Sweet 16

18 November, 2014 (21:42) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Sorry for the week long delay but it is HERE! Chapter 16! Ohhh yeah! Let me tell you, it feels a lot better now. I mean, you know, to me. And since you guys will never read the version I had before… really you just have to take my word for it. So that’s fun.

In all seriousness though, go read it and hopefully enjoy it. Please leave your comments and impressions too. Love reading those comments to see what is and is not working.

In other news, the banner at the top doesn’t reflect it yet, but we are now up to $56 in patron donations! Thank you so much you wonderful patrons! You are all wonderful people… probably. I mean, I suppose all I really have to go on is the fact you give me money but, hey, if that’s all I have to go on I’m willing to bet that people who give me money are awesome! :)

In case you missed it, also go read the MGP Chapter 2 Fan Commentary for some laughs. Also, if you’re one of my $5 and up donators, pay attention because I’ll probably be pushing out Chapter 3 for you guys to comment on here soon (ie: Probably over the weekend).

Have a happy Thanksgiving (if you’re American),
Taralynn

MGP Chapter 2 Fan Commentary

14 November, 2014 (10:54) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Edit: This post was supposed to be posted yesterday but I, like a nincompoop, hit save instead of publish. Sorry for the day delay due to my own being flighty…ness

All right everyone, I am excited to announce that Chapter 2 of MGP Fan Commentary is ready for your ready pleasure. I’m really excited for this one because there was a lot of participation and a lot of funny comments. This feature is definitely shaping up how I wanted. Thanks again to all my awesome patrons who helped make this possible!

In an update on chapter progress, I think I’m almost done with what I’m going to do for Chapter 16. What I’m thinking is I’m going to shorten Chapter 16 a bit from what I originally intended and just get chapter 17 out sooner because, let’s face it, I’m not likely to do crap once I get home for the holidays. I much prefer giving you all REAL expectations from me :P

Let me know if you guys liked the commentary,
Taralynn

PS: My own initial experiments told me that the Commentaries only looked good in Word but I have received a comment on the last one indicating it looked fine in OpenOffice. If you use OpenOffice or some other word document processor and it looks good, please let me know so I can see if I need to provide better options in the future.

So good news and bad news… bad news first

10 November, 2014 (08:08) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Hello friends. Let’s start with the bad news and I’ll be direct… Chapter 16 isn’t ready yet. I have a bad history of not delivering on chapters and disappearing. To be honest, part of the reason for my original long hiatus was the shame of not having delivered chapters by the stated dates. In the interest of preventing that from happening again, I’m going to just come clean here and push through that shame.

The reason the chapter isn’t ready is a combination of factors. One is that I have been sick the past few days (running on both ends is not fun) but that’s not the biggest reason. The biggest reason is I got a large chunk of the chapter done… then reread it and felt it just didn’t work. After hemming and hawing I finally deleted it and started over. It REALLY pains me to rewrite stuff. I just don’t like it. At all. But I just really want to make sure these are chapters you can enjoy and that they are up to the quality that I expect of myself and, I feel, you expect of me.

So, where does that leave us? I’m going to deliver the chapter on November the 18th (1 week later than originally) promised. This chapter will, I feel, be up to snuff. If it turns out I get it done a bit quicker than anticipated, well then, that’s awesome and I’ll post it earlier. So stay tuned. Throughout the week and I’ll give you all updates.

“So, Taralynn,” you say, “you said there would be some GOOD news. So far it’s been nothing but a mountain of bad news and puppies crying.” You’re right fair reader. I did promise good news that… sorry, I just got distracted by seeing a huge gust of wind blowing a fairly large cardboard box down my street. It’s incredibly windy today. Okay, distraction over, onto the good news! The good news is Pip is doing the art for next month’s pin-up commission. As you can see in the upper right, December’s image is “Christmas Vivian” and you’ve already seen his awesome picture of Spirit Guard Felicity so you know he’s more than up to the task. I’ve seen is work and it is, indeed, awesome. I think you all will like it.

One more piece of good news before I get back to that chapter: I will be posting the MGP Chapter 2 with Reader Commentary on Thursday (on Wednesday if you’re a Patreon patron). So, if you’re one of my $5+ commentators looking to get one more quip in, please get those comments onto the googledoc by Tuesday the 11th so I can post that.
Thank you for your patience,
Taralynn

PS: Again, really sorry about not being ready for my own deadline. I hope the chapter is good enough to make up for it.

New pin-ups posted for $2+ patrons and new fanart!

1 November, 2014 (11:37) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

So if you’re one of my patrons who have pledged $2 or more, head over to my Patreon page and you’ll get the image. If you’re part of the $3 or up crowd you also get the humorous alternate version. In other patron news, our $5 and up crowd are already commenting on Chapter 2 and that should be up in a week or so for your reading pleasure.

We also got more fanart! This one comes from Shadowmaster1026 who decided to try his hand at drawing on his tablet for the first time. Got to say, I love that he worked in both Theo’s version of Serenity’s daggers and one of my favorite lines to write from the fight scene from Serenity vs. Day LaMode. Thanks Shadowmaster!


Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!
Taralynn

MGP Chapter 1 Fan-commentary posted!

24 October, 2014 (09:06) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Two items: One, the pic for November is finally finished and to all patrons who donate $2 or more, you’ll be seeing it on my Patreon page come November 1st. You can see the preview in the upper right.

BUT THAT’S NOT THE NEWS WE ARE HERE FOR! No, we are here for the grand announcement that the commenting period for Chapter 1 of MGP is over and we’re posting it here! For those of you who don’t remember, patrons who donate $5 or more a month on my Patreon page get the right to be a part of this process which I envision as sort of a MST3K of MGP where you can comment on segments of my chapters with all the witty, sarcastic (or serious if you’re so inclined) commentary you like. I’ve shut down the commenting period for Chapter 1 and posting it here as a .docx file.

If you’re wondering why it’s a .docx file, let me explain. We do the commenting process via a googledoc that I give people commenting access to. I had hoped that I could do that, then make the document public for people to just click on to see the comments. Sadly, there isn’t an option to make the COMMENTS public. The only way to see the comments is if you yourself can comment. That sort of defeats the purpose of rewarding my patrons if I make the ability to comment open to everyone.

So, instead I export the file and make it available for download. Sadly, the only export option that seems to preserve the full context of the commentary (ie: what the comment actually was and who made it) is the docx version. I don’t know how ubiquitous it is for people to have Microsoft Word. I can also save it as an OpenOffice document that lists all the comments but it does not list who wrote the comment. If you want to read the commentary but don’t have word, please leave a comment. If there is enough interest I’ll see what I can do about making and OpenOffice option available. Until then, HERE is the link to the docx version.

I found the comments to be quite hilarious and I can’t wait to see what we get for chapter 2. Please leave any other comments you have about ways maybe to improve the process, especially if you are a googledocs wiz. Or, you know, send me an email at taralynnand@gmail.com

Enjoy the read!
Taralynn

Mountains of fanart

18 October, 2014 (08:42) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Okay, so, lots of art. I’m going to go through this in the order I got it. Or the order I remember getting it. Those are close to the same things. They likely are, anyway. I hope. Maybe. Okay, moving on. Because of all these images this will be a longer post and you can click on any image to get a bigger version.

First is cheating and old. I commissioned some art from the Pipmeister a long time ago. I mean, like, I think it was in March or April or something. And I just realized I never hyped it up. He drew the other Spirit Guard for me. I gave descriptions and he put his own flares on them. My personal favorite of the batch is Felicity because… well, that pose is SOOOOO Felecity. I also just like the “Bring it on!” look that Tenacity has going. Valor her normal, beautiful and regal self. And we can all see why our resident bluenette has caught the attention of Eli.





Okay, next up on the list is me no longer cheating as these are true fanarts (ie: I didn’t pay for them XD). First one comes to us from Rhys who decided to take a break from drawing monsters like Polygal and decided to honor Tenacity’s badassitude with his own rendition. What I really like about his is that you can see her athleticism in her frame. She’s strong. She’s an athlete. And I like how he has her shorts that they wear under their outfits poking out from under her skirt. For some reason I feel it somehow accentuates her power, though I’m not sure how. A mystery for another day.

Rhys brought up an interesting idea of throwing sparkle effects over the Spirit Guard in his art (but not being able to do it with his current editor) to sort of simulate the idea of the Disconnection Effect. Sort of a visual cue to remind the viewer that normal people can’t figure out who the Spirit Guard are. I don’t know if I’d put it in story but it definitely fits the magical girl genre and I definitely have to consider it.

The next one comes from Theo who sort of came up with… I’d almost call it MGP clip art. I got his permission to use his art assets he created for a future MGP header image (since my old one is rather dated. I frankly love what he did with the staff of Felicity and the sword of Tenacity. Felicity’s staff now looks more mage-y (totally a word) instead of the original bo-staff I imagined and I love it. Fits more with the Scholar-role she has. Tenacity’s sword looks unique without being as over the top as my original design. And Serenity’s daggers… ooooo. I love the daggers! I hadn’t thought of the little barb at the end before but other than that this is basically how I imagined them… and I really like the barb! XD


I liked them so much, Theo decided to render them. With extreme detail. And my dear sweet goodness they look amazing! I love that he went with that sort of marbled look. In chapter 14 I talked about the ripple patterns in the blade. I was imagining something like Damascus steel and I feel… I mean… just look at it! They are fit for a magical girl!

LOOK AT IT! First of all, it looks so stinking real! Second of all, I love the sort of “frosty” look to the daggers. Like they are part ice. These weapons look right in place in World of Wa… I mean Aspect Realms. ^_^;;
The last one is of me and Pip actually. If you follow Pip on his dA page then you’ve already seen it but I’ll put it up here for those who don’t. Let’s just say this is an important lesson in asking what I mean when I request you help me out with coming up with monsters for MGP.

And that’s the fanart! Whoo! I shouldn’t let those build up. But I do. But big thanks to Pip, Rhys, and Theo for their art. I really appreciate all the love you all have given to my little story. I hope I can continue to be your art muses.

In other news I don’t have the art done for November yet but it’ll get done sometime next week. Until then, enjoy your interobang preview image XD

See you all on the flip side,
Taralynn

Chapter 15 has arrived

16 October, 2014 (08:20) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Back by popular demand, Magical Girl Policy! Woooo! Yay! Applause! Wait, I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to do that last one and not say it. Oh well. Regardless, Chapter 15 is here for your reading pleasure. Fresh off the heels of her fight with Day LaMode, the newly formed Spirit Guard Serenity has to help make sure Tenacity doesn’t bite the dust anyway from injury. Plus, we check up on Eli and Cory to see what they are doing in this time of turmoil.

In other news, though the banner does not reflect it yet, we are up to $35 on Patreon and I’m stoked about it! We should see that banner updated here in the next few days or so.

In even more news, Since the last chapter there has been a LOT of fanart! I’m soooo psyched to show it to you all and I think I’ll get that done next post which I’m hoping to make tomorrow. I’m seriously excited for this! I can’t wait for you to see all the awesome stuff that has been made lately!

Walking on sunshine,
Taralynn

Patreon update

27 September, 2014 (10:20) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Got the website working the way I want it to. Still not complete but it’s close enough for the moment. Good enough I guess. Anyway, I’m here for a few announcements. First of all, you may notice a change to the banner up top. Let’s explain everything.
I had a more experienced Patreon user talk to me about my goals and it was very insightful. He helped me have a much better strategy for my goals as far as making more sense relative to my life. Sadly (but more realistically) this puts a lot of the original goals I posted higher. But to make up for that, I deleted the Monthly Pin-up art goal and we’re just straight going for it to start :)

The other thing this did was got my but in gear on my rewards system for Patreon. So here is the new rewards system:

  • $1 or more: Get my thanks and content a day earlier via Patreon
  • $2 or more: Get the monthly pin-up image
  • $3 or more: Get the alternate monthly pin-up image (typically same as the original but with characters responding in some way)
  • $5 or more: Get access to the MGP Commentary Google Doc to leave your own comments on (commence explanation!)

So I’m really excited about this last item, but it is a bit hard to explain. If you are unfamiliar with “comments” in a word document, it’s where you highlight something and there will be a blurb to the side of the document. My concept for why this would be fun is I imagine the style of commentary be a bit snarky and quippish (totally a word) in nature. Sort of a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version of MGP chapters. But provided by YOU the Patreon contributors. If you’d like to see an example of this, the image below is how it looks and you can click on it for a larger version of the image for easier reading.


The plan (tentatively, running into technical issues at the moment) for this would be to leave each file open for commentary for about a month or two, then closing it and posting a version regular readers can download and enjoy all your hilarious comments. Also, thanks to Toby and Kami for being my beta-commentators in this process. Their quips had me laughing and I think you’ll be laughing too!
Whew! With that now all said, please take note of the NEW Patreon goal of $150 which will get MGP updating twice a month! Right now I’ve been averaging a chapter once every three or so weeks. So that’s exciting.
Thanks for reading the wall of text, hope you all are enjoying MGP. Oh! And if you are a Patreon, huge huge thanks and please send me your suggestions as for what the November image should be.
Thanks for all your love!
Taralynn Andrews

Now it all looks wrong

17 September, 2014 (18:59) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

So I updated to WordPress 4.0 and this happened to my website. It completely undid my custom look on my theme for some reason… now I have to compeletely rework my entire website theme look… sigh… and I cannot find a rollback feature. I sure hope I have the files saved somewhere. This is really upstaging the announcement I WANTED to make today.

The announcement I wanted to make was that we got fanart today! TheXtra89 did his own version of Spirit Guard Serenity based upon the description of the character and other pieces of artwork he had seen previously. He actually started drawing it BEFORE we posted this chapter. So some small details are off but the picture is gorgeous and I am VERY flattered to have received it! Why don’t you go visit his dA page while you’re at it?


Off to fix the website
Taralynn Andrews

Chapter 14 live

16 September, 2014 (16:01) | Uncategorized | By: Taralynn

Today is September 16th! You know what that means! Chapter 14 of Magical Girl Policy!

So, disclaimer here is my editor, bless his soul, has had a very draining go of it the past few weeks and wasn’t able to edit the whole thing. As a result this chapter may not be as “tight” as the others. But I will be editing it some when he’s able to get to it.
I am absolutely drained. I will post more tomorrow or Thursday concerning some patron stuffs. If you have sent message to me and I haven’t responded, I’m sorry. I’ll be getting to responding during that same time as well.
Enjoy this long chapter!
Taralynn Andrews