Hahaha aww no worries Puma! I'm so glad you found it interesting, hope my voice wasn't too loud.
Yus! I really love that as well, having a mixture of both a self-contained story but set against a larger backdrop that can allow for me to take the setting and push it to grander scales if I get the opportunity to do so. My favourite stories have protagonists who are wanderers because it allows for episodic storytelling, which I think has a lot of advantages over stories which advertise themselves as "the most important story ever told and every episode is building up to something incredibly meaningful, just keep watching and you'll see the pay-off" sort of stories, like the Game of Thrones TV show or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which usually just sets up incredibly high expectations from the audiences (don't get me wrong, if you like that sort of thing then more power to you).
Instead, what I love more are episodic stories like Kino's Journey (season 1), or Mushishi, or Doctor Who (before the 11th Doctor Matt Smith and the show-runners fell into the same trap of "This is the most important story ever being told and you have to see the pay-off!" syndrome which turned me off the show significantly). Those sort of shows allowed for quieter storytelling, and allowed you breathing room to soak in the setting and the characters. By breaking up each story into chapters, it allowed each episode to explore themes and moral dilemmas in a very self-contained way, and it really gave a sense of adventure (I heard One Piece also does this really well, but I don't know if I'll ever get the time to read/watch something that monstrously huge). These sort of shows also usually didn't end with some culminating conclusion, because that ran against the purpose of the show. So they always end open-endedly, and like you said, it's almost better that you can just imagine the rest of their adventures.
HAHA but wow, I'm so so glad that you're finding it engaging! Yea I really loved writing dialogue between Skye and Rin, and seeing how they can play off each other.
I totes agree you with the food thing. I think the majority of my life, I've only considered food as something that I put into my mouth to nourish me. But it's only the past few years where I really started appreciating food, and just appreciating things in general. You're right, it's very easy to forget the simple joys of life. Maybe because we are bombarded by thousands of images from both traditional media and social media that it becomes so overwhelming. I'm very guilty of this as well, especially when making Shivering Hearts. Most of my life in the past 12 months has just been me in my room in front of a screen, either my phone or my computer, and that was before all these lockdown measures. And it was hard for me to not feel guilty if I wasn't spending time working on SH. It's very easy for us as a digital society to place huge significance on what we see on the screen, and we should spend more time just enjoying the simple pleasures of, enjoying food, basking in the sun, and doing something creative for the sake of enjoying it.
Wow I'm starting to sound like some hack fraud self-help book LOL. But thanks again for the comment :)
Ahaha I'm definitely keen on making another video, it's more just deciding on a topic to write about, but I should just decide on something and go for it.