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I FINALLY landed a decent job at my ideal location!

I've actually been working there for the last week. And rather than deal with a rather hectic commute every morning I'm moving into a nice little duplex nearby my work this Friday!

What does this mean to you? The bad news is there probably won't be any updates for the next week or two as I get settled. The good news is that you can expect more regular updates once I do settle.

Furthermore, once I am comfortable at my new place I will start working on The Lycanthrope Club: Book III.
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2016 Story Request #3 - Aftermath, Part 2

And that wraps up the 2016 Story Requests. Sorry if your suggestion wasn't selected.

Finishing this last story was a bit of a struggle. Not that I didn't enjoy writing it, but it was really slow-going. Part of the reason it took so long is because I'm going to bed earlier these days; prior to moving back to Sacramento I would stay up well past midnight, typing away on the computer. Not any more. In any event, it's done and I'm ready to move on. 

In other news, the Daemoneye Podcast is back with a brand new episode - Technology and Gaming. Check it out!
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Regulars know I try to keep personal stuff out of my dA journal, but a very, very good friend of mine is getting married and needs help paying for the wedding. He's an army veteran with multiple disabilities trying to earn his Bachelors at a local college, so he doesn't have much lucre. Really nice guy, if a bit crazy (aren't we all?)

The link to his GoFundMe website is www.gofundme.com/MintyCacaoWed…
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This will likely be the last 2016 Story Request (not counting part 2) I will write and post. I was tempted to hold off and finish the whole story before uploading it but it's been quite a while since I've submitted something so I decided to split it into two parts and post part one immediately.
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I am still working on one of the 2016 story requests. It ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I may even split it into a two-parter. Not going to reveal whose it is, however. You'll just have to wait and see.
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Yes, I know, FINALLY another story. Finishing this one was harder than most, but I haven't written for a while so there was a lot of rust to push through. I had originally planned on wrapping up another story request (remember those?) but I wanted to revisit Mythanthrope first. Rest assured, I will be writing at least one more of the October story requests.

What else to say? Not much. I'm trying to take advantage of my now copious free time to pursue various creative projects, including writing, while searching for new and hopefully stable long-term employment. The Daemoneye Publishing forums are still down and revamping them is still on my to-do list. Beyond that, well, I do have other plans (don't we all?) but nothing substantial. Nothing worth sharing (yet). I'm trying to look at this period as an opportunity, but it's all too easy to just drift along, doing nothing when you're unemployed. 

More, hopefully more exciting news to follow...

Happy Easter!
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So...here's the situation.

The job in Sacramento is a bust. I'm not going to go into any details beyond saying I'm not at fault (beyond perhaps not doing enough research into it). I wasn't fired and I didn't actually quit per say; it just turned out to be a job I couldn't accept in good conscience. Unfortunately, by the time this had become clear to me I had already committed to leaving the Bay Area.

On the plus side, I am finally out of San Francisco. On the negative side, I am out of a job. Fun. My parents were more than happy to let me stay with them in the interim and I have plenty of funds tucked away for just such a rainy day, but it still sucks. Hence the total lack of promised story and news updates; this whole thing has been a fiasco.

I'm settling in and trying to stay busy, planning my next move. I'm not sure if I'm even going to pursue a career in the biological sciences at this point, perhaps focusing more on education. Hell, I wouldn't mind having a crack at publishing and game design professionally but I don't think my business partner and me are ready to take that plunge. We'll have to see.

On an unrelated topic, I got a little sloppy updating the Daemoneye Publishing forums and, well, borked up the files. After some consideration I've decided to start from scratch and rebuild the message boards from the ground up, reducing the number of sub-forums, streamlining the content. To the tiny handful of you that post there, I apologize, but the forums are down for the time being. Once things are up and running again I may start posting some forum-exclusive stories there to encourage more of you to check out the website: daemoneye.net.

More (hopefully) coming soon...
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Movin' on out. Of San Francisco. 

Story updates and more news possibly around the beginning of March.

Thank you for your patience.
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That little stomach bug I mentioned in a previous post may have mutated into a full-on gastroesophageal reflux disorder. I haven't really been able to get much writing done. It's not particularly painful, but it's irritating and chronic and put me out of my writing mood. Hopefully it will go away soon. 

However, that's not the main reason story requests are going to be delayed (in addition to everything else). I've finally landed a job outside of San Francisco and will be moving out this coming month. I am going to be extremely busy February and March so expect few updates in the immediate future.

Sorry about this. On the plus side, I am FINALLY getting out of the city. Now I can say with authority that San Francisco is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. 

Because I did.

And it sucked.

Well, for me at least. 
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Sorry for the delay. I had a stomach bug which took me out for the better part of a day. 

I managed to finish the second story request - a short, simple tale of a wish made and granted. 2016 Story Request #2 - Moonlight Wish

In any event, I am no longer accepting new requests. I'll continue to write and post requests that I've already received and decided to accept until I'm finished. Then it's back to Mythanthrope/The Last Recruit/possibly other stuff.
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Update Just posted the first completed short story request, "Getting into Character." Um, wow, I got a bit carried away with this one, but it was a lot of fun to write. Still accepting additional requests, but not for much longer.

2016 Story Request #1 - Getting into Character

Update I've received a ton of requests via messaging and posts and have started writing a select few. I'm still open for more, but the window is rapidly closing.

I've been in a major intellectual and creative slump as of late. The why isn't as important as the how I'm going to break out of it. I essentially had half of December and the beginning of January off, so a sabbatical probably won't help. Sometimes the best way to deal with burn-out is to switch gears and force yourself through it. Therefore, I am accepting requests for short stories again.

Send me premises for a short story and if they tickle my fancy, I'll write and post them. Ideally, the stories should be self-contained narratives in the 2,000-4,000 word range (see The Werewolf App for an example). The plot can be about anything, but I'm uncomfortable writing smut and obvious fetish fodder so requests along those lines will probably be ignored. That's not say I'll shy away from anything explicit; just nothing you couldn't get away with on cable television. Fanfiction is unacceptable, as is anything centering around zombies and vampires (the only thing more done to death than zombies and vampires is the joke about them being done to death). Stories set in The Lycanthrope Club universe are fine, though I won't necessarily consider them canonical. I will not publish any of these stories outside my dA page without seeking permission from the person who submitted the idea.

Happy New Year!
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I was shooting to finish and upload the latest chapter of Mythanthrope by the 25th, and I did.

Mythanthrope, Wanda's Story, Part 3

Happy Holidays, everyone!
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UPDATE The Daemoneye Publishing Pre-Generic Winter Solstice Related Holiday Sale has started! Visit daemoneye.net and check out our store!

Apologies for no updates. Been a busy and/or distracted recently. Getting back to work on Mythanthrope. It seems like not too many people liked the latest chapter of The Last Recruit. Too much blood/gore? Not enough story? Ah well. 

Also wanted to announce that The Daemoneye Publishing Pre-Generic Winter Solstice Related Holiday Sale will be starting soon. Starting Saturday (the 12th of December) all Daemoneye Publishing products on Lulu will be 10% off. Furthermore, the minimum contributions necessary to receive a PDF copy of The Lycanthrope Club: Book I, The Lycanthrope Club: Book II and the Universal Decay: Dead Stars Rule Book will be reduced to 1.00 USD, 2.00 USD, and 3.00 USD, respectively. Seriously consider picking up the Dead Stars Rule Book PDF (or printed book). You get a complete and very intricate d20 based roleplaying game for the price of a cup of coffee. This will be in effect until the 25th of December.
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The long awaited, long delayed next chapter of The Last Recruit is finally up. That is all.
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Just uploaded the second chapter of Mythanthrope - Wanda's Story. A lot about the setting is revealed in this chapter. Plus, busty succubus secretary. 

I also added a poll giving you, the readers, the opportunity to dictate the outcome of a critical plot element of the story (see below). 

Next up, FINALLY getting back to The Last Recruit.

EDIT: Lobo Leo finally updated Alpha Luna
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So...a couple of things.

First, I took my PC to a technician. After running some tests he determined the problem was due to an air bubble in the thermal paste connecting the processor to the heat sink. Basically, the thing kept overheating, hence the inconsistent  blue screens. Reinstalling the OS turned out to be completely unnecessary. My system's working again (possibly a bit slower than before, maybe I'm just imagining it) but I'm reluctant to install or run anything particularly demanding for the time being. I'm probably being paranoid as I haven't experienced a single crash or glitch since getting it back, but my tolerance for stress is a bit low right now.

Again, apologies for bringing personal issues into a journal that's nominally dedicated to my writing and projects, but I'm still in a bit of a weird place. Don't know how to describe it...call it a strange loss of ambition and purpose. I am getting back to writing but it's proving difficult to break out of this funk. Hopefully it's temporary. I just need to focus, recover, improve and push through.

On that note, I've finally got around to writing and posting a new series I've been toying around with for a couple of months - Mythanthrope. I won't give anything away - show, don't tell - just read the story. I will say it's going to be somewhat more comical and lighthearted than most of my other work (which to be fair isn't too dark either) While I think there's potential in the concept behind it I'm still not sure how it will work out in the long run. We'll just see how things progress as I write. I also want to (finally) finish up another chapter in The Last Recruit sometime in the next week or two. I don't know where to go next with The Lycanthrope Club and don't have any immediate plans for new stories set in the universe, sorry.

That's it for now. Regardless of everything else, it's good to be back.
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Long-time followers know I don't generally voice personal problems on my dA account, instead focusing on my work and Daemoneye Publishing. However, sometimes the two intersect.

The last two weeks have been, well, shitty. The greatest irritation has been my PC. I picked it up a little over a year ago and it's already experiencing stability issues. This isn't some cheap prefab from Office Max or BestBuy, mind. I spent considerable time and money building this system and upgrading it and up until a couple of weeks ago it worked like a charm. Now it seems prone to BSODs whenever I do anything as taxing as, say, running YouTube or playing a game (and I built it with gaming in mind!) I'm half-expecting it to crash as I type this post. I would recover from an earlier saved system image but apparently the external hard drive I've been using as a backup wasn't properly formatted for this purpose. I'm not ready to reinstall the whole damn thing from a system disc but I'm seriously considering it; the only thing holding me back is the possibility the hardware's to blame. And since this is an old fashioned tower desktop and I don't have a car it's a bit challenging, logistically speaking, to get the thing to a technician. I honestly don't know what to do at this point. 

This, coupled with a number of other headaches I won't go into, has left me too stressed and anxious to work on any of my projects. I wound up taking a sabbatical after all. Only it was anything but relaxing. 

Don't have much else to add. There needs to be a change, that much is certain. I'm not happy with my current situation. I can't promise much new material for the indefinite future. I thank those who purchased the book and/or contributed to the projects; your support is always appreciated. 

Edit: I attempted a clean reinstall of my system and now it's even worse. Can't update windows, still getting BSOD, my computer is basically dead. I saved my files, of course, but this is a real kick in the stomach for me. Only thing left to do is try to get it to an expert and see what they can salvage. I don't know how much more of this I can take...
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Update: Book II is now on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Lycanthrope-Clu…

So, all print editions of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II are up on Lulu and I've made the necessary arrangements for it to be distributed on Amazon (just got to wait now). The project is done. Now what?

...No idea.

There are a number of works sitting unfinished on my desktop. The Last Recruit, for one. Bite Me! for another (I received permission from Lobo Leo to continue the series on my own; no, I haven't been in contact with him recently). The latter would be a little tricky since I think it would work better as a comic, but there you go. There's one of my more neglected series, Refugees, and then there's another, entirely new, non-werewolf story I've been working on as of late called Mythanthrope. I've had the basic idea for the setting for a while now but I've had a hard time developing it beyond the concept. I also have to work up rules for The Lycanthrope Club universe in Daemoneye Publishing's Universal Decay RPG system. Then there's the distant, looming prospect of book III, but I'm not ready to start scaling that particular windswept mountain, thank you. 

I don't want to take a sabbatical but I just don't feel particularly invested in any of the aforementioned projects right now. I want to move on to something new but the inspiration just isn't there. I'm half-tempted to open the floodgates for another set of story requests (please note: I haven't said I am yet). We'll see what develops. 

So, really not an announcement as much as it is me letting you know I'm still alive and active and acknowledging that there is a lot on my plate.

Watch Gate: jieitai kanochi nite kaku tatakaeri
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After numerous image tweaks, three proof copies and many, many shouted profanities the grayscale print edition of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is FINALLY available for purchase on Lulu and will be up on Amazon in a month or so (getting approved for international distribution takes a while, sorry). This version only costs 19.99 USD, so if you want a physical copy that isn't outrageously expensive this is probably your best option. 

Big thanks to VanchaMarl (aka Jean Harrell) for helping me with the grayscale illustrations.

www.daemoneye.net/novels.html

Additional announcements will soon follow.
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Lulu is once again spitting out inconsistent proof copies. First the illustrations look too dark, then after tweaking them so that they look fine when printed out they look too faint. I'm going to have to contact their customer service and get this resolved. So...yet another delay on the actually affordable print edition of the The Lycanthrope Club: Book II for Amazon. I'm beginning to suspect some distant malign force is screwing with me. 
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