Love in Space: Economic Downturn Edition

I don’t normally blog about my living situation, but this recent occurrence will definitely have an impact on my blogging and my personal art projects.

When my parents got their green cards (USA permanent resident visa) and settled down in Chicago, I was too old to automatically receive my own green card as their son. I managed to migrate to the USA nevertheless, by earning a worker’s visa, and have been living and working peacefully in Seattle with that visa for almost three years now. Last year, with the assistance of the lawyer who processed my parents’ immigration and the company I work for, I finally managed to apply for a green card of my own.

You think this green card is expensive?

But last month my green card application was subjected to an audit. I won’t go into the details, but the audit evolved into an ultimatum: because of the tightened immigration regulations that resulted from the economic downturn, I had to get my master’s degree before October 2012 or be deported.

Although it is evident from the two times my blog has been hacked that I really don’t know that much about websites and computers in general, I actually am a software developer by trade who has helped build a number of complex websites. When it comes to the things I do at work – Microsoft-based web applications and database management – I know enough. The only degree I hold that is relevant to the readers of this blog is my art degree, but I do have a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

With that, I have put together an application for the computer science professional master’s program (night classes for working professionals) at the place where I got my bachelor’s degree: the University of Washington. While I am of course preparing for rejection by applying to other schools, I hope to get accepted and return to my alma mater in September.

What this means, of course, is that between work and school, I will have to stop or seriously limit my blogging operations and art projects. The goal I had of completing a visual novel in March 2011 is no longer feasible once the 15 hours a week I’ve been giving to this project are reallocated. Those who doubted this project would succeed get to say “I told you so”, and I know that a lifestyle-altering immigration problem is not a good enough excuse – I should have known better than to expect my life to remain free of upheavals in the two years I had committed.

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But the work Samukun and I have done has not gone to waste. We will be able to present to you a complete story of Sunrider: Love in Space before school starts, by making the appropriate cutbacks. It’s no longer a game where you have to make a choice. It’s not even a game anymore. Sunrider has become a simple illustrated novel that follows the canon route of the game.

Download the first chapter here

A new chapter will be released every two weeks (if not sooner) starting from today, until September. I am very, very sorry for failing to deliver the visual novel you wanted. But I hope you will read and enjoy what we have left.

12 Responses to “Love in Space: Economic Downturn Edition”

  1. lolikitsune says:

    Dude, good luck with school.

  2. Khรดi says:

    I was in a similar situation before and came to the same conclusion as you did.


  3. Sixten says:

    Thanks you guys.

  4. Best of luck with your immigration issue.

    Will download when you guys put it up because golly that’s a nice cockpit.

  5. Vatina says:

    Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that. I hope you’ll get through alright.

    At least all your hard work won’t go to waste ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. ExoByte says:

    blarg. :/ The only thing “better” than this is all the money our state is extending to cover health care and education of people who refuse to actually play by these rules.

  7. Sixten says:

    I’m guessing the illegal immigrants contribute a lot more to the economy of Washington State than the legal ones.

  8. Illusice says:

    I wish you lots of positive energy to help you fight through this situation. You’ve won with your determination so far, and I believe that as long as you have that, your power will win in the end. Your friends will be happy to help, too, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Stripey says:

    All the best for your studies! Who knows, maybe you’d have a Honey & Clover-esque encounter ๐Ÿ˜› More realistically, I think it would ultimately be a rewarding task enough the herculean effort involved. At least they didn’t ask you to quit 2D! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Will of the Wisps says:

    The Sunrider 1st chapter reminds me of the good old HomeWorld fanfictions that were floating around Relic Board in the olden days, so I really enjoyed the nostalgia waves from reading this. Although it is unfortuante that we will see less of your content, I hope you all the best on your degree!

  11. Sixten says:

    I’m glad you like the story. But actually the novel has been cancelled and the visual novel has been revived – I’ve just been removed from (or been allowed to leave, depending on how you look at it) the staff. The forum thread with the relevant information is here.

    At least because of the act-of-god circumstances, there won’t be any hard feelings or satirical doujins like when I parted ways with Jason Miao.

  12. justin kunst says:

    Sorry for the hard times.

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