Category Archives: Randomness

Dodge Battle High

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Yes this is the name of the pitch I sent to Oni Press during their submissions process (also Astra Etherium which was turned down though I think it fits their line of books also). I haven’t given many details to those outside of the few who read my scribbles from when it was going to be a light novel. A few have seen my comic scripted version which has a decent amount of pages now. I have the first 100 pages or so in my head and need to put about 55 more of it on paper and script it.

Comic scripting is definitely not as easy as someone would think it is. You have to picture each frame and describe it so that someone reading it can picture it in their head or draw it if it’s an artist. I used to draw comics as a teen with Marvel on my mind but I would sketch my stories then draw. I stopped drawing like 15 years ago so my skill has diminished a bit and I’m much more of a perfectionist now which causes me to not finish art, plus the fact that I never learned to do it all digitally.

The book will be a mix of sports (dodgeball), family, slice of life but also tackle some topics like death, loneliness, and other psychological things that teens go through. Don’t worry, it’s comedy and light hearted for the most part so you won’t want to sit in a dark room wishing your life was over. Even the sports part probably won’t be as pronounced as the interpersonal relationships. The relationships whether good or bad will be the main focus of the books.

Where do I see this going? Well I would like to cover their 4 years in high school for the series which would mean 20 books or so and if it’s really popular then I have plans for the next set of books where they have graduated but I won’t let you know about that part yet. I also would like to see this adapted into a show. I think it would lend itself well to an adaptation and I may look to form my own “production committee” for funding. I’m even thinking if maybe the characters will be put into this dodgeball game concept that I have had for a while but I’m currently in gamedev hell so I have to wait before I think of that part but also a possibility.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog stuff.

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Oni Press Still Hasn’t Rejected My 2nd Pitch…Yet

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Well I’ve been sitting and waiting for a rejection letter but nothing yet. I’m on day 62. They extended the response time from 30 days to 60 but I know one person said it took 72 days. I’m debating what to do with Dodge Battle High because I made a few changes to what I sent them. What if they get back to me and say “we want your book”?

I’m still looking at a Kickstarter but it may be around October. By then, I should have a clear answer on Astra Etherium (the game) which is being held up by external issues beyond my control and I’m not happy about. I will probably send Astra Etherium (the book) to Dark Horse. It’s probably more their thing but I heard they ask for a piece of film rights or something in their deals. Which can be good and bad. I’d like to see it hit the anime market but if a movie can be made then why not. It lends itself well to a movie.

So I just keep writing, hoping it’s good…the few who read it say that it is. Hope they aren’t telling me what they think I want to hear…

Ugh. I guess I just want to know what’s going on in the process.

**Update** I guess someone heard me. I got an email today saying they need longer than the 60 days. It looks like about 2 weeks ago they still had 950 submissions to go through so I guess there is still hope before having to turn to Kickstarter.

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Picked up a Ford Expedition

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Yeah so I picked up one of these. Was a good deal so couldn’t pass it up. Unfortunately I cracked a torsion bar somehow and just waiting for a new part to get here. Already replacing suspension parts and whatnot because I don’t want it to ride like some fancy ass rich guy car. I want it to ride like an SUV is meant to ride.

There is some rust under it because it’s a 2000 and not religiously taken care of but I plan to rehab all that. Already started replacing some things and I want to sandblast it and do a full undercoat painting.  Pretty much planned to make it run like new and ride ’til the wheels fall off. Someone actually said something about getting a car for $10,000 and not having to do all that. Why would I do all that when for $2500 this thing will be on the road and driving like it’s brand new. I guess some people are rich and throw money around.

So yeah, adding another title to my list of growing jobs. General contractor, game developer, graphic novel writer, manga writer, mechanic and body repair. That’s probably leaving out a few things like appliance and TV repair which I have done recently. Fixed the oven for $15 and TV for $20. Better than paying $500 and $1000.

The pic is actually of another one but mine is just like it except different bumpers. I should actually take pics…

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Writer’s Block is a…

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That’s me right now. I have 52 drafts…52. I keep trying not to watch new things without getting a few of these done but damn it’s hard. Plus I need to do my halfway through summer thing. I have some of these drafts that need like one paragraph and I can’t even concentrate enough to do it. Is it worrying about my game? Is it lack of motivation?? I don’t know… UGH!!!!

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Anime Ratings

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As I go along I’m giving some shows higher scores than I would normally and that’s because I’m using the breakdown system where I grade 5 categories. When those categories are added up, they bring the score higher in some cases when they get averaged out. So I’m going to drop those and only leave one rating on a show. I don’t want people getting the wrong impression on my thoughts.

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When It Comes to Reviews…

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When it comes to reviews, it can be a blessing and a curse. You can review some quality stuff, people try it out and they like it too. Or you can review something just horrible and people thank you for saving them the trouble. But then you have the gray area where you review something and people don’t agree. Not everyone thinks the same so I’m fine with that, if you disagree with me then let’s talk and have a discussion as long as it’s something you go into with an open mind.

One thing that makes the job a bit more difficult is when you review something, like it and then change your mind later. It usually happens when I do game reviews. When I do these anime reviews they stay kind of static. I do game reviews over on and sometimes a game is great out the box but after a while things change. Like it can be great one day then the next you’re sitting there calling it crap. That comes with repetition though, not something that can really be helped, if you have tiramisu everyday then sooner or later you will want something else.

There are also times where I give a game a good review and for some reason the developer doesn’t like it. This is a weird one for me, if I give you a good review then why have an issue? That’s the way I look at it, if someone said they like my game or other product then why would I have an issue with that. Yet they’ll kiss up to someone who gives a bad review or is destructive in what they say. It makes no sense to me but it is what it is I guess.

Another thing with reviews is trying to give people a review and thoughts without making it so long they get bored halfway through and also not giving spoilers. For me, I’d rather know what you think and that’s it, not all the fluff and crap added, not just extra type so you can see your words take over a screen. Give me a review and let me make the decision if I want to continue or not. I feel like a review should be more like a preview unless the goal is to give a full synopsis of the project.

I hope that’s the same way when my projects are out and someone does a review. No spoilers, no extra long winded reviews just to say “I like it” or “I hate it”.  I’ve actually targeted people who I’d like doing reviews of my stuff, these are people who I know will give an honest and unbiased opinion while being constructive if there is any criticism. Obviously there will be others who will do their own reviews and that’s great but the only thing I ask for is be fair just like I will be to you.

Sure it can be a tough line to walk because as a developer, I will also be reviewed and I’m sure someone will do something out of spite or “revenge” in their minds. That’s why I was unsure at first about doing reviews but it’s a review and my thoughts, not someone else’s. I’d rather be helping someone along than trying to destroy what they’re trying to do and anyone who has had conversations with me knows that. If there is something I can help with, I’ll help. You never know, there may be a day when you’re the one who needs that help.

Maybe it’s just me, who knows. Maybe I’m just a different kind of cat.

I’m out.

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