BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 34 – “YOU F—ING mONSTER”

Week 35 – “YOU F—ING mONSTER”

The title for this week’s Report is the exact, verbatim reaction VDrake had when I first told him about one of the most devastating plot developments I had in store for Shattered Skies… That was something like two years ago, to give you an idea of exactly how far I plan this stuff in advance.
However, when it came time to actually write said scene, it turned out to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was far more raw and emotional than I expected, and I had to draw on some of my worst memories for inspiration, which… well. It’s a damned good thing the scene turned out like it did, because it was a legitimate concern of mine that if it came off as a cheap tearjerker or anything less than sincere, if I either overplayed or underplayed that moment, or any of the other raw moments in this chapter for that matter, it could derail my entire story. I was more nervous about posting Chapter 37 than I have been posting anything else in at least a year.
The response was worth it, fortunately. I already told some of you how I changed my mind and decided to end the chapter on an uplift… and now I’m so glad I did. I wasn’t expecting the new ending to get the most response, given everything else that happens… but hey, I’m happy it worked.
I have almost all the footage I need for Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08 shot, except for two scenes that will require some extra preparation and craftwork. My target date for uploading the ep is next Tuesday, so providing my materials get here in the mail within the week, I should be on track.
And after that, plus this month’s Tasakeru chapter… I’m seriously considering doing a one-shot Boku no Hero Academia fic about Uraraka. My precious cinnamon roll needs more love. I’m still trying to make up my mind in terms of plot, but we’ll see.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 4: In progress
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  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 37: COMPLETE!
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: ~50% complete

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 33 – Mirror Shards

Week 33 – Mirror Shards

First off this week: I’m proud to announce the publication of Mirror Shards, a Shattered Skies recursive fanfiction by friend and frequent commentator/feedback-leaver ArtIdiotGuy222. AIG and I have been collaborating on this thing for several weeks now, trading ideas back and forth to make sure neither of us is stepping on the other’s canon. The story stars Kyoko Kanae, a singularly unique Precure OC who has been part of all of the canon teams, thanks to time shenanigans and multiversal weirdness. Teaming up with the reformed Dark Precure 5 and Bad End Cures, the effects of Dead End’s war on reality strike Kyoko in ways that no one can predict. Needless to say, I’m blown away that someone thinks enough of my work to create their own spin on it, and I’m seriously impressed with the results so far. Please go check it out at the link above, or here on DA.
I had hoped that I would have Chapter 37 of Shattered Skies out tonight, since it’s way overdue, but it looks like it’ll be at least another day before it’s done. There are scenes in this chapter which absolutely must be done proper justice, so the last thing I want to do is rush it out the door. When I do, though… I’m making a change on the meta-level that I think will be for the better. More on that once the chapter goes up.
I also made some major Tasakeru progress on the self-publishing front… I’m happy to announce that Book I is closer than ever to going up on Amazon. There’s still some formatting kinks I need to work out, but the bulk of the work on the manuscript is done at last.
Anime stuff: I don’t think enough of you are watching Planet With. It’s a spectacularly weird sci-fi/mecha show that’s running in the current season, and when I say “spectacularly weird”, I mean that there’s giant perverted cats that swallow people before turning into mechas, alien weapons that attack people with their past traumas, a conspiracy involving warring factions of space-cats versus space-dogs, and Norio freaking Wakamoto as one of the aforementioned space-cats. I find it hilarious that they hired one of the most legendary Japanese voice actors of all time to voice a character that only says “Nya!” in various inflections. I mean, he did voice Chiyo’s Dad in Azumanga Daioh, so he’s got precedent for voicing bizarre cat… things… but still. Chiyo’s Dad could actually talk in that wonderful, distinctive Wakamoto purr. This character, as I said, seems limited exclusively to saying “Nya”… which is thankfully translated by a maid girl who seems to have no other purpose in the show than to stand around turning “Nya” into complete sentences. Oh yeah, there’s also some damned pretty-looking CG fight scenes, even more impressive considering that CG in TV anime usually seems limited to about 6 frames per second, if that. The show is a unique kind of utterly bonkers, and watching it is becoming a highlight of my week.
– BHS
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A minor greetings from below, Storyteller222 (aka ArtIdiotGuy on deviantART) here. I’m very grateful to have worked with BHS on Mirror Shards with him and to have his approval on it. It’s been a fun ride thus far showing the events of Shattered Skies from an OC’s perspective and the consequences of such ranging from the nature of the OC in question to arriving late to the battle.

What I will say immediately is that Mirror Shards isn’t exactly necessary when reading Shattered Skies. It’s an optional side story, like the relationship between the Star Wars Movies and whatever cartoon they’ve recently made.

Still, I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors and what we have to show.

For when the Sky Shatters, the Shards of the Mirror will fall and only show the ruin…

Signed, ArtIdiotGuy/Storyteller222

  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 4: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,317 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 23 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: ~20% complete

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 32 – Pushed Back

Week 32 – Pushed Back
Job’s done, finally. Once I got home on Friday, I was all set to finally start work in earnest on Episode 08 of Silent InvenTOYry… and then, 12 hours later, I threw my back out for the second time in a month. I’m more stiff now than actually in pain, but until I’m at 100% again, I need to avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects, or making sudden movements. That rules out moving my green screen around or doing any stunts for at least a day or two. Sorry, guys.
I can at least work on writing in the meantime, so the next order of business is to get Chapter 37 of Shattered Skies out. There’s some major changes happening both in and out of story in this one, so perhaps it’s for the best that I waited to devote my full attention to it. In fact, I’m still trying to decide whether or not I need to split this one in two, in order to give each scene the “oomph” I think it deserves.
While you wait on me, have some cuteness from one of my clients. Make sure your sound is turned up.

– BHS
  • TasakeruBook IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 3: COMPLETE!
  • TasakeruBook IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 4: In progress
  • TasakeruPatreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,329 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 10 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: ~10% complete

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TWILIGHT’S DREAMING, CHAPTER 3

Chapter 3

Tenets and edicts

Worrisome developments

Autumn ponderings

 

“Hayaoh’s wanderings took him to the great forest of demons in the east, where few dared tread. He was not afraid; all the warriors of the mortal world had offered him no challenge, so why should he fear demons?

“By then, his legend had spread even to the land of spirits. Ghost, phantom, specter, and wraith alike fled at the sight of him. The very trees gave way, shuddering as they drew in their roots to form a path for him to walk. Hours passed, and as the day turned swiftly into night, Hayaoh grew weary with thirst. Coming across a mighty river, he followed the river to its source, a placid lake in a basin of granite, encircled by ancient oaks. The great samurai came to a halt and knelt at the water’s edge, removing his helmet to drink…”

[Excerpt from The Legend of Hayaoh, a collection of squirrel folklore, circa Year 500]

 

“I hate this.”

It was a phrase that Sister Camilla Quarta Viviana had already heard many times that day. The jillrabbit sighed as she adjusted the fabric. “I know, Milady. Just a moment, I’m almost finished. If you could raise your arms, please?”

Lady Nadeshiko Argenteus scowled at the arched marble ceiling of her dressing chamber as if daring it to argue. With great reluctance, she did as she was asked, holding her arms out to her sides.

“Thank you,” said Camilla as she fastened each of the straps of Nadeshiko’s ceremonial stola. When finished, she let the pristine white linen drop, and it draped itself around the floris in a pleasing fashion. Pleasing to other people, not to Nadeshiko herself.

“I do not know how my mother tolerates this,” said Nadeshiko, picking at the linen between thumb and forefinger. She ached to be out of the accursed garment as quickly as possible. “For someone of her stature, appearing in public without armor or weapons is horrendously unsafe… any lunatic could attempt to assassinate her.”

“That’s why your knights will be with you, Milady.”

“Fie on my knights.” A less mannered sentient would have spit in disgust for emphasis. “I, at least, do not need protection.”

Camilla bit back a chuckle. “I’m sure you don’t, Milady, but it’s a formality.”

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 31 – Persona-l Matters

Week 31 – Persona-l Matters
One of the benefits of extended house/petsitting jobs, such as the one I am currently on, is that it gives me a chance to catch up on stuff that I’ve been putting off. For example, during my hours between feedings and cleanings last week, I finally got around to finishing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, only nine years behind the rest of the world. Likewise, I used part of my profits from this job to buy a copy of Persona 4: The Golden, which is a series that everyone and their mother has been telling me I’d love for… around a decade or so. Well, when they’re right, they’re right… I’m at the beginning of July in the game’s calendar, and I absolutely adore it. I’d write a long rave about all the things that I love about it so far, but… well, work-related mental exhaustion. I need to conserve my energy for the other stuff I need to do tonight.
Fear not, noble readers, for a new Tasakeru chapter will be going up tomorrow, and after my job finishes on Friday, I’ll be off and running with Silent InvenTOYry episode 8. I’mma try my best to make up for the lack of content the past two weeks, and with a vengeance.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 3: Final editing in progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,332 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 10 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Item shipped, awaiting delivery
  • Hugtto Precure AMV HFIL: COMPLETE!

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 30 – It’s Late and I’m Tired

Week 30 – It’s Late and I’m Tired
I made a new thing and it’s silly. Please watch it:
Work has me exhausted. Gotta crash, sorry.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 3: In progress
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,341 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 9 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Awaiting shipment
  • Secret Precure Project: COMPLETE!

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 29 – Secret Precure Project

Week 29 – Secret Precure Project
Another short one this week, sorry. I’ve been spending a lot of time on a Precure project idea that I came up with last week… something that struck me out of the blue, and which amused me so much that I decided to go ahead with it. It’s a lot of extra work on top of all my other projects, which makes me think that I must have some kind of masochistic streak… but I’m pretty consistently cracking myself up while making this, so that makes it worth it. Hopefully, the finished product will amuse at least a few of you too.
At the end of this week, I’m starting a record 12 days of intensive petsitting, so if I seem to have vanish off the face of the earth between then and August 3rd, that’s the reason. I’m trying to get as much done as I can before the job starts. While I’m on duty, I’ll have a lot of hours to burn sitting around while the animals aren’t demanding food or voiding their bladders/bowels all over the place, so I’m hoping the duller moments will inspire some quality material. I can’t complain too much; this job is going to pay for everything I need for the next full Silent InvenTOYry episode and then some. My goal is to get it out as close to the first week of August as possible.
Oh, and hey, tomorrow marks the end of my 30 day YouTube monetization suspension. I removed all the copyrighted stuff, so cross your fingers for a successful and speedy reapplication process, everybody.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: COMPLETE!
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,360 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 9 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Awaiting shipment
  • Secret Precure Project: ~40% done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 28 – BHS, Official Sponsor of Studio TRIGGER

Week 28 – BHS, Official Sponsor of Studio TRIGGER
Yup, just like I figured, this past week was busy as hell. I’m still wiped out, so this will be another short one, but let’s go.
My beloved Studio TRIGGER, of Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia, and others, has opened a Patreon. I think it’s well worth it to ensure that the staff continues to make awesome stuff, so it was my pleasure to sign up right away as soon as I learned about it. And speaking of TRIGGER… wow, the last few episodes of Darling in the FRANXX were crazy as all hell. There’s good ways to have your story go batshit nuts in the third act, and I’m not sure DitF managed it… but it was a hell of a ride regardless.
Partly because I was so tired from work this week, the conclusion of the latest Stevenbomb blew me the hell away, and I enjoyed it all the more for not realizing until 13 minutes in that it was a double-length episode. And boy howdy did it earn that double length. It was magnificent work by Sugar and the Crewniverse all around.
Sorry to end on a sour note, but: I try to be a kind and patient person, but only to a point. If someone is supporting me and my work, I’m willing to cut them a lot of extra slack. Let it be stated here and now, though, that if someone, say, goes around insulting me behind my back and still expects me to show you respect, their ass is getting dropped. I’ve had too many people take advantage of my good nature over the years to let that kind of thing slide. Let me further point out that it is very unwise to hurl abuse at someone who moderates a large fan community, especially if they’re intending to remain a part of said community. I made it clear in November ’16 that I would not tolerate people trying to instigate drama on my group, and that rule applies to everyone, whether they’re watching me or not. As long as it’s in my power to prevent or put a stop to toxic fandom behavior, I’ll damn well prevent it.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: COMPLETE!
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,368 subscribers
  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies, Chapter 37: 1.5 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Awaiting shipment
  • Steven Universe Commentary: On hiatus

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 27 – And So It Begins…

Week 27 – And So It Begins…
It’s a good thing I got both a Tasakeru chapter and the new Silent InvenTOYry episode done this past week, because the busiest part of my year is starting. July invariably means tons of people going out of down and needing care for their pets, which means a ton of work for yours truly. I have an especially long job coming up at the end of the month, but I’m gonna try to get as much as I can done before then.
Anyway! Check out my new YouTube stuff below, and rewatch multiple times if you can, please:

I’ve actually had so much fun making short Precure videos for laughs that I started today on a longer project, just for funsies. I’ll probably tinker with it here and there over the next month or two.
And holy hell, speaking of Precure… it’s now official. After this week’s episode Hugtto has joined Heartcatch and Go! Princess in a three-way tie for my favorite Precure series. It wasn’t just the crossover, though that was a major part of it. They made it yet another great Ruru and Emiru episode, and Sayaka Ohara gave it her all in her final(?) appearance as Pupple with some of the best acting I’ve ever seen in this franchise. Then there was that credits sequence… Week after week, they’ve been firing on all cylinders. Giving us the totally unexpected but welcome return of Nagisa and Honoka was just icing; I genuinely love this show, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Anyway, I have Steven Universe to recap, so I’m calling it there. See you all next week.
– BHS

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TWILIGHT’S DREAMING, CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 2

Speaking without words

A night of laughter and fear

Divine punishment

“Many a lonely year passed as Hayaoh wandered the world with only his sword for company. His heart of stone was hard and cold and heavy within his chest for so long that he grew to used to its burden; its weight became as much a part of him as his breath, as his soul. Young and hopeful bucks often dared themselves to cross his path as tales of him spread, hoping to challenge and defeat the samurai of legend. These he slew, one and all, and the countless faces of those that he cut down ran together in his mind like spilled paint, becoming indistinguishable from one another…”

[Excerpt from The Legend of Hayaoh, a collection of squirrel folklore, circa Year 500]

 

“All right,” said Naole. The doe’s bush-like tail twitched back and forth, and her hazel eyes shone with anticipation. “One more time.” She pointed to herself.

Less than a second went by before the hybrid’s large hands and long, spindly fingers began to move. <Na-o-re.> His gestures were delivered with impressive skill and accuracy… save for that last syllable, which was the closest equivalent. Rendering her name in Old Standard had always been a tricky prospect.

“Good. And her?” Naole indicated their new companion, who sat tending the fire as she watched. The flames made contrasting patterns of shadow in her deep blue fur, and danced in the cloudy grey of her eyes.

<A-ri-a!> he signed.

“Good! What about you?”

Beaming, he pointed at himself and signed: <Re-gi-o-n!>

“Perfect!” Naole pounced and seized Legion in a hug, unable to restrain herself. She felt his fur bristle, and wondered if she had startled him… but then his long arms wrapped around her in return, and she laughed, delighted to hear the wheezing barks that meant Legion was laughing along with her.

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