Introducing Synth Saturday

Hey all I’m happy to announce that I will be retiring Serial Saturday and bringing a new medium to cover for Saturday’s in it’s place. It’s titled Synth Saturday and it will cover Fan Fictions. I will still cover grammar and basic things like plot and characters when I cover a Fan Fic, but I’ll also be looking into various stereotypes and fandom ideas that are used, like the fact that most Harry Potter fans see Dumbledore as a manipulative jerk. That was a real shock to me, but I also could see the reasoning behind it.

I will make a post that covers basic terminology used in Fan Fics, so various terms and phrases don’t confuse you.

Disclaimers: I do not own anything talked about in this column except what I write here which are my opinions and are subject to change on my whim. If someone is making a profit off the franchise or the fiction author mentions something like Patreon that is purely on them and them alone. This will be the one and only disclaimer for all future posts in this column. I’m too busy, and more importantly lazy, to write “I don’t own (Insert works name here)” every time I write one of these posts.

Six Years of Writing

Hey all. I just wanted to interrupt our regularly scheduled Movie Monday with a small post celebrating my sixth anniversary of writing.

I first started this blog to challenge myself to see if I could write something every day for a single year, and I succeeded beyond my wildest imaginations by keeping to that daily release schedule for over three years. About halfway through that first year I was contacted by Game Industry News and I started to post my blogs there as well as doing occasional game reviews. Then I was asked to do Audiobook reviews for Audible and then later Tor.

I was ecstatic to be able to do those things. I still am despite me taking a step back from daily posting. My writing has changed quite a bit since then, I’d like to think I have become much more concise and while my posts and reviews might not be as long or as frequent anymore I do think I am much more accurate as to my goal of covering as many stories as I can and portraying them as fairly as possible.

Finally I’d like you all to please consider my question I posed a few weeks ago regarding Fan Fictions. Please do comment with your opinions by February 20th and I’ll decide on what to do regarding that question. Though I am still leaning towards an affirmative to that at this time.

Update on Posting Schedule

Hey all I just wanted to give a quick update on my posting schedule. It’s still rather warm where I am right now and I’m currently not up to posting more often. I can’t promise that I’ll be getting back to daily posts any time soon, and I won’t be making that promise.

Life hasn’t been easy for me this past year, with the various stresses I’ve experienced I’m still struggling to handle it all and honestly it hasn’t gotten any better like I had hoped it would. They say “Time heals all wounds” That is false and while I agree that it’s true to a certain extent, it’s only a tiny bit true to me. I’m unsure when I’ll be up to getting back to my previous schedule of daily posts, but I will let you all know when that occurs.

So until then, please put up with my current posting schedule. Thanks for the understanding and I hope every has a good Autumn.

A Reminder on Column Topics

Hey all a couple months ago there was a rather vocal outcry to a certain post I made. It’s A Reminder on Column Topics!

Why?: I wanted to clear any misconceptions regarding my columns and what they deal with. Because while I love the fact that people commented to such a massive degree on one of my posts, the fact is that everything I said in that post was completely true, accurate and stuck to the topic of that column. I accept constructional criticism and welcome it gladly, I went to Art School for game design, which is how I know most of what I talk about on my blog and my various game reviews, so receiving said criticism is nothing new for me.

But don’t call my posts something they aren’t, and if I absolutely tear apart a beloved franchise for you, please keep in mind that I deal with stories of all kinds. I’ve experienced tens of thousands of them in various media formats from the spoken word to video games, and I’ve experienced just about every single type of story there is out there. What you think is amazing is not necessarily so amazing to me because I have little patience for something that can’t hold my attention enough for me to care about the characters.

Now here is your reminder on my columns. These are the descriptions I have on Windborne’s Story Eatery for each column.

Anime Sunday: My posts on Sundays are about Anime. Simple Enough.

Movie Monday: Movie Mondays are days where I cover some of my favorite movies of all time and some I hate with a passion. You’ll have to read which are which in each post!

Video Game Tuesday: Posts on Tuesdays are about Video Games and the Video Game Industry.

Bookish Wednesday: Posts on Wednesdays are about various books. Previously called Book Series Wednesday.

Translation Necessary Thursday: Posts on Thursday are focused on various written works that are translated from Japan, Korea and China. These include Light Novels, Web Novels, and Novels.

Retro Game Friday: Posts on Fridays cover games from previous video game generations, and the reviews are usually not unbiased as I’m going off memory of my time playing the game rather than playing it recently.

Serial Saturday: Posts on Saturdays are all about amateur English Web Novels that are published online, usually on royalroad.com. Sometimes the series covered will be absolutely amazing, other times I’m going to roast them for their mistakes.

Re-start Tomorrow!

 

Hey all I’m back and I just wanted to give a short update on my plans.

You ARE starting tomorrow right?: Yep, that is what’s happening, and I promise that you’ll be seeing posts on both here and GiN starting tomorrow.

That being said I am doing posts every 4 days to ease myself back into writing, this is the longest hiatus I’ve gone through since I started writing, and while I really did need this break to get my head and life back to a semblance of normalcy, it’s going to take me a while to get back to daily posts. So my plan is for me to keep the posts to every 4 days through the summer, because I really don’t like the summer months due to all the heat and they stress me out enough usually without all the stuff I’ve been dealing with.

So once summer is over I should be back to doing daily posts, depending on the weather here in the Pacific Northwest that could be from early September to even late October. I’m hoping it’ll be earlier than later, but frankly the heat makes me incredibly lethargic.

Reviews will continue to be weekly things for the books, unless someone else gets a book review for GiN and needs to run it that week, and on a receipt basis for games. Heads up I’ve got a real blistering review of a game coming up in the next week or two and it’s not the one that’s launching tomorrow on GiN. Look forward to that, because it’s going to be a doozy and frankly I’ll be hoping people will comment on it as it’s got unusual “issues”….

Launch Detected

 

Hey all I’m sorry for taking so long to get another update to you all on how I’m doing and when I’ll be starting to blog again. Things have been stressful and I really needed time off from my blogging to get stuff under control. It was getting to the point where I was losing sleep and was visibly looking unwell across a video call to some relatives of mine. However the end is in sight, and I’m planning on starting to blog soon.

So when is it?: My plan is to resume blogging on May 1st, a month after this post. And no this isn’t an April Fools joke. the plan really is for me to get back into blogging then and keep to my previous post schedule of doing one every 3-4 days until the beginning of August, where I hope to have gotten back into the swing of things enough to start up my daily posts. The covered material will stay the same as it was before the break, with me keeping to doing different topics for each day of the week. I’m still deciding on whether to do it every three or four days at the moment though and I can’t say for certainty which it will be.

I haven’t been idle these past months and while I wasn’t up for writing about stories, I still was consuming them at my usual pace so I’ve got plenty of material to write about. I just want to ease myself back into writing, as this is the longest break I’ve taken so far from writing since I started doing so over 5 years ago. The usual book and audiobook reviews on GiN will be posted as they have been while I’ve been taking a break and any games I get will be reviewed as well. In fact I’m emailing one to my editor right after writing this post. So please look forward to it.

Thanks for putting up with my long hiatus, I’ve really needed the time, and hope you all weren’t too upset with me taking this break for my own mental health.

5 Years and Update

Hey all I’m back with a quick update on how I’m doing on this 5th anniversary.

First off I’d like to say thanks to all those readers who have stuck around since the beginning of this little writing experiment that has gone much longer than I ever thought it would. I had meant this blog to be a challenge to myself to see if I could put a post out about some kind of story or game related thing every day for a year, and then it grew to two years, and then three. That isn’t even counting when I was contacted by GiN to post there as well and when I started game and book reviews for various publishers. When that streak was broken by my computer breaking down I had to take a break to replace it, and I’ve had to get back to writing a couple times since then. I can’t promise that this blog will continue forever, since I’ll probably run out of stories I’ve experienced, in one format or another, to cover eventually, but I’ll keep it going as long as I can.  Now on to that update about myself.

How are you doing?: Well I’m feeling less crappy after this month and a half of taking a break since the family dog has died and I’m not nearly in such a bad place in terms of my mental health. That being said things haven’t been great in other areas of my life so I’m still going to be taking a break until things settle down. To make a long story incredibly short my estranged grandmother and uncle have moved back to Oregon after being gone for nearly a decade and half. Things are a lot more complicated and totally not any of your business, but it will keep me stressed out for the foreseeable future.

When will you go back to writing blog posts?: If this family issue wasn’t occurring I’d have been back to writing by the beginning of February at the earliest, or today at the latest. As of right now, and I’m writing this at the end of January so take that in mind please, I can’t say for certain, but I’m hoping by March 1st at the earliest. I’ll still be doing the weekly book reviews and any game reviews for games I get a review copy of so I’m not taking a complete break from writing.

Here’s hoping the year has been good to you all thus far, and I’ll hopefully be back to blogging soon.