EDIT: Stuff on the way: DownRight Fierce #3, Another Code:R short story (like 20-25 pages), Versatility #5, some kind of Rokudai something
Feedback has been much slower in 2014 than in 2013, but for anyone curious, here's what's coming soon from me.
1) DownRight Fierce may have failed its Kickstarter, but I am redoubling my efforts and working on writing out its planned story (and extra scenes) into a prose novel. I'm considering re-doing a Kickstarter with a much smaller goal in order to fund SOME comic pages, thus creating a hybridization of prose novel with certain scenes also depicted in comic form. There's still a gallery of art on the project here
, and I even commissioned an original theme song.
I have two draft chapters online with a third on the way. You can read the first chapter here
, and the second here
2) I've also been working on What We Learned at Rokudai, the re-purposed version of What I Learned at SRU. This has included brand new scenes from the chronological start of the story; hashing out altered backstories, character names, and planned relationships; editing pre-existing scenes. I would like to start uploading some of this stuff in the next month, but I'm still deciding what order to put some of the earlier scenes in. I'm still periodically commissioning pieces for this, too -- expect a New Year's themed groupshot coming, well, hopefully in time for New Year's!
Oh, and in case you missed it, I commissioned some Halloween costumes for the cast:
3) I'm a decent ways into writing a standalone short story based on the visual mystery novel Another Code: R (sequel to Trace Memory for those in NA). Taking place two years after Another Code: R's story, it will be a slice-of-life fic that fans of the game series will appreciate most, but that everyone else can just read as a standalone, down-to-earth sort of short story about introspection and dealing with failure. I'm commissioning another piece from Shannon Ehrola for this, in the same way I did for my Walking Dead story Versatility (speaking of which, I don't think I'm finished with that yet but I need to replay through the story in December before I finish it).
As for stuff I'm recommend people check out, Steins;Gate is an anime I've been revisiting recently (watching through it back in the summer); I also watched through both seasons of House of Cards, a Netflix-only show, which is a fascinating character story themed around American politics (more interesting than it sounds if you give it a chance); today I watched through all off Over the Garden Wall, a fascinating and charming animated mini-series; Book 4 of Korra has been exceeding my pessimistic expectations -- I very much disliked most of Book 2 and even Book 3 I found to be predictable, forced, and boring to my tastes, but Book 4 is finally back to "I would recommend this to adults" territory, so good on the writing team for that. For graphic novels, ones I'd recommend that I've read over the past few months I've read through Seconds (by Brayn Lee O'Malley), In Real Life (Doctorow & Wang), Boxers and Saints (Gene Yang), and the new ATLA comic arc 'The Rift' is the best one so far by far.
As for games, I've been playing a lot of Smash Bros. on the 3DS as I warm up for the Wii U release, Binding of Isaac on PS4, and I'm looking forward to the Mario Kart 8 DLC next week, as well as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Kingdom Hearts 2.5.
In general, life has been less stressful lately, which has allowed me more time to focus on writing, and while my goals and plans lay scattered at my feet, I'm still filling blank pages where I can. A big thank you to those of you who do still leave feedback now and again! It still means a lot, especially when I learn of new readers to SRU, even now after all has been said and done for that version of the story.