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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

30

Holy crap, I'm 30 years old today. It's all downhill from here. At least I can complain about kids these days.


Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Well, that was fun. For those few people who emailed me about concerns of my website going down, I thank you. Things seem to be running fine now. There was a bit of a problem at my webhost, and it seems that the server shit the bed. I've restored the site from my last backups. But because I suck at backups, here's the deal:

The Vinculum has been restored to its state as of October 22nd. Any users who made posts after that date, and any user who registered after that date must either re-post or re-register. I'm sorry for the loss.

The Post Your Own Work section has been restored to its state as of July 16th, 2012. I'm sorry for the losses. Any users who posted anything after July 16th or registered after that date must do so again.

I will pledge to make weekly backups from now on. So everyone take this as a warning: backup your data. If anyone finds a problem, please email me. I'm still working some kinks out.


Monday, September 24th, 2012

My server has been upgraded to much better specs than before. I now have 1GB of RAM, 50GB disk space, and 2TB of bandwidth. That's pretty damn sweet. And I'm only paying $4/month more than before. My last hosting plan was 256MB RAM, 20GB space, and 300GB of bandwidth. Anyone who's interested in a VPS hosting plan should check out ModVPS (and no, they didn't pay me to say that).

But as far as news goes, everything is up and running again for the three people who still visit this site. If anyone finds any problems or errors, please let me know.


Friday, September 21st, 2012

It looks like my current hosting plan isn't quite beefy enough to run everything I need it to. So I am working on upgrading it to a better plan. The main site will remain online for now, but any parts that use the database (like Post Your Own Work) and the Vinculum will remain offline because I don't have the memory to run them. Hopefully I can get this sorted out soon.


Saturday, August 25th, 2012

As I unfortunately expected, my new story "In Thine Image" is not complete. However, I promised to post whatever I have if I was not done by the time school started again. So here it is. Click here to read the rough draft of my new story. I write in a very linear fashion, so what you see is pretty much how the story goes until it abruptly ends mid-scene. The rough draft will remain online in perpetuity, even after I post the complete story. Currently there are no chapter breaks, because I haven't decided how to split it up yet. I only hope that this will give everyone an idea of where I want this story to go. There's still a lot more that I want to say. I also plan on expanding some of the scenes written so far, as well as putting some new scenes in between what I've already written. My estimate is that this story is half done.

Getting back into writing after so many years is very difficult, far more than I imagined. I welcome any and all criticism, as well as any suggestions any of you might have. Please ignore spelling and grammar errors, as I will fix those later. But anyone who gives any advice, be it structure issues, plot ideas, or anything I find useful, I will give you credit in an acknowledgements section. I have a pretty good idea of where I want this story to go, and how it will end. The hard part is writing the middle. So wish me luck.

For the tl;dr crowd: Click here to read the rough draft of "In Thine Image".



Monday, July 16th, 2012

I am currently in the process of moving servers. If you can read this, you are on the correct page.



Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Updated Sections:

Skyward Sword
Game-Breaking Bug

Zelda II
Level Maps
Bestiary

Now that I'm nearly finished with Skyward Sword, I have a few things to add here. Just the other day, Nintendo released news about a potentially game-breaking bug in Skyward Sword. I'm thankful that I had just gotten past that part of the game and narrowly avoided triggering the bug. Be warned that the news of the bug contains game spoilers.

I've also posted a few corrections, and new content for the Zelda II section. I have updated the Bestiary with information about the dungeon bosses, and the point values of all the enemies. I also updated some of the level maps to make them more accurate. The level 7 map is the one that had the most errors. I missed part of a room (where the 1-up is) and some of the rooms with walk-through walls. My more comprehensive improvement of the Zelda II walkthrough is still in progress. I basically have to sort through hundreds of screenshots to make a better walkthrough.

And in other not-really-news, I'm back to working on my new story. It definitely won't be done by year's end, but hopefully won't be much longer. Sorry for the wait, everyone. I really want to get this story done purely for my own satisfaction. I don't want to leave an idea unwritten.



Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The special article I wrote for Zelda Universe about Zelda II is now posted here at Zelda Universe. It's also posted on this site in the University of Hyrule section, and in the Zelda II section. It seemed like it could fit into both sections on this site.

Writing the article has also inspired me to research a more detailed article about the differences between the Japanese and worldwide releases of Zelda II. That is still in progress.

I've also been reworking parts of the walkthrough for Zelda II. I'm updating the Bestiary section with more detailed information, and I'm also correcting a few errors I found on a couple of the maps. The corrections to the walkthrough should be done soon.



Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Here's a small update about what's been going on lately.

First of all, the wonderful Vinculum Co-Administrator and friend Lysia (who also happens to be co-webmaster of Zelda Universe) has asked me to write an article about Zelda II for her website. It's part of a special 25th anniversary celebration for the Zelda franchise. I just completed the article, and it is slated to be posted on Zelda Universe on October 26th. Zelda II was always one of my favorite games, so writing this article was a labor of love. In deference to Zelda Universe, I will wait until the 26th to post the article here. Writing this article has also inspired me to write a detailed comparison about the differences between the US and Japanese versions of Zelda II. I'm currently playing through both games, and I'm cataloging all the little differences. It will make for a nice article.

On the fanfic front, I've just reached the 50,000 word mark for In Thine Image. I still hope I can complete it by year's end, but don't quote me on that. There's so much I want to say, that I really have to think of how to put it into story form. As I've said before, this story will mostly be about character development and setting the stage for future stories. I only hope that it will compare to the other stories I've written.

As for my corrections on my old stories, I'm up to Origins. So far, everything up to and including Origins is posted on fanfiction.net under the name Kasuto of Kataan I. I'm still working on corrections for my other stories.

That's all for now. See you out there.



Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Sorry I didn't have anything planned for the 11th anniversary of the site. I'm basically too busy writing my new story. So when I finally post it, consider that a late anniversary present to everyone.

Also, I have recently re-registered at Fanfiction.net under the name Kasuto of Kataan I. It's not someone pretending to me (someone emailed me about it today). My long feud with them is over. Unfortunately they wouldn't let me use my original name and email address, so I had to make a new one. I did this so I can hopefully get a little exposure and maybe get some people visiting the site again.

As for updates on how my story is going, and information about future stories, here's a repost of what I said on the message board:

Here's a little update on story progress. I'd say that right now I'm about halfway done. So far the story is at about 40,000 words, and continues to grow. It seems like the main conflict of this story isn't really going to be the actual main focus. This story is really more about character development than anything else.

Here's a few more details that I hope will give you ideas of what the story is about, without giving away the whole plot:

As the teaser showed, it will involve Termina very heavily. Not only will I explore the characters of my versions of Link/Zelda/etc., but I will delve into my interpretation of the lives of the people in Termina. I'll also say that at the moment I'm writing scenes involving Cremia and Romani. And I'm trying to portray Romani as weird and loveable, but also batshit insane (in a good way). When I first played Majora's Mask I always saw Romani as being pretty much nuts, so I'm taking that idea and running with it.

After the main plot of "In Thine Image" is concluded, there will be a bit more afterwards to expand on the characters' lives. So basically this is two stories in one. It's probably going to be long and rambling, and might not be up to my normal standards. It has been six years since I published a story, so I'm really trying to learn to write all over again.

After this story is done, I have lots more ideas to move everything forward. I especially have some ideas for Link and Zelda's children. No, that's not a spoiler because I figured everyone assumed they would get married and have children of their own. I already know their names, personalities, character traits, future love interests, and basic story lines for them.



Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Updated Sections:

Ocarina of Time
OoT Graphical Manual

Skyward Sword
SS Official Art
SS Screenshots

Slowly but surely, I'm adding new content to the site..

I updated the main page for Ocarina of Time with more detailed information. I also added a page containing scans from the instruction manual. I did not scan the manual myself, I borrowed them from Zelda Shrine. The original page the scans came from is here. They were used in accordance with Zelda Shrine's usage policy. Many thanks to their hard work.

I also added a section for Skyward Sword, with a little information about the upcoming game. I also added Official Art and Screenshots for Skyward Sword. More stuff will be posted as I come across it.

I also re-organized the menus for the Fan Works sections. I did it to emphasize that the original Fan Fiction sections are no longer updated. For those who don't know, all new fan fiction and poetry is in the Post Your Own Work section. Everything in the other sections, Fan Fiction (A-B), Fan Fiction (C-E), Fan Fiction (F-L), Fan Fiction (M-Z), Poetry, and Fan Art is from a long time ago. Nothing new will be put in those sections. I'm currently trying to find an easy way for people to post their fan art. If anyone has suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them.



Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Updated Sections:

The Legend of Zelda
Game Genie codes

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Game Genie codes

A Link to the Past
Game Genie and Pro Action Replay codes

Check it out, I made two updates in the same year! There is nothing major about this update, but it's something. Aside from the behind-the-scenes work, I've added a little more new content that should have been here a long time ago. So on to the content.

The main page for The Legend of Zelda has been updated with more detailed information about the game, and I also added a section for Game Genie codes. I tested and verified all the codes listed.

The main page for Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was updated with more detailed information, and I added Game Genie codes for it as well. All codes have been verified.

The main page for A Link to the Past was updated with more information, and Game Genie and Pro Action Replay codes were added. All codes have been verified to work.

That's it for the actual new content. I'm still working on my new fanfic. It's currently at about 59 pages (11pt font with 1.5 line spacing) and 22,000 words. I'm just now starting to get to the real plot. I'll keep everyone updated as I progress. I've also been doing some minor grammatical corrections on my older fanfics, but those probably aren't too noticeable.



Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Guess what? I'm still not quite dead yet. I have two important announcements. First of all, I am still writing my new fanfic. Unfortunately, it's not quite done yet. I have decided on a title, though. My new story shall be called "In Thine Image". I can say right now that this will probably be a long one. There are so many ideas I've come up with over the last few years that I want to include in this story. I've also been going through my old stories and doing some simple proofreading and corrections. The changes won't be very noticeable, though.

I also have another cool announcement. An awesome friend of the site, GlitterBerri, has been steadily translating the Zelda manga I posted many years ago. The translation is now complete, and can be viewed at her site here. Many, many thanks.


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