This chapter comes with a realization

The important part is that Chapter 058: Kickoff is published.

I struggled with this chapter for a long time. My summer job drained me (but I'm still going to apply for that summer job this year, because cash cash money), and then I just ended up in one of those situations where I had stared at the same chapter for so long that I drove myself mad over it. Eventually it all came together... and then some last-minute editing discussions delayed it further. I had hoped to get it published before 2023, but anyway. I'm noting that I only published two chapters in all of 2022 and I am incredibly embarrased over that.

If there's one thing I've really figured out now it is that I need to just stop obsessing over details. That's the one New Year's resolution I'm making for myself in 2023: When it comes to writing Pure Corruption, I'm going to stop trying to get every single little detail absolutely perfect. It's more important that I get the chapters done, obviously I won't just half-ass them, but I'm not going to let perfect be the enemy of good. The worst case scenario is that I in retrospect realize something needs to be fixed, and then I cna just... fix it. It's my story. My page. I'm never gonna do any big retcons, but I am open to fixing smaller details in post. Like we journalists do.

Looking over things, I also realized there's only two more chapters in this volume (barring having to split one for length), so the progress page has been fixed accordingly. The progress bar for 059 is honestly not really telling the full story, as the chapter is already almost done, and is just one important paragraph, some connective tissue, and one final coat of polish away from going to proofreading. So expect that soon. Ish.

/Kenny

What’s good for me is bad for Pure Corruption

I've worked more than usual over the last few months. Gotten more hours at my regular hourly thing. Working more days than I've done before. Not only that, I've gotten another job, which is starting as a summer temp job for 6-7 weeks, but I've spent two days there this week to prepare, and was told there are opportunities for me to come in some more days before I start the summer work period.

For me, this is great. My income hasn't been quite comfortable enough previously that I've had no money worries, but now it's absolutely getting to the point where it is.

But on the other foot, this does mean less free time. At my hourly employment, I often work Saturdays. I worked today, even. And the summer thing, and any extra days, is full-time—for me meaning a work day is from 08:30 to 17:15, not counting the commute.

This... has the unavoidable consequence of making Pure Corruption suffer. I've talked before about how since it's something I don't make any money from, it's a hobby, and has to compete for me free time with other things I also really want to do that I don't make any money from. Yes, I fully acknowledge this means that I might not have the full level of dedication to Pure Corruption that I wish I had. It's something I've tried working on, too.

But today's the birthday of both me and Pure Corruption. And while I failed you last year, this time, I've got a double for you. Both Chapter 056: Fire Water Burn and Chapter 057: Nooks and crannies have been published. Those two were originally one chapter, but it ran too long so I split it up.

Thanks to everyone who's still sticking with me, and I'm still adamant about seeing this project through.

Until next time!

/Kenny

In under the wire!

With less than five hours left of 2021 in my time zone, I decided to give you one last classic Friday update of the year. I have now published Chapter 055: Archer girl. The next two chapters are also in proofreading (it used to be one chapter, but had to be split, soooo), so they should come soon enough.

2021 has been a fairly good year for Pure Corruption. I don't actually know how many chapters I ended up publishing, but we finally got actual art of Rink, and the audiobooks started as well. The future is bright, I'd say!

And with that, there's not much left for me to do other than wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR, and hope that you'll want to stick with Pure Corruption for yet another year!

/Kenny

Announcing the Pure Corruption audiobooks!

Exciting news today, as another person joins the Pure Corruption team and brings a whole new aspect of it to the table!

I am proud to announce the official launch of the One Piece: Pure Corruption audiobooks, a project headed by The Fanfic Guy! So just sit back and relax and let his soothing voice bring you the story, with no need for you to strain your eyes by staring at a bright screen. Right now, you can hear the Prologue and Chapter 001: Avasine, city on the waves as read by him, and I will be sure to post when more chapters get added.

I hope you will enjoy this addition to the project, and another text chapter should also be coming in the quite near future. Until then!

/Kenny

Despite other stuff, there’s actually a chapter!

So hey here's an update in the form of Chapter 054: Four Knights and five pirates.

The fact that there's an update today even though I've got Metroid Dread to play is basically because the next chapter was originally planned to have two sections, but I decided to make the first section its own chapter after being done with it. So that one's in proofreading, this one was ready to publish, so, here we are!

Please enjoy!

/Kenny

Back where they started

I will freely admit that, going by what I say on the progress page, I should have published last week. I won't make any excuses but I can absolutely say that not doing that did not in any way extend the time it's going to take until I publish the next chapter.

But now we're here with Chapter 053: Avasine, city under siege. Returning to the city where the journey started for real, but things are different now! Please enjoy and I'll see you again here hopefully soon.

/Kenny

A picture AND four thousand words

A little while ago, I started doing something I should have started doing much longer ago. That something has resulted in a whole lot of progress. Enough progress for the publishing of a new chapter.

Chapter 052: Protocol, which might not be the most exciting of chapters after this long a break, but the next one is just about ready to go up itself, and the one after that is already at worst halfway done. Probably more, as I currently believe it's going to be a comparatively short chapter (but then again, that's what I thought about 52 too, and that one nearly hit my 4k word limit).

But there's also one more thing that's happened since... thanks to my proofreader/editor/at this point kinda co-author David Cablk, there now finally exists an actual picture of Rink! You can see it on the cast page and her profile page, but those are just in black and white to go with the other cast pictured, while the original of this Rink picture was in colour. So, I made a "cover" with the picture to show it off, in the same style as the one I did with Muse's picture once upon a time. I've got some more picture-related plans coming, but for now, please enjoy Rink Kazai. Click it for a not-mildly-downsized version. I don't know why it does that.

I love it.

(also, no, I did not forget to add it to her wanted poster. I'm not using this image for her current poster, for reasons that might become apparent when you read this and the next chapter. But a picture for the poster is under construction.)

/Kenny

I love Pure Corruption

...and I really want to see it through. That's why the recent slowness in progress makes me feel bad.

That's not to say that Pure Corruption, as a concept, makes me feel bad. Even though I don't know if I have any real audience, I still feel like I let them down when progress just isn't happening.

I'm not gonna list a bunch of excuses, here. Because they'd be just that, excuses. The only thing I'll mention is that, in the end, Pure Corruption is just a hobby and nothing I make money doing, not to say that that makes me less motivated to do it. But it means that it has to "compete" for my time with many other things I like or love doing that I also don't make any money doing.

Anyway.

This is my 35th birthday, the fifth anniversary of Pure Corruption, and the first anniversary that does not come with the publication of a new chapter. But it's not a completely empty anniversary. It's just gonna be dedicated to some other things.

First of all, the cast page has finally been updated, reflecting the structure of the New Harmony Pirates (and another thing I had to do Just Because). Some updates to individual character pages have been made too, with some polish still to come.

Second, I've put into action a project of standardization and extremely minor updates of chapters. Currently, the Prologue and Chapter 001 have been edited... but you don't have to reread anything, it's really just minor text cleanup and maybe a handful of words changed to make a sentence flow a little better, not counting fixing any typos I might find. There will be absolutely no changes to the story itself. I'm not gonna be mentioning each time I update something but I'll let you know when it's all done.

Third... well, it's more of second-and-a-half, since it's directly related to the above—Pure Corruption is as of today on Archive of our Own, and over the course of the coming weeks I'll get it up to date on there. This doesn't mean I'm posting it in four places now, as Pure Corruption is no longer posted on deviantArt since the site update that fucked up everything for writers. It'll just be here, FF.net, and AO3. So it was for the AO3 posting I started cleaning up things, but I won't be updating any chapters on FF.net with that.

That doesn't feel entirely enough as anniversary content, though. So, I've got one more bit of bonus content for you.

In the latest Chapter 051, there was a bit of a walkthrough of Aniara. Kind of overly detailed in places. There was a reason for that, as I had used a tool to furnish the rooms. So I suppose I can share that with you here—kinda sorta the blueprints of Aniara. To a degree, at least—these pictures and the measurements shown are not to be taken as absolute gospel, they were something I made to make sure that everything could actually fit in the rooms, and how things would be laid out. They're for reference, nothing more. The arrows indicate in what direction the ship's bow lies, as I did not think things through enough before I started making these, so I did not make all of them point in the same direction. Click them for big.

So that will be all from me for today. Hoping to have more content for you soon.

Until then.

/Kenny

A promise kept

I said January and it's still January!

So yes—Volume 06: The New Harmony Pirates is here, and with it, Chapter 051: A ship of love. Which turned out to really not be as short as I thought it would be, coming in just shy of 3500 words. Despite the fact that this very much is a transitional chapter between the Gondol arc and the arc that's about to kick off.

It also contains a thing that, uh, you might notice isn't 100% complete and I have no idea when it'll be. So, yeah.

No real promises I can make now, but the next two chapters are getting written sort of simultaneously and they're coming in pretty well so far.

Also, the character page will update at some point between now and the next chapter being published.

/Kenny

Progress is back!

There was a little delay, because writing the next chapter ended up having more hurdles than I thought. But now they're done and the chapter's in proofreading, which I though was good enough to get the first progress bars for the next volume up! Still very much aiming at getting the chapter published before January is over, so hopefully my proofreader gets back to me in time. So see you next week, I hope!

/Kenny