Chapter 2: No Stranger Stranger is available to read now. In it we get to meet the next main character of Wandering Fortunes, Alden, and then, later, Top sings. Between that I would say it’s a good chapter.
Don’t forget, those who give to the CCC Patreon have the chance to read these chapters half a month early. Chapter 3 in just a couple weeks. And a reminder, all money from the CCC this month goes to charity to help keep the country from drowning, and that includes from Patreon.
And no, still no cover. It’s being worked on.
Posted by Duth Olec on February 1, 2017
Wandering Fortunes Intro
Chapter 1: Guardian of Goofiness
The first chapter of the Wandering Fortunes is finally here, in the year of 2017! After a brief introduction by Duth and Wally, we get in the head of someone in the process of being created. This someone is Top. Top is crazy. Top for best character 2017. Unfortunately, those what created Top don’t think so.
I first started writing Slubes at the beginning of 2010. Seven years later the first new setting and group of characters of the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos since the beginning starts. I hope you enjoy Wandering Fortunes enough to make the next 3 1/2 years feel like just 2. (Which could totally be done if I reached the Patreon goal where I began to post 2 chapters a month.)
The cover for Wandering Fortunes is, well, not done yet. But it’s close! The artist is working on it, and it should be completed before the second chapter in February.
As for 2016, it was a weird year. A lot of people thought it was terrible. I’m not sure it was any worse than previous years aside from the election, which was kind of worse than past elections. But I actually had a surprisingly good year, with Slubes finally refinished and lots of work on Darmenzi done, along with the prog version being fully posted online. I also started a weird Pokemon comic because I have no time for real work.
Now we have 2017. I hope to finish Darmenzi and release the final version, and I hope to get more work done on Wandering Fortunes. I’m sure you’ll all love it. Have fun with Top’s oddball antics!
Posted by Duth Olec on January 1, 2017
It’s finally here. We’re finally here. The final chapter of Darmenzi, Chapter 20: Fallen Oblivion is here! It all concludes with a bang, a smash, and a reveal. Will everyone survive? Will everyone live? Will I let this stand??
The conclusion ends with a brief discussion on the next book, Wandering Fortunes. More on that when I have time. For now, enjoy the conclusion to this story running for 1 2/3 years, the second (and first real) story I wrote for NaNoWriMo, which… begins today. Coincidence? Yes. I’m too busy to do anything for it, though.
Posted by Duth Olec on November 1, 2016
Here we go, Chapter 19 of Darmenzi, Dragged into Darkness, is up. It’s the first half of the climax. Destination: moon. Destination: destruction. It is the chapter where everything is ruined! Can our heroes stop a disastrous plan? Will they even be given a chance? Can Chee keep her temper checked? Will the orbs have the power to stop Darmenzi? Read on for the first half of the answers!
Also, Duth and Wally have a pleasant chat with the villain. Well, not really.
Want to see the ending before anyone else? It’s totally possible with my Patreon. I post chapters half a month early for patrons, and I include weekly updates on how slow work is now that I’m working the dayjob again. But work is being done. Just not during the day.
Posted by Duth Olec on October 1, 2016
The not-quite-tournament is under way with chapter 17 of Darmenzi! Numer faces his fears, Pocerni shows his experience, Cherry gets some punches in, and Sawn gets a bad deal. Will Conrad finally get his day and destroy his nuisances? Who will take the final orb? The answer may surprise you!
We’re in August now, and I’m expecting this month to be called back to the day job. When this happens my social media presence will probably have to die until I can get out again, probably in February. By then Darmenzi will be finished and a new story will begin. I’ll keep everyone posted.
Posted by Duth Olec on August 1, 2016
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!
Posted by Duth Olec on July 1, 2016
Duth_Olec: Hey, you try coming up for good designs for elemental guardian thingies that aren’t actually elemental. I mean, that is to say, whatever brought these guardians into being was probably amazing and smart and at least passable in looks.
Chapter 15: Abandoned Electric Isle
Chapter 15 now available, featuring a mysterious island and a bunch of electricity everywhere. It’s dangerous and weird and definitely not my fault.
With this chapter we are 3/4 through Darmenzi! The end of the year will see the finish of this story. The actual release of the novel, well, who knows?
Posted by Duth Olec on June 1, 2016
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.
Posted by Duth Olec on March 17, 2016
Darmenzi Chapter 11: Flower Tower Devour Power Hour Shower Cower Nowor(never) Dower(y) Wow(z)er How’re(you)
Okay seriously, here’s chapter 11 of Darmenzi. This chapter features a new character who just might be important. Also with this chapter we begin the second half of Darmenzi, so I guess it’s fitting that a new character who just might be important appears.
Sorry about the delay, but I’m finally on furlough/sabbatical, so I have time to exist agaaaain. I’m still getting used to the feeling of having time, but later this month I hope to start existing more and posting more things. If something catches my consideration, I’ll actually post about it. In the news for Slubes, I am going to soon begin formatting the file to put through the things to turn them into books both e and p(aper), so that’s exciting! Fortunately I’ve done it before, so I have a slight idea of what I’m doing. Then again I did that four years ago… Good gourd, four years ago? Figgin time.
As always, my Patreon exists. They recently snazzed up the creator main pages. Maybe I should do some editing myself on it. I need to update my internet photo, but I maaaay have been ignoring some hygiene after my brain imploded–basically I lost the ability to pretend at work and couldn’t keep going. January 31st was the last day I had in me, I couldn’t do anymore. That’s why I’m late, I needed to reboot my brain and sleep for a day straight (more or less). Oh, and by “hygiene” I just meant “my face feels like a shag carpet”.
Posted by Duth Olec on February 4, 2016
Did I say tomorrow?
Yeah it just kinda sorta slipped my mind. I spent most of yesterday with my parents, okay? Anyway, here’s chapter 10 of Darmenzi, Crazy Eyes. This chapter introduces a new character who, UM. Yeah, the title explains it all.
With this chapter, we are halfway finished with Darmenzi. Our heroes have spent the first half of the book not sure what they’re doing, let’s see how they spend the second half! As we enter into a new year, I hope to complete not one but two books (although I expect to complete the second at the beginning of next year), while the end of the year should bring the start of a third story.
And, as always, we have my Patreon, which gets these chapters half a month early and, um, when I have updates on how things are going, gets those updates first. Hey, I appreciate anything helpful.
Posted by Duth Olec on January 2, 2016