Volume 07 – Extras and Afterword

OK, here we are finally at the end of volume 7. Well, it’s official part ended way before, but with this, all what I wanted to include is now released. I have to be honest: If wordpress wouldn’t become more and more cumbersome to use for me due to all their updates and their everchanging UI, that drives me mad, I would have posted it one day earlier. Really, even if I can copy a post/page for most purposes around it, setting a parent page took me 10 minutes today, after giving up yesterday, and maybe I should look into other ways to have a halfway independant site.

Now to another thing… I have a real problem. With COVID-19, which is also known as the corona virus, the name of an actually amazing phenomenon got a really bad rep, and even years before, I had this one very special thing in mind, that’s named [Korona] (as like the German can also write it) because of this event and the picture, that came in mind before those stubby viruses.

It was just the perfect name for this special thing and I seriously don’t know whether to keep it or to change the name to not make people associate this story with COVID-19 in any way (as Kenta and Kyou were kidna- erm, summoned years before the pandemic and therefore nobody in these books even know of its existence).

I could change the name, but to encapture its essence, it would be longer and more cumbersome or may be somewhat misleading…

I’ll also post such a poll in RoyalRoad and let all readers decide.

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Volume 07 – Chapter 7-4

Way too late, but still 2020 local time. We finally finish the official story of this volume. 2020 has been hard on many of us, for me as well, though for other reasons than the pandemic (which made my dayjob that much harder as well). I’ve lost a beloved person recently, which is the main-reason, why I lost much drive outside the activities that put food into my mouth, and the problems with my dominant arm (and especially the hand) also grow more bothersome again (as some of you may remember, I started to have neural pains July 2019, and since then, it becomes better, no, I need a surgery, no, it was something entirely different so maybe that therapy, no, we… we don’t know?). I’m trying to get a proper look at it, but again the pandamic strikes and I had to look for a new neurologist, and I may get an appointment in March. Precious…

You may understand, that this also puts some chinks in my motivation and ability to write, and I still working on the Extras and volume 8 (which gets a back-seat though). So I will certainly need to take things more slowly in the next year, and I don’t know how to deal with the Extras, especially for the non-canonical one, as I want to do something funny, but laughing becomes harder and harder… >.<

Nonetheless, Happy New Year, enjoy it, you didn’t get a refund of 2020, you won’t get one on 2021, and I will continue to curse the pandemic, as this cool thing I wanted to call Korona (based on the sun event, planned it for years) may need to get a new name… Well, let’s cross that bridge when that comes. ;_;

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Volume 07 – Chapter 7-4

Another day I want to strangle the part of the wordpress team, that thought that taking away control to their users while also cutting their shortcuts was a great idea.

I’ve worked on volume 08 and a bit on the Extras, I’ll try to concentrate on the Extras for December, hopefully releasing them before the end of the year. If not, well, New Year present?

Next time, we end the main-story with some nice wrap-ups here and there.

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Volume 07 – Chapter 7-3

Today we come to a part, that makes my heart always skip a little bit, and I have to remind myself, that I was the one who wrote this. I’m such an evil hamster sometimes…

I’m splitting my attention a bit between this volume’s extra and the next volume, which (like always) is subjected to many rewrites. I just split a written part, moved pieces around between chapters, included a new part that picked up from the split then, and you have now as much of a picture as I do…

The extras will be at least 3 stories, Gottfried, a side-story following Hrarks (you know… the hynoar ranger from volume 4… stay with me on that, it’ll be super interesting!), and a legend. I actually want to get some non-canon material as well… any ideas? If not, I guess I will do that Queen Momo thing, which will most likely be a very short but delightful bit of comedy.

Next week, we’ll have a talk between Kenta and Kyou, and even Kenta and Ara’ainn, while we end this chapter with only the epilogue missing… dammit!

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Volume 07 – Chapter 7-2

We’ll see the end of the duel between Masahiko and Rine, and it ends in one of the most unsatisfying notes possible. We can be glad, that we have some Yoshi/Hoshi-action as well!

Sorry for the lack of status pages. MioChin is currently working on the last class-illustrations and making status-pages that I want to redo anyway seems a bit pointless.

Volume 8 is still at a snail’s pace… but oh well, I hope to get something done within the next weeks.

Next week, we’ll start with some concluding. There’s a lot of it in this volume!

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Volume 07 – Chapter 7-1

I’ve mostly recovered, though somehow I feel still not so well. Maybe the guilty conscious of a hamster, who feels buried under all the guilt of not writing, though I started a small excercise to get back in the game without the responsibility of volume 8.

I will soon make the Extras, I have already completed the Gottfried-extra, and made some attempts at another, though I try to write it like a fairy tale. Not too sure about the non-cannonical one, maybe I really make Queen Momokowa or something like that, bright and refreshing, with some jokes.

Next week, we see how Masahiko will fare against Rine. Do you think he has the ghost of a chance?

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Volume 07 – Chapter 6-5

I know, it’s late. I’m currently sick and mostly in bed, so I kinda overslept last week’s release, which is embarrassing, and suddenly it was already next week… and still in bed, mostly…

Yet we finally finished chapter 6 and will move onto volume 7 soon. My plan is to do so next week. On the bright side, it gives me some time to write on my non-internet PC, though only in small instances. For now, I’m currently at the first climax in volume 8, which is very entertaining, but again, takes more time to polish. I guess two-thirds done? Maybe three-quarter?

Somehow the wordpress-editor classic became easier to activate, so thankful for that… -_-

Next week, we look at how Kenta’s family and the Superfriends will finally manage to deal with their issues. Or not.

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Volume 07 – Chapter 6-4

This week some fateful encounters are coming, as Kenta is facing off with an enemy he can’t even imagine to beat, only to find himself in even more trouble.

Sorry, but I have to vent a bit… wordpress got an *updated editor*, which means that they took the editor and transformed it into something I, as a writer, abhors to work with. While it may work maybe better for those smartphoning people that share what they ate at lunch, for me, it’s a nightmare. First, making a new post gives me the new editor which doesn’t properly work with copy-paste, even the code-editor (that I use mainly, as WP never was able to copy formatting properly, even when you copy-paste it from one of your pages to another) now is a huge mess, as it changed the minimalistic code to a monstrosity, that don’t work well with line-breaks and the like.

While there is an option to use the old editor, you’d have to save the new post as a draft, open it with the new editor, and then either deal with the bad coding of what you have put up there, or to save an empty draft and still curse because of the strange things that happen, when you use your copy-paste from notepad for the pictures/formatting. The best way to deal with it was to copy a former post, where the old coding is still intact and working and try to deal with it… if there is anything weird here, please tell me.

Also, if you know of a way to set the old editor as your standard, please tell me as well. Because I wasn’t able to find such an option.

Next week, we conclude this chapter, and learn how Kyou’s *plan* is coming along.

 

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Volume 07 – Chapter 6-3

This week, we learn of Lent’s offer and we finally learn the name of the Lady! Things become tense, as Kenta will face an impossible challenge!

I wasn’t able to update during the week, combination of working late and a Patreon fiasco, where my account was hacked money moved… everything is back, where it’s supposed to be and after some days, I may move it to another place I deem safe…

So I try to sneak in another chapter this week.

Next time, we have several action scenes playing out!

 

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