Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Feb 022024
 

The start of this year left me with a dilemma.

With so many anticipated games coming out in such a short period of time, what in the world was I going to do about our annual celebration of romance games?

So I decided to make an adjustment to the usual structure. Instead of running all month long, this year’s Celebrating All Things Romantic will end on Valentine’s Day, February 14. I had already considered making that change to coincide with the holiday, so this felt like a great year to try it out.

Unless something crazy happens like, say, Ace Attorney 7 being announced (please), each post in this shorter time frame will follow the Celebrating All Things Romantic theme.

And of course, we have a contest!

Celebrating All Things Romantic 2024 Contest

All you need to do to participate in the contest is to participate in the event by leaving comments! Every comment will earn you a point, and the top three point-earners after Valentine’s Day will be able to choose a prize!

Rules:

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only comments made between February 2, 2024 at 1:00 PM EST and February 14, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST will be counted.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on any Celebrating All Things Romantic blog post (including replies) = 1 point.
  • You must use an email address or website URL (or include another way of contacting you) in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • The top 3 point earners will win prizes.
  • The person with the most points will get their first pick of the prizes. The person with the second most points will pick second, and the person with the third most points will pick third.
  • In the event of a tie, tied winners will be contacted at the same time. A tie for third place will allow for more than 3 winners. If tied winners choose the same prize, duplicate prizes will be possible.
  • The winner will be contacted by February 16, 2024.

Prizes:

  • LoveKami -Useless Goddess- (Steam code)
  • Ascendant Hearts (gift sent through Steam)
  • The Last Act (gift sent through Steam)
  • Nekopara bundle (gift sent through Steam)
  • eden* (gift sent through Steam)
  • $15 sent through PayPal
  • You pick a game for me to review!

If you choose the review option, your chosen game must be something I either own or is easily obtainable, which you can discuss with me beforehand. It must be a single game, not a collection (although the chosen game can be part of a collection). I will start playing it by March.

So let’s enjoy some romance games over the next two weeks as this year’s Celebrating All Things Romantic begins!

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Jan 052024
 

Here we are again at the start of a new year not only for video games, but also for writing.

Last year at this time, I was lamenting how my numerous Oak Island horror novel rewrites, as well as other distractions, prevented me from completing any of my writing goals.

So I set more focused goals for 2023… never expecting that I would run into similar trouble with another story.

I did write a new novel draft during NaNoWriMo, but aside from that…

My goals for the cursed Oak Island novel were to first rewrite it, then later revisit it to see if it was in good enough shape to be edited for a beta reader, or if it should be shelved. I actually never touched that novel at all the entire year.

Nor did I “send out regular batches of queries” as I planned to do; in fact, I sent out only a single query letter in 2023.

I didn’t revise any of my other novel drafts, even with as open as I left that goal, and I all but ignored my side websites.

What I did do is meet my goal of writing 5 short stories. In fact, I wrote twenty-eight, short stories last year, despite ignoring all the other goals I set. You see, I was trying to finish one specific story that ended up taking me until the very end of the year, which meant I didn’t want to take on another “main” writing project like revising a novel, so whenever I didn’t have the motivation to work on the short story, I wrote other short stories instead. Lots of them.

So there we have it. 2023 was simultaneously one of my most and least productive writing years, and I’m ready to set new goals for 2024.

By 2025, I will:

  • Resume sending out query letters for at least one finished novel.
  • Revise at least one finished novel.
  • Continue working on short stories.

Those goals are very vague. I know that.

Between all of that short story writing and the fact that I barely sent out any queries, I feel like I lost some of my drive to pursue traditional novel publishing last year. I’d like to regain that spark, of course! But if short story writing is working better for my motivation at the moment, then I’ll stick with it for now.

Who knows, by next year things might have turned around again. As long as I keep writing, no matter what form it might take, that’s the important thing.

Do you have any specific writing goals set for this year?

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Nov 012023
 

November is here, which means our 2023 Celebrating All Things Spooky event is at an end and the contest winners are in the process of being notified. Thank you all for your participation.

It also means that NaNoWriMo has begun!

Yes, this is one of those rare posts where instead of covering video games, I talk about writing.

I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo, or the National Novel Writing Month, for years now. It’s a challenge in which writers try to finish a 50,000 word novel in November.

This year, my project is a fantasy romance novel I’ve had on my mind for quite a while. I got an early start at midnight to write the first 2,000 words, then followed up with another 3,000 words when I woke up. Off to a good start!

Since I’ve spent the past few years hitting the 50,000-word goal without it being in too much doubt (although the quality of the writing is another question, as sometimes I run out of ideas before I hit the mark and spend the rest of the words on scenes that will absolutely need to be cut from the finished story), I’m tempted to add an additional goal to work on short stories this November as well. But let’s see how the novel progresses, first.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

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