(29/02/16) Once in a Blue Moon

As promised, here is a long overdue update on my progress:

While getting NoHoper ready for its 2nd edition rewrite and edit is the main priority, I have been sinking a surprising amount of time into building the as-yet-unnamed sequel. It’s getting to a point where I am considering stretching this into a trilogy. That is, I have two options: make NoHoper 1 longer and keep it two stories long, or let it become three. However this goes, I feel that I’m both doing the justice I always intended to do with this crossover story and staying true to what I value in my fiction. My gut is telling me that I’m doing the right thing, so I will simply follow it.

I’m going to consider it a good sign that this year happens to be Light Yagami’s 30th year (27th if you’re an exclusive slave to the anime), as of yesterday.

Elsewhere in Fiction Land, Ave Maria‘s status remains unchanged. Considering how I intend to release NoHoper in July, it will probably be a couple of months after until I release the first part of Ave Maria – that is, unless I can juggle writing both of them, finally pull up my bootstraps and put together a good enough sleep pattern to be able to pull a timetable I can stick to.

Outside of this? I am making good progress on my dissertation. In fact, I will be presenting at an international conference in the second week of April, where people who are just as interested in my boring field of choice as me will listen to a presentation on my research, tear it apart and give me ‘helpful tips’ that I can use to make it worthy of submission in the fourth week of April. That is, if they haven’t low-key fallen asleep, daydreamed or doodled throughout.

To be honest, this dissertation isn’t the only university project I have on the go: I have a project due in the middle of May. I would tell you more, but the fact is that you will see its prototypes on here over the next few weeks. I will not only post it here, but also on the adjoining Tumblog (you know the one) so you can share it with everyone you know.

Don’t be scared.

–Ruin Dun Burnit