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Marie and I went to Bagels Your Way Cafe (the one Brian doesn't like, near the DMV) for lunch yesterday while Mom put some chicken together to let sit in the fridge before frying.

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Noticed Chester and Michelle next door along with their cat while walking up and down Masem Court later on. Went over to greet them and ask if they could pick the cat up for me. They couldn't, but we wound up chatting for more than a bit before they let me inside and helped me get their other cat, Butterball, the only kitten they didn't adopt out. I pressed both my cheeks against his belly, and Michelle told me that Nicole likes to do that too.

Chester and I sat down afterwards, and he let their dog Molly sit on my lap while we chatted, before they both headed out and I went back home.

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During a side-stop at Target on our way home from lunch, Marie had told me that Mom planned on making waffle batter for this morning, after I asked about buying cereal there. Must have slipped her mind the previous day, but upon coming home from the Bernackis', I noticed that we only have a small amount of cranberry-grape juice and not enough lemon juice to make lemonade with. I headed out to 7-Eleven to buy some more juice, but all it had in jugs was orange, so I went the extra mile to Stop & Shop where I got limeade and a new bottle of lemon juice.

Just before I reached Long Island Avenue from Station Road, Marie drove up to me and picked me up, telling me that she and Mom were wondering where I was. She drove in a loop through Horseblock Road and Route 101 before coming back to L.I., and we chatted for a bit about my visit next door.

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Found out on Facebook last night that yesterday is National Ice Cream Day. What a coincidence, that that was also the night Mom made milkshakes for us for Marie's birthday.

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/national-ice-cream-day-2017 (Just found through Google. We should probably visit Carvel or something next year, having just found out there about freebies.)
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Jake hadn't been able to write any more all week about why he couldn't commit himself any longer to Unwilling Service, but allowed what he specified as "halfway measures" between us to pretty much sum it up yesterday. This whole time, I thought he meant "compromises" by that, even though we only had any explicit conflict about a handful of things, but he went on to specify "respecting eachother's wishes" as what he really meant.

Presumably, his willingness to beta-write the story had been unstable possibly even back then, and only reached the actual tipping point recently. I kept bringing it up with him because he seemed to suggest there was more to it when he said he'd have "part 2" ready when he shared what he had already written more than a week ago. At this point, though, I think we can drop it now; not like I have any reason to ask him to cite everything he came to hate about the story.

As of right now, he's had an exhausting week and does not wish to discuss the story right now or create outlines for either that one or the Makendou project. He did say when I asked, though, that he'd be more willing to still give input after being allowed to unwind for at least a month.

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Marie drove me and Mom to the library and various other places yesterday. I did what I had to do, and landed some new DVDs to bring home, including a DVD set of Ultimate Otaku Teacher (technically part 1 of season 1, as was my previous copy) that I can watch on my computer.

My last Universal Yums box arrived by the time we came back home, this month being South Korea. Marie commented on how political it sounds when it didn't simply say "Korea", but I should've noted having learned from Cracked how "national" foods are a political concept to begin with. (Didn't actually have anything, because I had already landed a cookie from Cirillo's Market where Mom dropped me off to pick up cream cheese for some bagels that she would toast for lunch.)

Marie and I later saw that drone that flies around every now and then. I was hanging some wash in the backyard, went to get her to come see, and found her already watching from the driveway.
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Showed Marie that 4th grade thing that I had sent everyone on Christmas. She managed to read it all the way through within minutes, although she did admit (even before, regarding LiveJournal) lacking general interest in anything video-game-related.

I've been also planning to show it to Brian, but then again, he already told me how impossible it would be for him to read the entire Starbound outline in one sitting. So, let's just see how things to next time he comes over.
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Turns out that Galaxy Angel is only available subbed on Animeram. Decided from there to watch Z on KissAnime instead.

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My books are available at the library now. Even though my original intentions with them are now moot, I still have to go up there whenever Mom goes and bring that DVD to the circulation desk, so I guess I might as well pick them up anyway just to re-read for myself.

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Marie has come to visit, and also brought my flash drive down with her from Brian's place.
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Someone named Kulsum Siddique got back to me on Upwork with some ideas to start a Galaxy Angel fic off with. I've asked that she continue to flesh it out, and she asked that I give her until tomorrow.

Right now, this might be a good time to rewatch Galaxy Angel on Animeram. (Galaxy Angel Z isn't there, but is on KissAnime, which is cumbersome to navigate, and I don't feel like seeking out other websites. Might watch it with Brian next time he's home, if he'd rather not watch Ultimate Girls.)

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Mom and I had recently discovered a robin's nest inside a hanging plant near our front door. The chicks have hatched two days ago, and today, Mom noticed one of them right in front of the door this morning, obviously unable to fly. She asked me and Dad to be careful not to step on any while they still learn how to fly.
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Hooked up my DVD player, since my external DVD drive doesn't read Blu-ray, and was about to start watching Ultimate Otaku Teacher. The player failed to read the disk, and even after wiping it down, it turned out to be blemished. Filed a report to the library.

The remaining series I have from the library are Sky Wizards Academy, which I'm not inclined to trust after actually reading the blurb, and Strike Witches: The Movie, which I mistook for the original series. This leaves me with two volumes left of Yotsuba&!, but this might also be a good time to rewatch Haganai, the only series I own personally on Blu-ray.
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Mom and Dad came home yesterday.
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Finally decided just to post Unwilling Service to Upwork yesterday afternoon, since John is still taking too long with the current Starcrossed Sisters chapter. Got a total of five applicants before I went to bed.

https://www.upwork.com/ab/applicants/883435532019712000/job-details

The reason I haven't done this up until now is pretty much moot. It mainly had to do with my trip to Japan that was going to take place next winter, but that's been postponed yet further, Yincira's talked me out of going to Boston for the main reason I planned, Jake's abandoned the project, and I should still put the money I would've originally spent in Boston towards getting my agenda back in order one way or another. Life is too short just to wait around for people to get back to me.
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Watched Little Busters! Ecstasy over these past couple of days.

That first story, four episodes long, sure does demonstrate how to execute non-video-game dungeon exploration right. That might be right up Brian's alley, given the tips he shared with me on how to go on about Starbound, chapter 6. (Not sure whether the party in that story will still remain on the ocean's surface to fight Umi-Bozu or end up exploring some kind of cave complex as I planned originally.)

More importantly, though, is the third story, spanning the last two episodes, and it is rather brutal.

Read more... )
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Mom and Dad have decided to go to Virginia today after all.

In preparation for that, Mom brought me to Target to pick up some cereals and dinners. Before we took care of that, though, I went to the Starbucks counter, and ordered a Midnight Mint Mocha frappuccino, just to see whether it was that particular flavor I got last time or that particular store. Mom had told me before we left the car that she finds that store counters don't do as good a job as regular shops, and while this was better than that Smores frappe I got last time, it still wasn't as good as the same-flavored one I got at Tanger.
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David has postponed his trip to Japan even further yesterday, for summer next year. At this point, I think I might loosen up and treat myself to one artwork commission per month. Also a good thing that Jake is officially off of Unwilling Service.

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Mom and Dad officially are not going down to Virginia. Grandma broke her hip the other day, and is currently in rehab. Mom told me several days ago that she might see what the deal is before deciding whether to go or not tomorrow, but while she still has this whole week off from work, this only further rules out my formerly planned trip to Brian's place, since Marie won't be able to ride with them back here to bring me in turn to Boston.

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Went to the library with Mom yesterday. She mainly needed to pick up a couple of train tickets for late this month, but I decided I could pass some time waiting for people to get back to me when she offered to bring me out.

Turned out that all trips for towards the end of this month have been cancelled. This trip to the library wasn't wasted, though. I did manage to land volumes 7-11 of Yotsuba&! (started reading volume 6 online later) and some anime that I spotted in the New Releases section.
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Been rewatching Ultimate Girls these past couple of days, primarily for the sake of any possible discussion with anyone I share the link to, but also to cope with barely being able to do anything for most of Saturday following Jake's breakdown. Doing so has left me all the more nostalgic for the days I used to have more interest in writing minor stories myself, and also for my old fetish for giantesses.

Posted a job on Upwork for help with building story ideas yesterday, and two people got back to me just last night.

https://www.upwork.com/ab/applicants/881597798149931008/job-details
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Jake came clean after reading yesterday's entry, and said that he just can't work on Unwilling Service anymore. There are just too many creative differences between us.

I knew he hated some things about my plans for the story. Our dispute about Jamie's body overall comes to mind, he once asked me not to include the gen IV Battle Frontier (which I flatly declined), we did have a disagreement over how HMs would be obtained, he's already mentioned how hard it is to be enthused about what is mostly just a rehash of the games, and of course, there's the PokeWalker, which he hates but I found awesome back when I played SoulSilver. However, while he also hates the gen V games, the only line he drew regarding those, should I ever write a second ficseries, was against Snivy as any protagonist's starter of choice. I actually did offer to keep the PokeWalker out of his way in some way or another upon sharing my draft of Jamie's second chapter, which he declined, and I had no idea that he actually hated as much more as 75% of everything involved so far than those few things.

He did say that the overall concept did interest him, and I'm glad he was able to create his own story ideas based on them. I did ask him last night to cite other things he hated about it at some point if he's willing to, in order to see what I'm willing to do away with (for example, the Kimono Girls' HGSS role, if that's another thing). However, if he really did hate so much more stuff involved with the story than I was aware of, then maybe it really is better that he just leave the project.

For exactly the reason I had Jake rewrite everything I wrote, I've asked John if he might be interested in what I only specified as something Pokemon-related, even though he's already slowed to a crawl with Starcrossed Sisters. Will need a few days to actually compile what I need to show him first, including the story outline, the original and final drafts of each online chapter, the current drafts of the chapters I wrote this past year, and the links to certain Pokemon episodes and the unrelated Ultimate Girls on Animeram. (Still need to fix up Jamie and May's opening chapters on FanFiction first.)
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Dug up Kanji in Context, read through the first two lessons, and I can already see Wanikani paying off. It says so much when half the time, I don't even have to look stuff up that I would've had to five years ago.

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Asked Yincira if there's any slight chance that she might allow me to bring fanfiction up with her again, in which case I could call off my next visit to Brian's. She suggested that I not go there and drive myself broke anyway if that's the only reason I plan on going there, instead of just to spend quality time with him (which we do enough of anyway), saying that fanfiction should not matter enough to shoot myself in the foot over.

No, it shouldn't, but in my case, it really is that big of a deal at this point. I messaged him on Facebook to ask if he could just download Suzune onto his phone to read on the train, but of course, he is too busy trying to meet the end of a work quarter right now. So, that still has to wait, and in the meantime, I still want a meaningful change from Starbound, but it would really help if Jake had already written anything. Right now, I don't have anything left. I'm still just barely a quarter of the way through Wanikani, which means I'm still gonna have to keep consulting my dictionary when I play Magia Record, which I have no reason to expect much of after my short-lived time with Cutie Riot. All I wanna do is spend time with other characters than anyone from Lucky Star, but the closest I'm gonna get to that is a subpar experience with MR, from which all I really want are more Puellae Magi to set aside for the Cibus project, and it's already gotten to such a point that I've finally taken to Upwork, where I've also asked for Homura's timelines and Kazumi Magica.

As of this morning, I did explain what's at the bottom of all this, regarding the circumstances surrounding Tsubaki, Suzune, and the twins, and how well those would translate into the Cibus project, as well as how much more I expect from Brian after our past discussion about the original story than from some random person online.

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As far as Unwilling Service goes, I think the main difference is that I had a lot more going on between chapters five years ago, such as Kanji in Context, the Earthbound marathon, and Starbound, than I do right now. I already had Ellen's first chapter up and Jamie's awaiting a rewrite when I got started with May's during the summer of '12, it got too hot at some point to continue writing that, and it took me a whole year to actually finish my own draft of it to send to Jake, halfway through which he had already sent me Jamie's chapter at its completion. Last year, I finally wrote a new chapter for all three stories in quick succession, Jake hasn't done anything with them this whole time, and while he did admit to having similar blocks way back then as he had just a few weeks ago, I can only wonder if he'll get anything done by next month or the month after.

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Mom had some shopping to do at Target, and before dropping me off for a haircut before shopping at MeatFarms first, she asked if I'd like to eat dinner there. I took it up, and when we got there, I got myself a personal pizza at the snack bar, before standing in line for a drink from the Starbucks counter. Five people ahead of me who should've all just ordered their drinks, had them whipped up for them, and been on their way. It took seemingly half an hour, I was already pissed about my fanfic situation, and at some point, Mom came over and asked me if I was "done". Hello. I'm not only waiting in line, but holding a pizza that I've obviously planned for the main course.

Ordered a Smores frappuccino, and while the pizza was good, the frappe barely tasted like anything. Complained to one of the clerks while they attended the drink machine, and she only told me that's how they're made. Threw it out halfway through consumption.

Might give the same thing a second chance somewhere else. Oddly enough, I came across two people's complaints on BuzzFeed about how watery the Midnight Mint Mocha variety is while Smores is so much better, but I actually had an MMM at Tanger Outlets the other day, and it was awesome.

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Last night, jessicaelwood finally showed me a draft of what I commissioned her for. I was already in bed by that point, and only woke up briefly six hours later, but she commented on how quick I was to reply. This is what comes with having almost nothing but downtime compared to almost anyone else.
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So, it turns out that when you copy from FanFiction.net and paste into the document creation window, it just converts everything into raw code. I had to ask Jake to send me the final drafts of Jamie and May's first chapters; the alternative would be to wait until I finally hit Brian's place again. And it's a good thing it's been years since I last updated anything, given how deeply all three fics have been buried at this point.

Gotta remember to copy such stuff into the editing window if I ever need to again.
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Changed the dates in Unwilling Service to begin on February 27, 1996, the day Pokemon itself began as a franchise. Particularly had Sinnoh's honey trees on mind; bug-hunting is normally a summer activity, and I just can't see it working quite so well in the fall or winter.

(Hint: In order to copy text on FanFiction, just change the URL's "www" to "m". I already had Ellen's first chapter in the doc manager from before, but Jamie and May's are both either on my flash drive or our external hard drive.)
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Managed to write some dialogue to start Ellen's third chapter off on, thanks to certain thoughts that game manual had sparked in me. (The fact that Jake had shown me something I had never even heard of also suggests that he might already be getting back into Pokemon.)

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Dad brought Grandma Ella out to say goodbye to me while I was mowing the frontyard, and took her to the airport afterwards.

Mom called while I had the house to myself, and I asked her if she had managed to pinpoint which day we'd be leaving for Virginia.

As it turns out, Dad would like me to stay home to mind the house and cat. From what Mom told me, Grandma Barbara recently had someone work on her kitchen cabinets, and the person she hired botched the paint job, so she would like Dad to come and re-paint it. Originally, Dad wasn't even gonna come with us, but given these circumstances, he cannot stand to leave the house vulnerable with no one looking after it.

It also turns out that Grandma's the only one who will be there (everyone else is out), nor will we be eating out or doing anything else together.

Would've enjoyed a change in pace, but all things considered, there really is not much incentive for me to come. Such an arrangement as this means that I have more time to get as far into Jamie's next chapter as I'll find myself able to, and to switch gears from Unwilling Service, I will probably have another go at Kanji in Context before trying out Magia Record.
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Pokemon: The Role Playing Game

http://pokeroleproject.wixsite.com/pokerole/resources

Jake had me read the last few main pages yesterday, and while I'm not gonna say anything about the survival aspect overall or Pokemon tournaments taking place once a year*, it is interesting how that game implements both the tournaments from the anime and Adventures and Victory Road from each of the games. Even though tournaments in the anime tend to start with its variations of the different Elite Fours, would Ash be sent to Victory Road if the writers ever decide just to wrap things up and let him win already?

(*That one map from Tart Magica already sealed the deal, to cite no comparisons to The Oregon Trail (one in-game day for every few seconds, given the nature of that game's setting) and Breath of the Wild. Having set them to quarterly is just the least problematic for the story and my creative capabilities. For the sake of mirroring, it also helps that Platinum, the game that introduced the Gen IV Battle Frontier, is set specifically in the winter.)
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Had a nice busy day running errands yesterday. Went to the Tanger Outlets with Mom and Grandma, and had lunch out while they did some shopping.

At some point, Mom tried to call me, but I didn't hear anything. She asked me if I had my phone on me when she and Grandma eventually met me in front of the food court, we had a look around, and she also tried calling Dad several times at my suggestion, to see if maybe I left it at home.

Eventually, we stopped by at the service office before leaving, and I asked if anyone had turned it in. The person I spoke to denied it, but I happened to spot it upon re-entering the car.

Must've fallen out of my pocket while I had my knees up on the seat in front of me.

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Jake had gotten back to me with some ideas for Jamie's upcoming chapter by the time we came home between the Tanger Outlets and my gym routine.

Gonna copy here for reference, so that I don't have to keep pulling up Skype:

Cut for spoilers and sexual content )

While I'm at it, I suppose I should also copy something from the day before, regarding the mains' connections to Ho-oh and Lugia. Since he posted it to Skype already, it's possible that he might deem it redundant to post to the outline now, although I do hope that isn't the case.

Read more... )

And finally, while Anna is going to don the same outfit as the "Idol" Trainer Class from DPP, here are two that he had chosen when I asked him to come up with some outfits in general. I will admit that that I sorta expected he'd come up with something by scratch, but I can't really hold this against him. In any case, though, Rokuna's main outfit from Starbound, something Yincira came up with before (would've asked her if she were open) also seems like worthy idol material, so I'll try to decide on one more from here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPpF1HKwPrA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tSMKnLUn7Q
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From all the way over near the boathouse entrance, Dad noticed me near the fence ranting and raving about how dependable Jake has no longer been, and called me over to ask what was pissing me off. All I said to him was that I've been expecting stuff from Jake, how he has failed to deliver anything for an entire year at this point, and he asked why I give someone like him such power over my mood and allow him to make me feel bad. I told him that it's actually not that simple, but he only said "Nothing ever is," and suggested I rethink the value of my relationship with him.

Walked a few laps up and down Masem Court to think it over, before coming back inside and online to confront Jake on all his excuses, going as far as to ask if the PokeWalker has anything to do with his lack of work so far. He said that while he still doesn't like the PokeWalker or anything else from HGSS, it's actually more that he just hasn't been into Pokemon in general for a while.

In hopes of helping him get back into it, I later asked if he had ever obtained a new 3DS ever since his first one was stolen. While he indeed had a year ago, he does not have the money to buy any new games, and turned down an offer to help fund him, stating that he would prefer to start over with X on his own terms and has no interest in Sun or Moon.

He did tell me last night, though, that he had actually managed better than the previous two days, to ponder what I had brought up in particular with him two days ago. So there's something, but if he even does show me his ideas for Jamie's next chapter, that's probably as much further as I will go with it in the foreseeable future. I did draw a comparison between his failure to write anything and my own failure to derive any inspiration from the player's guides for BW2, X/Y, and ORAS, suggesting he re-read my entries tagged "Pokemon" from May 22 last year onward if it might help, but other than that, whether he actually tries to get back into it or not is all up to him.

In the meantime, I've read another chapter from You Are Not Special, mainly so that I can tell Brian if he asks that I at least made good use of my time instead of playing video games all month long. That actually came up between me and Mom last night, and when she asked, I had to admit that I'm not actually deriving any fulfillment from it. She suggested that, today, I look up some summer classes at Stonybrook and ask Matthew about some psychologist he used to go see.
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