Odin Shouts Endlessly into the Eternal Void

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

-gasp-

Alright, I had to get that out of my system.

LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MY GLORIOUS DUMPSTER FIRE. AND IT IS MINE.

Herein marks the end of the second draft. (Mostly. I really want to pan through the last fight scene because I wasn’t happy with it, but I am also reaching that point where I reeeeeally need to stop touching things before I set everything on fire.)

It is now safely in the hands of my Beta readers, and then it will be shipped off to the editor for one final chopping session.

After that, I will be scraping together the rest of the funds of the publishing costs, such as the ISBN, Copyright registration, and formatting. WHOOOOOO PAPERWORK!!!

Take a break, you say? BAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! No. That is not how Odin functions. Now I am kicked into the pit of the holiday rush (despite not being an active participant) and I am already contemplating the second book.

ALSO SOMETHING VERY EXCITING:

COVER ARTIST ACHIEVED!!!!!!!! I have commissioned the lovely individual RinRinDaishi from DeviantArt, and I have just received concepts, and I can’t even. You guys. MY HEART CANNOT HANDLE THIS SHIT RIGHT NOW.

Check out their work! DOIT!!!

Once everything is finalized, I will be posting a cover art reveal, so be sure you are subscribed to newsletters for updates. (The salty thing over on the sidebar)

And you will want to be sure you are subscribed, because you will get access to the WHOLE FIRST CHAPTER to download for your viewing pleasure on the Welcome Email. If you are already subscribed, I just sent off an update email with the link attached. (Be patient, it’s kinda slow. Or check your Spam folder. I like Spam and I often end up there.)

That’s about all I got for now. It has been a roller coaster…or, well, maybe a ski jump. I think that is more accurate. I want to thank everyone who has supported me on this adventure, and I hope my salt has not totally sogged the spirits.

Enjoy your holidays, if you celebrate. And if not, have a chill winter season.

Until Next Time!

-Odin

Odin Learns to Dodge Wrenches

SOMANYWRENCHES. ALL UP IN MY FACE.

This was an arduous week. I honestly didn’t expect to spend so much time on these edits.  What was giving me the most difficulty was chapter three, which I have pretty much rewritten ENTIRELY. That being said, it is FINISHED, and I even like where it went, despite the agony it had caused.

I also kicked out another chapter, which only took me about two days, a new record for me Whee! It was the first encounter with Experimentalists, so lots of squishy metaphors were used.

I have about four chunky chapters left, three of them should go pretty smooth, and one huge beast that I am not looking forward to. After that it *should* be smooth sailing. In theory…

Today I am hoping to have another chapter done. I have already cut off two pages of exposition that doesn’t need to be explained until the next book. Then there is a small section of combat that I don’t need to tweak in terms of choreography, just need to update the voicing. So…wish me luck? Better yet send energy drinks. And Oreos. Maybe a blanket fort.

I say this EVERY week, but I am hoping to have this sent off by NEXT week. It’s getting there. and I am getting tired of looking at it.

The holiday feels are providing another obstacle, and winter is pushing me into some blahs and mehs. In any case, just wanted to poke a quick update and let you guys know where I am at.

I am also eyeing BPAL Yules and I don’t know quite yet if I am going to partake. I did love the Halloweenies I purchased!

In any case! I don’t have a lot of random thoughts or rants to throw in your direction either. I’m kind of dealing with tunnel vision as I pull through the final stretch.

Hopefully you guys are having a better season full of delightful things!

Until Next Time!

Odin is an Axe Murderer

Since most people around me are out doing spooky things without me (I’M NOT BITTER) I thought I would at least write a quick little progress update on how I have been doin’ on the draft.

Gonna level with you, it’s real rough. Morale is low.

Turns out the first half of the book, which I *thought* was finished, sounds WORLDS different than the more recent second half. So I’ve started taking the chainsaw to it.

Which unfortunately means it is not going to be sent to my editor for at least another week, most likely two. I have just reached the end of the second chapter, which should be finished TONIGHT, but this means I have another five more to bring up to speed.

A lot of exposition has been chopped off, which will hopefully smooth out the flow of the story, and quicken the pace. I came to the conclusion that a lot of the questions asked could be answered in the second book, which takes place on a whole new planet.

Take for instance the old word count:

And the new one:

(Ignore the page count, I got ahead of myself and added the second chapter to get ready for the final formatting)

2k has been vivisected from the first chapter. And that’s just the first passthru.

Now, for those who have pre-ordered, this means nothing when it comes to the projected release dates of March and June, it just means that I have a little less time to scramble around and maybe take a breath or two. It was a very pessimistic forecast, and as far as I know, those dates still hold true.

That’s about all I got for you this week, next time I should have with you a rather stanky review of some delightful perfumes. I just got in my order of BPAL Halloweenies, and I should have enough time to give them a fair impression.

So if you will excuse me, I am off to second guess myself and wonder if I am losing detail in the overall flow. And sleep. Mostly sleep.

REMEMBER

If you want to get semi-spooky with me, I will be on Twitch Tuesday October 31st at 6PM EST playing Costume Quest and stuffing my face with candy and sugary drinks.

https://www.twitch.tv/themetalwarlord

Until Next Time!

 

A Jovial Progress Report

I apologize in advance for any and all typing errors that may occur. I reeeeally fucked my sleep schedule up this week, and I don’t think my brain has the ability to catch everything yet. (Energy drinks at midnight are always SMART CHOICES (TM)

I am in such high spirits this week, because SO MANY THINGS are clicking together. I promise I will not ruin this moment with casual cynicism and my impulse to wait for the other shoe to drop. THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ME!

ON TO THE WORD COUNT:

That’s it. Chapter 15’s draft form. It’s over. FEELINGS.

All that is left is to take the first half of the book and chisel off all the fluffy bits and cringe at how awful my writing voice was three years ago. The beast is sitting pretty at over 195k, and I think I can hack off a limb or two.

While that is all good, I am going to let it sit away from my fidgety brain for about a week. As I mentioned in my previous update, I will be spending some time catching up on the Octoberween revelries on YouTube. Then after everything is automated, I will return to the final edit of the monster before I ship it off to my editor.

So with that, it seems like the need for weekly summary reports has become redundant with the end of this chapter. I think I will have one more once I have officially shipped it off, with a final word count for the beast.

After that, I plan to continue my regularly scheduled ravings on the blog. I have a rant about the video game Remember Me to write, and other tidbits floating around the brainmeats. If you have any suggestions for things you would like me to talk about, from games, writing tips, food reviews, or just a general rant about something nonsensical, feel free to poke me on Twitter about it, and I will see what I can do.

IN OTHER EXTRAORDINARILY EXCITING NEWS. I have commissioned a cover artist. HOLY SHIT. You have no idea how much relief this is to me. Details are still being ironed out, but once things are more concretely established, I will share with you the artist details so you can marvel at their awesomeness.

Thank you so much to those who have preordered and donated already! I was able to pay this person promptly with your help, and this is such a weight lifted from my brain. This means that the projected publishing time is still, well, on time!

This means the remainder of the costs are much more manageable, and I can start heading towards the final polish.

HOLY BAJANGLING BALLS WHAT A JOURNEY THIS HAS BEEN. THINGS ARE SO SMOOTH RIGHT NOW! SMOOTH LIKE A…uh…yeah, I can’t think of an appropriate simile in my current state of mind. Perhaps I should sleep? But that would be the most logical response. And I am not a logical human.

ANYWAYS. That is all I have for now, stay tuned for more updates, as well as shiny revelry in the future posts~

Till next time!

-Odin

 

The Elusive Progress

You ever just find that one wardrobe artifact that you practically lust after, something you just dream about how rad you would look, and how it would swoosh as you are walking past your minions?

No? Just me? Pah.

For me, that piece of clothing is right here:

It’s just so….PERFECT. Agh it kills me.

And what is even worse 1.) It is actually MY SIZE (seriously you have no idea how rare that is in goth fashion) and 2.) IT’S FUCKING ON. SALE. UGH.

Oh yeah, so writing report progress….

I am reeeeally looking forward to the two to three week period after exercising when my energy stops getting drained after I walk down some stairs. I got shit to do.

Anyone see my Muse around? I got some asplainin to do with them as well…

Needless to say, I’m not particularly proud of my progress this week, despite the fact that I am posting an update a little early. But I did get some clerical things out of the way, like this Tuesday’s YouTube video (A delightfully shiny one, that is), and got to partake on a super cool closed Beta from a studio that I have loved for a long time.

The shamefully pathetic word count we are looking at this week:

Yeah…kinda painful. That being said, the intro is fully fleshed out, as well as the transitional exposition that happens BEFORE the actually interesting bits…so, I guess that’s a win?

I do have a general idea of what is going on now, I just need to glue my hands to the keyboard and smash my face against my screen. I am confident that I can get it done in time, I’ve just reached that point where it’s the final stretch and I have been looking at it for so long that a lye bath sounds much more appealing….

…yeah after thinking on that, maybe not. THANKS BRAIN, NO ONE ASKED FOR YOUR SLASHER FANTASY.

Anyways, the goal of this week is to make the exciting parts actually exciting to read. And with that, I should probably get back to it.

But, I just wanted to say, gaddamn does Nara know how to make an entrance:

Anyhow, I suppose that will do it for me. I will hopefully get this beast wrangled by next week, just in time. Then to polish it until my fingers bleed.

If you are so inclined, I have just opened up a Ko-Fi page as well. If you would like to help fuel my unhealthy caffeine habits, feel free to buy me a coffee there:

Until Next Time~

Progress (ow) Report (ow)

This week I picked myself back up on my workout wagon, and I am in excruciating pain. I am having difficulty raising my arms after five days of walking trails, gymming it up, and HEMA practice, so please forgive me for any errors in this post. Or don’t. Whatever floats yer goat.

So the final chapter of 15 is starting to become the bane of my existence. I have a starting point. I have an end point. Here is what the middle looks like:

 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

And this is the word count we are looking at so far:

Not bad, but not great for a week’s work. Mind you, given that I have ended the previous chapter early, I am considering these BONUS WORDS! YE!

…At least that is how I make myself feel better.

See that? MIND GAMES -spooky finger wave-

I have *ideas* for the middle, it’s just a matter of connecting all the dots to make it flow nicely instead of the trash fire that it is right now.

To give an out of context plot summation: A lot of exposition is happening to set up our intrepid heroes for the final confrontation, and then everyone buggers off having a good old space adventure. At least that’s how it’s playing out in my head right now. Pssshh, I don’t have that thing on a leash, I never know what it’s up to.

Next week’s goal is to have the middle ESTABLISHED and get prepared for final polish. Depending on how focused I can be, that may or may not be achieved before the weekend.

I have also been playing Remember Me after all these years of it collecting dust in my collection, and I have thoughts. Oh lordy do I have thoughts. So if I find myself totally out of focus, you may have another game review dropped on you.

BUT TOMORROW I am declaring “Sludge Day.” As in, I do my absolute utmost to imitate a puddle of sludge, most likely in the middle of my living room floor, and tell any feet that may step over me, both human and feline, to “GFY.”

ANYHOW. That’s about all I got for ya this week. Things are on schedule, I’m wrecking my body for the sake of “fitness,” and hoping to come out of it stronger in the end. I think?

UNTIL NEXT TIME!

Progress! Odin is Feeling it Now Mr. Krabs

It’s starting to feel a bit surreal in the writing cave as the winds of creativity begin to saturate my ear holes.

This week, I managed to not only finish off Chapter 13, but 14 as well – a week ahead of schedule. 13 had two intense combat scenes, and after the initial wave of smashing my keyboard, I was surprised to find that I didn’t hate the result.

14, on the other hand, needs a bit more polish. There is a lot of exposition that needs to be smoothed out, but for now it is good enough to progress with everything else.

The final word counts for both 13 and 14, respectively:

Which leaves me with number 15. The very last chapter. It’s so….eerie to be this close. You guys have no idea how this makes me feel to see a six year project start to come to a conclusion.

This is the first time in my life that I have actually accomplished something this important, instead of giving up after the first sign of failure. Storytelling is such a deeply rooted part of me, and I am very proud to have come this far while overcoming the score of mental roadblocks, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and much more in order to bring this into fruition.

I’ve also had come to the realization that this is starting to get much much easier. My earlier chapters sound like they were written by a completely different person, and a much less refined voice. It is fascinating to compare the past and the present.

I would also like to take the time to thank all of those who believed in me and dealt with my inane ravings as I loudly trekked on and probably irritated the piss out of you on numerous occasions. Your patience has not gone unnoticed.

With that being said, I leave you with the initial word count of 15:

As you can see, this one is gonna take a looooooooot of work. I am very glad I finished the previous chapters early, because a lot of foundation needs to be dropped before I can even begin to consider the conclusion.

So if you hear in the distance a salty voice proclaim “HOW THE FUCK DO I END THIS THING?!” That’s probably me.

If I squeeze out a shred of optimism from somewhere in my veins, I may be bold enough to say that there is the potential that I may even finish this month. But I do not promise anything.

In any case, Until Next Time!

-Odin

Update and Rude Awakenings

There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of a grown ass man bursting through your bedroom door screaming “ODIN! HELP! HERMES CAUGHT A MOUSE!!!”

…So how was your day? (The mouse is fine btw.)

So I guess in an attempt to warm up my brain, I will update you on the progress of 13, or something like that.

Firstly, I love math coincidences, and this is what my word count looked like last night:

I was *doubly* amused by the page count DOHOHOHO.

Also, do you ever just find a song on the internet and just become MESMERIZED by how fitting it is for a character? No? Just me? Well fine. IN ANY CASE, I wanted to share this little gem with you:

 

 

Because 1.) I totally forgot how rad Gary Numan is, and 2.) the lyrics are pretty much Nara’s anthem right there. And that is exciting to me.

ANYWAY.

13 is going a lot smoother than anticipated, both it and 14 are effectively plotted out. I just had to perform some wizardry to smooth out the timeline and make the scenarios flow better.

All that remains is drafting up two different fight scenes, as well as polishing all the exposition surrounding it.

I also figured out what sort of enemy encounter Nara should deal with next, and after oversimplifying the term for it, I could not stop laughing my ass off. Here’s a hint:

Storywise, things are heating up, and tension between our intrepid heroes are being temporarily mended for the sake of working together to escape the planet.

With that all being said, I *should* be able to finish by Monday, THE NEXT MILESTONE. Then holy shit, there are only TWO. MORE. CHAPTERS. LEFT. It sounds so weird saying it out loud.

So I suppose I’d better get on with it and somehow slap the grog from my face.

Not sure what is in store for the future of the blog, I know I have a Slime Rancher review post to create, but I am currently obsessed with it that I have yet to pull myself away from the monitor to analyze it.

Thank you to all who have supported and pre-ordered already! We are well on our way to the end of this project, and it is leaving me with uncharacteristically warm toasty feels.

If you haven’t already, be sure to share the campaign with all your scifi enthusiasts (or non enthusiasts if you feel as well xD) to spread awareness of the obnoxious humor.
And in any case, Until Next Time! Take Care!
-Odin

UPDATE THING 8/26

Progress! Sweet delicious progress. This week I have finished the Beta version of Chapter 12, then did an appropriate amount of dicking around ranching some slimes.

FYI, SLIME RANCHER IS AN AMAZING GAME AND I WILL PROBABLY RANT ABOUT IT SOMETIME SOON.

Though, I thought I have done already since I bought it early access, but I guess my brain has slipped or something. Fuck if I know.

MOVING ON!

Yes, Chapter 12, aka “Where shit starts to go down.” I am very, very happy with how it turned out >:}

Technically, I did eat up almost half of Chapter 13’s allotted time in order to complete it, because things were pecking at me skull demanding attention. BUT Chapter 13 should go as planned, maybe.

This is what we are starting with:

Got a looot of work to do. 13 & 14 are sort of intertwined, so I need to look at them at the same time do a bit of magic and shifting in order to get the timeline correct. Since so much is going on, I expect 13 to reach the 18-22 page count mark. All those loose ends need to somehow be knotted up to a point that actually makes sense.

That being said, I have no distractions/other commitments in the foreseeable future (HAHAHAHAH, yeah just wait for it), so I should, in theory, have 13 done on time.

That’s about all I got for ya this time, be sure to check out the new additions to the site, I have put on some shorts just for you.

Thank you to those who have supported and purchased pre-orders so far! We are well on our way to progress! As previously mentioned, the draft is slated to be sent to the Editor around Mid-October, so there is a lot of work to be done ahead of time. If you have fellow scifi fanatics in your inner circle of friends, let ’em know about the sorts of absurdity that can be found in this creepy corner of the internet.

And that’s about it from me, until next time! Take Care!

-Odin

Weekly Progress Report

Not a whole lot to report on, and since this is the first post, I will just give a general impression of what I have been doing.

Mostly setting up this site, really.

As it stands right now, I have just finished the Beta version of Chapter 11, where Nara is having a wonderful fun time in Uppercity. (hint: no. no she is not.)

I am now currently working on the restructure of Chapter 12, where things start to climax in terms of final conflict. I have had to chip off pieces and smoosh other ideas together in order to make location transitions smooth. But I have all of the chapter plotted out, so finishing it should be no problem. *SHOULD*

This is the word count I am working with for Chapter 12 right now:

I anticipate this chapter to end up in the 15-18 page range, or about 12k words when this is finished. Let’s see how close I get. Place your bets now.