Past Mistakes is out!

I am happy to announce that my FFM 2019 collection, Past Mistakes, is finally out! I don’t think I’ll be able to power through the 2020 collection in just a few days before FFM 2021 begins, but I will start working on it already.

In the meantime, stay tuned for the Q2 update coming as the month changes and daily flash fiction posts throughout July!

Get Past Mistakes for free here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1091414

Currently on art: Modern Problem out now and other releases

It’s time for a Currently on art update! This time, I have yet another announcement to make!

As you know if you have followed my posts, I have released two games on itch.io recently, MathQuiz and Against Procrastination. I don’t have much to say about them now that they’ve been out for a while, but they are noteworthy enough to be mentioned here. The bigger thing, however, is my first book release, made under the pen name N. WS. Jokela!

My collection compiled of publishable FFM 2015, Flash Prompt and Flash Fiction Day 2016, 2018 and 2019 stories, Modern Problem, is out now as a free ebook on Smashwords! While the stories are the lowest quality I have to offer out of my FFM stories, I hope you take a look!

In other news, I’m working on a new game as a part of a month-long game jam, Game Off 2020. My game, Project Moonshot, is a story-heavy walking simulator where you have to gather text files and figure out what happened in the abandoned research facility you woke up in. I’ve got the minimum of the text files I want to include in the prototype version I’ll submit for the jam and the map is coming along well, so expect to get something playable by the end of the month! I will work on the project more and flesh it out further especially in terms of the number of text files after the game jam during the course of this studying year as well!

Aside from those, not much has been going on recently. I’m constantly swamped up with coursework, stuck inside all day long since I don’t have many reasons to go outside especially now that it’s getting cold. The only reasons I have gotten out recently (aside from going shopping yesterday to see if I could find Christmas presents for my family) have been grocery shopping, taking the trash out and playing Pokémon GO. My university decided to extend their COVID restrictions to mid-March 2021 (can’t believe it’ll be a year since this mess started here by then), so I’m starting to suspect that I might get my bachelor’s degree out before I’ll have a studying-related reason to go to campus. I’m trying to get some humor out of it, but between combatting cabin fever and plain frustration that I should avoid doing normal (but unnecessary-for-survival) stuff like shopping at flea markets it’s starting to get more tiresome than anything else. Sure, if I put a mask on, I could go pretty much anywhere I wanted to but I don’t want to use them unless necessary; those things were a bit expensive when I bought them, not to mention that it’s better for the environment to use as few of them as possible.

In any case, I must admit that getting out to see other environments than grocery stores and the apartment building’s walls did do me good yesterday, although I also had to note that I’ve gone even more out of shape than before recently – oops. I should probably get hold of myself and start working out with Wii Fit again. Making some amazing finds that I’m still stoked about at a flea market and getting some good pizza (I finally got some recommendations about good pizzerias in my area after two years of procrastination on asking my fellow students) was a huge bonus too!

Oh, and speaking of environmental things, earlier this month I took part in a training session on zero waste which was aimed at students. It was super interesting and informative, so I’ve looked into what my boyfriend and I could do better to decrease the amount of waste we produce. Turns out we’re already doing pretty well since I’m a keen recycler! A very important and inspirational bit that I learned from the training was that you don’t have to be perfect and every little bit helps as long as you’re doing something to decrease the amount of waste you produce.

I can’t think of anything else to say, really. Like I said, it’s been pretty uneventful aside from releasing games and an FFM collection.

Therefore, it’s time to see what’s up with my projects, as per my project widget:

  • Exceptional Jedi: Chapters 5 and 6 of The Strength of Mind are in editing. I couldn’t stop writing when I started working on chapter 5, so I wrote the first draft of both it and chapter 6 in one day. All writing is at 1603 days. Remaking Arya’s reference is nearing its end, so I will soon be able to start working on remaking Jedova’s one. I need to make a comic about Valentine Clanker and lots of other drawings. I’ve been creating data on Scrivener to build a wiki of sorts there so that I can flesh things out for writing. It’s been progressing slowly recently, but it’s looking okay. Revising has gone back to standstill due to studies taking up too much time and energy.
  • The Fate’s Way: Chapter 41 is still in writing. I still need to redraw the regular Alyssa and also Alyssa’s friends and family and the other important people, like Matti, someday. Revising needs to be done.
  • Off-DA projects: Releasing MathQuiz, making and releasing Against Procrastination, finishing and releasing Modern Problem. Now it’s time to work on the next FFM collection! I’m also working on a game jam project, Project Moonshot, which I will have a playable prototype of released by the end of November.
  • Greenfield: Due to studies taking too much energy, I haven’t edited this much, although I have finished editing the first chapter and I also got it to its wordcount target, which is cool. The story went onto pretty different rails while editing, but definitely on far better rails! Read more about the project here.
  • Lyokostar: The translation of Lyokostar 1 progresses: Part 7 of story 6 is in rebuilding and translation. I’m writing monthly Lyokostar 3 oneshots in Finnish (except that I haven’t done that for a couple of months because I don’t have the energy and I’m pretty sure that no one cares anyway). References need to be done.
  • A Wandering Aura: Little progress has been made on the posting side, although I have gotten some decent progress on my end. I just haven’t gotten around to posting anything since I’m pretty sure no one cares.
  • Gaming: Habitica, Duolingo and Pokemon GO keep on going but otherwise I haven’t played much due to lack of time.
  • Other stuff: I’ve fallen behind with literature deviations because I can’t read them on DA without getting a headache from the eye strain. Due to being busy and tired, I haven’t even been reading FFM or Tribble Month stories for some time, so things don’t look good in my watch. I’m not sure what I even want to do about it, so for now I’m letting the stories sit there until I figure out what’s the best course of action. Since I got my fist FFM collection out, I’ll start working on the second one now. Reading has halted to a standstill on the book side as well and for now, it’s probably going to continue like that. I got back to Unity after learning to do lots of stuff on Twine before the game jam I’m taking part in as I decided to use that. I should get back to video editing since I have so much footage to be edited.
  • Personal life: Studying, studying and studying. My timetable management experiment, which has taken the form of simulating a normal university day, has given out mixed results because I haven’t fully stuck with it most of the time. However, my most urgent online course is progressing well now since I had to count how many exercises I need to do in one day to get everything done in time, and so far I’ve been well ahead of he schedule. I hope it’ll stay that way as well. Oh, and I’ve also watched The Mandalorian and am now following it as new episodes come out. It’s even better than I expected!

I suppose that’s all for this post. Stay safe and well and take care, as usual!

I’ve gotten published!

Some time ago, LitConquistadores offered FFM writers a chance to get published. I submitted some of my stories and…
Two of them were chosen for the anthology, which is now published!
This anthology is called The Ruminations of a Multiheaded Monster.
Check out all the buying options here: http://fav.me/dctgp5l
Oh? Which are my stories that you can find in the anthology?
This also marks the first use of my full writer name which you will also see on the supporter list of DamonWakes’s upcoming book Ten Little Astronauts! Check that out too, it’s coming very soon!
I’m way too excited about this but also nervous since I’m not exactly prepared to use my writer name! D8 Well, I’m in a big city now, so it’s very difficult for anyone who doesn’t know me and what I’m doing to connect it to my face. But still, OMFG I’M GOING TO EXPLODE I’M WAY TOO EXCITED AND NERVOUS WHAT HAVE I DONE!!
YOLO!
More about my writer name and my other published thing, a poem I got into a Finnish poetry collection, coming up at some point!

Announcing Greenfield and a poetry book I’m in!

If you’ve followed what I’ve been working on, you have noticed that the page for my Greenfield book series has been updating daily with the translation proceeding.

 

Now, I am glad to announce the completion of current translation and thus the series itself!

 

So, what is this book series I’ve worked on a lot and talked quite little about?

 

Greenfield is about a teenaged girl named Iris Mäkelä who ends up to another world, Greenfield, with her horse Miracle Truth soon after running away from home. In Greenfield, she has to learn to live in a world without technology and learn the ways of a magician with her tutor Matthew and fellow student Thomas so that she can find a way to return to her own world. But as the evil forces of the Night Lord return with their master getting stronger, can she even survive the upcoming months, let alone get back home someday?

 

The first book is heavily in progress and a lot of new has to be written and a lot of old (some of it originating from as far away in the past as 2012 and thus in dire need of reworking) has to be edited before it is ready for editing phase and later possibly beta readers too. I haven’t yet thought of much when they will come or if they will come for sure; it depends on whether or not I get a professional editor for it, at least. A lot of worldbuilding has to be done as well, so that will take up time while making the first book happen too.

 

So far, I’ve been thinking I might be able to finish the writing phase during 2019 or 2020, depending on how much time everything in life from university studies to bad old writer’s block takes away from writing. I have no solid word goal set at least yet, but I will work on this daily just as I have done so far and therefore will update word and page counts daily. I might dedicate some days for worldbuilding alone instead of writing, so that also discourages setting a daily goal for writing. After I proceed to the next four books and maybe later the 4 side story books I’m planning, I might set a daily word goal when I have everything on the world readily available.

 

At the moment, that’s all I have on Greenfield. I will most likely do some artwork on the characters in the future (so far there might be a sketch or two about it on DeviantArt), maybe release some Work In Progress (WIP) bits of the story or maybe end up writing Greenfield oneshots during Flash Fiction Month, but at the moment this is all.

 

On other news, last Monday I received a letter from the organizer of a Finnish poetry competition I took part in last November. It was for young people aged between 13 and 18 and who live in Finland. The theme, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the independent Finland, was “love is blue and white” (the colors of the Finnish flag). The best of the poems were to be published in a poetry book named 100 runoa tunteella ja rakkaudella (in English: 100 poems with emotion and love). And just as baffling as it is, my poem, Rakkauden kuoro (The choir of love) was chosen for that book!

 

The book will be released on the 23rd and it will be the first publication I’m in. I’m not entirely sure which name I used with the poem; it has either been the author name I’m planning to use when I release my very own books or my full name with my nickname. I don’t remember anymore since it’s been already half a year since I mailed my poem. I will tell you more when I get the book myself and see it in print; I already ordered a few of those books for myself, some people who are close to me and for my mother language teacher whom I need to thank for informing everyone in my school about the competition. If it wasn’t for her, this wouldn’t have happened to me.

 

I must admit that while this is exciting, I’m also quite nervous as this will be the first time I will publicly connect WindySilver to my real name and to my very own face which I show around those I see often, especially my family. I never expected to win the competition nor get into the book, yet the latter happened. But I believe in the art I do, in the mask I will use for just a while one more time, in what I’m doing with my life. When the time comes to publicly announce that I am WindySilver, no matter the time or audience, I will do it with my head up and pride in what I do. I will not back down just because I’m scared. The fear won’t conquer me.

 

I don’t have a picture of the book yet and the only one who sells the book at least now is the competition’s organizer, Suomalaisen tangon Satumaa ry, so I don’t know how anyone outside Finland can get it. Maybe more information and ordering chances will come after the publication. We’ll see next week.

 

Oh, and I haven’t yet uploaded my poem anywhere. I decided not to upload it before I’d get the results, then stuff happened and I heard nothing about the competition and forgot about it. I’m planning to upload the poem on DeviantArt once I know where to direct people who want to get the book.

 

This is what has been going on this week in addition to other things in my life. I will get my results for March’s matriculation examination tests on Friday but I doubt I will make an announcement about how I did at least here. Maybe on DeviantArt, but possibly not here.

 

Thank you for reading. Have a great day!

 

~WindySilver