually cares about the design. I’ll move on.

This book has not one but two story-within-a-stories (not counting the Romeo and/or Juliet-within-a-Romeo and/or Juliet), and one is about drugs and amazing and has an adorable Puck (thanks to one Andrew Hussie). A few other outlandish things from To Be or Not To Be return as well, such as ghost time travel, but I actually felt the returning outlandish things weren’t utilized as interestingly as in the first book.

But this book does have new outlandish things that are amazing, such as controlling more than one character at once or unlockable characters. Yes, you can unlock a character by completing a certain path. It’s pretty obvious which path it is, though. Maybe next book Ryan can fit an unlockable character into an unexpected path. Come on, let us choose a story using one of those robot suits!

Ultimately this story is hilarious, and that’s the point. Whether it’s the witty or silly characters (definitely the best-written Friar Lawrence ever), the Shakespearean prose reduced to plain English/bullet points/power point slides, or just the ridiculous narration (find out how he gets out of writing a sex scene!!), every path has something to laugh at. In the end I would have to say this book is an improvement on the first, and book scientists that I totally didn’t pay off thought that was impossible!

Political “I told you so”

The US presidential race this year features number of key players: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Donald Trump, and some guy, Larry Jonathan I think? Clinton got the Democrat’s nominee. Sanders supports were sad. Stein supporters expected it.  Trump supporters… I don’t even know.

Let’s say Trump wins this November and becomes president. Clinton supporters will look at the Sanders supporters who didn’t then bend over for Hillary and say “I told you so.” Sanders supporters will look at the Clinton supporters and say, citing the idea that Sanders was a stronger opponent against Trump, “I told you so.” Who will be right?

Um, well, Donald Trump will be right, because he’s on the Republican side. But who will be left? Well, not the people who will go live in some other country. But who will be wrong? EVERYBODY.

Though I’ve read that more Sanders supporters have gone to Clinton than Clinton supporters did for Obama in 2008 anyway, which is kind of hilarious? I didn’t follow the 2008 election too closely because I was still young, what were their main policy differences? Although I’m not even sure that mattered.

Bit of an update, lots of work

Oof, this week has been super busy. After reading through the next novel, Wandering Fortunes, to figure out what scenes I need to add and major changes, I went through and MADE those changes. There’s a lot. Fortunately I’m about done, and I just checked and the last group of chapters has a massive amount of big editing and scenes to add and oh gourd I’m gonna die tomorrow. I might have to push back my goal of finishing this tomorrow.

Everything but this paragraph I wrote like yesterday I think? Basically I just right now finished writing a new scene/big extension of a scene, and the next chapter begins with another new scene/extension of a scene. Besides a little beyond that, I’ve basically pushed my goal to finishing this on Wednesday. That means that things will be calmer for me next week, at least. Other things I want to do next week include editing the website a bit, and since I got my second replacement microphone recently I have some changes to the Patreon planned (with a new front page video) and I also want to get back to doing some Let’s Playing, I started doing it again like two months ago and then my microphone died. Now for more stuff I wrote like yesterday or something:

Due to this work, I’ve not been too active on the social medias. Fortunately once I do get this done things will calm down–I have a few widespread edits, but they’re focused mostly on specific words or punctuation, and then I’ll start focusing deeply on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which will allow me to slow down and give myself more time.

Darmenzi Chapter 16: Ending Maneuvers

Chapter 16: Ending Maneuvers

We’re in the final quarter of Darmenzi now! To start it off, we check in on someone we haven’t seen for a bit, then dive into a fantastic setting that gets broken into by another old “friend”. I’d have to say I particularly like this chapter, as we get to see some things we haven’t had a chance to examine too closely before, and the character interaction is amazing. When I get silly, I hold no punches from oversized novelty punching gloves.

On a side note, Slubes ebook is still free until… Wait, hold on… Smashwords is doing a sale this month. Okay! It’s free until the end of July, whee!

In other news, I’ve gotten work started on editing the third novel, Wandering Fortunes. I’m primarily combing through it right now for what major things I need to edit, but next week I’ll get underway on that. More on that near the end of the year!