End of March Sagebrush progress

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Two blog updates in a month? I must be on a roll! 😄

I’m excited to announce that writing for Sagebrush has been progressing pretty well. I’m nearly done with writing Dion’s route, but I’ve encountered a bit of a snag in the writing so I’ve decided to take care of some general scenes for now. Better to be writing things I can get to than to be stuck on one scene, so that’s good!

For the purpose of the blog, I’ve drawn up a quick visual flow chart to show the writing progress of the script. Right now, I’m finishing off the smaller writing tasks first than to tackle Lorenzo’s route.

And also a little off topic, but if you have an adblocker running on the blog, consider turning it off on the vnovel domain! All the ad revenue money will be supporting my efforts to maintain and create my games.

Thanks, and hope to be posting again soon!

Back on the saddle (Sagebrush updates + FMN translation)

Hiya all! It’s been a long ride, but I’m happy to say I’ve got my writing game back in action. I’m currently finishing up Dion’s route, which is now just about 18k words in total. (And still going, since I still have to write his last romance scene, map scenes, and the ending.) After Dion, I’ll be off to writing Lorenzo’s route.

My game plan right now is pretty much finishing up all the written scenes I’ve planned, properly organize them into the script, then figure out if there’s anything else I’d like to add to the game. Once all the scripting comes in though I’ll be excited to share lots of screenshots on here and twitter. (So apologies for the boring part of dev work, which I’m currently in, haha.)

I wanted to also mention that I’ve been contacted by a Russian translation team who wants to translate Forget-Me-Not into Russian, which is super awesome! 🌟 It looks like they’re making some good progress into the translation, so I’ll be excited to announce the translation release on here and my other usual networks when it’s available to download. If you can read Russian, check out their page since they’re working on some other visual novel projects as well!

Though this entry is short I still wanted to keep this blog as active as I can. I’m also trying to update the Sagebrush Lemmasoft thread more as well which you can check out for all the project info if you haven’t seen it already. Thanks for keeping up!✌

Sagebrush updates + news

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Hi all! 😉

I admit it’s been awhile since I’ve written Sagebrush, but the good news is I spent my afternoon organizing all my notes, ideas, and written scenes (because I’m a messy person and write all my scenes in only two documents) on a trello board. I’ve made a neat timeline of all the scenes by the order they occur in game, and also a list of scenes that I need to write. Tallying up all the rest of the planned scenes, there are 19 in total. Categorizing them even further, there are pretty much 7 “big” scenes to write, but 12 smaller scenes leftover. Bigger and important scenes are just about 3 or 5k, but the smaller scenes are usually 1 or 2k. I’m guessing I’d probably have to write about 40k or more to reach my goal, which is kinda a lot, but considering I’ve managed to write about 30k in June/July; I’ve been pretty good with writing on an organized schedule.

Now onto something else I’ve been thinking about: will Sagebrush be freeware? Right now, the answer to that may be a “No”. It’s not a statement set in stone, but it’s definitely a thought right now. To be honest, with the way my creative projects have been going at this time, I feel like my comic may actually be taking over my life for a couple years. (Dramatic, but…y’know 😂) On the off chance I never get to write Dakota Wanderers or any other VNs, there’s something I really love about Sagebrush and I hope that with enough polishing, other people might really love it too. Since this is the first game I’ve made with multiple love interests, I think I overestimated the workload juuust a smidgen when it comes to this project, so a huge part of me is pretty iffy about releasing another free game. In terms of price, I’m doubting the sale price would be higher than $10, and considering it’s length, maybe $5 or less? It depends on how much I spend on the soundtrack and editing. Either way, Sagebrush being a commercial game isn’t completely set in stone, but it is something I’ve been thinking about a lot, so I’ll keep you guys updated on that aspect when I get deeper into the development.

For all the folks who have been wanting to hear updates about this project; there’s still hope for Sagebrush!! I apologize for keeping everyone so out of the loop, I’ve honestly been neglecting VN work for some time now. Things have been hectic for me, but I’m still really excited to get this show on the road. I want to thank everyone who’s been keeping up with me and those who’ve taken the time to chat with me every now and then, I seriously appreciate it!

Thanks and take care! 💖

Long awaited updates

Hey all, it’s been awhile! Life has been really hectic for me again, I’ve barely had the time to open the renpy launcher in the longest time. 😰

Firstly, the page for Sagebrush on the blog has been updated, and the demo link can be downloaded from itch.io.
All in all, I’m really glad to see people seemed to enjoy the demo. It’s definitely a step back from FMN and Cry Girlhood in the drama department. It has drama of course, but Sagebrush is a little more laid back.
Even though it’s been awhile, I still want to get the ball rolling on Sagebrush, but in between managing my comic, my patreon, and writing a narrative exclusive to patrons, I’ve been pretty bogged down. It makes me sad when I see other visual novel updates and I think, dang, if only I had the time to work on my VNs!! And at the same time, I still love working on my comic. 😭 Still, I don’t want to let Sagebrush sit too long, so I will definitely try to manage writing all the rest of the routes when I can fit it in my schedule. 👊

As for Cry Girlhood, I think I’m going to take an official hiatus from it; I can tell at this point I’ve been forcing myself to finish it and not so much because I want to. I want to come back to Cry Girlhood when I’ve replayed it and figured out why I really want to release it. I still love the story and characters there, (Kim being one of my most favorite female characters I’ve ever written ever) but a huge part of me knows the story came out of a dark time period for me, and in some ways doesn’t fully represent how I feel or want to feel. The story is a little heavy and I think that when I come back to it I hope to look at it from a different angle. Sorry if that’s a little vague, but I’ll definitely be coming back to the game since the writing is complete.

If you’re interested, there’s two playthroughs of the Sagebrush demo you can check out if you’re curious.

Other than that, this is all for now. Updates will probably still be very sporadic, but I’ll try my best. See ya!

YaoiJam 2016 is coming to a close

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Over the past two months (June-July) I’ve accidentally gotten myself into a bit of a jam. Well, a game jam for that matter. 😄 I wasn’t originally planning to participate, but I ended up caving in anyway. I kept swatting away the idea to do a college AU setting called “Sagebrush” with my characters from Dakota Wanderers, which I’ve been a bit hesitant to write these days. I’ve been so worried about that game, to be honest! I felt that my passion for my characters and the motivation for actually writing it was slowly dying away, it’s not a great feeling to have. To be fair, it’s been about three years since I originally came up with the idea, but writing all the ideas I’ve had has been a challenge in between finishing up Cry Girlhood and keeping on schedule with my webcomic.

It’s pretty odd that I’d think juggling yet another project was a good idea when I already have…3, but honestly, believe me when I say it was a good decision. 😂 I’ve had a ton of fun working on my project for this jam. I threw all my cares out the window, just wrote what I wanted to write, and tried to remember why I love these characters in the first place. When I was planning Dakota Wanderers, I had a lot of personal writing expectations that were keeping me back from actually writing. With Sagebrush, writing in Ezra’s voice came easily. Even after transitioning them into a modern setting, their relationships are definitely different than the original, but still feel authentic to Dakota Wanderers. After writing so much for it, I think I’ve realized that I can get over that first hurdle in writing Dakota Wanderers. I just simply need to stop being afraid, I just need to tell the story.

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As my progress for Cry Girlhood almost reaches it’s end, the design aspect of the game has been stale due to my unwillingness to code the GUI, hence the borrowed graphics from FMN. With yaoijam this year, it forced me to sit down and actually learn how to put together GUI better. I’m so glad that I finally realize that imagebuttons aren’t my enemies and actually understand xpos and ypos, though I might have to reload the game 20 times. 😆 I actually can’t wait to start designing the new GUI for Cry Girlhood. I mean, I’m actually looking forward to coding? Man, what’s come over me???

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There’s just something really awesome about participating in a jam. You make new friends and get excited for everyone’s projects. All in all, it’s really rekindled my love for making visual novels again.

The deadline for this jam is August 7th, when I release the demo, there will be a separate post on the blog. Until that time comes, thank you for reading! 😉✌

April update – Cry Girlhood

It’s definitely been quite some time that I haven’t updated the blog, so here’s a well overdue update. I’ve been a little more busy in life these days, so it’s taken some time to get used to balancing all the creative jazz.

I’ve gotten some proofreading help, which is great! There’s still some parts that need to be combed through though, so if you’re just catching on to the post, shoot me an email if you’re still interested.

Meanwhile I’ve gotten some sprite work done for Emily and have started drawing expressions for the new Yasmine sprite. I’m very particular about sprites (I used to obsess over it when I worked on FMN 😞) so once they all look great to me I’ll be increasing progress in the programming. Then it’ll be onto all the CGs.

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I’ve also gotten a neat sketch done of Kim’s side portrait. So cute!😆

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So in a neater version, some things that are on my task list:

  • Finish lining Yasmine, finish coding into game
  • Finish coding Emily into the game
  • Line Kim, finish adding expressions into game
  • Finish Daisy’s sprite and code into game
  • Start storyboarding and finalizing CGs
  • Design the GUI
  • extra touches

Still a lot of stuff, but hopefully I can kick everything into gear by the end of this year. Meanwhile to crave my writing itches, I have been writing more to my next VN, Dakota Wanderers, so I can still kindle the inspiration. I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate, but I love all my stories and want to give them the time and nurturing they need. 👶 Thanks for visiting and reading! 😄✌

Writing for Cry Girlhood complete! Proofreaders will be needed

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I’m finally very happy and very excited to report that all the writing for the game is now complete. It took about a year and a half, but it’s done! Of course writing is just half the battle of making a VN, but it does feel awesome to be one step closer towards getting the game released. I believe Cry Girlhood is just a tad shorter than Forget-Me-Not, so I’m actually quite surprised with how well I managed the writing in a little over a year. Let’s hope I can keep up the productivity.👌 😍

Also, I wanted to mention that if you’re interested in proofreading parts of the script, I would appreciate any help I can get! Here’s the basic rundown of what I’m looking for:

  • People who can search out spelling or grammar errors, for phrases that sound odd, and anything you can suggest to be edited.
  • Be aware the scripts are roughly 5,000 words or more.

And that’s pretty much all there is to it! If you think that this is something you’d be interested in, please seek me out, I’ll need about six people. Since I’m most active on twitter, you can send a message to me over there. You can also shoot me an email.

Scripting and planning

Unfortunately, my motivation has been very terrible lately, but I have managed to be productive enough to compose a solid blog post. 👌

Though I’m slowly chipping away at writing the last ending…right now I want to focus my attention on the scripting and make sure I’m caught up with all that. I’ve also planned out seven CGs so far, but there will probably be a total of 10 or so when I finish writing the last ending.

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That’s all for now, folks! Hoping to come back at you with something mid-October. 😍

Writing and sprites

I’m getting some pretty good stuff done since the last time I’ve updated on the blog. I’ve been trying to catch up coding expressions, drawing remaining sprites, and figuring out how to tackle the endings.

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Since I haven’t colored Emily she’s just a screenshot placeholder for now.
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I’ve also gotta remember to size her down a bit, too. I don’t want her to be too tall, haha. 💦
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I’ve started a sketch for Kim’s little sister. Still have to do Kim’s side portrait, then debating whether or not to draw her parents… I’ll have to see how pressed I am for time before then.

In terms of writing, I finally know my plan for the last ending, so after that all the writing in the game will be done. Yippie!! 🎉

After I catch up with the scripting I need to start thinking about what kind of CGs to put in besides kiss scenes. I’m probably not going to put too many, maybe under 10, so sorry to those who like a lot of CGs! Forget-Me-Not’s 60+ really wore me out, even when I think about it now I’m groaning, ahaha. I’m also really aiming to get Cry Girlhood done by the end of this year, so crossing my fingers and hoping for the best! 👌

And finally some progress stuff so you can get a better idea of what's needed for the game.
And finally some progress stuff so you can get a better idea of what’s needed for the game.

Updates for Cry Girlhood

 

I’ve been trying my best to work diligently on Cry Girlhood, which I’m very excited to say is almost on it’s way to nearing completion! So a bit of a progress report to what’s cooking in visual novel development land;

  • I’ve tied up some loose ends in the script and only have two endings to write. 📘
  • Redrew Yasmine’s sprite 📘
  • Increased screen resolution, gave all backgrounds a different watercolor effect 📘
  • Now focusing on scripting for everything that’s already been written. 📖 ✏
  • Want to redo Kim’s sprite and draw two remaining characters. 📖 ✏

Hopefully another progress report won’t be too far along, since I’m now at the point where I’m dealing with screenshots. I’ll keep you guys updated more often! Thank you all for the support over the years, and thank you for checking in with the development.