Living the Driven Life, Episode 172 (January 9-January 15, 2022): More relaxation…

Nother easy, chill week, okay, okay.

Sunday:

Solid A day! Went out for a nice meal at my beloved Golden Hill Asian Cuisine, and an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite came in today! Also played a lot of Vindy.

Monday:

Nice day, A-. Played some vindy and read Salvation Day by Kali Wallace, didn’t get much work done but oh well. Also got through another chapter of Musuko, more cute moments with the main protag’s family, but her friend Chiharu is still feeling depressed even after being rescued ;-;

Tuesday:

A- day. Played Vindy, read Siege by Rick Hautala, went out to eat at Jazzboline, and didn’t get much writing/work done. Tomorrow will be more productive…

Wednesday:

A- day. Played more Vindy, and I did get a bit of work done on my project, but not a whole lot. Better than yesterday, but still not super. Next week will have to kick it up a notch since the next couple of days are busy for me. Also, tragedy…found out the Denny’s near my house closed. ;_____; So many memories there, mostly very good. Wonder what they’ll replace it with, though change is inevitable.I guess that’s why I tagged this entry ‘mono no aware’ as well, lol. It’s a Japanese word referring to the beauty of ephemeral things, though that’s certainly strange to apply to Denny’s, it’s how I feel.

Thursday:

Started out a mediocre B day, but came up to an A- by the end. Starting to have some back pain, I dunno why, I should get it checked out, and I got a call saying I had to come in early to work tomorrow, so that messed with my planned schedule a bit. Just played more Vindy tho, not too bad. Didn’t get any more work done ;-; The good thing that picked my day up was some family members visited and got me a new years present, a nice comfy pair of gloves! It may not be epic, but I actually genuinely needed some gloves since it’s getting a little cold and snowy and these fit me much better than my old ones. So it was nice!

Big oof, tho…I hear Kaiju no. 8’s on break till February ;_; Ah well, mangaka taking care of their health is the most important thing.

Friday:

A- day. Didn’t get much writing work done, and it was also a long, tough day at work-work, but I managed to get through it so that was good.

Saturday: 

‘Nother A- day. Didn’t go out to eat and didn’t get much work done, but at least work wasn’t too bad.

GENERAL WEEK RANK:

A- generally, pretty decent times, not great, but decent.

THINGS I HAD TO FINISH THIS WEEK:

Nothin really.

THINGS I HAVE TO DO NEXT WEEK

More work on my second project…

EATAN:

WATCHAN:

Nothin.

PLAYAN:

More vindy, getting more characters up to level 110. Almost done with all the ones I had to do, there was a benefit package made for low level characters (not old ones) getting them up to 110 before the 25th and I’m almost done with all of them!

BOOK READAN:

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace. This is another space scifi horror novel taking place hundreds of years in the future after war and climate degradation has devastated humanity (“The Collapse”). Rising from the ashes, humanity has managed to rebuild and expand into space again under a world government called “The Councils,” but ten years before the start of the story one of their research ships, The House of Wisdom, suffered from a bioweapon outbreak and has been drifting dead in space since then. When our story begins, some disgruntled outcasts from Councils society, condemned to live in desolate, wastelandy parts of the Earth for their unwillingness to abide by the world government’s rules, hijack a space shuttle carrying the only survivor of the House of Wisdom, who can defuse the security protocols around the ship and allow the hijackers to commandeer the House of Wisdom and use its super-powerful engines to escape the solar system and by extension the grip of the Councils. However, as you can expect, the Councils weren’t entirely telling the truth about what destroyed the House of Wisdom, and the bioweapon that killed the original crew isn’t exactly inert…

So yeah, as you can tell from that last bit, the novel’s general plot is pretty predictable. However, it’s strongly written, with exciting action scenes and some bloody horror bits, and the characters themselves are much more well-drawn than I anticipated. THe novel is mainly told from the perspectives of Zahra, one of the hijackers, and Jas, the person the hijackers wanted to kidnap to get them onto the ship, and I found myself sympathizing with both by the end–Zahra as someone who was pretty much brainwashed by anti-Councils extremists, but also Jas as someone who, despite loathing the anti-Councils people for kidnapping him, understood that the world government was corrupt in some ways. That’s probably the strongest point of the novel–it’s not that different in basic outline to the other one I read a while back, The Last Astronaut, but the worldbuilding and the even-handed portrayal of both a world government and its corruptions was pretty engaging. I can definitely recommend this one, though I’m not sure if I’ll check out the author’s other works. 5 stars!

Siege by the dearly departed Rick Hautala. This novel was…ok. “Generic” and “by the numbers” is the best way I could describe it. Good-natured widower everyman loses his best friend in what seems to be a car accident, but when he attends the funeral with his adorable teenage daughter, he naturally learns that his friend’s death has something to do with the CREEPY funeral director who’s trying to get bodies to turn into ZOMBIES! Yeah, who didn’t see that coming. It’s decently written, though not exceptionally so, but I’d honestly be hard pressed to distinguish the story from any number of forgettable 80s zombie movies. Still, for the price I coulda done worse. 3 and a half stars, but boosted to 4.

MANGA READAN:

What I said above.

WRITAN:

Nothin much, though I did get a bit of writing done 😀

BUCKET LIST PROGRESS

1: Finish up a second big project…

2: Maybe finish up a 3rd big project related to Berserk.

3: Maybe do something with Wayward Son I’ve wanted to do for a while, but also extra.

4: Obviously, get all my affairs in order–will, etc.

5: Finish a FOURTH big project I’ve had thoughts about for a while. Won’t say much more about it other than it involves Visual Novels.

6: *maybe* finish up a fic I’ve always wanted to put out. But this is really extra.

7: Read the end of Girl Genius. At least I got to see Lucrezia kicked out of Agatha’s mind, so that’s something.

8: Play Front Mission 5.

9: Play Brigandine: Grand Edition. I think I’ll work on these emulation related things when I get a new computer–a new deskie, I mean.

Not the best week I’ve ever had, but pretty good. Onwards, onwards…

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