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Journal Entry: Thu Aug 18, 2011, 8:40 PM
I want to boost the signal about this. A major art theft scam is revealed, with links to some articles and the like:

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And an update:

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Skin by jennyleigh
  • Watching: Nanny 911

Camp NaNoWriMo!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 1, 2011, 8:37 PM
So the Office of Letters and Light (the wonderful people who run NaNoWriMo for us every November) have decided to run a couple summer sessions of their popular novelling insanity. They've deemed it Camp NaNoWriMo.

Needless to say, the moment I saw they were going to do something like this, I had to jump on it. I haven't decided if I'll be doing both the July and August sessions yet, but I'm not ruling out the possibility.

I'm using this as a much-welcomed opportunity to try and get ahead on a few original projects I've been lazy about starting.

So that's all from me! Back to my wordcount.

Skin by jennyleigh
  • Listening to: "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" by Dean
  • Watching: Coyote playing Fallout: New Vegas
  • Drinking: Ginger Ale

So my friend got herself a novel published...

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 21, 2011, 8:18 PM


So a friend of mine recently got herself a book published. This project has been years in the making, and Itara: Son of C'reseth by M.K. Presson is the first book of her Itara trilogy.

Says the author (in the summary taken from the net):

For half a century, war has waged between the citizens of Itára, and the macabre forces of the golden-eyed dragons of the Svorin Dominion. The despotic Krai'ta'or, Tochravanthis, seeks to control the continent out of vengeance fueled by a deep hatred for the magic-bearing humans known as P'nai. The legend of the Ihánar is the cornerstone for the Ferryn-those fighting to remain free. Mason Kitch has spent his youth among the shade of Lottenwood's willowy boughs, and the cobbled streets of C'reseth as the grandson of the town blacksmith. What he knows of his predictable world will soon evaporate as fate sends him into the unknown lands of Itára on a search for a family friend, and his destiny. Now, Mason is faced with braving the dark challenges that have vanquished his race, and outlawed magic from the lands. To keep the embers of the past alive, he must learn the forbidden art of his ancestry before the stain of history can repeat itself.

Sound interesting? Consider buying a copy from Black Rose Writing, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble . You can also check out her blog at The Itara Trilogy.

  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Drinking: Herbal tea

January Updatia

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 22, 2011, 11:05 PM


So here we are, almost at the end of January and I'm not any better at updating this thing than I have been. I've been kinda art-blocked lately, for both my CG art and my writing. A lot more of my energy's been going into getting into the groove of the new job, and trying to do some revision on the novel-in-progress.

With any luck, though, I'll be able to beat the block soon, so I can get back to the art thing. I miss having work to post here.

Cheers!

  • Listening to: "Reflex" -- The Crashtones
  • Drinking: Chocolate Milk

December Update

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 9, 2010, 10:53 PM


Well guys, if anybody actually follows this thing, you'll probably notice I haven't been all that good about keeping up with my monthly updates just lately. Life got hectic with both jobs, and somewhere in the mix, I got promoted in one, which allowed me to finally leave the other. Both of these things has allowed me an influx of free time I've hardly known what to do with.

After spending a bunch of time gaming, I'm finally turning my attention back to my writing and my art again. So expect to start seeing some more updates from me, hopefully with a better frequency than I've been the last few months.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, have a great one, and hope that my faithful watchers will still watch. I love you all. :)


  • Listening to: Golden Silence
  • Playing: Fable 3
  • Drinking: Hot cocoa

Updatia -- August

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 3, 2010, 8:36 PM
There's been a lot going on just lately, and I've been something of an emotional mess just lately. I keep meaning to actually get my writing back on track, but some of the stuff beating on me has been stealing the ability to string words together well.

Still, after poking around in my pics folder, I tripped across my 100 Themes challenge. I'd ganked the list from :iconprocessofwinter: back when she and I spoke regularly, and originally planned to use it as a drabble list. This was, of course, before I actually picked up a copy of DAZ3D. Now that I have, I'll have to see about actually taking on the challenge myself.

Not much else to talk about. I'll try to update again soon.

  • Listening to: "War" by Poets of the Fall
  • Reading: Gears of War: Aspho Fields
  • Drinking: Lipton Iced Tea

So much for a monthly update

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 22, 2010, 9:43 AM


I'm generally pretty good at at least getting on here once a month and giving some kind of journal update. I suppose I've gotten lazy about it, since I'm not sure how many people are actually reading this thing, and how many just come for the art. Not that I blame you, I'm guilty of watching people's galleries, but not their journals.

Life's been hectic lately. Summer always means a pick-up in business at both jobs I work, and some unexpected events made sure that I was kept plenty busy in both jobs. So I didn't have time to do much more than check my dA messages, my email, maybe do my 750 words for the day or try to work on the novel, and then crash. That doesn't lend me much time to do any artwork, much less the kind of from-DAZ-to-Photoshop pictures I've been doing just lately. I enjoy them, and I love the finished product, but it means there isn't always time for the artwork and the writing, and the writing always wins.

Even so, things have settled just a touch, so hopefully I'll have more time for artsy stuff now. I've missed it.

  • Listening to: The roomie snoring behind me
  • Reading: How I write by Janet Evanovich
  • Eating: a Twinkie
  • Drinking: Lipton Tea

Guaranteed update - May

Journal Entry: Wed May 5, 2010, 7:53 AM


Happy Cinco de Mayo, everybody!

Life is finally starting to settle back down again. The car's all fixed up, work is settling down on both sides of the coin, and I'm finally getting my sleep schedule back on track enough to start actually getting things done. Now if it'll just manage to relax enough I'll stop forgetting about the darned 750 word writing challenge I've taken on, I'll be happy. I was on such a streak, too!

Anyway, I'm hoping now that things are starting to settle down some, I'll finally be in a position to start either seriously developing a comic project, or at least doing more renders to add to my gallery. Depending on how that goes, and if I can get the quality of them up where I'd like it to be, I may consider selling prints in the not too distant future. I do need to do some quick consulting with California tax laws, as well as look into how the print accounts work.

Not much else to say other than that. I need to wander off, do my exercise, and decide if I'm staying home or heading out to Starbucks to work on the novel. Almost 70,000 words, y'all!

Peace out and rock on!

  • Reading: Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale
  • Drinking: Water

Just some quick administrative stuff

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 25, 2010, 5:53 PM


Another journal entry that won't probably be very long. Largely for my watchers, I just wanted you guys to know I've gone through and revamped my featured gallery significantly. I didn't delete any pics, and I've made smaller galleries (by project/setting/whatever) for everything. But I want my featured gallery to contain mostly the work I"m the proudest of.

That said, if there's a deviation you particularly like, and you don't see it here, let me know so I can try and get it added to its proper place.

That's all from me. Rock hard, y'all.

  • Drinking: Water

Very quick update

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 24, 2010, 3:11 PM


Hi everybody! Just wanted to send a quick thank you to everyone who's favorited my recent work. The most recent piece is the first one done on the new PC, and I love how mch faster it runs!

Expect to be seeing more work from me, I think, if things stay as mellow as they have been.


  • Listening to: Coyote playing Assassin's Creed 2
  • Drinking: Water

Quick update

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 18, 2010, 9:34 PM


I promise someday I'll get better about keeping up with updates here!

I haven't been putting up much artwork just lately. There's a pretty exciting reason for it, though. I've just recently purchased a new PC. Windows 7, 1 TB Hard Drive, 8 Megs of RAM, and it's just overall a super sweet machine.

The downside of owning a new machine, of course, is the process of actually installing all my software, and getting things ready to use. And sadly, the one that's taking the longest is DAZ. I tried just moving my content folder over, but that was...not a good way of doing things. So, in the interest of organizing things so I can find them quickly, I'm going back through and reinstalling everything manually. I have all of my setting stuff, all of my Aiko 3, Hiro 3, Michael 4, and Victoria 4 stuff installed and organized. All I have left is David, Michael 3 and Victoria 3. Then I'll be back in business.

Barring no other unforseen complications, I should be able to get that done during my next weekend. I hope so, anyway. If not, I may do a couple renders on the laptop (where I've been working). The hardware on that is good, it's just painful working on it, because the laptop isn't as ergonomic as my PC.

But that's where things sit, guys. I'll be back in the game soon!

  • Reading: Gears of War: Aspho Fields
  • Drinking: Orange Juice

Updatia for March

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 27, 2010, 12:53 PM
  • Watching: Rough Science
  • Drinking: Strawberry Milk

In which my X-Box dies a messy death...

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 1, 2010, 8:09 PM
...finally succumbing to the Red Ring of Death.

After a work day I won't go into details about here, I came home, got ready to sit down and game, fired up Mass Effect (which I'm trying to finish so I can play ME2), and the screen goes all wonky. I'm a little concerned, but I figure no big deal. I turn it off, turn it on...

...and proceed to watch in horror as the console powers up and gives me the infamous ring. I wanted to cry. I settled for sitting down and reading instead. I might've used the time to write, but I was way too aggrivated to try and work on the novel. The roomie and I are talking about plans to replace the console. I've got to get a couple price quotes, and decide how best to approach the issue. In the meantime, I can probably talk my mom into letting me use her 360. Warranty isn't really useful at this point, we've had the console too long.

Ah well, maybe this is the Power That Be encouraging me to get back to work.

All in all, I'm in a lot better spirits about this than I was when it happened. I know it's not the end of the world. The timing was just awful.

In completely unrelated news, I have been making progress on the novel, and my work in DAZ has been steadily improving, I think. I'm trying to push myself just a little with every render I do, and once I've got those renders where I want them to be, then it'll be down to playing with Manga Studio and seeing if I can maybe get a comic of some sort up and running.

But, with that, I should go try to put some wordcount on the novel tonight. Later, y'all.

  • Listening to: Mass Effect Soundtrack
  • Drinking: Decaf Lipton

Updatia for February

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 17, 2010, 6:23 PM
Well, even managing an update a month is pretty good for me, considering how my usual attempts at blogging go. Still, I've actually gotten back to updating the gallery at least, and that's felt good. Lieutenant Calix, my newest boy, has been wonderful inspiration, and the pics I've been doing have gone a long way toward helping me get his character worked out.

At the moment, I've actually got two versions of Calix, I just don't have all the props I need to entertain my fandom version of him. Anybody know where I can get hold of a DAZ lightsaber? Anyone? >.>

Anyway, not much else going on on this end. Not doing so well with the weekly updating of the gallery, but the cluster updates will have to do for now.

  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Drinking: Mint Medley tea

Quick Update

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 5, 2010, 9:09 PM
Seeing as how it's January now, I thought it was time to put up at least a quick update. Most of my real New Years goals this year have to do with my writing, but I'll definitely still be putting in time here on dA, putting up digital images. I've been toying with the notion of selling prints if there's an interest, once I've looked into the tax laws for here in California.

Other than that, I plan to continue to update as often as I can. Bye for now, all!

  • Listening to: Coyote Typing
  • Drinking: Mint Medley tea

Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 21, 2009, 9:57 PM
Haven't done much with this account this month, beyond keeping up with the artists I watch. I just haven't had both the time and the patience to sit down and play with DAZ. I keep meaning to see if the newest version will run smoothly on my PC, but I've been pretty lazy about that, too.

I've got some serious decisions to make, come January. I'm considering the idea of actually selling prints of some of the work I do in DAZ. I'll need to do some research into state taxes and the like before I do, though. I don't expect to make a lot of money, but being able to fund my art through art sales would be kinda cool.

Have also been toying with the notion of a comic. I have the software to put one together now, and I know I have notes for a couple stories that would benefit tremendously from being told in a visual format. I'm still musing on it, though.

And finally, of course, there's the novel project. Red Zone is still limping along like the shambling undead. :zombie: I'm over 60,000 words in, but there's still quite a bit to go, and I'm hitting the same slump I did when I wrote another long project like this. Trying to get back on track during the holidays was maybe a little ambitious, but I've already promised myself that come January, it's going to be time to take a hard look at my life, and starting trying to do some prioritizing.

But, I'm off to bed. Definitely time for sleep.

  • Listening to: Coyote Typing
  • Drinking: Mint Medley tea

Three month subscription!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 12, 2009, 7:27 PM
So I check my dA account, and see a very cool holiday promotional. Buy a subscription for someone, and get the same subscription yourself for free. So, imagine my surprise when MishaelaMK hits me up with an IM that says, "Merry Christmas...go check your dA Account."

So I did. And *squee!* I'm a premium member for three months! I'm really looking forward to giving the premium account a test drive, and seeing if it's something I'd be willing to continue paying for.

But yeah, that's it from me for now. ^_^ Thank you again, Mish!

  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Drinking: Mint Medley tea
My NaNoWriMo project this year was a success! Final wordcount: 50,028

Surprisingly, NaNo was a lot easier than usual this year. I mean, I still had a few bumps, mostly because of lack of motivation. Still, my wordcount grew pretty steadily, and the only day I didn't write was working the Modern Warfare 2 midnight launch. Fell a little behind in the third week, but overcame it and then some, and once I'd gotten ahead again, everything just started falling together. I love it when my work does that.

Now that NaNoWriMo's over for me, though, I'm finding that I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. There are other projects that need my attention, of course, not the least of which is Red Zone. I wound up setting it down through the month of November, so I didn't have to try and work on both pieces at once. I think that probably would have overloaded me.

This November, all in all, has given me some more insight into the way I write, and some of the trends I've seen in my work in the last year. Not the least of which is a distinct step away from fanfiction. I still use it for freewriting, to keep the writing muscles limber, but I've found myself trending more and more toward original work. And, for that matter, I seem to be trending more and more toward solo work. That's not to say I don't like collaborations, just that I'm getting more comfortable, and more confident, working on my own stuff again. This gives me hope that eventually, I'll be able to really start turning out a steady amount of my own work. I can hope so.

But, now that we're getting into December, I can actually get back to doing a little visual art, too. And that'll be fun. ^_^

But, I'm starting to degenerate into nonsense, so I better jet for now. Happy belated Turkey Day, all!
  • Watching: Coyote playing Brutal Legend
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Drinking: Decaf Earl Grey
Well, here we are, well over halfway through NaNoWriMo. My current project is coming along nicely. I'm only now starting to hit my usual round of "I don't know where to go next," but I'm far from concerned at this point. At over 40,000 of the 50,000 words, I'd say I'm in good shape. And I can come up with things to keep the word count moving. Needless to say, all of this writing has kept me from doing much in the way of visual art. That will probably change come December, when I can get back to my normal artistic output.

Still, this month has really been good for me artistically.

Also! I'm pleased to say I think I've made a new friend, in Chronophontes. I've been watching him since I first started working with DAZ3D, and have found him to be a gracious, interesting person to talk to. When I saw a little shoutout in his journal, that was a seriously cool moment for me. So thanks, Tom! You brightened this lady's day!

Anyway, more NaNo word sprints are starting soon, so I'm off! Later all!
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Drinking: Tension Tamer Tea
Gearing up for the month of November. I'm still trying to narrow down an actual project for NaNoWriMo. I've got a few potentials on tap, but nothing solid yet. I've been considering one purely fantasy piece (to do with Aidan and Kiska), one horror novel (starring Randall, who's shown in a few of my renders), and even trying a piece set in my newest urban fantasy setting (from which Jarah, Haydn, Raine, Danil and Katya all hail).

Since I have the full month to decide, I'm doing prewriting on all of them, and we'll see which one still strikes my fancy come November.

The zombie novel, on the other hand, has just kinda locked up. I can't tell if I'm honestly losing interest in the project, or if I'm just feeling overwhelmed by it again. It's just gotten kind of boring, and for it being a zombie story, that's just sad. I'd originally planned on keeping up with it through November, along with NaNo and the two jobs, but I may have to rethink that. Taking a month off the project would have one of two outcomes. One, the time away would do me good, and I'd come back raring to go on the new project. Two, and probably the more likely, is that I'd lose momentum completely on the project, and let it slide off the map.

So, lots to think about on the writing front. How my hours go with the two day jobs will affect things some.
  • Watching: Coyote playing Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Drinking: Vanilla Rooibos tea.