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World of Keiko 2017-05-01

It has been ages since my last update. As some of you are already aware, the Queensland coast was hit by Cyclone Debbie more than a month ago. Our area lost power for more than a week and local farmers now have to deal with ruined crops of cane and months of work building up soil due to fertile topsoil being washed away. As far as my hubby and I are concerned, the creek behind our house repeatedly came up to our back fence. We saw the froth of the topsoil and numerous items being washed towards the ocean throughout that time.
After the cyclone moved south and inadvertently led to Rockhampton suffering its worse flood in sixty years, we saw numerous helicopters flying directly overhead as it moved along checking for where best to send repairs and support teams. Most of the people in the area have a means to deal with power outages, leading to the perpetual hum of generators and the use of portable solar panels. It was yet another reason why I like it here. The people know to plan ahead and prepare for an extended period without phones and power.

In lieu of the extended period of time rationing power and internet, I found myself feeling overwhelmed by the idea of blogging. As it was, the whole thing also coincided with Camp NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t able to reach my word target in time but it at least got me thinking about a character that desperately needed attention. What it has shown me if that I seriously need to get into a regular writing schedule again. This might be put on hold as hubby has declared his upcoming vacation as “three weeks of Hell” as he plans on doing lots of exercise during that time to improve his help. That means that I am sucked into the vortex of health and fitness improve as well. I am seriously going to be sore…

I have also thrown myself back into playing Black Desert Online, forcing me to think of how best to deal with upgrading gear for my toons. I now have three pieces of TRI boss gear. However, I still need to get some Dim Tree Armour. This will make a huge difference to my characters as a whole. I am so glad that my characters can share armour and accessories otherwise this would be even more painful than it currently is. I have changed my node network in order to nab strategic points and also begun production of items such as Jukeboxes and muskets. This will likely change to fit with supply and demand as well as my own supply of materials. I may not be the using the most efficient methods for making silver in-game but it is currently something that requires very low maintenance on my part.


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World of Keiko 02/28/2017

It has been another busy week for me. Due to making the decision to play more BDO in order to spend quality time with some guild members, I spent much of the last five days playing. As such, some recent posts have been delayed.
I also made the decision to move my weekly music review to Sunday alongside my Sunday Playlist post. I figure that this should offer something more for folks to listen to over the next week. I hope that it doesn’t feel like overkill but I suppose that I will have to see what you guys think of the changes.
I will attempt to juggle my time a bit more effectively and efficiently but it might take a few weeks to find my footing. That being said, I am having fun playing the game again. For a few months there, I was a tad burnt out by the grinding for level and shinies. It was nice to have life skills as a back-up in the meantime.
I did manage to at least get an anime review out and am nearly halfway through the next series that I will be reviewing. I forgot how funny the show Bamboo Blade was. It seems that the show also managed to get more complex over time and still holds up quite well ten years later. I suppose that I will have to wait until Friday to tell you guys a bit more about it.

Not much to say on the writing front but I wasn’t really expecting anything special in that department. It is not to say that I didn’t think about Freak or my serial. I just simply didn’t put physically sit down to write. I don’t feel guilty about this because I do believe that I at least made a few relevant decisions regarding how the stories would progress.

Back to the gaming front, I managed to get the awakening for my Ninja this past weekend after sitting on level 55 for a few months. It was a bit of a rush and I found myself really digging how easily the character was able to take out several pain-in-the-ass golems in Mediah. Some folks will know exactly what I am referring to when I say “Wilderness Golems”. For those that don’t, Wilderness Golems are slightly overpowered compared to many of the other creatures in the zone. They also have some rather annoying abilities. What the hell is up with a lot of Mediah creatures having stun abilities?
I also started on the task of getting some other characters in the early 50’s closer to their own awakenings. I should have 3 more toons with awakenings in the next five days. This should be made a lot easier with some purchases that I made in the marketplace yesterday. Hubby gave me a pep-talk, as he often does. It had to happen and it makes a HUGE difference to overall damage output. I am also very thankful that many if not all of the items can be shared with my stable of twelve characters. My next awakening will be for my Sorceress which is two-thirds of the way to level 56. After that, it will be a toss-up between Musa and Valkyrie, with a slight inclination to play my Musa first.

Well, that is it for this week. I will post my creative prompt after this and try to deal with my weekly manga review before I turn in this evening. Here’s hoping that I will be able to post on time tomorrow and for the rest of the week. A big shoutout to new followers Edhein (anime) and shadowoftheoperaghost (KDrama). I look forward to conversing with you and the host of other followers. In any case, I leave you guys with this clip by Allie Farris.


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World of Keiko 02/20/2017

Another week has passed. Across all of the east coast of Australia, many people were dealing with their own share of weather-related issues be it fire or flooding. Thankfully, hubby and I live in an area that is for the most part isolated from such things. There are certain parts of our township that can be cut from for days at a time when we get a downpour but most of the people around her will have some sort of plan to deal with such things.

What have I been up to blog-wise this past week? I wasn’t able to get my anime review out on time again, which leads me to a bit of quandary. Much in all as I would like to write one each week, I also know that my habits have also changed in only a couple of months. I might have to drop it down to one each fortnight instead in order to have some sort of schedule.
I seem to be keeping up with my weekday prompts, with some folks actually checking them out. The process has led to me finding some really neat resources online as well as some talented artists. That is a really neat side effect of trying to release weekday creative prompts that are diverse enough to give folks some wriggle room to play.
I have also decided to post more reviews of Asian Drama and TV shows from now on given that the storytelling style is a bit closer to what I am trying to emulate with Freak.

On the writing front, I still haven’t finished writing the first chapter of Freak Book 1. You are likely wondering what the heck is up. Well, it occurred to me that I was lacking some information about New York City, the place where the story takes place. In spite of seeing numerous shows and films set in the city, I really didn’t know much about this iconic place.
So, I went about looking at maps to make sure that I had some idea of how my characters would get around via something as mundane as public transport. I also learnt a few pieces of terminology specific to the way in which the city is laid out. It was a lot of fun but I still have more to learn. However, what I did learn was enough to get me through the first chapter.
To the word count of the chapter, I am up over 5k now. The word count has fluctuated as I amended certain things to match up with what I learned about the city and about the architecture of large buildings such as high-rise hotels. Given that a large portion of the first novel occurs in a hotel from the staffing side, it made sense to get the description of how they would travel as close to right as possible.

That is it for this week. Before I go, though, I would like to get a shoutout to Civil who is a writer that I connected with on Twitter a few weeks ago. Civil writes some really good short fiction and recently started a Patreon page that I highly recommend that you guys check out. I leave you guys with the following song by the outfit Telepathic Teddy Bear:

 


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World of Keiko 02/13/2017

Another week has passed. Hubby and I still haven’t moved the exercise equipment into our lounge room as yet. I did manage to finish and review the anime series Working!!, which turned out to be a fun watch. It took me ages to get to it, though. I also started posting weekday creative prompts and highly encourage folks see if the prompts are helpful.

To the writing front, I only managed to release the minimum instalment of my serial A Small Town last week. I had hoped to get another one out, but I got distracted with other stuff. I do intend on continuing the serial until the conclusion of the first season. However, the frequency will likely drop to closer to the originally intended weekly instalment.
On top of the weekly serial, I found myself working on the first chapter of Freak Book 1 over the weekend. I am close to finishing the rather lengthy chapter and will likely post it and the prologue later in the week. I will have to do some revisions before then to polish it to a standard that I deem worthy, but at least it will start being released into the wild much sooner than I had initially intended.

That is it for another week. A shout-out to new followers Storytellingcook, BeautifulKittens, and Ultimate Funny Animals. I leave you guys with this clip of the song Fire Inside by the band Ridgway:


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World of Keiko 02/06/2017

Another week has passed and it was a productive one at that. It is a rarity, but it does happen on occasion. That being said, I wasn’t able to review an anime series for a second week in a row, but I did make minor headway with the series that I am currently watching.

First up, I managed to introduce the main story arc for my serial A Small Town. I’d known since writing the first chapter what the main foe would be, but I was getting quite anxious in the lead-up to the appearance of our nasty monster. Now comes the challenge of bringing all of those clues together so that our heroes can end that sucker. Alas, this is made more difficult by our amnesiac Moon Dog, Egg. Okay, you are probably wondering why I added Egg in the first place.
When I started writing the first chapter, I only knew that the first scene would be about a mother and son moving. Then, weird stuff started happening and it transformed into an odd rural-themed Urban Fantasy thing. Given that I am not a true Pantser, I started making some very sketchy notes to plan it out, in the form of chapter headings with a very distinct flavour. This is by no means the most efficient method, but I often feel too bogged down by blow-for-blow outlines. A character outline tends to be a lot more useful to me.
You are likely reading this section wondering what the hell is up. A lot of writers do indeed see themselves as either a Planner or Pantser. For me, the Planner model fails in that it is too restrictive and I find myself taking more time planning out a scene than writing the blasted thing. The Pantser model also fails because there is not enough structure. In the end, you have to do what works for you, and I do believe that I may have found the model that currently works for me.
That being said, I wasn’t able to get out a chapter of the serial today because I didn’t feel very well today. I will try to get one out tomorrow instead, on top of my manga review. It is going to be one busy day, but I think that I am up to the challenge. Let’s hope that the chapters that I post from now on will get better rather than worse. I really want the quality of my writing to improve as a matter of pride, but I realise that this will take some time.

Second, hubby surprised me last night by spontaneously deciding to clean and reorganise the lounge room. Apart from not moving the exercise into the room yet, we are now set up with my old monitor set up for my machine and our plasma TV hooked up to hubby’s machine on top of his Predator X-34 ultra-wide monitor. It is glorious and well worth the several months of waiting around. The only problem is that I now get chilled by the air conditioner that points directly at me from the other side of the room. It is such a small price to pay. Anyway, here it a crappy picture of our new set-up.

Our lounge room computer+TV set-up.

Our new lounge room set-up

These two things may not seem like much, but they were a pretty big deal for me. One is part of that ongoing processing of building a good writing habit whilst the other is a quality of life and productivity thing. These both make a huge difference to my overall happiness. Heck, one of these days I might even money from the latter. (The dream…)

That is it for another week. A big shout-out to new followers MovieBabble and Nia Shopping. I really dig your blogs (yes, I do check out the blogs of my followers) and look forward to chatting to both of you sometime soon. I leave you all with this clip for Think of You by Sam Brown, from his Jamendo release 37 Reasons:


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World of Keiko 01/30/2017

Another week has passed and I am happy to say that it was extremely productive. However, my usual anime series review suffered for it. I still haven’t finished the series I intended to review last week. Oh, well…

I wrote three solid chapters of the new serial, which was awesome. A story is emerging before my eyes. It is a weird experience, but I am still digging it. The fourth chapter was posted just before I started writing this update, and I have to say that I really like how things are playing out so far. Sure, it initially started as a random sentence, but it has quickly transformed into a viable story and I now have several major plot milestones that I have mapped out in brief detail. There are still a few more characters to be added, but that is for future instalments.
I think that a lot of the assist goes to a site called 750words and the Grammarly app for Chrome. 750words is a writing challenge of sorts that makes use of a mostly distraction-free writing platform. I say “mostly” because I still see my other link tabs and various browser buttons. You can modify the area where you type, though. The site also creates a bunch of information about your writing sessions, including words-per-minute while writing, an indication of how much time that you are typing over the log-in period, etc… This may not seem like much, but it does give me some idea of how my writing sessions play out. You can even follow statistics for other users to see how well that they are doing over the span of each month. As for the Grammarly app for Chrome, it is very helpful in me quickly addressing typos during the second parse over my writing. I don’t do much editing, but I do clean up spelling errors and change overused words.

As for updates to the blog, I have started watching a couple new TV shows, which includes a live-action adaptation of a manga series that I love, Please Love the Useless Me; and the surprising CDrama series Love O2O. The two shows are a lot of fun so far and I look forward to reviewing episodes periodically on top of the series that I regularly review each Wednesday. I also added a bunch of new listings to my Pimp-A-Patreon page and modified the Review Schedule page. If you have a Patreon project that you want to be considered, be sure to drop me a line. And as always, I welcome anime, manga, TV and music suggestions.

That is it for this week. A big shout out to new followers littlefears, Man of many thoughts and fronaness. I look forward to getting to know you guys in future. I leave you with this clip for the song Like the Sun by Explosive Ear Candy:


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World of Keiko 01/23/2017

Hello again, folks! It is that time again, where I give you an overview of what I have and have not been up to during the past week. And the crowd goes wild with enthusiasm…

To begin with, I did not start my exercise schedule nor was the loungeroom rearranged. The former is somewhat dependent on the latter, but that is not a great excuse. Given how many weeks in a row that I have been talking about not rearranging the loungeroom, I think I will leave talking about it until it is finally dealt with.

For those that haven’t noticed, I have added a few new pages to my blog. It is a slight change in focus, but I think these will allow folks to learn more about my interests. I doubt that this will change the blogging plan that I set up at the end of last year.
Music Playlists list my playlists on Jamendo, rather than links to my Sunday Playlist posts. Why? It is because I know that you will probably want to start listening to the music rather than read my extra comments.
Pimp A Patreon collates links to some worthy Patreon projects. It is not an exhaustive list, but I’d recommend that you out some of the projects if for no other reason than to see what these people do. For some, it might end in you leaving my blog a couple of the Patreon projects relate to controversial subjects. I won’t hold it against you if you do so.
The more notable one is Writings, as I am making the decision to focus more on writing from now on. I used to write a lot more several years back, but I got into a slump. I want to complete my first book this year, and this might very well be one of the projects listed on this page.

On the home front, hubby and I had internet issues that lasted for several days. Our ISP has still not sorted our account, but they have dealt with the slowdown. Here’s hoping that we aren’t charged for the weird second DSL bundle currently attached to our account. I have no idea if the account will be fixed by the week, but who knows?

To gaming, I am actively playing less and less each week as I attempt to get back into writing and blogging. Much in all as I have liked gaming for years, I think it might be time to accept that I am becoming more of a casual gamer. It isn’t like I was a hardcore player or anything, but the fact is that I need to focus more on other goals. Does that mean that I am giving up gaming? Of course not. It would be silly for me to make such a statement given that I still enjoy aspects of BDO such as professions.

On the writing front, I started the first chapter of something new today. It is a rural-themed urban fantasy that I will likely be serialising on this blog. I will try to post the first chapter tonight. I look forward to and appreciate any feedback that you guys are willing to offer.

That is it for this week’s update. As always, feel free to drop me a line with your recommendations and/or suggestions, as well as simply to say hello. A big shout out to kirilson, babl, Damyanti Biswas, Chris Nicholas, cjlevinson (long time buddy, writer and photo-blogger) and TNWTL. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I will finish up the post with the following song by the band Final Round: