Just to keep people updated on HaruPARTY progress (or lack thereof), I thought I’d just let you in on the present situation.
So things are not progressing as I had imagined, and it comes down to two reason: Creative juices and work.
In the creative juices department, while I have dabbled in writing from time to time, maybe a few hundred words here and there (mostly writing information on stories in my head that will likely never see paper), it has been a decade since I’ve been in such a fervor to write like I have been the last couple weeks. And to be honest, I’m gonna milk it for all it’s worth, because I love writing. The chapters are short, and maybe take about an hour or two of creativity to write, and I’ve been doing a short chapter almost every day (normally around a thousand words or so).
(You can find the project that’s been captivating my attention here: http://www.royalroadl.com/fiction/1233 )
And number two, work. My office has three staff members…or at least it’s supposed to. After our front desk gal was caught stealing, we had to let her go, and still do not have a replacement. This means the job of three people is being done by only two, and spring is starting early in real estate this year, meaning us staff are busy helping a bunch of brokers get homes bought and sold (something we didn’t anticipate ramping up until March or April). So being a man down, work is hectic, and there have been times I’ve gone home and not even turned my computer on. If it wasn’t for this, I might still have time for at least some translating after my bouts of creative writing (particularly because the majority of my translating is done at work when I’m not busy).
Thankfully, we have a new gal starting on Monday, and once she’s trained (probably a couple weeks of shadowing), I’ll have a bit more time and not be as stressed/tired/sapped/etc. Until then, most of my leftover free time will likely be spent on my creative writing pursuits, as I’m really enjoying it. This doesn’t mean I’m giving up my projects, I still love Yuusha Party and all my other smaller projects, it just means I’m a bit distracted atm (but I will admit, I’ve been starting to miss TLing, so I will likely return to the Japanese realm soon! And I still do translate a few paragraphs here and there when I’m inspired).
Thank you for your patience and support!