Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – March and April 2020

So, Lent’s been quite a time with this pandemic around. Quarantine’s still on here in my area, though, but hey, it’s yet another day of learning with God’s guidance. May He keep on helping us all, yo.

Speaking of which, as promised, I got that Lenten reflection and that Easter reflection up. Now I’m planning on posting a new installment in that series once or some time after Easter celebrations end and Ordinary Time kicks in.

In other news, my friend Matt of DarkTree Audio released a new audio drama featuring me as well: “Banning Manhattan.” I’m a Discord troll who eerily sounds like Vic Mignogna there. Oh, and remember that stupid Casting Call I mentioned last time? I took it down. Felt real embarrassed thinking about it real quick.

As for other writing posts, they’re all fanfics. I got Chapter 9 of Crawling to the Dawn out, and I made three ridiculous fanfics: one about three TYPE-MOON heroines, one about a mecha harem series I liked during high school, and one where I take shots at RWBY via KonoSuba treatment. I also got a lot more on the way, and they’re a lot more fanfics and some creative nonfiction pieces. Oh, and I’m considering kicking up my posting frequency for a while.

Any further stuff I’d like to talk about here? Well, I guess there’s how I’ve been getting into VTubers lately. I don’t know if it’ll just be another phase in my life, though. We’ll see.

Oh, and there’s also my buddy Lil Hiro, who once went by the handle “Arksh.” Guy helped boosted my motivation for making my own original music recently. He’s got some interesting raps, also.

Anyway, now I’d like to ask for the usual: honest constructive feedback. And I wish you more strength and worthwhile times.

Reactions to the Resurrected 21st Century Filipino Jesus Christ

Reactions to the Resurrected 21st Century Filipino Jesus Christ

an Easter reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

“Jesus said to him, ‘You have believed because you have seen me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe’” (John 20:29).

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The 21st Century Pinoy Sorrowful Mysteries

The 21st Century Pinoy Sorrowful Mysteries

a Lenten reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

“One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!’

But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since your are under the same sentence of condemnation?

And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’

And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.’

And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise’” (Luke 23:39-43).

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Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – February 2020

It’s not really the last day of this leap year February, but I’d like to get this up now ’cause I’m gonna be too busy for blogging this weekend. That, and I’m starting my new job as well in the following week, praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again.

Also, Lent’s already started by now, and considering how more properly busy I gotta be about both my new job and my Tobbyworks production queue, I decided that I’m not gonna post anything here on March ’til the end of it, the day when I’ll post a reflection for the Lenten season, which I’ll follow up with an Easter reflection post on Easter Sunday. I’d also like to send my thanks to the Beneath the Tangles community as well for helping me consider the Lenten sacrifice more seriously. I can’t exactly say how the Tobbyworks output would end up after that, but I believe that it’ll be better, one way or another.

Now, regarding stuff during this passing month, I’d like to start off with announcements about some bigger voice acting roles I got, which I’ve also updated on my graphy stuff page: Jackson Fargo in the Third Eye Storytelling fiction podcast series Bullet Born and Alik in the short DarkTree Audio story “252 and 10.” One’s a kinda snarky idealist sidekick in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, while the other’s a hammy psycho fresh meat prisoner in a dark comedy sci-fi setup. Also, I’d like to remind you all about the one-route/kinetic visual novel Countdown to Silence, ’cause I recently cleared it, and though I’d say that it could use better sound design and more original sprites, I’m also pretty impressed by the power concepts, the plot, and the voice acting. And one more thing: I have a stupid Casting Call for a stupid short audio story project.

With all that said, next to talk about are the posts I’ve made on this blog, which I went through as promised:

  1. “Terror Toucher,” which has some JoJoke
  2. “One Man’s Trash,” a crazy P4 fanfic starring Tohru Adachi, Marie, and Teddie that I’m probably gonna make a companion piece for
  3. “In Security,” which also has Satan as a strip club patron
  4. “Shots for Shots,” a P3 fanfic centered on Strega (but mostly Chidori)
  5. “Noise and Silence as Death,” where the mass media gets wrecked and some guy who worked in it tries to run away from it all
  6. “Miracle Real,” in which I think about my true best girl out of the five I consider my best girls in Bandori

Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again for the strength and the challenges. Also looking forward to your honest constructive feedback, so yeah. That, and prayers.

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – January 2020

Yo. Posting frequency and variation have been limited this month thanks to stuff like job hunting and delayed production, and I think I’ll go back to a weekend posting schedule in the future, too. Still, I think I can get a bit more out next month, especially with all the transcribing and revising I’ve been doing from my phone to my computer. In particular, I’m planning to post a one-shot fanfic a day after posting a prompted short story. And speaking of fanfics, I need to get myself together better to continue working on multi-chapters like Crawling to the Dawn…Seriously, the number of faves and follows that one  been getting on continues to surprise me.

Also, my voice acting activity’s rising again, especially through Casting Call Club, and I’ve been getting a bunch of more exciting opportunities! For example: Why didn’t I seriously consider audio dramas before? That, and there’s Countdown to Silence. I have a pretty small role there, but considering the other efforts I’ve noticed in that fully voiced visual novel, I think it would be quite rude for me to not plug it as much as I can.

And now, here’s a list of the prompted short stories posted this month:

  1. “Jerking Jerks”
  2. “Obstacular”
  3. “Apocalyptic Admission”

And yeah, I was having some tough times this month, alright. There’s them colds and aggravated allergies, for example. Still, praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again for the challenges along with the strength as well!

And one more thing: Happy Feast Day to Saint John Bosco!

Apocalyptic Admission

Apocalyptic Admission

a prompted short story by The Overlord Bear

Prompt (from r/WritingPrompts): “The apocalypse is coming. Humanity has received its first warning sign: Not an earthquake, nor a meteor, nor burning hellfire. An essay, with the following prompt: ‘Please state why you should survive armaggedon (min. 100 words).’”

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Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – December 2019 + 2019 in Review

This month has also been a month of fighting against the cold. I’d like to thank God Almighty very much for the strength I’ve managed to have, still. A lot can be done even with so little, after all.

So, what’s the lot that I managed to get out here during December 2019? Here they are by type:

Freaking nuts, this is way more than last month, and I more or less had them all on schedule! Now I need to challenge myself towards staying on schedule while maintaining my health as well…

In a bit, Morgana, I promise.

And now, on to reviewing 2019. Man, a lot has happened this year. Special mentions go to the following:

  • my university graduation with a thesis I’m really happy about (hint: It’s a Catholic fiction thesis)
  • my empowered passion for writing, especially in terms of short stories, reviews, and reflections
  • my first experiences as a young professional at work (read: my first job that lasted around a month)
  • my moves toward more active and organized blogging
  • my continued growth with God and my loved ones (which also includes a cosplay date at a con, yay~)

All that happened in a single year, and I kinda find it unbelievable…well, if I say that it’s all me, of course. All that happened not only because of me, but also because of other people and ultimately because of God. And there’s still more to come, more to improve on…well, there’s a lot more stuff to look forward to in the future, basically. I gotta keep at it with my faith, then!

And hey, I’d love to go long-winded about this sort of post, but I’ve been seeing the value of a certain Rule #1 of Revision that an old Poetry professor of mine once told us kids: “Delete, delete, delete.” Now, I need to properly apply that to my excess body fat as well…terumikamidelete

So, summary stuff done, meme pics added, what else now…Oh yeah, chill time. And the obligatory greetings: Happy New Year! And as usual, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)/

If the Nativity Happened in Today’s Philippines

If the Nativity Happened in Today’s Philippines

a Christmas reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

John would have prevented him, saying ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’

But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he consented” (Matthew 3:13-15).

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Typical Humans and Immaculately Conceived Humans

Typical Humans and Immaculately Conceived Humans

an Immaculate Conception reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

edited by my mother

“And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brethren!

Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother’” (Mark 3:34-35).

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Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – November 2019

After two months of minimal posting frequency, I have returned with a more organized month of posting! I’m pretty happy that I managed to post all that I wanted to post despite being off on the times they should’ve been posted on. I’m also thinking about changing the posting schedule from Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday. Sundays are really important days to me, and the later parts of Fridays are when we actually feel like cutting loose after stuff like school and day jobs. Oh, and I’m still job hunting, by the way. I think I may be going somewhere really better, though…

Anyway, three pairs of fun stuff were posted this month! I’ll sort them by type rather than by time here:

As for what’s next, December’s gonna be a challenge to plan with all the Advent and Christmas stuff. And why not make a sched in the spirit of those seasons? I’m even planning to post one particular fanfic on Christmas Eve if there’s a chance! Also, there’s my birthday, a cousin’s wedding (also on my birthday for some reason, hahaha), and my relationship anniversary with Pat! I’d be lying if I said that dealing with all that would be no sweat, but they still excite me, yo! I better trust in the Ultimate Challenger and Guide a lot more, then!

And hey, as usual, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!