In the past forty eight hours I have had a staggering four thousand DDOS and SQL injection attack attempts on this site from IPs resolving to the Ukraine and the Russian Federation, specifically wide attack ranges in Kiev, Moscow and Donetska (?)
If any of the readers of this site are from the above countries, please reply here or (if you are not a registered reader) reply to email@example.com. I need to see how many of my legit readers are from the affected sites before I decide how to deal with this mess.
As a note, I am not anywhere near Hurricane Harvey.
My back is… improving, finally, after long adjustments and an unbelievably uncomfortable laparoscopic procedure to literally carve out a piece of disc material.
The good news is the supplements are working, as the microfactures in L4 and L5 have healed up (due to being fucking immobile). L2 is still… shaky, but I can deal with that later. The upshot is that I am not stuck in backbraces and traction all the time now and can (hopefully) get both work done and some stuff done on the fiction.
The bad news is that (given it’s already the 27th) it’s extremely unlikely TWCD will be updated before the end of the month. That being said, I will hopefully be able to write some next week, clean up some OSABC chapters and dump out an update to Liara’s piece and Ahern’s stuff.
I’m going to be having a couple of more art pieces done, although no good timeline on when that will happen.
I am appreciative of all the comments, IMs, emails and texts people have sent me. Thank you for your support. 🙂
I’ve managed to feel good enough to work a little bit (a very, very little bit) on some things.
I’m roughly 1200 words into an Ahern doc on the quarians.
I’m at about 3000 words on the next TWCD chapter.
I’m fiddling with a chapter to No Single Raindrop
Right now, there are a large number of chapters up for editing for the rewrite of OSABC. I’d like people to focus on that while I’m down, since it’s easier for me to work with that stuff. If we could knock down 10 chapters a week we could easily have the whole thing done and start on ATTWN (which also needs attention in a few places).
Back surgery is going to have to wait. I’m talking to my doctor and my chiropractor (board certified, former sports medical professional, thinks reiki is shit and that homopaths should be jailed — you know, my kind of chiropractor) and they want to do some ATLAS adjustments and try to line my spine back up and see if that doesn’t reduce pressure on the disc.
The *good* news is nothing is fused yet and that most of the fractures, while sizeable, are not expanding. I’ve been put on several supplements (calcium and strontium, FDA approved stuff only, I’m not wasting time with fucking herbs).
The bad news is that I’m not sure how long it will take before I feel better.
Not helping events : I loaned my sister a car, the Chrysler 300 that belonged to my wife. First she got it towed because she let her idiot boyfriend drive it. Now it’s been in an accident and the insurance company is telling me it is totalled.
Just what I needed. In any event, work is … proceeding. Hopefully (as stated) I can get the next chapter out by late August, as my focus is on not straining myself.
If you are on the ‘regular’ editing gang and would like to join the “OSABC editing gang” just request approval, as I have the list of emails. Anyone who is not currently on the Gang that I don’t know needs to please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After several… misadventures, I’ve decided to go ahead and simply have Armesan (original artist who did the Shepard, Benezia and Liara artwork) to do a set of colored art prints for iconic characters in the PremiseVerse.
The first lineup (already paid for by the kind donators of the Patreon) would be Ahern, Dragunov, and a re-do of Galen Minsta as some were not … pleased with the result.
The next ones would probably be Pel, Admiral Vandefar, and either Uressa T’Shora, Maxwell Manswell, or possibly Richard Williams.
All previous artists are either not taking commissions, no longer available, or unsatisfactory, with the exception of LuckyFK who is simply busy, I think. I may reach out to him if he has time to perform another commission later in the year.
As I have mentioned in the chat, if you know any artists or animators who are available on commission and do sci-fi type work I would be interested in them.
Please make sure they do have an active DeviantArt account, as I have now had multiple run ins with people attempting to use other’s art as their own, and the DA community routinely seems to rat these types out.
I’m back in an office again instead of living out of a box in a meeting room. The chaos at work has died down (after reaching clownshow proportions) and volume is down since this is not a time of the year people buy a lot of phones.
Medical situations of myself and my mom have stabilized, although finances aren’t so hot anymore. Meh.
I just put up remastered chapters for OSABC 24 and 25 (thanks to the Editing Gang) and they are working on 26 and 27 right now. If you haven’t reread OSABC you might want to give it a whirl, as the first 25 chapters have been overhauled quite a bit.
I’ve also gotten 4.4k words done and vetted in TWCD, and I am writing it slowly and having the editing gang fix as I go. It should be hilarious educational for them to see how badly I fuck up when I write the writing process I use is implemented.
Pause for sustained, hollow laughter
I have bits of a Cerberus file update on the Batarians and the Drell (finally). Co-author Jacob has a new and truly fucked up opposing forces document on the batarian SIU while I’m working on doing one for the salarian League of Zero. (No Jacob, you cannot write that one.)
I may or may not have a possible Tech Guide update out this month. All in all, I plan to at LEAST get the next damned chapter of TWCD out, so people don’t think this is abandoned.
Given that even after crashing most of this weekend that I’m still in a five or six hour sleep deficit, that my blood pressure and blood sugar are up and I’m tired all the time, I don’t expect to get a lot done in the week I’m off.
That being said, I’m certainly going to take a stab at getting something done, if only to reassure people that things haven’t stopped. While the next chapter is outlined fully, writing it up is somewhat of a challenge due to the way I’ve structured things.
I’m not 100% sure what the timeline will be for additional stuff. Once I get past the big mess at Ilium it will be easier to write the intervening chapters, but there’s some very ugly consequences for the changes I’ve made to canon and I have to figure out how to write stuff in about them now, not later. We’ve all seen in ME3 how a failure to lay groundwork blows up on you.
I’ve spent some time playing ME:A and had several people ask me if I’d be writing anything about it. So far, I’m very pleased with the much more realistic tone, the mystery of the setting, the focus on exploration, and what not. The aliens are also far more … believable than previous efforts. That being said, anything I would do along those lines would be even more out of phase with canon than OSABC, and frankly the Scourge looks like out of control Godpower, so…
We’ll have to see.
I’d like to reiterate a call for artists — even if you are not one yourself, if you personally know one who is active on DeviantArt or has a public display of their works for view, i would be interested. Please note that due to some issues I’ve had with previous artists, I would prefer they have a public showing of their work on a widely trafficked site.
I haven’t been around much (or gotten any work done on the next chapter) due to some busy stuff going on at work due to the re-org — moving offices, changing certain work schedules and on-call schedules, and longer hours.
I’m typically a ‘my company right or wrong’ kind of guy, and I’m certainly not complaining per se — but it does cut into the whole ‘time off’ thing. IT and CS should calm down next week so I hope to kick off Arc II of Lions and the backdraft explosion of the Angstrofuck of Doom by next weekend, with (hopefully) a new Lions chapter out by the end of the month at the latest.
I did (finally) get a pair of books and a set of microfilms I have been waiting on to do some more work on the tech guide and the batarians, but those are pretty low priority.
I’ve held off several days because I’ve been waiting for two projects that complemented each other to complete. I’m happy to report both are done now — the debut of Dr. Tiffany Minsta, arrogant rich girl daughter of Dr. Galen Minsta and even more racist than her father.
She is the point of view of the latest Cerberus File, covering the volus’s special network. This piece was 99% written by Jacob and he should get all the credit for it. Along with this is the portrait of Tiffany done by Kerri Lynn.
Thanks to both of them for expanding the Premiseverse.