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
Here‘s chapter 14 of Darmenzi, which brings us to an area first shown in Slubes but never actually traveled to. It also features bush animals and a puzzle.
In related news, I finished the main editing of the last chapter of Darmenzi yesterday, so now it’s time to go back and do wider edits such as tightening the character arcs and insert other words here that makes it sound like I know what I’m doing. I hope to have that done by mid-June if not end-May.
As always there is my Patreon, where patrons can read these chapters early and get expectations!! Are they great expectations? Well, they’re not bad.
Posted by Duth Olec on May 1, 2016
Can you tell which one is the new edition?
How about now?
Posted by Duth Olec on February 21, 2016
I’ve been sick the past couple days, so this is up a day late. I’m feeling mostly better, still kinda mucusy and coughing and I’m sure after dayjob today I’ll feel lousy but I guess that’s the price for capitalism: always feelin’ lousy.
Anyway, chapter 8: a critical chapter in the story. Deals are made, lost, won, and purple. The gamebook is stabbed a few times. Things get heavy, or at least heavier, or at least havier, or at least haviless. Somebody’s angry! And nobody knows what to dooooo. Dead end, the end, the star got stuck in a wall.
Just read it before I have to make more of these ridiculous remarks. As always, my Patreon is a thing that may someday help me live off writing, which will make being sick less of a problem because I won’t have to talk to people all day. (Seriously, sore throat makes that impossible.)
Lastly, I’ve started editing Slubes for the final version; being sick kinda put a halt to that, but I’ll get back to it this week and try to push through while dayjob is forcing overtime and did I mention Patreon yet? I did? Okay. I should have information on the final release of Slubes by the end of the year–not an exact release date, I don’t think, but a pretty good idea.
Posted by Duth Olec on November 2, 2015
Darmenzi Chapter 2: Celebration Blowout is available. In this chapter, everything is ruined. This… This happens several times throughout the story, actually. It features the return of everyone’s favorite cephalopod (would you BELIEVE this spellcheck doesn’t have cephalopod? I fixed it) Con’.
In Slubes news, it’s ready to go back to my editor. Now that it’s out of my hands for a little bit, I just need to get a couple months ahead on Darmenzi and suddenly I’m not in a constant state of emergepanichaos anymore! Yay!
Posted by Duth Olec on May 1, 2015
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)
Posted by Duth Olec on March 14, 2015