I've been an avid twitter user for a while, and I've thought the quickest way to have a conversation with all you guys is to start a twitter account. You may have noticed that I intentionally left off a contact form for this website. The truth is, I can't exactly handle too much communications, but I'm open to comments. I started this blog for people to connect if needed, but I suppose blogs are old school. Lol.
Well, feel free to @ me on twitter.com/RoxioxxStudios
Short Story Progress
This week I finished writing up with writing the entirety of Red Chase. It was my first time working with a professional editor and it was a learning experience. I could feel the EXP gain, and I'm sure I leveled up a bit on learning when to explain and not to explain.
Now the next steps are to create the synopsis, create the website page for the series, the book cover, and then some illustrations for the interior short story. This will be available as an ebook for sure.
Red Chase follows the story of a succubus trying to defeat the leader of the humans so that it can live peacefully. Therefore, its willing to mind control and destroy anyone that opposes its right to live. The knights that defend the land are its enemies. It assumes they are coming out to kill it.
Pink Chase is the second story I'm writing, though chronologically, it is first in the series. I've been writing it for my online writing class. This has also been a source of a lot of EXP for in me getting better at writing. By the end of next week, I'll have a solid draft ready for an editor.
It focuses on the theme of corrupting a good-hearted, earnest hero to the seductive, dark side.
Finally, the last of the short stories I'm currently working on is Lavender Chase. I've sent the first scene out for a quick look by an editor to look at.
This story focuses on the theme of utter dominance at the cost of being a monster.
I have to say that taking the time to practice of writing better stories, and just improving that skill, it'll pay off a lot in the long run. A visual novel is highly text friendly, and not being able to write that awesome dialogue is a shot to the foot.
I know it has been a long time since I've mentioned "A Long Journey" but when it does come out, it'll be a much higher quality.
Here's yet another update for the website. The About page is getting more and more mature. Once I've got some more time, I'll start adding in some graphics to the headers of these three main pages. There are some placeholder thumbnail images for the home page, and I'll update them in time. Its gonna take so long to make those covers... hahaha... in the other projects, I had some idea of how to present those stories. On these, I've got to give myself some time to think of something.
Story Story Progress:
I've had my first round of professional editing done for the story called "Red Chase." I wanted to explore the theme of a monster doomed by its own power and what could happen if someone tried to save it from itself. I have to say, it is totally worth getting someone who is trained to edit look at your writing before you publish. I have learned so much from my editor.
I'm also taking some online classes in pulp fiction writing. "Pink Chase" is a more classical horror themed short story that focuses on the corruption of heroes (AKA turning a good guy into a bad guy). The twist is kinda interesting. I won't spoil it here.
Rose Festival Progress:
The box and board game in this week. I'm happy with the box, but not sure about the board design. It really should be playtested, but I have to get the card designs nailed down and finish with this 3rd revision of the rules document. Have I ever said how hard it is to write an instructional document on your own board game? Like, gee-willikers! It's tough!
That's it for now, until next time!
Still working on content and making sure the basics of this website are super spiffy (like that about page, ugh). Working on the fonts and making sure each project has a description. Once I'm done with these three pages, I'll move on to the other pages and make them nicer.
Something you'll notice is that when you hover over an image, a little Pinterest button should appear. That is the social media platform of my choice for this universe. Now, you can share images from the site even more easily!
As for project updates, Rose Festival is getting closer to completion. The packaging is finally getting to the point that I want it, yet I'm working on writing rules. It is surprisingly, the most difficult writing assignment I've ever done.
The "Chase" short stories are proceeding along nicely. By next month, I should have one of the stories done. Unfortunately, it won't be the first one, so I can't exactly publish it.
Well, gotta move,
Well, as I promised, there would be some updates coming to the website. I've added some thumbnails finally to the older projects, and I should get some for the new ones. They'll be coming once I've gotten them to a good enough place. However, my main goal is still to produce content 90% of the time.
Currently, I've got a series of 6 (maybe 7) short stories I'm working on. They are all Horror/Sci-Fi with some elements of drama (and the occasional humor bits), following an alien succubus that just wants to take down its mortal enemy - the protector all humans, the Guardian Knight. Here's a sketch of "Fred." He's a completely new character to the universe.
It feels good to be in the most productive time of my life. My goal is to finish the "Rose Festival" Board game and the 6 short stories by June. The "Butterfly Kisses" Manga vol. 1-3 should be done by November. Then, I'm circling back to "A Long Journey."
The reason for this is when I started my "A Long Journey," I got some feedback that my artwork wasn't that good and my writing stunk, which, I also kind of felt. That feedback has helped push me to train harder. After those projects are done, I feel like I'll be at a good enough level to which I'll finally be proud of my game.
The even better new is that the platform I've picked to build the game on is going to be super stable and easy for me to work with, instead of building it all from scratch. Not only that, I've kind of found a plot I like for ALJ now. The center of the conflict was between Warrick and Auferre. Why not just start the story there? So that's what my plan is going to be.
So that's the progress update for me. Thank you all for continuing to follow my work. I appreciate every one of you.
Also, short stories are going to be found on Amazon when they are completed.