Three hit combo

Wooooo.

Chapter 048: One kiss.

Only one chapter left to finish writing before this volume can be all wrapped up. And it's (ever so slightly) over halfway done.

We're doing this, man.

We're making it happen.

/Kenny

It’s almost like old times

New chapters! Two weeks in a row! It's madness! I'm on fire!

Well, actually, it's Chapter 047: Gondol on fire.

With that, there's only three chapters left in this volume (unless everything falls apart spectacularly and forces me to add another chapter but I kinda refuse to do that), of which one is ready to publish, one has been proofread and is in editing, and the last one is in the process of being written. Perceptive readers will know what this means.

Told you we'd get the rest of Volume 05 out before November!

/Kenny

Hey, look at that, it only took two weeks

We're making some extremely good progress.

By which I mean that Chapter 046: Storm is now here for you.

Less than a week after my last news post my proofreader actually did get back to me, so at this point in time, three chapters are in the editing pipeline—two that have been proofread and will get edited in the coming days, and one that I finished and sent off to proofreading just last night.

...forget that job I was talking about, though. I was laid off this Friday. It was sales, and I wasn't selling enough. I really disliked it anyway, so. Meh. I'll be trying to go up in hours on my other job.

Anyway, at this rate we'll have all of volume 05 out before November—the one I uploaded to my proofreader yesterday was the penultimate chapter of the volume. So only one left to finish writing for this volume, and it's pretty much completely planned out, with only a few things that will require some additional research. You'll see what I mean.

/Kenny

Back to work (so to speak)

So last week, I went back to work at my hourly employment thing. It had been closed since March due to Corona.

...but last week I also went to a job interview. And today I went to my first day of work on that particular job.

So I have a full-time job now. I no longer have to job hunt. My free time is now completely free time.

I still haven't heard back from my proofreader. But I keep writing. I think I've solved the problem I was having. Things are looking up.

/Kenny

Statistics are a funny thing

Anyone who actually kept track of the chapter progress page would have noticed a bit of a jump recently. Chapters 047 and 048 both jumped straight into proofreading, while chapter 049 spiked from basically nothing to over 3500 words. Just looking at the numbers, you'd think I did some serious writing. The truth is... something else.

Now, don't get me wrong, here. Me doing a bunch of writing is what made this happen. I'm not trying to lie here. But the statistics, just as a cause of what the meters I've established mean, do it for me. Not that that was ever my intention with them, and they still serve the purpose they were meant for.

I didn't technically finish writing two long chapters and nearly finished a third one. No, what happened was that chapter 047 got too long. It was in its current form going to break 4k words, which I don't want happening. Breaking it mildly might be fine, but this was going to run nearly 5k words in total. So, it had to be split. What was 047 became 047 and 048, and both of them, now in the proofreading/editing state, clock in at under 3000 words each. Because what is now 048 had to end at a very specific point, the point that 047 was planned to end on, so I couldn't just end 047 around the 4k word point because that would put that scene in the wrong place. So I split it into two and finished up both before I sent them off to proofreading.

And pretty much the same thing is going to happen to chapter 049. At ~3800 words, there are huge chunks missing, so it's going to get split once I figure out where to split it. I've got a bit more wiggle room here - none of those chapters need to end at a specific point - and what's in my current chapter plan labeled as chapter 050, formerly known as chapter 049, might get folded into what's going to be chapter 050 after the split.

In short, my initial chapter plan for this volume definitely ended up running away from me.

I've also done some work on something that's going to be important before the end of this volume that won't be much indicated by the progress bars, except that I have to get it nearly finished before the final chapter of the volume can be completed. So there's that.

Also, while several chapters are now in proofreading, that part of the process has hit a small snag in that my proofreader's wife recently gave birth to their child. So. Y'know. Not as much time for that.

Hope you're staying safe in whatever part of the world you're in!

/Kenny

11,25 chapters in four years is… not great, I will be the first to admit

It's my 34th birthday, and thus, also the 4th anniversary of Pure Corruption. A bit of a cause for celebration, at least.

Of course, there's a chapter. Chapter 045: Aniara's choice is here for you. Yay!

Less yay is that holy shit it takes too long between chapters. I hate it. It makes me feel bad. Like I'm betraying the audience I'm hoping I have. I know that not keeping a good updating rhythm is a good way to lose an audience.

In part, it really is because I currently don't get any work. It just feels so unfair, here I got a job as exam hall monitor, was starting to get more hours, midterms was coming up was lots of chances for working and thus money... and then Corona hits. Exam hall closes down. I get shunted back into how it was before, where I just sit at home, dicking around on the internet, losing motivation to work on things. More free time doesn't necessarily mean anything meaningful will be done with it. Quite the opposite, really.

Don't take it the wrong way when I say that it makes me feel bad. It does not at all mean I want to give up on Pure Corruption. It means the exact opposite. But you know how it is.

Next chapter is in proofreading, and I'm working on untangling some small messes I've gotten myself into with writing the coming chapters of the volume. But there is a goal in sight. I'm really, really hoping that this is the year where I start getting this show back on track. At the very moment I can't make any promises, but I have felt more fired up about it. Especially this week. And that should mean good things.

So I'm hoping you're willing to stick with me a little longer.

Thank you.

/Kenny

Looks like it’s kinda working, at least.

Turns out that, yeah, working on another story for a while cleared some minor mental blocks I was having for the Pure Corruption chapter I'm working on. Instead of trying to force through the initial idea I had, after writing the other thing and then pondering the chapter again, I realized what I should do with a certain segment of the chapter and from there I believe it's going to be easier to get through the rest of it. Success!

That said, I haven't written too much on either thing this week - I've been getting some things done in the apartment instead. Got some boxes out of the way, optimized space, assembled a bookshelf that I've started populating. I've lived here for over 8 months by now, so it was about time...

/Kenny

If you had told me this three weeks ago I would have thought it was an early April Fools’ joke

So between 2004 and 2015 I was part of a fanfiction project called Next Era. Astute readers will notice a similarity to the URL. Yes, next-era.net was the domain we got for the website for it back in the day, and I still use the same hosting we got for it at the time. So when the time came to put this website up, putting it on a subdomain to that felt fitting. Anyway, it was a Mega Man X fanfiction project, and the final story published for it was one of mine, back in 2015. Since then, the most that was done with it was myself putting down pieces of a draft for something intended to be a finale to the whole thing in 2017-2018, as it never got a proper ending (well, I also broke the wiki while trying to update it in 2017, but that's irrelevant).

You're probably seeing where this is going.

Last month (starting in February, but anyway) I played through the Mega Man X Collections on Switch (do as I say and not as I do: Do not play Mega Man X7). This, especially Mega Man X8 for reasons, just got me in the mood for telling stories in that universe again, stories I was planning but never told back in its heyday... I had a lot of ideas in those days. Ideas that never became anything. Some ideas were in some ways transplanted over to Pure Corruption, some characters definitely owe parts of their personalities to Next Era characters. I can directly trace Rink back to one of them, even if Rink is very toned down from that "source". So anyway, I ended up doing a complete rewrite - a full remake, really - of the very first Next Era story I ever wrote, contacted two of the peeps from the old crew, and really did start writing one new story, one I had several plans for back at the time but never wrote. I thought I did start writing parts of it at some point, but I can find absolutely zero evidence that I ever did after digging through documents.

This in no way at all means I'm giving up on Pure Corruption! I'm rather hoping it's going to be a net positive, giving me another creative writing outlet, and the Next Era stories are chiefly oneshots of varying lengths, rather than one chronological chapter-by-chapter story starting at the very beginning and going to the very end. So it's a somewhat different approach to writing those stories, which could be useful to loosen up some writer's blocks I absolutely have from time to time. And I absolutely promise that Pure Corruption is where my main priority lies - it's absolutely my primary project and revisiting Next Era is, for the time being, a side gig. I still can't believe I'm actually doing it, but now I really, at the very least, want to finish this one I'm currently writing.

So... yeah.

Me getting in a writing mood just in general is good too now that everything is annoying and I don't get any work and don't make money.

Bah.

/Kenny

No, Corona didn’t get me

...but the place where I work did just get shut down and it's kinda hard to be an exam hall monitor from home, so, there's that.

I feel bad about not having done another update yet. My chapter plan is still in a bit of a tangle, I'll find some solution to it, don't worry, but these coming chapters are kinda important so I don't want to rush them. I also haven't heard back from my prrofreader so no chapters are currently completely ready for publication. And I'm sitting here with a Wikipedia tab open to read up on a thing to make a certain scene make sense.

So anyway.

I know I've said it a lot but I hope you have some patience with me and the current volume is the one I want to complete more than anything, so the one most frustrated about the lack of updates is absolutely me.

/Kenny

So that didn’t happen

So... okay... yeah. I didn't mean to lie, but... no more chapters in 2019. I hadn't heard back from my proofreader regarding the chapter in question, and then I ended up getting sick after Christmas, so... yeah.

I'm doing New Year's on my own this year, didn't feel like I should go out while still recovering. But 2020 is, as I've mentioned previously, the year where I hopefully turn everything around, since I start a new job in January, which is an extreme weight off my shoulders.

Chapter progress is good, but... is about to get a little odd, since what's supposed to be chapter 047 is getting so long that I am likely going to have to split it, and what's currently 048 might also need to be split, which might result in volume five getting one more chapter than had been planned, since I need that volume to end with a very specific scene. So if the chapter progress meters start moving in weird ways over the following month... that's why.

So that's where we are! Thanks for sticking with me throughout 2019, and I hope you'll stay around for 2020, which should be a big year for both myself and my projects - Pure Corruption first and foremost.

I'm excited.

So a Happy New Year to the lot of you! Happy New Decade, even!

/Kenny