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Finishing things...again.

I've managed to put an end to a few things this week. I don't know if I'm the kind of person who feels better after finishing a project or starting a new one. I have a bad habit of dropping the ball on a lot of projects, so when I finish one I feel a sense of accomplishment. At the same time, I have such a hard time finding motivation sometimes that when I'm involved with something that really clicks with me when I finish I feel like something just died. That's kind of the way I feel right now.

Like dandelion fluff blowing in the breeze. XD

For starters, I finally finished writing the rough draft of Chapter Five of my novel a few days ago. Before any of you start thinking that I'm just a great big slacker, I have to point out that Chapter Five took up an entire composition notebook, minus a few pages for extra notes in the middle. It's going to be quite a task to revise all that work. Sometimes revising is fun, though--like fixing up a new house. At this point I don't think the writing is terrible...maybe it's okay. I've read a lot of books that were okay, but not terrible. You can still get a lot out of an "okay" book, but when you're writing it yourself you have a responsibility to yourself and your future readers to make the okay parts as good as the great parts. Sometimes it's tempting to rush it out, especially when you're looking for acceptance and validation. I've always found it to be a big mistake to let other people read my first draft. I won't even let Kristen read my first draft, and I rely on her imput to make Draft Two into Draft Three.

I finished the Future Arc of ToGf a few days ago. All in all the game took me 100 hours to beat: 70 for the main story and 30 for the epilogue.

I'm not really sure if I can talk about the game and not express a lot of negative opinions. There were aspects I loved and aspects I hated. When it comes down to it, though, I'd rather play a game I feel burning love for as well as burning hatred than a decent game that bores me. ToGf is one of the only Tales games I played nonstop until I finished it. The only other games of the series I didn't bail on halfway were ToP and ToA.

What I loved about the game was the battle system, Hubert, Richard, the overworld layout, the item creation system, the title system, the numerous side events...and the story for the first 15 hours of the game (through the events of Wallbridge).

What I hated was Asbel, Cheria, the execution of the main story after the first 15 hours of the game, the soundtrack (except for the random battle theme in the last dungeon), and the entire story of the Future Arc (even though I was very glad to get Richard back and see more of most of the characters). Little Queen sucked.

I'm not sure how this game is going to do in America. The gameplay is the best I've seen in a Tales game but the story was absolutely horrible, mostly because Asbel was a completely worthless failure of a main character. I have a feeling that male gamers will probably hate it. XD I do harbor deep love for it in spite of its ridiculous flaws. I am continuing to beat it to death. I think this game is like a sickness to me, kind of like Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song...except that you can actually win.

I also finished Lilith's Brood. I think I'm too tired to say much. It was an excellent trilogy and proves that you can write brilliance without mugging an unabridged dictionary. For a sci-fi series, it was very strange, disturbing and...not hot, in spite of the sexual content. It wasn't a comfortable series to read by any means, but it certainly made me think. Maybe I'll write more about it later...