It seems that I don’t have a whole lot to keep you all updated on now that we’ve managed to build up that reserve of chapters. Chapter 85 was finished this week and chapter 80 will be posted tomorrow morning.

I have managed to start getting work done on The Warlock of Winterhold but its’ not even the full first chapter yet. It’s been really strange working on something new but it also kind of refreshing.

Of course, I have to figure out why my Skyrim saves aren’t loading now and why I cant’ save new games. Hopefully I haven’t lost the game I was using for inspiration because that will be a huge setback.

Probably should have played through what I intended to write about first so that I had all the materials I’d need but it’s a little late for that. When I have more free time I’ll try to figure it out but what I have already should last me quite some time.

It will be taking a back seat this week, however, as once I finish chapter 86 — hopefully I can start it on my break — I’m going to try to put in more work to a very special project I’ve been slowly making progress on over the last two years or so.

Writing the Tatsuki oneshot is proving more difficult than I could have imagined. Overall I’d say it’s about a quarter of the way done, but I don’t know how long it will actually end up.

I also don’t know if I’ll post it before Sealkeeper ends.

Knowing the ending as I do, you may need something fluffy after getting through it. At the same time, it would be nice to have a completed work posted somewhere for you all to enjoy and I know you’ve all been eagerly anticipating this for quite some time.

When I do post it, however, I don’t think it will be to FanFiction.net. Instead, I’m considering posting it only here on the site. Not sure if that will be well received, but it just feels right to have that particular piece of work tucked safely away from the general community and somewhere only the readers of Sealkeeper– and I suppose any future works — can find it.

Going forward I’ll probably alternate between TWoW and the oneshot [Which I haven’t decided on the name yet, but am leaning towards “Ties that Bind” or “He Who Is Bound”] every week and hopefully I can have the oneshot done within a month or two. At the very latest I’d like to have it done by Sealkeeper’s fourth anniversary coming up in December.

Actually, posting it on the fourth anniversary is a tempting option too. I’ll have to keep that in mind.

Beyond those two projects I also need to prepare a 5E oneshot as my DM is busy with school and the rest of us are taking turns until his exams are over. When I get that done I might end up putting that on the site for others to use too.

I really need to write all these projects down, I haven’t even uploaded those story ideas to the folder yet and I was meaning to have that done like a month ago. There is just not enough time for me to get everything done these days.

If I cut back on time with Menoly, reducing it to only Thursday and Friday evenings during streams, and move my desk out of my room so I’m not as distracted I might be able to get more done but even then work just takes up so much of my time that I don’t think I’ll ever manage to get to everything I need to.

Well, not in the next two and a half years at least. By then my debt should be all paid off and I should have enough saved up for a down payment on a house.

Should everything go as planned my living expenses will be low enough that I could get a less time-demanding job which would really help because I’d much prefer to be doing this.

Probably a pipe dream, anyway. Even if I end up with the house I’ll probably just find myself taking on more work because I can’t not work.

I suppose I’ll come up with something eventually.

Maybe my own business so I can work on my writing between customers? It’s an attractive thought.

Enough about my lack of time, you’re here for the good stuff.

Like my Bonsai.

Look at her, growing like a weed. I’m thinking “Natasha” but I’m not sure it really fits her. Maybe I should wait until she starts showing color before thinking of anything.

It would also confirm which Bonsai is which, but I have a fairly good idea these days. And yes, I did have it backwards.

Her sister is also growing well, though she doesn’t seem to posses the same balance. I don’t think I’m rotating them frequently enough, so I’ll have to work on that.

I’ll need to change the soil sometime next month, too. Maybe I’ll find a pot for this one by then.

And now that we’ve covered the girls — Huh, I like the sound of that, actually — we can get to what you really want from this update-

The teaser.

If I recall, we’re up to chapter 84 for these so here we go.

Anko finally gets her reward, Mai contemplates godhood, Kushina can’t help her curiosity, and Naruto learns of Hayate’s death.

It’s probably the last scene of the chapter I like the most and I’m sure you can all guess why by now. Gods above I love causing my characters emotional anguish. There are few indulgences so sweet.

That’s all I have for this week so until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

Well, I’ve just come up with the end for chapter 83. It was nearly done for a while but I got distracted and, well, it got kind of weird. I don’t think it’s too out of place, but I certainly hadn’t planned on…actually, no. That’s chapter 83 so we’ll avoid talking about that for now.

Maybe in the next update. This update I’ll throw in a tidbit from 82, seeing as we covered 81 in the last and it’s been like four days.

With the completion of 83 we do have a solid five chapters in reserve which means I can start workign on that Skyrim story once I finish a week’s chapter. As I was getting two chapters and change done a week for a bit there, hopefully I can maintain a single chapter of Sealkeeper, make some progress in the new story- it needs a name still – I want to try, and dedicate a little more time to Menoly.

Then again, she does get quite a bit of attention already. So does Mydia and Muse when I think about it. Huh, maybe I’ll use that time for one of the other projects on my list. Speaking of that list, I should probably write it down at some point. Meh, I’ll get to it eventually. We’ll see how the writing goes first.

With the writing progress and planning covered, let’s focus on some of the other things’ I’m up to before I give you that little peak at chapter 82.

Actually, that almost exclusively means streaming because I don’t really do anything else besides videogames, writing, and work.

So, onto streaming!

Unfortunately something came up and SaintAngel22 wasn’t able to join in a game of Borderlands so instead Thursday’s stream was another session of Moon Hunters. Think I’m at like 10 hours already and I’m still enjoying it- and trying to figure out what the fuck I need to be doing differently- so we’ll probably continue visiting it pretty regularly. Friday’s stream was, well, an absolute mess.

We started by playing Risk of Rain 2 where MexViking- my DM, actually- joined us for three -I think it was three, maybe it was just two- doomed runs. Normally I can at least get to stage three but together we couldn’t get past stage two.

From there I ended up booting up the first Elder Scrolls game, Arena, but I couldn’t do it for long. Not only did something about it keep interrupting the stream and causing connection failures- though I can’t imagine how- but just looking at the world gave me a massive headache.

Daggerfall was the same -maybe I’m just spoiled- and Redguard, while better, felt incredibly strange to play and committed the grievous sin of not letting me randomly attack people. Could have booted up Battlespire but by then I was just done with DOS games.

We ended with some Morrowind, where everything except pests was able to slaughter me. Seriously, if it wasn’t a mudcrab or one of those larvae things it killed me. Managed a Guar right before I got off, but it took almost all my life.

Really need to find some armor and a sword that does some damage.

I do want to continue with Elder Scrolls games so while my plan of starting with Arena and working my way through them all may have been tossed aside because I lack the necessary willpower to slog through it I will try to get through Morrowind and Oblivion. Skyrim will have to wait until I’ve finished the story – and maybe that adventure will become a second story in the future- but the other two games should provide plenty of time for that, especially if I alternate between them and Moon Hunters.

But with that covered it’s time for your treat-

Bonsai!

That’s right, you get the pleasure of seeing the progress of my lovely little Bonsai. And the other one, I suppose.

We’ll start with the lesser-

And then move on to the one your really want to see. She still needs a name, but I haven’t been able to come up with anything good yet.

I suppose you want that little glimpse into chapter 82 as well, don’t you? Fine, I suppose I can give you something.

Let’s see;

Sai shows why he’s in command, Team Seven receives their first mission, and Anko gets stabby.

Yes, that should work nicely.

Well, that should about to it for this update.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

Well, that didn’t go to plan.

I ended up sleeping in way later than I had been anticipating so I rushed to work and only had time to type a few paragraphs. Still, I’m writing this just after finishing chapter 80 so definitely some good news.

I say “finished”, but technically it’s only at 96%. I finished a scene and realized I couldn’t add anything after it without destroying the mood I had set. More like stumbled upon, really, but what really matters is that it was there.

I also immediately typed up the next scene for chapter 81 and have that at 5.84% so it’s all there, just not all in one chapter. It’s like DLC, but free!

You just have to wait.

My proposed schedule for chapters is in tatters, so I’ll whip up a new one and hope I can stick to it. Chapter 76 was just posted earlier- yesterday, by the time I’m writing this- so I need chapter 82 done by April 22nd in order to have five chapters after posting 77.

This seems, well, entirely doable actually. Huh, I think we’ve made it.

Chapter 81 needs to be done by the 18th and chapter 82 can be finished on the 22nd at the latest which means that if everything goes to plan I’ll be having chapter 83 done by the 25th and be able to use the 26th, 27th, and 28th to start that Skyrim story.

Damn, writing something new? I don’t know if I’m more excited at the idea or terrified that its’ going to be a horrible mistake. Should entertain you lot either way, I suppose.

I had been wanting to include a little discussion- I say that, but with just me talking it’s more of a lecture- about Kurenai and what my plans had been for her and her story but I really need to get to bed. So, on the next update I’ll include it so you can all see what my intentions had actually been.

You know, because you’ll never actually see them in the story at this point.

Pity.

Anyways, because I’m not able to include that I will give you something else as, well, a consolation prize I suppose.

First, we have a picture of my lovely little Bonsai.

As you can see, she’s taken to the new soil very well. The other one hasn’t really changed at all but I don’t really mind because this one here is my favorite.

You know, if the fact that I actually gave this one a pot wasn’t enough indication.

The second thing I’m going to share with you all is something you’ll probably appreciate much more- the most vague, uninformative spoilers I can come up with.

Chapter 80 ends with Mai’s return but she still hasn’t settled things with Naruto at all.

And we’ll keep that our little secret, yeah? A reward for those of you who actually read these. See? There is a reason to keep up to date with Eyazahrid.

Now if only Eyazahrid could get his shit together and provide them more regularly.

Only a few more things to mention here.

First, thanks goes to the lovely nameless person who pointed out that one of my April updates had been titled as a March update.

Whoops.

Think I’ve fixed that- which means I couldn’t find it when I went to go check Twitter- and I’ll try to be a bit more vigilant in the future.

Thank you very much for bringing that to my attention.

The next thing I want to mention is that I did indulge Menoly on Thursday and Friday by spending a few hours playing some of the games I’ve been meaning to get to.

Because I was already not writing, I figured giving you the option to watch me procrastinate was only fair. I believe a few of you stopped by- including SaintAngel22 whom I spent both streams chatting with- but most of you were scared- or bored- away pretty quickly.

I suppose that’s fair, I’m a much better writer than speaker and I’m pants at live entertainment.

If you missed it and want to check out either stream they should be available at Twitch.tv/Eyazahrid. Not sure how long they’ll be there- I should probably check- but I’ll try to have them posted permanently somewhere.

You know, eventually.

I believe that about does it for this update so we’ll bring it to a close.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

Chapter 76 is done- and I cant’t wait to see how everyone reacts to 75 and 76, Kukukukukuku- so I should be starting 77 later today.

Or tomorrow when I work 4 hours after the meeting we have. Lovely.

This laptop I got back in November really has made it much easier for me to find time to write and is probably the biggest factor in providing you all with regular updates.

But you didn’t come here for updates on my writing- well, actually you probably did- because what you really care about are random thing’s I’ve thrown in here

Other than the fact that on March 25th we got an absurd amount of views- and I don’t know how or why, unfortunately, so I can’t do it again yet- there hasn’t been all that much going on with the site and I just spoke about Asuma a few days ago.

In fact, that was probably the 25th. It may be related, but who knows. Didn’t actually get any feedback from “On Godaime Asuma” either, as I recall, so I have no idea what people actually thought about it.

Well, if those views are anything to go by it was received well, but I’m also pretty damn sure most of the views were just to the home page so may be not.

Regardless, let’s get into the things you really want to see.

Like my Bonsai again.

Was changing the soil yesterday because it’s been like three months and i decided to make use of the Christmas gift I received from my sister. That should be the Jacaranda Mimosifolia based on the marker, but I’m pretty damn sure it’s actually Delonix Regia.

Despite being the smaller of the two, it’s roots were much longer and I think I lost a fourth of them in the old soil.

Whoops.

Seems to be okay though- I suppose we’ll know for sure in a week or so- which is good because it’s my favorite of the two.

You’d probably prefer pictures of my cat, but I’m saving those as a last resort because despite having very little story-related for the update I do have more I can ramble about-

Like the results from last nights tweets.

Fifteen or so games over a period of almost three hours and I managed a single kill because I got the last shot in.

We got our asses whooped.

Which was to be expected. I’d never played before and my BR experience is three matches of Fortnite when it first came out. XExplodedKarrotX was with me the whole time and we had two other coworkers jump in with us.

Together, I think we got some 4 kills.

Yeah, we’re not the greatest. Didn’t help that it was like three matches in that I figured out running. Turns out the left analog stick on my Dualshock is damaged so I could move but it wouldn’t continue running. Luckily I had a spare controller, which helped a lot.

Overall, I’d say Apex isn’t a bad game. It felt a lot better then Fortnite and went very smoothly, but I’m not sure how I feel about either dying instantly to someone who got a gun first or spending twelve minutes without seeing anyone just for them to flank you.

Didn’t get much combat experience last night.

Did catch plenty of bullets to the side of my skull.

Did boot it back up earlier to play with randoms.

Performed a lot better, actually, when the jumpmaster actually directed us to our chosen location and not into a swarm of three squads away from all the loot.

That match didn’t last long.

They didnt’ have mics, either, so I am seeing a direct coralation there.

I’ll probably get back on for a bit (Playstation, if you missed it) and then move on t oeither my Season 16 Necromancer in Diablo or boot up a ‘Shits ‘n’ Giggles’ Skyrim game. [You know, one I’m not making notes with for my eventual story].

Will probably just go around slaughtering everyone and everything with a character named “Death”. Then again, I have been meanign to get back into ESO and I did just purchase Risk of Rain 2, so maybe one of those.

Huh, Melony is getting quite a bit of attention today.

I’ll try to spend time with Muse -my third mistress- starting chapter 77 later today but I’m not sure how likely that is. Have to get to bed early so I can be up for our meeting tomorrow. Well, I call it a ‘meeting’ but its’ actually two hours of training for the entire store.

Fun.

Ending this here so I can get back to killing things, but I’ll see you all next time.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

I’ve missed the March 21st Update by 26 minutes, but that only makes us more in need of an update. Despite what I would like to be able to convince myself, a lack of progress doesn’t absolve me of my responsibility to keep you all informed.

In this case, keeping you informed is just letting you know I slept until noon, went to work for a meeting, ended up covering an interview for my boss, took care of things in the office for a bit, and dropped off a package on my way home.

Oh, and I wrote a bit after I got home.

We’re at a whopping 30%.

I probably would have been closer to 70% if I had managed to resist the temptation of my first mistress- I haven’t received any suggestions for her name, so maybe something like Natalee [Which is what I started calling my Flame Atronach in Skyrim]- but she managed to drag me away to play Darksouls for a couple hours before I became weary of running past the same enemies just to die again.

After that I realized both that I needed to get to bed and that I hadn’t posted this earlier like I was planning. So, here we are. I could tell you about today’s Darksouls session, or ramble on about my history with Darksouls- actually, that would only take a few paragraphs- but I’ve almost finished my wine [Blackberry Merlot, currently my favorite] and it’s taken me a good twenty minutes to write this because I started going through the notes of my Skyrim playthough looking for a better name to refer to my first mistress by.

I use “First Mistress” quite a bit, actually- one of the reason’s she needs a name- but I don’t think I’ve mentioned the others. Don’t think I will just yet, either. My second mistress already has a name, though, and my first is more than a little jealous.

Once again I’ve managed to rambled on about nothing and, having realized this the other day while driving home from work- or was it to work?- I’ve decided you deserve something with a bit more substance.

Actually, you probably don’t. Not in an Update, anyway. I need to start posting things that aren’t updates again- supplemental material, personal things, maybe some strange ideas that have popped into my head, and the like- but that’s for another day.

Huh, probably say that more often than I should too, probably why I don’t get nearly enough done.

Regardless, I’m going to add something more to this update than a disappointing amount of progress on chapters and the fact that I have trouble resisting the call of Natalee.

Hmm, not sure if I like it. Think it’s missing something.

Anyway, to add substance to this late night- early morning- post I present you;

Pictures of my Bonsai!

Well, the box said they were Bonsai. I got them off Amazon for like $20 when I was doing Christmas Shopping back in November of 2018, so there’s a rather large likelihood I’m just growing trees in tiny-ass pots I keep in a windowsill.

Either way, this post now has pictures and you’ve learned something completely random about me. Congratulations.

Oh, and if anyone is familiar with Delonix Regia or Jacaranda Mimosifolia can you please let me know if I’ve managed to get them backwards? I’m 90% certain that the bottom picture- my favorite of the two- is actually the Delonix Regia but as it’s not a bright red- and the top one isn’t purple- I can’t know for sure that I’ve fucked up.

Actually, I can. I just won’t admit it until I absolutely have to.

It’s now been forty minutes for me to write all this- I don’t think it takes as long to make this much progress in Sealkeeper, but maybe I just don’t notice- so I’ll end it here.

If there’s anything specific you’d like me to talk about or random pictures you’d like to see please feel free to let me know. I have to fill these updates with something when I haven’t been getting enough writing done.

I’m kidding.

Partially.

But seriously, let me know if there’s something about me, my gaming, or my writing you’d be interested in. I’ve noticed recently- though it’s been this way for years- that people seem somewhat hesitant when they reach out to me, like I’m going to be upset with being disturbed.

I won’t be.

If I didn’t want people to be able to reach out to me I wouldn’t have posted the story- and would have missed out on the fantastic ego boost that is having people tell you how much they enjoy it- or I’d disable private messaging.

I’m more than happy to answer questions or discuss an idea you have.

And if those questions are about me, well, you’ve come to the right place. I like to consider myself an expert.

We’ll end this here before I start rambling again.

Well, rambling more.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid