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.

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.

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?

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.

Slubes Update: The Time is Near!

WHEN LAST WE LEFT OUR WRITERY HERO… er, wait. What was the last update I said? Probably “I’ll have something substantial later”. Well I will. And I do. Slubes is written, edited, re-edited, re-re-edited, formatted, formatted 2.0, and at this point pretty much all I have to do to consider it complete is get the physical proof book in the mail (should be here in a week or so) and make sure it looks good. Before this month is over, I should have a release date!

In the weeks leading up to that release date, I will… probably work on Darmenzi. I never stop working. *plays video games for several hours* What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. When the book releases, I’ll probably have a special release video stream where I read from the book and talk about it and such. More details on that closer to the release date, of course. I’ll also talk about it on Twitter and make some posts here, and I’ll post some excerpts from the completed version of Slubes. On that note, check the end of this post for the first-ever look at the completed for reals this time final version of Slubes.

Before we get to that, though, a few other notes: I’m working on some special projects, updating some things, and other odds and ends. I may be changing a few things around here, whether here means at the DOCC website or my Patreon, since this post goes up at both places. And has anyone seen my new profile image? I sure do look weird! If I’m forgetting anything important I’ll say it later, for right now let’s just get to watching as some slube wakes up.

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Now up, Darmenzi Chapter 6: Mystery in the Winds

I made this available this morning but had not enough time to make a post about it, so here it is: Darmenzi Chapter 6: Mystery in the Winds. This chapter features a dragon, and maybe a dragon. Also, Numer setbacks, Duth silliness, and a missing arm.

I really do not post as often as I’d like. I hardly feel I have the time for it, though. Plus my small ramblings go to Twitter, and my weekly updates are at my Patreon, and this was not just a segue into talking about my Patreon!

Anyway, besides that, the busy season is starting at my day job, so blaargenhaargen to that. I’ll be active next year. That’ll be my New Year’s resolution: obtain ownership of all money in world so can spend more time here.

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.

Patreon Updates

My Patreon has been updated, changed, revamped, and rearranged. Most of the About/Description/What Have You is the same as before–the main chances are the Patreon video, of which there is a new (longer, ramblier, wizard hattier) one, and the rewards and milestones have been changed or moved. You can watch a video on it that quite frankly is too long and rambly but that’s what happens when I get in front of a camera.

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Darmenzi is coming! Changes are here!

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They’re gonna need all the help they can get to fend off this disaster. The events in the story, I mean. Not the book itself.

On April Fool’s Day, it won’t be a joke: chapter 1 will be available! And I do mean chapter; unlike Slubes, Darmenzi is divided into chapters. A brief glimpse at the list can be seen at the new page for the book.

Along with that, I’ve updated a bunch of the character, location, and species pages to accurately reflect changes in the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos since I’ve gotten an editor. List of changes include:

-Excerpts on character pages removed (the novel is readable on here anyway!)
-Title of “mayor” changed to “merag”
-Removed information on the demon supposedly trapped underground (this plot point will actually be removed from the final version of Slubes)
-Changed name of location Mt. Dynamo to Mt. Chiphus
-Edited description of Reptibia Rainforest to focus on the plants
-Added mention of forest around Spiest Manor
-Changed name of ostrich species to stroo-Changed name of turtle species to kasdde
-Changed name of chameleon species to Verk’lon
-Edited these species articles to reflect changes
-Updated quoted species appendix listings from Slubes for species articles
-Made note of the name of slube cartilage-like structure, kotli
-Alphabetized species listing

Later this month I might go through and do some more edits. Some of this stuff I wrote just now, including the summary for Darmenzi, so it might could use some work. Tomorrow will mark another big day, as well, for it is when I will be revamping my Patreon.

(P.S. The font used for the Darmenzi title is Lycanthrope from Sinister Visions)

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.)