Hope you had a Merry Christmas and a look into 2021

Hey Deskers!
I hope everyone here had a very Merry Christmas. Am I supposed to capitalize the M in “merry” like that? Not sure. Too lazy to check. XD

I’m currently away from my normal hovel and have been with family all holiday season which has done great things for me personally but hasn’t let me get as much writing as I hoped done. Still, got a good amount of work done on the next MGP chapter. I’ve hit a slight snag but nothing I can’t work out storywise.

Obviously 2020 was a tough year for everyone. For me it was a disappointment because I didn’t get anything nearly as well done as I wanted. The job change I had turned out to be more work than I thought it would be and I didn’t adapt well to the constant changes this year provided. It feels petty to complain about it when people are losing jobs and loved ones due to all this but I figure it best to be honest.

I have high hopes about next year though. I feel like I say that every year but it’s true. Maybe I’m just a hopeless optimist. XD Not that Robynne would agree given her situation.
I read a lot of books this year and one that really resonated with me was Atomic Habits. It really has me thinking about how I have approached my goals in the past and I’m going to be changing things up. I’m excited for the energy it’s bringing me.

Look for the new chapter sometime in the next two weeks. In the meantime my other big goal this year is I want to rekindle the flame of community. Heavens knows we could use more of that nowadays so I’m going to be more active on the discord going forward. I look forward to seeing you all there 🙂

Later days,

Issue 20 of Villain-in-Distress is up!

I’m loving how this Issue turned out. Patrons, you can access it here. My next work will be in MGP. Sorry to those who don’t have interest in Villain-in-Distress but I find myself nowadays needing to go wherever my creativity is taking me. Recently that’s been Villain-in-Distress moreso than Magical Girl Policy. However, now that I’ve scratched that itch I’m finding I need MGP again. I have a feeling I’m going to be yo-yoing between the two a lot more now. That might result in some changes. Regardless, stay tuned later this week. I’ll likely be posting some polls (some for Patrons and some for the general audience) to help me determine how I want to do things going forward.

Hope you all enjoy the new chapterissue!
Taralynn Andrews

Peppy Goddess Mandate update

Hey everyone! Been a bit since I posted. Sorry about that. Next chapter is coming along. In the meantime Kamizite, who is an awesome dude, has got another chapter of his MGP alternate universe story, Peppy Goddess Mandate, ready for you to read! I hope you all enjoy it as well. If you haven’t , you should start because it’s a lot of fun. In the meantime, stay awesome and send positive positivity-karma or whatever in my direction to help keep me productive 😉

Chapter 55 is here

Chapter 55 is up and, I must say, I’m proud of it. This chapter had a LOT of discovery too it and lots of editing (thanks so much ShellShocker!) so I hope it turns out great. At least I’m sure it will be enjoyable. I really enjoyed writing it and like where the story is going.

I want to thank everyone who has been a Patron. Times have been tight financially and you all have helped give me some flexibility I need! You’re awesome. Also, we did briefliy get above the $200 theshhold. As such we will get some custom art for this quarter. I probably will pull it from this chapter actually so we’ll be seeing some Robynne and NightKnight soon… ish. Obviously artists need tine to get good work done XD

My next work will likely be an Issue of Villain-in-Distress but I’ll take a break from writing today and enjoy the good feeling of getting a chapter out! Feel free to post your thoughts, theories, and other assorted musings on the chapter.

Talk to you later,

the wait is over

I have to say, it took a long while but I had to break through a dam of sorts with my writing. Writer’s Block isn’t the write term (get it?); Writer’s Block implies an impasse. I feel like I could have gotten this chapter out much sooner but it just didn’t feel right because I was dithering on a lot of issues that, frankly, had a lot to do with my new life. Long story short… new job hasn’t afforded me as much free time as I had hoped. That said, that’s really not the issue. More I just got stuck in a loop of being mad at myself for not making use of the increase of free time it’s given me and instead have been eating myself with the focus on the free time I don’t have. But someone recently talked about the issue of how there is a law (it has a name but I forget what) about how for most people a task will expand to take up the time given to it. Thus, I have budgeted less time for writing and, surprisingly, I’ve been more efficient with it!

I don’t know what that says about me personally but all I know is that Chapter 54 of MGP has been posted and my creativity gears are turning right now! Don’t be surprised if I post something for Villain-in-Distress soon as well. I’m cookin’ right now!

For those of you who have been patiently waiting, I thank you so much for being patient with me while I worked through this. I am very excited to be where I am now. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Let’s do this!
Taralynn Andrews

I have great news and I’m terrified by it

Hey Deskers! Longtime no see. Now, first off, let me start with the lead story of Chapter 53 of Magical Girl Policy has been posted. I know most of you are here for the MGP so let’s get that started off bat. The chapter was shorter than I originally intended (or researched for. Seriously, I have put a LOT of research into this only to not use most of it) but the next chapter will probably take a lot of that length back. I don’t know how long the next chapter will be or if I’ll break it down further but I’m excited for where I’m going with things.

Now, onto the clickbaity title up top. Some of you MAAAAAAAY have noticed I have not been very active as of late. I can’t get into too many specifics but let’s just say I’ve been very busy at work. It’s been good for me and I’ve learned a ton in the past year but it’s taken me away from a lot of my hobbies and, if I’m perfectly frank, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for about two years straight. I’m drained and I’m finding it difficult to keep writing and that makes me sad. I started realizing that a while ago and thus, I have been forming what I have secretly been calling…

Taralynn’s Escape Plan™

Basically the Taralynn’s Escape Plan™ starts with a simple concept that I need to acknowledge: I cannot write full time and make enough to pay my bills. Some might think that thought depressing but I see it as liberating. First of all, if everything goes extremely right, maybe I could be wrong. But I don’t think I am. However, once I started admitting that fact, I could face what I needed to do with more clarity. For me, it was liberating. So, for the past two years I’ve been scheming and now am ready to talk about Taralynn’s Escape Plan™:

  • Start saving up a stack of money to live off of in case of emergency (separate from my retirement funds)
  • Start saving up a bigger stack of money to live off of for realsies
  • Line up a part-time job with a good friend who understands that I won’t be working more than a certain number of hours a week
  • Build up the courage to finally quit my time-consuming full-time job and try to make it as a part-time writer/part-time worker because, seriously, leaving the safety of a decent-employment-on-a-team-you-enjoy-but-don’t-love-and-seriously-it’s-intense-work is very scary

Well, I’ve finally reached the point where I have enough courage (and savings) to do it. I have a part-time job lined up with a friend of mine’s small business that will give me some steady employment to help give me some stability. I have built up about one year’s worth of saving so that if all goes to honey-in-a-handbasket that I will still have food to eat and shelter to live in. To that end, I will be leaving my full-time job on December 15th!

I cannot tell you how exciting and terrifying this is all at once. Part of me is so ready to be done with this job but the other part of me knows I will miss it when it’s gone. It’s been demanding but rewarding and I really do enjoy my team and will miss their camaraderie. However, it’s drained me creatively and as much fun as it’s been to work on projects with my team it’s not what I’m ultimately passionate about and I look forward to being able to spend more time writing again.

Now, I do want to temper expectations a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to have so much free-time that there will be a chapter-a-week or something like that. I know my writing style and I’m not likely to be able to produce at that pace. That said, as I schedule things out and look at things realistically, next year you should be looking at content dropping here once every two to four weeks (depending on what I’m writing of course).

I’m thankful to my previous employers for giving me enough of an opportunity that I could save up enough to take this risk. That said, I’ll be moving to cut as many of my costs as I can going forward to make the little safety fund I’ve saved up for last longer. I want to thank you Patrons even more as I’ve been careful to avoid touching any of the funds you’ve given me. Patreon funds account for a healthy portion of my rainy day funds I’ve saved up so if you’re super excited for what should be an amazing 2020 in terms of my writing, please thank the Patrons. You guys are seriously the best.

In other news, this was announced a while ago but Kamizite, author of PGM, has launched a room in his Discord channel for Deskers. If you’re interested in joining us on Discord I finally am a bit more active over there. Here is the Discord link for those who need it. I’m not active there every day but I have started popping my head in now that Taralynn’s Escape Plan™ has too much steam for anyone to stop (even myself XD).

So, if you’re excited for more content feel free to say so in there. Just like here let’s try to avoid politics and religion and, in the words of the best scholars ever, “Be excellent to each other.”

Am I scared? You bet I am! This is terrifying. Things were safe. I couldn’t fail had I stayed where I was. However, I’m still young. I’m single. I have no dependents. If I can’t take a risk like this NOW, when will I ever be able to take this risk? So, here I am. I will risk failing and having to crawl back to the corporate world. But, while there is severe risk that I might one day have to slink back to the corporate world in failure, I’d rather do that knowing I tried than sitting in my cubicle and wondering what would have happened had I really tried.

Talk to you again soon,

Chapter 52 is up

Hey Deskers. I’ll be posting something more in depth here later today but Chapter 52 is up. I’d go into more detail but train internet is spotty and I want to be able to say more. Look forward to me saying more in about 10-12 hours. By the end of the day we should have a new image and a new issue of Villain-in-Distress as well.

Update 2: Okay, in addition to the new chapter being out, I have put out a big pin-up picture of Team Rocket Grunt Robynne fighting Pokemon Trainer Angela. I also finally posted Issue 17 of Villain-in-Distress if you’re a Patron of mine. I will be finally getting around to making the correct episodes public too in a bit. Almost out of time on train back home. Will update again soon… and by “soon” I mean “tonight.” Given my recent history I figure it’s best to be a bit more precise in my language.

Update 3 (final update of the night): I have posted a big long spiel on my Patreon about where I’ve been and some changes I’m making to improve my output. I don’t want to rehash it all here because it’s sort of a long post but one thing I did want to say is that I’m sorry Chapter 52 is a bit short. I felt it ended before I wanted it to but then I got to thinking about where I actually wanted it to end and realized that would be a lot more writing and I had been quiet and content dry for long enough it was better to post something to let you all know I was still alive and give you something to read than to wait for it to be the “right” length.

One big takeaway from a lot of the reading and self-inspection I’ve been doing is I have a tendency to really wait for something to be perfect and I don’t focus enough on the idea that it’s more important to just get your reps in and improve. Regardless, you’ll be seeing more of me soon so don’t worry. And I really want to thank one reader in particular. Kamizite, the author of Peppy Goddess Mandate, who has helped me verbalize a lot of my thoughts. Kamizite, you’re a true friend. Thanks.

Until next time,

A new year

So, I finally got caught up on posting a lot of my content that I’ve been sitting on. Let’s start off with pictures which can all be seen with full write-ups on my Patreon page. We have the November Pin-up “Cammy the Stream Queen”, the December canon image “Winter’s Wrap”, the December Pin-up “Mrs. Kara Clause”, and the AMAZING full team pic of the Spirit Guard! That last one was a present from Kamizite to me and the entire community so everyone please go see it in all it’s commissioned majesty!

Speaking of Kamizite, Chapter 3 of “Pretty Goddess Mandate” is ready for your reading pleasure. The story is sure taking different turns than I originally intended but then again I didn’t imagine Robynne as a goddess so liberties had to be taken! XD But seriously, we need more Impala’s on rainbow roads.

On the Villain-in-Distress front, two more Issues have gone public since I last posted so go ahead and enjoy Issues 11 and 12. And, if you’re a $2 or up Patron, Issue 16 has finally gone live. I am sorry for the delay but… well, the end of the year was crazy for me as it usually is in my job but this year was particularly crazy due to an office change.

Speaking of, yes, we moved offices at my work and it’s added time to my commute. This would normally be bad for writing production but, it’s actually rather good news when it comes to writing. You see, it’s now far enough away I can ride a train to work. A train that has wifi. It takes me about an hour to get to and from work and I am pleased to report that I have committed to writing every train ride! You might be thinking that’s crazy but… I actually have done it. Issue 16 of Villain-in-Distress was written completely ON TRAIN! This is very good news and you can expect the next chapter of MGP to be out sooner rather than later!

I hope you all had awesome Christmas seasons and an even better New Year! It’s looking good so far this year and I’m looking forwad to getting this year started off with a bang!

Talk to you soon!

So many images… oh! And more PGM!

I went on a blitz trying to get caught up on all our missing images and… whew! Exhausting but it’s done! We are one November pin-up image away from being completely caught up on art! “So, what art was posted?” you may ask. Well, hypothetical question-asker, let me tell you!

Whew! That’s a lot of art!

But even better than art, Kamizite has another chapter of Peppy Goddess Mandate for you all to read! I personally am really enjoying his story and think you should too!

In other news I am officially out of my writer’s block. Or… well I guess once I post something I’ll officially be out but, rest assured, I am feeling wonderful and even though we ARE entering the busiest time of the year for me in my business, I feel ready for this challenge in a way I haven’t before. You should see something in the next few weeks. In any case, those of you stateside I hope you have a happy Thansksgiving. Everyone else, I hope the step into the holiday season treats you well and that I should be leaving presents under your proverbial tree very soon!

Ho-ho-holy sugar I need to get back to work!