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World of Keiko 2019/09/02

This week’s posts:

ANIME
I manage to post at least one of the anime reviews on the backlog of finished anime. I also watched a lot of other anime over the span of the last week. It has been a lot of fun and I’ve come across some older shows that I would have otherwise overlooked. The large amount of shows I’ve been watching has also been a good study in both comedic and romantic elements. Whilst some of the material may not be the style that I intend to write, I can see the reasons behind specific plot choices.
Stories are not necessarily meant to reflect real life. In most cases, they are meant purely to entertain or to elicit another emotional response. There is also a series of elements that I am amused by in stories. Hubby dislikes many of these elements, suggesting that many of the characters within such series should be hit repeatedly with a frying pan. You see, he prefers the blunt approach. (pun intended?) To him, some of the drama feels unnecessarily forced. The criticism reminds me of how many people complain that jump scares are overused in modern horror series instead of setting the mood and creating tension. I can certainly understand where he is coming from, but taste is subjective because it is personal. Anyone that suggests another person’s opinion is “wrong”, as one relative stated some years ago, doesn’t understand that it is subjective.

WRITING
I actually had a pretty productive week of writing-related activities this past week. Whilst I did jot down a few new ideas, some of the Party Time stories got some love. Fleshing out the back story of the character that ties a lot of the stories together also led to me discovering a new character in the process. Shipping ensued, resulting in me realising that he was the missing thread needed to complete her story. Agatha is a character whose past has a big impact on how she views

GAMING
Well, it appears that upcoming league for Path of Exile, named Blight, will be implementing some promising changes to the game. With this in mind, I’ve decided to play it. I won’t be clocking in as many hours compared to when I played Delve league at the end of last year, but I am interested to see how the changes play out. I will likely be playing a toon that uses curses to take down foes, based on a build that hubby started playing with a few leagues ago.

GARDENING
A bunch of tomatoes, radishes, a rockmelon and my three zucchini plants are all beginning to flower. Whilst tomatoes were beginning to flower more than a week ago, I wasn’t expecting the rockmelon or zucchini to start flowering this early due to how small the plants are. As for the radishes, I’ve been waiting to see some in flower in person ever since I saw some radish flowers on a google image search. It turned out that those delicate, light purple flowers are some of the most precious vegetable flowers I will likely see in the garden.
I have also identified wood sorrel growing in the garden and yard. A lot of folks mistake the leaves for clover, but the heart-shaped leaves are not a clover. Wood Sorrel, like most sorel plants, is high in oxalic acid, resulting in a citrusy tang. And to think that this yummy plant that used to be a part of the European diet is now regarded by many as a weed. I also started some common sorrel from a pack of sprouts seeds. I really look forward to seeing the perennial plant thriving in the garden.
The Cress, rainbow chard mix and a host of other plants are doing well.
Unfortunately for me, the bigger of the two pumpkin fruit had to be harvested at a small size due to the vine finally dying off. As for the other fruit, an animal pecked a big hole which led to it splitting horizontally. It is a little sad, but I suppose it is time to consider starting some seeds from a smaller, sweeter variety of pumpkin that I purchased a few months ago. A smaller variety will likely result in sooner harvests as it typically takes time for smaller varieties to ripen.
I still haven’t got around to sourcing mulch from the tip or in preparing more growing space due to feeling tired and sore for most of the week. I really need to get it done before I lose my window. It is getting noticeably hotter now and it won’t be long before we start needing either the fan or air conditioner to keep our sanity. I wish that I was fitter but it is a work in progress.

HEALTH AND FITNESS
I did my first workout in nearly a year on Tuesday. It wasn’t much, but that short period on the treadmill caused issues for most of the week. I need to find a way to ease back into exercise without wrecking myself. I am not entirely sure. Perhaps I should just do a smaller amount of sets, with more exercises to round things out, then increase the intensity when I get fitter and healthier. I have been thinking about the problem for days. I need to do something in order to meet my goals, but my starting point makes thing tricky.
Maybe I will just do more yard work and implement other lifestyle exercises to include more physical activity. If I had a pushbike, it would enable me to visit some friends in the area. That would be one way of including lifestyle exercise that also enables more socialisation. Perhaps I should petition for some of the budget to be allocated for that purpose. I could also start riding the motorbike again. I need to learn how to ride it and I know that I was covered in sweat every other time I’ve ridden it…

Thanks for stopping by to see what I’ve been up to. If you haven’t already read the posts for this week, feel free to check out the links at the beginning of this entry. Anyway, I leave you with the following song by Sam Padrul:

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World of Keiko 2019/08/26

This week’s posts:

WRITING
When I posted an update in April, I anticipated working on a book ahead of hubby going on holidays. Whilst I did spend a bit of time on it, I hit a wall ahead of drafting when I realised that I needed a map in order to best gauge things like travel times. This resulted in me coming to the conclusion that the world needed a significant amount of fleshing out. Whilst I continued fleshing out characters and plot, I haven’t been able to do as much geographical and political world-building as I would like, putting the drafting on hold until I do.

GAMING
What aggravated the above issue was hubby resubbing to WoW whilst on holidays. A touch of nostalgia led to me also resubscribing. I came out of the six-week gaming coma realising just how much of a waste of time it was. I felt an overwhelming sadness as I had to acknowledge yet again that MMORPG gaming doesn’t give me as much joy as it used to. On a good note, I also acknowledged that other things bring me joy now, just as anime, manga and gardening. I am pretty cool with that.

GARDENING
Over the past month or two, I have been working hard to expand the garden in the yard. This meant cleaning up the strip on the side of the house that I removed the partition from last year. As I surveyed the space, I realised that it wasn’t going to be an easy job. I am missing a lot of the tools that would help make the job less taxing on my unfit body. Several cut-off star pickets that acted as support for the old partition were embedded deep into the ground and needed to be removed. I ended up using a LOT of water to loosen the compacted clay but the ones in the way are now removed. I still have about six meters of gardening space for edibles and four to ornamentals to prepare before summer, but I did manage to open up nearly twenty meters over the past two months, which feels pretty good so long as the bush turkeys can be deterred from the space. I planted my first eggplant, okra, amaranth, sorrel, cress, chervil, watermelon, rockmelon and a lot more this past few months, along with dedicating a small bed to ornamentals. I plan on moving some of the ornamentals in the front beds along the fence to a new bed once I have it ready to go, but that will likely be a few weeks from now.

ANIME
When winter arrived, so did binge-watching of several old anime series. Marathon-viewings of both long series of Hunter X Hunter brought me a lot more joy than expected. I had watched the first episode of the early 2000s series a few years back but felt initially too kiddy and I didn’t continue. However, starting over offered the chance to see how well the creator deals with characterisation, plot and action sequences. On top of that, we finished up The Rise of the Shield Hero Season 1 and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 1.
Hubby took time out to watch a few series on his own, such as the peculiar pervy action series Highschool DxD. Whilst it pokes fun at how much of anime is a bunch of closeted sex-puns, there are some decent action sequences and solid worldbuilding, including a good example of power escalation. I will likely not review this series as I didn’t watch enough of it to provide a detailed analysis. However, I did enjoy what I did watch of this bizarre, boob-centric series.
I am currently watching several of the current-season anime. I have narrowed it down to about five series worth putting time into and am hoping that my initial impressions prove to be correct. In the meantime, I still have a few old series to fall back on, such as that strange beast that is Yu Yu Hakusho. I heart the crap out of that silly show.

HEALTH & FITNESS
I’ve been researching some diet options and trying to figure out a good game plan for improving my fitness. As a result of recent changes, I’ve about three kilos since the beginning of the month and anticipating losing more in the next few months should I continue. It might change in future but I seriously need to get my health and fitness on track. I have about 20kg to lose in order to be at an ideal (muscular, rather than super-skinny) weight. It will take a lot of work, but I hope that I’ll be able to keep it off once I get to my target weight.

PLANS
I do plan to post blog entries more often but I have to decide what to focus on. Quite likely it will anime, manga and live-action TV shows, but I will think on it and get back to you guys on it. Regardless, I will be focusing on improving my health and fitness over the next few months.
Whilst long-term plans for the blog are currently up in the air, I do have a few things planned for the next week. I plan on losing at least a kilo of weight, prep a few meters of growing space, reclaim at least a couple of meters from the area behind the back fence, do at least a few hours of solid exercise that is part of a more organised fitness plan, and also write at least one review for the blog.

Anyway, a big thank-you for stopping by this blog. I leave you with the following mashup by Said the Sky, MitiS and Illenium:

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World of Keiko 2019/04/10

Here are the past week’s posts:

Okay, I guess the word “post” might be more accurate. I know that it wasn’t much but compared to the lack of reviews the previous week… Anyhoo, the series is really promising so far.
I was going to post this week’s update sooner but time got away with me and the internet went down whilst there were upgrades to our telecommunications infrastructure. I suspect that there might have been hamsters involved but the technicians are keeping it under wraps due to the pesky varmints being illegal in Australia. In any case, time will tell if the overall service improves. I hope so.

ANIME & MANGA
I didn’t watch much anime this week other than catching up on my weekly fix of The Rise of the Shield Hero. I did, however, manage to do some research on some promising anime and manga series via Youtube on top of my usual scan of manga fansubs for anything interesting. This was a motivating factor in me reading the first volume of After the Rain. Feel free to read my review (linked above) if you are interested in my take on the series.

READING & WRITING
I dived back into the book Story Structure Architecture this past week, going over story beats based on genres (and “situations”) I am currently working on. It is one of the best books on story structure I have come across in recent years. The use of examples and quotes provides further insight into the mindset behind specific structures. Another good book is 5 Secrets of Story Structure by KM Weiland. If you aren’t familiar with KM’s book catalog (fiction and non-fiction), podcast, vlog or articles on writing, then I highly recommend you check out her website for more info.
I also spent a lot of time watching more videos on writing this past week. It moved from structure to screenplay stuff as one of the things I got stuck on was geared toward this structure. A lot of the material can be easily translated to text-based fiction. Two videos by an acting coach John Windsor-Cunningham proved to be especially useful. Yeah, yeah. I know that the exercise mentioned in the first video is pretty standard, but sometimes you need to go over these foundational exercises every so often to get back to basics. If you can’t get inside the head of a character, how can you perform them or write from their experiences, fictional or otherwise.

I actually got quite a bit of world-building done this past week. Unfortunately, I hit a snag on one of the projects and have decided to give myself a break on it whilst I work on something else. The idea of hitting my head against a wall might appeal to some people but I figure that the answers will come to me later on. In the meantime, I can use some of my creative energy to work on something else. In this case, it is back to Wilhelm and the Elf with me. The amount of work that has already gone into the world and plotting the various series set within it has been monumental.

MUSIC
What have I been listening to this past week? A bit of electropop, sythwave, synthpop, electroswing and hard rock. I know that hard rock and electroswing might seem a bit removed from the sythn stuff, but… I have unusual tastes. In a single sitting, I can go from bubblepop to thrash metal. Music is a great way to artificially evoke moods, which makes it useful in the writing process. However, you need to mix things up a bit if you hope to manage those associated highs and lows.

Anyway, here are some of the repeats listens for the week:

  • Ultralife (album) by Oh Wonder: I heart the crap out these guys. They always manage to lift my mood.
  • Survival Sounds (album) by Rubblebucket: Quirky alternative band. They might have been abducted by aliens at some stage.
  • Meaning of Life (album) by Kelly Clarkson: Well, I am a sucker for her music…
  • Delirium (album) by Lacuna Coil: Evokes the darkness of Wilhelm and the Elf book 1.  I heart the crap out of Alyyri and Wilhelm, but necromancers suck ass.
  • Turbulence (album) by Monoral: Whenever I am reminded of the anime series Ergo proxy, I bring this sucker out. The song Kiri is one of my personal favorite intro/outro tracks. It perfectly evoked the unspoken connection between the two protagonists. The transition and build-up, then reflection after resolution… what you’d expect from a good story.
  • Come to Life (album) by Natalie Imbruglia: Another old album but it has so many lovely tracks on it. This album from 2009 delivers such lovely tracks, not overly surprising for Natalie Imbruglia, an artist I have been a fan of for over a decade.
  • Endless Summer (album) by The Midnight: Anyone that loves synthwave has likely heard of The Midnight. Even their sadder tracks have that element of hope within, the notion that the darker, sadder moments are not the end. They also collab with artists like Nikki Flores, with that trademark saxophone playing in the background.

Film clips? Why the heck not?!!! Here goes:

Okay, that was a bit of a troll on my part. Tiny Tom was awesome, his comedic performances show just how well a performer can keep a straight face. The song, oddly enough, gained him quite a following back in the day. It is silly and fun, with the nice pairing of high 1920’s vocals and ukulele. Each time I listen to it, I find myself giggling. The ’60’s and ’70s saw quite a few comedy song releases, including Shuddupayaface by Joe Dolce. The idea that music isn’t just love and heartbreak is nothing new, but recent years have seen a steep decline in comedy songs. Tracks like What Does the Fox Say? give a glimmer of hope but not enough artists are up to the challenge. We need the Weird Al Yankovic’s and The Lonely Island to give us a semblance of what it is to get a Dick-in-a-Box whilst we are living in an Amish Paradise. We need

Time for some real clips. I’ve decided to embed several versions of SYML’s song Clean Eyes to show how much production and arrangement can change how a song sounds. I initially listened to the mix by The Midnight, then decided to check out of the original. Add the acoustic version to the collection and you have three completely different listening experiences.

GAMING
I played a bit more Path of Exile this week. It felt a bit less of a chore but I still found my head wandering to writing-related matters. It is a little distracting when you are mapping and your brain decides it is a great time to deal with some world-building. Both avenues can be a lot of fun. And yet, I find myself wanting to play an otome or other visual novel game as far as my gaming is concerned. Some of the creators of these games have some interesting ideas as far as storytelling is concerned, which often translates into some entertaining, interactive storytelling. I won’t go into further detail, but suffice it to say that I really like the game format.

OTHER
There have been noticeable signs that autumn frosts will soon be upon us. However, the pumpkin and cucumber vines perked up with a bit of run that we had halfway through last week. No, they don’t have any female flowers and likely won’t have any before the frosts arrive. The sweet potato vines have been consistently flowering, which is neat. I love those lovely purple flowers but I hear that they are poisonous to some animals.
I am still trying to decide whether to plant tomatoes in the garden bed under the front steps. I find myself annoyed with how much effort it has been to keep the weeds down. I really should place cardboard down to suppress them but even that seems like a chore. At least the worms seem happy. The wee worms have been digging the occasional watermelon skin I’ve been throwing into the Worm Cafe.

Well, that is it for this week. I hope that some of the links and subject matter has been of some interest to you. I don’t claim to be an expert on any of the subjects and highly encourage you to point out if I have said anything in error. I also encourage you to offer your own rebuttals and/or takes if they differ from my own as I am always up for a discussion. I suppose it is time to leave you with the word of the week. Which one to pick…? Okay, got it! The word for this week is… Vanner. Be sure to look that sucker up.

Here’s wishing you an awesome week!


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World of Keiko 2018/04/02

Sorry for posting this entry a day later than the usual schedule. I spent a good portion of yesterday listening to hubby talking about PoE builds, which was mostly me humouring him. I suppose that makes me a kind waifu. Whilst this post was mostly drafted on Sunday, I didn’t get around to posting it until this afternoon.
Unfortunately, I didn’t post any reviews during the past week as I was busy doing research. It was time well-spent fleshing out characters and plot, on top of consuming new content. Whilst some of that content was complete and utter crap, it was still a learning experience in how not to do things.

READING & WRITING
I actually spent time reading text fiction this past week. It was mostly romance and erotica disguised as romance, which was a little disappointing given that I was looking for character-driven rather than sex stories Oh well. Anyway, the stories I read were as follows:

  • Chasing Sunset by Sami Lee (meh. a lot of missed opportunities due to the focus on sex scenes instead of character development)
  • Schooled by Piper Lawson (this romance novel was actually quite enjoyable, with some nice banter and chemistry between the male and female protagonists. a pleasure to read)

On the writing front, I have done a bunch of outlining for the project I mentioned last week. I had to move scene outlines around to fit the focus on Action, Reaction, and Action+Reaction chapters. A few online writing mentors have suggested separating chapters based on these elements, which makes sense given the traits of a good scene. Scenes need to be active rather than passive otherwise they tend to be boring. But “active” doesn’t have to be fisty-cuffs or running away from dragons. It can tell us something important about the characters.
Alas, I dived headfirst into outlining and fleshing out another project towards the end of the week. It is a different urban fantasy from the other series I discussed a few weeks ago. The structure is closer to a TV show with season-long arcs relating to a group of college students dealing with monsters. No, it is not Buffy. Yes, it will be a kissy series. (Most of my stories have a kissy element to them. I am not ashamed.) Let’s just say that the cast is already quite large due to the setting. I sort of like the idea of having the main conflict also reflecting some of the sub-plots as well. Jenna Moreci discussed the subject in one of her videos a few years back if folks are interested. Here is the link. I highly recommend folks also check out her other videos on writing if you are looking to either start writing or improve your own writing process.
Can both projects coexist? Yep. However, I will need to completely ignore one whilst I am in the midst of the drafting process. It seriously need to work on improving my willpower otherwise I won’t get anything done.

Anyhoo, I also spent Tuesday and Wednesday watching and rewatching videos on the writing process. Going over content I’ve seen over the past few years was a great refresher and also allowed me to notice stuff I’d missed during previous viewings. I managed to come across a few YT channels that produce interviews with screenwriters, which I found quite useful. In any case, I decided to curate a playlist for videos on writing. For those interested, here is the link. The playlist is subject to change, as I will continually be going over more content in the future. In any case, I hope that you get something out of the playlist.

MUSIC
This week, I discovered The Wombats and Bleachers, whilst I rediscovered The New Pornographers and Two Door Cinema Club. My favorite jams of the week are the following:

  • Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons from Evolve (very positive and hasn’t lost its gleam in the year or two since the album was released. The entire album is awesome.)
  • Silhouette Palette by Agent Fresco from A Long Time Listening (reminds me of something that would be playing at the climactic final battle of an action-packed anime series.)
  • Turn by The Wombats from Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (uplifting and lovey-dovey)
  • The Lost Souls by Asking Alexandria from The Black (I love a lot of their music. I think I love this track in particular due to how it relates to one of my characters.)

Time for a music video. Given that there was a recent Eurovision, which I have been following for over a decade, I decided to sift through some of this year’s contestants. There were a lot of strong contestants this year, making the choice difficult. We saw the energetic Miki’s La Venda, John Lundvik’s soulful Too Late for Love and Eliot’s emotional Wake Up. In the end, I settled on Belarus’s entry of Zena with her live performance of Like It. Be sure to check out the official Eurovision channel for some more videos from this year’s contestants as well as content from previous years.

GAMING
I didn’t play a lot of Path of Exile this past week. It was a mix of being interested in doing other stuff and having to listen to nearly non-stop commentary on hubby’s characters as he was testing builds. It was very frustrating overall. Whenever he gets this obsessive, it often leads to me getting burnt out of a game because he never does things in halves. And this, people, is why it is a good idea to have multiple interests. 

OTHER
We had three days of rain this past week. It was a welcome change but it took a while for the ground to dry out enough to use a ride-on mower without leaving large grooves in the lawn. Hubby made quick work of some long grass with a whipper snipper as well but surprisingly did not cackle while he did it. How on earth is he going to become a super-villain if he doesn’t practice his maniacal laugh whilst decapitating grass? Oh well, I will just have to enjoy indulging in some primate grooming exercises instead. I hear that all of the cool kids are doing it these days. Joke-joke… Or is it? Yes, it is a joke.

Well, that is it for this week’s update. Here’s hoping I have some more posts for you over the next week. I leave you with the following word: montivagant.


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World of Keiko 2018/03/25

I didn’t post a lot this past week as I have been a bit busy with other stuff. Anyway, here the past week’s posts:

ANIME & MANGA
I finished Kare wa Diablo this past week. As mentioned in the post reviewing volume three of the series, I will not be writing a review for the entire series. I also decided to call it quits with Butterflies, Flowers. Most of you saw it coming. However, I hate not finishing a series when I made it to the halfway point. However, I cannot justify spending time on it anymore. I am not a masochist and I doubt any of you want to read more rants about how much it sucks as a series. Here’s hoping that you are getting something out of my reviews for other titles.

READING & WRITING
I didn’t read any text-based stories this week. I should probably rectify that. If any of you know of some podcasts featuring fantasy short stories (I am aware of CastlePod already) and/or romance (I read a lot of Harlequin’s Online Reads), then let me know as seeing how other people address the various themes and craft a story.
Whilst I made the declaration last week that I had settled on a series to work on next, it seems that I was over-zealous. Looking over the material that I have written up already, it requires a lot more work than I originally thought. As such, I have decided to work on something else in its stead and look forward to working on it in the not-so-distant future. I do, however, you guys check out the webtoons I mentioned in last week’s update post.
So, what will I be working on? Well, it is another series that I started working on recently. It is a series that I’ve also started writing scenes and have quite a bit of the worldbuilding done for. Genre? Fantasy+Action+Romance. I started working on it before I began reading the manga series Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi, a series that shares some elements in that the central character is a female royal. The themes of my own project will be quite a bit different, incorporating religious themes, more magic, human experimentation, and other stuff. It also features sex scenes.

GAMING
In Path of Exile, my main character in Synthesis league is now at end-game. Whilst I haven’t made much headway in the Atlas content, I have done a bit of delving. At some point, I need to spend more time with the Memory Nexus content for some of the league achievements. It is, however, one heck of an undertaking and I also have other stuff I want to do with my time.

OTHER
I harvested the pumpkin I grew yesterday, which had a few peck marks in the side. It is the final fruit of the season as the rest have either died or been attacked by critters. Still, I look forward to eating my first home-grown pumpkin. There is a level of pride that comes with growing your own produce. I didn’t spray herbicides or pesticides, and just let the plants do their own thing. Whilst the lack of ground preparation hurt production, I still managed to grow quite a few vegetables. It was a great learning experience.
In lieu of the reduced rainfall, the bush turkey has started digging things up again in search of food. Ahead of winter, I need to think of ways to cover any plants I grow. I might also mulch with cardboard and compost. If my budget allows, I will try to get bales of hay and whatnot to cover and amend my growing spaces.

Well, that is it for this week. Here’s hoping that I make more headway with my various endeavors. I wish you the best with your own goals this week. With that in mind, I leave you with the following word: jasperated.


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World of Keiko 2018/03/18

Ahoy there, maties! I hope that you guys had an awesome week. Feel free to let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments section. Me? I’d say that I had a pretty productive week overall.

The past week’s posts:

ANIME & MANGA
I didn’t get around to watching any anime this past week, but I did have a lot of fun reading various manga series. Whilst I reviewed several, I also skimmed through a few other series to refine my list a bit more. There were some series that I almost immediately dismissed due to various issues.

Small RANT: One big issue that I have is romance series that focuses more on physical intimacy than “coupling”. I know that I’ve said it before but romance is not just about physical intimacy. If the focus is the physical than a relationship has no long-term viability. (There is only so far that I can suspend reality when the primary element of a genre is dismissed.) If you can swing both in a story, then awesome. Alas, some folks merely want to write sex scenes due to the desire for immediate gratification. This is part of the reason why I like “slow burn” HEA (Happily Ever After) titles. This counts for both text-based and graphic storytelling.

For those interested, I changed around the Manga Reviews page to make it slightly easier to navigate. As it was, the page looked like a bunch of titles and bulleted lists were puked upon the page. That description too graphic for you? Sorry, but it seemed like the most fitting way to explain the poor organisation on the page. It sucked from a UX (User Experience) standpoint and needed to be addressed. Sorry for taking so long. If you guys have any further suggestions to make it easier to navigate, then don’t hesitant to let me know and I will consider them.

READING & WRITING
I think I have made my decision as to which project I will focus on next. It is the story that most resonates with me but this urban fantasy series will need some work to get “up to snuff”. I will have to do research, which includes consuming stories with similar elements and reading up on subjects such as magic systems and mythological creatures.
So far, I have come across three webtoons that come close to the writing style I am hoping to emulate. These are as follows:

  • Lost and Found by Amapora and Saza [complex human emotions and situations] 
  • The Lady and Her Butler by Jade [broken characters looking to start over after a bad situation]
  • Siren’s Lament by InstantMiso [attitude of main character rocks]

Feel free to look up these series on the interwebs. All going well, I will be working on the first draft of book 1 by this time next month. Fingers and toes crossed on this one.

GAMING
I didn’t play much of Path of Exile this past week. However, hubby convinced me to try out a Herald of Agony Rain of Arrows Occultist build a run. I tried it out for the first time on Friday night and seriously dig it so far. It is a seriously chill yet powerful build. I can seriously see myself enjoying and having it as my main for the remainder of the Synthesis League. Whilst the cyclone build was okay, I can’t really see myself enjoying it near as much as “Celestial Bob”. In any case, feel free to take a look at the link above for an exhaustive overview of the build. If you like it, consider giving it a run.

OTHER
It looks like my vines are truly near the end of their lifespan. I enjoyed a lot of cucumbers during the growing season but all good things come to an end eventually. I learned a lot from growing these plants and look forward to growing them again next time around.
On Friday night, I started getting a nasty headache and a toothache as well. By Saturday, the toothache (wisdom tooth related) had got worse, the headache hadn’t subsided and I started feeling other symptoms late afternoon. Hubby was suffering worse versions of most of the same symptoms as well, but to think that I would get a toothache at the same time is a real annoyance. Whenever I deal with wisdom tooth problems, they linger for a few days, being a real pain. One of the biggest problems is getting to sleep because I am a side sleeper. It would have been a lot less of an issue if I could comfortably sleep on my back. Oh well… On Saturday evening, I began to suffer from nausea and dizziness. I decided to sleep a bit on Sunday and was feeling significantly better by Sunday evening.

Anyhoo, that is it for this week’s update. I hope that you guys take care of yourselves over the next week. I leave you with the following word: machicolation.


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World of Keiko 2018/03/11

This week’s posts: –

Sorry that I haven’t posted much over the past week. I had to do some personal stuff on Friday and on Saturday, the new Path of Exile league Synthesis, started.

ANIME & MANGA
I started and enjoyed a few new manga series this past week. Whilst many of them are older titles, they still provided hours of entertainment and gave me a well-needed “change of scenery”. I also noticed that Skeleton Soldier Couldn’t Protect the Dungeon had a bunch of installments drop over the past few weeks. This is a good thing, in my personal opinion, as I have been trying not to read the chapters of this charming series too quickly.

READING & WRITING
This week, I came up with one throwaway idea and another that
The templates that I’ve devised over the past month or so have proved to be quite useful over the past seven days. They’ve allowed me to quickly get down a few new ideas whilst also helping me refine some older ideas. I also managed to transfer a few notes from some old projects from open office and word to OneNote. I’ll do what I can to create a few more useful templates in the coming days but I think I am close to a layout that I can make quick use of. I do not discount the possibility that I will change it again in the future, but that is a part of the process, I suppose.
Given the huge variety of different ideas that I’ve come up with of late, I need to decide which story to start drafting soon. I think that I will give it until the end of the month before I settle on something, giving myself time to mull and play. After that, I intend to have a plot outline completed in a fortnight and then get to work on whatever I have decided to focus on. It will definitely be something either fantasy or urban fantasy, I know that much. I will also have to write something that I have at least some idea of the long-term arc as I want to avoid unnecessary rewrites.

GAMING
Due to the new PoE league starting, I spent several days gaming and planning with the other half. Whilst I won’t be spending large amounts of time gaming this league, the current league already feels significantly more enjoyable than Betrayal league. This time around, I wasn’t constantly on edge to see if some piece of content was going to interfere with normal gaming. To me, this extra content is best added to end-game, preferably with its own instances. Unless, of course, the extra content is subtle enough, as was the case with the changes to crafting. Let players engage in the content they want to play rather than throwing four types of content at them. That sort of defeats the purpose of the content in the first place which is to provide optional “other” content.
That being said, Grinding Gear Games has proven time and time again to have some good ideas and regularly produces new content, which includes large amounts of new mechanics, with each new league. This is something that cannot be said for numerous other gaming companies. This willingness to regularly provide new content inspires confidence in their product when coupled with good community support.
For those interested, we are both playing Cyclones builds for the Psion class. It seriously rocks. Whilst his Ice Spear and Vortex build for the Witch class deal large amounts of damage, it is way too squishy for my lazy-ass tendencies to enjoy, which makes the Cyclone Psion build a better choice. My reaction times tend to be a bit sluggish, making a tanky build a lot more enjoyable long-term. We will, however, see if this hold true as the league progresses.
Anyway, the biggest side benefit of these sessions was calling hubby “bunny-sama” to the name he chose for that character. He figured that his choice of the leap slam ability was sufficient enough to include “bunny” in the name. I think that he might have got a kick out of hearing me call him that name as well.

OTHER
We got quite a bit of rain this past week. Whilst I still have a few cucumbers growing on the vines, some bugs are doing a number on the leaves and at least one of my fruit appears to be rotting at the base. I will have to keep an eye out in the coming days but I suppose that the toads will likely eat some of the critters affecting my plants. I know that some of my fellow Aussies are in shock over my statement on the usefulness of toads in pest removal. However, toads are all over the place so I might as well take advantage of this peculiar resource for chemical-free pest control. I only wish they liked eating grasshoppers significantly enough to keep the little buggers from stripping some of the leaves from my cucumbers and pumpkin vines. This has become a noticeable issue in the past week, leading to issues with flowering and production of sugars for developing fruit due to reduced photosynthesis.

Anyway, that is it for this week. Here’s wishing you a healthy and productive week that is absent of rampaging monkeys. I leave you with the following word to mull over as you contemplate how best to discuss lawn bowls with aliens over cheese and wine: Ultracrepidarian.