I’m back!

Got back from my grandmother’s funeral and it was truly beautiful. Thanks so much for all the outpouring of support I got from all of you. Seriously, you all are amazing as usual and I just want to say thanks for what you’ve given!

So, before the end of the month I intend to post an issue of Villain-In-Distress. I want to be sure I make good on that content within the month since it’s kind of the main reason most of you patron (other than the kindness of your hearts that is 😉 ) Shouldn’t be too hard for me to get out before April Fools’ Day.

The cannon image is another story as that process did not get started when it should have due to delays. Don’t worry, it still will get created but it will be done on a make-good basis once openings show up from certain artists. Since we’ll have some time, would you prefer to see MGP or ViD canon image? Just post your vote in comments as I don’t really want to create a poll at the moment as I’m doing this on a break from work.

I should be able to also post the pin-up art for this month before it’s over as I just have to make some edits to the pic Grimay already made. If things break right I may even have it done today but I don’t want to promise that.

Also, if you’re part of the Chapter 13 of MGP Fan Reel please start getting your commentary in. I’d like to post it in the next week or two.

Thanks again so much for all your support friends. Through times of loss it makes me very grateful to have as awesome a fanbase as you guys to help me get through it.

Thanks for all the huggles,
Taralynn

Sad news

Hey friends. Just wanted to let you know my work will be delayed some for the next week or two. I just got the sad news that my grandmother has passed. I know you guys are awesome people and so you’re likely to send a bunch of support my way but believe me when I say I’m actually in a very good spot for this.

My grandmother had some dementia issues and last year, when my grandfather died, it got way worse. Watching them age together was actually very heart-warming and romantic in a sad sort of way. My grandfather’s body broke down to the point he couldn’t do much (he had several heart incidences over his life so we felt fortunate to have him as long as we did… not many people can claim having survived FOUR heart attacks).

As his body started to break down, her mind started to go. It was very cute to see them work together to make up for what the other one lacked. It was a pure kind of love that comes after over 50 years of being married. They had weathered every storm together, raised kids in four states and two countries. That type of pure, simple love is something truly inspiring.

I don’t know what my schedule will be like in the next few weeks as at some point I’ll have to fly out so she can be buried next to my grandfather (she moved out closer to family near me so she could have people to care for her). I don’t know how much of my help the family will need either. I know I don’t have to ask you to be patient because I know how awesome and understanding you guys are.

Honestly, I really am good myself though. Her passing is a blessing. She can now be with my grandfather she loved so much. It’s been hard watching the woman you loved slowly slip away, leaving a person who wasn’t sure where she was and, at the end, weren’t sure who we were. It was a kindness we had been praying for, to let her body catch up to her mind so she can finally let go.

So, I don’t need anything. I have all the support I need with my family. If you want to do something for me, call your grandparents or parents or just some friend you haven’t talked to in a while and let them know what they mean to you. Our connections are what make life worth it.

Who’s chopping those darn onions?
Taralynn

BIG milestone for me- Chapter 49 is up!

That’s right fans and friends! Chapter 49 of Magical Girl Policy has been posted and, let me tell you, this is a big one. It’s not readily apparent why this chapter is such a big deal but let me tell you why this is such a big deal to me. There are now officially more chapters of MGP than there were episodes of MGP-Alpha. Yes! That’s right!

Now, it shouldn’t seem like such a big deal. I mean, for one, the Alpha version of MGP got further plot-wise than this incarnation of MGP has. But that one had so many dangling plot threads and problems with it that it made me get so frustrated with the project that I went on a hiatus that lasted two years. This story, though it’s taken me longer to get to Chapter 49, makes me happy and excited with where it’s going. Most importantly, you guys make me excited to go on the journey. It’s been a bumpy road but I’ve been updating MGP for 7 years now. I’ve never stuck with something that long. Thanks so much for your patience and helping me get there. Seriously, without you guys leaving your comments this wouldn’t happen. Your feedback is the fuel in my creative engine. 🙂

But speaking of helping me out, one fan in particular has really helped out Shellsh0cker7 has proven not only to have EXCELLENT taste in books and podcasts (a fellow Brandon Sanderson/Writing Excuses fan) but to be a very good editor. I felt bad as Stephanie has been helping me out with that but Stephanie’s talents lie in poking me with sticks to keep me moving, not editing. Shellsh0cker7 however is an awesome dude and amazing at editing. I haven’t had an editor this thorough since college… and that’s becoming longer and longer ago than I like.

With all that said, we aren’t done with today’s announcements! That’s right! More! First of all, if you’re a $5 and up patron, there is a new Pin-up Poll over at my Patreon I need you to vote on. The theme is “May Showers” and you’re voting on who the “camera” is trying to sneak a look at in the showers: Vytri, Robynne, or Cpt. Fawkes. SO be sure to vote if you’re a $5 and up patron.


Also! I have just posted the MGP Fan Reel for Chapter 12! Some hilarious, snarky commentary by the fans so I suggest you check it out in either docx or odt format, whichever works best for you. I have also sent out the invitations for the Chapter 13 Fan Reel. If you are a $3 and up patron and I forgot to send you an invite, please email me or message me at Patreon and I’ll get that fixed.

Man, good times today! Thanks so much you all for helping me get to this milestone with MGP! I love you all so much. Thanks for continually grabbing a snack and pulling up a chair!

Huggles,
Taralynn

February canon image

Tad bit late but Grimay got it done and it looks as awesome as ever. I’m beginning to think this guys is pretty talented.

This is one where I highly recommend you viewing the full image. Grimay but a ton of detail in the background and gives us the best view of SAU campus ever. So verdant and green! Like the cheer uniforms! Surely that can’t be a coincidence!

In all honesty this is one of the more challenging issues with commissioning outside drawings. The background ends up taking up more than the inside. Frankly it’s the reason for the lateness of the image, I didn’t know how difficult of a picture I was asking of Grimay by having these buildings and grass and trees and everything But Grimay nailed it really. Go Grim. Also we got our first look at Jodi! … okay yeah so she’s just… well she’s an attractive blonde cheerleader. It’s something we’ve seen a lot of, sure, but I’m still glad we got her.

Robynne finding the SFEERS booth and Cami & Jodi finding Robynne is a fun scene. I think it was the first time I got to really dive into the Cheer Squad drama in the story and I am not sure why I like that plotline so much. Maybe because the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and Alpha Biscuit are some of my favorite tropes to complain about being super unrealistic. I guess I just like the comedy of using them myself and trying to justify it. I don’t know. I’m weird.
I’m also glad we got to use Robynne’s outfit form Tolin’s old fanart of Robynne meeting Nick. Come to think of it, I think Nick is one of the few characters Grimay hasn’t drawn yet. I’m trying to think of characters Grimay hasn’t taken a crack at yet. Other than Tanya, Kunapipi, and Nick… Noriko… can you guys help me create a list of characters Grimay hasn’t drawn yet? I’m wanting to be sure to let him draw everyone since, you know, he’s the officially-unofficial artist of MGP. XD

See you all again soon,
Taralynn

February Pin-up: 2017 Magical Gridiron Posse Fantasy Football Champion poster!

Some of you may remember (and even participated) in the Magical Gridiron Posse Fantasy Football League starting back in… I think August? Regardless, while most leagues have you starting out with a draft of NFL players we also did a draft of my characters to cheer for your teams. At the end of the season, I’d commission an image of the winning team’s cheerleaders, in their uniforms cheering for the champion.

And the winner of the season was… ME! Part of me feels guilty because this turned into, “Hey, everyone, let’s do this really fun thing I can win.” On the other hand my team went on a tear for a magical postseason run and if it weren’t for a magical Monday night performance by the Philadelphia Eagles Defense in week 16 my dramatic comeback would never have happened! In short, rather than be humble about this, I think the league will be more fun if I’m insufferable about it and become the villain of the MGPFFL going forward.

Thus begins the thousand year reign of Taralynn! MUWAHAHAHAHAHA!

In all honesty though, I think the league was fun and the addition of the cheerleader draft really spiced things up. I was super pleased with my trio of cheerleaders and love the art pianno-ribbon did for me. I love how Lt. Moden looks like she doesn’t know what she’s doing here. Rylie (aka: Rule 63 Robert) isn’t sure how she ended up on this psycho’s cheer team, and Tanya looks ready too murder someone for forcing her to do something she doesn’t want.
If you are curious, we came very close to seeing Joni’s trio of cheerleaders instead of mine. Her trio would have been Noriko, Mallory, and Robynne cheering on the Sunflowers. But my unstoppable juggernaut of a team (disclaimer: My team wasn’t a juggernaut. I’m just playing the villain role) could not be beat! I AM INVINCIBLE! I ROBBED YOU ALL OF MORE ROBYNNE PIN-UP ART! I AM CLEARLY EVIL!

I can’t wait to do this again next year with you guys. Seriously, it added a lot of fun to the NFL season for me. When we do it again, we will again do a cheerleader draft and make February 2019’s pin-up image another image for the champion of the League… which will be me of course because I am so amazing. When we do it again, I’ll allow teams that return from last season to keep one of their cheerleaders. The other two go back into the cheerleader pool.

Special thanks to Kamizite for running the league. He’s a Saint for helping me out. Until next season ladies and gentlemen, I am the champ and shall never be dethroned 😉

Your Fantasy Football Overlady,
Taralynn Andrews

PS: if you’d like a version of this pic without all the text, I included that as well

The Fate of the FanReel hangs in the balance!

okay, that title is a TAD overdramatic XD

So the nice, clean way to get Fan Reel to work… it didn’t work. I had to go back to a format where you all will have to download the chapters. This makes me sad but GoogleDocs doesn’t seem to have a way where I can make the comments universally scene without making it so EVERYONE can comment. This saddens me. BUT you can now download the FanReels in either .docx or .odt file types.

Now, I know there is a dedicated base of people who’d prefer .epub or .pdf file types for obvious reasons but no matter how I tortured the files I couldn’t get .epub or .pdf to work in such a way that preserved the comments made in GoogleDocs. If you know of a way to make it work, let me know (or better yet, show me. I already wasted three hours trying to get this to work and if I’m honest kind of at my wits end with it).

On the plus side, I’ve broken through a slight writer’s block on chapter 49 and am making good progress. On the downside they are changing things at my workplace at a rate that’s so fast my head is spinning. If you guys by chance know any wealthy financiers who love TG Fiction let them know I can be had cheaply. 😛 All jokes aside, thanks so much to all of you who throw a few bucks at me each month. You guys help me so I don’t have to do as much overtime and do something I like in writing. Without you I’d have no motivation to write and have to work more hours. You guys are the wind beneath my wings!

Now to reward myself with a nice soothing night of listening to music and getting the next round of pics commissioned!
Taralynn

Waiting for the art

Today is the day i normally post the cannon image but I’m still waiting on teh final image from Grimay. He’s shown me the colored sketch so it should be right around the corner but it’s not quite ready today. Once it’s here I’ll delete this post and post the actual image.

In other news, one of the readers has pointed out they cannot see the comments in the Fan Reel. It seems my assumption that everyone could see comments wasn’t true… this saddens me as linking directly to the items was going to be far easier than any other option. So I’m going to need to work that out. Thanks for pointing that out though Shellsh0cker. I’ll find a solution post haste!

Fan Reel 11 posted!

Hey everyone! Great news! Fan Reel 11 has been posted! For those not familiar with the Fan Reels, they are Chapters of MGP with readers having left comments over the story, typically to comedic effect. Think of it as the MST3K or Riff Trax of [u]Magical Girl Policy[/u]. I plan on posting one of these every two weeks so we should have a steady stream of them. Also I improved the readability by making them no longer things you download but just a link to the googledoc for your reading pleasure. I’ve gone back and done the same thing to chapters 1-10 of the Fan Reel to improve the readability there.

In reposting this stuff I reread a lot of the comments and was reminded how creative and funny you all are. Seriously, I’m lucky to have a fanbase with such a good sense of humor! You all are wonderful and I love reading your comments, both humorous and serious. They get me thinking or laughing,sometimes both 😛

Well I hope you enjoy the Fan Reel all over again and look forward to posting the new one soon,
Taralynn

Happy New Year! Last bit of upkeep from 2017 and announcements!

Okay, so, before I get into word vomiting, here is the final picture I hadn’t posted here, the November Pin-up. I wrote a whole thing on it on Patreon so just click the image if you want the spiel that went along with why Cell-celia is cooking a turkey.

Okay, onto talking too much! First, as a reminder, the planned schedule each month this year will go like this:

  • 1st Wednesday of the month: Post pin-up image
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: Post poll for future pin-up images
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month: Post canon image
  • 4th Wednesday of the month:Post Villain-in-Distress

Now, this is a good schedule that I am planning to stick to…. thooooooough we will definitely miss posting tomorrow *dodges tomoatos* BUT BUT BUT it’s only because the artist in question has been delayed by End of the Year stuff. This won’t be a regular thing. Ask Stephanie, we have a schedule for all this. I’m sticking to this. I promise.

Now, onto how the year ended for me. The plan had been to post at least two more Villain-in-Distress issues before the turn of the new year but something unfortunate happened at work. And by unfortunate I mean our estimated workload of the end of the year went 30% above forecasts. I’d like to complain about their crappy predicting but, if I’m honest, it wasn’t really their fault. A couple of things conspired to make forecasting impossible and the end of the year is a crazy time in my business anyway as everyone tries to get things in before the clock turns midnight on Dec 31.

Long and short of it was, the last two weeks of the year I worked a total of 111 hours… yeah. On the plus side, I do get overtime pay so I actually am now well ahead of my finances than I normally would be at this point. I actully have a real emergency fund! Downside was I got home every day drained and didn’t get any writing done. Regardless I am almost done with ViD: Issue 7 (thus ahead of schedule for this year!).

With the new organized schedule you may ask about MGP but those chapters are labors of love and the chapters will be done as soon as or as late as they need to be. The issue just can’t be “Taralynn isn’t writing.” Chapter 48 was a success in my opinion (though I feel a lot of people may have missed it during the holidays) so if you have not read it yet, go in and check it out.

One last thing, I finally got around to making Issues 1, 2, & 3 of Villain-in-Distress open to the public. Right now the plan is still 6 months after posting the Issue they will go public instead of $2 patreon exclusive but depending how ordering my life goes that may get shorter. We’ll see. No promises.

Wish you all best of luck on keeping your New Years resolutions!
Taralynn

So many arts! Chapter 48! it’s a Christmas Miracle!

My friends, it truly is a Christmas miracle because I’m posting Chapter 48 of MGP! Woo! In addition, I’m posting a lot of art! This is everything for the year minus one pinup image I have yet to receive (but probably will in the next few days). I’ll be posting all these on my patreon page with full descriptions but for now I’m just posting it here for your enjoyment. Let me know what you thought of the chapter!


Merry Christmas,
Taralynn