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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

Things are finally, actually, for real back on track.

It's not even Friday.

But I've published a chapter anyway, because it was about damn time. So here's Chapter 044: Anni and Rin-rin, for your reading pleasure. And as you can see on the progress page, there's quite a bit in the pipeline too. I fully intend to get another chapter published by the end of the year - not before Christmas though. But I'll certainly be doing a bunch of writing over my Christmas... "break", I guess you can call it.

For here's the good news: I have a job now. It's not in the field I have my master's degree in, but it is a job at the university, which should be good for connections in the future. Said job doesn't actually start for real until January, but I've been to the introduction for it, and I have one "trial" workday on Tuesday, and then one January 8th, and after that I can actually start working for real and get paid. Which means my free time is now free time, and not free-but-not-really-because-I-should-be-applying-for-jobs-time. It's been something that hasn't made me feel good, and was giving me a resounding feeling of "meh" about a lot of stuff. Having too much of not doing anything made me feel like I got burned out, in a weird way.

But that's all over now! Now that I have a job, I can use my free time on all my hobbies. Which will absolutely involve writing. So 2020 should be a much better year both for me personally and for Pure Corruption.

And just so I don't forget - Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/whatever you celebrate!

/Kenny

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

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!

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.

As promised, Chapters 038 and 039

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!

So wrapping up Volume 04: On the run is Chapter 038: A fish out of water and Chapter 039: Curiosity.

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.

In Chapter 037, a name is revealed

...and some more things happen. But the important part is that Chapter 037: The Bluefin Expedition is here, for you.

The next chapter is almost done so the delay should be shorter for that one.

After way longer than I wanted, Chapter 036 is here

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.

Happy birthday, Pure Corruption

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