Happy Labour Day Weekend!

Hello all you happy people! Josh Stoodley here with yet another blog post!

This week is more of a housekeeping post than anything. I want to update you on my current plans, how some of my plans have fallen through and just generally what’s going on with me.

So, first off, I’ve done another social media purge. I’m off both Reddit and Instagram. I left Instagram because, let’s face it, Facebook (no, I’m not calling them Meta; that’s a stupid name) is really shady. I left Reddit for much the same reason I left Twitter: I just kept getting in stupid, pointless fights. I’m not sure if it’s me, other people, or just the nature of social media but hey! There’s an easy solution: don’t go on social media!

So the only places you can find me are here, my Patreon, Ko-fi , ArchiveofOurOwn and Tumblr. Tumblr is pretty much a deadspace at the moment; the only thing I’m posting there are my DCAU liveblogs.

Which I’m starting back up this week! Catch me today as we dig into the next episode of Static Shock!

On to fanfiction… followers of this blog and me on AO3 will notice that I still haven’t uploaded the next chapter of Batman. That’s because the chapter has gotten away from me somewhat; it’s much longer and more ungainly then I’d initially planned. So I’m going to have to split into two chapters, which is annoying because it disrupts my long term plans for both Batman and other series.

Speaking of which, this month will all be dedicated to outlining the remainder of Superman, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Four and No Blood for Business. That means I should be posting new chapters for all four of those by October; Brockhold will take a little longer but hopefully I will be posting it by November. Either way, I still plan to release both Brockhold and No Blood for Business in 2023. That is, of course, assuming Putin and his warmongering morons don’t nuke us all to hell and back. War is for idiots, people, don’t do it.

Next up are further updates for this blog. Next week we will be continuing the Fandom Heresies with our conclusions on why Batman should be unarmoured. The week after that, we will finally get to the long-promised post on Legends of Infernia, what my intentions are with it and how I intend to go about it. The week after that, I plan on doing some speculative analysis of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Which brings me to video games in general. Video games are much more work than novels or fanfiction, and they take much longer than either. I have finished the outline for LoI, and I hope to finish the script by November. But I don’t expect serious work on the game to start until 2023. Expect the game to only be on the Nintendo Switch!

That’s it for this week, guys. I’ll see you next time!

Writing Through Depression And The Next Fandom Heresy

Good morning my fellow random response generators! I’m back today with another post, albeit one which I wished I did not have to write.

I have major depressive disorder. I have for years at this point, but lately it has gotten much worse. As you can imagine, this has negatively impacted my writing. I’ve managed to power through and get some done, but I’ve slowed down considerably. It’s just… hard to focus, to get anything done.

Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. I’ve talked to my doctor and I’m now on antidepressants and on the waiting list for counselling. I don’t like discussing my mental health online, but I felt I owed you guys an explanation.

On to the other half of this post!

Next week, I will be reviving Fandom Heresies with a new post: Why Batman Should Be Unarmoured. A lot of people out there, especially on Reddit but even some comic book writers and artists, think of Batman as a poor man’s Tony Stark: walking around in powered armour, tanking bullets and generally being Superman in black. And man is that a bad interpretation of the character. So we’re going to discuss what a detective-ninja should be wearing, why Batman wears what he does, and the limitations of armour. That will come out on Sunday.

For this week, the next chapter of The Amazing Spider-Man will go up AO3. I also plan to get the next chapter of Pokémon Red Version up this week. And maybe the next chapter of Batman. We’ll see.

I’ll see you guys next week!


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Toothaches And Other Shenanigans

Hi guys! I know I promised a post last week, but I have in fact been in crippling agony for the past week or so due to a cavity that I should have taken care of years ago, but didn’t.

Whoops.

But you don’t want to know about my pain, you want to know about my writing.

And, admittedly, I haven’t gotten a lot done this month. Between the American election and my toothache, I’ve been drained to the max.

So here’s a quick update.

The Standard Tech Case Files: No Blood For Business

Work on the first chapter continues apace. Originally, I had planned to have the first chapter and second chapter finished for this month, but that’s not going to happen.

A preview for the first chapter can be seen on my Patreon. Link here: https://www.patreon.com/joshstoodley

Brockhold

Introducing my newest series, Brockhold! Inspired by the Redwall series by the late (and deeply lamented) Brian Jacques, it takes place in a pseudo-England inhabited by woodland creatures.

The main character is Redfur (name open to revision) a weasel commoner recently promoted to High Constable of Brockhold. He and his best friend, Hob Short-tail, must contend with the damage done to the castle’s guard by the previous High Constable, the lord of Brockhold’s son.

That’s not all the two have to contend with, though. Lord Morchyn of Brockhold intends to marry his son off to Countess Johanna, the young and newly ascended lady of another hold. In Countess Johanna’s retinue is the Lady Ailenor Laflamme, a weasel who’s as hard-bitten and cynical as Redfur himself is.

While the two retainers clash over what is best for their lords, other victims of the previous war arise, with plans of their own…

As always, preview chapters will be posted on Patreon.

Fanfiction

This has been a slow year for updates to my fanfic, and I apologize for that.

However, more is coming!

Wonder Woman

The next chapter is going to undergo a complete re-write; currently it’s all exposition and bad exposition at that.

So that may not come out this year.

That’s it for this time, I’ll see you guys again soon!


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A Wild Generation Has Appeared!

Goooooood morning internet!

Over this cold yet? I sure am. And it’s not quite done with us yet. Another week to go.

Speaking of cold, I’m going to be frank: I didn’t get much done in February due to the cold. I was shut down, so to speak.

So everything on my to-do list from the last time I spoke to you? Yeah, that’s been pushed back a month. I’m still writing, though, and I will have new chapters up and ready soon! Promise.

In the meantime, though, I want to talk about Pokémon: Sword and Shield.

Join me under the cut!

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COMBO!

Greetings, fellow true believers! Another week, another blog post.

First things first. As you all know by now, I am uploading all my novels to Smashwords and Lulu.com in preparation for breaking with Amazon entirely. Robots and Vampires: A Cyborg’s Odyssey is already up on Smashwords, and I will have both The Standard Tech Case Files: The Black Coats and The Dead and the Damned up by the end of this week. All three will be on Lulu.com by the end of the month.

Beginning in February, I will go back to writing my fanfiction and the next novel in the Standard Tech Case Files series. Also starting in February, I will have new rewards for my patrons on Patreon, so be sure to check those out! More details later.

Today, though, I want to talk about something else for a minute. Specifically, I want to talk about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Join me under the cut!

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Update!

Another week, another update.

  • First, the research is not done, but done enough I can start crafting the skeletons of my stories
    • Why am I doing this, you ask? Because when I looked over my previous chapters, there were redundant arcs, mis-characterization and worse. A lot of it will have to be re-written.
  • On that note, the bare skeletons of the stories (as defined by The Novel Factory, anyway) are done.
  • Which means I can move on to the equivalent for my characters! Yay! I want to have them all finished by the end of this week, ‘cept Pokémon. That one will take a little longer because it has way more characters.
  • On that note, you should start to see some of my WorldAnvil stuff come online and become public this month, too. I will keep you all updated.

If you enjoyed this update, please support me on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/joshstoodley) or by my original fiction on Amazon. Or buy me a coffee (http://ko-fi.com/falconlord)

Robots and Vampires (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NDLMDT4): Two hundred years in the future, a young cyborg stops the richest boy in town from killing a gynoid. Now he must flee from the only home he’s ever known to Fort City, base of the mysterious Standard Technologies, Inc. Can he trust them?

The Standard Tech Case Files-The Black Coats (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VTWMR7W): When there’s a corpse on the street, somebody has to answer for that. When the body in question is the squire of a prominent vampire, the call for blood only gets louder. Follow Joey Bianco and his squire Jen Ryan as they hunt down a killer and try to keep the peace between vampires and humans.

The Standard Tech Case Files-The Dead and The Damned (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRSBC7I): Tensions between humanity and vampires are heating up. A vampire store has been ransacked. Protestors are being arrested without trial. Can Joey Bianco and Jen Ryan find a peaceful solution? Or will the streets of Fort City run red with blood?