Another update on me…

So! I've got an apartment lined up. Not the one I mentioned in the previous update, but another one in the same area. It's a nice apartment. Big. Open. Bright. Nice kitchen.

And it makes me extremely worried. Or, well, anxious. A little scared.

Not the apartment as such. It's a good apartment. And I'm pretty sure I'll like living there. Once I've settled in. Which is the entire thing, really - moving to another apartment is going to literally be the biggest change in my life since I moved into the apartment I'm moving away from, which I've lived in for over ten years. So of course I'm anxious - every routine I've made for myself, everything I've gotten used to in all my years of living here - practically all of it will get discarded and I'm going to have to start figuring out new ones. I'm sure it'll all be good once I've done that, but... it's probably perfectly natural for me to worry about it right now. I do have this tendency to worry that things are going to end up being "wrong", that I've made the wrong decision. At the same time, this is absolutely the best apartment I could get under the circumstances, and it is a good one. More central location.

So anyway.

Being anxious over that hasn't exactly been to the benefit of my writing, as I find myself less able to concentrate because of it. I'm certain it's going to turn out alright in the end, but I can't just magically become not anxious. Next week will be a lot of preparations (though most of it's prepared already, as I've mentioned in the past - the majority of my possessions are in boxes and furniture that could be disassembled has been disassembled), and the week after that I'm actually heading off to a con. I definitely need that break. And when I come back home, it'll be moving time, though I don't know yet exactly the date that's going to happen. I've got some phonecalls to make.

And once I'm in my new place, with the computer and router all set up, I can start building anew, and then I will absolutely be more able to get things written. I hope. Also got that part where I need a job, but, y'know...

/Kenny

Things are moving

And by things, I mean me. Soon. Anyway, I figured some update here was called for, since I still am not a point where I have a chapter to publish.

I've been continuing my job-hunting with no success, and am now also taking care of some other stuff. Plus, I have to move out of this apartment in a month's time - going to view a new apartment on Tuesday, which I'm first in line for, so chances are good that'll be my new place. A lot bigger and in a much better location, for only a pretty negligible increase in monthly rent. So that's cool.

And that's basically where I'm at. I have a variety of things going on at the moment. Since I don't have a job, you'd think I'd be writing more, and I do agree with you. But not having a job or anything at all, really, frustrates me to the point where I end up just doing nothing productive. Can you get burnt out from doing nothing? Because it's kind of feeling like that. If I had less free time, I'd probably make more of an effort to do more with it. Plus, I mean, having less free time would mean having a job, meaning having money to do things with, so there's that too.

Bah.

Well, I hope you'll still want to stick with me and be patient just a bit longer. Hopefully I'll have something else going on soon to pep me up.

/Kenny

Fruit fixup

The chapter progress page has gotten that revamp I was talking about - instead of a vague sense of "halfway" and "almost done", the progress bars are now (almost) entirely tied to my current word count of upcoming chapters. It now has half-fruits as well, and each full fruit represents a 1000-word threshold - half a fruit means less than 500 words written, a full fruit means between 500 and 1000 words, and so on, until four full fruits which represents 3500+ words but not all chapters actually reach that many words so sometimes it'll skip a step (and since I still intend to update the progress bars weekly, a lot of steps will be "skipped", most likely). 4½ fruits now means it's in proofreading/editing, while five full fruits of course still indicates that the chapter is ready to publish. So there you go!

Three years on

Here we go again. After a slow, slow third year, Pure Corruption goes into its fourth one. Trust me when I say that noone else would have wanted it to update faster than me.

I'm still job-hunting. I keep trying. I might actually have one incoming now, but it eats time, and being worried about it doesn't put me in a writing mood, I'll tell you that much. The two part-time gigs I mentioned previously I technically still have, but I don't get tasks from them very often, so I badly need something else.

I have to move before the end of July, so I spent large parts of March and April cleaning out the apartment, packing things in boxes, disassembling bookshelves and the like. That hasn't helped the writing either, but it had to be done.

Aaaaand I might have been playing just a little bit too much of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Diablo 3 on Switch. Still.

But forget all of that today - it's my 33rd birthday, the anniversary of Pure Corruption, and thus of course also new chapter day!

Chapter 043: Aniara and Rink is published! Go read it! And the next chapter has been sent off to proofreading, too. Things are happening.

I think I might need to change up what things in the fruit meter means, though. I never actually use the 3-fruit one, 'cause when I'm at an "almost done" point, I get an extra boost of energy to finish it so I can send it off to proofreading instead of leaving it in an "almost done" state. I also found that I don't actually know where the "almost done" point is. I might rejigger that.

So all my thanks to everyone who's still with me and I hope you'll stick with me for a fourth year, that I really, really, really want to get a lot more chapters published in. I'm kind of ashamed at the slow publishing rate I've had.

/Kenny

I don’t actually have enough of an audience for an April Fool’s joke anyway

So this is just a regular message from me. Still no new chapter, which I'm sorry about. But I figured some signs of life and information from me could be called for.

The two jobs I have, I technically still have, but they're part-time gigs that don't really get me enough money, so I'm still looking for more. In the meanwhile, I've been using my free time for some stuff I have to do - I have to move out of this apartment within 4 months, so I've been cleaning up. Packed boxes of stuff. Thrown away a whole lot of stuff. You never know how much trash you have until it's time to move. Disassembled and put away a bookshelf. My apartment has rarely looked better tbh and there's still a whole lot of work for me to do, and it's something I really do have to prioritize at the moment. Writing isn't completely at a standstill, though - I've made some breakthroughs. I do have a mostly clear plan for the rest of the current volume. I really want to get these chapters out, but life is like it is sometimes.

Still.

Have a good April Fool's day. Remember to check your sources. I'll hopefully have some gooder news for you soon enough.

/Kenny

First one of the year!

Alright! We're finally here!

And as promised, I present you with Chapter 042: Family business. Eesh. That one was supposed to have come last year, but anyway. Here's to 2019!

A belated Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

I'm gonna keep this fairly short, 'cause I'm currently doing New Year's at a friend's mom's place. But I've wanted to give you a bit of an update, at least.

As you can see on the chapter progress page, which didn't get updated over Christmas for a wide variety of reasons and I now have changed to be more truthful about when I've actually been updating it, the next chapter is done and will be published on Friday, so you havethat to look forwards to.

I'm not going to give any big New Year's Resolution about publishing more. I wish I could, but - I have an update on what I said in my last news post. I have jobs now. Yes, jobs. Plural.

One that makes use of my skills - I'm an interviewer for a research company, so I go around and do surveys.

And one that is what I like doing more than anything - writing about video games. Reviewing. So far, this year, since getting the job, I've written reviews of one forgettable indie game on the Switch eShop, Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Okay, so that last one hasn't been great for my writing progress. But anyway.

So a big thank you to everyone who's been with me for 2018, sorry for not giving you more chapters, and I hope you'll stay for what's hopefully going to be a more productive 2019!

/Kenny

I say a lot of things.

So remember when I said that thing about publishing when I had four chapters ready to go? How I broke that to publish on the anniversary but was going to keep with it for the upcoming three?

Yeeeeeeah, about that.

See - that was more or less predicated on that I would actually be able to keep writing at a steady pace. Explanations to come - first let's give you what you're presumably actually here for, which is a chapter! And a new feature.

Chapter 041: Home, sweet home was noted as being ready to publish, and now it's published, after forever and a half. Please, enjoy.

I've also added something new to the site - under Extras, you can now find a more involved chapter progress page, that I - weekly at a minimum - will update to show what progress is being made on the next four chapters of the current volume. If there's less than four chapters left in the volume, progress being made on the remaining chapters of the volume. Since volume breaks are always slightly special anyway. It's not much of an apology, and it being there probably won't speed up my writing any more than I already want to speed it up, but I wanted to to something.

So, anyway. Why did things take this long? What happened?

A number of things. Let's start with my studies. My final project for my master's degree in journalism had been hanging over me for some time, it took a lot longer to get done than it was supposed to, and someone also actively lied to me about things regarding when I could get it graded, which led to me first having to wait 2-3 months from sending it in to actually getting it back, and after correcting what I had to correct for a passing grade and sending it in a week after getting feedback, the examinator had already gone on vacation, so I had to wait until late September (after he had said I'd get it early September). I still had one change to make, which amounted to literally one page in a document, and somehow that took 11 days to get read after being sent in. At least I finally got it all done and got a passing grade, so now I actually have a master's degree in journalism. Make no mistake, that's one of the proudest achievements of my life, but towards the end it got annoying.

But once one is done with school, then comes the next bit. Finding a goddamn job. And journalism? Even with a master's degree, that is not an easy market to find anything solid in. I've been applying to several journalism jobs, as well as a bunch of other jobs that suit my skillset. Worked one day as a transport driver, where they thought I did a bad job because they assumed I had skills I had never once claimed I possessed. Actually have landed what should be my dream job - although it's extremely part-time and I haven't gotten paid yet - which is writing about video games, so I get some free games out of that, at least. I also have a thing that isn't journalism but makes use of what I've learned in my journalism studies lined up that I'll go try out next week. Obviously having jobs is good - but it also means less time to write. So, there you go.

That means I haven't had a job for quite some time. So, I'm not proud of this, but this means I've been living off of my parents for a while. And one condition I got for that was that I had to do something productive with my time, study something, so I'm currently taking two courses, one in filmmaking - since I got really hooked on TV production during my journalism studies, film felt like a natural next step - and one in science fiction and fantasy writing - which I picked after the course I was going to take in creative writing got cancelled, so I jumped on that one in the hopes it'd give some pointers and stuff I could use for Pure Corruption. I'm learning things, and some are actually useful, but again, it takes up time.

So add all of that to the ongoing frustration about finally getting done with my education and still not being able to find anything in my field, and you can probably see why my motivation hasn't always been the greatest these last six months. Edit: Oh, and let's not forget Evernote (which I use to do my writing) making things terrible in updates making me refuse to update and then cocking some other stuff up, leading to a snag in my workflow when it comes to working on writing when I'm not at home.

And, okay, getting a Switch with Breath of the Wild back in May, followed by Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, and getting Diablo III Eternal Collection for it last Friday, probably hasn't helped tons. But, y'know.

To end this on a slightly more uplifting note, while I might not have been steadily writing on these coming few chapters, it's not like I haven't been working on Pure Corruption at all. Fact is, there's a bunch of things that have happened, some plans have been changed, and things have been written. It's just that those aren't things that you guys are going to be seeing for quite some time, but it'll at least mean things will be faster once we get there. I've had certain things planned from the very start - because if I know what plot developments I'm working towards, they won't look like they happen for no reason when they actually happen. Gotta know what the goal is to be able to reach it naturally.

That got long. So I like words. Sue me.

/Kenny

Edit: Also, long overdue, but the cast page has now been updated with Charon's profile and a page for the other members of the Bluefin Expedition. Yay!

The years keep passing

And here we are again. My birthday, and the second anniversary of One Piece: Pure Corruption.

The second year has been much, much slower than the first year. And I do have the very good excuse of getting my master's degree and then looking for a job as reasons for that.

I'm not done with all four coming chapters. But not publishing one today would just feel wrong. So I've done so.

Volume 05: Aniara, and with that, Chapter 040: Girl talk are here. Yay!

And speaking of the name of that volume...

Today I'm also officially launching something else, very experimental, that I've been working on a little. See, Pure Corruption isn't my only project. I create content for things in a variety of ways, but I've never really had somewhere to collect all these. That has now changed, as I've created a web sandbox/project "hub" for all of my projects - which also, completely coincidentally*, bears the name Aniara. As a companion to that is a Discord server of the same name, which includes a category for chatting about Pure Corruption, if that is something anyone's wanted. It can be reached here.

I'll keep updating those progress meters in the previous news post. I'll try to actually keep up the publishing of chapters now.

And I hope you'll keep enjoying Pure Corruption despite how terrible I am at sticking to a good release schedule.

To all of my readers: A sincere thank you!

/Kenny

*not actually a coincidence, I just like that name.

You guys deserve more status updates than I’m actually giving you

I know some of you still check in to see if there's something new. At least that's what the site stats tell me. So I figure I should let you know that things are still progressing, albeit slowly. So here's the current status of the upcoming four chapters:

EDIT: This feature has been replaced by the chapter progress page.

Chapter 040 was published ahead of time for the anniversary - the other three will be posted on a once a week schedule when all of them are done.