So the past several months were one of the hardest times in my life, and I've been extra inactive on dA for it, but things are finally getting better-- better than ever! I've discovered new insight and inspiration through my hardship, and I can definitely say I'm on a new path in life, one I've been trying to get to for a long time. I'm not up to talking about what went down, though-- it's been the focus of my life for the past several months and I'm moving on; maybe another time.
SO ON TO BUSINESS. I'm going to finish writing my first book this year!
YES. BlackWell: The Island of Moira
will be completed this year. I hadn't actually gotten to writing it out until now for various reasons, but it is finally getting done and I'm enjoying the hell out of it, and afterwards I will move straight on to the second book, BlackWell: The Machine.
Here's my little pitch for the first book:British colonists shipwreck in an isolated world brimming with monsters, machines, and mysteries. A feud explodes amongst the Moirians on whether to protect or obliterate the human colony, but a small alliance pursues the true threat: BlackWell's chaotic hauntings.
I haven't focused on developing White Fountain
very much, but things are starting to quickly fall into place! I've established a new and direct way that it can be connected to BlackWell and branch straight off of it, an idea I'm very excited about, but I'm currently debating some options-- whether I really want a direct connection or not, and what that means for the premise. Whatever the case, one solid decision is this: Vinny is no longer the protagonist, but still a major character; this solves a lot of concerns I had and gives me tons of freedom for writing him. AND NOW ALL THE ART HAPPENS.
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN HERE EXCEPT WITH CAPSLOCK. Well to sum up I'm doing a lot of fun experimentation and you can expect plenty of art for my official site
. I'm finally getting around to drawing more story things and just all this stuff I've been dying to do, which, like my writing, I hadn't gotten to for various reasons. I will start making interactive/conversational journals!
Sooo... once again I'm very sorry for being so unresponsive; it continues to baffle me that I have as many watchers as I do, and I'm honoured by how many kind and thoughtful people leave messages for me here. You people are incredible, and it's a shame I don't return the attention given. I've kept trying and failing to be more active on here, but with other things getting better, I have a feeling this finally will, too.
So yeah! I want to interact more, and I'll start using journals for discussions from time to time; I'll be coming up with interesting topics for people to share their thoughts and experiences on, and maybe even turn it into somewhat of a drawing prompt at times, a bit like an event I'm running in Avarde-- which brings me to my final point. The Avarde (art community) site has been revamped and is open for registration!
YEEEAH. Just click the link above and look around and think about joining, perhaps! I can't recommend this site enough; if you're interested in an art community built around improvement, feedback, critique, and good friends, Avarde could be worth a try. Here is a general about page
and this is where you can read about applications
. The site may look a bit barren at the moment but that's due to the forum moving recently.
Just for possible clarification for anyone who remembers: Avarde was formerly branched off of Subeta, and it limited registration to people on that site, which was pretty... eh. That always bothered me because it discouraged those disinterested in pet sites from joining and made the registration process too complex and drawn out, and many members within AG lost or never had interest in Subeta anyway-- but that's why it's independent now and it's great!
Also for anyone who may know me on Subeta, I'm not active on there anymore-- or, well, I never really was, I was only there for AG stuff and experimenting with profile customisation, but now AG is gone, and I never intended to keep my profiles there to begin with, I was just waiting until I found something ideal for me and that's Weebly!
OK THANK YOU TO ANYONE WHO FELT LIKE READING ALL OF THIS I'M SORRY FOR DISAPPEARING AND GENERAL FAILINGS I WANT TO TRY TO DO BETTER BECAUSE THIS IS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: