BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 39

I decided to include bulleted lists of my works-in-progress on here as well as on DA from here on out, for convenience. Anyway, this week I’m plugging my hero’s new election turnout project, SaveTheDay.vote, my own think piece “I Contain Multitudes”, and a really excellent Overwatch fanfic, “Break My Heart, Break Your Heart”.

Check out this stuff and more at the link below.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 38

A good chunk of the last week was spent dealing with one of the worst colds I’ve ever had, so there’s not too much activity to report… other than finally finishing Book II Chapter 5, of course.

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I hope to get back on a more regular updating schedule now… after I reward myself with a day or two of relaxation, natch.

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ETERNITY AWAKES, CHAPTER 5

Chapter 5

Conflicting feelings

From the tower’s peak, the land

Spread out before her

 

            “Oh, to be alive in the Lost Ages, to see the Titans in their prime! What a sight that must have been! Just imagine it: great brick ziggurats and obelisks scraping the heavens themselves! A civilization that may have been more advanced than our own, spreading from the Raikaa Mountains to Earth’s End! All species united under one hand and one rule, with no squabbling or skirmishing over culture, borders, or religion! What knowledge they must have possessed, what wisdom, what secrets, now lost forever… Reader, it is enough to bring a tear to the eye of this old historian at the thought of it.

            “Alas, such is the tragedy of time: seasons change, civilizations fall, towers crumble, and the old is replaced by the new. Someday, even our beloved Unify may be but a memory, or a footnote in some future sentients’ legends…”

[An excerpt from Parts of the Whole: A Guide to World Cultures, by Ash Caeruleus]

 

“Damn,” said Faun, duly impressed. “Seriously, damn. I know you said you were good with magic, but… damn…!

As she spoke, she craned her neck up, and up, and up to see the tower better. Even when she stretched her muscles to the limit, she still couldn’t see the top from the forest floor. Circular, roughly twenty meters across, and built of pitch black stone that was too smooth to be of anything but magical origin, the tower had not been built so much as grown fully formed from the earth at Seker’s command. Sort of like what Hanami did with flowers, but on a far grander scale. And with rock instead of plants. So not much like Hanami’s powers at all, but still.

There was a distinguishing feature to the tower that marked it as derived from the squirrel mage’s power, though: from the black stone there sprouted countless vines of equally black roses in full bloom. The network of thorned vines crisscrossed the structure and left barely a meter of stone uncovered, like a kind of living fence or armor. As far as Faun could see, the rose vines were not only limited to the ground level… they climbed up the walls high out of sight. If there was a height where they thinned out, Faun couldn’t tell.

Next to her, the jackal’s voice rumbled with barely concealed pride as he stroked the Mage Flower’s crinkly petals, as if to thank it for a job well done. “Excellent,” he said. “Exactly as I pictured, apart from the roses… but they add character. A monument to me and mine that will stand the test of time. This will not so easily be forgotten, vixen.”

Faun tore her eyes away long enough to give him a wry smirk and a raised brow. “Compensating?”

A short, booming sound that might have been restrained laughter. “I hardly see the need. Come, let us enter.” One massive hand reached for Faun’s.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 37

Take some time this week to support NekoStar, the artist for the Book I cover. His cat is in need of vet care, and he’s set up a GoFundMe to pay the bills. The link is here: www.gofundme.com/2j8jtqrg

I also talk a lot about Star Trek: the 50th anniversary of the series premiere, my many memories of the franchise, and what one particular Starship Enterprise means to me.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 36 [Apology Edition]

From my DA page:

I’d like to take the time to apologize for last week’s Blogress Report. I was stressed out, in pain, and staying in a cramped and unfamiliar place when I wrote it, so it brought out the worst in me and made the situation sound much worse than it actually was. That’s not a side of myself I like to show people, but it gets out on occasion.

Anyway. At the link below, I talk about resuming projects, the end of a difficult summer, and inspiration from Farscape.

Belated thanks to everyone who took the time to send birthday wishes.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 35 [Post-Birthday Misery Edition]

Sorry, guys.  Being stuck in another rental cottage with a lousy couch and an aching back is keeping me from writing anything very interesting this week. If you’re still curious, check out the link below.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 34

On the cusp of growing one year older and crankier (but, I assure you, no less immature), I talk about finishing Shattered Skies Act I and future plans, my new productivity exercise, bonuses for the eventual digital edition of Book I, and why someone on MLP: FiM’s staff is probably a fan of The Changeling of the Guard.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 33 [Belated Edition]

Well, at least 32 weeks of updating on time is a decent record. I apologize for the delay; yesterday was, in a word, rotten. You’ll find more details at the link below. I’m working on more MIDI stuff and the forthcoming Act II of Shattered Skies to try to improve my mood.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 32

I went to International Sailor Moon Day in Blacksburg this week! Many photos are available at the link below. I’m also caught up in Stranger Things, and trying to weather the emotional turbulence from four straight weeks of new Steven Universe episodes… so forgive me if I seem a bit less verbose than usual.

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 31 [Overwatch Edition!]

Aside from working on my MIDI compositions (available for listening on the Music page and YouTube), most of my week was occupied with Blizzard’s new phenomenon, Overwatch… I discuss my experience in detail at the link below. This coming weekend, I’ll be attending International Sailor Moon Day, so expect coverage in next week’s Report!

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