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I am about to head out on the largest adventure of my life. I will be hitting five cities in four countries in three weeks. My girlfriend and I will be flying from our current home in China to Bangkok (Thailand) for an extended layover of one day. Then, we will be flying to Singapore (Singapore) for three days. From there, we go by bus to Malacca City (Malaysia) for a day or two before busing to Kuala Lumpur for five days. My girlfriend leaves me there and goes to Australia (lucky girl) so I have a few days there alone. Due to a tremendous mistake in scheduling, prices, and ability to get tickets (thank you China for your f&*$ed up system), I am going to Taipei (Taiwan) alone since my brother couldn't get tickets to the place without paying double the originally expected price. I get to spend five days there before returning home to China.

That being said, I am not bringing my heavy laptop, so I will not be online during those three weeks. However, when I get home, I have a week of vacation while my girlfriend is still in Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, I intend on using that time to do some serious writing. I have started three chapters, but I need to finish them so I can put them up here.

Anyway, I wanted to let you guys know in case you messaged me so you knew why I wasn't responding.

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luffluff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How are you doing, man? You haven't updated in a while, is everything cool?
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Trivas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Well, having moved to China was a pretty big change for me. While DA isn't officially blocked by the Great Firewall, it is also considered a Western site and therefore, is slow. Of course, that assumes that I can even get the internet, something that is not a guarantee here.

I also have a great amount more things to do. Travel takes forever which eats up my time, I have a good bit of work to do teaching, and I have far more friends and social requirements here than back in America. I would say that my free time is about half or less than what was, and the internet is quite poor. All of those things have contributed to completely destroy my writing inspiration. It is a shame because I have ideas, but can't sit down and write them either due to time or lack of inspiration.

I am rarely able to check DA so it is really not good. Sometimes, it won't even load for me, and that is most annoying.
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luffluff Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man, that sucks..

Well, I hope China is treating your well otherwise. We'll talk whenever you get back or when you're able to get on DA. I'll be waiting for next update even if it takes years ;)
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luffluff Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just want to say thank you for reading all of my work. I don't think I can tell you enough how much it has helped me get better nad motivate me to continue writing.
I'm actually right now using one of your latest chapters as an answer key to make sure my layout is correct. It helps so much, and I find it sort of crazy how flawless your work is.

Thank you!
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WitchyMomo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Artist
sort of a random question, would i be allowed to draw fanart for you? i would obviously link your work etc.
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Trivas Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I have no objections at all as long as it isn't for profit. It is the first time anyone has offered, so I am quite surprised. Without trying to sound uppity or anything, I tend to have very precise ideas of what certain things and people look like which is why I made my own map and stuff, so I haven't gone out to try to get any artwork done for the series. You are free to make whatever you wish from the series as fanart, but it wouldn't likely be adopted as "official." I am sort of flattered that you would be interested in making fanart. I will definitely keep an eye out for whatever you come up with.
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WitchyMomo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Artist
Your writing is incredible! i stumbled across it when serching for maps to get some inspiration for my own map i created to go with my story. Reading the chapters you've uploaded have made me look at and notice all the flaws in my own work which has hopefully made me a better author. i'd love to oneday buy your published books and thank you so much for being such a inspiring person! :) I'm amazed you only have 27 watchers- your one of the best writers i've seen in a long time.
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Trivas Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Thank you for the compliments and the watch. There is a lot of great stuff here, but I fear that most deviantArt people are simply looking for a quick view or a few lines of poetry and aren't willing to sit through and read a rather long novel (easily in the 600 page range). I think that is why I don't have more watchers or fans.

If you are willing to brave things and read the chapters, I ask that you at least provide one thing you like and one you dislike from each so that I may improve. I am not perfect and have had great success in correcting flaws with the feedback that I received so far.

Also, if you want any help creating a map, feel free to ask. Everything in my map was taken from free software (the GIMP) or stock. I haven't made a tutorial because it would simply involve so much and I don't have time (would rather focus on writing).
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WitchyMomo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Artist
You're very welcome :) have you considered uplaoding to wattpad (i think its called) or other writing sites? there very qood for getting critque. i will defiantly give you the like&dislike for you and if i can think of anything you might want to add etc.

And thank you! i guess the main problem is scaling stuff >.< i have a entire world inside my head that i've based many stories and manga's etc. on thats been there since i was a young child but i can't quite get across the scale of places to the reader :/ also adding symbols for cities etc. is something i have trouble doing ^^;
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Trivas Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I have considered uploading to some other places, but I don't want my work getting too spread around where people can start ripping it off and claiming it as their own. DA is fairly good with providing proof of copyright and ownership in case there is a question as to who originated the work, so I am sticking with them. Maybe in the future I will explore other venues, but for now, I am comfortable here.

The scaling issue is a hard one even for me. Most people want their characters to be able to travel around places fairly quickly simply so they can have the story progress and people interact. I choose to make my world rather large, so large that it takes weeks or even months to travel it. It has posed some challenges in fitting storylines together because of how long it would take for someone to actually get where I am wanting them to go (especially since I post the date at the head of each section break), but I am working around it. I think it really adds to the epic scale of things when it takes weeks to travel from place to place.
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