Under The Weather

I’ve fallen a bit sick this weekend. Nothing major, just adjusting to meds really, but it does mean that today’s post might not happen until later tonight or tomorrow.

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 Pok√©mon 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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Exhausted By Cute Doggies

On the plus side, I’m no longer sick.

On the downside, my dog sitting business has been overwhelming again, so it’s hard to get any writing done

On the plus plus side, that means more money for me!

On the the downside, I’m exhausted.

On the plus plus plus side, I’ve finally finished The Uncanny X-Men: Volume 1! Yay!

I’ll see you guys next week!

Sicker Than A Dog, But Tomorrow Is Dinosaurs!

I’ve been sick for the past week and a half (not Covid!), so I obviously have done no writing whatsoever.

I’m still sick, but feeling a lot better.

That’s not what I want to talk about, though. I want to talk about dinosaurs.

Specifically, Apple TV+’s new dinosaur documentary, Prehistoric Planet. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, it’s a five-night special with up to date CGI, feathered dinosaurs (accurately feathered, too; none of this ‘glue feathers on JP lizards’ nonsense), rare dinos like Deinocheirus, Nanuqsaurus and Pachyrinosaurus, complex animal behaviours instead of just marauding monsters, baby Triceratops and T. rexes….

It’s gonna be so cool, guys. I strongly recommend you watch it. And if you don’t have Apple TV+, no worries! They offer a free, seven day trial. Just sign up and cancel it after you’re done. That’s what I’m going to do.

See you guys next week!


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Happy Mother’s Day! And Victory in Europe Day (To Everybody ‘Cept Putin)

To those who celebrate. If you don’t, have a nice Sunday.

Unless you’re Vladimir Putin or one of his cronies. Then up yours with a rusty, red hot poker.

As for myself, I’ve had a rough spring. I got a mild case of food poisoning last week and it killed my productivity. I hope to get back in the saddle this week and have a real update for you next Sunday.

See you next week!


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Capitalism Works!

I would like to thank Elon Musk for purchasing Twitter, thereby ensuring its destruction and his bankruptcy, thereby single-handedly restoring both American and Canadian democracy! I only hope, that as Musk dies the death he so richly deserves, that somebody else takes up the Starlink system. According to Ukrainians, they’ve been using it to kick all kinds of Russian ass.

On a more serious but still capitalist note, my dog sitting job has been very busy for the last two weeks. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t had any time for writing. It’s kind of a nice problem to have, actually. At least something I’m doing is successful.

So far, though, this week is quieter and I should have more done for you next week.

See you then!


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Legends of Infernia: This Time, It’s Serious

Greetings my fellow response generators! It is I, Josh Stoodley, here with more of the content you love and deserve!

So, first things first. I am no longer on Twitter. I have, and have always had, a massive anger problem. Twitter exacerbated that problem and was slowly turning me into a hyper-aggressive jerk, both online and in real life.

Frankly, that’s what Twitter turns everybody into. We all just sit there, sniping at each other, convinced the other person is a troll or a bot while blind to our own behaviour. It is, and this is by no means a new observation, a website designed to enhance our worst impulses for somebody else’s bottom line.

Well, okay then. I can control other people on Twitter. I can’t control Twitter. But I can control myself. I can say ‘no, Mr. Twitter CEO, I will not play your game. I won’t become angry just so you can profit off my public suicide.’

Okay, that came off as a little self-congratulatory. But it’s true. I do think my anger was killing me, and I got tired of being played like a puppet by some faceless corporate drone. No, it was time to move on.

Now what, you are all wondering, does that to have to with Legends of Infernia, the game I was screwing around with on RPG Maker?

Well.

I have completed an outline for Legends of Infernia. Rather than just screwing around, seeing what I can do, I’m going to make this into an actual game. A long game, too, judging by the outline.

And the thing of it is, Legends of Infernia is a meditation on anger and all the ways it harms us. It is, hilariously enough, an angry tirade against anger.

Next week, I will have a Fandom Heresy post about Dune and Avatar. The series on Alan Moore and The Killing Joke will have to wait; as that, too, was a product of my rage, it needs to undergo a serious rethink.

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Computational Difficulties

Greetings my fellow random response generators! I am afraid I have bad news.

Simply put, I’m in the market for a new laptop. My old one still works… sort of. Its battery is completely gone, so it needs to be plugged in all the time. Not a problem, right? Well… the thing is, once its unplugged, obviously the laptop turns off…

And corrupts the file I’m working on, rendering it unrecoverable.

Yeah.

Now, I could work on my desktop… but my day job is as a dog sitter. I need something a little more… mobile so I can keep an eye on these doofuses.

My point is, my writing is going to be delayed until I can get a new laptop. So there may not be any updates in January. However, I did manage to post the next preview chapter of No Blood for Business. You can check it out here

See you next week!


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