November 2014


Mon, 11/24/2014 - 21:31 -- BlueWinds

I have two pieces of news to share with you today - not the normal simple "still alive" progress reports, but something far more substantial.

1) I will be releasing a new demo, along with the kickstarter campaign, on Saturday, December 20th. The demo is somewhat large - expect 15000+ words, and something like 30 beautiful backgrounds and a dozen characters each with their own art and multiple expressions. It will contain three locations you can sail between - Vailia, Mt. Julia (a small, remote trading post), and Alkenai (one of Vailia's client cities).

2) I have, after much consideration, decided to quit my day job. Not that I've told them yet, of course - still waiting a bit, saving up some more money and looking around - but the decision is made, and it's a great weight off my mind. That boss is nothing I need as part of my life. No accident they've lost half their development team in the last two months - I'll be merely the latest casualty in the chain of people quitting over poor treatment.

(p.s. Any of you European folks know someone who needs a good web developer? I'm looking to relocate away from the USA, will pay my own expenses)


Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:12 -- BlueWinds

I am, at the moment, behind schedule on NanoWriMo by about 4000 words. Whoops. I can only blame myself - I keep doing other things instead of writing. It doesn't help that I've already plucked all the low-hanging fruit - character intros, a bunch of relatively generic events, a lot of the things I knew I wanted - leaving only the "creating new things from whole cloth" sort of writing to do.

But never fear, I shall catch up. While I'm not sure I need 50k words for the demo (and plotting out too much beyond that is uncertain territory as of yet), I'm too stubborn to give up at this point, especially since I've been posting my progress so publicly. ><;;

That's it for now - a "behind schedule but pushing forward" progress report. Hope you all are doing well. :)

Nov 10th

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:50 -- BlueWinds

Though most people doing NaNoWriMo work in bursts, pulling ahead, falling behind, working or not as the mood takes them or their schedules permit, I prefer to set a steadier pace - 2000 words per day, rain or shine, in sickness or in health. It's a bit more than the 1666 daily needed to win, but such an increased pace gives me either a few days off or lets me finish a few days early.

I am, at the time of this writing, ahead of schedule. Last night I wrote 4000 words instead of my usual 2000. It was a silly accident, actually - I was running late, getting tired, ploughing through things... and wondering why it was taking so long to finish. Turns out it was because I went right past my goal and kept going until I'd finished the next one. ><;



Do you ever have characters who surprise you? Well, Natalie (the POV character) has in two ways, throwing off the chains of destiny and appropriating the plot for herself.

First of all, I was astonished by how attractive she found Asara, one of the other characters. Blond hair, silver eyes... if this sounds familiar, and her name vaguely reminiscent of someone you may already know, well, it should. Asara was planned as one of the romance options... but with her on the boat, it's hard to imagine Natalie paying the slightest bit of attention to anyone else.

Second, she's decided that her childhood friend James (another romance option) does fine work with a flogger, despite my initial impression that they would be the vanilla route, with no BDSM stuff going on at all.

Nov 1st

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 21:20 -- BlueWinds

It is now nearing the end of Nov 1st, and I have completed my NaNoWriMo goal for the day - 1666 words (1663 2099 as of this writing, but I'll probably do a couple hundred more before bed). Unlike many participants, I neither sprint ahead nor lag behind, but merely hold my ground against the relentless grind, writing roughly the same amount every day until the end.

In perhaps slightly more interesting news, I'm wearing a butt plug all evening, in honor of... well, not really in honor of anything in particular, just 'cause I can. Not a terribly small one either. Sweet dreams, dear readers. :3