I’ve been out of commission for a bit. A mix of writer’s block and severe personal issues did that. Back pain was so bad at one point that it hurt standing, walking, sitting, or even laying down.
Right now I’m stable (sort of) but still have a lot of issues on the plate to deal with. Not sure when I’ll have this chapter ready to go as it needs a lot of work still, but its the last one before everything goes to hell.
Either my website specifically or the host is under extremely heavy DDOS, SQL Injection, bruteforce login spam and comment spam attacks right now and has been since early this morning.
I have pretty good defenses, multiple firewalls and security backlogs, but if the site goes down and doesn’t come back up in a few minutes, please email me. Same goes for the forums.
Still working on next chapter. Progress is slow but steady.
I’ll put up some more chapters to revise of OSABC later on today and see if I can’t finish up the chapter of Lions before moving onto the opening carnage of Ilium.
I don’t know if I’ll finish up tonight or not… if not I’ll do so when I go on vacation Wednesday.
Editing Gang: I’ll probably throw something up anyway tonight, at least for a first pass on what’s already written. I may go ahead and push the current OSABC chapter out as well and get the next one ready for edits.
Off to eat lunch.
I worked with Aberron (who writes my favorite fic about a time-reskipped Illusive Man) to create the nominal document that gets tossed around so much. Why Bioware didn’t actually write it up I don’t know, but I hope our version does justice to the concept.
I’ll be off starting October 12, and doing a lot of work on TWCD to get the next chapter or two out. I’m sorry for the delays, but there have been a lot of stupid happenings going on in my life, on top of the whole iPhone 7 mess and now exploding Note 7’s that have to be replaced, so work is hectic.
I’ve finalized the first slate of images I want done: Ahern, von Grath, Dragunov, Tetrimus, and Delacor. I’ll probably move on those before the end of the month.
I haven’t been on much, because work went insane with the full launch of the iPhone 7 and the problems with the Samsung with exploding batteries. Things are finally starting to calm down now so I may get some writing done.
I have a bit done on the next chapter. I know everyone is eager for me to get to Ilium to start the Angstrofuck of Doom(tm) but as usual I’m intending to have all the pieces moved into the correct place first. I have several outlines of how to proceed that range from Crazy Awesome to the deaths of several main characters (and needing to redo / re-plan some later stuff to adapt to said deaths).
Currently the only people — the ONLY people — with absolute plot armor that are guaranteed to SEE ME3 are Shep, Liara, Garrus, Tel, Ahern, Grunt, and Anderson. Everyone else is (at least theoretically) on the chopping block.
Only Liara and Shep have plot armor to see ME4. (Well, and Vigil, but he’s a troll so fuck him.)
I also have a chapter of Lions about ready to go, although I’ll probably rewrite it. We’re coming to the end of the first Arc — once its’ done, we get to the second arc where Dalthos Fortress occurs. Not sure how long that will take as there’s a lot of things to go over.
The Kai Leng / Kahlee Sanders drama-trauma and what happens to Rachel comes after that part.
Finally, Aberron (the guy who writes Living an Indoctrinated Dream) and I have been working to write up the actual text of the Cerberus Manifesto, which I plan to put out sometime this week if you’re interested.
In other news, as soon as one of my artists gets back to me, I’m going to start having some of the OC’s drawn up.
The one after that shouldn’t take too long… (crosses fingers).
I’d also like to remind people I’m really not that interested in different pairings for Shepard… got three PM’s and two emails about that since the last chapter. While I love feedback, it should be towards things that actually need changing.
The Bad News: I’m up to 8,000 words on the next chapter, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to work on it this weekend or not.
The Good News: Since I’m not sure I finished the Tetrimus STG file for you guys 🙂
I’m about 4500 words into the next chapter. I’m hoping to have something ready to go by the weekend, but I wouldn’t say its impossible that I won’t get anything serious done until Labor Day in the US (September 5)
Work has been beyond insane, with several days where I’ve had to work from 4 AM to 7 PM the next day. I won’t get into why, but this has obviously disrupted my sleep schedule, and with other things going on has cut down on my writing time.
I have gotten estimates from several artists on the next phase of artwork and am in the process of determining what to go with based on Patreon feedback. Ideas to that effect are also welcome here.
I’ve done about five thousand words on the next chapter without an outline, as the outlines keep not meeting what I need to write with.
Things are going slowly since I’ve got relatives staying with me and work is sort of getting hectic. On the plus side, I have (finally) gotten the research stuff I need for drell, the engineering guide and maybe another add on to No Single Raindrop.
It is very likely (but not 100%) that something will come out in August, probably at least two STG files (one of them on Tetrimus) and maybe — no promises — another chapter of Lions.
The OSABC rewrites are going very well thanks to the Second Editing Gang. although re-reading it has opened my eyes to just how shit it really was. 🙁