Greetings my lovely peeps! How have you all been? I hope fabulous. If not you better be fabulous by the time I conclude this journal. Because I said so.
Anyway, I just want to apologize if anyone was bothered by my semi-inactiveness the past month-ish. I don't think it affected much since I did manage to come online to post things/reply to things but I had a lot of backlog messages from earlier this month I only just now got to. I won't go into details, but StupidShepherd
had been staying with me since early this month and we unfortunately got into a minor car accident; as a result she got stuck here with me in the humid redneck town of emo corner Florida until we could get things figured out. We learned that Alabama towing companies can be major jerks who force us to drive miles and miles to dangerous areas of Alabama only to find out "Oops, yeah the car's not there, it was actually in the first place you checked all along! My bad!"
If you hear banjos in Alabama just run.
But after three weeks all is settled and she's on her way back to Yankee territory as I type this. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers because driving 16 hours in a rental car isn't fun!
For my The Selection
readers, I have been discussing this with a couple pals of mine on the future "revamp" (I guess that's the word) of the beginning of Chapter 1. I have been saying for at least a couple years now that I plan on tweaking the beginning to fix a lot of introductory problems. The reason said project hasn't been accomplished yet was due to my fear of falling into that pit of no return. You know what I mean, when comic artists bawl OH MY OLD ART! IT'S SO UGLY! I MUST REDO EVERYTHING!
and by the time they get through the revamping, the comic loses all interest and dies a terrible, painful death.
Well, I can honestly say I don't care about my art looking terrible (you hear me complain enough about my errors on present pages). So that's not the problem. But the fear still lies there, so if I'm going to keep going on with the story with these changes in mind, I really need to go on and fix this major problem.
I ended up coming to a conclusion that might potentially solve the problem but I was curious how you all felt about it. It was suggested to me to perhaps go through and sketch out all the revamped pages, neaten them up, maaaybe color code them a little (very quickly/roughly) and make a massive dump of them all while keeping in mind I will go through and properly finish them at a later date.
This way I will get the primarily part - the story
- presented to fix the problem and focus on the artistic quality of it later so I can focus the majority of my attention on pushing the story further - as in, Chapter 2.
If this idea goes off well with everyone, I think that's what I'll do. I'm just getting tired of pushing it to the side, and I got a big motivational push when I heard that someone actually said the comic "wasn't worth reading" due to this blazing error. So I want to prove them wrong by getting this done with.
So tell me what you think! Any alternative suggestions are also welcome. I'm open to it.
As far as further things to discuss, I have been reminiscing lately on the good old days. I have noticed a lot of changes in my deviantART experience in terms of the community I'm involved in (a.k.a. you fabulous people) and the work I've been throwing out. I have gradually noticed old friends branching off and mostly disappearing off the face of the web (heck, my friend who made this very journal skin is one of them). But then the past year or so I have discovered said friends suddenly popping back into existence again, but with completely new material. It's been some crazy stuff. I wonder a lot on whether or not people "grow up" and "grow out" of deviantART or not. I get this excuse a lot from people who leave dA. I suppose in a way I can understand it, because, in all honesty, dA does
have a large quantity of young, inexperienced artists, thus can sometimes make the site seem childish. But then I think... is that a bad thing? I can say I did "grow up" on deviantART. I recently passed my 8th year of being on here and I know if I hadn't of been here my art wouldn't be where it is today. Yet I can't say I feel like I have "grown out" of it at all. Despite all of dA's silly site changes and stupid, pointless add-ons, dA has and is a great place to me and I don't see myself abandoning it any time soon. There are still new people to meet! More art to see! More adventures to be had!
I glanced back on some of my old content and found it funny how things differed. I focused most of my art on my stories, primarily Calestine Princess
, which is something my new watchers probably know nothing about. I was amazed looking back at how many people were actually engrossed in that story, a story that I never even posted content of, just pictures of. I can't say I get the same response now from, say, Picard or even Linda and the blacos. Granted Picard's is probably because EWW GROSS HUMANS! and Linda and the blacos fade in and out in my gallery.
I am curious, though, if anyone would be interested if I brought back some old material to reinvent it? In particular, I have been dying to redo this image for years now:
But in doing so, a very small percentage of you guys would actually know what it meant, so I'd likely have to explain it. But would that be interesting to you guys? Old watchers or new alike.
That's all for now. Later bros! Stay fabulous~