BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 4

Not all that much to report this week. Thursday and Friday were… really bad, the worst days I’ve had in a while, but Sunday was a definite high point. I was surprisingly productive on both Tasakeru and Shattered Skies, so there’s that.

Huge props and respect to all those who attended or supported the Women’s March on Saturday, my mother among them. You made yourselves heard and you spoiled Voldemorange’s day, so I’d call that a rousing success.

I finished Season 2 of Voltron: Legendary Defender today. The first season was already great, but the second was a massive improvement. Better story, more character development, darker themes, and one of the sickest mecha fights I’ve seen in ages in the finale… Season 3 can’t get here fast enough.

Figuarts Sailor Moon Crystal and Cure Twinkle should both be shipping out this week. I’ll try to get some quick shots, but the primary photo project I’ll be working on in the next week-plus will be focusing on a series about to celebrate its fifth anniversary. More on that next week.

– BHS

(Orignally posted on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-4-659302740)

  • Tasakeru Book III: Soulsnatcher, Chapter 2: 1.75 pages done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 1 patron (REWARD TIERS NOW ACTIVE!)
  • Book II Appendix: 0.5 pages done
  • Shattered Skies Chapter 24: 3 pages done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 3

Huge thanks to the amazing Chronorin for becoming my very first Patron, and hopefully the first of many! Thanks to him, I’m already 1/5th of the way there for my first fundraising goal. Once I hit $15 a month, I’ll be able to offer the Tasakeru Original Soundtrack (composed by yours truly, natch) for download on SoundCloud. Hopefully, by the time I’m there, I’ll have a full album’s worth of stuff ready for it.

This week’s activities, apart from Shattered Skies Ch. 23, have mostly been Pokemon, Pokemon, and more Pokemon. I hit the point in Pokemon Sun where the game truly opens up, and oh am I so back in. I had heard the story was one of the highlights of this one, and now I can confirm: it’s far and away the best plot that’s ever been in a Pokemon game. I mean, not like it’s got a lot of competition, but still… this is a damned good JRPG in addition to a damned good Pokemon title.

On that subject: in preparation for the Pokemon Box update that should hopefully be happening by the end of the month, I went back and transferred everything worth transferring from my Diamond Version, through White 2, and into Y. Doing so has made me appreciate just how many quality-of-life improvements have been made to the series since Gen IV. Honestly even going back to Y was kind of a chore, because Sun/Moon has streamlined so many little things that should have been streamlined several generations ago. There’s finally a one-button shortcut to access your Pokeballs, for one thing, and HM moves are straight-up GONE, replaced by the far more enjoyable Ride Pokemon feature. Now traveling long distances is as easy as opening a map and choosing a place to go; you don’t have to lug around somebody with Fly anymore, or waste a valuable move slot on Surf or Strength. All of these and more are Ride Pokemon functions now, they’re always there when you need them from the moment they unlock, and they have tons more personality that surfing or flying on a generic blob or shadow ever did.

And oh lordy, the characters. Now I see why the explosion of Team Skull artwork and memes happened. Instead of trying to one-up the previous gens’ obligatory villain teams yet again, they took the brilliant step of making Team Skull hilariously pathetic losers for the most part. I’m talking like Jessie, James, and Meowth from the old days of the anime, here. Somebody finally figured out that no matter what they did, these guys were going to end up looking like chumps anyway… so why not cut to the chase?

Then there’s Lillie. Lillie is a precious bae, and

*SPOILER ALERT*

her mom is a scary, scary lady, whose comparisons to Ragyo Kiryuin of Kill La Kill infamy are not unfounded in the least. There’s something I never thought I’d write about a Pokemon title, good lord.

I also started the Little Witch Academia TV anime, as I mentioned last week. I’m surprised that they’re going for an origin story rather than pick up where the movies left off… but hey, it’s still LWA, it’s still Trigger, it’s still funny and charming and gorgeous to look at, and Sucy is still the best. Would that all trolls were as awesome as she is.

The other new anime I’m trying out is Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, which I dismissed at first as yet another monster girl harem show trying to cash in on the subgenre while it’s still making money. Then I found out that my beloved Emiri Katou is in it. Then I found out that the role of bland love interest/straight man to the wacky dragon maid is a woman, an actual adult, single, working woman, IN AN ANIME(!!!), and my interest was piqued. Having seen the first episode, I can confirm that it has a lot of fun with its bonkers premise, it has glorious amounts of deadpan snark from Kobayashi, and it’s just as delightfully strange as I hoped it would be. Maybe it’s not as balls-to-the-wall insane as Nyarko-san was, but I think it’ll do just fine as a replacement, since that one’s probably not coming back without the dearly departed Miyu Matsuki, RIP.

And that’s about it for now. Here’s hoping we all survive the next week, everyone.

– BHS

(Originally posted on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-3-657905631)

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 2 – PATREON LAUNCH

TASAKERU PATREON

I’ve been mulling over the concept of launching a Patreon for at least a year now, but I decided it’s finally time to go ahead with it. I can’t really offer much in the way of rewards right now, but when/if I get pledges of $15 or more per chapter, I’ll be able to put the Tasakeru soundtrack up on Soundcloud for download. If I can reach that, then we’ll see what we can do from there. This is all still experimental, but I’d appreciate if you would at least consider pledging a few bucks every month. And yes, that’s per chapter… I wouldn’t feel right accepting money during my dry spells, so I’ll only charge when new chapters get posted.

It’s been a slow week otherwise. I got my Chogokin Voltron, which you can see in my gallery… I took an entire battery’s worth of unboxing pictures too, which are up on Google Drive.

I’m getting more and more excited for Precure A La Mode. The only concern I have is with the mascot, and as long as she’s not horrible like the ones from Precure 5 or stupefyingly boring like, well, the entire cast of Mahou Tsukai, I think we’ll be good. The large amount of early fanart I’ve been seeing both here and on Pixiv is a good sign that this will be a fan favorite.

Off to watch the first ep of Trigger’s Little Witch Academia TV anime. This gon’ be good.

– BHS

  • Tasakeru Book III: Soulsnatcher, Chapter 1: COMPLETE!
  • Book II Appendix: 0.5 pages done
  • Shattered Skies Chapter 23: 4.5 pages done

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BHS Blogress Report: 2017, Week 1

2017-coming-soon

That’s me and my best friend/co-author/editor/proofreader/partner-in-crime VDrake, wishing everyone a happy and productive new year. The two of us had a blast during his visit, of course. One of the highlights was presenting him with the very first copy of the finished Tasakeru Book I manuscript, seen above. We also saw Rogue One (which was fantastic), marathoned Gainax’s classic mecha series Gunbuster and Diebuster, and jointly discovered Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender, which got us both hooked in a hurry. So that was the best possible way to end the flaming garbage year that was 2016.

Now that I’m back to semi-normal, my first order of business at the start of the second year of Blogress Reports is to set several long term goals. In no particular order:

  • Finish the revision of Tasakeru Book III: Soulsnatcher by July
  • Write the Book II Appendix and send the complete manuscript off to the copyright office
  • Compose at least three new songs for the Tasakeru soundtrack
  • Write at least ten chapters of Shattered Skies
  • Finish reading at least three of the half-dozen-odd novels that I’ve been neglecting, including Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Neverwhere
  • Resume work on my incomplete photo projects
  • Avoid politics whenever possible until a certain orange-skinned cockroach gets himself impeached
  • Continue posting Blogress Reports every Monday, with no late ones this time

There are other goals, of course, but these are the major ones.

A weather-related headache is currently making it difficult to focus on much else, so for now I’m signing off. Next week (hopefully), I’ll have some pictures of my shiny new Chogokin, along with a detailed review.

  • Tasakeru Book III: Soulsnatcher, Chapter 1: 4 pages done
  • Book II Appendix: Pending
  • Shattered Skies Chapter 23: 4 pages done

(Originally posted on DA: http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2017-Week-1-655075883)

– BHS

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Music Page Update: Autumn Afternoon

I’ve uploaded a new song to the Music page called “Autumn Afternoon”. It’s a gentle, mellow guitar theme for Zero and Hanami’s relationship.

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 44

Happy Halloween!

Good news: the Book I Appendix for the digital edition of Without a Name is finally complete! Now the copyright process can begin in earnest. Fingers crossed as I embark on the final steps to official publication!

In other news this week: a flying-pigs moment in Precure Figuarts news, and paying one last tribute to the man who was Frankenstein (“That’s Fronken-steen!”)

http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2016-Week-44-643313082

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 43 – Photo Project; Allons-y!

This week, there’s a sneak peek at my long-in-the-works magical girl photo project, my full acceptance into the Doctor Who fandom, and a sudden and terrifying turn from a currently airing magical girl series… but not the one you’d expect.

I’m also adding the Book I Appendix to my list of works-in-progress. Still aiming to get it finished by the end of the year.

http://tasakeru828.deviantart.com/journal/BHS-Blogress-Report-2016-Week-43-641985091

– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 42

Not much to report other than finishing Shattered Skies Chapter 20. Thanks for bearing with me last week while I dealt with emotional stuff, I appreciate your concern and well-wishes.

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– BHS

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BHS Blogress Report: 2016, Week 41 – Change

Today marks four years since I lost my beloved cat, Sierra, so I’m forgoing my usual activity reports to try to sort through my thoughts. Other than that, all I can say is that I need some alone time right now, so thanks for your patience.

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– BHS

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Music Update: Zero’s Theme

“The Samurai Who Feared Death – Zero’s Theme” has been added to the Music page!

– BHS

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