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Science Says People Who Enjoy Being Alone Are More Likely To Be Successful

Science has a tendency to surprise you with its latest discoveries. Once again, this branch of study has found out that introverts may be more likely to achieve more and find success than extroverts. Success is craved by all, however most people are under the misconception that extroverts reaps the benefits of being successful due to their highly social nature. Science begs to differ and here are the top three reasons why:

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“But the forest is queer. Everything in it is very much more alive, more aware of what is going on, so to speak, than things are in the Shire. And the trees do not like strangers. They watch you. They are usually content merely to watch you, as long as daylight lasts, and don’t do much. Occasionally the unfriendly ones may drop a branch, or stick a root out, or grasp at you with a long trailer.  But at night things can be most alarming, or so I’m told… They do say the trees do actually move, and can surround strangers and hem them in.”

  • kylo: hux what's a jedi's favorite branch of the military?
  • hux: I don't know what
  • kylo: the air force
  • hux: fuck you
A strong woman has waited patiently while her roots grew down deep into the Word of God. Over time, she becomes unshakeable in her faith. She starts bearing fruit naturally and is full of life. People are attracted to her strength and growth, and many find rest and peace as they lean on her. And when storms and trials come, as they always do, they will not be able to take her down. A few branches may be lost or pruned away, but in their place comes new growth, new life. This is what I long to be! A strong woman who is anchored in God’s promises. But it starts by setting down your roots in God’s Word. It will not happen as you stand up for yourself, and demand attention, and fight for yourself. It will happen as you stand in Christ, and demand that He gets your attention, and fight for His glory. The beautiful thing is that as we pursue this, God takes His rightful place in our lives.

Hello, everyone! Here’s our last update for the month. Joining us today to give us a quick rundown on our progress are our four bachelors: Nagi, Rui, Sol, and Kouya!

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Main Sprites
30% complete

Final sprites for the main routes are in progress! Check out this WIP of Kouya:

(Team Artist is currently regretting Kouya’s hairstyle… because it’s a pain to color)


Wireframes & Mockups
100% complete

Screen Designs
8% complete

Refined previous assets for consistency purposes! Accomplished the brand guidelines as well!

(Team Designer cries because she works on the screens at high res only for the quality to be squished when it comes to Tumblr updates.)


Unity Environment Configuration
100% complete

Visual Novel engine
50% complete


Day 1 Script & Branches
50% done

Kouya’s Route Outline
30% complete

While this may be our last update for the month, we will still be replying to asks so if you have anything to tell us (questions, concerns, anything you want to say), feel free to drop us a line!

Song of My Heart

My fingers on the keys
may not move in rhythm
they burn from your memory
where notes die on the page

inside the music screams
to be heard
whispering in your voice
“play me”

but nothing changes,
the morning still comes
shining sunlight onto
the cold keys

outside the birds
fly from branch to branch
as the wind
moves the leaves in tempo

I may never play the song
but I hear every note
I hear you…
and it plays in my heart

  • Reno: Sephiroth just drank OJ from my mug and didn't seem to realize that it wasn't his hot coffee. So, the question has to be asked... Is there no limit to what he won't notice?
  • [later]
  • Sephiroth: What's a seven letter word for purse?
  • Genesis Rhapsodos (sitting at Cissnei's desk, dressed as her, and impersonating her voice): Satchel.
  • Sephiroth: No, starts with an H...
  • Rod (wearing nothing but a tie): Handbag.
  • Sephiroth: Thank you.
  • [later]
  • (Sephiroth walks into a meeting room where everyone is sitting backwards except for him. Sits down without noticing)
  • Tseng: Alright everybody, take a seat. As you may have heard, our branch on the planet Jupiter is up 8000% in sales!
  • (Everyone cheers)
  • [later]
  • Sephiroth: Hold up. That clock is slow... (looking at watch) It's 5 o'clock. I will see you tomorrow.
  • Shotgun (wearing a mustache): Bye Sephiroth, love you!
  • Zack Fair (standing with a chocobo): So long Sephiroth.
  • Sephiroth: Night night everybody!
Evergreen willow

May I rise tall and see fingers branch out,
Then feel my toes root in nurturing soil;
How evergreen leaves purposefully sprout
As I yield to a heart-shaped ivy’s coil.

Let it be love, flowing from my essence
Amid the quiescence of birch and oak;
Witnesses to my trunk’s convalescence,
Nursing the heart I denied ever broke.

Now a willow among enchanted trees,
To whom may listen, my love I proclaim
In whispers resembling a gentle breeze,
Zephyr carried will be– your sacred name.

Let seeds that fall from my each slender limb
Grow into willows, whispering your hymn:

   “Love is your name, a zephyr sigh
   Rustling the leaves to unify
   Two hearts with one beat, can’t you hear
   This call out for love, so sincere,
   Traversing the oceans of rye.

   Your name is Love, chirps a magpie
   Atop a tree branch, way up high.
   Elated the animals cheer:
   Love is your name.

   Let this whispered hymn signify
   Our meeting again, in the sky;
   That you will appear crystal clear,
   Illumining the atmosphere.
   Then no soul will ever deny
   Love is your name.”

Perhaps one day you will hear this soft song,
Reminding your heart of when it was young.

May you then feel how my love is still strong;
How a wooden heart beats truer than gold,
How zephyrs may whisper truths rarely told,
How willows may sigh: 

“What kept you so long?”

- M.A. Tempels © 2017


I just don’t have the patience
to make myself better
one step at a time.

I want to be everything
that I am not
all at once,

in some massive burst
of willpower and magic
to reach my ideal

but you cannot carve
a branch into a bird
with a single cut;

and you may break a wing
in your rush
to change its shape.


Famitsu Scans 2-15

These images cropped up on SF earlier today.  This is mostly old news – in fact the first two pages is entirely old news – but I’ve noticed some cool stuff in here nonetheless.

On the third page, we get our first look at the full interface for dungeon-crawling in Echoes.  Alm is navigating the map, and we can see both Alm and the enemy both in 3D space and on the minimap.  The minimap’s overall shape implies that there may be multiple branching paths and hidden nooks within dungeons.  Meanwhile, to the right of the minimap we have a full character count of the current party and their deployment order.  The deployment count is still 10 – Gaiden’s informal limit, although the interface doesn’t hint whether or not which 10 units are available can be changed while in the dungeon.

On the same page, we see Alm’s inventory and unit profile, and we see Tobin’s on the next page.  A couple of new things here:

First of all, the interface is super clean.  “POW” seems to be “Quality” from before.  It also adds Resistance and HP to the score, inflating most characters’ scores.  For some reason, a horse…goes in the inventory?  On the other hand, an attribute that says “Bow Range +1″ is in the generic enemy Archer’s “inventory”, so maybe that encompasses a broader spectrum of information than previous games, including items, class info, and skills.

Lastly, there’s a little smiley face beside each character’s health bar, which I think has one of two purposes.  It could be a simple indicator of “is your unit low on health”, but personally I’d rather that was shown on the character portrait.  What I’m hoping is that it’s an indicator of statuses such as poison or sleep, which didn’t exist in Gaiden.  This would be demonstrative of an increased depth that I’m praying ends up in this remake.

And that’s all I saw.  Lemme know what cool stuff you’ve noticed in the scans, and we’ll be back with more either when the next scan drops or if Kirokan’s translations bring new info to light in these pages.



The true novelist, poet, musician, or artist is really a discoverer. Ideas — the theme of a plot, a poem, a picture, a theme of music — come to him as a gift. The idea, ‘the seed-corn’ as Brahms called it, he allows to develop naturally. There may come a point where it branches in one or many directions; he is free at this point to follow one or other. And it is here and here only that the judgment or choice of the true artist may legitimately be exercised. In fact the artist is in much the same position as a gardener growing prize rose trees, who in order to produce beautiful roses lops off unwanted shoots and suckers.
—  Rosamond E. M. Harding