Monday, April 14, 2014

Deeper into the Wild Lands

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what video to put up along with this update. The Wild Lands aren't a pretty place, and coming up with music videos for that can be.. challenging. Especially since parts of this update have a "voyeur" feel to it.

My husband came to the rescue, recommending Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up." I'd never heard of it and wasn't thrilled with the title, but I have to admit the music video really nails the wanton, wildness that The Wild Lands may (or may not) turn into. I'm not going to spoil everything now!

All of these updates are taking place in the Wild Lands. If you want to get there, I recommend going for some female sabotage. After that, things will just happen. There will, of course, be other paths for getting there later on but right now this is really the only way.

Anyway, feel free to check out the 1.02 update. This still isn't huge, so I'm only going to put it up on here instead of the other places, but hopefully the people that check this blog will get to enjoy it. Consider it a special "welcome back" thank you. :)

Download Journey Outside 1.02

Thursday, April 10, 2014

She's alive!!!

It's been too long. I am so sorry that I've been gone for so long. It took a lot more time and effort to heal than I expected. Life goes on, as does my writing, even if very slowly at first.

This isn't a big update. Rather, this is my coming out and saying, "I'm still here, I'm still dedicated, and expect more from this point on similar to the amount of creation I did before this."

It's a long statement, but an important one. Haha.

Anyway, this takes the first thread into the Wild Lands. Sabotage will get you going. There's not much there, but it gives a taste of what the Wild Lands will bring to the table. What seems shallow to begin with will be getting deeper over time, however. There is depth here, I promise!

Anyway, feel free to download and try it out or wait for something more substantial. Either way, at least I'm getting my toes back in the water so to speak!

Download The Journey Outside 1.01

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

R.I.P. Daddy

No silly video posts today.

Just an update on why there hasn't been a release.

On Monday, my dad picked me up to go out for lunch together. Totally normal. We do it about once a week.

This time, we drove through an intersection where a large truck was driving through the red light and smashed into our car. Of course the guy was drunk.

I ended up with a leg and wrist smashed up, along with lots of little cuts and bruises and a ton of aches and pains.

Daddy died in surgery at the hospital from his head injuries.

Thankfully, we were the only two in the car.

Of course, the drunk driver was fine with just a cut on his face.

I have been sitting at home staring at the walls and letting my husband take care of me as I try and process.

It's kinda hard.

Everyone talks about me getting over it someday and time healing wounds and all that junk, but time isn't going to bring Daddy back. That is something I'm just going to have to get used to.

I know I'll get back to work on Journey and want to get involved with stuff again. I know this kinda thing happens to someone pretty much every day. I'd just rather it have been someone other than me and my Daddy.

For right now, i just want to stare at the walls and wait to feel again. Maybe after the wake tomorrow.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Quick update

I've been working on starting up the Wild Lands storyline, and I can tell you it's definitely going to be a much more.. intense path. I don't think I'm going to add any kind of disclaimer on it, given that the text does a pretty good job of warning Terry not to sabotage the auction, but I do wonder how some of the players are going to take it. I suspect some might really like it, and that's totally okay with me.

As I revealed in the TFGamesSite thread, it also is going to be the part of the story where M/M sex is going to happen. Again, there wno't be a disclaimer and it will be consensual. I know that some people are far more bothered by male on male sex than female on female, and I think that's totally wrong. There is same sex female sex in the game, and I always intended to have male on male sex. It just fits with the world. I think in some ways the Wild Lands will be just as people expect it to be, while in other ways it might be somewhat surprising.

I think of it as three different points on a line. In the center is the Enclave, while on the far right are the Forest Females and the far left are the Wild Land Bandits. That's not to say they are going to be examples of far right and far left politics in their societies, but there might be elements of it that show through. We'll see.

Anyway! I'm typing away. I am hoping for a release next week with the first path established. If that doesn't happen, it won't be any later than two weeks from now. No worries, though - I'll be updating here again before that!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Stopping for a while

This is probably one of my Dad's two favorite musicians. U2 would be the other. I'd spend hours hearing Tori Amos's music being played around the house, whether I liked it or not. Haha, I kid. Hearing it pretty much since birth meant I had no choice but to like it. Honestly, the words are creepy weird but her music always sounds really nice to me. In this case, I just liked the theme of the music video and thought it would fit my post here.



Stopping for a while? Oh, yeah. I'm stopping for a while. Meant to tell you that. Well, stopping working on the Enclave storylines for a while, anyway! That's right! It's on to the Wild Lands now! I'm releasing 1.0 of The Journey Outside for the enjoyment of others, and officially stopping all work on current threads in order to introduce the Wild Lands and the much heard about bandits.

It'll start with the slave auction where you have no buyer and go from there. I'm looking forward to it!

So here it is.. the final release for the first third of The Journey Outside in its 90,000+ words glory. The second third, of course, will be the Wild Lands, and the final third the Forest Females.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

And the lightbulb of ideaness shines!

I fell in LOVE with this song when I was in high school. It just really captured me. I loved the whole album, and recommend it and any of her other albums to everyone, but this song really just does it. I kinda tear up every time, but I really wanted to share it. She is definitely one that should be better known, I think.

Anyway, on to the reason for this post. I'm getting downright active on this thing!

The thing is..

I have figured out what my next game is going to be!


I can stop thinking about it now! It's going to be dark but humorous with a lot of unexpected consequences from choices that are made. It'll be both shorter but more varied than what I'm doing with Journey, since there won't be a whole world to build or specific timeline to follow, which is cool.

I'm still going to finish Journey first, but it's nice to have an idea of what's next on the road of creativity!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Channeling the Masculine

I was trying to think of a video that would encompass the theme of this post, or at least touch on it, and the above was the closest I could get. I can only imagine just how awkward that would be!

So I've been working on the male path with rescuing Barbara. It's fairly streamlined to begin with, which I kinda feel bad about, but honestly there just aren't that many decisions to make in the beginning of it. It does branch off significantly from there, so tomorrow night's writing should be more varied. That Master Lang is just such a tricky, tricky character! Can't turn your back on him for a second.. especially when you're rather valuable to him. He does like to get what he wants.

Writing the male path is always challenging, but kind of interesting at the same time. There's a love scene where I really had to work on considering the.. other side.. so to speak. It was definitely exciting and fun to write, and hopefully I didn't write anything that would be unrealistic or badly or inaccurately described. Mignon, the mastermind behind the visual changes, has been kind enough to help "fact-check" my writing so to speak, so at least if there are any problems they can be changed fairly easily in revision.

More than anything, though, I've enjoyed getting back with Barbara again for a little bit. She's one of the few genuinely kind and innocent people in the world I've created, without any real motivation beyond just wanting someone to care about and protect her. As a writer, I'm glad to be able to provide that, at least as much as I can.

Oh! Before I forget, I had some questions on how my back is doing, which is really sweet!! I am officially pain free! I still have to do a Mobic a day for a couple more days and a Flexeril when I sleep to keep from injuring it more, but that mainly just means I get to have a really nice, drugged night's sleep! I can live with that! I was even able to get out and work in the yard for a little bit before it started to be uncomfortable! Progress is a good thing!

Anyway, no actual download or anything like that.. just a status report and a bit of rambling. In my off-moments I kind of play around with what it is I want to do once Journey is over. I haven't settled on anything yet, but I suspect it will be shorter and more tightly focused. I'm limiting myself to only one project at a time, so that I don't get distracted or discouraged, but it never hurts to play around with thoughts in my head. One of the better tricks I learned was to let go of ideas and just let them live in the back of my head for a while, fleshing them out without really thinking about them. I call it "percolating."