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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.
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.
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!
*not actually a coincidence, I just like that name.
JOY AND JUBILATIONS
I really was telling the truth in that last post. I didn't finish the editing until today. But you get two chapters at the same time! Oh boy!
With this, I'm noticing that it took a painful 7 months for volume 4 to get fully published. That is far, far too slow, though I will note that those 7 months have also contained the majority of my work on my final project for my master's degree, so. Next volume should be quicker in every way. And now I'm taking a "planned" break, which means that - as previously mentioned - I'll start publishing chapters again when I have at least 4 chapters done, so I can do weekly updates for a month.
SO THERE YOU GO.
I can't apologize enough for the wait - I really didn't want it to be this long - but now, Chapter 036: Hunt and gather is finally here. Definitely hoping the next chapter will come much more swiftly!
Also, fun fact: "Hunt and gather" is what I originally had titled the previous chapter, but it ended up not fitting that one, so that's why 035 has a kind of lame chapter name. Yep.
And! Don't forget about Summer Games Done Quick 2017 starting on Sunday, a weeklong speedrunning marathon for charity, benefiting Doctors Without Borders!
Edit: Additionally, at least according to the word counter on FF.net (and that miiiiight not be 100% accurate given the hoops I have to jump through to submit there, but it's the best total I have, so I'm going by it), Pure Corruption has now broken 100,000 words! Not bad, not bad.
May 14th, 2016. One year ago it was.
It was the day of my 30th birthday. Yes, that means that today is my 31st birthday.
It was also the day that this website officially went live, and Pure Corruption was launched. So today is also the one-year anniversary of this dumb One Piece fanfiction.
I've been working on it for longer than that. The idea brewed in my head for a long, long time, and the first chapter drop took quite some time.
But here we are now. A full year later. 35 chapters later. Not quite 100k words yet, but very almost.
Slightly less than I had hoped for - but I'm still going to consider it kind of impressive that I got so much written during the year that's my final year before my master's degree. I'm currently working on my final project. Deadline is looming. At least I will have more time to write once that's over.
First of all I want to extend a very special thanks to the person who's been with me since before the start, the one I've gotten into innumerable arguments about the minutiae of English with, the creator of Mirise and Muse - my trusted proofreader, David Cablk. Couldn't have done this without you.
So what's in store for Pure Corruption in its second year? Some minor site updates, I hope, finally getting to add that gallery page, and of course, hopefully, many more chapters. By this time next year, I want to at the very, very least have reached chapter 070.
35 chapters, by the way?
Well, yes. Of course I couldn't let a one year anniversary update come without publishing a chapter as well.
So here you go - Chapter 035: Mysteries of a forest is ready and waiting. Please enjoy.
And I hope you'll be with me for another year of One Piece: Pure Corruption!
My best regards,
Sten Magnus "KennyMan666" von Goës Karlström
Look at that it's actually an update. Go ahead and read Chapter 034: What the map didn't show!
Also belated Happy Easter and oh god I have so much shit to doooooooooooo
Edit: And since I just made a cover image for this story over at Fanfiction.net but I don't think you should read this on Fanfiction.net, I'm going to show it to you here too. Muse gets to be the cover girl because she's the one I have a good colour portrait of (credit to Miranda Cablk). A portrait that will appear in full once I actually get done with that Gallery page I've been intending to add for forever.
Edit again: Updated with a slightly changed version. Very slightly.
Oooookay, that took longer than I had hoped but finally there's a chapter for you. So you can go ahead and read Chapter 033: Status report now. No promises on when the next chapter will land, but I've made good progress on it.
In other news, the site uses https now. Currently, there's a lot of old links lying around that's pointing to http instead of https. I'm going to go through the site and fix those over the coming days.
Update: All permanent links should be https now. I didn't bother with links in news posts made prior to this one, though. The Cast page was also stealthily updated while I was at it, and some previously missed typos here and there were found and swiftly dealt with. So now you can feel even more secure while you're reading this dumb One Piece fanfiction.
When I started writing Chapter 032 I actually had no idea how they were going to get down from the roof
Here we are, Chapter 032: The little ship that disappeared into the night has arrived - and with it, the conclusion of the W4 arc. It's been an interesting arc to write because a lot of things ended up happening pretty differently from what I had envisioned when I started writing it. Would you believe that I hadn't even come up with the idea of the Knights of W4 until after I had already started writing the chapter in which Cagizo first appears? Some things were planned to happen but didn't, a lot of things that weren't planned happened anyway, and a bunch of things happened in different ways and to different people. More than anything it's been emblematic of the way I keep getting the characters into situations that I don't know how they're going to get out of, so I have to figure out how they're going to get out of the corner I've written them into. At least it means I force myself to be creative.
No promises about a chapter next week, but I have gotten back into the writing groove somewhat. Stay tuned.