BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 24 – Back in Business

Week 24 – Back in Business

I finally got back to work on Tasakeru this weekend. Maybe it was thanks to knowing that I have an ungodly busy week coming up, but I was able to finish all but the last scene of Soulsnatcher Chapter 4. It feels good to be out of my rut, not gonna lie.

There’s also good news on the Silent InvenTOYry front: Episode 4 is almost finished, and the item that was going to be reviewed in Episode 4 and is now the subject of ep 5 has finally shipped and is on the way. So the plan is to put ep 4 up this week, then get to work on 5, and do three mini-episodes to make up for the hiatus.

I think I may hold off on doing more of Shattered Skies for a while. Back in January I made a resolution to finish the revised edition of Soulsnatcher by July, and that’s coming up fast… I mean, there were unforeseen circumstances what with the death of my hard drive and a huge upsurge in petsitting jobs, but still. I’d like to keep that resolution if I possibly can.

Here, have an Overwatch thing that I did.

– BHS

(Originally posted on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-24-686128654)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 23 – The Things I Do for Laughs

Week 23 – The Things I Do for Laughs

No writing progress, but I’ve got some great news for all four fans of Silent InvenTOYry… To make up for the two-month hiatus, I’m going to be putting out at least two full episodes this month, and possibly three more as mini-episodes. I spent most of this weekend working on the new Episode 04, in fact. Because I finally got sick of waiting for the other item to ship out, I decided to go ahead and bump what was going to be Ep. 5 ahead one. This one will be slightly different than past episodes, but I think it’ll add some variety. That said, since the preparation for this episode was particularly expensive and CoPromote seems to have utterly borked itself, so I’ll need you guys to push this episode hard when it goes up this week. Watch it multiple times with your ad blockers off, like it, subscribe, share it with your friends and encourage them to do the same. I mean, in a show of dedication to my craft and/or horrendous financial irresponsibility, I spent $30 for one gag in one shot that lasts for maybe fifteen seconds of the video’s running time… as I said in this week’s title, the things I do for laughs…

Hoo boy, am I all in on Kamen Rider now. I’m not even finished with Gaim yet, and I’m watching W and seriously considering Ryuki too… My first of what will surely be many KR Figuarts is arriving tomorrow, so maybe it’s time to start investing in some more shelves… As I’ve been telling people, it’s a very deep hole I’ve found myself in, and if the franchise weren’t hitting so many of my personal fandom buttons I would be a lot more concerned for myself.

Sad news today… the original voice of Wallace from Wallace and Gromit, Peter Sallis, died peacefully at 96 years old. Wallace and Gromit is much-beloved for very good reasons, and I count myself lucky that I was introduced to the series at such a young age. It’s right up there with Monty Python, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Good Omens as one of the pillars of British comedy in my book. I’m going to be watching the whole run of Wallace and Gromit as tribute later this week. Rest in peace, sir. Thanks for all the laughs.

– BHS

(Original post on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-23-684791469)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 22 – Colorful Language

Week 22: Colorful Language

Whaddya know, I actually managed to write a bit this past week. And since my item for Silent InvenTOYry is still not here as of this writing, putting that project officially on hold, I might as well try to spend the week ahead working on Tasakeru.

Whatever I end up doing this week, I’ll be glad for a respite from petsitting, however brief it is. Capping off almost a solid month of jobs was my “problem child”, a dog that’s more trouble than ten of my other usual clients put together. I’ve known for years that he’s badly trained (whoever attempted to housebreak him didn’t finish the job properly), but he topped himself on Sunday night by getting into his family’s kids’ art supplies, tearing up a bunch of their drawings and eating an entire bag of (thankfully non-toxic) crayons. This is in addition to peeing on their kitchen floor. I came in the house to find an ungodly mess that took a good half-hour to clean up, and second very colorful mess in their basement this morning after the crayon bits passed through his system.

It’s a good thing all these jobs have paid off handsomely, at least. I made enough to afford some new equipment for SI, plus a refurbished PS4, which should be here by the end of the week. I’ll do my best to not let my new gadget distract me from what I should be doing, despite the temptation to the contrary.

I’m afraid it may be official: I’m now all in on Kamen Rider. I decided to restart Gaim after getting two-thirds of the way through it, just so I could watch it again with :devVdrake:, an unprecedented move. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also started Kamen Rider W in my off-time, and I’ve received recommendations for Den-O, Fourze, Drive, and this year’s Ex-Aid from various other friends. This could be a very, very deep hole I’m falling down, but if the series continues to impress me like Gaim and W have… well, at least buying a whole new franchise’s line of Figuarts should be fun until the inevitable bankruptcy.

I am seriously tired, but before I crash for the night I have the Season 5 premiere of Steven Universe to comment on over on my Tumblr. Head on over there to see if my feels survive.

– BHS

(Original post on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-22-683423690)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 21 – Sick as a Dog

Week 21 – Sick as a Dog

To get right to the point: nothing got done this week. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

I had a new client for my petsitting business, taking care of a very friendly but high-maintenance dog for almost a solid week, and that would have been tiring enough without my entire family, including myself, getting sick in succession from the same respiratory bug.

So yeah, that was pretty much the sum total of what’s happened to me over the last seven days. If I can get through the next week without any major complications and/or disasters (knock on wood), then maybe, maybe I can actually get back to writing.

– BHS

(Original post on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-21-682129382)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 20 – My Not-Happy Place

Week 20 – My Not-Happy Place

At last, I’ve got my new graphics card and can use ZA BEASTO again. No more literal headaches from staring at my old monitor, and hopefully no more figurative headaches from dealing with the “computer repair shop”. Please note the sarcasm quotes. Last Friday was my last straw in trying to work with the idiots that run that place. I brought my PC in on Thursday after installing the new card borked my system, brought it home on Friday, and they had done damn near nothing to fix it; it had the same problem it had when I brought it in. Fortunately, I was able to fix the problem myself, and after about a half hour of yelling on the phone, I finally got them to give me a refund.

Now the only thing in the way of completing Silent InvenTOYry Episode 4 is, you guessed it, actually getting my item in the mail. I sent an email off today about it, and they’ve promised to respond within 24 hours.

Shattered Skies Chapter 26 is finally done as of a few hours ago. Those of you who have read it already can probably tell why it was such a drain to get through… suffice to say, it required me going deep into my Not-Happy Place for nightmarish imagery I could use. I’m really proud of how it turned out, but good lord am I glad that it’s finished. Now I can devote all my energy and time to Tasakeru again. Which, considering I’m writing a Stalker chapter, isn’t much less nightmarish… but with Stalker I at least have a framework of where to go and what to do.

– BHS

(Originally posted on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-20-680840778)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 19 – I Don’t Know What to Write Here

I wish I could say I made some progress on Tasakeru this week. That was my intention, but for whatever reason it’s been near-impossible to concentrate on it for the past week or so. I dunno… maybe it’s due to the next Shattered Skies chapter occupying most of my mental energy. Chapter 26 will contain scenes I’ve had in the works for a very long time, scenes which I feel need to knock it out of the park if they’re going to deliver the proper emotional impact to my readers.

Maybe it’s because said scenes are so different from what I usually do that my batteries are drained for other things. Or maybe it’s lingering guilt or self-imposed pressure for not getting a chapter up during April. Or because Chapter 4 of Soulsnatcher is undergoing such a substantial revision from the first draft that it’s practically a new thing. *shrug*

Like I said, I dunno. Being a creative type can be really frustrating at times.

Not much went on in terms of my personal life. I watched a whole lot more of Kamen Rider Gaim, that’s about it. My Tumblr commentary for the new episodes of Steven Universe is going to be quasi-live this week, so that’s notable, I guess. Still no graphics card, and I still can’t do much more on Silent InvenTOYry until I actually have the item to review. I’ll just have to hope I get both this week, I suppose.

Oh, I just remembered that I did throw this together over the weekend, based on something that made me laugh in the newest Super Best Friendcast.

More activity next week, hopefully.

– BHS

 

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 18 – Henshin A-Go-Go

My tech troubles last week were compounded by catching a really nasty cold, so so much for being productive. My computer is now mostly fixed… except that the new graphics card to replace the one that died may take as long as a month to get here, so I’m still stuck on my old 20-inch monitor, because of course the graphics card had the HDMI ports on it and now it’s gone. After eight months of using ZA BEASTO, I’m having a really hard time readjusting to the smaller screen.

That said, once I learned that I might have to wait on the card, I decided to at least try to get whatever I could done on the next Silent InvenTOYry episode in advance. As it turns out, VEGAS does work with just the hardware I have. It doesn’t work well, but it does work. So I put together about a minute thirty of footage as a test run, and it turned out pretty well. I also took the time to lower the entry bar again on my Patreon. Let’s put this in nice, enticing bold caps: now you can get the first level of rewards (Ashigaru Tier) for the minimum pledge of $1 per chapter.

Anyway, since :devVDrake: and I finished Shinkenger, I’ve been scratching my toku itch via other avenues. This may well be a huge mistake, but I decided to finally jump into Kamen Rider, the darker and edgier older brother of the Super Sentai/Power Rangers franchise. I’ve been meaning to watch Kamen Rider Gaim for some time now, since that series was written by Madoka Magica‘s Gen Urobuchi, so I’ve started with that. Let me tell you, if I wasn’t convinced of Urobuchi’s mad genius before… He’s possibly the only man on the planet who could take a concept as patently absurd as “gangs of underground street dancers in a dystopian, corporate-controlled city participate in Pokemon-esque monster battles and transform into fruit-themed samurai”, and not only make it work but make it compelling drama. The sheer, crazy awesome lunacy of the show is best embodied by one particular character… and again, only Urobuchi would take a campy, flamboyant, crossdressing, French-speaking patisserie and have him turn out to be a massive badass in and out of Kamen Rider form. Kamen Rider Bravo, alias Pierre Alfonso Oren, is set up as an absolutely ridiculous character who transforms into an even more ridiculous-looking durian-themed samurai/gladiator… and then he proceeds to wipe the floor with his first two opponents and carve a swath through the rest, because said campy, flamboyant patisserie also happens to be somewhere around six-foot-five, built like a pro-wrestler, and a former member of a French military special forces parachute regiment. I realize the last paragraph or so must read like I’ve recently taken a whole bunch of LSD, but I assure you I’m making none of this up.

That said, I’m trying my best not to let my new enthusiasm distract me much more than it already has.

– BHS

(Original post on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-18-Henshin-aGoGo-678258158)

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Good News, Bad News

The bad news is, due to an extremely hectic month that included working overtime on Spring Break, getting sick, and catastrophic computer failure all within the same three weeks, it looks like there won’t be a Tasakeru chapter ready for the month of April.That’s the bad news.

The good news is that I’m now lowering the entry reward level even further than before!

Now a pledge of just ONE dollar per chapter will get your name in the print edition of a forthcoming book!

I apologize for the lack of updates, I’m really trying to make up for it in the next few weeks! Please bear with me.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 17 – Tech Support

Sorry, but this week’s Report will be short and unpleasant. I’m writing this from my laptop because my desktop decided to fail last night. I’m having to replace my hard drive and graphics card… the new HD will be in tomorrow, but the graphics card make take several weeks to get here. That means Silent InvenTOYry Episode 4 is on hold for now; I can’t run VEGAS with what I have built into my machine.

During my downtime, I’ll do my best to get some writing done, but this has thrown a wrench into pretty much everything…

– BHS

(Original post on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-17-Tech-Support-676911720)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 16 – *Crickets*

This is going to be another boring Blogress Report, sorry. Three of my usual petsitting clients went out of town for Spring Break within days of each other, so I’ve been running all over my neighborhood multiple times a day since last Wednesday. This is my Job job at the moment, so it’s got to come before anything else. I got a little bit written in both Tasakeru and Shattered Skies, but until I’m through with my last one I won’t be able to focus on much else.

The upside is, the pay from these three jobs plus another recurring one every week are going to cover all the expenses for my next episode of Silent InvenTOYry. The next item is a big one… it’s not out yet, but it should be in my hands in early May. I’m planning on giving it the full unboxing treatment.

So how about that trailer for The Last Jedi, huh? I’ve seen a lot of reports of people blowing their stacks over Luke’s “It’s time for the Jedi to end” line. While I understand why people are upset, having just rewatched the OT again, I understand where he’s coming from. Consider what’s happened to him since the start of A New Hope: he lost his home on Tatooine, his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, his first mentor, who knows how many of his friends who died in two different wars, his hand, his image of who he and his father were, his second mentor, his father, arguably his nephew, his Jedi pupils, and most recently Han, his best friend. Luke’s gone full-on Season 5 Samurai Jack. It’s no wonder he sounds so tired.

Anyway. That’s it from me. Next week should be more productive.

– BHS

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