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Felicia Mitsuki, recently introduced for Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden: Magia Record:

https://dmxrated.deviantart.com/art/Felicia-695697553
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To hold myself over for until Yincira comes back to discuss fanfiction, and especially as I wait specifically for finalized drafts of each Unwilling Service chapter from those I've hired on Upwork, I am continuing business with Rongho for new Cibus pics.

Here is a redraw of an official image of the villain trio from Puella Magi Tart Magica:

https://dmxrated.deviantart.com/art/The-Vile-Three-695141097
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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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Mom, Dad, and Grandma left yesterday for Cousin Adam's high school graduation, and came back after I had already gone to bed.

Pulled up May's main file yesterday, and realized that I had only updated it on my flash drive. Ditto with Ellen's, but Jamie's has been updated on the computer, so I would have continued with him instead. However, coming up is his first meeting with one of the Pokemon Idols, and I would like Jake's help fleshing some details out for that.

He didn't have access to a computer or phone charger when I first brought it up, but even though he did later on, he still has yet to actually think of anything. I, meanwhile, read a chapter out of this book called You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements, updated Starcrossed Sisters for the first time in weeks, and watched the last few episodes of Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat, just to fill the time. Also texted Brian before going to bed to email me the two files, but he still has yet to, and there are probably other files that I only updated on my flash drive anyway, so I'll probably look through those and list them this morning.

Honestly, I don't fucking believe this. The way things are still panning out, it's possible that I might as well spend some time with Kiratto Kaiketsu, after having just put Getter Love!! down several days ago. Seeing another whole week or so of nothing going anywhere, I've told Jake last night that I will ask right before we leave for Virginia if he's ready to continue some actual ghostwriting.

When is Jake gonna get down to business, and when will Yincira be open for business again, after all the letdowns I got from everyone else I've sought out for the Cibus project? I'm glad Brian had already talked me out altogether of trying to reboot the original Cibus fic, which is exactly why I'm now focused on adapting Suzune. I'm also glad I've got Starcrossed Sisters going for me, but as far as my own work goes, I'm tired of having only Lucky Star to work with. I write so much better when I've got others to help me flesh ideas out, but Brian is my last hope with the Cibus project until Yincira accepts new fanfic discussion once and for all, and Unwilling Service also feels dead with Jake constantly failing to uphold his end of the bargain and leaving me with such boring writing as I'm capable of on my own.

Why can't anything just unfold the way I want it to?
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So far, it's only gonna be another week before I go up to see Brian again to discuss what should happen in Starbound after the upcoming battle, although he has yet to actually finalize a date or reply to that email, and Jake told me when I asked him yesterday, that he'll be able to start ghostwriting tomorrow. Removing the Cibus project from my agenda for the time being, I'm still more inclined towards Unwilling Service, but if things are finally lining up for Jake to actually do something with what I sent him, then maybe it would be better to wait until he shows me what and how much he actually manages to write, so that I can coordinate what I write next with that.

That leaves me back with just Starbound again, but at least having cleared my agenda of anything US-related for now helps. Still wanting to spend time with other characters, though, I think I might start playing Getter Love!! today, use the periods between playthroughs to figure out how to go on about the current chapter, and then actually work on the chapter when I'm up at Brian's but alone at the apartment.

This, however, would undermine an email exchange I've just had with Yincira following what I forwarded to her.

What happened, is that she replied by asking what kind of advice I want from her, and then asked if there's anything creative I can do that isn't writing. Rather impulsively, and assuming I'd assume the same strategy from before, I answered with coming back to drawing. From there, I attempted a Cibus version of Kagari, but then she got back to me and suggested I draw lots of crude, incomplete stuff and trace over pre-existing stuff before I actually master anything, instead of just setting myself to one thing at a time and aiming to perfect that. Needless to say, that only left me with effort shock.

Skipping through the rest of the exchange, I then asked Jake what that class he took years ago involved, to which he specified just copying stuff from a book. This sounded similar to my first few years of following instructions and copying stuff multiple times from How to Draw Manga, which I got when I was 16. Even though I didn't devote my life around it, I actually would spend days at a time trying to learn from it whenever I did get down to it, but even then, it never actually engaged me.

Mind you, I know that learning any skill at all is never all fun and games, but if you can't even appreciate the process of learning or the technique that goes into it, then it actually is pointless. This is why I commission people for stuff I want, better than I could ever hope to pull off even if I did commit myself.

If anything, I suppose I might take a class next fall. I decided not to take anything this past spring because I wanted to focus on Unwilling Service, but that was all assuming that Jake would actually get shit done on his end once he got his computer fixed, and I ended up writing only one further chapter so far.
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Recently had Rongho photoshop an image of the main villains of Puella Magi Tart Magica in exchange for what I supplemented him a few weeks ago. Asked more than a few times that Lapin be fattened up further, at one point specified as wide as Corbeau, but he got confused because Lapin is the shortest of the three and cannot be as fat as Corbeau or Minou. I suggested he think of the difference between Bart and Homer Simpson to get an idea (same body shape at different sizes), but this only confused him, and I wasn't able to get a much better wording suggestion from Brian or Marie.

At this point, we've decided just to come back to them after I have him work on them individually (based on their in-manga profiles). That might be a while, though, as I like to randomize my orders.

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The circumstances aligned yesterday at 3, for me to continue playing Yoshi's Island earlier than I expected to. (I was originally planning for tomorrow, when Mom finally goes back to work after spending a week at home.)

As it turns out, though, ActivePresenter is a bit more awkward to use and didn't record the game as smoothly as ShareX. More on this soon, though.

Checked out those playthroughs I linked to the other day, and found them rather excessively long, which includes the player talking to every single person in the game or just pissing around part of the time. With a whole week ahead of me before Marie comes home, I decided just to record my own playthrough of Earthbound and see how little time I can squeeze everything into.

Recorded half an hour containing all the opening stuff and everything after dropping Pokey and Picky off and checking out the Mani Mani statue beneath Lier's house last night. After that, I decided that was enough for the night, and looked into finding some better software. Tried out one other program, but it didn't record any more smoothly, and I went back to ShareX.

As it turns out this morning, though, even that doesn't record so smoothly anymore. The game felt choppy even as I was actually playing it, unlike with those other programs. I even compared my previous recordings of Yoshi's Island, and it worked so much better then. Though, I wonder if it has to do with recording just SNES9X instead of the entire screen.

(Not such a big deal for this game, but my whole point of playing Yoshi's Island in the first place is to showcase the different graphical effects that could only have been pulled off with the Super FX chip. That, combined with Knuckles Chaotix for the Sega 32X, will be used for discussion with Brian when we talk about graphical effects for Lucky Star: Day of the Beehive. Just pulling it up on YouTube doesn't show the full effect of, say, busting an item box in in Chaotix, where its screen spins vertically and then dissolves into pixels.)

(Might look into better software still whenever I decide to stop playing for a given night, or when it's time to come back to Yoshi's Island. Not gonna pay for anything until after my next Boston trip, and only when I find something I'm satisfied with.)
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Got another revision of the chapter translation from Ryou Yonezawa, one of many others I had contacted on Upwork for a second opinion.

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Rongho finished revising that pic-edit. As it turns out, though, Kickstarter does not allow users to run more than one campaign at a time. Seeing as I'm still waiting on Noxmoony for Pia's last pic that I already paid for months ago, I decided just to host this pic on deviantArt and use Pia to promote my planned Cibus campaign next month.

http://dmxrated.deviantart.com/art/Big-bulbous-bikini-beauties-676897260

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Paid Marie a visit in the afternoon, and we walked down to this lake in a park complex called the Emerald Necklace. Had a stroll through before leaving another part to visit this fabric store called J.P. Knit & Stitch.

It was closed, but being right next to CVS, we decided to do a little shopping there. Didn't actually get anything, though, because Marie basically talked me out of buying bottled water (what I usually went there for, until we figured something out with the water from Brian's kitchen sink), and I didn't see any candy that particularly interested me (used to get a few things they had for Easter not too long ago).

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Marie came over to Brian's place with someone named John, and the two of them played chess together. I showed them that Madoka pic, and they thought pretty highly of it. (Brian also found it amusing after he came back, but said I could've shown him at a better time, and that he mainly likes my gallery as a collection of funny stuff, as opposed to anything in particular in its own right.)

I made a burger for each of us except John, who declined, and we all watched an episode of Silicon Valley before Marie and John left.

Spoke to Brian afterwards about what I wanted to accomplish during my time here, which isn't helped by Mom having already bought me a train ticket back home even though I told her I might have to stay a bit longer than next Sunday. For the record, it is still only practical for him to continue reading Starbound on his phone while commuting to and from work, given how little else he can do on the trains (aside from playing Super Mario Run). At this point, though, we've both agreed that it's seeming less and less practical to wait for him to finish that before going over the story outline, especially now that I've incorporated some summaries of each existing chapter into the beginning.

Today being Tuesday, though, it might be more practical instead to go over an email I had sent him before, before he goes out to drink with his friends. I'll run it by him when he wakes up and see what he thinks, though.
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Asked Rongho to start reading the different Madoka spinoff manga while we suspend business for up to a year. He told me that he had discovered many different Puellae Magi ever since we started, and asked for a list of everyone else to be drawn fat.

Right now, he is unable to buy any actual manga, but has expressed interest in it and would like to continue the series. I had made it clear during our discussion that I cannot afford to make any further purchases while I commission for translations and save up otherwise for that trip, so he and I agreed to arrange for others to donate copies of their manga to him or buy new copies online to be shipped to him when I post a certain entry onto my deviantArt blog. (I got his permission to share his address with anyone interested, so that they can have stuff sent directly to him instead of to me first.)

(Before I write said entry up, I am waiting mainly for the translation of Starbound, chapter 1, so as to tie this in with my planned Kickstarter campaign. I was originally going to request money, and allow anyone who donates to the Cibus series to decide who gets drawn up next, but this seems like an even better idea to start with.)
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Here are both commissions I had mentioned yesterday:

1) The Legend of Jeanne d'Arc

2) Starcrossed Sisters, chapter 1. Decided after reconsidering to host it after all while shortly awaiting a WaniKani session, having already paid good money for that story so far. Next chapter will likely be up when I'm all done with Sonic Adventure DX (likely on Thursday, my birthday, when I try my luck at the Jewel Emerald Course again and hopefully win this time).

Also noticed a fic about Iroha in the archive. Since she currently isn't a selectable character to label fanfiction with, I went on to request that she, along with several from Tart Magica, be added to the list, and will be sure to fill the author in once I actually read the fic (they should be already there by that point).

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12380545/1/Puella-Magi-Madoka-Magica-Record
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Here is what agataylor had to say through Facebook's chat program when I linked her, Noxmoony, and kymyit on deviantArt (along with Rongho, through Skype) to last week's cut:

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Despite my own tastes, I suppose I could embrace her opinion for the current series, especially given how much I also value consistency. Will definitely ask for the more rounded builds if I ever get to commission for visual adaptations of the different actual stories, though.
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Beat Sonic Advance 2 yesterday with Knuckles. Transported three of my Chao to Sonic Adventure 2: Battle via the Tiny Chao Garden, but the Chao Doctor failed to detect any health issues. Made me wonder if I wasted half my then-remaining time between ditching Kiratto Kaiketsu and having Brian over, but Mom later told me that Brian probably isn't even coming over after all (I agreed with her that it wouldn't be very practical for just one day, given how little I'd be able to accomplish with him when she and Dad also compete for his attention). This negates any reason right now to continue with Sonic Adventure DX; that was just gonna be for instead of Parasitic Trio right now, and it wouldn't be practical either to bring the GameCube with me when we go up to bring him some furniture for his new apartment a whole month from now.

With that, I'm pretty much free to beat Advance 2 with everyone else for these first few days of the month. Yard's also full of brush, so that'll give me something else to do when I'm not playing the game. (As for my Chao, I have already posted to the ROMhacking forum, but said post has already received 25 views without any actual replies whatsoever.)

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Iroha and Madoka as Cibi, from a whole few days ago:

http://dmxrated.deviantart.com/art/Iroha-and-Madoka-in-665859837

As far as girth goes, I honestly wonder if my perception is skewed. Read more... )
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Yesterday would've been a good day to spend playing Kiratto Kaiketsu. I seriously considered it at 2, called Mom on her cell to see if she planned on going to the gym (in which case, I wouldn't have bothered), and she told me that she was already on her way home. More on that soon, but today also seems like a good time for that.

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So anyway, just two nights ago, I sent Jake an email regarding my plans for Parasitic Trio. Namely, assuming he hasn't made any headway with Jamie yet, I would like him to re-focus on May while I switch gears and write him another chapter. (The other day, I had requested he work on Jamie while I was still busy with May.) Despite my expectations, he never replied, and I never saw him on AIM. Not sure how often he's on in general, since I usually sign right back off if I don't see him, but yesterday, I left the program on for most of the day and he was just never there. It's possible he wasn't even able to use his computer (especially given what he already told me about its functionality and unrelated events that recently cost him sleep), but as a result, I don't know whether or not he's already made some progress with Jamie, or would like to keep things simple and just stick with him for now, and I would like not to proceed until all plans are finalized.

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Yesterday morning, I posted a job onto Upwork for an animated version of Cibus Esculentus Madoka Magica, just to get an idea of how much something like that would actually cost. Half an hour later, I went back online to take it down, and found that someone named Adde Kela already offered to take it up for $89/hr and invited me to Skype with him. Archived him before taking it down, and then posted a new job for muggle-to-Cibus transformation gifs and invited him to that, only to find out later that the site only archives new jobs at certain hours in the morning (the newest jobs listed under Design & Creative: Animation the first time I checked were from 12 hours earlier). Never heard from Adde until this morning, and even then, he was already off and wanted me to establish a meeting (I scheduled 9:30 AM tomorrow), and my job listing is now buried three pages in under Animation.

(I knew from the start that I would not be able to afford such a thing. Planning to use Kickstarter and tap into other people's potential interest to cover the costs, but in any case, I think it might be best to pull this off once I figure out with Brian how to rework Kyoko's first scene and account for Homura's actions throughout the fic. (Also need to ask him when he usually finds himself at his most creative.) A fic in which Mami survives longer to meet Nagisa would also help, considering how little pagetime she has in the one fic still up.)

(Here's the job listing, in case anyone else is interested.)

Of what I've already had others draw up for me, this is my favorite image to look at (even though something does look off with Homura), but I still crave more than just that. Like, I want to see actual scenes play out (also true with Starbound), but they would mean more as part of a whole than individually (ditto with certain scenes I like from bloodscorpion4ever's past works), and I also want consistency and enough talent that I don't have to point out anatomical errors (such as the lack of a fold between the thighs and buttocks) or mismatched poses and facial expressions.

I also mentioned my general preference for anime over manga only a few days ago. However, I think the inferior appeal of manga to me would have something to do with the lack of coloration that gets for some reason, and how inferior to anime it would still look even if it were colored due to the type of paper used (barring a few each at the beginning and end of each volume, which use a more suitable type for coloration, depending on the series). Just last night, I remembered this feature that Nintendo Power had between '99 and '01, called PokeCenter, which dealt exclusively with Pokemon and featured episodes of the anime adapted into western-style comics, and even today, I wouldn't consider that any less visually appealing than the actual anime. If something like that would fulfill what I really want out of all this, then that would cut the need for animation and audio, thus saving me a good chunk of time and money that could go towards other things.

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Spent the first few hours of the day playing Cutie Riot, but honestly, that game just sucks. It's underchallenging, repetitive, and during battle, all you do as the player is wait for your characters' SP to fill up before tapping them to release their special attack. I've seen gameplay videos of the original Madoka mobile game, in which the characters fight automatically, but the wiki page also mentions purchasable cards with which to unlock new attacks and items, and that it becomes increasingly necessary to team up with other players to defeat powerful enemies. (As far as Magia Record goes, I'll still have new Magical Girls and their dialogue to save in screenshots for the sake of the Cibus project.)

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So anyway, I asked Mom if I could have the day off from the gym, lest I do the same old routine while thinking about how poorly things were panning out. We did need to do some shopping, Mom also had to go to one of the libraries, and I was open enough to just leaving the house in general. After getting a few things at Target, we decided to hit the library in Bellport, and precede our actual visit there with a walk down Bellport Lane in lieu of the gym (having a change in pace from that had appealed to me).

Took out Little Busters! again during our actual time in the library. That should help me save that manga I bought for later (already read volume 1 of Et Cetera through).

Mom had also told me that we should be able to see Brian in a month, when she goes up to Boston to bring Marie a sewing machine.
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Christina has declined even to rewrite anything I write further of the Cibus project, because she is closing up commission business altogether. Makes me glad the one existing fic is all she did, as it would be even more awkward if she had already done more than that.

Since this is no longer about my particular writing style, I did consider last night asking on Job Offers for others to continue it. However, even if I don't write something personally, I would still like to be the one to present it, something I didn't originally care about and that would have to be negotiated with others.

Also, aside from the HLM four and Pia, all I plan to do is to establish everyone's place in the Cibusverse and each of their surrounding circumstances. Actual, full-fledged stories will be what I leave to others to write.
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Re-reading Japanese in MangaLand after all these years sure reminds me of the summer of 2008, when I bought volume 1 from Borders, and the following school year, when I obtained v. 2 and 3 for Christmas. That was the year that I had first conceived Parasitic Trio, and this only goes to rekindle my desire to see that through. Seeing all these different kana and kanji also reminds me of the fonts I had created so far for Lucky Star: Day of the Beehive.

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Ordered a pizza from Cafe Gia for lunch yesterday, to commemorate the new year and complement some soda that Aunt Allison brought me last week. First time I ever ordered one myself by phone. Mom and Dad also had some for themselves.

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Uploaded all four chapters of Cibus Esculentus Madoka Magica last night. Funny, how my former desire to re-boot the fic for over a year staved that off long enough to become an opportunity to commemorate New Year's and promote pre-registration for Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record.

http://dmxrated.deviantart.com/art/Cibus-Esculentus-Madoka-Magica-ch-1-654773014
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So, I've started an email exchange with Brian about the HLM four yesterday, and might also contact Alice again if the need arises. However, even though things seem rather promising with Brian, I could not help but wonder all day why not one person between Yincira and Brian proved capable of having the kind of in-depth, back-and-forth discussion I used to have with Yincira. Like, you'd think there'd be plenty of others with Yincira's same capabilities out there, but Christina is too busy with life to help me, the kind of help Marie offered was actually style-oriented, BHS bailed right out upon discovering what the Cibus project is really about, Qinlongfei became unresponsive during one of my exchanges with him, Noxmoony and kymyit already took forever with what they've completed so far, and Alice's attempts to discuss the flaws I originally planned to iron out just seemed kinda simplistic and half-hearted, compared to what I would've expected from Yincira.

Then again, that's not even how things started out with Yincira. My relationship with her all began in November 2007 with me randomly checking out one of her Mon Colle Knights pics on deviantArt, noticing something in its description that I commented on, inviting her to this blog, and discussing the possibility of eventually uploading MCK to YouTube. I had no idea she was even reading this blog afterwards until she eventually commented the following September on something I said about Count Collection and showed me some critiques she drew up of what I had up on dA at the time. From there, she'd leave comments about other things every now and then, I would also begin reading her blog as well, and I eventually started giving her stuff to critique because I thought she liked doing that as my friend. The reasons should be obvious why I never brought up Parasitic Trio, but our first major story discussion took place in July '10 regarding part I of Monster Collection Chronicles (I even apologized for having cost her a personal deadline with something of her own when she mentioned that on her blog), and around the following Thanksgiving was the time I actually wrote something (i.e. the story's prologue) to show her, which I would discuss several more times since before eventually hosting it in August '11. The rest is history.

Even though I did talk about this whole thing with Mom in the car last night before hitting the gym, it only occurred to me before I went to bed that I still had the option of browsing FanFiction's beta-reader archive. Only been there five years ago, when things seemed headed downhill again between me and Jake regarding Parasitic Trio.

(Jake has also told me that he will pay for Chibi-Usa's pic himself, and mainly wanted me to talk to Meguru-sama about the details, since deviantArt often does not load for him.)
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Asked Brian to take me out for bagels yesterday so that I could discuss more thoughts I started having about the Cibus project.

To start with, I've finally realized that what I really wanted, rather than to present stuff in my own writing, was to spend time with everyone outside of the main five. I think the reason very little of what FanFiction has to offer is because, out of over 2,000 different fics (all content ratings but only in English), the most anyone else has is Oriko at 15, followed by Yuma at six. Be it on The Witch's Labyrinth (which has been dormant lately) or while discussing things w/ Yincira on Tumblr, I always enjoy the moments when I cite something from Oriko, Kazumi, Suzune, or Tart Magica (there is not much to cite about the Divine Gate crossover or The Hollow Little Mermaid). This would also explain my increased craving for Cibus discussion upon first reading Suzune Magica last year, and gives me all the more reason to talk about the Cibus project with Yincira whenever she's ready. (For the sake of more generalized discussion as well, having sent her most of my manga also helps, and I might very well get Brian his own set for Christmas next year.)

(Having arrived at such a conclusion, I think I very will might get Christina back in on things. If not to help flesh out the plot, then at least to re-write everything I write first for the sake of consistency with the first fic.)

Brian went on to give me ideas for a continuation from where things left off, citing how TV shows often resolve the previous season's conflict at the start of the next season, but then start a new conflict afterwards. The way the story ended leaves room for that.

He also described how common it is for the supposedly weakest of a given group to end up contributing the most in a given situation, as had happened in the anime. For example, in an episode of Looney Tunes, there are two teams each working on a skyscraper, and the foreman continually prevents this little guy from doing anything until his own team's building collapses, only for the runt to build it all up in about ten seconds.

Finally, he asked what Madoka's power was supposed to be, since that was never explored anywhere in canon besides the anime's endgame. Having already written how it was her wish that finally led research to take place regarding the magic system, I suggested that her power could have been to alter reality. Something like that would very well tie in with Oriko's wish to find her purpose in life, going even further to enable her and Kirika a chance encounter with the Pleiades Saints that they wouldn't have had otherwise.

(Having considered that, though, I suppose that would conflict with everything leading up to that, in which all the main five just die instead of being able to all team up. Mami's survival in turn would allow her to meet Nagisa, bringing hope to her after her mother died and left her all alone.)

With that, I now have ideas for a bunch of stories:

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Throughout all the discussion we've had, Brian compared this whole situation to this story called Metamorphosis, in which the main character finds himself transformed into a cockroach and manifests as other lowly animals in representation of author Franz Kafka's internalized self-hate resulting from the stigma he faced as a Jew during World War II. He linked me to a webpage where it's hosted, but later gave me an actual book covering Kafka's works in general. Will be sure to find time to read that at some point.

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Starting today, I should probably start studying Japanese again. Found out yesterday about a new Madoka game coming out next spring, called Magia Record, featuring at least one new Magical Girl, and decided to pre-register while there's still the chance to land Moemura (especially since Mom recently got me a smartphone in place of my last cell phone). No, I'm not gonna master the language in even less time than I've put into it in the past, but anything I can retain should still help.

Even though I still have Parasitic Trio on mind, Jake, having just moved back in with his family as they themselves relocated. Both his sisters are both married and pregnant, so he no longer has a bedroom to himself and is gonna have more limited access to a computer (not sure if buying a laptop would be an option for him either). Obviously, having to get off more than a few times each day is not going to help his muse, and in general, I hope he finds new employment soon in order to save up to move back out again.

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Brian and Marie are both back in Boston. The three of us watched The Princess Bride, one of Mom's all-time favorite movies, on Netflix before Mom brought them to Port Jefferson.
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Months ago, I had originally planned on eventually sending Yincira most of my Puella Magi manga in exchange for the Starbound pic's completion, due to PayPal's support for Autism Speaks at the time. She has been the reason, by reblogging stuff on Tumblr about what that organization does, why I actively boycott anything that supports AS.

At some point, PayPal stopped supporting AS, and I figured it might be even better if I eventually send it all for Christmas instead. (To offer to barter them would've left her able to turn them down, and to just send everything immediately, I would assume, might have given her reason to believe that this has mainly to do with my own stuff.) This, in turn, became the reason why I bought Homura's Revenge and The Different Story at Barnes & Noble, and The Very Soil online later on.

Later, I figured that maybe I ought to give Jake, my other closest friend online, something as well, and decided upon my PC-FX just hours later. I asked Mom if we have any packaging for it, and she suggested I ask if people in Brazil even use the same type of outlet as here. I remembered him writing somewhere that the first game he ever played was a Japan-only SFC game, and started off by asking him if he owned an actual Super Famicom at the time. He told me he actually played it on a local Super NES, without even any kind of adapter (unlike Brian's old friend James w/ the Super 6-in-1) or modding it. Jake told me that adapters are everywhere, and I wound up having to tell him that I planned to send him something. Kept what it was a secret when he asked, but did tell him that I did get an idea four years ago on having Mom send him those Nintendo Power magazines I bought months earlier during some errands she was about to run. (That didn't go through because they would've cost too much to send out, she was even glad to have made that decision when I told her that Jake and his folks were away from home at the time, and to try again later would've made things rather anticlimactic when commemoration of the series' end was supposed to end on Christmas Day w/ me receiving volume 1.)

He told me that they would have taken forever to reach him anyway, and that's when I decided to spend a few last days with the PC-FX and play the hard mode in Chip-chan Kick before sending that out. Beat the game on October 7 at 8:18 PM, with only 2 lives (one gained from defeating Warbit himself) 2 continues, and a high score of 563,600. Sent it a week later, and he received it on November 3, just a few days after he had finished this one-post-per-day event on his blog for the month of October and its 10th anniversary, which had gone awry when certain present-day things happened that included his house being robbed. (Wasn't able to send it any earlier because the day I did so was when Mom had more free time than any day beforehand.)

Having just mentioned that burglary that took place, that resulted in his parents urging him to find a new home. As a result, it was not practical for him to hook the system up when he received it, and it's also a good thing I brought things up with him and sent it as early as I did, lest it arrive there when he's not there anymore to receive it.

Back to Yincira.

Originally, I had planned on saving all my Madoka manga for our trip to Virginia just several weeks ago. However, the clerk at the post office did tell me that things tend to take longer to reach their destinations during the holiday season due to increased parcel volume, and Mom told me as we left that she once ordered something at the last minute for two-day shipping, and it took several whole weeks after Christmas to actually arrive.

To begin with, while I did start reading The Very Soil the day that got here, I was already planning to save Puella Magi Homura Tamura for the ride to Mill Pond. Only read one actual chapter on the ride there before putting it down to just relax, came home with Brian, who I would chat with, and it was after he and Grandma Ella both left that I continued reading it before reading what I actually planned on sending Yincira. (Homura Tamura was too wide for the box I had, and I didn't send Tart Magica either because I planned only on sending her whatever I had all volumes for, lest she be left hanging or decide mid-series that she doesn't like something.)

Read through all six other installments, shipped them out (along with The Very Soil), and she would receive them on November 17.

So far, she has only posted her thoughts on Homura's Revenge, but they sound very similar to how I feel about the current Cibus fic. Like, she complains about how Mami's animosity towards Homura still holds true even though her original reasons aren't there anymore (along with how poorly her demise was executed), Sayaka nonsensically plotting revenge on Homura for something she caused only by accident, and then some pure awesomeness focusing mainly on Madoka and Homura's relationship, with Kyoko also getting her own chance to shine.

http://yincira.tumblr.com/post/154407799326/homura-revenge

In the Cibus fic, we have Homura still not seeking help despite the original reason for that being moot (canon Mami always knew that all Magical Girls are destined to die, but lost her shit in one timeline upon learning the hard way how they alternately become Witches, something that doesn't happen in the Wraith timeline or the fic), Kyoko making a big deal about territory (originally, that had everything to do with Soul Gems, Grief Seeds, and self-preservation), and then my favorite part in the whole fic (with only the epilogue coming in second), involving Oriko and the Pleiades Saints.

Spoilers; nothing about weight-gain, though. )

Still looking forward in any case to seeing what Yincira has to write about the other installments.

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Went with Mom to pick up Brian and Marie at Port Jefferson yesterday. Brian had already read chapter 1 of the Cibus fic on the train, and we had some rich discussion about that both at home and when we and Marie went out shopping at several places.

I told him when he complained that that wasn't my writing that that's exactly one of the reasons I still wish to do it over, and while I may have gotten ahead of myself by bringing up that whole issue of Homura not seeking help and the original reasons why, he compared it to Watership Down, where the main characters have a nice little comfort zone cut out for them but eventually find out the troubling reason why.

So far, he is planning to read another chapter today, and hopefully the whole thing during his time here until Wednesday. However, things back at his apartment are just kinda stressful right now, and he'd rather I not come with him and Marie when they leave.

Good thing I also have Parasitic Trio on mind for when they leave. Right now, this is just a good opportunity to get any discussion in on this while Yincira is still indisposed, even though she might be even better to eventually talk to when she hopefully has already read The Different Story and Oriko Magica.

But anyway, Merry Christmas, everyone! Got something to email to a bunch of people later today; just need Brian to pull up one YouTube video (not on either of my computers), and to several others' email addresses first.
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Received The Very Soil just yesterday. Read a few chapters throughout the afternoon while doing some yardwork until Mom came home.

Mom brought me to South Country Library in Bellport some time after coming home, and I got my hands on a couple of HTML books in preparation for my class. We also visited this small supermarket just next door that I hadn't even been aware of, and I got myself a QuickDraw ticket. Also had a small walk around town before going home.

(Broke even with my lotto ticket when we got home. Rolled an 8 then, and will not be playing anymore for this week.)

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Managed to stay up til 9:10 reading the whole rest of part 1 of TVS (half the entire book, dealing only with the main Madoka anime), and just read the first interlude right now. I always knew that that show drew inspiration from Faust, Christianity, Buddhism, and the intention to deconstruct the Magical Girl genre, but actually reading about it in even more depth than the Analysis page on TV Tropes goes to show how unsophisticated I myself am in comparison with stuff. No surprise there, since one of my main sources of inspiration for the Cibus project is a personal fetish of mine, and I even went as far once as to compare the whole thing (in my notebook) to Final Destination, this being something of an excuse to watch girls get eaten up one by one (like how those films are about watching all their protagonists get killed in general as their stories progress; never actually watched them, but I did read about them on Wikipedia). The reason I chose Puella Magi Madoka Magica in particular, though, had to do with this fic called Magica Madoka Venificus Puella; namely, the fact that Magical Girls in the alternate universe that Madoka creates there wear the same outfits as in canon, but with less color (some, but not as much. Also, I only read a few chapters of that fic, before noticing that its author regrets the way it panned out and wants little to do with it, and is supposedly in the middle of rebooting it as something else just like I am with my own story).

For the record, I had explored a few themes in the outline for Starbound, such as friendship and morality, but this cut from an entry last year should explain how well I actually planned out the existing chapters of that fic, which still doesn't include all the symbolism like what Madoka Magica (or the Earthbound trilogy) relied on, only the logistics, references, and various parallels to Earthbound necessary for actual in-story events to play out:

http://dmxrated.livejournal.com/589485.html#cutid1
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Managed to watch the whole rest of the series up until just last night, often watching two or three episodes consecutively. This tells me a lot about my future of discussing things with Brian when compared to a measly three episodes of Lucky Star during the whole week I spent at his place half a year ago.

Having picked up on the similarities to Faust, Brian also showed me this episode of Rick & Morty, titled Something Ricked This Way, after we watched episode 8 yesterday morning.

The next step, when he comes over next month, will be to show him the entire current fic, along with my entry from March 28 and a lengthy author's note I added to my copy of The Loss of Innocence. Today, he needs to leave in several hours, and Mom's just been making bacon for us to all have for breakfast together. Once he reads the fic through, we're gonna need to discuss certain things about Esurientes, something I've recently tried to iron out with Alice but haven't heard any further from her about since she promised to put some thought into it.

For the record, I never really laid out any ground rules about Esurientes in general when I commissioned Christina and others, only that they eat flesh. However, while I did generally like how they turned out, there's still the issue of what happens to people they prey on, whether they disappear into an Esuriens' barrier or either runs in fear from or gets gored by something that anyone else present is unable to see. That's something I'd like to avoid while maintaining a world whose general population does not believe in Esurientes or magic. The barriers that Christina implemented, though, consist only of a version of the real world with less lighting; I would assume that was to keep things simpler than having to think of stuff resembling a Witch's barrier, although the anime's finale did depict Wraithes appearing in the real world instead of within pocket dimensions. Things get even more complicated when you consider that Cibi don't have to worry about material damage either they or Esurientes cause, since it's part of the Esurientes' barriers, and on the same token, the presence of cars still going by when Madoka fights a bird-like Esuriens and even witnesses said Esuriens seemingly diving for one (actually dying) on her way out of Mitakihara.
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