Operation Backlog Completion 2024
May 012024
 

May is here, and that means a return of Celebrating All Things Mysterious, our new annual event where we celebrate mysteries.

However, this year it’s going to be a little different.

Much like with the shortened Celebrating All Things Romantic event earlier this year, this event comes at a time when I’m drowning in games to play. Not only that, but February’s contest resulted in a tie for first place in which both winners picked a game for me to review.

As a result, I’m still finishing up those games on top of everything else, and solid mystery games tend to run on the longer side. So! Instead of a new mystery game review with each post like in the past, this year’s Celebrating All Things Mysterious event will feature one mystery game review each week.

This more relaxed pace should make it easier to balance this year’s event while letting me take the time to savor these games as they deserve.

With that important change out of the way, let’s get into the event details!

Promotions

Drops of Death, the murder mystery romance game where any of the love interests can be the killer (it’s randomized at the start of each playthrough) is currently planned for an October 2025 release date! A new trailer will premiere tomorrow, so be sure to check that out!

Meanwhile, don’t forget that two of my pulp fiction stories star The Domino Lady, the masked vigilante from classic pulp fiction. In “The Domino Lady Takes the Case,” part of Domino Lady Volume 3, the Domino Lady embarks on a murder investigation after suspecting the truth of the case is being covered up. Then in “The Domino Lady Deceived,” found in Domino Lady Volume 4, a thwarted heist brings her into conflict with a thief wily and determined enough to be her match.

Contest

And yes, even though new posts will only be weekly, you can still comment on any Celebrating All Things Mysterious post to participate in this month’s contest!

Contest Rules

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only comments made between May 1, 2024 at 12:00 PM EST and May 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST will be counted.
  • Each non-spam, non-anonymous comment on any Celebrating All Things Mysterious blog post, including replies to other comments, earns you 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 June 3, 2024.

Prizes

  • Domino Lady Volume 3 (ebook)
  • Domino Lady Volume 4 (ebook)
  • Phoenix Wright Trilogy (gift sent through Steam)
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (gift sent through Steam)
  • Apollo Justice Trilogy (gift sent through Steam)
  • $35 Nintendo eShop gift card to use for either Famicom Detective Club game
  • $15 sent through PayPal
  • You pick a game for me to review!
  • …and possibly more prizes to be added throughout May!

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 in June.

An event like this is an easy way for me to encourage myself to play some of the mystery games I’ve gathered over the years. So let’s find some great new mystery games and discuss them in Celebrating All Things Mysterious 2024!

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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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