- Tasakeru Book II, Chapter 4: 7 pages done
- Shattered Skies Chapter 17: Complete!
- Magical girl photo project: 9 pictures taken, editing and special effects in progress
- Zoids photo project: Special effects in progress
- Steven Universe Commentary: In progress
Not gonna lie: most of this past week was spent on Chrono Cross. I played through Chrono Trigger again to get inspiration for Shattered Skies, but until now I've never actually played CC... It's tough to get into, but once you get used to the complex combat system, it's really fun and engaging, and provides a welcome relief from the standard JRPG menu-driven combat. Of course, the story is terrific, the soundtrack is gorgeous, and the graphics are so beautiful that it's tough to believe this came out on the original Playstation. Perhaps I'll be burned at stake for saying it, since CC isn't nearly as universally beloved as Trigger, but... I think in some ways it's better than its predecessor. It's a huge epic, of the kind they just don't make anymore... I've found myself really drawn into the twists and turns, and I love the way it puts some new spins on traditional genre cliches. In some ways, it reminds me of my beloved Skies of Arcadia, one of my favorite games ever, but I'll need to finish it before I make a final judgment.
In other news, I've been doing a lot of work on the production side of Tasakeru this week. Nothing really visible, but I'm taking baby steps toward getting Book I self-published, so that counts for something.
The other major development this week was something I wasn't sure I could write about. Not that it's anything bad (quite the opposite, in fact) but I usually don't like to share personal details of my life in public forums. Some people can just pour their hearts out in blog posts for the world to see and comment on, but that's not me.
Anyway. I went on a date yesterday. GASP, I know... how could someone as brilliant, witty, talented, and humble as myself still be single? The truth is, I never dated in high school, and of the only two "relationships" I've ever had, neither of them would be considered normal or healthy. I've had crushes, lots of them, but most of the time I tend to fall for people who are either out of my league, unavailable, uninterested in me, or some combination of the three.
My last sort-of-relationship ended so badly that I've been seriously considering saying to hell with the whole thing, but as part of my ongoing campaign of self-improvement for this year, I decided I should at least make an effort to find somebody. I mean, I'm not at all opposed to the idea of being with someone, it's just... well, it's a lot of things.
So. The date. I met her through an online dating site, we went out for coffee and ice cream, we talked, and we enjoyed the experience... but that was about the extent of it. We enjoyed each other's company, sure, but we didn't click. I'm not sure if I'll see her again, and I'm trying to work out whether or not to be sad about that.
I dunno. Part of me questions whether I even have the capacity to feel romantic attraction to another person. "Aromantic" is the term I've been researching, and much of what I've found seems to describe me pretty well... but I don't want to come out and label myself until I'm sure that's what I am.
Sorry for rambling. As I said, I wasn't sure if I should write about this at all... but it comes back around to trying to improve myself, which is as worthy a subject for a progress (or Blogress) report as any, I think. And since I got so thoroughly sidetracked with the adventures of Serge and company, there honestly wasn't much else to write about this week.
Here's hoping I get some more answers.