This week’s posts: –
- Manga Review: Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi Vol. 1
- Manga Review: Mission of Love Vol. 1
- Manga Review: Kare wa Diablo Vol. 1
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.
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.
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.