BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 26 – Extremely Unclear

Week 26 – Extremely Unclear
Thanks to everybody who offered support during my crisis last week. Taking some time off did me a lot of good… as did seeing that the vast majority of my YouTube subscribers have stuck around, Precure Library or no Precure Library. Maybe I’ll make this thing work yet. I’m still going to keep my streams on hold for now, but I do intend to keep doing regular YouTube uploads to hopefully convince our corporate Google overlords to give me another shot at monetization. Three such uploads are below… The first is something Best Friends Play-themed that I made a couple years ago in Tomodachi Life and posted on Tumblr, to significant success. Matt himself liked and reblogged it!

And the other two are very silly things relating to Hugtto Precure, both with *SPOILERS* if you haven’t been keeping up for the last month or so.

Please watch both multiple times, if you can. Thank you.
This was certainly an unusual week for finales. The final episode of Cutie Honey Universe aired on Saturday, which… well, it was an effing weird episode even by the standards of a Go Nagai series (and I’ve seen most of the previous Cutie Honey anime projects and Devilman Crybaby, so I have experience with his weirdness.)
The other finale was something I was a couple weeks behind on. It pains me to say this, but: what the BLOODY HELL was up with the end of Cardcaptor Sakura: The Clear Card Arc?! It’s not that it was bad, per se, it’s that it… wasn’t a finale. Nothing got settled, very few if any questions got answered, there’s still a mountain of dangling plot threads… hell, if I’m interpreting what happened correctly, the entire Clear Card series may have been invalidated, if not retconned altogether. It feels sort of like the episode order got slashed at the last minute, and they had to cram as much as they could into episode 22 because a 23rd episode wasn’t happening. It sure as hell feels like there’s got to be something more after this, a movie or an OVA or a third cour… because if this is really and truly The End of CCS, then it’s the most unsatisfying ending I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Again, that’s not to say that Clear Card is a bad series. As I’ve said before, seeing Sakura and her friends again has been a highlight of my week every week since January. The animation, music, and character moments were all spectacular, we got more Meilin than I ever dared hope for, Yamazaki got to tell some amazing new lies, and Aya Hisakawa outdid herself with her voice work as Kero. But… well, what I said a couple weeks ago about recent revelations rendering Clear Card as somewhat inessential is way more apt now. For as gorgeous asthe show looks, sounds, and feels, there’s very little about it that seems like a necessary addition to the lore. The new Cards are almost all copies of the old ones in-universe and out, the Sakura Cards are (presumably) gone for good with no fanfare, Sakura herself never finds out the truth about what’s going on… so what’s the point? It’s an OVA and 22 episodes of barely more than fluff. I’ve always said that CCS is more like a slice-of-life series with magical girl elements interspersed, and its relaxed pace and typically low stakes are part of its charm… but this is taking it too far.
I dunno. I’m still confused as hell. If nothing else, at least I don’t have to worry much about the new canon contradicting Shattered Skies anymore… it seems safe to keep ignoring Clear Card altogether as far as my story goes.
Anyway. I should have a new Silent InvenTOYry Semi-Short done by next week at the earliest, with a full-length episode in the works for early August. Look forward to it.
– BHS
  • TasakeruBook IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: 1 page done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,387 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 Semi-Short Episode 04: Item shipped

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 25 – Taking Care of Myself

Week 25 – Taking Care of Myself

I lost monetization on my YouTube channel yesterday morning. I still don’t know the exact cause, as the “Support” team refuses to elaborate beyond telling me it was revoked for “Duplication”, but I’m without revenue on the channel for at least a month. That, combined with the reemergence of a certain lunatic making accusations on my channel, plus the technical issues I had with Sunday night’s stream, sent me into a really scary downward spiral that I don’t want to describe here. I’m seeing my therapist on Thursday, and I’m hoping he will put me on more stable ground.
All streams and YouTube videos are on hold for at least a week. I’m probably going to take the week off my other pursuits as well to try to get my head together.
This morning, I took down the Precure Library archive project I’ve been working on since February, as that was probably what got my monetization yanked… and to be on the safe side, I took down everything else that got flagged. I hated to do this, but since the alternative was almost assuredly losing it for good, I decided that I’ve put way too much work into Silent InvenTOYry to have all the episodes lose their revenue. There’s a message on my channel about the removal, one part of which says that since the PL was drawing the vast majority of my traffic, I expected mass unsubscriptions to follow. To my surprise, I’ve received many kind messages from my viewers offering support and assuring me that they’ll stick around. Thank you, guys. I don’t think I deserve such kindness, but I’ll try to repay it in turn.
– BHS
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 2: 0.25 pages done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 4 Patrons
  • YouTube Sub Count: 3,402 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
  • All YouTube projects and LPs on hiatus

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 24 – Writing in Recursive

Week 24 – Writing in Recursive
Thank ArtIdiotGuy222 that you’re seeing this go up tonight. The Blogress Report completely slipped my mind until just now, don’t ask me why.
I warned people that Shattered Skies Chapters 35 and 36 were going to be big ones… now you see why. 36 in particular has gotten me more feedback than any other chapter of late. I’m kinda thrilled, because the events of said chapter have encouraged a lot of people to seek out more information on “the entity” and where it comes from. I chose not to use its name in-story to give it a sense of unspeakable horror and mystique, and it looks like that was the right call, but several people noticed the clues and managed to figure out exactly what it was. Since its source material is criminally overlooked and underappreciated, I consider myself to be doing a good service by pointing people in that direction. Fun fact: I’ve had portions of this chapter where the entity attacks written out almost two years in advance, because I’m crazy that way.
Guesses are also trickling in as to who exactly Fantine is. As with the entity, I don’t want to outright reveal her actual name, but there are more than enough clues already if you know where to look. I’ve promised several people that if no one’s guessed correctly by Chapter 42, I’m going to devote a special scene and/or a short chapter to dropping a big hint as to her origins.
In other Shattered Skies related news, there’s now a recursive fanfic in the works! VDrake’s The Changeling of the Guard has been honored with a few of these, and now it’s my turn. I’m limited as to what I can say at the moment, but the author and I are communicating closely in order to make this thing happen. It’s a neat little experiment, and I look forward to sharing it once it’s done.
So, Cardcaptor Sakura: The Clear Card Arc is now over. I haven’t seen the final episode for myself yet, but I’m hoping the finale is at least as satisfying as the last endpoint for the anime, that being the Sealed Card movie. As of now, my feelings on Clear Card are sort of mixed. I absolutely love seeing Sakura and co. again, of course, and the series has been wonderful to look at and listen to, but… well, assuming the explanation as to where the Clear Cards came from is accurate, it feels… sort of underwhelming, to be honest. Like it makes the whole arc less of an essential continuation of CCS and more of a postscript season. Don’t get me wrong, watching Clear Card every week has been one of the highlights of the year so far, but it hasn’t left the kind of indelible impression the first anime did. As I said, though, I still have yet to see the finale, so I’m hoping I’ve just made a snap judgment.
Anyway. The next project in the queue is Twilight’s Dreaming Chapter 2, which is overdue. That’s going to be my primary focus for the next week, or however long it takes to get done. I’ve also kicked off production of Episode 08 of Silent InvenTOYry, for an episode that I’ll have out in early August at the earliest. Thanks for your patience.
Please remember to call your Representatives, and keep calling, so that we have a chance to reverse Shitbag Ajit Pai’s overturning of Net Neutrality rules. Go to battleforthenet.com for all the details you need.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 23 – Hello Anxiety, My Old Friend

Week 23 – Hello Anxiety, My Old Friend
Well, I tried.
I was on a roll on Sunday, well into Chapter 36 of Shattered Skies and on track to finish only a couple days later than I said I would. I stopped when I noticed the time, around an hour before I was supposed to start my Sunday night stream of Tales of Symphonia. Over the next half hour, I put out my promos and set up all my streaming software. I was about to head upstairs to eat a quick dinner before the stream… and then I noticed the little red dots on the floor beneath my chair, right where our dog had just been lying. There was fresh blood all down her back legs, and it wasn’t stopping.
What followed was a series of frantic calls to the regular vet, the emergency vet, and the second emergency vet before I reached someone who could see her immediately. My family and I drove her out to the city limits to the only place that was still open, and then spent an excruciating forty-five minutes in the waiting room. All the while, I was in crisis mode and barely holding it together, convinced she was going to bleed out while we were sitting there. When the doctors finally took her in, I was already bracing myself for the worst. Annie’s going on ten years old, and we lost our last dog at about that age… and suddenly passing blood was what led me to have to put my last cat down.
Long story short, Annie’s okay, thank god. There was an abscess in her glands, but the vet took care of it and gave her some meds to clear up her inflammation. I’m relieved, of course, but I’ve been an emotional wreck since last night.
Chronic anxiety is something I would barely wish on anyone… certain conservative/fascists (same difference) being the exception. One minute you think everything is fine, the next you’re convinced your world is about to end. It’s not a question of “just calm down and think rationally”; your mind starts conjuring the worst possible outcome of every situation before you, and it’s like a TV on full volume that you can’t shut off. In my experience, cognitive behavioral therapy and other similar techniques only work when you’re confident in yourself and you have faith that they’ll be effective, and during my anxiety attacks, I can’t manage either. It’s always a little slice of my personal Hell when it happens, and I hate it… which is why I don’t talk about it most of the time.
As if that ordeal weren’t enough, there was what happened to another family while we were in the waiting from. A lady and her young daughter or granddaughter brought their dog in, wrapped in a towel, and the older lady said “She [the daughter] was taking her for a walk, we think she had heat stroke…” They took her into the back, the family followed a few minutes later… and then, perfectly audible even through several solid walls, we all heard the daughter make the most disturbing sound I’ve ever personally heard in my life. I can only describe it as a primal howl of grief. She was hysterical, sobbing “It’s my fault, I took her for a walk, it’s my fault!” over and over and over. When I saw her again as she and her family left, she was all cried out, and she looked… empty. I thought about saying something to her, but I didn’t. I was too afraid that I was going to be the next one grieving.
I mention this not to bring you all down, but to try to exorcise it… to get my feelings out in words so I can move past it. The sound that girl made is going to haunt my nightmares, because as much as I know all to well how hard it is to lose a pet… I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve never felt at fault for it when it happens. This girl was young, maybe thirteen or fourteen by the look of it. I could tell by the look in her eyes that she’s going to blame herself for a long time, maybe the rest of her life. Things like that can put years on you. Whoever she is, wherever she is, I can only hope that she finds peace and comfort.
Anyway. For obvious reasons, I couldn’t get much done between then and now… I’ve been emotionally and physically exhausted all day. We’ll see what I can do over the rest of the week.
– BHS

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New Artwork: Nadeshiko, by thesilvergoddess

Nadeshiko - thesilvergoddess

Nadeshiko, by thesilvergoddess

 

Due to various factors, I unfortunately don’t have a chapter ready for this month… but here’s something of a “down payment” on the next one. This the first official design for our favorite grumpy Vice-Mistress, Lady Nadeshiko Argenteus! I commissioned this piece from the very talented thesilvergoddess, who has an incredibly appropriate name for the task, and who was unfailingly patient as we hammered out the details of Nade’s sword and armor. Please go check out their artwork on their Tumblr at http://tracersgayass.tumblr.com, and maybe commission them or buy them a coffee!

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 22 – Pet Parade

Week 22 – Pet Parade
First of all, have your cute/funny animal video for the day:

This happened on my petsitting job this weekend. How it happened, I still have no idea, but getting this on camera was almost worth as much as my wages. Almost.
 
SO. Chapter 35 of Shattered Skies is up. I told you all it would be a doozy… and there’s more coming. As I said last week, 35 and 36 are essentially a two-parter, and there’s more huge plot developments yet to come. I got a significant head start on 36 already, so you all shouldn’t have to wait much longer for the conclusion. There was a minor issue with quite a few people misinterpreting what actually happened at the end of 35… but a quick rewrite of a couple lines fixed that, hence the “EDIT” in the title. That was entirely my fault; I made things too ambiguous, and I once again offer my apologies.
Anyway. Since I couldn’t stream this past Friday or Sunday night, I’m going to be doing some extra long streams this week to make up for it. I’m pondering giving up Fortnite because it’s just a bit too dependent on random chance for my tastes, so this coming Friday’s stream will probably start something new. It won’t be as alliterative as “Fortnite Fridays”, but eh.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s been a very long and busy weekend, and I need to pass out. Thank you.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 21 – Incoming Doozy

Week 21 – Incoming Doozy
This week I did a ton of work on the next chapter of Shattered Skies. It’s looking like 35 and 36 are going to essentially be a two-parter, but if that’s the case, 36 will definitively end the “Rescue Arc” that’s been in progress since last January (!!!) I have something huge in mind for finishing off the arc, something I’ve been looking forward to writing for a long time… now the question is, where do I put the cutoff point? I’m thinking it should be right after Joker reveals that the mysterious artifact first mentioned in Chapter 29 is actually the [REDACTED], but we’ll see.
Minor changes to my Patreon: I’ve introduced a new $2-per-chapter reward tier, which gets you access to my private Discord server with an associated role. You also get this reward at the higher tiers, of course. Signal boost, please!
Some of you may have seen that I started a new LP on my YouTube channel last week: I’m doing a full playthrough of Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time. I would have announced this in advance, but until last Tuesday I wasn’t sure if the game was actually coming out on Steam on time or not. Bamco, I’ve noticed, has a really bad habit when it comes to their smaller releases: they don’t get pages on digital distribution services until the actual day of the launch. The same thing happened with Accel World vs. Sword Art Online last year, so I should have expected this. Sigh. Anyway, what I’ve played of the game so far is really fun, and it’s great to see Akko and the gang again. I’ll be playing every Wednesday night until I finish the game, which puts the Overwatch OverWednesday streams on hold for a while. I’ll miss the new anniversary event, but eh.
And speaking of streams on hold: sorry, but there will be no streams this Friday or Sunday night. I have a job coming up this weekend which promises to be taxing, so I won’t have the time or energy to give streaming my all. Many apologies; I’ll do longer streams in the week following to make up for it.
That’s about it for me. Please remember to go check out LeiLani’s The Depths and vote for it on topwebcomics.com by clicking the link.
– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 20 – Plumbing “The Depths”

Week 20: Plumbing “The Depths”

First off: new Silent InvenTOYry! A full-length episode! Go watch it! As many times as possible! It was expensive to make!

Anyway. The runner-up title for this week’s Report was “Spectacularly Poor Timing”. Immediately after I finished griping about a slow week, Steven Universe dropped two episodes that… well. Far be it from me to spoil them for anyone who hasn’t seen them yet, but goddamn.

So. I decided to change the title in order to better plug The Depths, an up-and-coming anthro webcomic by LeiLani and ABD with coloring by Kino Jaggernov. I’ll just go ahead and drop the header here:

The Depths is already one of the best-looking webcomics I’ve ever seen, taking place in Tahiti and the surrounding oceans in 1938. It’s still in its first year-plus, so the plot is still developing, but the story revolves around a female otter named Leilani Perierre, and her burgeoning romance with the start of World War II in the background. Underwater scenes are difficult to do for even the best artists, but The Depths has them on nearly every page so far, and Kino Jaggernov’s colors and details are stunning. Seriously, it’s like looking at a Cousteau documentary. If you like furry comics of any stripe (heh, stripes), please visit The Depths and the other series on Dark Blue Comics, which you can find here. Caution: The Depths features mature and NSFW content, and is not intended for persons under 18 years of age. That said, said NSFW content is so far much more romantic than explicit, which is something rare in furry works, and I have to respect that. Props to LeiLani and company for class. I give The Depths a hearty recommendation, and ask that you consider supporting the series via Patreon or by voting for it on topwebcomics.com

Full disclosure: I’ve been in contact with LeiLani herself (the artist, not the otter!), and we’ve agreed to a sort of mutual plugging of our works. If all goes well, I’m hoping both The Depths and Tasakeru will get more readers. Fingers crossed.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 19 – Oh Look, A Tumbleweed

Week 19: Oh Look, A Tumbleweed

On the productivity front, this past week was mostly about Silent InvenTOYry. I shot about 80% of the episode on Thursday, as I thought I would be occupied all weekend with a series of jobs… but the most difficult of my three clients canceled at the last minute, which meant that I had a lot more time than I thought I would. Of course, I ended up spending most of that extra time playing Fortnite instead of working, but eh. Anyway, all the footage is shot now, and tomorrow I’m going to make an effort to get most if not all of the editing finished.

After the SI episode goes up, I may just kick myself until I finally make significant progress on the Book II Appendix. Either that or I’ll just crash for about a week.

With the official start of summer just around the corner, my petsitting business is bound to pick up again. I really hope I don’t have an insane workload like I did last year, though… all the extra money was great, but by September I was flat-out exhausted. If it gets to be too much, I may put several of my lower-priority projects such as my Twitch streams on hold for a while until things settle down. Fun’s fun, but work has to come first.

Sorry for another mundane Report, but they can’t all be action-packed…

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 18 – A Certain Movie You Might Have Heard About

Week 18 – A Certain Movie You Might Have Heard About

Surprise! Book IV of the Tasakeru relaunch is officially underway! The tagline “Everything changes” in regards to it is not hyperbole, and I have some substantial revisions planned for this book in particular… starting with a lengthy new scene in Chapter 1 that I’m quite proud of. I hope you enjoy it. I also have a new piece of art coming that will be added to the site’s Gallery soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

I now have everything I need for the next Silent InvenTOYry episode, and filming is underway! More updates are to come as I progress.

So I went to the movies on Friday, to see an obscure little film called Avengers: Infinity War… in short, I liked it. It was cute.

No, seriously, holy shit. Even for Marvel, the odds were against anything living up to six years of hype and ten years of development. I’d rather die than spoil anything, but I can say that somehow, miraculously, they did it. I’m impressed as all hell.

– BHS

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