J.K. Riki

Little JK-Update as September Ends

Hi all!

Wow, it has been far too long since I wrote to the old blog. My apologies, things have been pretty bonkers around here. But good-bonkers, mostly. At least, not much I have complaints about. (What good does that do anyway?) 🙂

I wanted to take a moment and give a short update on things, because I often realize I don’t know what’s going on with other folks online and sometimes I wish I heard more from them. So if you’re interested, here’s some info on life around here right now.

I’ve been adjusting to a new job.

I got a part-time gig making sandwiches for kids at a local school. Weekend Panda has been a joy to work on, but it doesn’t pay our bills, so I stepped in to find something to help the financial side. Only challenge is it is exhausting! I thought it being only part time would allow me to work on gamedev and art in the remaining hours, but I am so tired and drained it has been a big hindrance on my work. But this is life, so it will be tough sometimes. All we can do is keep at it.

The good news is I really feel called to do the job, and be a light in that place. I’m going in with the right attitude, and learning a huge number of lessons that I bet will really make a difference in the future. Not sure how they’ll come into play, but I just have a strong feeling they will. So it is a good thing overall, even though I don’t think I could keep it up forever.

The job doesn’t actually cover our bills, but it will help to slow down the draining of our limited savings as we try to make Weekend Panda a sustainable small business.

Several new projects are at the door.

The Cursed Pagoda, our new Weekend Panda game, is slow-going but should be releasing very soon. I still have a ton of art to do on it, but I keep chipping away as I can. Then it will be on to the next game! If you missed it, we set up a Patreon page for Weekend Panda, in case anyone wants to help us to keep working. It is super appreciated, and the folks who have stepped up and contributed make my heart glad every single day. I can’t describe enough how much it means to me to be supported by them. Every little bit really helps us in this time of trying to build something sustainable long-term.

Beyond WP, I have been writing and editing lately, and there may be two new books coming shortly. The first is about writing, and specifically National Novel Writing Month. I want to share the lessons I learned from failing for many years at the competition, and finally figuring out how to consistently win and succeed at it. More details extremely soon. The other is a personal work. Some friends asked me to share my own story of encountering God and my spiritual journey, and I think I am in a place now where I can share that with honesty and for the right reasons. This little book (which still needs edited, but is written at least) will be available for free to anyone who requests it, but otherwise I won’t be doing a large public release. It’s a pretty personal thing, to share with those sincerely interested. Heavy stuff.

Along the same line, there’s a new Twitter account I’m part of called Write501. If you’re on twitter, check it out! It’s pretty early on, but I’m enjoying working on it. Feels great to encourage people to put pen to page and get their words written.

And general miscellaneous stuff…

  • My wife and I have compiled a list to “finish” all the work on our house. (It’s never really done, but there are many projects that need completed.) After that we will get it appraised to have the best information possible as we look at the future. I’m hoping we can keep our house, but finances will decide, and how Weekend Panda does (or does not do) will make a big difference, I think. Lot riding on the work.
  • Fred’s (parody) murder mystery novel “Never Say Midnight Again” did abysmally in sales, so I’m pretty disappointed there. But it is what it is, and all I can do is move forward. I hoped more people would pick up a copy and enjoy it.
  • I’ve sadly been neglecting my guitar practice, because of the craziness of life right now, but I’m hoping to keep at it and make a better dedicated effort to picking up the instrument at least once a day for a few minutes. I don’t want my low-level skills to evaporate entirely. It’s still fun, I just feel like if I don’t push past the plateau I hit I’ll likely never improve beyond this point.
  • We continue to work as a church to tear down our old building and replace it with a smaller, more efficient one that’s dedicated to ministry and helping others instead of paying for roof repairs. It is hard, and taking forever, and I am ready to be done. But still it continues. And probably will for a while…

Alright, that about wraps it up, I think. I need to get back to work (in all forms). I hope you are well, and feel free to drop me a note via email or twitter or whatever any time, if you’d like! It’s always good to stay in contact with people and hear how things are going. Important that no matter how busy we get those relationships are not lost by the wayside. 🙂

Have a great week!


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