Weekly Update

Burst! – I finished Burst!’s Song Editor for Team KAIZEN last week. Well, for now anyway. The audio engineer, my brother, informed me that most of the game’s music wasn’t included in the project I inherited. I’ll have to add those once he’s finished editing them and making final decisions with the game designer. If it needs more tools, I’ll, of course, implement those as well, but in the meantime, I’m on to polishing Burst! itself. Good Lord! I don’t know if it’s me or the people I work with, but I keep inheriting undocumented spaghetti code!

The Twelfth Hour – Chapter 9 is taking longer than expected, but I’m about three-fourths of the way through it. I might go on to Chapter 10 since I never finished writing it in the first place, and many of the changes I made in the previous two chapters have also affected this one. Who knows? Perhaps I will continue rewriting until I reach the end of the book. Chapter 11 is also massive and in need of changes and pruning. It’s okay though. In the last draft I wrote of this book, I completely rewrote more than half of it. Before that, I rewrote the entire book at least three times. Now I’m down to less than half, and I haven’t even started changing major events yet, though I think I’m about to start. So I am getting closer to a final draft! I swear.

Sakuracon – I made the decision recently to go to Sakuracon with some friends this year. For fun, I also decided to submit The Lightbringer to the AMV contest. I just sent it in last night and haven’t heard back yet, but if all goes well, it’ll at least play at some point during the weekend in the AMV room.

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Weekly Update

Burst! – I’m almost done adding new features to Burst!’s song editor to improve its usability. Once that’s done, I’ll polish it and bug test. Then, game designers can use it to map button presses to the beat of songs for the actual game. I’m hoping to finish this up by the end of the month. Next, I’ll work on Burst! itself.

The Twelfth Hour – I wrote like mad and finished a rough rewrite of Chapter 8 this week. I’m a bit surprised it came together so quickly. I started with no idea how I was going to fit all these scenes together or if they would even work, but miraculously, all the pieces fell into place. O.o Next week, I’m hoping to finish a rough rewrite of Chapter 9. It depends if I can continue this speedy pace. After all, I’m also starting this chapter with no idea what I’m doing. 😛 It’s also massive and bloated… Then, I go back to Chapter 8, make a plan, and start revising because rough rewrites for me either produce an excess of description or dialog with nothing else.

Critters – I finished editing the latest novel I took on from Critters. I think this is the first amateur novel I’ve read that had a satisfying ending. O.O It was great!

Unsolicited Comment: Logan Paul’s Dead Body Vlog

The premise for Logan Paul’s Dead Body Vlog actually had the potential to send a powerful message to his viewers: “A silly YouTuber goes ghost hunting in a forest where 100 people commit suicide every year only to find out that it’s not a joke.” Indeed, watching the video, his and his crew’s reactions when they initially discover the body is a surreal moment. He is clearly horrified by what he’s found during what was supposed to be another fun, stupid video shoot.

The problem is video editing. He doesn’t end the video there, which undermines any potential it had to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of suicide in Japan and the West. Instead, he went back to, “Oh yeah, I’m a silly YouTuber. Let me drink sake and crack jokes in the parking lot outside the forest.” Which, how else are you supposed to react to accidentally discovering a dead body? Some may give into horror or despair, but it is also a somewhat ludicrous situation. They may have been raw, unfiltered words he said because he didn’t know what else to do with himself as he claimed. Leaving them in the video, however, just invites people to criticize his knee-jerk response rather than to experience with him the moment he realized what he treated as a joke is all too real. If all we had was everything up to his initial reaction and the retrospective vlog (probably minus the footage of the body. that’s a bit too real), this video may have had a very different response.

Clearly, for whatever reason, Logan Paul didn’t do that though. Perhaps he can’t “read the room,” perhaps he had good intentions for this video but his execution was flawed, perhaps he thought his viewers would be in the same emotional state he was in, perhaps he wanted his viewers to see and feel everything he did as I assume he wants with every vlog he does, or maybe he really is just a selfish jerk, who exploited a dead body. Who knows? But this is the Internet, so let’s just assume the worst, right?

2017 in Review

I thought it might be fun to look back at what I did this year. I didn’t even realize I released 17 YouTube videos. That’s probably more than double what my average has been throughout college. O.o In fact, “I did more than I thought I did” is a consistent theme throughout this list.