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

Well, in 18 minutes or so this will be a March 18th Update, so let’s try to get this out quickly.

I haven’t been updating quite as much as I had been previously- I think I’ve gone from three days to four- but at least I haven’t stopped. The new position I have at work is taking a lot of my time and just about all of my energy, so when I do have the occasion to write it’s usually an attempt to catch up on Sealkeeper rather then letting you know that I haven’t made any progress.

I can guess which you’d rather I be using my time on and Twitter rather conveniently let’s me tell you I’ve made little to no progress without risking me rambling on about nothing.

Today, before work, I managed to hit the 50% mark for chapter 74 which means I somehow managed to knock out 40% of it while at work. I wasn’t on the clock yet, but that normally doesn’t stop work from keeping me busy.

Like yesterday, when I got there early and had to do a bank run because they had no change. Didn’t get any writing done before that shift.

Moving past that, I had hoped I might be able to knock out some more during my break but as is common these days my break is more an exception than rule. Managed to get most of the crew a break- I think- but I didn’t have that luxury.

Not normally a problem, I’ll finish up the chapter when I get home. Only problem with that is that I’ve been off on Mondays which means I have all day to do one last look over the chapter- really, I’m just fixing as many apostrophe mistakes as I can find- and then post it.

Lately that’s been early afternoon because I’ve been sleeping in, but I think I got a morning or two in there as well.

Tomorrow, however, I work so I’ll be going to bed in…nine…minutes or so and waking up around 8am- I hope, I cannot stand the thought of being late- and leaving for work at about 8:30. I’ll get to work around 9, realize all the things that I need to take care of and assign as much as I can to whatever manager is currently there. I’ll try to then get some writing in, but depending on the store’s state I might end up jumping on to help.

Sometime around 11am I’ll officially clock in and I’ll clock out 9pm-ish, which means back home at 10pm.

I can hazard a guess here, but I don’t think many of you want to wait until 11pm on March 18th for the next chapter of Sealkeeper. Feels like we’d be cutting the whole “Monday Updates” thing kind of close.

Instead, I just went over the chapter and uploaded it into the Doc Manager so that when I wake up all I have to do is choose a name for the chapter, post it, send out a tweet, and post it.

And then I spent the rest of the time I had tonight writing this.

Yeah, you’d probably appreciated the chapter more but I want to keep you all in the loop.

It helps me stay focused, which I’m sure you all prefer.

Then again, I just spent some of my precious writing time telling you my standard work schedule, so “focused” is up for debate.

Maybe “motivated” is more fitting.

Either way, update tomorrow -eight hours or so from now- on 3/18. Chapter 73 is done -well, I still need to edit it- and will be posted 3/25. Chapter 74, as previously mentioned- is halfway done and will be posted 4/1.

And no, that is not an April Fool’s joke. Have some faith, please.

Seriously, I promise.

Clock just switched over to saying 3/18, so I’m out of time for the night-morning- and will have to end it here. I’m sure you’re all grateful.

I’ll see you all in a couple hours with the posting of chapter 72.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

It’s been longer than I had anticipated, but I’m finally back with a progress update. As you may know, I’ve been kept pretty busy by work- you can go read the last update if you were unaware- and so I haven’t made nearly the progress I wanted.

Even with two days “off” recently – and I say “off” because I still ended up spending a lot of time at work- I had only managed a measly 10% of chapter 73. That’s a far cry from my desire to build up a stockpile of ready-to-post chapters.

Even so, I have two more days off- today and tomorrow- so I can at least have 73 finished and be working on 74. The plan would then be to have 74 done by 3/18 when I post chapter 72. I would have two chapters in advance and a week to build up more. I’d like three more from it, realistically it would probably be two.

So despite this setback, we’re still making progress into our reserves so I don’t have to worry about deadlines as much and you don’t have to worry about another three months of silence between chapters.

But, back onto a more positive note, I was able to type up 40% of the chapter today after my meeting- so, yes, I was at work again on my day off- between glasses of wine which brings us to 50% (Well, just about 55%, but who’s counting?).

I’ll probably call it quits for the day at this point so I can give my first mistress- I still don’t have a name for her, so if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them- some attention.

The wine, too, is probably not the best for my writing. Really enjoying this Blackberry Merlot I found, though.

Don’t really have much more to say at the moment, so we’ll wrap up.

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you want to support the site- and my alcoholism- all you need to do is click an ad. Without clicks, those ads don’t actually generate any revenue so despite seeing ads on my site, my hopes of having the site pay for itself is quite far off.

If you want to instead donate, well, tough luck. I’m not to the point that I’ll take your hard-earned money. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be desperate enough some day.

Wow, from chapter progress to wine and finishing off with money. I may have had a few too many glasses this evening. I know I’ve also said it, but I will continue to keep this site up and active no matter what, so don’t feel obligated to click those ads or turn off your adblocker.

If you do want to though, go right ahead.

Really hadn’t intended to write that with this update- admittedly, I hadn’t planned what I was going to say at all, you just deserved an update- but I guess it’s there now.

If you have any suggestions for the site, things you’d like to see and the like, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Until I next have your attention,

-Eyazahrid

Have to make this quick- I can only grab a few minutes to stuff my face before I have to get back to the store- but I promised one and this is the closest to a break I can get.

That is what I had managed to write yesterday, but I startwed typing, shoved half a burrito into my mouth, and had to get back to work. It was not a fun twelve hours, but that’s what I get for accepting a promotion to what is more or less a salary position.

Typing this at work again and like yesterday I have to keep this short because someone called out and we need to get everything ready.

Chapter 72 is done and will be up on 3/18. Chapter 71 is still scheduled for 3/11. I haven’t even started chapter 73 despite wanting to be finishing it up today.

It may take longer than I realized to build up a good number of reserve chapters.

I’ve received some feedback on my comment to start writing about Skyrim, but instead of just letting you all know what I’ve been doing in the game they suggested writing a story on it.

That might be my next project.

You know, when I can find the time.

I will admit, however, that I have spent some time with my first mistress. You may have guessed, but we enjoyed some Skyrim again to wind down.

I have to say, the game is much slower when you keep stopping to write things down but it can make a character feel much more real when you have what is essentially a diary of their adventures.

I’m at eight pages of just notes, so I wonder how much I could write using that.

We’ll find out eventually, I suppose.

Need to end things here so I can jump on early and make sure we’re good to go at the store, but you can all look forward to that chapter tomorrow.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

A little later than I had intended, yesterday’s meeting took up a lot of time and I ended up taking care of things at work afterwards despite it being my day off.

By the time I got home I just wanted to relax and my first mistress was more than happy to help. Naturally, that means I ended up starting yet another Skyrim game and ran around trying to stick with whatever story I was making up for them in my head.

As usual, the success was largely a matter of opinion.

Considering my intended Wizard became a Spellsword -which I suppose is a Warlock, actually- well, you can guess what my opinion was on the matter.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk about my Skyrim playthrough – though if you’d be interested in that sort of thing I can always start writing it down somewhere as I play and maybe it can be used as the base of a story later – you came because you want to know what the hell is going on with Sealkeeper.

Or, that’s what I’m assuming anyway. I’ve been wrong before.

On the subject of Sealkeeper, however, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve reached the 40% mark of chapter 72. I may write some more before work tonight- I might be able to get it to 70 or 80%, actually- but the goal is to have it done tomorrow so I can start 73 on Friday.

Hopefully with that I can have the chapter done by 3/11 when I post chapter 71. That would mean I have the next two chapters ready to go and I hope to get to the point where I always have 5 chapters in reserve. Not only would that cover me if something happened- like my mistress feeling especially needy. She’s calling me now, actually, and the temptation is hard to resist- but it would give me some leeway to perhaps start on some other stories.

I’ve had a lot of ideas over the last three years but I’ve always been scared I might distract myself from Sealkeeper and make it harder to actually finish it. With 5 chapters in reserve, however, I don’t have to worry so much and can try something else for a week or two just to see what comes of it.

If I can still manage to maintain 5 spare chapters I may even start posting other works to Fanfiction.net for you to enjoy.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Eyazahrid, you’ve barely managed to get yourself to the point where you’re consistently updating a single story weekly with small 5k chapters, what the hell are you thinking?”

And I agree completely.

I’ll still probably try it though. If it doesn’t work, well, that’s what the reserve chapters are for. Gods above know I have enough trouble juggling work, my mistress, and this story as it is, throwing another story into the mix would certainly be interesting.

And who knows, maybe instead of another fanfiction I’ll try my hand at an original work instead.

Okay, you can stop laughing now.

Seriously though, even if it’s crap I only need one book on Amazon for $0.30 to be a published author. I can put it on a business card or something.

It won’t mean much, but it will look impressive. Sometimes that’s all you need.

I’ll end this here but I’d love to hear your opinions on the matter, so please feel free to use the comment button, contact me through the contact page- I still don’t know how it works, actually, or shoot me a PM on Fanfiction.net.

There are other options, of course, but I don’t have the time to list them all. if you want to get creative with reaching out to me go ahead, it should prove amusing.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid